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Michael Ovies
Somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert
Somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert
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A fascinating read on a current cryptographic standard.

An elliptic curve cryptosystem can be defined by picking a prime number as a maximum, a curve equation, and a public point on the curve. A private key is a number priv, and a public key is the public point dotted with itself priv times.

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Yes, anger at massive bonuses paid out for colossal fuck ups is totally akin to brutal, violent scare tactics aimed towards oppressed minorities. Totally.

The uproar over bonuses “was intended to stir public anger, to get everybody out there with their pitch forks and their hangman nooses, and all that–sort of like what we did in the Deep South [decades ago]. And I think it was just as bad and just as wrong.

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Imagine if they bugged hangouts. Google's too smrt for that though.

In the summer of 2012, NSA experts succeeded in getting into the U.N. video conferencing system and cracking its coding system, according one of the documents cited by Der Spiegel.

"The data traffic gives us internal video teleconferences of the United Nations (yay!)," Der Spiegel quoted one document as saying, adding that within three weeks the number of decoded communications rose to 458 from 12.

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Snowden spent over a month waiting in limbo in a Moscow airport, trying to figure out what countries would grant him asylum and how he could get there. The intelligence community looked at him like this the whole time:

Yeah, that sounds about right,
http://www.buzzfeed.com/bennyjohnson/the-nsa-scandal-as-told-by-the-big-lebowski
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This is wildly esoteric, but worth a read for any fresh programmers out there; especially those operating within the .NET framework.

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Oh. Burn.

This is obviously a rather profound escalation of their attacks on the news-gathering process and journalism. It's bad enough to prosecute and imprison sources. It's worse still to imprison journalists who report the truth. But to start detaining the family members and loved ones of journalists is simply despotic. Even the Mafia had ethical rules against targeting the family members of people they feel threatened by. But the UK puppets and their owners in the US national security state obviously are unconstrained by even those minimal scruples.

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I can't get enough of this meme.
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We're so fucked.

But without disclosing details, he suggested that the order he received more recently was markedly different, requiring him to cooperate in broadly based surveillance that would scoop up information about all the users of his service. He likened the demands to a requirement to install a tap on his telephone.

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Yo dawg, I heard you like secrecy...

America’s surveillance programs are secret, as are the court proceedings that enable them and the legal rationales that justify them; informed dissents, like those by Levison or Senator Ron Wyden, must be kept secret. The reasons for all this secrecy are also secret. That some of the secrets are out has not deterred the Obama Administration from prosecuting leakers under the Espionage Act for disclosure of classified information. Call it meta-secrecy.
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