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A case for justice: the trial of George Zimmerman
She's a teen girl. She obviously dislikes Zimmerman's lawyers, I get the impression she's been deposed and interviewed a bunch of times and is sick of them. The fact that they've been slandering her dead friend in the media wouldn't be helping either.

It's easy to imagine someone like that being bullied into giving contradictory answers in a deposition. And I think if she was basing her testimony off a lie cooked up by the Martin family lawyer she would be a lot... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 12:52 AM on June 27, 2013

Alternatives to Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, etc.
prism-break.org

That's link to DDG isn't ssl.

When you go to http://duckduckgo.com it automatically redirects you to https://duckduckgo.com

Those guys can MITM SSL

While a man in the middle attack is theoretically possible I actually think it might be impossible to pull off en-mass without the cooperation of the people running the... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 10:00 PM on June 26, 2013
Also, I wonder if the bitcoin blockchain couldn't be used to avoid MTM attacks. Bitcoin is built on public-key crypto, but it has a single 'blockchain', which contains a record of every single transaction. It's several gigabytes at this point, and here is a way to sign messages as being from a person who controls a particular bitcoin address.

So how would you do a man in the middle attack on someone who used this protocol?

1) Alice downloads... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 10:35 PM on June 26, 2013

That they have the data is bad enough. The potential for faulty inferences is what really scares me. E.g., I'm sure a lot of people have SSL enabled by default with Google and Facebook today, but a historical archive of your traffic, even without breaking into SSL payloads, reveals when you turned it on. What does it mean if you turned it on the day it became possible? What do they think that means?


Well, they can find out... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 10:57 PM on June 26, 2013
Unless you are actually breaking the law, what is the point of all of this?

People like privacy?

Do you remember the recording Jodi Arias made of her phone call to whatever his name was? Do you think he would have said she "screamed like a 12 year old" or that he wanted to tie her to a tree and, quote, "put it in her butt" if he knew he was being recorded? There are probably lots of couples who have... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 11:25 PM on June 26, 2013
But unless you're paying for security, it doesn't really help to pick some new service that collects user data to use in advertising in exchange for free use by the public. That data is going to be vulnerable because it is the product sold by the company for profit. The biggest security issue out there is the 'free' internet. Its built on selling data.

I've made money off free websites without collecting any user data, I just used an affiliate program... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 11:31 PM on June 26, 2013
I've thought about that. I'm pretty sure IR cameras that can catch me at night can be foiled with a bright IR source that nobody will notice.

Okay, well good luck with that.

Just to clarify, are you saying you would do all of that but as opposed to using the latest crypto? Because you know you can do both right?

The problem is the more stuff you do to cover your tracks the more... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 12:11 AM on June 27, 2013
I bet any remote could blind a camera if you pointed it directly at it. And you can't see that light.
I... think you should really test that theory before you rely on it being true. :P
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 12:19 AM on June 27, 2013

I do not expect to see home again.
This thread is still going on?

Anyway, US accuses Hong Kong of feigning confusion on Snowden name, With Snowden Gone, Hong Kong Focuses on U.S. Surveillance and Snowden stuck in Moscow airport, 'can't buy ticket with invalid passport'

And, irony alert: US government can't publicly confirm passport revocation for privacy... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 11:46 PM on June 26, 2013

"There is no statement that Jesse makes today that can be trusted.”
It's possible he might be guilty of some of the charges, but innocent of most of them. That said "80 kids" sounds absurd, but if you're talking about every single kid that he touched inappropriately even once it might not be impossible. It's not something that would leave any physical evidence.

There was also a lot of hysteria about this stuff in the 80s, I think and people were way less cautious about prosecuting it.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 7:43 PM on June 26, 2013

Goodbye, Miami [?]
First of all, the data is saying it's already too late. There's too much CO2 (not "carbon", damn it) in the atmosphere already. Make Al Gore the dictator tomorrow, and implement all of his job-killing edicts, and the seas are still going to rise, the weather is going to get real weird,

What are you basing that analysis on? If CO2 emissions were to stop tomorrow, what would cause global temperature to continue to increase substantially? There... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 2:58 AM on June 25, 2013
delmoi - I have heard various scientists quoted to the effect that we are near or at some point of no return.

Here is a recent article.


That article is just about passing 400 PPM, there is nothing about passing a "point of no return" on increasing temperatures, the 400 PPM isn't that different from 399 PPM or 401 PPM, it's just a number.

Apart from the fact that many people think... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 11:43 AM on June 25, 2013
Typical "it doesn't affect me so why should I care" bullshit.
Yeah, no kidding. Millions of people are going to suffer, and lots of them are going to straight up die. TheTingTangTong feels like waxing poetic about the fact that he just doesn't give a fuck about anyone unless he's staring at a picture of them, it's more important to him to have a "stress free life" then give a shit about anyone else on the planet. Ugh.
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 11:49 AM on June 25, 2013
Because weeping and pulling your hair won't change a damned thing. There's really nothing you can do about it to "fix it," and that includes making an effort to feel bad about the situation. -- adipocere

Do you have any scientific data to back that up? Even if you believe the earth will still heat up if we stop emitting CO2, it will heat up more if we continue to do it. It's not an on/off switch between 'fucked' and 'not... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 4:33 PM on June 25, 2013
What you're missing is that there IS a tipping point, but it's not 400 PPM, it's 350 PPM.

And you have a link to back up this assertion?

Delmoi, unless you are the climate scientist you've suggested I'm not, you're pretty much on an equal footing with me when it comes to expertise.

You're the one making unscientific assertions with no backing whatsoever. Again, where is the science... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 8:38 PM on June 25, 2013
You're the one making unscientific assertions with no backing whatsoever.
Nope, my arguments are perfectly scientific. I've defended them in prior threads, but I'm not going to do your research for you now. Not a single one of you 'no-hopers' has been able to muster a single shred of evidence between you, and you never will because there is none.
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 12:06 AM on June 26, 2013
You have presented ZERO solutions to the problem which is tormenting you.

The solution is to switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Most people paying attention to the issue understand this. The science and technology are available, and the engineering is pretty easy. It just means spending money on green tech and no longer spending money on oil. Furthermore there are things that can be done to remove some CO2 from the air through soil... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 12:38 PM on June 26, 2013
Saying "carbon" also covers other greenhouse gases like COx and methane (CH4). -- telstar

Eh, I am annoyed with the use of the term "carbon", in an extreme case of B.S, for example dyson marketed a vacuum cleaner as having "no carbon emissions" because it's motor didn't use carbon brushings that wear down, which is insane and simply an attempt to sell crap as being good for the environment when it isn't (undoubtedly many... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 7:09 PM on June 26, 2013

Breaking: NSA conducts espionage on foreign targets
The coincidence is reversed. There was a hearing on Capitol Hill about scheduled for today. The Guardian and Greenwald no doubt deliberately released the new info today to get more coverage.

No shit.

By his own admission, this man knowingly broke the law.

So did the fucking hypocrites who leaked details of his investigation and sealed indictment. I don't see you clamoring for... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 10:22 PM on June 21, 2013
According to the NYT Snowden has already been under the protection of the HK Security services:

For the past week, Mr. Snowden, 30, has been staying in an apartment in Hong Kong’s Western neighborhood that is controlled by the Hong Kong government’s security branch, according to a person who has followed the case and spoke on the condition of anonymity. Mr. Snowden appears to have been granted access to the apartment after seeking protection from the Hong Kong... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 10:51 AM on June 22, 2013
South China Morning Post: EXCLUSIVE: Snowden safe in Hong Kong, more US cyberspying details revealed
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 12:24 PM on June 22, 2013
Snowden extradition would 'tarnish Hong Kong's image', says China state media

Hong Kong govt silent on Snowden’s fate as lawmakers call for China to decide

Hong Kong legislators said that the Chinese government should make the final decision on whether former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden should be extradited to the United States now that the Justice Department has charged him with espionage and theft of government... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 1:06 PM on June 22, 2013
Its only Federal District Court for the District of Hawaii that Snowden needs to be concerned about. Because Hong Kong has an extradition treaty with the United States.

A truly baffling comment. Having an extradition treaty doesn't mean that the US can pull anyone it wants out of Hong Kong for any reason it wants. The Treaty doesn't cover political offenses, which this obviously is.

Furthermore both Hong Kong and the Chinese... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 2:50 PM on June 22, 2013
The HK government's press release is kind of amazing, it's a straightup smackdown of the US government.

The US Government earlier on made a request to the HKSAR Government for the issue of a provisional warrant of arrest against Mr Snowden. Since the documents provided by the US Government did not fully comply with the legal requirements under Hong Kong law, the HKSAR Government has requested the US Government to provide additional information so that the... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 9:44 AM on June 23, 2013
Ironmouth, can you explain why you were wrong about Hong Kong's extradition treaty requiring them to turn over Snowen, and why exactly you were wrong about Hong Kong's laws not being relevant?

Because obviously you were.
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 11:51 AM on June 23, 2013
I'm a litigator with 10 years experience ... There is no way around this. None. There is no decision that has ever reversed Smith.
You still haven't explained why you were wrong about him being extradited from Hong Kong. If you were as "knowledgeable" as you claim to be you wouldn't have gotten that incorrect.
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 10:02 PM on June 23, 2013
Hong Kong lawyer Albert Ho says 'middleman' urged Snowden to leave
Democratic Party lawmaker and lawyer Albert Ho Chun-yan revealed last night he was part of last-minute top-level discussions with the government on the fate of Edward Snowden.

The senior partner of Ho, Tse, Wai & Partners, said that acting on Snowden's instructions he met a top government official last Friday to discuss the American's situation and clarify some legal issues, but
... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 10:17 PM on June 23, 2013
I'm not sure this is a failure of the clearance process (there are arguments to be made that too many people have clearances, or information wasn't compartmentalized enough, or third parties shouldn't have access to the sorts of information he had access to). -- el io

Hahah, here's where it gets hilarious: Apparently Snowden's backgound check was also handled by a private contractor and one that's actually been... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 11:40 AM on June 24, 2013
I would say that everyone thus far has been a pretty poor predictor of events.

I was right that he wouldn't be extradited from Hong Kong.

delmoi and ironmouth - i respectfully suggest you guys take it to memail.

I'm just asking a simple question. If he wants people to assume his legal analysis is correct he needs to explain why he made an error regarding Hong Kong's extradition... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 12:12 PM on June 24, 2013
There is so much interesting stuff happening in this affair right now, and all we have on Metafilter is the same usual gang circling around the same usual target to try to kick the shit out of each other. I've flagged 90% of this stupid argument.

If you want more content reddit's /r/politics is has been having several massive threads per day on this topic. It looks like /r/news and /r/worldnews do as well.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 1:00 PM on June 24, 2013
Hong Kong government hits back at US criticism over Snowden arrest demand

"The people of Hong Kong and our friends in the international community expect us to follow the laws of Hong Kong itself. They expect us to uphold our rule of law and, equally importantly, they expect us to follow procedural fairness and procedural justice. We were asking the United States government for further important information on the case, and there was no legal basis to stop... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 4:48 PM on June 24, 2013
Meet the press fails to disclose the fact that one of his guests was a founding partner in a lobbying firm that represents a major NSA contractor.

But Murphy himself has a stake in this debate that arguably ought to have been disclosed. Though Murphy was introduced only as a “Republican strategist,” he is also the founding partner of Navigators Global, a lobbying firm that represents one of the NSA’s largest contractors. Disclosures show that Navigators Global... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 4:56 PM on June 24, 2013
Guardian: China's state newspaper praises Edward Snowden for 'tearing off Washington's sanctimonious mask'

NYT: Leaker’s Flight Raises Tension Between U.S. and 3 Nations

Seems pretty absurd to me that the US would engage in rampant law-breaking in these countries then get all pissy about them not returning the guy who told them about it as if it was some kind of affront to the rule of law.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 3:28 AM on June 25, 2013
I assume that there are very many people who don't believe the US should spy on China, Russia, Iran, etc. But I expect that (i have not looked at any polls) a majority of Americans support this and it certainly appears that a majority of Congress does, too.

That's nice, do you expect the majority of non-Americans to continue to buy American IT products if they expect their data to get forwarded to the NSA?

If a US
... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 1:27 PM on June 25, 2013
Snowden didn't call greenwald or anyone else on the Phone, as far as the internet goes no one has claimed that they're breaking public key cryptography - in fact this clearly indicates they can't do it.

And, they don't need or aren't trying to get every single piece of data, simply gathering data on the vast majority of people who don't think they're being spied on can result in gathering a huge amount of data. (and, again, that would be most people - otherwise they'd... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 4:00 PM on June 25, 2013
NSA removes 'fact sheet' from the internet. Apparently not actually 'factual'.
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 8:43 PM on June 25, 2013
Four years ago, Ed Snowden thought leakers should be ‘shot’

Thought, or pretended to think, in a very conspicuous way? Anyway, if this was four years ago it doesn't conflict with his purported timeline that much.
US got NSA leaker Edward Snowden's middle name wrong, says Hong Kong: Justice secretary explains why White House's request for arrest of whistleblower was turned down

And I'm sure it's... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 3:49 PM on June 26, 2013

Rick Santorum: Movie Mogul
It would almost certainly just be cheaper and easier to make their films in Hollywood - apparently they're, like, so grossed out by it or something that they need to be in a different physical location. Or maybe they're getting some kind of sweetheart tax deal.
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 9:01 PM on June 25, 2013
Over the last decade, Hollywood has really discovered the size of the underserved religious market from films like "The Blind Side" and "The Book of Eli." And now, with "Man of Steel," they're discovering that audiences are hungry for movies laden with faith and entertainment.
I thought The Book of Eli was pretty good - it was a typical post-apocalypse fare. The bible as a book played a role in... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 1:06 PM on June 26, 2013

"commons is ethically broken. You should be ashamed."
Still, maybe they could implement a some kind of filter that allows users to filter out dickpics? You can find all that stuff on flickr (depending on what country you connect to the site from), for example, but if you search NSFW pictures are filtered out by default.
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 12:11 PM on June 26, 2013

The Supreme Court rules on a key part of the Voting Rights Act.
The 15th amendment to the constitution:

Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.


Seems pretty straight forward to me.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 11:57 AM on June 25, 2013

RIP
Richard Clarke has always been one of those people hyping cyberwar/cyberterrorism.
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 10:17 PM on June 24, 2013
For example, in live road tests, were able to forcibly and completely disengage the brakes while driving, making it difficult for the driver to stop.
That's disturbing.
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 3:01 AM on June 25, 2013

Regarding Clark
The problem is with these comic book 'continuities' running for decades there is no core 'character'. There is the archetype of superman everyone knows, then there is the character that actually exists in the current DC universe, which probably hardly anyone actually cares about.
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 2:49 AM on June 25, 2013

World War Z, types of zombies and the evolution of the genre
Someone mentioned that in North Korea, in the movie they pulled everyone's teeth in order to avoid spreading the plague.

The problem is, given the zombie biology in the movie is that it's actually a really good idea. In fact, it's such a good idea that it's kind of absurd that the rest of the world didn't do it as well. And if not pulling teeth then why not put everyone in a Hannibal lector mask that they can't remove? (you could make it look less... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 4:42 PM on June 24, 2013

Penny Arcade and its Krahulik problem
But put the other way, what possible testable hypotheses are there for species dysphoria to hypothetically occur? Since we obviously don't share any genetics with most non-human species

Actually we share almost all of our genetics with every other species of animal, we even share a lot of genetics with plants and other eukaryotes. Not that it has any relevance to the concept of 'otherkin'.

I'm sure people who are transgender... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 1:57 AM on June 23, 2013
Indeed. There was no need for this to become a trans thread in the first place, and it shouldn't have. The FPP is about a public-relations debacle.

It was a PR debacle over trans-people and transphobia. How people feel about those things is directly relevant to the PR effect of his statements.

It's a video game webcomic. Video game fandom is highly regressive on a broad range of issues, it's hard to... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 1:52 PM on June 23, 2013

Why Do Americans Have the Worst DVRs?
Who cares when there's the pirate bay?
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 10:59 PM on June 22, 2013

2012 Rise In CO2 Levels Second-Highest In 54 Years
For 13K you could insulate all of the houses on your (proverbially, optimally dense) block ... Whereas the idea of buying solar is doubling down on the bet that the best way to change things is if everyone suddenly did what was best for themselves. How has that worked out so far?

You cannot zero out CO2 emissions with insulation, but you can with solar panels. The 'ideology' is not the issue, all that matters is what's going to work, and what won't.... [more]
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 4:47 PM on June 22, 2013

Ken Burns' World War Z
Ugh, zombies are so overplayed. Especially in video games. I wonder if it has to do with the fact that zombies are such an easy trope to implement in a game environment.
posted to MetaFilter by delmoi at 10:35 AM on June 22, 2013

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