Saturday, January 17, 2015

Our Broken Internet

article =Charlie Hebdo: 'Islamist cyber attacks' hit France
On Thursday, the head of cyber security for the French military, Vice Admiral Arnaud Coustilliere, said that "structured" groups and "well known Islamist hackers" were behind the attacks against the 20,000 sites, but did not elaborate.

Welcome to our broken internet. 
How is it broken ? 
A bunch of religious nut cases on the other side of the world can now dictate what sites can and cannot opperate, based on their religious views. They don't care about your religious views. 

How do we fix this internet ?

We cannot. 

The American NSA is actively working to prevent you from securing the internet from anyone who might hack you. Oh , in their view point they're fighting terrorism, they want to be able to hack anyone in the whole wide world. But by putting in a back door , trap door, whatever they call it, into your network , they're openning it to every hacker in the world. 

And it's been in the news pretty much every day for a year now that NSA likes to hack encryption and put in back doors, and when asked to stop the only response we got was from President Obama telling us to "GET OVER IT" he has no intention of stopping. 

Our current internet is for entertainment purposes only. 
You can't run a business on it, because entire nation states will hack you. Brazil , for example is ticked that NSA got caught red handed trying to help an american company win a contract in their oil industry (big money) against Petrobrazil.  This is why all american companies got the boot from brazil , and why they're now building their own undersea data cable straight to europe , bypassing american snooping.

It will be interesting to see what happens with that Data Cable , since it has been mentioned on several groups that the americans have a submarine called the USS Jimmy Carter specifically equipped for bugging undersea cables. But that cable is more than a year, possibly a couple of years, away so we're not getting any updates any time soon. 

There are articles to this day about some kind of double ellipse random number generator used in encryption that has a "trap door" , apparently if you feed the right numbers into it , somehow , and it's used in certain encryption algorythms, you can figure out the password quite easily. The details are not at all clear to me, the part where they sabataged your encryption and stuff you thought was hidden , is not , is pretty clear. 

Why is encryption important ?  
It's used by everyone. Banks, the military , police agencies (lives are on the line there, a lit of under cover operatives infiltrating drug gangs could get a lot of cops killed).

And now everyone knows to bang away at encryption , any encryption , because it's probably been sabataged. The UK government is thinking about banning encryption entirely if it doesn't have a back door to let them in (you gotta know the criminals, and terrorists are going to go looking for that back door). 

The problem here is that you're not encrypting your stuff against your next door neibours, and the 20 guys that live in your neibourhood who probably don't know squat about encryption. 

The problem is your little computer is hooked into the whole world, and there are entire nation states that have decided they want access to everything, every where. Every mom and pop shop, every private user just playing games, everything. 

And in their footsteps follow the terrorists who want to draw up a list of Infidels and execute them (there have already been news reports of ISIS making mal ware to find the real world location of their enemies and then sending over death squads...) 

And staying quiet and not bothering people has , historically , never actually worked. Plus the Sunni Muslims and the  Shi'ite muslims consider not only all non muslims in the world to be infidels, but each other as well , and you now have hundreds of millions of people who think you're an Infidel and desperately need to be killed, no matter what faith you follow.  (or even pretend to follow). No matter what you state as your faith , someone isn't going to like it. 

The time has come to take this internet technology , that is mostly copy lefted (free for anyone to use) and make your own internal network , and not connect it to anyone else. Just use it to share the printer on your floor. The time has come to contact your client via cell phone (voice or text message) and keep the content of the message down to "I'm down stairs please open the door" , or "Meet you at the cafe at 3pm " or "I just sent a courier over with the documents on a USB stick" or some such. 

Teleconferencing is now out for most companies, because they generally want to keep the contents of their little management meetings private. 

The time has come for private individuals to throw trash on their face book or other public accounts. Assuming you can't just shut them down. Make friends with people you don't really like. Claim you are an avid knitter, and then ignore all the knitting advertisments you will be flooded with. If anyone tries to analyze your face book for sales data, it should be full of errors, because "sales analysis" is a fancy way of saying "how can we double the price and he'll actually pay it , whether he likes it or not". 

The time has come for national data networks, networks that only work for one country , and kick everyone else out. Why ? Because CSIS (the canadian version of NSA) is beholden to the canadian voter, and so they can't get too obnoxious without some politician coming down on them.  But the USA's NSA doesn't give a rats behind what the Canadian Voter thinks, so they'll give us the middle finger and continue to gang rape our privacy and commit industrial espianoge and everything they can to get whatever they can out of it.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

(il ?) Legal Downloading

Article = none, personal opinion.

What is illegal downloading.
I have struggled to understand this question for a while now, and the answer isn't as simple as you think. The answer isn't "downloading stuff illegally" , technically an answer but hardly does it answer any questions.

Illegal downloading is ... like putting up a stand to sell seeds in the middle of the street, and posting a sign that says "10 cents a package". 

It's not your street.  And you leave the stand unattended a lot, in the middle of this buy street. And the shop owners nearby don't like you , because they pay taxes for their property , and you do not. And the owner of the seeds really don't like you , because you bought a few of their seeds last month, and then grew your own , and now you're selling new seeds, seeds that have never seen the inside of their shop.

and the owner of the stand is yelling at the police he's been robbed, frequently, by passers by who keep stealing his seeds when he's not around, which is a lot. And he wants the cops to go black mail these people into giving him money for those seeds, and no returning the seeds isn't good enough because they've probably grown new ones by the time the cops catch them.

Yes. That's what illegal downloading is.
You're selling stuff on someone elses network. Someone who's not just a random stranger, they're your direct business competition. You're not paying them for use of their network, but you are expecting them to enforce security for your business. And I suppose the ultimate insult is that the thing you are selling , the software or movies ? It's not running on your equipment , it's running on someone elses equipment (the customers own their own computers) . So what exactly are you providing here ?

You made some junk , you gave it away for free (or should have known it would get away free) and now you want every cop in the world to be your salesman.  And you aint paying a sales commission. You want them to work free of charge at this. Arresting the very people they are being paid to protect , to protect your profits, oh and you probably arn't even from that country.

This is all  A SICK JOKE  !!!!

Go back to the old days where you ran your own TV network. Oh wait, we're still there. Those old TV networks are still here they're now into internet as well, but they still sell TV. 

Then who are you with the illegal download complaints ?

You're some JACK ASS from the other side of the world who released some low quality recordings and now wants THE ENTIRE FREAKING WORLD to pay up , because you set up a stand on someone elses turf, let a few people steal your products, and now you want to send the cops after them.

This problem has a solution. Rather a simple one. But that solution wouldn't profit you because NO ONE WOULD ACTUALLY BUY YOUR CRAP IF THEY KNEW THEY WERE MAKING A PURCHASE.  it's one thing to download 10 movies a day if they're free. It's another to look at my wallet and realize I can only afford one movie a month , what ever shall I buy this month ...

Even worse. The crap you're forcing people to buy (I won't say sell) is as ephereal as vapours. No one has a disk in their hand. No one has some kind of object with the movie, or song, or game. And when we do purchase from you , you pull stunts like "Only works on our player, gotta pay so much a month , every month , FOREVER , or we cut you off from your own library that you spent hundreds of dollars on. "

First time my devcie, computer, whatever crashes, I lose it all. If I catch a virus, and have to reformat and wipe it all down , I lose it all.

What you should do (but you won't , because drafting every cop in the world to be your unpaid salesman is cheaper) is put commercials inside those shows to pay for them. Make special formats that only work on special players (ps4 consol games, music, etc , doesn't get copied and stolen). Upload patches every now and then so that if someone tries to make a software player you can change the format and the software dev (who's working for free) will quickly give up after a time or two.

The solution isn't a bigger "10 Cents a pop" sign on your candy stand in the middle of someone elses street. The solution is get the heck off the street entirely, you have no business being there.

Saturday, December 06, 2014

The Death of Eric Garner

This man is dead.
You'll notice he did not resist arrest, though the police no doubt will claim he did. Watch the video for yourself and make  up your own mind on this point.
Officer Daniel Pantaleo was cleared of any wrong doing by a US Grand Jury.
This decision , apparently , means it's ok to kill people when you arrest them.

And you wonder why the rioting continues.

Interesting point. The police apparently are not permitted to stop people from recording incidents like this. There's no way they couldn't know the guy with the camera was recording , but they made no attempt to stop him. 

Friday, November 28, 2014

Loblaws and the Data Pad

article = none, personal experience.

Went to the Loblaws yesterday (at Elmvale Shopping Center , here in Ottawa), they had a Black Friday Special , an android data pad , 4 gigabytes. Only 39.95 . It was in their flyer and everything.

Lined up for 7am this morning , before they even openned.

The things were gone. The manager admitted that one had been sold to a staff member ,and simply shrugged indifferently that the others were missing (there had been a pile of 4). up and they're all sold out BEFORE the doors even open ? Thats gotta be some kind of illegal. False advertising or something.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Is the NSA Evil ?

Wow , I've really been picking on the NSA lately , havn't I ? Just looked down the list of previous blog posts and you'd almost thing I had a fetish over them or something ?

I can't decide if it's because I'm bored , or because there's nothing else going on. I mean , there is that war against ISIS , but I found a TV show (in english) being aired in Iraq where they catch a few suicide bombers and take them back to the places they struck , and then the regular (muslim) citizens come out and start screaming at them about how they have very little and you burned it all down you (swear word, swear word sweear word) how could you do this ?

The only relevant answer any of them gave was " to degrade iraqi security".

Huh ? You're degrading security so you can invade a muslim country ... to conquer it for who ? They're already muslims. You're already muslims ...

Yeah. This ISIS thing isn't a religious war, it's just gangsters running around in a place with no cops.

Any ways, back to the NSA.

Lets pretend you live in a western nation , and the police , an actual agency of the government it doesn't matter which one , decide they need your bank records.  Sounds ok so far , right ?

So they go to the bank on a sunday , when no one is around  and they pick the lock. But they're not very good lock picks so they break the lock , and they go in and disable the alarms, and they're not very good at it , so they leave the alarms disabled. They look up your bank records, print out a couple of copies, and they're pretty happy and they walk away.

Leaving the alarms to the bank off , and the door still unlocked.

Oh , and one police officers took a copy home with him , and his kid got a hold of it , and made paper air planes out of it, and sent them flying off out the window to god only knows where.

You'd be pretty ticked, wouldn't you ?

The NSA broke standard encryption.
That is to say , they sabataged encryption standards so that it was easy to break encryption , and then they pushed these broken standards on everyone in the world.
This is the equivilant of pushing faulty locks on everyone in the world. You think your door is locked, but hte first time a criminal takes a run at it , he's going to find it dang easy to open.

And that is the problem here. NSA didn't just insert a back door for their own use to get at peoples records. They left the door wide open , flapping in the wind, for everyone , every hacker in the world , to come in and help themselves. And so the Russian Hackers did. And so the Chinese hackers did.  And all those terrorists that the NSA claims they're fighting ? Yeah , they took a run at the (broken) encryption as well.

If you were a tax payer, and you had a government organization that professed loud and long that it's job was to fight terrorism , but it went and made it easy for the terrorists to hack into ... well...everything. AND , to this day , they still object if anyone tries to harden their encryption , they loudly proclaim YOU are assisting terrorists by defending yourself from every hacker in the world .... what would you think ?

Think about it.

Monday, September 15, 2014

What do we do about the NSA ?

Article = None , personal Opinion

What do we Do about the NSA ?

NSA , intercepting traffic on sub sea cables and recording that traffic.

NSA , intecepting phone calls inside of america , claiming they only listen in on meta data .

NSA , repeatedly lying to their own senate, and getting caught.

NSA , sharing information with the FBI , so they can "create parrallel lines of investigation" to convict (read that "Frame" ) drug dealers, their right to defend themselves and face their accusers effectively revoked by divine fiat (oops... presidential fiat , I meant to say)
   Hmm... do I really want to get into the part where we're defending drug dealers ? Isn't that Ichy ? do we know they're drug dealers ... because they were convicted ... Oh right ... they were framed, the conviction is a fantasy of the FBI's "perfect case" that doesn't require a shred of real evidence, becuase the 'real evidence' is actually highly illegal to bring into a court so they just made stuff up.
   Rather like convicting me because you know where my phone was , but tracking my phone is illegal , so you'll pay an informant to say I was at 9th and Trembley , oh I deny it I must be lying of course people who commit crimes lie  ! , and deny me the opportunity to point out that my girlfriends phone died that day so i lent her mine until she could recharge hers ...

NSA sabataged encryption standards , so as to hack and read anyones messages.

NSA writes malware to infect computers owned by people they don't like.

NSA has committed industrial espionage (Petrobrazil , hacked their computers to see what their bid was on a Brazilian project and give the information to a competing american corperation so the american could win , which is why brazil has been ticked at USA for over a year now ... )

On and on , and every day new revelations.

What do we do about these terrible , terrible people ?

Not a dang thing. 

Huh ? Excuse me ,you just went on for a whole page about their terrible crimes. What do you mean not a dang thing ?

The USA has made a number of promises. Promises about being a great democracy , a beacon of freedom, a safe haven for capitalism. And quite frankly , it has fallen down and broken many of those promises. No question at all about it.

But it is still a better place to live than Russia. As much as I admire Edward Snowden and consider him a hero for unveiling the dishonesty of the NSA , and in truth the entire USA (ie: Obama is backing up the NSA to the hilt, so we gotta blame the whole government , it isn't just "one rogue branch" ) , as much as I admire him , I have no intention of joining him in russia.

As much as I admire China's efforts to get another operating system off the the ground and kick the windows habit , that admiration stems from a need for all of us , all nations (except the USA) needing to kick the windows habit, and it's good to pay attention to the guy going first so you don't make the mistakes he made. I have no intention of moving to china , and I certainly don't applaude their endless cycle of human rights violations (except maybe against the muslim radicals ...) I merely watch with the interest of one who knows we are next in line to walk the same path.

Because lets face it. You can't plant spy devices in stuff when people are watching you. They'll say things like "That's a USA phone ? You know the NSA is listenning on everything you do , right ? Oh ,and they share that info wtih the FBI and even local law enforcement, so the average cop on the street is probably listenning in on your phone as well "

If you are a foriegn government building a secure network , and the USA twists your arm and makes you sign a treaty saying USA corperations (whom you KNOW FOR CERTAIN will plant bugs in that suddenly not so secure network) are allowed to bid  , and they routinley underbid local corperations , guess what ? You don't have to accept anyone's bid . You can turn around and decide you aint going to waste the money , because it's supposed to be a secure netowrk , and it obviously isn't secure.
   And if they force you to bulid it anyways, you will build the crappiest , most worthless "secure" network you can get away with it , and then warn everyone within a country mile it's being spied on they shouldn't use it. Then you'll stop paying the bills to maintain it and let it slowly fall apart.

I predict the rise of a new kind of secure network. And it will be called "Sneaker Net". And it will be guys in sneakers with security clearances and usb sticks and chits for unlimited taxi rides running back and forth all over the capital city of every nation in the world. And it will be ok for them to talk with the cabbie , because they have no idea whats on the usb sticks they carry so they can't reveil anything anyways.

I predict Joe Average will stop using the current , infested internet . He will have no choice. The number of hacking incidents is always rising. And after your bank account gets cleared out a time or two , you kind of get the picture maybe this internet is crap , and you don't care that people blame you for having a weak password or what not , you just know you can't make rent this month because some russian (or chinese) hackers just cleared you out.

I predict Joe Average will lay some cable of his own  so his near by neibours and himself can share information without some hackers on the other side of the world getting copies. I predict this cabling will be artfully not mentioned to anyone in authority, because that annoying TIPPS or TAPPS or whatever it is treaty just may come into force , rendering such "private networks" totally illegal , but people will do them anyways.

I predict people meeting at coffee shops , with lap tops , and ignoring the free wifi , as they sit and chat and drink their copy , and exchange usb sticks, and copy data back and forth , and return the usb sticks, keeping a copy of the information. All without any of it being transmitted over the air or across a wire for any intelligence agency or hacker anywhere to copy.

I predict MMO games (online virtual worlds) will become one of the few applications to remain on the old network , for a time, because you pretty much know you're associating with a bunch of total strangers and you're not going to reviel your life secrets to them.  But even that time may be limited, because even this last week , the beginning of September 2014 , a group of hackers tried to take down World of Warcraft , one of the largest MMO's on the planet. And in five years, who knows, maybe they'll succeed in knocking it off , at which point the internet will likely be declared unusuable and be scrapped anyways.

Won't that be a hoot. NSA invests all this effort into forcing everyone onto this one , single internet , one with no security they havn't sabataged , so they can spy on the world. Woopsie ... can't actually use the thing it's full of spammers and hackers and black mailers who keep knocking your servers off line !  Ferget about it lets try something different ...


Wednesday, August 27, 2014


This is the part where our politicians sell our country out from under us , pocket some bribe money , and leave town quick.
Note the part where it mentions 9 other countries ? They mean Canada as well.