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462 No. 462 [Edit]
This thread is computer/technology related, so /mt/ is probably the best place to post it.

Anyway, to the point. I've been hearing many rumours that the soon to come Windows 8 will have forced "Live integration", which means (you guessed it), forcing you to register on Live before being able to use the OS. From that moment on, I realized that Microsoft will either fail completely as a Software manufacturer or the oblivious masses will bend over. To my (almost expected) disappointment, it is the latter. The masses will accept this as they have done so far. I'm talking about the social networking shoved in people's faces everywhere. You can't go to a large website without seeing facebook and twitter links everywhere. Hell, even online gaming has turned into one big social network (see Steam, Xbox Live, etc.)

The question I pose is, what's next? Requirement to have your real name visible everywhere you post? Or maybe forced cloud computing? Web 2.0? Seems likely.

They're already putting tracking devices in smart phones:

And don't get me started on the backdoors they've put in proprietary software.

Well, this concludes my pointless post. Any thoughts?

inb4 conspiracy theorist
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>> No. 839 [Edit]
I just don't think anyone will really care if you download only subs. It isn't like there's an anime lobby trying to get Congress to draft legislation about anime piracy.
Same thing goes for music, I'd think; who is going to give a shit if you get the entire discography of some ridiculously obscure 1960's psychedelic-noise band? But download Gangnam Style and you go to jail.
>> No. 840 [Edit]
Here are a bunch of "secure" VPN providers but the thing to rememeber is not to have one that is resident in your country (far away from your country jurisdiction is recomended)

the list(do your own research,take precaution against north american providers)

Private Internet Access

Post edited on 3rd Mar 2013, 3:10am
>> No. 841 [Edit]
Thanks for posting this. Will be good for future reference.
>> No. 842 [Edit]
How much does having a VPN slow your internet down? I know it wouldn't be as bad as most open proxies, but it must have some substantial effect, right?
>> No. 843 [Edit]

it depends speed restriction,speed of your own broadband,how far the provider is but not by much,if many are using it (weekend,evenings)etc General stress on the network.

If you are using a good VPN there will not be any extreme variations only a slight difference ,upload speed is maybe something that may decrease. Higher encryption like OpenVPN(2048 bit) may be slower compared to PPTP (128 bit). PPTP have security issues that can unmask you.

slow download/torrent does not equal vpn is bad.

Open Proxies does not guarantee any missuse of your data nor encryption.

if you want to do speed test this vpn have a free trial (dutch/swedish)

If we are talking about torrenting I would recomend a seedbox and a private torrenttracker.

Post edited on 3rd Mar 2013, 7:26am
>> No. 844 [Edit]
Selected Papers in Anonymity
>> No. 845 [Edit]
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Send a message to your representatives asking them to oppose this dangerous bill

The objectionable provisions of CISPA include:

-viscerating existing privacy laws by giving overly broad legal immunity to companies who share users' private information, including the content of communications, with the government.
-Authorizing companies to disclose users' data directly to the NSA, a military agency that operates secretly and without public accountability.
-Broad definitions that allow users' sensitive personal information to be used for a range of purposes, including for "national security," not just computer and network security.

>Under CISPA, which government agencies can get your data? small list.

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>> No. 846 [Edit]
If you are wearing a hat and jacket in the London subwaysystem during summertime you might be a TS suspect when smartcameras watching you.

Naked Citizens - World
>> No. 848 [Edit]
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"WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—The United States government charged former intelligence analyst Edward Snowden with spying on Friday, apparently unaware that in doing so it had created a situation dripping with irony.

At a press conference to discuss the accusations, an N.S.A. spokesman surprised observers by announcing the spying charges against Mr. Snowden with a totally straight face.

“These charges send a clear message,” the spokesman said. “In the United States, you can’t spy on people.”

Seemingly not kidding, the spokesman went on to discuss another charge against Mr. Snowden—the theft of government documents: “The American people have the right to assume that their private documents will remain private and won’t be collected by someone in the government for his own purposes.”

“Only by bringing Mr. Snowden to justice can we safeguard the most precious of American rights: privacy,” added the spokesman, apparently serious"
>> No. 850 [Edit]
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Very related:

I'd normally be all up for anything on augmented reality, but the way this is been put to use...
>> No. 852 [Edit]
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Lavabit is now gone fucking dammit.

My Fellow Users,

I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit. After significant soul searching, I have decided to suspend operations. I wish that I could legally share with you the events that led to my decision. I cannot. I feel you deserve to know what’s going on--the first amendment is supposed to guarantee me the freedom to speak out in situations like this. Unfortunately, Congress has passed laws that say otherwise. As things currently stand, I cannot share my experiences over the last six weeks, even though I have twice made the appropriate requests.

What’s going to happen now? We’ve already started preparing the paperwork needed to continue to fight for the Constitution in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. A favorable decision would allow me resurrect Lavabit as an American company.

This experience has taught me one very important lesson: without congressional action or a strong judicial precedent, I would _strongly_ recommend against anyone trusting their private data to a company with physical ties to the United States.

Ladar Levison
Owner and Operator, Lavabit LLC

Defending the constitution is expensive! Help us by donating to the Lavabit Legal Defense Fund here

>> No. 853 [Edit]
If you care about privacy in your emails, you should be using encryption anyway.
>> No. 854 [Edit]
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>> No. 855 [Edit]
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how fucked are we ?
>> No. 856 [Edit]
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OK, now Youtube won't let me post comments anymore, unless I link the account to Google+ they forced me to open and do so with my real name...

Man, this is pathetic. I remember when Youtube was so damned cool; I started watching so many interesting stuff there. Anyway, I'm just not commenting there no more, just leaching for the while. If anyone else know about some growing but still decent global video community, please let me know.
>> No. 857 [Edit]
Yeah it's fucking stupid. I'm a content creator on YouTube and I can't even reply to people in my comments anymore.

God what a fucking joke, I hate Google so much.
>> No. 858 [Edit]

make a new google+ account, perhaps through a proxy, with an iconically fake name, such as Dack Janiel or Ahmed Diejewse, or the first half of your youtube account name as the first name, the latter part as a the last. Then, (without using a proxy), log into the obviously fake google+ account, and then log into youtube and google with automatically link them for you, and now you have a fake account that can post comments.

a better thing to ask would be why the fuck are you posting youtube comments?
also, niconico is still alive and kicking.
>> No. 859 [Edit]
>why the fuck are you posting youtube comments?
to have fun with the funny, troll the stupid and salute the praiseworthy of course, what else? youtube comments could make for fun mini-threads sometimes. not anymore, though, with all those fugly real names and avatar pics there.

at niconico I always felt like a foreigner (maybe cause I am).

Post edited on 10th Nov 2013, 8:30am
>> No. 860 [Edit]
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>> No. 861 [Edit]
So I kinda just found out about this:

Video of it if you don't want to read. 3DPD warning.

Typical government business.

Holy shit.
>> No. 862 [Edit]
Digression: Thanks to my receding anxiety I have been able to deal with this just fine. I still use an overly secure browser (because I haven't bothered to change it), but it's very nice to just use the internet freely without freaking out over things like this, as I normally would.
>> No. 1142 [Edit]
It's already almost gone. Once they ban TOR it willcbe completely gone.
>> No. 1170 [Edit]
And it would appear that TOR is compromised.
>> No. 1181 [Edit]
It's Tor not TOR
>> No. 1222 [Edit]
Do you guys know about.. Meshnet and CJDNS?
Check it out, it's quite awesome.
>> No. 1224 [Edit]
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TPB on the line.
>> No. 1225 [Edit]
Sorry, thought it was just an acronym.
>> No. 1226 [Edit]
>a nuclear-proof data center built into a mountain complex near Stockholm.
Oh damn, even a nuclear war can't kill the pirate bay
>> No. 1229 [Edit]
A police raid on the other hand.
>> No. 1230 [Edit]
Police raids>all
>> No. 1231 [Edit]
They'll be back, they're like a phoenix.
>> No. 1232 [Edit]
There's already a thousand mirrors for the site up already. And thanks to DHT the torrents are still seeded and healthy. They've effectively made their job harder by killing the place.
>> No. 1338 [Edit]
OP here. I return 4 years later and the release of Windows 10 has so far been a malign fulfilment of all my apprehensions.

Stay strong, brohnos. There will be more Big Brother ahead, mark my words.
>> No. 1339 [Edit]
Explain. Also welcome back.
>> No. 1340 [Edit]

1. There's no way to disable automatic updates because key features of Windows 10 are now cloud-based. This means that inconsistencies between your locally-installed Windows 10 operating system and the cloud would render it unusable.

2. There's no way to disable Microsoft from reading Outlook emails and collecting keywords and using them to direct user-specific advertisements. Windows generates a unique advertising ID for each user on a device. This advertising ID can be used by third parties, such as app developers and advertising networks for profiling purposes.

3. There are ads, which Microsoft calls "app suggestions", in the start menu.

4. By default, when signing into Windows with a Microsoft account, Windows syncs some of your settings and data with Microsoft servers, for example “web browser history, favorites, and websites you have open” as well as “saved app, website, mobile hotspot, and Wi-Fi network names and passwords”.

5. When device encryption is on, the BitLocker recovery key for the user’s device is automatically backed up online in the Microsoft OneDrive account.

6. To enable Cortana, Microsoft collects and uses data such as your device location, data from your calendar, the apps you use, data from your emails and text messages, who you call, your contacts, how often you interact with them on your device, your music, alarm settings, whether the lock screen is on, what you view and purchase, your browse and Bing search history, speech data, your voice input, as well your name and nickname, your recent calendar events and the names of the people in your appointments, and information about your contacts including names and nicknames.

7. “We will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to enforce the terms governing the use of the services".

8. Microsoft basically grants itself very broad rights to collect everything you do, say and write with and on your devices in order to sell more targeted advertising or to sell your data to third parties. The company appears to be granting itself the right to share your data either with your consent “or as necessary”.

9. And last but definitely not least, Microsoft regularly sends bug reports directly to the NSA.
>> No. 1341 [Edit]
I wonder if those kids in the Windows 10 commercial know theyre advertising the ugliest most ad-filled OS ever?
>> No. 1342 [Edit]
Soon I'm going to build a new, more powerful PC and use my current one with a linux distro
Then I'll put Windows on the new PC so I can use it for gaming etc without having to worry about anything important being spied by microsoft.
>> No. 1343 [Edit]
You do realize the concerns about privacy are about whistleblowers and journalists, right? Microsoft don't give a shit about weebs jerking it to hentai.
>> No. 1344 [Edit]
You think they won't come for you, but they will.

I live in a former communist country, I know how this shit works.

>Yeah, we're detaining those high profile counter-revolutionaries. You don't need to worry if you're not one, right?
>Yeah, we'll closely monitor intellectuals, educators, party secretaries and media personalities. You aren't any of those, so why care?
>Yeah, we detained one guy who was overheard in a pub, criticizing the Party. Yeah, he was a nobody, but for all we know, he could have been working for a counter-revolutionary! We can't be too careful!
>Oh by the way, we're deploying armed militiamen to patrol the streets and search random people's homes, regardless of who they are and whether or not they're suspected of anything. Why? What do you mean why? Are you a counter-revolutionary? I mean, if you aren't one, what do you have to fear?

Is it any wonder that at the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union had a GULAG + general prison population of ~30 million? I think not.
>> No. 1345 [Edit]
Man why do people on other sites get so defensive when you say Windows 10 sucks?
>> No. 1346 [Edit]
There is HEAVY viral marketing for it, I'm pretty sure the majority of defenders are on Microsoft's payroll.

Of course, there are always some strange people who feel the need to defend monolithic corporations at all costs.
>> No. 1352 [Edit]

Why did they made it so shitty though? what was wrong with 7? why didn't they just made an OS just for tablets?

Why games still run on DirectX if its clear windows Hates games? (oh yeah, and productivity)
>> No. 1354 [Edit]
>why didn't they just made an OS just for tablets?
That's called Windows Phone and it's discontinued for a reason.

>Why games still run on DirectX
Because DirectX is an industry standard. DirectX was helping developers make games when OpenGL was in it's infancy, very poorly optimized and only used in the scientific community. You'll have a hell of a time getting any IT industry to switch from anything after it's already adopted something.

>if its clear windows Hates games? (oh yeah, and productivity)
You'll have to explain this part here. I'm pretty intimate with Windows and I don't remember seeing any kind of "killAllGames" service running in the background.
Though if you actually stop playing games you'll find Windows is actually pretty easy to be productive in. Well, at least 7 is. I never tried 10 but it does look like a clusterfuck.

2. Technically no, there's nothing stopping Microsoft from reading outlook emails. But they also don't actually look at your emails unless they can convince two of their own lawyers that they can. This is an internal promise.
4. These can be disabled. I'm aware Windows will still ping back to Microsoft even if these settings are disabled, but they don't actually send any data (no one knows why this happens, probably just stupidity on Microsoft's account)
6. I understand the privacy concerns with Cortana, but you have to remember, Cortana is not only a frontend to Bing, but it also improves itself by interacting with people and you yourself.
9. This is the dumbest point of all. Yes, Microsoft sends bug reports to governments and security agencies. Wanna guess why? You'll never guess. Okay sit down for this one it's gonna shock you. It's so they can make sure they, as government entities with very sensitive data, are not vulnerable to newly-found bugs before Microsoft can patch them. Or do you really expect Microsoft to just say "nope no security threats here" while some skiddie who just decompiled the latest security patch starts digging though all your bank data?

All your other points are valid. I'm not defending anything, I'm just clearing up FUD.
>> No. 1397 [Edit]
I wonder if OP killed himself due to sheer insanity.
Rest in peace.
>> No. 1398 [Edit]
yeah if you compare the posts from 2011 and now you really see the direction this all is heading.
Also this 2013 "speech" of edward snowden is really interesting.
>> No. 1443 [Edit]
Nope. I'm still here. Somehow.
I just wish my predictions were all that came true. Instead, the reality is so much worse across the board than anything I could imagine in 2011.

Also, thread necromancing commence!

>> No. 1450 [Edit]
A four year old thread that somehow has clung to life is so amazingly comfy.
>> No. 1451 [Edit]
That's pretty much half the threads on this site you know.
>> No. 1454 [Edit]
Whats even scarier is that they are spying overseas. So if your using a computer made by an Eastern company, and your some guy over in Kenya using that computer using a Kenyan ISP, The States are still spying on you, even if the Kenyan government had no agreement with The States.
>> No. 1808 [Edit]
Crazy that I'm the first to post since 2016
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