* Posts by Nehmo

70 posts • joined 18 Dec 2010


Who cracked El Chapo's encrypted chats and brought down the Mexican drug kingpin? Er, his IT manager


"Can't quit" is a Hollywood concept

Mexicans who are part of a drug cartel organization or work with a drug cartel organization can get fired easily. They can quit too. There are probably instances of certain people getting killed because they knew too much and wanted to leave, but it's not the norm. These organizations sometimes stop working with some subordinate Mexicans just because the subordinates are getting high too much.


The folly of not educating yourself in public/private keys

So, the reason Guzman got caught was that he had to trust another person to do his encryption. He should have studied the subject while on his way up the drug kingpin ladder. Then he could have done the job himself.

Let this be a lesson to you aspiring drug kingpins out there.

Leicestershire teen admits attempting to hack director of the CIA


Re: causing risk of serious damage to human welfare/national security

It sounds like the pertinent statute is the Computer Misuse one https://goo.gl/BkynJt . I don't think your argument will fly. In the US, indeed, if the act is impossible, then the person can't be charged with attempting to do it. The textbook example is that a eunuch can't be charged with attempted rape. But in this case (which is in the UK, of course), "causing risk" is the pivotal phrase.

Trump backs off idea for joint US/Russian 'impenetrable Cyber Security unit'


Re: The only case where you cooperate with the designated enemy

The Soviet Union was the designated enemy, but Russia (the descendant of the SU for you kids) has been pretty much ignored by the propaganda machine until recently. The oligarchs, after wasting Libya and Iraq, wanted to subjugate Syria & Ukraine, but Russia objected. Russia, thus, was again designated, and its enemy status was pushed further when the Democratic party thought it would be advantageous.

Modern kids don't see Russia as an enemy; only old farts indoctrinated during the better-dead-than-red era do.

Wasn't Russia our biggest ally in WWII? (Never mind the War of Independence.) Didn't Russia provide us with information about Afghanistan after 9-11? Didn't the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) warn us (twice!) about the Tsarnaev family (Boston Marathon bomb)? Doesn't Russia ferry our astronauts to and from the International Space Station for cheaper than it cost us to do it with the Shuttle? Doesn't Russia provide NASA with RD-180 engines to power rockets?

In short, a cooperative cyber security operation is certainly doable. It's a very good idea too. It's just that the ColdWar2 politicians like opposing it.

UK and Ecuador working on Assange escape mechanism



Instead of working my brain on a decent post, I'm just going to vote.

Let the embassy rat go.

Microsoft dumps docs.com cloud file locker, sets December death-date


In the early days of the internet, I didn't have a computer. Well, actually, my girlfriend smashed it, and they weren't as easy to replace as they are today (the computer, not the girlfriend). Anyway, I used the cloud (before it knew it was a cloud) site called Visto. It worked OK, and I even lauded its benefits on the Usenet.

Then one day, without warning, it died.

I didn't have a backup.

There are a few of them nowadays http://www.networkworld.com/article/2932962/cloud-storage/19-free-cloud-storage-options.html

From landslide to buried alive: Why 2017 election forecasts weren't wrong


For those of you in the US, I'll make a prediction. In 2020, assuming Trump is alive and runs again, the polls will predict him to lose. But he'll win.

The author doesn't address the most important factor: political parties believe voters want to vote for the winner. If the voters perceive someone to be the probable winner, they will vote for that one. There is an opposite influence (voting because you believe you _need_ to vote_), but it's not as strong. Thus, the pollsters, who are owned by one party or another, predict their candidate will win.

There are numerous ways to force the outcome of a poll.

IOW, it's as Lenin said, what counts is who counts.

Amazon files patent for 'Death Star' flying warehouse


I know I'm a sucker, but...

Sorry, but I want to buy something from that blimp. I don't care what it is, I just want the little drone to fly down from mama to me. I'm trying to think of something to buy now.

Prez Obama expels 35 Russian spies over election meddling


Re: Evidence it was the Russians what dunnit

The DNC leak:

The contents of some are certainly discrediting for the Democrats. I see the most important one as the old Podesta email which showed Citibank's Michael Froman decided on almost every Obama cabinet position.

But the most disturbing consequence is that the (assumed) leaker, Seth Rich, was murdered. I previously didn't believe the "trail of bodies" stories about the Clintons. But this time the circumstances are too suspicious.

The media described him as a "worker" or "operative", yet he his title was Director of Voter Expansion Data (Turnout) since 2014.

The DC police went out of their way to describe the killing as a robbery that went wrong. But nothing was taken, and police are usually hesitant to label something as a robbery when the evidence doesn't point to it.

He was shot several times, even while on the ground, while in a camera blind spot, which is rare for that area. Would a dumb robber have scoped out the blind spots?

Even Seth's family (dad) is shown on TV telling people to not speculate on anything other than robbery. Most families want a serious investigation, and they tend to not believe the simple excuse.

As we know, WikiLeaks hinted that Seth was its source. http://yournewswire.com/wikileaks-seth-rich-leaked-clinton-emails/

Russian hackers got Trump elected? Yeah, let's take a close look at that, says Obama


Re: What would be really funny ...

I doubt the DNC or Podesta leaks were even hacks. Apparently, Seth Rich (DNC's Voter Expansion Data Director since 2014) had access to the data, and he was killed in a "robbery" in which nothing was taken.

The media downplayed his position, referring to him as an "operative" or "worker". And the media up-played the robbery motive. The only evidence that it was a robbery was that there were other robberies.

The killing also took place in a rare blind spot of the numerous cameras in the area.

Did Donald Trump really just ask Russia to hack the US govt? Yes, he did


Chain of Custody is different in data cases

Arguing for a flaw in the chain of custody may be successful and it may not. It's not so simple. In my experience, if the judge wants to convict, he rules that the chain is "sufficiently intact" - unless a clearly required signature is missing or something.

Even if they find an error, they can rule that it didn't reach to the level that would require disqualifying the evidence.

Now, in computer cases, the data may zip anywhere. That usually doesn't stop it from being used. There are different standards for data cases. For example,something simply being on a computer is usually considered possession of it. However, it's well known plenty can end up on a drive without the physical owner's permission.


Kieren McCarthy (author) licks Hillary's sphincter

What a blatantly biased article. Asking someone to find illegally deleted emails is not asking that someone to hack the US government. Besides, he specifically said "Russia or whoever". Ridiculous. The real issue is that Hillary deleted the emails when they were already declared as evidence. Russia has nothing to do with it.

Trump has plenty of things worthy of criticism, but this is not one. Indeed, all these reaching attacks by the media have made me move toward him. At least he will have a hostile media. Hillary will have paid servants tailoring the propaganda.

I'm voting _against_ Hillary. I'd rather have immaturity than evil.

FBI director claims that videoing police is causing crime uptick


Re: Nothing to hide : Nothing to fear

Fools (your word) make that argument every time. Since viewers hear it every time, the viewers make their judgments understanding the video could have something missing.

But fine, if the cops want the whole picture to be released, then why not have the cameras roll constantly while an officer is on duty? And every bit needs to be made public to everyone instantly. The cops work for the public. The public should have access to their products.

As it is, the cops fight in court to keep the videos hidden. Sometimes they lose, and that's when we see how the cops behave. But often they win, and we don't see anything.

Hyperloop One lynched in hangman lawsuit


It looks like the company is a bunch of kids. They need some older people with lower hormone levels to manage the internal squabbles.

Something like this happened to the Superconducting Supercollider too.

Trump's new thought bubble: Make Apple manufacture in the USA


Forget the hair

Quit it on the hair already. The _only_ relevance that has is, considering the wispy growth is probably implants, he has had vain surgical procedures. He can be ridiculed on that, but there has been plenty of that already.

It's easy to attack Trump on serious issues, and that's where the focus should be.They way things are going, he can justly complain that people criticize him for meaningless nonsense.


Clothing Made in China by Trump

Trump said he's "always been very open about" where his products are manufactured, but he just claimed to not know where the shirts were manufactured. https://youtu.be/SYoOPgeTMQc?t=45s .

Trump makes his own ties in China. Letterman exposes him in the clip.


Re: For a guy that claims to be a "businessman"

He pretends to not understand business, but you'll note he makes his clothing line in Mexico, China, and Bangladesh http://goo.gl/HdyGqM . He says these things because they appeal to the audience. If elected president, it will be impossible for him to deliver on many points. But that will be after the election.

NASA 'naut to boldly enter pump-up space podule


No problem. Simply push it into a higher orbit that has a long life expectancy, and then, in the future, build the museum up there!

Trio of 'nauts thunder towards International Space Station


Re: They boldly go

What kind of cosmonaut believes in religious blessings?

Database admin banned from Oxford Street for upskirt filming


I just image Googled "upskirt". Some of those girls are real cute. I must be a perv.


Re: Am I the onky peson who...

I images googled "Upskirt". I must admit, there were some sexy pictures. I must be a perv.

Cops deploy StingRay anti-terror tech against $50 chicken-wing thief


In the US "rob" means stealing by force or threat of force, like pointing a gun at someone. In the UK, it often just means "take". I didn't see any details presented in the article.

The police probably had an ulterior motive for using the sting ray. Someone had a financial deal in which it would be helpful, perhaps. The chicken thief was just the best excuse they could come up with at the time. Nothing will come of it.

Colander-wearing Irishman denied driver's licence in Pastafarian slapdown


Laws are supposed to be objective, and the Supreme Court of the US has stated that a religion needn't be "comprehensible", but the same decision weighed the security interest of prison authorities vs. religious freedom. It said if the freedom interests didn't interfere with the security ones, then the religious freedom should prevail. It then found places where it did, such as allowing candles in the prisoner's cell.

Anyway, the FSM religion's tenant is to parody other religions. Parody is acceptable. Indeed, it's even comprehensible. Thus, it should prevail as long as it doesn't interfere with other legitimate state interests.

Want Edward Snowden pardoned? You're in the minority, say pollsters


Put Snowden on the $20!

Norman Conquest, King Edward, cyber pathogen and illegal gambling all emerge in Apple v FBI


13th Amendment

The 13th Amendment abolished involuntary servitude. The author, Kieren McCarthy, wonders how that could be applicable.

"...argues that the court order breaks the Thirteenth Amendment (1865) – that's right, the one abolishing slavery. How does that work exactly? We don't yet know because the proposed brief has yet to arrive."

But isn't it clear that compelling a company (which is composed of individuals) to perform a task against their will amounts to involuntary servitude?

The government must be limited in its powers. Even if you can find instances where a good government would be aided with additional powers, the real government must be limited.

FBI iPhone unlock order reaction: Trump, Rubio say no to Apple. EFF and Twitter say yes


Charade by the FBI

This story is misrepresented on almost every news site. The FBI isn't asking Apple to “unlock” the phone; Apple has done that for the FBI numerous times. The FBI is demanding Apple to circumvent some security features by writing a new operating system and then updating the phone with the new OS. With the new OS installed, the FBI will be able to try to brute force the password and also do so by bypassing the keypad. http://goo.gl/1Qv100

But it's all a charade by the FBI. The FBI already knows everything about San Bernardino's killer Farooks. It is just using the high profile case as an excuse to get public support behind its demand for software that makes all (except some brand new) iphones breakable.

And if Apple loses, other governments (Saudi Arabia, for one) will demand the same from Apple. This is assuming they can't simply get it via a leak.

How to help a user who can't find the Start button or the keyboard?


Any Key?

As I said in a previous post, I suspect this story is old. But anyway, someone who can not find the start button isn't uncommon. (BTW, it disappeared for one version of Windows; now in 10, it's back.)

Another common story is asking someone to press "Any key", and they respond that they can't find it. They were looking for a key with the label "Any".

More amusing are stories of people who really thought they broke the law when the computer told them that an "illegal operation" had been attempted.



In general, if you are knowledgeable in tech, the 1st line tech support will have less knowledge than you, so to get anything done, you need to speak to someone above them. I've learned to ask to escalate the problem as soon as I realize the person I speaking with is incapable. Usually, they have a procedure and eventually you can talk to someone who knows something.


Stories like this don't happen much anymore, and I suspect it's old. Nowadays, almost everybody who has used a phone has also used a desktop computer to some extent.

I happen to be old, 62. I ushered in this tech, and once people felt comfortable saying "I don't mess with that computer stuff", but not anymore.

Nowaday, customer service can easily use remote access on Windows. The customer doesn't need to do much.

Stephen Hawking reckons he's cracked the black hole paradox


I don't understand a lot of advanced physics because I don't have the math knowledge to read through the various proofs. Considering the confidence in which you write, I can see that many of you comment writers are more advanced than I on the subject. I hereby defer to you.

Ross Ulbricht lodges (another) appeal of Silk Road verdict and sentence


Much of the techy criticism of Ross is over his stupidity for not encrypting his own computer, and with all that money, and being able to work from anywhere with internet access, he used a library in San Francisco. IOW, he was so dumb, he deserved it. That rebuke is harder to live down than the attempted buying of the hit (contract killing).

If he had stayed with the theme of circumventing the government for drugs, and if he had refused to pay ransom when people held the site hostage (just start over), he would still be ethically clean.

Please take note, you people running the successor sites.

Donald Trump wants Bill Gates to 'close the Internet', Jeff Bezos to pay tax


"...This is simply playing to the right wing gallery..."

Perhaps, but not with intention. He is simply talking off the top of his head and leading his audience to dream along with him. Sure, he attracts right-wing crazies, but he doesn't deliberately go after them. He repeatedly answers "I don't care" when reporters tell him he may alienate one group or another. He doesn't think in terms of appealing to his audience. He just wants to please himself.


President is not equal to a Dictator

Many of Trump's proposals are impossible to effect in the control-structure of today's America. They couldn't be accomplished politically nor economically. Even if Trump were elected president, he wouldn't have the legal authority to effect many of his projects.

For example, a president can't simply order a wall built on the southern border. Someone needs to draft a bill, supporters need to be gathered and managed, money needs to be allocated from somewhere, and the American people need to be somewhat on board.

A president can't simply order immigration laws be changed either.

And, in terms of his latest solution described as in the article, a president can't turn off the internet.

A president, undeniably, has great powers https://goo.gl/GMoKlX in terms of the veto, executive orders, pardons, appointments, and as commander of the armed forces. But an American president is not the absolute dictator of Trump's dream.

It seems Trump believes once he is president, he can wave a wand or make fairy-tale wishes to a genie who will magically implement them. Maybe growing up rich and popular has distorted his conception of reality. Often, a rich kid *can* get what they want. Often a corporate ruler can get what they want too. The wish comes true without effort. But in a grown-up world with other grown ups, power is not a simple nor easy thing.

James Clapper has found another reason why he lied about NSA spying


Why no change?

How come most (in some articles, all) the comments agree with the position that the NSA is a tool of oppression and that Snowden is a hero, yet Clapper remains rich and free, and our hero is in exile?

And it's been that way for a couple of years now. Nothing changes really.

Google, didn't you get the memo? Stop trying to make Google+ happen


Re: I use FB more, but I prefer G+

There needs to be some kind of technology change to force FB down. Otherwise it will continue on momentum alone.


So what if it can't dethrone FB

Google+ has a place. So what if it can't dethrone FB. G+ may be better. FB censors posts at the whim of a unseen mod; I haven't had that happen yet with Google+.

Hillary Clinton: Stop helping terrorists, Silicon Valley – weaken your encryption


Re: "News"

You said it's ethically improper for a lawyer to support a not guilty plea of a guilty client if the lawyer knows the client is guilty. Am I correct that that is what you are saying? If so, you are wrong. Lawyers have guilty clients all the time that plead not guilty.

And what does it matter what they know from the client? It's privileged communication, and the lawyer is safe.


Re: "News"

I'm not sure we can publicly determine how much those people are worth. And it's possible they "control" large things we'll never see. But I doubt Hillary has billions (US 10^9 ones), and Cheney has the most invisible fortune of anyone. Officially, he didn't make anything off the Iraq war.


Re: Oi! Hillary

".. I am sure that she must dine quite often with the Bushes."

That's my comment. The story doesn't say much except it reveals who is on the same team. Obama and McCain want the same thing again. And none of them like Snowden.

Drones are dropping drugs into prisons and the US govt just doesn't know what to do


Re: No need for drones to smuggle drugs inside prison

The "free time" of prisoners is largely a myth. In all prisons in the US, inmates in the population (not isolation) are forced to have "jobs." These mostly are make-work jobs like raking gravel 8 hours a day. I'm not kidding. Other jobs may be buffing the floor, cleaning this or that again and again, etc. Only a few jobs are real ones. The *idea* is to take up the time of the prisoner.

IOW, prisoners usually don't have a lot of free time.



This downright shameful. These drones are depriving impoverished guards from getting their usual bribes (or cut of the drug dealing profits as the case may be). It's hard enough to make it on a guard's meager salary. I say we get rid of those sneaky drones and go back to the old system!


Obvious Solution

(I'm in the US) I'm only going to deal with the drug drones. Someone else will need to deal with the weapon carrying ones.

Legalize drugs. In that way, most of the people wouldn't be in prison in the first place. The ones already hopelessly inside would be better off buying the quality legal pharmaceuticals.

OK, I realize the political climate isn't going to let this happen. But there are partial remedies. In California USA and in other jurisdictions, methadone is given to prisoners. This pretty much kills the illicit narcotic market. The drones carrying that would stop.

Next, legalize pot. Let the prisoners have it. Who cares? It actually calms violent people, so prison authorities might like it.

I'm not sure what to do about cocaine, but again, most people in prison for that are there for simple possession. Personally, although I don't do coke, I see it as a crime to lock up somebody for it.

European Parliament votes to grant Snowden protection from US


Thank you, Europe.

The US government is something different than the US people. A lot of people (out of and in the US) don't really understand that, and they may blindly support any position the US government pushes. However, we are not all suckers.

I'm an American citizen. On behalf of all of us, we thank Europe.

Want to slash your phone bill? Go to jail. Go directly to jail


I don't know about the UK, but the motivation in the US is money. Somehow, the judges (and the rest of the legal system) get paid per warm body. Read this ex-Officer's explanation http://www.dirtycopperstopper.com/docs/Arrest%20Proof%20Yourself.pdf


We'll see what you say when it happens to you. If you read the news, you can see it's not impossible in America.


I've been complaining about this price gouging for years. I and my friends have gone to jail many times, usually for traffic, which is not a minor as it sounds, but sometimes serious possession.

The facility gets more than half the money. That's the best info I've ever gotten about the breakdown of how the revenue is shared.

The story basically shows that the real criminals are the people in the justice system.

We'll see how well the new policy is implemented.

GENUINE STARSHIP as used by PRINCESS LEIA sold for just $450k


Fantasy or Reality

For that price, you can buy a real Princess Leia.

Uber's double Dutch moment: Cops raid offices a second time


Obsolete Definition

We modern civil disobedients don't subscribe to that antiquated definition. If you can get away with it, that's cool. Then you can be disobedient another day.

The goal is to win - not die.

Mobile phones are the greatest poverty-reducing tech EVER


Narrow analysis

Overpopulation is the largest factor in poverty. Traditional animal evolution theory states that the spices, in order to evolve, will have more offspring than the environment can support. Usually starvation is the culling means, but with humans, the animal doesn't usually starve, but lives in poverty.

So, with this reasoning, maybe birth control is the most effective poverty reducer. And if not birth control, maybe war.

As McAfee runs for US President – we ask a crucial question: Will Reg readers back him?


Re: Edward Snowden for President

He's not old enough for this cycle (Born: June 21, 1983, age 33 in late 2016). But absolutely, yes, I would vote for Edward Snowden. I not only would vote for Snowden, I would campaign for him for free.

The man has proven himself to be a patriot willing to risk his own welfare for the good of the country.



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