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A few months ago, I spend a good hour or so googling and reading about Anthrax strains, dispersal, etc. after seeing something about it on TV and getting curious.

I realised afterwards it might look a tad suspicious if NSA/GCHQ/etc. picked up on it. Oh well.


Reading through the posted diff, a couple of things stood out to me.

1. The release date string went from "February 7, 2012" in 7.1a to "5/2014" in 7.2 . Might be nothing, but it made me wonder if someone other than the orignal author changed it due to the date style change - I'd've expected it to be changed to "February 2014".

I also wonder why no specific day was given - makes me wonder if the release was automated and the author didn't know exactly when it would happen (possibly a dead man's switch triggered it?). Again, could be nothing.

2. Pretty much every reference to truecrypt.org has been removed - even the licence now states "Your Product [...] must not present any Internet address containing the domain name truecrypt" (instead of truecrypt.org), and there is no requirement to link to it anymore. It might just be a change in licencing stance to encourage forks, or, if the release was made under duress (NSL/threats/blackmail etc.), it might be a way to try and signal that truecrypt.org can no longer be trusted.

Edit: Something is bugging me about this line on the site: "The development of TrueCrypt was ended in 5/2014 after Microsoft terminated support of Windows XP." IT might just how the author writes, but my reaction on reading "was ended" was that something external forced it to stop rather than it being a choice.

Also, why mention XP's EOL? The message doesn't say support for TC stopped _because_ of EOL, just after, and I can't think why the end of XP support would effect TC greatly.


The creator of imgur (MrGrim on Reddit) has said on multiple occasions that hotlinking is acceptable way to use imgur:

Four years ago - "I created imgur because the other image hosting sites forced you to see their ad-ridden pages (TinyPIC). I would never do the same to you. If you want to direct link to the image, then by all means do so."[1]

Three years ago - "People linking to the page rather than the image is what keeps imgur going. If everyone linked to the direct image then imgur would have no source of revenue. However, I want people to use the service however they want, and by no means would I ever force anyone to do it one certain way. So, I like it when people link to the page because that's how imgur makes money, but you don't have to do it if you don't want to. I'm just happy that you like the service."[2]

One year ago - "No, I don't think [restricting hotlinking] will ever happen. At least not that I can foresee."[3]

[1] http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/9tlwi/im_the_imgur_guy...

[2] http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/eicjf/im_the_imgur_guy...

[3] http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/y81ju/i_created_imgur_...


sorahn 156 days ago | link

It was already stated, but Imgur was created by a redditor, for reddit. Facebook already is an image host, twitter is too.

I get free access to a usenet server for being inside my ISPs network. Others have to pay to use the same server if their outside the network. It's the same deal.


skeletonjelly 156 days ago | link

imgur was created by someone for reddit and digg on the same day.


eli 156 days ago | link

IMHO, "hotlinking" isn't the same as directing people from social media directly to an image url. You can still put <img src="http://imgur.com/..."> on your web page and it will still work. The context of doing that is different from pointing someone directly to an image with the intent of showing it to them.


mzs 156 days ago | link

And how will that continue to work when if it goes beyond Twitter, G+, and FB? Most browsers send a referrer in HTTP GET for the img tag. It works now for those because google and facebook grok the html, pull out the image, and cache it.


lcampbell 156 days ago | link

In an <img> context, your browser should send an appropriate Accept header[1]; this can be switched upon in the backend to select the appropriate representation (e.g., to serve an image rather than HTML). So hotlinked images should continue to work, while normal links will redirect to the HTML wrapper.


[1] Though, rather unfortunately, most browsers do not seem to send reasonable Accept headers. See https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/HTTP/Content_negoti..., "Default Values" and "Values for an image".


eli 156 days ago | link

Uh, well if it went beyond direct links from social media then it probably would break hotlinking. Hasn't done that though -- not yet, anyway.


rhizome 156 days ago | link

In your estimation, when did the definition of hotlinking change to what you portray?


theg2 156 days ago | link

And '640K is more memory than anyone will ever need.' Business models change and in reality there are no free lunches. Just because they say something in the past doesn't mean it can't and shouldn't change.


I don't believe that the NYTimes article [1] supports Al Jazeera's title of "US physically hacks 100,000 foreign computers". That seems to be the total number of CNE operations, not just those using hardware devices.

> [NSA] has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world [...] While most of the software is inserted by gaining access to computer networks, the N.S.A. has increasingly made use of [covert radio channels]

[1] http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/15/us/nsa-effort-pries-open-c...


Heroin and cocaine is a fairly common combination, and diphenhydramine is sometimes used to potentiate opiates (such as heroin). I've also seen Xanax be 'recommended' to handle the comedown from cocaine.

It doesn't seem like a particularly unlikely mix of drugs TBH.


I've been using ModernMix [1] for a while to do exactly that. It's a bit janky at times, but I find it much more useful than having metro apps stuck outside of the traditional desktop.

[1] https://www.stardock.com/products/modernmix/


stordoff 274 days ago | link | parent | on: Air Gaps

> Jesus christ, and he is using Windows !? WTF. He is going against his own advice - to use public/free software as often as possible.

I can think of a few reasons why that might be reasonable, but I agree that the advise could be better.

1. He IS using Linux/BSD/similar, but has changed the article to Windows to be useful to Windows users and/or add some obscurity to his setup. 2. More familiar with Windows security practices, so more confident in overall security by using Windows (not that really helps with 0days or NSA backdoors though) 3. He has NSA docs that show Linux is compromised in some way and Windows isn't (seems unlikely TBH).

That said, it does seem very odd to stick with Windows if you feel it necessary to air-gap the machine.


You can be completely fine while awake, but still have apnoea while asleep. If you are sleeping that much and not feeling refreshed, it definitely seems like something to get checked.


Never heard that in Yorkshire. Possibly a more localised thing?


There has already been an apology - http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8249792.stm



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