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Leave Your Cellphone At Home, Says Jacob Appelbaum 306

An anonymous reader writes "N+1 has an interview with Jacob Appelbaum (who is part of the Tor project) titled 'Leave Your Cellphone at Home.'" Jacob has a lot to say about privacy, data security, and surveillance. He ought to know. Among other things, he's had his email seized, been relieved of his phone, been the subject of a National Security Letter (video) and generally had his travel disrupted.
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Leave Your Cellphone At Home, Says Jacob Appelbaum

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  • Re:Leave it at home? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by CRCulver ( 715279 ) <> on Tuesday September 04, 2012 @01:15PM (#41224675) Homepage
    You could just leave the SIM card at home and take the phone with you. The wi-fi capability is all you need to maintain communications with the outside world in most urban environments, and doing encrypted, TORed VOIP over a wifi connection shouldn't identify you like the SIM would.
  • by jmorris42 ( 1458 ) * <> on Tuesday September 04, 2012 @01:35PM (#41224971)

    You are half right. Most people assume I'm a bible humping right winger, but in reality I'm an agnostic anti-idiotarian Libertarian. And this crap annoys my Libertarian tendencies. If I didn't need one for work I wouldn't carry a mobile device. But yea the hivemind has started demonstrating their tolerance and diversity bigtime on my ass of late. I just say "bring it bitches." because nothing says "I can't win an argument" like organizing a movement to silence the few of us around here who don't toe the Party line.

    The lamers downmodding don't bother me, do wish the admins would lay off though and put my account back to normal. Since pissing one of them off a few months ago karma goes down far faster than it goes up. One downmod is usually enough to kill the posting bonus now. Still manage to average three replies per post though so it hasn't silenced me. Never saw that sort of heavy editorial hand back when Cmdr. Taco ran things so it is a bad sign of things to come.

  • by jmorris42 ( 1458 ) * <> on Tuesday September 04, 2012 @02:06PM (#41225389)

    > Meanwhile I have good karma with a default score of 2 for being a complete tool.

    Hey, I posted at +3 (Karma + subscriber) unbroken for pretty much the entire time the current slashdot model existed until a couple of months ago when I pissed off an admin or they totally redesigned the moderation system. Since there hasn't been widespread complaining I assume it is just me that is getting the special treatment. Mods can't really hurt you unless you are a totally usless user who never says anything worthwhile. The downmods get cancelled out by upmods on the good stuff and it all works out.

  • by Quiet_Desperation ( 858215 ) on Tuesday September 04, 2012 @03:55PM (#41226733)

    For me it depends on why they disagree. Christopher Hitchens was a card carrying socialist, which I am definitely not (for the most part), but I had a lot of respect for the guy and enjoyed hearing his POV on things. On the other hand if someone starts parroting some Party line bullshit at me simply because they are circling the wagons against a new idea, they can get bent.

Thufir's a Harkonnen now.