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The Mind Tech Podcast: Episode 30

October 16th, 2013

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Nexus 777

Hosted by Gareth Davies and Joe Ressington

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Nexus 7 Vs. Nexus 7

Christopher Moreland was right about 2 months transatlantic delivery!

Gareth is still buying DVD’s, but not to watch them...

Ultraviolet  - The Lame Shit way to watch media.

Mass Data Storage solutions for the home.

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Mind Tech News:

Top sites (and maybe the NSA) track users with “device fingerprinting”

Critical WhatsApp crypto flaw threatens user privacy, researchers warn

Google will soon put your face, name, and content in its ads

Facebook to rip search opt-out from under those who were using it

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The Mind Tech Podcast: Episode 29

October 9th, 2013

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The Silk Road to 1984

Hosted by Gareth Davies and Joe Ressington

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Joe gets finally sells his Xoom, and is devastated.

Gareth talks System76 and Linux compatible Laptops.

The new Kindle Paperwhite is out.

Gareth is ranting about OSX Mavericks like a 12yr old girl at a  One Direction Concert.

Joe continues to guest host on Mintcast.

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Mind Tech News:

Death by incompatibility: A Samsung Galaxy Gear

Raspberry Pi celebrates a million boards made in the UK

Silk Road shut down, arrests are made.

NCA press release about UK Silk Road arrests (written by Winston Smith)

"These arrests send a clear message to criminals; the hidden internet isn't hidden and your anonymous activity isn't anonymous. We know where you are, what you are doing and we will catch you.”

NSA saves zero-day exploits for high-value targets

Schmidt: Android more secure than iOS

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The Mind Tech Podcast: Episode 28

October 2nd, 2013

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Happy Birthday to GNU

Hosted by Gareth Davies and Joe Ressington

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Joe gets the Google Coder for Raspberry Pi working.

Gareth installed Gnome 3.8 (waiting for 3.10)

Joe will be guest hosting on Mintcast for a few weeks.

Oggcamp is coming up!

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Mind Tech News:

Why Free Software Is More Important Now Than Ever Before

GNU is 30 years old

UK Defence Secretary says future wars will be fought with viruses

“the Army’s tough fitness tests are to be lowered to allow weedy or overweight ‘computer geniuses’ to join the new front line of ‘keyboard commandoes’.”

John McAfee wants to sell you a $100 gadget that blocks the NSA

As Paddy pointed out, it sounds a lot like the Serval Project

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The Mind Tech Podcast: Episode 27

September 25th, 2013

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Crypto Chat

Hosted by Gareth Davies and Joe Ressington

The Mind Tech Podcast is your weekly dose of tech, privacy, security and conspiracy.

Each week we'll talk about the very latest tech news and the continued threats to internet freedom.

Elementary OS

Wifi Pineapple and Alfa 

Mind Tech News:

iPhone 5S fingerprint reader hacked

Steam's Got Its Own Operating System Now

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 Crypto Chat with @devolvify

This week Gareth and Joe talk with Crypto enthusiast "Paddy", about best encryption practices and workflows.

They also discuss how cryptography works and what is the best and most secure software available, if it even exists...

...and the Mac bashing continues.

The Difference between Mac's and PC's

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The Mind Tech Podcast: Episode 26

September 18th, 2013

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GTAin’t interested

Hosted by Gareth Davies and Joe Ressington

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Mind Tech News:

Adobe launches Photoshop-Lightroom subscription

Apple resurrects old app versions to run on old iOS hardware

Microsoft Admits That Windows 8.1 “Is a Must-Have Update”

UK Prime Minister Appoints New Anti-Piracy Enforcement Advisor

London man stabbed and robbed of his copy of GTA 5

 

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The Mind Tech Podcast: Episode 25

September 11th, 2013

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Shit Kat

Hosted by Gareth Davies and Joe Ressington

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Each week we'll talk about the very latest tech news and the continued threats to internet freedom.

Joe's Nexus 7 Home Screen

Pogoplug

Mind Tech News:

New Apple Stuff

Android KitKat

Some reasons why Google should not be in bed with Nestlé

Linux Security, In Light of NSA Crypto-Subverting Attacks?

UK gov't wants to ban dirty words in UK domain names; tell them to #£@* off

NSA surveillance: A guide to staying secure

1) Hide in the network. Implement hidden services. Use Tor to anonymize yourself. Yes, the NSA targets Tor users, but it's work for them. The less obvious you are, the safer you are.

2) Encrypt your communications. Use TLS. Use IPsec. Again, while it's true that the NSA targets encrypted connections – and it may have explicit exploits against these protocols – you're much better protected than if you communicate in the clear.

3) Assume that while your computer can be compromised, it would take work and risk on the part of the NSA – so it probably isn't. If you have something really important, use an air gap. Since I started working with the Snowden documents, I bought a new computer that has never been connected to the internet. If I want to transfer a file, I encrypt the file on the secure computer and walk it over to my internet computer, using a USB stick. To decrypt something, I reverse the process. This might not be bulletproof, but it's pretty good.

4) Be suspicious of commercial encryption software, especially from large vendors. My guess is that most encryption products from large US companies have NSA-friendly back doors, and many foreign ones probably do as well. It's prudent to assume that foreign products also have foreign-installed backdoors. Closed-source software is easier for the NSA to backdoor than open-source software. Systems relying on master secrets are vulnerable to the NSA, through either legal or more clandestine means.

5) Try to use public-domain encryption that has to be compatible with other implementations. For example, it's harder for the NSA to backdoor TLS than BitLocker, because any vendor's TLS has to be compatible with every other vendor's TLS, while BitLocker only has to be compatible with itself, giving the NSA a lot more freedom to make changes. And because BitLocker is proprietary, it's far less likely those changes will be discovered. Prefer symmetric cryptography over public-key cryptography. Prefer conventional discrete-log-based systems over elliptic-curve systems; the latter have constants that the NSA influences when they can.

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