[SATLUG] NSA/IP stack in non-free wifi drivers?

Bruce Dubbs bruce.dubbs at gmail.com
Wed Aug 14 12:22:02 CDT 2013


Mark Spieth wrote:

> First, privacy is a thing of the past. Period. No if’s and’s or but’s
> about it, and it will only get worse. Can the government place
> back-doors into stuff? Of course they can. You may pretend that open
> source saves you from such things, but does it?

Well,

"Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead."
    -- Benjamin Franklin

Open source is just that, open.  It not just US but world wide.  Lots of 
people look at code.  If they find something, there is nothing to keep 
it hidden from the rest of the community.

Perfect?  No.  Pretty good?  Yes.

You don't have to do an analysis on all code yourself, but you can have 
a little confidence that back doors, etc, are few and relatively quickly 
identified and publicized.

It's a lot better than closed source software.

   -- Bruce




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