"...revealed data and notes from 18 police forces in the UK covering 175 investigations, of which 78 originated in IP addresses owned by said police forces."
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"...revealed data and notes from 18 police forces in the UK covering 175 investigations, of which 78 originated in IP addresses owned by said police forces."
Sorry, my fault. My comment could be understood as the exact opposite of what I really meant.
Most of the comments in this thread have been informative, well written and sometimes funny too. I've seen many different wiewpoints on the issue, and almost without exception I've to agree with them. I know more about the issue thanks to this thread. Thank you all, again.
This round is also on me!
After reading most of the comments in this thread, I feel smarter. Thank you all!
P.d.: No brown noseing, I swear it!. XD
Upvoted, but with a small caveat:
After the ECJ ruling regarding Safe Harbour agreements, similar cases regarding internal treatment of data have lots more chances to succeed. The rise in public awareness on these issues will also put pressure in European governments to clean their act.
This is a war, and an important battle has been won. The war is far from over, though.
Oh, and the enemy is not just the USA govt.
Ahh, Olaf Lies, there's a name that perspires trustworthiness! It's as if he was born to be a top level exec!
"What is it with designers hiding tinier LEDs with every new generation in less visible places?"
Spot on! As of late, I'm finding more and more devices that either use extremely weak leds that you just can't see in a well lit room, or are only visible if you are watching at them from the 'right angle', e.g. kneeling in front of your desktop box so you can see whether the led is on or not. Even better, I've seen a few models where there's no HDD led light. Seriously, if a hardware designer doesn't know the value of knowing whether the HDD is being used or not, he should swap trades asap.
I'd also add this stupid fashion by many/most hardware makers to draw the symbols next to buttons and connectors in, say, dark grey over black, or white over aluminium. Worse yet, it's also very common in tablets and laptops to have those symbols made in low-relief using the same colour as the background, so users can only see these symbols when/if the light is at the right angle.
... made of dry ice last?
Consider any European company that keeps/processes customers data in the USA and has agreed to these model clauses. Do said clauses lower the European company's liability to their own customers? Obviously not.
At that point, the European company can device a cunning plan, m'lord, to put similar model clauses in their own contracts with end customers. The problems with this approach are that: a) European courts aren't usually kind with abusive clauses in EULAs and contracts, more so when they are signed/accepted by private persons, and b) due to the growing public awareness on these issues, European companies taking this route would receive lots of bad PR and lose many customers due to the use of these clauses.
I'd advice the USA govt. to clean up their act and stop all this spying malarkey before they find themselves up to the ears in an economic bloodbath. Actually, they should have done this years ago, and they'll pay dearly for the delay.
"So how is imposing new data protection mechanisms on the social media companies adding any risk or expense to the NSA?"
Perhaps you should read TFA before getting so opinionated. This ruling is about the whole Safe Harbour Agreement between Europe and the USA, not only about social media companies. I'm not sure whether your comment comes from your lack of understanding of what you read or from another of your bizarre attempts at moving the goalposts.
Have a nice day.
"...the current EU privacy laws that "protect" EU citizen data in Europe has provided SFA protection against the NSA..."
So you can't see how this ruling would cause NSA's collection of European citizens private data orders of magnitude more expensive and risky. Hardly a surprise.
"...mainly because the European spooks were all happily working with those American TLAs."
European spooks have to answer to their respective governments, and said European governments have to answer to European citizens, so we can expect important changes in this respect. It may take time, but the tide has already changed. TTIP has received a deadly blow, public awareness of the issue has grown a lot, and American companies have now a huge incentive to put pressure on the American govt. to fix this shebang.
"...little actual thought into your presumption, just a lot of mindless hate."
You, accusing me of mindless hate? Oh, the irony!
At this pace, The USA govt will soon have to choose between almost totally dismantling several TLAs or causing many thousands of American IT and services companies to go bust. My heart bleeds for them! ;-)
I hope they take the right decision. Crossing my fingers on that, though.
"A separate man aged 30 climbed on to the roof of a pub."
So the tree-climbing guy and this one were not conjoined twins. Pity, someone could have made some serious money in youtube with this.
... the gift that keeps on giving!
"Cut its budget."
Yes, the NASA treatment, but this time put to good use!
Are there similar limits for bribes by lobbying groups (where they're legal)? Just curious.
... the quality of decisions regarding to privacy taken by politicians and the way such decisions are made public without resorting to the "Think of the Children" meme.
Not that I would trust these fellas to run a flea circus, mind you!
"So you're saying I should piss in my boiler?"
Of course!. I don't want you to piss in MY boiler!
Dear Mr. Uang:
Please stop using these silly social engineering tricks to try to make us destroy the evidence.
"Er, citation needed?"
My own experience, and reading about phones&batteries issues in blogs and forums, where people isn't exactly happy with paying ~€500 every two years for a new phone because their battery is failing and replacing it costs a third of the price of a new smartphone.
Again, people that want to change their smartphone every two years, either from ignorance, or technical needs, or from the bling factor, don't see this as a problem. Good for'em. Personally, I prefer not to throw away my hard earned money in (planedly obsolescent, short lived, expensive, close gardened) kit.
"a) Most people only ever have one battery and never swap?"
Actually most people who doesn't want to bin their phones after only two years of use replace their phone's batteries (if the phone allows it) when said batteries performance falls . Swapping several batteries back and forth so as to use the device for several days without recharging is something only Bear Grylls and similar types need to do.
b) Most people never upgrade their storage?
In my experience, most people wants to upgrade their storage when they're running out of it. A different matter is whether the device maker will allow them to do it cheaply an inexpensively through a SD card.
Disclaimer: I'm not singling out Apple here. The nexus products also use these two tricks. Programmed obsolescence + consumer lock-in? Imo, both companies should be *BEEP*ed with a cactus.
... I read in some comment or article about Hotmail that it showed a similar behaviour. Makes one wonder...
"But this was working on an assumption of two hours per report and a cost of $50 per hour to produce the report."
So, either the concept of an automatically generated report is too difficult to grasp for these companies? Any good programmer can write a script or program to generate and send the reports. Shouldn't take him much more than a couple hours. After paying that cost, every other report cost them essentially zero and bags them $100. As if that wasn't enough, they raised that amount to $160?
This is fucking incredible!
And don't forget intel comms chipsets, and intel drivers.
I hope AMD won't buckle under the pressure. It's good to have alternatives.
"Now these piles of data are mounting up and straining resources – putting pressure particularly on officers investigating pedophiles handling child-abuse images."
"Give us more monies! For the children!!!"
"how many people with IBS are reacting to palm/olive oil"
Just wanted to point out that you won't see much olive oil in prepared foods (due to cost), and probably close to zero good quality olive oil. Which is a pity, as good quality olive oil is usually considered the most healthy vegetable fat. It includes vitamins and is almost totally non-allergenic, and is one of the fats most resistant to heat and oxidation.
I learnt that trick too. Handy at parties. :)
"...the portions at the supermarket and restaurants aint big or in some cases adequate."
I've been saying for years that this "Nouvelle Cuisine" is EVIL!!!
I'd also like to point at carbonated beverages, which are the closest thing to injecting sugar directly into our veins, and in particular caffeinated drinks, e.g. most colas, that are both diuretic -forcing you to drink more- and addictive (because of the sugar and caffeine 'high'). What could possibly go wrong?
And yet another factor:
When I had all my hair (not that long ago :-) children would go to a confectionery shop and buy a few candies/threats/whatever and do this only very occasionally. Then the shops began to proliferate, and suddenly wherever you went, you would see children, sometimes almost toddlers, stuffing their faces from transparent plastic bags containing 'things' made with lots of the best juice from the North Sea, unsaturated fats, flavour enhancers that could make a hole through an engine block, and probably radioactive dust, from the way some of these confections glow.
Here, I think parents deserve a good bollocking or two.
... PCM (or similar) memory. When (if) that shit hits the streets, it'll open entirely new roads for IT, together with several cans of worms. Doing massive data interception/decryption on an industrial scale will be orders of magnitude easier, faster and cheaper, putting it well into the reach of the ERGN(Enterprising Russian Guys Network) or the SOALN (Scions of the Over Abundant Lagos Nobility) or other similar entities.
Interesting times, indeed! :-)
Just three words:
HORSE. ALREADY. BOLTED.
Better luck next time!
With photos of what's about to eat, and the people he meets, and...
Dear Catholic Church:
Whatever floats your boat, but I want to warn you that this app will promote several uncommon paraphilias among your sheep*.
Yours Truly Etc. Etc. .
* mmhhh, sheep...
"Of course had he brought in TNT or an Apple watch (i heard somewhere they might make great detonators in the wrong hands)..."
I prefer to use cheap android phones for my explosive devices. Better value for money! :)
"People like you are the ones I remove from the job... that it would be a job you'd love to do... marks you out as someone with a low value skill set..."
There are several studies that show how routine kills productivity and creativity in the workplace. If you hire people just to watch videos, they'll probably go in full auto-pilot mode -or go postal- after a few weeks (or days) of work. A rota -or even better, a lottery- among employees who have volunteered for the task would improve both the quality of the filtering and the workspace morale, for the cost of a few hours per employee each year.
Would I love to do that job? Yes, bu ti saly will never happen, as I'm a freelancer. Being a freelancer means that companies only pay my (quite steep for a "low value skill-set") hourly rates when they need to. In my position, being a freelancer also takes care of the issues caused by routine.
"I'd be looking for people who could solve the more complex task of developing the algorithm which could be used to automate the process"
Algorithms will only take you so far, more so when trying to tag correctly images,video and audio streams and understand the context. One day the technology will allow some computer to lower the % of false positives to, say, 0.001%, but even in those hypothetical conditions a human in the loop may prevent the company from receiving some very damaging PR backlash.
"I am certainly not in favour of bots which automate the sweep of content, issuing takedown notices with zero cost or repercussions when they get it wrong."
Then, in the current state of technology, and hard AI/SF scenarios aside, how would you go about it? Firing the staff charged with filtering false positives every two months and hiring new ones? For obvious reasons, that wouldn't work. You'll have to think harder.
"...sentencing people to watch... YouTube ... cruel and unusual punishment"
Having a chance to substitute one hour or two of 'real work' for watching funny/stupid/interesting videos? If the company does it right, volunteers would pile up for the chance. Keep the chances low, as to increase the 'value' of the 'recompense' and make it - for those who have volunteered- compulsory. It would even improve the staff's morale!.
Blame it to some degree of masochism in most humans, if you want. ;-)
They don't even need to hire lawyers to do this 'manual checking. Some guys of average intelligence with a sheet with a printed diagram of the "four fair-use tests" referenced in the article should be more than enough.In the case in a million where the evidence or circumstances are so convoluted that they could have a doubt, then they could start bothering the company's legal counsel.
Or alternatively doing a rota with their own employees, so each employee has the opportunity to filter videos for two hours each week, or once a month. Most people I know -me included- would love to volunteer for this task.
... but they can't hire a bunch of guys to check the supposedly infringing content before sending the DMCA takedown requests???
And when one of these takedown notices was contested, again they didn't bother to task some human with checking the content???
And that the legal proccess has lasted almost 9 years???
How is it even possible that the
fuckers rights holding company doesn't have to pay -not only the damages, but also all the court costs incurred???
.. I'd said that the number and size of positive -as opposed to negative- anomalies seems to be increasing, while negative anomalies are scarce and of smaller amplitude, so... what does that imply for the mean temperature? and the median? Easy peasy, they both grow!
It's even easier to see this in the second graph Mr. Vladimir Nicolici kindly provided.
This rise in ocean temperatures is having the side effect of acidifying the Ocean, which in turn affects very negatively the Ocean's ability to store CO2. So say good bye to most of those delicious crabs, oysters and clams, and all fisheries that feed on them, an those beautiful coral reefs, and the shallow lands said reefs protect from hurricanes, tides, etc.
Please, fellow commentards, don't get too personal with Lewis about his climate change columns. I'd bet one of my nuts that it's just a very successful click-trough promotion* campaign. I mean, Lewis has proved himself often able to write good articles, well researched and written. The gunk he usually writes about climate change needs some explanation. ;-)
* Mind you, I've no issue with this strategy, as it never fails to spark an interesting debate. Lewis, have one on me!
"As I see the cherry picking season is still in full swing."
Cherry picking season never ends round here!.
The Occam razor favors another option, i.e. that groups of Roman soldiers either crossed some part of the glacier or marched through mountain ridges. Using the "high ground" was an important part of Roman military doctrine. My region is literally littered with Roman shoe nails* in mountain areas.
* I think shoe nail is not the right expression here. hobnails or cleats would fit better, imo.
... but I'm perfectly able to pickle my brains without any encouragement !
Circa 1995 I was using several MS-DOS programs in my (company provided) Compaq PC. Those DOS programs included a ~3 years old program for billing several thousands of clients, CAD software, Open access, and Fractint among many others. Zero issues full stop.
My OS/2 rig could run circles in terms of performance and stability around the rest of PCs in the company, some of them running Windows 3.11 and others running Windows 95.
And regarding the memory, W95 running with 2 MB of RAM was a fracking comatose snail. We had to upgrade all our W95 machines to 4 MB.
Having said that, I still have a soft spot for Windows 3.x, that run perfectly well in 1 MB of RAM and had -almost- no compatibility issues with DOS software.
"The PC needed to be replaced, but I had to scrounge another 486 to run it on"
That's strange. In 1995 I was using OS/2 WARP in a Pentium computer, no problem.
On a side note, the fate OS/2 is the best example I know of of "The Market" choosing an inferior product (Win95) over a better one.
"...so there was less of the nasty stuff to drink."
Not nasty at all!. Served right and at the right temperature it's delicious. It took me a bit (a bottle or two ;-) to get used to the taste, but after that, I'd choose Asturian cider over any other kind of cider.
Asturian cider has no bubbles, until it's served ("escanciada") in the proper way. This Wikipedia link explains the process, though you'll probably need to resort to Google Translate, as there's not an equivalent article in en.wikipedia.org.
Important advice: Don't try to do this yourself unless you're wearing rubber boots. ;-)
They're probably disrupting themselves. When they finish with that, the countdown will reach zero and the website will vanish in a pretty puff of smoke.
"In the beginning Man created God;
and in the image of Man
created he him."
( From 'Aqualung', by Jethro tull)
Well it's given you the opportunity to publish the phrase 'poo-flinging' again.
And you... and me!!!
It's like a virus!
... now Farcebook want's to control it.
"I don't want to live on this planet anymore!"