* Posts by Brent Beach

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UK gov says new Home Sec will have powers to ban end-to-end encryption

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After passing this impossible law, the next law they want to consider is a gun law.

Manufacturers must include a back door in all guns such that at a signal from the Home Office the gun will stop working. Then explosives - same idea. Then trucks - Nice setting the horrible example.

If one back door works, why not insist on them everywhere?

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EU cybersecurity directive will reach Britain, come what May

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Re: Bigger Problem: May's stance on encryption

Somewhat sad that the best the Conservative Party has to offer is a person who showed staggering incompetence in her previous job, on a technical level.

Her main quality as a leader appears to be her blind and unshakable ability to follow orders.

You have to wonder who is giving the orders these days.

No one in the party appears to have the least idea and no one else wants the job.

The worst casualty of these neoliberal times appears to be the political class itself.

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Win 10 Anniversary: 'We're beginning to check in final code' says Microsoft

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For the second time in the last 10 months, Windows 10 bricked my netbook for several days after, I presume, an update.

One morning it would not turn on. After 10 minutes of nothing, I gave up.

Tried again a few days later. Nothing. Black screen.

About 3 weeks later, on about the 5th try, it woke up as if nothing had happened over that time. No - Sorry, got a little busy there. Sorry you were without your netbook for 4 weeks. This is a came with W10 netbook.

My other came with 8.1 which I inadvertently upgraded to W10, is constantly slowed by the compressed memory system task. I cannot type on it - there is a 1 second or longer delay between displaying key strokes. Now and then the cursor freezes for 30 seconds.

If I could put W7 or WXP on these I would.

MS is in a death spiral.

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Line by line, how the US anti-encryption bill will kill our privacy, security

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This bill ensures that there can never be a safe harbour for EU data on any US server.

When this bill passes, the US ceases to be a part of the internet - no one will allow any of their data to ever reside on the US. I suspect many US citizens will insist their data go offshore as well.

We will have Data Havens popping up in small countries around the world - they will allow strong encryption and deny all access to the data. Data Havens will soon have a value beyond that of Tax Havens. Small islands will have to install nuclear reactors to power the server farms.

This may also mean owning an enigma machine will be illegal.

Science fiction writers are going to have a field day with this.

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'Panama papers' came from email server hack at Mossack Fonseca

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The general conclusion that given the scarcity of US names of the list there must be some US connection filtering the material has a weakness - it is possible that for legal reasons US citizens don't use a Panama legal firm when doing this. The US - Panama connection may have legal flaws.

Just saying there could well be another explanation.

It seems to me it is likely that this dump is clean - it arrived at the German newspaper clean, no filtering.

Look for another reason for the scarcity of US names on the list.

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Ransomware now using disk-level encryption

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If the Intelligence services in the UK and the US really want the public to support what they do, they should bust these ransomware rings.

They have all the metadata - they should be able to link back from ransomware demands to the sources.

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William Hague: Brussels attacks mean we must destroy crypto ASAP

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It is fun, of course, to point out all the blunders in the Hague article.

Ask yourself - is he stupid? Are all his advisers stupid? Does he consult with Intelligence agencies who are all stupid?

The answer is that he must know that what he is saying is wrong. He also knows it is plausible. That many will believe him and agree to more and more power for the Intelligence Industry. People will be afraid and hence compliant - not just compliant on security issues, but compliant on other issues.

He praises the strength of the British people - in effect saying that you are brave enough to get through this and you will if you trust your leaders and give us just a little more power.

He is not stupid, he is attempting a propaganda coup and will probably succeed.

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Snowden 'more helpful than dangerous' says ex-Colin Powell aide

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"And I don't see him ever being accepted back here"

The US is in a death spiral - Trump, Cruz, ...

When the US admits its errors and takes Snowden back without penalty, the rest of the world will understand that the US has snapped out of that death spiral.

Like Wilkerson, I don't think that will ever happen.

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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

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"runs faster than 7"

Makes me wonder if you ever used either.

My experience is that both XP and 7 give instant response to keystrokes, while Win 10 almost never does and can take several seconds to display a keystroke in a browser - for example, when entering this text into Chrome.

If I could move my two netbooks (4GB, 4 core) back to win 7 I would not hesitate.

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Many problems with win10 noted and yes they are problems.

For me though, the big problem is that it has made my two small laptops (netbooks) virtually unusable.

The original article mentions the periods of no response. That comment should be in capitals with exclamation marks.

If I were typing this comment on my win 10 machines it would take 2 or 3 times as long. On this humble win 7 machine, characters appear as they are typed. On my very old XP netbook (1GB, atom processor), characters appear as they are typed. On my two win 10 netbooks, there is almost always a short delay - quarter, half, one second - and sometimes a long delay - 5 seconds. For the first hour or two after the win 10s are turned on from a cold start, the delays can be terrible.

Then of course, when you turn on the netbook and it shows the orange screen installing updates for 20 minutes. Occasionally as long as an hour before you can log in to the machine.

MS has managed to turn my netbooks - both 4 GB 4 core machines - into bricks.

MS has no one to blame but itself for the death of its products.

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FBI backs down against Apple: Feds may be able to crack killer's iPhone without iGiant's help

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Is this going to be one of those Staring at Goats solutions so favoured by top military brass?

You do know the Yanks seriously considered converting ice bergs into air craft carriers during WWII?

Anything is possible.

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Hey Windows 10, weren't you supposed to help PC sales?

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If my experience with an upgraded 8.1 to Win 10 and a native Win 10 machine are any guides, people should be avoiding Win 10 in droves.

Both machines are constantly getting busy with weird internal processes (what is System and Compressed Memory and why is it sucking the life out of my machines?) that shut down keyboard input for 5 seconds, 10 seconds at a time. When you are typing an email and everything shuts down for 5 seconds, that is annoying. In fact, when you are typing and they is a delay of any sort, that is annoying.

I am typing this on my Win 7 machine, which never seems to not display the character typed immediately. I have a old Win XP netbook with an atom processor that works just as well.

But my multicore machines running Win 10 suck. If I could move them back to Win 7 I would with no reservations.

Microsoft has some agenda they are pursuing, it improving the user experience is not a priority for them.

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Norman Conquest, King Edward, cyber pathogen and illegal gambling all emerge in Apple v FBI

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The FBI treats this as if it was an inexhaustible resource. Crime committed - just break the phone and crime solved. Not so. A few big cases and people stop using phones in a way that leaves evidence around.

However, once you put a back door into phones, phones as safe repositories of personal data that could lead to ID theft are gone. If people get hacked because their phones are hacked and we are soon back to land lines (I actually only have a land line, so that would not bother me).

The FBI/police were able to solve most cases before phones and the incriminating information that they claim is in those phones. They relied on physical evidence and that physical evidence still exists.

Do phones create crime. Do people become crazed and decide to kidnap a child because they have a phone? Does the phone allow them to hide the other evidence of the kidnapping?

The US is spending billions on security every year. That should allow far better crime solving than ever before even without cracking phones.

Or, is all the money spent on show with no real results?

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Microsoft urges law rewrite to keep US govt's mitts off overseas data

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Re: But I want it . . .

Never watch a British police show?

Know anything about the world outside the exceptional US of A?

Nah, didn't think so.

Well the <sarcasm>land of the free</sarcasm> is now the land of the spied upon and the spied upon keep demanding more.

And, with President Trump, they will get it.

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Feds look left and right for support – and see everyone backing Apple

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"The irony ... is that ... there is nothing of value on the phone of Syed Farook anyway."

Irony, perhaps. Certainty, more likely.

The phone was protected a few days before the event. All his other phones have been hacked. Why would he suddenly start putting links to terrorists on his phone, password protected or not?

Clearly this is a cheap trick by the FBI to open the backdoor pandora's box.

Good for the world minus paranoid law enforcement that Cook shut them down.

When the Trump-et is against you, you know you are in the right.

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Safe Harbor crunch time: Today's the day to hammer out privacy deal

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People often say that just because their banking system is completely corrupt, that does not mean that all Americans are corrupt.

People often say that just because all their politicians are corrupt - and in at least one of the two parties - probably certifiable - that does not mean that all Americans are corrupt and certifiable.

People are now saying that just because their Security establishment is obsessed with committing illegal acts that are of no possible use to anyone, that not all Americans are crazy when it comes to security. However, the land of the free is now clearly the land ruled by the paranoid.

I am beginning to wonder if perhaps these examples that have been portrayed as outliers, not representative of average Americans, are in fact accurate scientific evidence of a national ethical and moral collapse.

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31 nations sign data-sharing pact to tax multinationals

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Re: I note that America...

"sending their money to the US"

Not exactly. They are sending their money through tax havens and may be buying US dollars in those tax havens. I very much doubt they are letting their money actually sit in the US.

Even US billionaires don't do that.

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Sued for using HTTPS: Big brands told to cough up in crypto patent fight

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Re: Personal Liability

"give judges the power to debar lawyers"

Unfortunately, those judges were all once lawyers. Professional courtesy, doncha know ..

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'Hypocritical' Europe is just as bad as the USA for data protection

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We have been in a race to the bottom on privacy. The UK is heading down the spiral with unseemly haste. Its leaders jumping up and down and screaming 'The Sky is Falling' like Chicken Little.

The ECJ decision in the Schrems case, Snowden, have shown we have a problem.

With country based enforcement, real privacy could easily become a national advantage. Countries that have the strongest privacy rules will end up having all the data centres. People will opt to use companies based in the safest countries.

That means, of course, that the US and UK will get no business at all.

Like offshore banking, offshore data storage with complete privacy could be in our future.

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Who's right on crypto: An American prosecutor or a Lebanese coder?

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FAIL

The DA says that he should have the same effective access to your phone as your home.

In not one of the cases cited would the police have found the particular evidence in the home of the perp that they found on the phone. The DA is not asking for the same power, he is asking for additional power.

In the examples, information from phones was used. That does not mean that no other clues would have turned up in a thorough investigation. Most criminals were caught before cell phones. Most will continue to be caught.

Once it becomes clear that having a cell phone increases your chances of getting caught, criminals will stop using those devices and we will be back at conventional investigations. The use of fingerprints caught a few people when the mechanism was first discovered. The high tech countermeasure - gloves - eliminated that method pretty quickly. The terrorists in Paris may well have not used cell phones.

The high tech countermeasure for all their snooping prowess - don't use a phone - will become common after a few high profile convictions and all the money and manpower and loss of privacy will have been invested for nothing.

Will it then be illegal to not have a cell phone? To wear gloves?

And law enforcement, busy looking at terabytes of meta data won't notice the guy with the Uzi walking down the street because they don't have any time to look.

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Google wins book scan battle. Again. Can post pages online. Again

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Re: Another Viewpoint

Sour grapes? Perhaps.

Fair use in this case is being stretched quite a bit.

Usually fair use involves putting a bit of a copyrighted work into a new larger work, adding new material, creating new content.

For many of these books, google adds nothing but the index. There is no new content, only old content in a new form. Google adds access, not content.

Where a book is still in copyright, it makes sense that google share some of its revenue (after its costs have been recovered) with the copyright owner.

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No change in US law, no data transfer deals – German state DPA

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Re: Let me get this straight

Nicely done, AC. You epitomize the US "our way or the highway" attitude.

This of course creates space for EU based companies to provide facebook/google/microsoft type services.Time for open source, crowd sourced social media, mail, search.

It is about time those big US monopolies got broken up.

Then to find a way to break the hold of Wall Street on the rest of the planet as well.

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British killer robot takes out two Britons in Syria strike

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Re: Write the Law

"we have to find a justification for lethal police action"

It has been 14 years since 9/11, over 12 years since the invasion of Iraq, and still we do not have any laws that explain what we are doing there.

All the war machines and all the death and disruption and still we have not passed the laws that make our actions legal.

All the war and the area is in much worse shape that it was 14 years ago. The people are much worse off, with hundreds of thousands dead and millions dislocated. The enemy holds more land and governs more people. The ideology is spreading to neighbouring countries.

Killing these two people is not solving any problem. It could even convince 3 Britons to join IS. Are we any farther ahead?

This action is probably not effective and probably not legal.

Why are so many so happy it was done?

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Re: Victims?

"playing real life Call of Duty"

Wait ... Call of Duty is not REAL LIFE?

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Ex-Prez Bush, Cheney sued for email, phone spying during Olympics

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Long shot

"EFF and ACLU too busy"

This is telling. Were they too busy or were they certain it was a waste of their time?

No cover up, just a very low probability law suit.

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Want Edward Snowden pardoned? You're in the minority, say pollsters

Brent Beach

The poll, while shameful, is probably correct.

Obama has been very weak in his support of whistleblowers across the board. He has hunted down and prosecuted more than any former President (http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/mar/16/whistleblowers-double-standard-obama-david-petraeus-chelsea-manning)

With no major political figure left who supports disclosure of illegal government activity, it is not surprising that the people don't support it.

The US is behaving like a state with a bunker mentality rather than a global superpower.

A sure sign of its decline.

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Tech giants gang up on Obama over encryption key demands

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Re: This is the same Obama or a twin?

Using HTTPS is not a problem for NSA is only they have all the keys.

It keeps all the bad guys out but lets the good guys in.

Of course, only a total flake thinks that anyone will buy this.

But, Obama did make up the entire killing of bin Laden thing (yes bin Laden is dead, no it did not happen the way Obama claims), so perhaps he thinks people will accept this tortured reality as well.

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Wikileaks publishes TiSA: A secret trade pact between US, Europe and others for big biz pals

Brent Beach

The article makes this offhand outrageous claim: "It is also a pretty logical decision given how the internet works. If you start breaking up data into locations, not only do you make it hugely more expensive for companies to offer their services but you also gain little or nothing from forcing artificial structures onto the internet via gateways."

I don't think there is anything in this sentence that makes sense.

First, the internet works by putting data near where it is used. Google has copies of its search DB all over the place. Companies make a business out of buffering data near users. So, the internet is an open architecture system that can do just about anything the law requires it to do. It can keep personal data in the country in which it is collected. If google cannot do it, someone will come along who can.

Second, when the laws on data retention and data collection by national agencies differ country by country and some countries - notably the UK and the USA - have no ethics about taking other people's data, then there is a lot to gain by keeping the data away from servers in those countries.

The internet is designed to be run for the convenience of the edges, not for the convenience of the big companies in the middle.

Hard to imagine any more wrong headed claims than the article lays down as "pretty logical".

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Elon Musk's $4.9 BEELLLION taxpayer windfall revealed

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Re: Seems legit

Looking at one company in isolation and you can condemn the government for pushing alternative energy.

How about looking at all companies?

For example, the government guarantees owners of pipelines a return on investment. They can set the price they charge for carrying fossil fuel products to guarantee 12% return. No market forces there.

So, before you get your knickers in a knot over the relatively small incentives for alternate energy, get the whole story on government subsidies for fossil fuels. The Koch brothers did not become beellionaires without a lot of help from government.

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Samsung persuades US watchdog to review Smartflash legal dance over patents

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Not only are the patents silly - prior art all over the place - but the venues in which these trials take place are special. A few courts in rural texas that are famous for big settlements on patents.

A failed patent system and a failed legal system.

Brought to you by the leader of the free world.

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Should online pirates get the same sentences as offline ones?

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Re: 10 years...

And Wall Street banksters stole a trillion dollars and not one of the bosses was every charged.

I prefer to base the penalties for all property crimes on the Wall Street yardstick.

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Nothing says 'Taliban' quite like net neutrality, eh, EU Digi Commish?

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Re: He was just uttering lobby talk in public

Why would vehicle tracking need higher priority service? A location every few minutes should be fine.

No one could base an automated vehicle on the need for high priority internet service in real time. There are blind spots in cell coverage - would the vehicle just stop?

In fact, the makers of these systems want NN because it would prevent the ISPs from charging them more for assured service.

To me, the only people against NN are ISPs since it prevents them from blackmailing their customers.

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$533 MEEELLION – the cost of Apple’s iTunes patent infringement

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That some podunk jury in Texas can make decisions like this and award settlements like this makes the US justice system a joke.

Justice for sale.

The good guys have to take this to the limit and break this freaky system of patent trolls.

The trolls have another half a billion to fund even more flaky law suits based on even more absurd patents. It will never end until the US congress does something.

Wait. Anything that relies on sensible action from the US congress is just not ever going to happen.

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I'll build a Hyperloop railgun tube-way in Texas, Elon Musk vows

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Re: Let's be fair here

The tube needs to expand and contract lengthwise as the temperature changes, so there have to be seals, not welds.

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Re: He's at least trying

Absolutely. The transition to a low energy society will mean that most of our expectations will have to change. In 30 years the low energy solutions for almost everything we do will make today's high energy lifestyle seem profligate. Our grandchildren will be laughing at us, not at Musk.

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The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

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Is this really why the Y2K problem has a long shadow? "Globally, we handled the very real issues posed by computers being unable to comprehend the passing of the millennium so well that the average punter didn't notice the few systems that didn't get updated."

My recollection is that in fact there were no real issues, or almost none.

In fact, the Y2K BS storm inflated the computing market which then blew up in the dot com bubble.

The implication that Y2K was a success, rather than a much hyped non-event is certainly counter to my experience at the time.

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FCC will have to drop a bombshell to solve net-neutrality conundrum

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This is of course the key point - "Controversial is understating it somewhat. Internet providers are going to fight such a move tooth and nail, since the prospect of such a ruling would wipe billions off their potential future earnings."

Billions off the bottom line, billions remaining in their customers' bank accounts.

Does the internet exist to allow people to communicate, or to allow companies to make humongous profits?

Silly me - forget it.

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US govt watchdog slams NSA snooping as illegal, useless against terrorism

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Why is the NSA able to run illegal programs? Because the people selected for key oversight functions are so blindly pro-surveillance that the oversight function becomes a rubber stamp. From the article - "Mike Rogers (R-MI), who as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is supposed to oversee the activities of the NSA, was sharply critical of the report's findings."

When the person responsible for oversight has no vision, then it is time for him/her to be replaced.

Or they could rename it to the House Intelligence Rubber Stamp Committee.

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Almost everyone read the Verizon v FCC net neutrality verdict WRONG

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Orlinksi's arguments completely misunderstand the nature of telephone companies. They are regulated monopolies. They maximize their profits within the regulations and lobby rule makes to change those regulations to ensure even greater regulated profits.

They are not innovators. Even though they were at the centre of the internet development universe, they created few of the innovations which sparked the growth of the internet we know today. I am saying few even though I can think of none, on the off chance that there might be one contribution out there.

However, as soon as the internet started to boom, they started trying to draw the intelligence from the leaves into the network. That would have put the internet into a black hole - the telecom black hole. Development would have ceased, costs would have skyrocketed. That is just how regulated monopolies work.

If changes are needed to handle the vastly increased data flows, those changes should involve the telecom companies supplying the well networked dump pipes and nothing more. That they can do without screwing up. Everything else should come from outside the network providers.

For me, network neutrality says to the telecom companies - your job is well networked dumb pipes.

For me, that is the recipe for continued progress.

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MI5 boss: Snowden leaks of GCHQ methods HELPED TERRORISTS

Brent Beach

The assumptions/claims the NSA/GCHQ use to justify their excesses:

- there is an unlimited number of terrorists out there.

- surveillance has already stopped a huge number of attacks.

But, what if they are wrong? What if just about all the people who would perform a successful terrorist attack have already done so? What if they have all been caught?

The few "terrorists" caught in sting operations may have done nothing unless spurred on by the police sponsors. Grumpy folks who have a grievance that would, if not supported by a police informer, simply fizzle out.

So, few actual terrorists, none of whom have actually been caught before the fact.

Can we admit we cannot prevent most attacks but can catch the guys who do it and just dump all this NSA/GCHQ surveillance of the world?

Our heroic world leaders are simply terrified by the NSA/GCHQ boggyman threats. World leaders? Nah. Timid children, afraid of the dark.

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Wikileaks Party scrambles to explain election decisions

Brent Beach

Re: Byzantine?

It has been shown that the very complex system has never produced a result other than that which the first past the post system would have produced. That is, if you ignore all but the first choice, you would get exactly the same result.

However, if people think it is providing better representation, then it may well be better.

Bootnote: It is possible that the combination of the preference system and the requirement to vote with the very high resulting participation is why the results are the same as first past the post. Perhaps in a low turnout situation - the rest of the world - the Australian voting system would make more of a difference.

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US court rules IP address cloaks may break law

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Re: @condiment

The geographically focused results do not arise because of server location, they arise because google chooses those results most relevant to your location, independent of the server which it happens to use.

I think, but I could be wrong, that all servers are being continuously updated to the same content, with some getting the updates sooner than others.

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Eco-nomics: Was Stern 'wrong for the right reasons' ... or just wrong?

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Inept analogies abound - an entire ecosystem of them

To select just one - "But far more dramatic changes in the climate have been experienced within the past 20,000 years, Lilley contends, with humans able to draw on far more primitive technological resources, and yet survive."

Back then we had nomadic hunter gatherers. When it got cold, which it did gradually, people moved to warmer areas. When the local animals died or were killed, the people moved to the next valley or died. Many must have died - those who did not decide to move south.

With a lightly populated planet and far more animals (food) than people, it was an entirely different problem.

Today, without imported food, most of the northern parts of the planet would soon die of starvation. Any argument based on conditions 20,000 years ago is simply too stupid to be considered. Any writer who repeats it meets the same assessment.

And, yes, when I read the title on the splash page, I did guess that it was by Orlowski.

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Satellite gives better picture of solar flares' effects on Earth

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What is the point?

Additional hard facts can be used to change the climate models - that is a good thing.

With this new parameter value past observations of climate can used to better understand the rest of the model - what other parameters must be adjusted to bring the model results into conformity with observations.

Those changes to the model may even decrease the importance of these flares. If the flares contain almost twice as much energy, perhaps the adjustment is to cut the contribution of those flares in half with a net zero change to the model.

We don't yet know how the 10% probable maunder minimum will affect the climate. We do know how increased CO2 affects the climate.

The article appears to be putting its faith in the unknown result of a one in ten chance rather than start to deal with an absolute certainty.

Pathetic.

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Tablets will overtake consumer PCs, says Fujitsu CTO

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Absolutely

The number of people who are crazy about ipads, a device that I am it looks like most people responding to this column hate, continues to amaze me. However, I am also amazed by the number of people who think the cameras on phones are worth using. Or who can watch a video on an iphone.

As the article states, there will be several ipads around the house and only us nerds will be using a keyboard and a mouse to generate content. The rest will find that 140 characters is the upper bound on their creativity and will be happy with iphones and ipads.

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UK's first Stealth fighter in successful catapult test

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What if the biggest customer cannot afford the planes

The article suggests hopefully - "if the F-35 programme survives at all, the plane will surely be sold in large numbers and that will eventually drive costs down."

By far the largest current customer is the US of Bankrupt. If they cannot afford the thousands of these planes they think they will buy, then the price will sky rocket. No stealth there - it will be blatantly obvious.

Can a country that is running 1.5 trillion dollar deficits but still refuses to tax half of the wealth in the country realistically be expected to have a viable economy in 5 years? Not going to happen.

The Royal Navy should buy a few F-18Fs and dump the whole F-35 program.

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WikiLeaks sues Visa, Mastercard over 'financial blockade'

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Rolling over for Liberman

That both of these companies, along with PayPal, rolled over when a US Senator demanded action does not work for me.

The Wall Street arm of the US financial serial offender nearly bankrupts the US and most of the rest of the world and they are still everyone's best friend.

The Credit Card arm of the US financial serial offender cuts off access when ordered to by a US Senator and they are still everyone's best friend.

It seems to me that the rest of the world ought to have a say in how its financial institutions are run that is independent of the US financial serial offender.

With all the dire warnings of deaths that would result from Wikileaks, what has actually happened?

A lot of politicians outed for their private remarks.

Have any of the chicken littles apologized for use of scare tactics?

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Malware endemic even on protected PCs

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The alternative - infect 100% of users

From Panda - "the use of cloud-based architectures is needed in order to stand any chance of keeping the growing volume of malware producers by cybercrooks and mischief-makers in check"

Which means, when the hackers inevitably hack the cloud, every single user is infected.

No thanks.

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Firefox: freedom's just another word for 'kerching!'

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Chrome blocks trackers

Seems there is some confusion here. Chrome blocks this (recent versions) but Firefox does not. It cannot be a Google demand of Mozilla that has resulted in the refusal to block trackers. Who is getting to Mozilla?

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White House forbids feds from reading WikiLeaked cables

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Boycott paypal and amazon

Show your support for wikileaks by cancelling your paypal account, letting them know that you will renew when they stop rolling over to threats from individuals. The US is still a nation of laws and threats from people like Lieberman must not be enough to affect any company's policies.

The day after I cancelled my paypal account I actually was on ebay and could not buy something because the merchant only accepted paypal.

Small price to pay.

As for Amazon, there are lots of other places that sell books. Perhaps not as convenient, but again small price to pay.

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