2021 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009
"Colvin offered an example of the AFP obtaining intelligence that an Australian IP address visited an offensive web site. Under those circumstances, Colvin said, the AFP could execute a search warrant among Australian ISPs to determine if that IP address was used by one of their subscribers. If that search proved positive, the AFP could conduct a warrantless search to retrieve metadata associated with that IP address. To actually examine the content the user of that IP address accessed would then require a warrant."
So you execute a search warrant amongst ISPs to determine if the IP address is used by one of their customers but then a warrantless search to retrieve metadata. Why? If you need and can obtain a warrant for the first part surely you can get one for the second. If your argument is that it is too time consuming then you're a f*cking liar as you need to get the first warrant anyhow. This is just bollocks.
Re: even if he did...
"Well, when certain people and groups here *cough*NSA*cough* violate people's constitutional rights, that action is definitely violating the US Constitution and therefore illegal."
Yeah, how's that working for you?
Re: Seem to have missed Draytek off the list.
I always found my draytek to be rock solid on even the shittiest ADSL connection. Couldn't say the same for the multiple reboot per day Belkin it replaced. Bastard wouldn't even reconnect.
Re: No convinced
I think those of us in the IT industry already know this has clusterfuck written all over it. More likely your TV will report you for watching a pirate movie and your fridge will inform the authorities you're an alcoholic. The IoT is the internet of big brother
Re: Remember it's not just Synology
You could also argue that by forcing you to use the latest version of the OS it makes it easier for them to support. Heck even Microsoft limit what they support and they're massive in comparison. I've had my QNAP since 2008 and it still runs the latest OS and is thus supported. I'll settle for that.
Interestingly some of the high end QNAP 4 bay NAS boxes can run VMs. Maybe a corporate client had a word with them and mentioned they wanted segregation of these features.
That man is a total arse. To come out with it "wouldn’t extend to, for example, web surfing so what people are viewing on the internet is not going to be caught” and then add “what will be caught is the web address they communicate to” shows how ignorant this prick really is. To think that someone so point blank retarded is in charge of legislating boggles the mind. What a contemptible fuckwit.
Re: So whose email do you use then
@Pascal: You've missed my point entirely. Your email may not be susceptible to Google searches on its contents but it is still just as susceptible to 5 eyes dragnet surveillance. GCHQ has taps on (likely) every fibre landing in the UK. Have you looked at the submarine cable network recently? Pretty much most of it transits the UK. The other eyes can mop up the rest. Given this my point is that you only have security if your email is gpg/pgp'd - remember data transitting between Google data centres was unencrypted and tapped? It's likely that also applies for email server to email server. See the following...
Re: US Tech Companies
So whose email do you use then?
I use google and yahoo and much though I don't like the US snooping what am I really going to do about it? Which provider will not be tapped by the 5 eyes, especially as I reside in a 5 eyes nation? Even if I did not it seems that GCHQ has a large part of the pipework tapped. Sure, I could encrypt my email but then everyone would either ignore what I send or reply with "send it in plain text you stupid bastard". This is what happens when something so ubiquitous was insecure by design.
I admit to not being too knowledgeable in this area but, given the cert authorities fall mainly under 5 eyes regimes, how much is there they cannot generally access short of using full gpg style email encryption?
Good point. I was wondering how the proceeds of crime were seized and auctioned before a conviction was obtained. Maybe the two are independent - i.e. the coins were provably the proceeds of crime but he is yet to be tried for that crime? Did he fess-up to them being his or were they seized from wallets found on the silk road servers i.e. what bits are irrefutably silk roads (servers, coins etc) and what bits are up for debate? If he admitted the coins were his and they were seized and auctioned then isn't that tampering with evidence?
Am I alone...
In wanting my TV to just be a TV and not an attack surface that requires constant firmware updates?
Re: privacy agreement
Pretty sure that's a breach of EU rules. As with most things they try it and see if anyone complains.
I don't think you're given Turnbull enough credit here, although I may be giving him too much. He's saying you have to be prepared to sue these people because if you don't then you obviously don't care that much about protecting your content i.e. if you cannot be bothered with enforcement then don't expect us to do it for you. He also pretty much said as much. He also stated that if they want to be taken seriously then the content needs to be made available affordably etc so as to remove the incentives to pirate. Seriously, from what he's stated he's on the ball with this one and actually gets it. He knows suing your customer base doesn't work which is why he suggest both it and the making it available line. He's openly stating the two avenues they can pursue - litigate or yield to the inevitable. You want piracy to decrease then either slap down potential customers or give them want they want. He cites the example of the music industry that went all out on the litigation front before realising that it didn't work. These are not the words of a man who doesn't get it. At some point he may well be brought to heel by the leadership as uncle Rupert will be getting very traumatised by these statements and that will look like an about-face although I hope he stands his ground.
Brandis is the one that needs a good shoeing. That a*sehole thinks everything can be fixed by a new law and the removal of rights and freedoms - a real sh*tbag make no mistake.
Re: Not surprised, but...
@btrower: Step away from the kool-aid.
Re: What boom Market?
I think the gist of the piece is that you can sell the same shit you do to other westerners for a much fatter margin in Australia.
Re: Not so 900lb Gorilla
Your visions of a competitive marketplace ever happening in Australia are sadly misplaced. Please stop reading those stories from other countries with competition and dreaming your frivolous dreams. You have 4 banks, 2 supermarkets (that also own most general retailers, the DIY stores and the boozers) and 1 telecoms company. What more could you want?
Not so 900lb Gorilla
"Vulture South has noted previously that the government's multi-technology model puts its entire broadband policy at the mercy of Telstra's goodwill, because the VDSL portion of the network can only exist with co-operation from Telstra.
The incumbent has no incentive to play nice, however, and has in the past stated that it won't play along with the multi-technology model if it can't get the full value of its agreement with NBN Co and the government for its shareholders."
However the Government can also get shitty with Telstra if it wants. As such there is a fine line to be walked by both sides. If Telstra wants to play the belligerent tough guy role it could easily find itself split into two separate companies like BT with suitable legislation to prevent abuse. Then it is long-term f*cked as its wholesale business has value but the retail section isn't worth much at all on the grounds of what a shite service it offers.
Re: Being 'So Polite' while they throw you in jail
I think it is also because half of them have an arse the size of a 3-seat sofa and would cause untold damage to the flimsy cars if struck.
The great home network
Unfortunately, as you have already said, many people do not upgrade a single component. But who can blame them? For years they have been sold the promise of devices that just work with minimum configuration and so much of the blame is with the manufacturers. To be honest, most home users would likely screw up an upgrade anyhow - impatience causing them to turn things off etc as well as some devices having less than stellar interfaces.
I'm with the other vendor whose attitude is predominantly to force an upgrade on you. To be honest I cannot blame them as supporting multiple versions is a lot of work and encourages people to stick where they are thus cementing the problem in. You pay your money you take your choice. However, whilst this is fine in the home environment I don't think they would be able to sustain this in the SMB sector with their higher end gear. Not owning any of the rack kit I cannot say what their attitude is there. I am fine with upgrading to the latest and greatest after a few weeks so that any issues can emerge - been bitten far too many times by early adopter eagerness (which can leave you as a beta tester with some companies) to do otherwise. I wasn't too impressed with their fix which took too long (in my opinion) to release given they only did a recompile with a change to a switch.
When the openssl issues emerged the first thing I did was to close all ports maps on the router and leave nothing exposed. It was a pain in the arse but with heartbleed you just knew a script kiddy would get you with a port scan. I looked at my logs as soon as the fault was reported and witnessed scanning occurring from Rackspace hosted boxes in the US - that's when services were shutdown quicksmart.
After this episode I've now brought everything back with only SSH passed through and all other access via openvpn with an up to date install of Gargoyle on my home router.
Going forward there is a clear issue here - as these devices become more feature rich (with more attack vectors) and more accessible to your average user we are now left with a situation where, just like with the dreaded Adobe flash/reader pairing, these things need to self update unless told otherwise because the owner just won't be doing it and we don't want to be left with our data being scanned by someones convenience kit. As for the IoT, internet connected fridges and the like can kiss my arse because they will never have a place on my network.
But was it free? Lots of EU states have good healthcare, although not measuring up in that report but they charge various explicit levies to fund it. How does that work in comparison?
Welcome to Australia. Hand over your hard-earned and take it like a man. You are a cash-cow to be milked by big corporates in the land of plenty (but not of competition). Tony salutes you as he tramples over your peasant tax-bitch corpse.
Re: Storage cost
"Average assets of UK adult March 2014 = £147,000 (source: AOL), of which £20,000 savings"
Yep and there's quite a few people in the UK with hundreds of millions in savings (they probably use cash or 'cash equivalents' in the metric), wonder how this affects that "average"? What you want is the median assets. Always. The mean is then useful for comparison to show the skew. This is irrespective of with savings or without savings as it then gives an idea of the inequality we all know to be present.
Re: And so...
...and it still wouldn't stop the next Edward Snowden.
Re: Court case
WIth regards RIPA it is also likely that good buddies GCHQ and NSA have a tit-for-tat arrangement where "you spy on our citizens and we'll spy on yours". One of the many benefits of the five-eyes relationship.
Re: Apple tax on new iMac: fair or foul?
My first thoughts:
1. $95 out of $1849 is around 5%, not really gouging. See local retailers for examples of price gouging
2. The price gouge is technically in the headline price to start with rather than the translated one per se.
3. One area they can legitimately claim cost variations is anything that involves humans as Australian minimum wage is multiples of the American version.
4. The AUD is quite volatile and 5% seems acceptable padding.
There are many complaints one could make: shit spec, high base price, virtually unmodifiable, everything glued in place etc.
I think USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt are the greatest things to have happened in computer tech as it means that people can upgrade the main drive in these from slow spinning rust to a 1TB M550 and Apple can't prevent it. Memory is the only hold they really have - Intel already see to it with annual pin variations that CPU upgrades are off the menu.
Re: Quit while you're ahead
BT Infinity with phone and cable TV is cheaper per month than your average speedy connection in Australia. Australia is just plain expensive. Unfortunately the monopolist shitbag that is BT has proved more capable than the monopolist shitbag that is Telstra. Who'd have thunk it?
Re: Or you could just use Bitcoin
Bit volatile though. Especially when the FBI flog their hoard off - I'd imagine that will suppress pricing for quite a while. They could even manipulate the price for quite some time if they wanted to be shitty about it.
From watching the Bank of Dave the licenses are a pain in the arse to come by so most will either be a joint venture or a simple fascade/rebranding exercise.
Re: Perhaps I should also mention
Northern Rock used to lend over 100% of a home's market value, I remember the LTVs in the section at the back of The Times - you can call that a management error but I prefer to call it willful recklessness.
NR: "Secured loan for 125% is it sir?"
Punter: "Yes please"
NR: "What's it secured on"
Punter: "Effectively fuck all as far as the liquidator will be concerned"
Re: A better mousetrap @ Pete 2
Hmm, might work if the bank were Coutt's but Worstal Bank?
Re: Set the wayback machine to Girobank
To be honest I'm not such a great fan of the "wouldn't it just be fantastic to start fresh" approach. Given the wanky old COBOL code has been running for the odd decade or so do you really want the current crop of CV++ coders using their latest fad technology on something so important? Sure, RBS has had some issues but then DO'C here on the Reg has documented all about how that clusterfuck came about and it certainly wasn't the fault of a language, save perhaps for a couple of spoken ones.
Re: @Chris Miller
Not to also add that it is possible for central banks to actually have a negative interest rate for money on deposit in order to incentivise the depositing bank to lend it out. Thus not only would you struggle to make any money in this venture but in the current climate you may be at risk of pissing away a fortune. I believe the ECB has mooted the idea before of a negative deposit rate and I'd hate to take the view that "it couldn't happen here" when you may have billions on deposit.
It's not really the technological aspect it is rather the uneven playing field of them not being, and not having to be, licensed. I can understand them having the shits with that. They have additional costs and obligations over some chummy just chipping up in his car.
Re: Computers are Evil
Maybe they could be Chaplain/Admins? Kind of like DevOps but offering spiritual guidance delivered via the command line.
I see as part of the Wingnut World Tour ole Tone decided to have dinner with Rupert Murdoch. Colour me surprised. Did he want a chat or was he collecting some policies by hand?
Re: Oh Thank You Rubbish EU
"UKIP is a newspaper these days?"
I thought it was a sleeping pill.
Re: Apple ditch vendor lock-in.. for user lock-out.
"Yes, I can see how the idea of giving a single corporation control of every important system in one's home would appeal."
No different from those high end houses that have Clipsal or AMX systems in place then.
Nah, they'll just go back to busting your tail lights.
Re: Let me see if I have this right
Dude, this is Telstra remember. Nothing they do shocks me any more such is the complacency that arises from a cast iron monopoly.
Re: 1+1/E seems dubious for low values of E
"The chances of finding one in the first or last quarter of the range is much smaller than finding one in the middle somewhere"
If we're talking about stumbling upon a piece of data, why is more likely for it to be from the centre rather than the tail i.e. what, other than it occurring more frequently in nature, makes us assume a normal rather than uniform distribution? Would the tanks not be a uniform distribution?
Re: Recommendations for NAS-based home media set-up
Errr, the Gen8 is a microserver - the HP Gen8 Microserver - the replacement/upgrade for the N54L.
You also stated that the £120 unit (must be a N54L or lower) offer massive outperformance over a NAS. Given you were trash-talking the Synology for £500 (which would be the DS412+) I offered a simple comparison, N54L vs DS412+, and stated it highly unlikely a N54L could outperform it, whereas the Gen8 perhaps could thus making the £350 Gen8 the fairer comparison as there's no point slagging off NAS performance to then compare it with a device likely to give a lower performance is there? You were not comparing apples with apples and I merely corrected this so that readers get the facts and not what seems like your personal bias. NAS units offer a valid alternative depending on the needs of the individual.
"I'm interested, but I'd be pretty surprised if they come close performance wise"
The performance I gave for the Synology is for the benchmark off of the smallnetbuilder site, i.e. they tested it when they reviewed it in order to verify manufacturer claims. You can verify it's speed on a variety of RAID setups from fastest to safest. As an example the DS412+ hits 102.4MB/s on RAID 5 write performance - that's pretty bloody fast. A Gen8 using SSD caching which cannot, to my knowledge, be configured in a 4 bay from Synology or QNAP would offer vastly greater performance. Simple RAID5 HDD to RAID5 HDD I'd like to see but have had trouble getting benchmarks for the HP - faster processor is not the be-all if other components are not well matched.
"unbelievably awful internal components of all of these NAS system cannot compare to a normal system"? These devices are SME targeted and hot-swappable - which the beloved HP Microserver most certainly isn't. The more expensive 4 bays units (£500) also come with dual 1Gb/s ethernet. The microserver, especially the N54L is basically the same as one of these (without dual LAN) in that it's a prepacked spec and you're adding drives. The only freedom is really the OS. It does offer an expansion slot and may take more drives but that's by fiddling with the layout. I do not for one minute believe the internals of the HP would be superior for the given price than a NAS. I also know the actual specs, they are there on the review sites and the manufacturer sites for all to see.
"NAS dogs-wrapped-up-in-expensive-shiny-covers" - your personal bias is showing through and it isn't fair to give someone asking a genuine question an answer based upon this. The HP stands up on it's own merit without personal bias but Synology and QNAP offer valid NAS alternatives depending upon needs, budget, and desire to play with/configure FreeNAS vs the embedded offering. They will outperform a N54L, for example, but be similar price to a Gen8 Microserver when it is dual LANed. A Gen8 is better if you want to run ZFS (stack it with RAM) but is not hot-swappable (may be achievable with added card).
Give them the facts and let them make the decision rather than try to force your viewpoint upon them - I feel no need to trash-talk the HP to make the point that the Synology offers a valid alternative because I'd rather them make the right decision for themselves than try and sway them to any bias I may have.
Re: Recommendations for NAS-based home media set-up
@adobob: Although something like a Gen8 microserver will no doubt trash most NAS devices in terms of performance, price, and functionality you need to accept that some people seriously couldn't give a flying f*ck for maintaining yet another box in their spare time and so something like the (kerching) Synology you mention fits their needs perfectly and they are happy to pay the associated "convenience premium".
However, the gen8 will set you back over £350 for the g1610T and is a fairer comparison to the DS412+ you seem to have priced. I sincerely doubt a N54L has massively better performance, in fact I'm pretty bloody confident it doesn't. I'd like to see the benchmark of a 4xHDD N54L against a Synology DS412+ that smallnetbuilder has benchmarked at 106MB/s. I think the N54L would be lucky to hit 70MB/s, ergo feature (b) in your list is a false assertion.
I work in IT and have built plenty of file servers in the past but these days I value my spare time just a bit more than back then. Other folks likely share this outlook.
Re: Recommendations for NAS-based home media set-up
I have an old QNAP TS-439 PRO. As others mentioned Gb ethernet does not mean you'll be getting 125MB/s on your file access - RAID mode, hard drives, and processor all affect that. I get about 70MB/s write speed which is as expected given the data available on the smallnetbuilder website. I recommend looking there for off the shelf reviews and speeds. The device manufacturers (QNAP, Synology etc) are putting out x86 units these days (TS-470?) that can host VMs also.
If I were buying again I'd look at these, possibly a Synology as they seem to be a bit ahead and definitely more speed for the dollar than QNAP in my experience. Your alternative is to get an HP Gen8 Microserver or build something using a tower (mini or maxi depending on drive requirements) and install FreeNAS - just depends on whether you want the hassle. My QNAP is pretty lower power (CPU and electricity) - check out their comparison page for power draw on their units.
As for media streaming I make use of the Twonky Server on the NAS and a WD TV Live box hooked up to the TV. Plays anything you care to throw at it. Just make sure to turn off the UPnP setting in the MyQNAPCloud settings if you get a QNAP as it plays havoc with the WD and is a b*stard to diagnose.
Almost forgot to mention that the file security is taken care of on any system in a similar way (users, groups and shares) and these systems (QNAP, Synology, FreeNAS) all have app/plugin capabilities so they can be setup as RADIUS servers, DB hosts (normally MySQL), Downloaders (torrent, http(s), NZB / Sickbeard) and a whole host of other functions.
Re: ...wake up with a gigantic omelette on its corporate face.
"...viable alternative to CS, they have no choice but to keep paying Adobe."
Or buy the current perpetual licensed version, or download a pirate copy.
Re: Cue the usual (mis-informed) post...
How many times? Their duty is to act in the best interests of the shareholders. That does not necessarily mean maximising profits especially if that is achieved by pissing off every Western Government in existence through tax structuring as that sort of behaviour will blow back and that isn't in the shareholder's best interests.
<quote>You know, the ones that invaded Ukraine and are pretending they're "not soldiers".</quote>
Are you talking about the ones that helped overthrow a democratically elected Government or the ones helping those who object to the replacement one?
Re: Raised lettering . . .
Indeed, what would Patrick and the boys make of this? It's just not the same passing around an app
Why would you call a product UlltraDIMM?
Re: Well said that man.
The problem with encrypted email is that email encryption is not pervasive. I can't encrypt my email if the recipients don't use encryption and half the time it can be a pain in the arse to setup. Now if firefox (for webmail), iOS Mail or thunderbird etc came with email encryption ready to go with wizard to prompt for setup at the start then maybe we could get this ball rolling. But if it is left as a download, install, setup, integrate task for the end user it just won't take off.
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