2218 posts • joined 18 Jun 2009
Re: Oh the irony!!
Hey, don't forget the terrorist children!!
Oh the irony!!
Murdoch's newspapers involved in phone hacking scandal--as the victims!!
Re: In all seriousness....
Wait, we have invisible forcefields and unsafe elfs??
I'm thinking passageway into Narnia!!
In the immortal words of Laurence Olivier....
Is it safe?
Or taking repurposed movie lines one step farther, are users in danger of "NiFi phone home!"
"But with all that the Facebook, apparently, is to blame."
Oddly enough, Facebook is the only one who was not in the room at the time these conclusions (damning Facebook) were arrived at. Funny how that works.
Re: How many clues did they need?
"They knew these criminals, they had been alerted before they came back to uk. They picked them up and let them go."
So the British security services already knew about these guys and had them in custody, and let them go? And then the Brit spooks have the temerity to say "we could have saved that soldier if you just give us access to everything on Facebook, or force Facebook to crawl through everything their members are posting/sharing."?? SERIOUSLY, DID THAT HAPPEN??
This is just like the Boston Marathon bombers, where the elder Tsarnaev brother/bomber went to Chechnya, met with Chechen radicals, had this meeting reported to the U.S. by the Russians, came home and got interviewed by the FBI about what he was up to in Chechnya, and then was let go. And of course he went on to bomb the marathon with his little brother.
Now, I am not suggesting that we take people like the Rigby murderers or the Tsarnaev brothers off the streets if they can't be charged, but these are the very people who this huge surveillance apparatus should be looking at. If a guy raises all these flags, then get a warrant and look at what he is doing online or through email/Skype/whatever. Don't build this huge fuckin' sigint vacuum cleaner to suck up everyone's activity, and then drop the guys who actually might be doing something, and then complain that you need even more of everyone's communications because you failed to "keep your eye on the ball" that you knew was coming!!
If you read through my posting history, you will quickly figure out that I'm not a huge fan of government agencies in general. Frankly, crap like this is the reason why. Government agencies seem to possess a culture where mistakes like this are tolerated, so they keep happening. Frankly, sometimes I wonder if these agencies could find shit in an outhouse.
One soldier got murdered, so now a whole country needs to have their comms tapped
Next week, everyone gets an RFID chip implanted in their butts, because I heard this girl from Sheffield got kidnapped.....
What happened to Lee Rigby was barbaric, but its pretty damn disproportional to say that social media and IM providers should be tapped in order to (and this is total bullshit that it will work) prevent that from happening again. And of course, the 5 Eyes being what it is, if the GCHQ or some other agency in Britain is given this power tomorrow, then the day after tomorrow the security establishment in Canada/U.S./Australia/New Zealand will all effectively have it too, through their good buddies in the GCHQ or Whitehall.
Re: Why was Ireland 3rd most heavily targeted?
Because the Irish throw the biggest boozeouts, and somebody in the shadows wanted to know where the next party was being held?
More seriously, possibly the shadowy "they" are watching all this corporate revenue being moved through Ireland for tax purposes.
Or (less seriously--I hope) maybe because the Irish stood on the sidelines during WW2 and the Cold War, the lot of them must be nazi/commie sympathizers!! By that logic, these days the Irish must be the "have a wee drink" arm of Al Qaeda!!
Re: Hang on...
"Their client" might have been penetrated by Regin because the client was or was perceived to be doing something that got them in the sights of one or more sigint agencies, and when they found out they were being targeted they decided to make nice with the government(s) involved. Part of the plea bargain is that the client in question not talk about the vehicle used to surveil them. Or they just decided not to make matters worse and risk going from acceptable levels of surveillance by shadowy sigint forces to all-out penetration of their infrastructure.
This is part of the larger problem with the NSA's dual responsibility in the U.S.
It's the safecracker/national security hacker of choice, but it is also in charge of cybersecurity for the U.S. On top of that through it's big budget, relationships with other sigint agencies, alumni community in private industry and the ability to rouse support from various arms of the military-industrial, intelligence or law enforcement communities in the U.S. and probably a lot of U.S. allies, it has huge influence in IT security around the world.
So if you are an IT security company, the NSA can really hold your feet to the fire. If you tweak them by outing their malware without permission, you can find your products getting bad security reviews from the NSA, or no reviews at all, or getting inexplicably edged out of government contracts or work with defense/government contractors in the U.S. and overseas. That's a lot of potential customers to risk losing by through exposing an NSA or 5 Eyes operation, even if that operation is a threat to IT security in general.
Plus there is just the national security/sigint aspect of their organization. If you are the CEO of even a huge IT security vendor like Symantec and you get a call from the Director of the NSA, you are probably going to take the call simply out of interest in what he is going to ask you about and what he thinks the potential alignment might be between the world's premier sigint agency and your company.
The NSA really needs to have it's cybersecurity responsibilities moved out from under the agency. It basically allows them to corrupt or appear to corrupt much of the IT security industry. I can understand why the NSA wants to keep that responsibility in-house, it allows them to control a lot of the industry. However, its a bad deal for IT customers and the IT security industry itself.
Re: All these terrible things will happen!!!!!
Considered "should we do this" is not the nature of bureaucracies. After awhile the expansion of the bureaucracy and its powers becomes a goal in itself to keep generating larger budgets, more opportunities for employees, more happy customers who owe the bureaucracy.
That's one of the things that I really credit America's founding fathers with, is a very clear understanding of the nature of governmental agencies who are initially "here to help". If left unchecked, before too long they start "helping" themselves to this or that at your expense.
And if you doubt what I'm saying, think of the last time you saw a big bureaucracy that of it's own accord came to the conclusion that "we are doing too much, and we really need to cut back our activities".
Re: Blind leading the blind
Well, to be fair, the population in general doesn't understand that its pretty damn difficult to track ACTUAL individual activity through an IP address or even a device that is shared within a household, so I don't fault pols for that. Its not reasonable to expect that they are going to know IT when they pass laws that involve IT, then pivot to know about agriculture when the farm policy bill comes up, then railroads when that comes up, etc.
However, I do fault pols for passing laws about something they don't understand. It's like saying that we need a larger water supply, and we know that there are these unclaimed icebergs in the North Atlantic, so we're going to pass a law saying that our water supply issue is going to be resolved by lassoing icebergs floating around the North Atlantic and that will take care of the issue and we don't want to hear any more about it.
Isn't there are committee in the House of Commons that should have at least a good layman's knowledge of IT and access to some genuine experts who are not in Parliament, and come forward with "Hey guys, what you are proposing is not going to work well for the following reasons"? As with agriculture, transport, health policy--there should be people who have a reasonable knowledge of these areas within committees devoted to legislation in those areas. Or are these committee members out there, but they are cowed into silence because they don't want to piss off the IT-witless party leadership?
Probably watching certain organizations (could be the EU, could be NATO) HQ'd in Brussels.
Well, the good news is....
That our sigint agencies agencies assure us that the nasty stuff they create will never get out into the wild! Oh look, it just got our into the wild...
Re: "...she starts a pillow fight with her sister."
No doubt featuring some quality dialogue like "Oooooohhhh, I see that your drive is not the only thing that's hard!"
Re: Oozing Polonius
And given Hamlet's mommy issues, maybe he could be the "Swede motherfucker"?
(Yes, I know Hamlet was Danish. It's Friday, damnit. You guys are lucky(?) that I can still string words together at this point. I need a beer.)
Re: I'm three terrorists at least!
It could be worse, you could be an illiterate fat, smoking, drinking terrorist!
(Don't forget to strangle a kitten on the way out)
Its the NSA!!
(You thought it, I said it!!)
I think you'd feel differently about the silliness of "sex by surprise" if it was your wife/daughter/sister who woke up after being knocked on the head, intoxicated or drugged and was surprised to find a guy on top of her. Now, Assange is not being accused of something that low, but what he is accused of is questionable enough that it represents a danger to members of Swedish society that the government there has a right to take issue with.
"Assange's lawyers had argued that the order should be vacated because there is no way to enforce it as long as Ecuador grants Assange asylum in its embassy."
Assange's crime (if he committed it) is hardly the worst thing I have ever heard someone accused of. However, I am genuinely offended that responsible legal counsel would argue "Well, you can't get my client into custody because he has asylum in Ecuador, so you should let the whole thing go." That's not justice, that's simply favoritism.
Next we'll have crime lords paying off regimes here and there so that they can get asylum somewhere sunny and corrupt?
"After the Crimean takeover, Ukrainian upheaval, Boko Haram, Isis......."
May I remind you that all those events/movements happened after the Snowden revelations, but during a period where the NSA & Friends had no real restrictions on their powers stemming from those reservations.
In short, all this surveillance that has been put in place did diddly-squat to stop Boko Haram, the Crimean annexation, or any of the things you listed.
And your response to this failed surveillance is that we need more surveillance?
Re: In defense of data slurping
@ Jason Bloomberg
Nobody is saying that you it isn't possible that you can spied on by your company's sysadmin. I'll take that further and say that you can be spied on by your boss, or someone in your HR who has access to your personnel info and your health benefit claims data, or by your neighbor for that matter.
The real issue is whether our government exists to serve us, or whether we exist to serve our government.
You have to wonder if DC really does view the NSA as an instrument of social control...
I hate DC pols. So concerned about the preservation of power as an end in itself...
Wait a second....
"then consulted the engineer who built it to unlock a secret extra power setting dubbed "desperation mode." "
So the Philae lander came with a cheat code???
Is there a cow level?
But you see, that is forcing OTHER people (KFC in this case) to spend money to rebrand themselves. This time, its the government having to choose whether to spend it's own coin.
This is why I am not a fan of either major party in the U.S.
The Republicans used to be a more of a believer in civil liberties, but now they have turned into surveillance fanatics because of those nasty terrorists. At least they mostly spare us the kvetching about online pedophiles....
What's the Russian for "Scoop"?
(If you know anyone in Piedmont, New Mexico, you might tell them to get out of town for awhile.)
"The website, launched in February as part of a campaign to encourage more people to learn Irish"
Obviously, in this case users will start with various Irish swear words!!!
Re: Sealguins or Pengseals
I think the unholy offspring of these trysts are relocated away from the scene of their traumatic conception to Australia, where they are known as platypuses.
(In my best Morgan Freeman voice)
"And here we see the ongoing struggle of nature between the king penguin and it's natural enemy, the seal. After a lengthy pursuit, the seal............ewwww"
I fully agree with you that there are parts of the UN that do a very good job. The World Food Program, High Commissioner for Refugees and perhaps the World Health Organization come to mind.
I remain very skeptical that this new body would qualify for the consideration I mentioned directly above.
Re: 5 "Permanent Seats"
Yes, this sounds like it is going to turn into the UN Security Council, where 3/4 of the council agrees, and one or two permanent members scuttle that agreement, or into a patronage role where bureaucrats from various ministries of communications, or the UN, or companies involved in the internet are going to give or receive favors in order to gain or influence appointments to the broader council.
Just goes to demonstrate the lack of political sophistication of the tech sector!!
Now, if these U.S. tech companies had sloshed around an additional several tens of millions in the just-completed midterm elections, now THAT would have been sophisticated!!
More seriously, this shows that the tech sector is having trouble getting the Obama administration to listen to them, and they need the EU to help fight its battles. However, it remains to be scene whether the EU is ready to actually cross their security/intelligence benefactors back in DC.
Re: I hope they can retrieve and analyze a sample!
Harry Stamper, where are you when we need you!
I hope they can retrieve and analyze a sample!
But I'm going to be disappointed if the results come back "The comet is really a dirty snowball" :)
Where is the "fingers crossed" icon?
"he feels for those ISPs that need more money to invest in more networks. They need “a degree of predictability about revenues” says Oetti."
How about having the ISPs offer exceptional customer service and value? That just might attract and retain some customers! A radical idea, I know, but perhaps if the ISPs treated their customers well they wouldn't have customer churn?....
And I love the little bit about how he finds time to "use the internet every day". That inspires some serious confidence! The only thing that would fill me with even more respect would be if he were to go on about how "some of my best friends use email"!
It's nice to know that society is in the best of hands....
This is useful!!
With Japan's population nearing decline, they need to free up existing real schoolgirls from their baseball duties so the girls can develop emotional bonds to help soothe and humanize Godzilla/Gamera/Mothra/other Japanese megafauna!!
Re: Dirtboxes being used by dirtbags!!
@ Lionel Baden
If they were looking for "someone's" phone they could do that through a warrant served the the mobile telephone carriers. They are looking at large numbers of people, I guess so they can see what numerous subjects of investigation/criminals on parole/etc. are doing as a group. So if you are on parole your phone kind of becomes an electronic bracelet to see if you are in a city outside your parole area.
The protocols for screening out the thousands and thousands of innocent civilians are poorly defined at best. As are the protocols for defining who the "persons of interest" should be. Are they looking for federal witnesses, to see where they are traveling? I can see why theoretically they might have an interest if a witness is in Cleveland when they need to find him for a deposition, but witnesses shouldn't be tracked. Are they looking for people who are "unnamed co-conspirators"? These are people who the feds think might be involved in a crime, but there isn't enough evidence to put them in court. But does that mean they deserve to have their locations tracked? Are they tracking former criminals/people who left the sensitive positions in the federal government/people who are in sensitive positions in the federal government? We don't really know, nor has there been any debate over under what circumstances we should track people.
Likewise non-Americans moving around in America. How many of those people are being tracked by this, and why? Is that number zero? Is it some whole number followed by lots of zeroes? We just don't know.
This looks very much like a fishing expedition, and I am not in favor of those.
Dirtboxes being used by dirtbags!!
How fitting. Well, my respect for the Marshal's Service just dropped several notches. Until now, they had seemingly stayed out of the black-bag bullshit that the FBI and DEA seemed to be happy to perpetrate.
Re: We hit something the size of South London from 10 years away.
Aren't there some parts of South London that could stand being hit?
Well, I hope they work things out and can sample the comet!
This is what you get for buying your harpoon system from Wal-Mart!!
Re: Wakes up when it gets sun
Nah, it will be found by the sentient machine planet that made V-ger, and once reequipped with a new planet-cracking antimatter drill it will go out into the cosmos looking to harvest organic matter from inhabited planets. Oops!!
I have a hard time believing that these pics aren't taken on a soundstage....
Ironically, it would help me believe if Bruce Willis as somewhere in the shot.
At least it wasn't anything with "Twilight" in the name!!
Comment title says it all!
I hope that they can drill without being solidly anchored!
I'd imagine that the gravity is so weak that actually pressing the drill into anything solid would start to push the probe back into space!
Re: Yeah, right
Except that AT&T is rich, quite well understood and now that it is no longer Ma Bell, not very highly regulated....
I have no problems with the cable companies/telcos/ISPs/unholy trinity of all of the above varying charges to end users for higher or lower bandwidth packages, I think it's very fair to charge Mr. "Can't live without my Netflix and Hulu 24 hours a day" for a higher bandwidth package if he wants to assure solid delivery of his streaming video. However, I have a serious problem with open favoritism to certain packet streams based on whether their provider paid for "the fast lane".
Give me internet access, and let me decide what I want to look at. If I want a cheap, low bandwidth package but all of a sudden I want to stream the all the NCAA basketball March Madness games, well, that's my problem. Likewise, I may want to high bandwidth package and I am willing to pay my fair share for the upgraded fiber capacity to support that demand.
And I agree with the above sentiments that AT&T always talks about gigabit fiber, and always finds a reason to delay it. Right now, its the ISP service equivalent of Bigfoot or Nessie.
More public relations...
Unfortunately, privacy protections in the U.S. are dangerously watered down, so I am not so sure of the actual utility of Google's suggestion.
Nice job, ESA!!
Just make sure you don't wake up anything hibernating inside the comet!!
Re: Getting the angle right...
Eh, he would probably just float up onto shore again.
Another sad indicator of American decline....
When the Frogs might pass us up in the whale demolition department!
Mr. President, we cannot allow the development of an exploding whale gap!!!
(Actually, why don't they bring in something like a Barrett 50 caliber rifle to shoot the ballooning baleen-bearing bomb in the gut, and release the gas that way? Or bring up an armored personnel carrier or a tank and shoot the whale a couple times with a solid armor piercing round? That would certainly do it, and it would be a lot less dangerous than blowing the whale up. Then you carve the whale up and bury it or dump it far out at sea.)
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