* Posts by Ian 62

190 posts • joined 17 Jul 2009

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Hacker dodges FOUR HUNDRED YEARS in cooler for SCANNING sites

Ian 62

Too subtle for me.

Maybe I've not had enough coffee yet, but the implication of the report seems to suggest that what this guy was doing is hardly worth mentioning.

Yes, ok, its just a website. But it appears he was trying to gain un-authorised access.

Would you brush off an incident where someone was outside your house for a few days trying all the door and windows, then sitting at the front door and trying 1000s of keys in the lock to see which one worked?

"I've not got in M'Lord, I was just checking"

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Assassin's Creed bugs shift setting to LSD-drenched 1960s Paris

Ian 62

<tinfoil>

No mention of the NDA for reviewers that actually lasted beyond public release?

</tinfoil>

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Mastercard and Visa to ERADICATE password authentication

Ian 62

Re: W00h00

First time I encountered VbyV (many years ago) I called the card issuer and said "What is this?".

The call centre replied with, "We've never heard of it, so we've locked your card".

Frankly, its been downhill ever since.

Can't remember your password?

Re-set immediately just by using the details on the card and the date of birth.

Its not like my DOB is very secret.

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UK.gov pushes for SWIFT ACTION against nuisance calls, threatens £500k fines

Ian 62

Its a waste of time even complaining

I'm listed on the Telephone Preference service, have been for years, yet I still get calls.

Usually I tell the caller immediately that I'm listed and they are breaking the law to call me, normally they hang up pretty quick. Some occasions I do get the details of who they are, when reporting this to Ofcom I'm told 'Theres nothing we can do'. So, whats the point again?

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IT blokes: would you say that LEWD comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman

Ian 62

Re: Out the b*****ds

Hit them in the wallet.. Its one of the 'other' place that hurts.

If you've been offended, insulted, harassed by someone wearing their company shirt.

Go right up to that sales booth and tell them.

"I would have been interested in your product but one of your sales men was a total ass, so I won't be buying from you ever again"

Word WILL get around the company in question, even if its not in official channels, the talk over the water cooler will cause embarrassment.

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ISIS terror fanatics invade Diaspora after Twitter blockade

Ian 62

Re: There's probably more to it than that

And then we end up in the situation where...

"We attack place X, at Y time, on Z day"

That gets 'leaked' to some media or intelligence agency, the government of the day 'Has to act to protect the citizens' and we end up with closed airports, roads, rail, stop and search in the streets, and shut down telecoms.

Then the terrorist pee themselves laughing because for every one attack that they do actually perform they can terrify us into doing what they want another 10 times for free.

I'm more likely to catch a double decker bus in the face than be victim of a terror attack, but I don't see the government protecting me with a 'bus stop and search' every time I cross the street.

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

Ian 62

Aren't there a number of exemptions to copyright

And I give you two quick examples.

1) News reporting

Using material for the purpose of reporting current events is permitted provided that:

The work is not a photograph.

The source of the material is acknowledged.

The amount of the material quoted is no more than is necessary for the purpose.

2) Criticism or review

Quoting parts of a work for the purpose of criticism or review is permitted provided that:

The work has been made available to the public.

The source of the material is acknowledged.

The material quoted must be accompanied by some actual discussion or assessment (to warrant the criticism or review classification).

The amount of the material quoted is no more than is necessary for the purpose of the review.

So if you set up your twit/vine/facebook/youtube account as either:

Red top style news outlet.

Giving appropriate acknowledgements and only to show 'appropriate' amount.

Football Pundit.

Review or criticise the goal and again quote your sources.

But then.. Since when has copyright been for the 'little guy'?

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Uber and Lyft sitting in a tree, 'c-a-n-c-e-l-l-i-n-g each other's rides'

Ian 62

Re: wait, what?

Its like twitter and Facebook.

"We have xyz millions of accounts! Invest in us now."

But % are fake, bots, spammers, duplicates, aren't they?

"But look! we have xyz millions of accounts!"

But fake?

"Invest in us now!"

BUT....

"Invest in us now!"

Or rather, it'd be something like. "Our disruptive exponential growth of accounts in our new cloud based initiative presents a unique investment channel to realise multi percent point growth on your initial outlay of under utilised traditional economic funds."

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Synology and the NAS-ty malware-flingers: What can be learned

Ian 62

Remember it's not just Synology

It shouldn't have happened. No argument.

But why the laser like targeting on Synology? Which appears to be far more aggressive than previous reporting for:

Onity

Sony

LinkedIn

eBay

Yahoo

Target

Orange

Microsoft

Apple

OpenSSL

Adobe

Dell

etc..etc..

You could at least slap all of them equally for their incompetence over the years.

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Boffins build FREE SUPERCOMPUTER from free cloud server trials

Ian 62

Re: I did not know there *were* that many cloud providers. Or are they

Obligatory XKCD

http://xkcd.com/908/

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It's Google HQ - the British one: Reg man snaps covert shots INSIDE London offices

Ian 62

Re: Why never any employees

@SoaG

I see what you did there :)

+1 subtle internet points to you!

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Teensy card skimmers found in gullets of ATMs

Ian 62

Re: *dum de dum de da*

[citation needed]

I'd imagine/assume it works on the same principle as the Cineworld quiz app and those damn furby-ipad app combinations, lets the kids chat to the furby via an iPad app.

They encode a high frequency audio that you can't 'hear', but must annoy the hell out of dogs. So its just broadcast out of a mini speaker and picked up by the microphone. The fury iPad combination was particularly painful for me at least. No one else in the house could hear it, and I only stopped twitching once the furby was 'humanely' put down.

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You want a medal for writing a script? Sure: here it is!

Ian 62

Re: Blind eye

I'm not saying you're wrong, I've seen some real mess when users with a little bit of excel knowledge are set free to develop their own solutions. But the correct process would have required (in no particular order)... By which time they probably would have started the drawdown to bring them all home again.

A business case (written and reviewed)

A budget

An analyst team to review the scope

Some form of development lifecycle (more than likely swapping back and forth between waterfall and agile)

A team of coders

A team of testers

A deployment team

A development environment

A test environment

A training environment

Outages to deploy to production

Formal sign off

Change review board when it needs reworked to actually meet requirements

Test environment to be updated

Tested

Further training

Outage to production environment

Handover to support team

Support team training

Am I missing anything?

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How practical is an electric car in London?

Ian 62

What happens when we reach "peak electric car"?

If electric cars keep getting all this stuff for free, are we going to go broke when enough people have electric cars?

The subsidy on the purchase price

Congestion charge exemption

Free electric charging

Free parking

Bus lane/HOV use

Reserved spaces

Or... Will the government of the day suddenly change the rules when they realise how much cash they're missing out on compared to the days of the 'evil ICE'?

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LA air traffic meltdown: System simply 'RAN OUT OF MEMORY'

Ian 62

Submitting flight plan...

For flight number :

' OR '1'='1'; Drop table TSA_no_fly_list; Select next_destination where call_sign = 'air force 1';

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Potato in SPAAAAACE: LOHAN chap cooks up stratospud with Heston Blumenthal

Ian 62

citation needed?

http://www.boconline.co.uk/en/sheq/gas-safety/identifying-gas-cylinders/industrial-gas-cylinder-colours/industrial-cylinder-colours.html

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EE...K: Why can't I uninstall carrier's sticky 'Free Games' app?

Ian 62

Free asda wifi

Filtered by mumsnet.

So while it might let you visit competitors to check prices, is sure as hell doesnt let you run a VPN to make sure your connection is secure.

Wont someone think of the 'my data is my data, dont you dare spy on me'

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Five UK banks sign up to hook up customers' ACCOUNTS to their MOBILE DEVICES

Ian 62

Great.. More people fannying around a the front of the queue

For a quick transaction it sounds like a PITA.

'Oh hang on, I know I left my phone in my handbag SOMEWHERE'

'Oh here it is'

Unlock code.

Find and launch the app.

No 3G. Error

Wait for 3G to lock.

Still Error

Quit and Re-launch App

User ID

Secret code (8 characters long, but characters 4, 3, 7 please)

Wrong Try Again

Wrong Try Again

'So sorry, I get flustered when I'm in a rush'

Correct code

'How much was it again?'

QR code generated, trying to get it in frame and photographed.

Insufficient Funds

'Oh, wrong bank account, hang on, I need to launch my current account App'

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Click here to BEAT OFF David Cameron's web SMUT ban

Ian 62

Filtering sites about proxies

As the reg previously reported, BT filters sites that provide information about bypassing the filter... So how long before the linked chromestore becomes filtered?

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Twitterers rally round #CensoredUK - to demand MORE PORN

Ian 62

VPN already blocked by NetMums

The 'Free Family Friendly WiFi' available at ASDA is filtered by NetMums.

And guess what...Your super secret VPN pron source is already blocked.

Yes, yes, only right that Free WiFi available to general public and kiddies should block porn. But blocking a VPN isn't blocking porn.

And as its NetMums that are driving the filtering, you can bet that the scope will creep to include VPN and proxies in your own home.

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iPhone 5S: Apple, you're BORING us to DEATH (And you too, Samsung)

Ian 62

Re: Video/Movie Industry still needs a

Maybe didnt explain myself correctly.

Rather than having to know to search in Netflix, or Hulu, or Catchup TV, or iPlayer, or 4OD, or LoveFilm or..or.. or..

I have one front end app, call it AppleFLIXodPlayer or whatever. So I have one bill to pay (to Apple) and when I log into that I can search without knowing or caring what service ACTUALLY has the broadcast rights.

Apple gathers the metric on what I watch, then automatically pay through a fee to whichever service was actually hosting it (invsibily to me).

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Ian 62

Video/Movie Industry still needs a

Kicking...

Regional distribution models, regional pricing, format/quality variations, streaming/buffering.

All the things that drive people to torrents, because quite frankly the quality of the product on a torrent site is often quicker/better than trying to do it legally.

An iTV has been talked about for sometime, it's probably in a lab somewere, but likely its tied up in Hollywood negotiations.

At the very least I could see a market for a device that wraps all the various online video services behind one front end/account. So the user doesnt have to care which service has licenced which series of the show, or which sequal to the movie franchise.

Connect, search, select, play. All the billing etc handled invisibly.

Now THAT I could see being an apple product. Its nothing new or clever, but the integration would be where they succeed.

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MPs blocked from ogling 'web smut' 300,000 times – WHILE IN PARLIAMENT

Ian 62

She said: "We do not consider the data to provide an accurate representation of the number of purposeful requests made by network users. [There are a] variety of ways in which websites can be designed to act, react and interact and due to the potential operation of third party software."

So they admit that their own statistics for their own filtering software are probably junk, and yet theyre happy to propose filtering and blocking on ALL of us because of some statistics about protecting children and the harm of pron.

"Some parliamentary staffers also hit back at the claims, blaming overzealous smut filters for mis-classifying innocent websites: The problem with the Porn Story Parliament Computers thing is that sometimes PICTs filter blocks news stories as pornographic"

Our elected representatives are researching news of the day on a filtered connection that may or may not be providing them with the full range of results. Then they decide if theyre going to be bothered to vote on a motion that they may or may not be fully informed about?

And they wonder why those of us with a least a passing interest and knowledge of how the series of connected tubes works, are telling them that the proposed new laws are a disaster?

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Nokia drives cars into the clouds: Hear HERE, you're here, hear?

Ian 62

You should be so lucky

It will still likely require a visit to the main dealer so that an 'approved' rubber stamp can go in the service book. At the cost of £150 per hour plus vat and parts (ink).

Car Manufacturers arent going to let Nokia take a revenue stream off them. Updating/servicing onboard tech is likely to be a nice little earner for them.

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Scots council cops £100K fine for spaffing vulnerable kids' data ONLINE

Ian 62

Technical Detail

Any chance of digging a bit and find out some technical detail?

I'm struggling to see what sequence of events would get documents from work to be auto-magically published publicly online?

Is it a dropbox 'feature' I'm not aware of?

Some facebook thing?

iCloud?

Some sort of shared folder Limewire fail?

So they didnt have a policy/process for home working. Does that mean she just email stuff to her home account? Or do they have homeworking solution, just badly implemented?

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Why Teflon Ballmer had to go: He couldn't shift crud from Windows 8, Surface

Ian 62

Re: Hehe.

You'll probably not see this now.

But if you are using MacOSX and running everything in a VM... try turning off Unity. Thats the feature that makes the windows apps appear seamless to you. Much better reliability if you run the VM 'in a VM' .

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Loads of mis-sold PPI, but WHO will claim? This man's paid to find out

Ian 62

Rhetorical Question really

But why do people have to 'claim'?

The banks clearly have the data, and the analytics to decide if you've got a valid claim. So, err.. Why dont they just hand over the cash that they took during the mis-selling?

Oh thats right... It's profit if it doesnt get handed back.

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'Symbolic' Grauniad drive-smash was not just a storage fail

Ian 62

And why aren't the Government using the law for these things?

Because they suspect that the Government case isnt as strong as they think.

If they really thought they had a legal case against the Guardian they could have used the appropriate laws to sieze and prevent publishing a story. "D-Notice" isnt it?

If they really thought the lad Miranda was carrying stolen property (the documents from the NSA) they could have arrested him on suspicion of handling stolen property.

But no, they used terrorism law and thinly vieled threats, with no requirement for the 'suspect' to have any rights or priviledges.

If they'd carried out either of these acts using appropriate laws with oversight there wouldnt be half the political fuss there is now.

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Does the RSPCA have your gun licence or car registration? NOBODY knows

Ian 62

Data protection act?

If you thought you might be on their lists, couldnt you request copies and corrections to be made to it as per the Data Protection act?

At least then you'd know if they had someone on you, and what that might be.

As theyre not a Government agency they'd have no 'secrecy' get out.

Copied from Wiki.. So it may or may not be 100% accurate, but I'd have thought that they could fall foul of sections 4 and 5 at least.

1.Personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully and, in particular, shall not be processed unless- 1.at least one of the conditions in Schedule 2 is met, and

2.in the case of sensitive personal data, at least one of the conditions in Schedule 3 is also met.

2.Personal data shall be obtained only for one or more specified and lawful purposes, and shall not be further processed in any manner incompatible with that purpose or those purposes.

3.Personal data shall be adequate, relevant and not excessive in relation to the purpose or purposes for which they are processed.

4.Personal data shall be accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date.

5.Personal data processed for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes.

6.About the rights of individuals e.g.[9] personal data shall be processed in accordance with the rights of data subjects (individuals).

7.Appropriate technical and organisational measures shall be taken against unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and against accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, personal data.

8.Personal data shall not be transferred to a country or territory outside the European Economic Area unless that country or territory ensures an adequate level of protection for the rights and freedoms of data subjects in relation to the processing of personal data

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OWN GOAL! 100s of websites blocked after UK Premier League drops ball

Ian 62

Lawyerbomb?

So if you had a successful commercial site paying your bills that suddenly became unavailable because of this...

1) Complain to? You're probably not a customer of all 4 ISPs so you dont have a business relationship with them. How do you get your site unblocked?

2) Notify? Other than seeing your income suddenly drop, how would you know you were blocked?

3) Sue? Who's responsible? The ISP? The court? The copywrite holder? Who pays me my compensation?

Even if you were quick of the blocks, noticed the problem, figured out what it was, and had it up and running on another service within a day or two you could have lost thousands and have spent hundreds sorting yourself out. Through no fault of your own.

Internet filtering...The new cluster*bomb*.

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Obama proposes four-point plan to investigate US data spooks

Ian 62

Why did I hear this as a thinly veiled threat?

"It's true, we have significant capabilities. What's also true is that we show a restraint that many other governments around the world refuse to show, and that includes some of America's most vocal critics."

Don't push me too much or I'll stop restraining those three letter agencies?

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NSA gets burned by a sysadmin, decides to burn 90% of its sysadmins

Ian 62

Later that day...

Infosys has announced that it has secured a major US Government Contract.

"To facilitate US Government cost efficiency savings, Infosys are proud to announce we're the sole offshored centre for administration of key US Government security systems. You can be rest assured that security and professionalism are at our core values"

....

"Hello <crackle, hiss>, I am "Bob" calling from Windows support, there is a problem with your computer"

"Umm, really, OK"

"Yes, <pop, snap>, Normally we try to install some malware on your PC at this point <zzsttzzzz> But your NSA has paid us to do it already"

"What?"

"So we already know your bank details, social security number, and what you like to do in your own home. Your tax dollars at work <hissss>"

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Cameron demands Brits BOYCOTT angry-troll-infested websites

Ian 62

Dear Call-me-Dave

If you're happy to say "that parents have always been in control of what television programmes their children should view. "The 'off' button is a great regulator," he said"

The same applies to computers, and smart phones.

PARENTS have the power to regulate what the kids see.

So stop forcing mumsnet parenting on the rest of us.

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Jimbo Wales: ISP smut blocking systems simply 'ridiculous'

Ian 62

Just maybe he'll be able to educate them

If only even a little.

The people complaining about the filters aren't the ones confusing child pron with adult content filters.

We all agree the *illegal* content should be removed and those responsible prosecuted. Using the existing laws.

The issue is that those in positions of influence keep using "protecting the children" as an excuse to inflict impractical and shoddy solutions on those of us accessing *legal* content.

Who defines that its something adult? By the sounds of it, it depends on what commercial package each individual ISP has installed. That could end up in dozens of different implementations.

What about sites that are incorrectly classified as adult? If you're running a commercial online site, that has some content that some may argue is adult (safe sex advice?) then what happens to your business when you're suddenly branded as adult. That could put some businesses bankrupt. Or do you go to each ISP in turn, begging them to re-catogorise your site? You're not their customer, what reason do the ISP have to help you out at all.

Perhaps the Netflix, iPlayer, other on demand services could be listed as Adult. But what if the ISP hosts its own streaming service? It could easily list the others as adult and use that as a commercial nudge to get its customers to subscribe to its own service. Which just so happens it doesnt list as adult.

What happens if a legit site is hacked, as found with the recent spike in hacked sites hosting child pron. Does that suddenly fall into the adult content? Never again to be allowed to be listed as normal, even after being cleaned?

What about sites that children actually want to use? But become the targets of 'grooming'. If youre there to protect children are you going to start listing popular kids sites as adult when they are found to have adults grooming children on them?

The only people this wont effect are the people that want to get access to pron. VPN, Tor, Proxies, or simply just phoning the ISP and openingly saying. "Make pron appear please!"

Go search for the epetition and sign up, please folks :)

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Police probe IDIOTIC Twitter bomb threats slung at journalists

Ian 62

Call-Me-Dave, take note..

the court said in June that "requesting search engine service providers to suppress legitimate and legal information that has entered the public domain would entail an interference with the freedom of expression of the publisher of the web page. In [Jääskinen's] view, it would amount to censorship of his published content by a private party"

Your plans for internet censorship have already been considered by the EU Advocate General, are you willing to try it on and end up taking it to the EU Courts of Justice?

Rehtorical question really, ofcourse they will, "publish and be damned". They'll implement it, fight it all the way, branding anyone who opposes them as pedoterrorists.

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WikiLeaks: Manning guilty verdict sets 'dangerous precedent'

Ian 62

Presumed guilty then

"the ability of criminals like Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden "

Snowden hasn't even been arrested yet, let alone faced trial or conviction.

Is it appropriate to be calling him a criminal already?

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Jurors start stretch in the cooler for Facebooking, Googling the accused

Ian 62

How long before the twitter trends?

They've stitched me up #inthedock

Looks guilty to me #1of12

Yawn, when's lunch? #foremanofthejury

The judge is asleep again #thedefenselawyer

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Google menaces Apple's 3-year-old toddler with its cheap stream tech

Ian 62

Re: Research...

Re-write to please the downvotes.

Apple sucks. Their stuff is ancient and they must have copied it from google all those years ago anyway.

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Ian 62

Research...

Apple offered a preview of the device in September 2006[1]

So thats Google at the same point 7 years later than Apple.

With improvements in tech, you'd expect them to be able to produce something that kicks the @rse out of the 7year old Apple product. And even still be better than the 3year old product.

Frankly, it's a good thing. It's competition, which means innovation in price and features.

The current AppleTV is good, but could be better. So hopefully this might inspire Apple to rev the hardware, or drop the price, or both. And then Google need to do the same to compete.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_TV

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ISPs: Relax. Blocking smut online WON'T really work

Ian 62

So if the Huawei filter is automatic..

at deciding if the site is safe or not...

Does that mean it would automatically have decided that Ms Claire Perry and her website was hosting Adult content and then automatically added it to the blocked list?

So not only do the script kiddies get the pleasure of defacing a website, theres then odds on chance that it starts getting blocked by the very systems she has campaigned for. A whole new approach to denial of service. I like it :)

And I can only imagine the red-tape to get a site de-listed from the blocks!!

Ms Perry, "My site is safe!"

ISP Support, "No it's not"

"Yes 'tis!"

"Prove it?"

"If you go look you'll see its clean now.

"I can't go look at it, you're on the blocked list"

"If you can't go look at it, how do I prove its clean?"

"Shouldnt have told us to put this bloody system in then should you"

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PHWOAR! Huh! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, Prime Minister

Ian 62

The devil in the detail

Can we see the list please?

The list of sites/content/genre that they've deemed to be Adult and requiring filtered?

Can we know who is on the committee please?

Is advice to curious teenage LGBT on that list?

Is advice for teenage safe sex on that list?

Are historic great works featuring cherubs and teenagers on that list?

Are album covers on that list?

What happens if at visitor uses my unfiltered internet connection and is offended by the pron apparently FORCED on them? Am I held liable for supplying pron to visiting children?

What happens if the ISP filter fails? Are they held liable for negligence?

What stops the list expanding into other things mumsnet disapproves of? Fundementalist religions? Abbortion? Drugs? Violent video games/films?

Who gets to be the 'other' voice here? The mumsnet lobby has secured the ear of "Call me Dave", where is my voice on the committee?

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NSA chief leaks info on data sharing tech: It's SharePoint

Ian 62

Working in pairs

Didnt they force the East German guards patroling The Wall to work in pairs?

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Brazilians strip Amazon of brazen .amazon gTLD grab bid

Ian 62

Just a question. If Amazon (or other retailer) fails to secure the rights to whatever gTLD they think belongs to them, what stops who ever does secure it from allowing sites like

www.ihate.amazon

www.itcaughtfireagain.iphone

www.crashedmyditchfinder.rangerover

www.bunchofravinglooniesare.thegreenparty

Do the domain squatting rules apply? Because copyright and trademark laws wont apply as that didnt give them reason enough to secure the name in the first place?

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PRISM scandal: Brit spooks operated within the law, say politicos

Ian 62

If whats been done is true...

Then it's all good. They've abided by the law.

However just one thought. GCHQ provided the committee with the evidence. And they've taken it on faith.

Does that mean I can decide what proof to provide to HMRC about what income tax I'm due to pay and they can take that on faith?

Why wasnt this done as an independent external audit?

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Microsoft DENIES it gives backdoor access to Outlook encryption

Ian 62

Re: "governments must continue to rely on legal process"

I wouldnt want anything like 11/9 to happen anywhere, but equally I wouldnt want to give any future Government anywhere in the world the easy option of forming a new Stasi.

Would you want a Police officer on every street corner and junction logging who drove past at what time? What size of car, speed, direction, number of passengers, time of day.

Then returning to the station, dumping all that data in with all the other officer reports?

Thats the car analogy to what we're told NSA and GCHQ have been doing.

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Psssst: If you wanna be rich, make the next privacy Robocop app

Ian 62

something to hide

But if it was the accepted default. "Everything everyone does, send, recieve, create, read, is encrypted end to end."

Then it's not suspicious is it?

So if we all start using proxies, vpn, PGP, truecrypt, then it's no longer something unusual.

Why shouldnt the best available encryption and privacy be the expected default on for everything?

Not just to avoid Government agency snooping, but also criminal and insider attacks?

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PM writes ISPs' web filter ads for them - and it must say 'default on'

Ian 62

DO.NOT.WANT.

Dear ISP,

cc Government of the Day.

I 'the upvoter below' do not want.

If you should implement such a system I will take my business else where.

If all of you should implement such a system I will encrypt my traffic via an offshore thirdparty.

That'll screw you over either way, wont it now? Either no business, or no ability to traffic shape the protocols you dont like.

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Snowden, schmoden. Let's talk about crushing hackers, say US'n'China

Ian 62

"So, we've got all this data we've hoovered up on people that have VPN'd out of the Great Firewall", says Uncle NSA.

"Oh good, we've got all this data we've hacked from you and other places around the world", says the Peoples Party.

Simultaneously.. "Shall we trade?"

"Great, we can now hunt down some more disidents"

"And we can avoid that pesky Constitution"

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Microsoft preps UK Surface Pro 'pilot', tiptoes around Win 8 OEM rivals

Ian 62

Nice PR spin

A queue doesnt ALWAYS mean high demand, it just means limited supply.

But you can make it sound like it's indemand.

" OMG!! 2 hour queues and theres plenty to go round! "

Therefore that MUST mean they're really really popular.

Or...

It means theres one person at one desk personally handling each transaction.

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Americans attempt to throw off oppressive, unresponsive rulers on 4th of July

Ian 62

Re: The Government will be quaking in there boots.

I wrote to my MP complaining about the proposed changes to the snoopers charter and the default Pron filtering, actually got a reply that he agreed and was forwarding it to the Home Secretary. I'll summarise it again here. Ofcourse, this now means that I've stood up and put myself on one of these very lists that I'm about to describe...

These systems once in place can't just be turned off. We're all told once somethings on the internet it's on there forever, the same will apply to data (meta or otherwise) thats gathered by security services.

Once they've got it, they've got it. Today its just looking for keywords, analytics, metadata etc related to terrorism. But what happens when our current "you can trust us" Government is removed? Either by democratic process or something more dramatic?

That network of monitoring stations, listening post and archives of data, they're all still there and still working. The staff are just following orders from above. What today you may feel is your right, to complain about your Police service, write to your paper, write to you MP, vote for someone different, etc. In the future that may suddenly put you on a watch list.

If tomorrow a radical Religious movement was voted in as Government, would you expect the out going Goverment to remove and delete all the security services that they'd put in place to 'protect you'? No, they'd still be there, now just being used by a different Government that has some very different views on who they're protecting from what. (Some may say we're already there)

I know the old quote, 'First they came for...and I said nothing' is over used, but it's valid and frighteningly more and more appropriate.

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