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19 posts • joined 29 Sep 2009

Snowden's secure email provider Lavabit shuts down under gag order

Noodle

Way to go US Govt

"I would strongly recommend against anyone trusting their private data to a company with physical ties to the United States."

When US companies start advising against doing business with US companies, you know things are going very wrong.

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Kim Dotcom's locker may be full, but the cupboard is bare

Noodle

All based on the usual assumption...

.. that the majority of people storing files on an upload site are doing so for pirated copies of movies and music. Is there any evidence of this? As far as I know Megaupload had a huge number of completely legitimate users storing personal and business files, who are all now being penalised for the alleged illegal behaviour of some other users of the same site. Whether or not Kim Dotcom knew about the alleged piracy is neither here nor there - you wouldn't confiscate the contents of an entire mall if you found one shop selling illegal goods, nor would you prosecute the builder or owner of the mall. There is a market for private online storage that is completely unrelated to piracy.

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Kids should be making software, not just using it - Gove

Noodle

IT != Programming

Lots of talk about programming and software but not much detail on what if anything is going to be covered regarding operating systems, hardware, networking and the like. I am not a sysadmin but I think anyone seriously considering an IT career needs at least a basic grounding in these areas.

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Mm, Silverlight, what's that smell? Yes, it's death

Noodle

Power View

I doubt MS will be killing off Silverlight any time soon - the new "Power View" data visualisation tool in the yet-to-be-released SQL Server 2012 is built on Silverlight and this is a new show piece feature that is bound to be supported for at least a couple of iterations of SQL Server.

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Why the FBI’s 'new Internet' is a dumb idea

Noodle
Terminator

See also..

The recent case of US drone control systems being infected by a virus:

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/10/virus-hits-drone-fleet/

These systems were not connected to the internet (probably not on a network of any kind), the assumed path of infection being via USB drives being used to transfer updated maps etc. to the control systems.

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That wasn't so bad

Noodle
Paris Hilton

You missed the IT angle?

Good project management is essential to delivering effective IT (and just about everything else). That's the angle. Jeez..

Paris, because she probably missed the IT angle as well.

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Hasbro unleashes 'Spastic' Transformer

Noodle
Terminator

Eee when I were a lad..

.. Transformers had proper names like "Grimlock", "Cyclonus" and "Shockwave". These modern Transformers are rubbish.. "Spastic"? Megatron must be turning in his grave..

Terminator cos.. well it's all robots innit?

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Facebook pages very much public, even when set as private

Noodle

Missing the point

I have to wonder what people who want "complete privacy" are doing using Facebook in the first place. The only way they are going to achieve that is not use social network websites at all. People need to realise that Facebook is a business and it provides a "free" service by mining the data generated by the relationships and attributes of its millions of users. You don't get something for nothing, so if people are not happy with the way Facebook does things, use a different network or don't use them at all!

Reminds me of a great quote I heard recently: “If you are not paying for it, you’re not the customer; you’re the product being sold.”

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Wikileaks publishes encrypted 'insurance' file

Noodle

@PirateSlayer

"Really? So Australia has no treason laws? Australia is not part of the war in Afghanistan? "

Australia has treason laws - Section 80 of the Criminal Code defines it and I think the relevant section is:

"A person commits an offence, called treason, if the person:

..

(e) engages in conduct that assists by any means whatever, with intent to assist, an enemy:

(i) at war with the Commonwealth, whether or not the existence of a state of war has been declared; and

(ii) specified by Proclamation made for the purpose of this paragraph to be an enemy at war with the Commonwealth; or

(f) engages in conduct that assists by any means whatever, with intent to assist:

(i) another country; or

(ii) an organisation;

that is engaged in armed hostilities against the Australian Defence Force.

The key phrase there is "with intent to assist" - it would have to be shown that the guys behind Wikileaks deliberately and intentionally published information for the purpose of assisting "the enemy". While you might argue that it was unwise to publish *some* of the information they have uploaded, I don't think it would stand up as treason.

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Wales joins supercomputer club

Noodle

Fair's fair

Most nations and races have some aspect of their culture that from the outside can seem humorous and can become the subject of much jesting and mockery by their neighbours. Wales has it's sheep and England, well, they have their football team.

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Bloke threatens BT with giant plywood cheque

Noodle

C&CCC (APACS) Standards for cheques

I think these are internal industry standards for banks, and other institutions that print cheques, aimed at reducing fraud and speeding up processing, therefore they probably don't apply to your average punter. Are previously noted a cheque can legally be printed or written on anything as far as I can make out.

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NZ internet filter goes live - gov forgets to tell public

Noodle
FAIL

Laughable really..

Unless I am misreading this, the filter applies only to websites / URLs. So it will have no effect on any other method of obtaining dodgy material, e.g. peer-to-peer networks, so whats stopping anyone of a mind to from just using bittorrent or whatever instead?

Seems like a huge amount of bureaucratic meddling to produce a pretty negligible result in the end, while simultaneously shuffling in a secretive piece of government censorship that is potentially open to abuse in the years to come.

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Racist content on US server 'within UK jurisdiction'

Noodle
Alert

Alert

Sane ruling in legal verdict! Courts in sensible ruling shocker!

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Google gets all Minority Report with Street View

Noodle
WTF?

Paranoid

"We thought the idea was to recreate the real world."

Recreate the real world, what the hell have you been smoking? It's just a map, augmented with photographs! Really I'm all for keeping tabs on corporate shenanigans but this paranoid Google-bashing is getting a bit tedious.

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Cartoon smut law to make life sucky for Olympic organisers

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Thumb Down

Non Story

As much as I think this new law is a terrible knee-jerk unenforceable piece of legislation and that the 2012 Olympic logo is almost certain to be remembered as the worst Olymic logo ever, I have to say this article really is clutching at some very desperate straws to try and cobble them together into a story.

There is no chance in hell the government will ever entertain any kind of legal challenge to the Olympic logo based on these new porn laws.

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Strap-on jetwing birdman does an Icarus into Straits of Gibraltar

Noodle
Pint

Fair play to the bloke...

...you can't deny the testicular girth required to jump out of a plane with a plank of carbon fibre and a jet engine strapped to your back.

That or he's a sandwiches short of a picnic.

Either way, the world's a more interesting place with people like him around :)

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RIPA III: A legislative turkey comes home to roost

Noodle
Headmaster

Pedant alert

The quote "Laws are like sausages — it is best not to see them being made" is often incorrectly attributed to Bismark, but is actually most likely to have been made by American poet John Saxe.

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Kiwis slap 'vacant' sign on Paris Hilton

Noodle

@ Sean Timarco Baggaley

Sorry to shatter your illusions chap, but having lots of money is not an indicator of intellectual prowess. Britney Spears shaves her head, falls down drunk in the street, lip-syncs to songs written by someone else and can't look after her own kids, but she is still one of the top earning entertainers in the world. Paris' earning potential is based on her celebrity status, not any innate abilities.

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Google shuts down bank snafu Gmail account

Noodle
Paris Hilton

Well duh..

"And whatever Google divulged, the case shows - yet again - that whatever the web giant's intentions, it can be compelled to release user info."

I'm at a loss to understand how this is a revelation to anyone.. OF COURSE Google can be compelled to release user info, they don't exist in some other dimension beyond the reach of governments and law enforcement.

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