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Got your NUDE SELFIES in the cloud? Two-factor auth's your best bet for securing them

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While you're offering advice...

I'm unable to save my nude selfies to the cloud.

My cat pictures save OK but all my nudies are rejected?

Do I not meet the clouds standards?

I've tried different phones and have also received a cease and desist letter from the NSA.

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Attackers tapping on SNMP door to see if it's open

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Re: Who lets SNMP in the firewall?!?

And what about the devices that sit outside your firewall?

Do you have an ISP or locally maintained Internet router that your firewall/firewalls plug into?

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

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Re: The real issue here

"From a South of the border perspective, I want a Yes vote because it will help in the continuing bust up of the traditional two party cartel running Westminster. Letting the Scots run their own affairs and sending their MP's home is bad news for the traditional Westminster left, just as Frage is piddling on the Westminster right's chips. More, please!"

Losing 59 Scottish seats will likely result in a change of the traditional two party model to a one party model unless the Lib Dems discover a backbone or UKIP manage to expand beyond being a single issue party.

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Re: duh

Doesn't that plan fail though?

If the UK exit the EU, then a EU-based office won't bring any tax advantages from the UK.

If the UK doesn't exit the EU, then Scotland has to apply for membership - this maybe a formality but still leaves a limbo period.

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If they say yes...

...can't the UK just invade (point at Trident as a potential weapon of mass destruction - what the hey, bring back Tony to say it all again) and repossess them legally?

If they get upset, offer them another independence referendum in 300 years.

My coat? It's the one over there with the copy of war and peace in the pocket. Yes, peace has been crossed out....

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Snowden, Dotcom, throw bombs into NZ election campaign

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Jargon buster

This seems like a misunderstanding - to help people understand what is being said:

"GCSB do not conduct mass surveillance of New Zealanders" - GCSB does not conduct mass surveillance of NZ citizens as we have outsourced it to the NSA.

"We do not monitor undersea cables" - the NSA monitor the cables at a land-based station due to the ease of access

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Sun's MASSIVE solar storm belch to light up Earth's skies

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Re: Climate Change Beer and CO2

So drinking beer reduces CO2 and saves the world? I'll do my best.....

It's Friday, I have a gun and I've started drinking...

Anyone want to disagree with me? Sure, I'll probably only hit my foot but there's a chance you might get hit.

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Intel launches skinny nippy Core M – its new BRAIN for fondleslabs

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Re: Look honey

The problem for Intel (and Microsoft as the two are tied together in this) is price.

The hardware designers producing Windows tablets have to spend more on the licence (US$100) and CPU ($150+) than the competition can deliver a complete product. Moving to a Linux/BSD-based OS would help although you lose some application appeal, and you still end up with a high-performance, high-cost processor against a $10-$30 ARM SoC.

The hardware manufacturers then try to produce a competitive system and its a undesirable $1000 piece of tosh....

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FCC boss Wheeler: Lack of broadband choice is screwing Americans

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Re: US is far behind the technology curve in IT Infrastructure

OK, I'll debate it.... North America moves the second largest amount of data behind AP and almost 1/3 of the total traffic which looks OK based on traffic volume/population.

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/solutions/collateral/service-provider/visual-networking-index-vni/VNI_Hyperconnectivity_WP.html

The reason for poor consumer Internet speeds is lack of competition or any sensible alternative (i.e. BT OpenReach in the UK to allow multiple competitors on a common infrastructure) in a large country where the technical limitations (i.e. distance) of consumer technologies such as xDSL or 3/4G make the provision of high speed Internet challenging.

Address the competition issue so that consumers have real choice (not just two shades of the same expensive crap) and things will improve. Please don't tie it in with the net neutrality debate - net neutrality is hard (as a network guy you want to be able to classify traffic to provides different levels of service) while the telco competition issue is clear.

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Oracle's MySQL buy a 'fiasco' says Dovecot man Mikko Linnanmäki

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Re: Open software

"Hi Bill, don't you have some philantrophic project to manage, you old scumbag?"

Bill's given up the philanthropy game after GQ awarded Tony Blair the 'philanthropist of the year' award.

I think Bill's waiting for the current Middle East "peace" to end so he can try and repeat Tony's success there next.

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Hot Celebrity? Stash of SELFIES where you're wearing sweet FA? Get 2FA. Now

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Re: unlimited login attempts/client certificates

Limiting login attempts on a cloud service becomes a denial-of-service path - don't like someone? Attempt to log onto to their cloud account with a guessed password. If it works, you get access, if not repeat X times and lock out the account.

On top of that, how do you unlock the account? You probably can't verify the account holder is who they say they are with any great certainty (i.e. e-mail may have been breached, phone may have been stolen, a lot of the default questions in password recovery Q+A's can be be answered from Internet searches if filled in literally (i.e. mothers maiden name, schools, addresses).

As for using client certificates, I would have thought that an app that ties in your cloud sign up (for mobile devices) or licensing for Windows would be fairly straight-forward and maybe this already happens. The problem that I see is that providing an easy way to add more devices to an account or swapping between an old and new device probably voids any benefit from this approach as it would allow either a way of moving certificates or adding new certificates with minimal fuss.

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iCloud fiasco: 100 FAMOUS WOMEN exposed NUDE online

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Re: iCloud security is the real story here

It doesn't appear to have been a iCloud security breach - just good old fashioned social engineering.

There are some interesting points made in the following article s well as steps on how to improve your phone security.

https://www.nikcub.com/posts/notes-on-the-celebrity-data-theft/

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Chumps stump up $1 MEELLLION for watch that doesn't exist

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Re: Kickstarter space shot - congress

Before people jump to conclusions about the effect of congress on Martians, there is a large assumption being made that the vehicle makes it to Mars.

While the destination may be Mars, success may be a spectacular explosion....

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Re: Put Lester into space

Well, I'm sure the first 1.2 million would appear fairly quickly if he wrote a few more climate articles....

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Google has spaffed more cash on lobbying this year than Big Cable

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Re: On Google's side on this issue

Google has quickly become the new big boy on the lobbying block.

How long until Google is seen as an incumbent and is lobbying against the competition?

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Loss of unencrypted back-up disk costs UK prisons ministry £180K

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Re: Fine should be much smaller

It's a little unfair on the minister for the affected department to foot the bill - particularly with many senior departmental civil servants making more than the ministers these days.

As there is a general lack of responsibility, I would propose a Gladiator-style battle between the responsible committee with the members battling it out to pay nothing (lose first round, pay £8k, 2nd round £4k, semi's £2k, losing finalist £1k). Create a TV show with whatever commentators/presenters are available with all profit going to improve security practices in said department.

I don't believe this will address the underlying security culture in many of these environments, but it would make better TV than "Britains Got Dancing on Ice" or what ever the tripe is called...

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BOFH: We CAN do that with a Raspberry Pi, but think of the BODIES

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Re: Brilliant - re:self-education scheme

"AFAIK reading BOFH /is/ work, it's part of a continuous self-education scheme. At least, that's how I sell it to management :)"

Which part? Reading BOFH or it's what you tell management as you roll them up in a carpet?

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

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Re: Name and er, shame?

I suspect it will be Cisco Catalyst 6500/7600 switches with Supervisor 720 engines.

There are 2 models - one supporting up to 256K IPv4 routes and one supporting up to 1M IPv4 routes.

But....

The default configuration of the devices allocates 512K IPv4 routes and 256K IPv6 routes.

Other devices with insufficient memory would also be affected, but I suspect the deployment of Cisco 6500's in telco networks is very common and hence are the key to this issue being so widespread.

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Bath boffins put BUGS on chips – on purpose

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Re: What if ?

The hope is that exposing the devices to a variety of conditions globally will result in a mutant self-powered machine that can then be used for military purposes.

Scientists have built-in controls to prevent these devices becoming self aware. Or at least self aware before April 11, 2019 (there was a typo in the widely known dates when machines were supposed to become aware....)

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On test: Samsung 845DC EVO 3-bit Toggle MLC and 845DC PRO 3D V-NAND SSDs

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Re: Awesome drives..

I went from a 128GB Crucial m4 to a 256GB Samsung 840 PRO based largely on price and need for more space - I didn't expect any difference in performance between the two SSD's.

I was wrong - the 840PRO's are quick...

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NetScout sues Gartner over magic quadrant placement

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Re: It may be libel if...

Regarding the opinions, in the technology evaluations I have read from Gartner, they are fairly generic and can usually be backed up fairly easily. Where technology companies miss out is in publishing dates of reports - "missing major features" can mean your new product release shipped after the report date. "Struggling to deal with technical demands and rising expectations" can mean that you are growing rapidly and engineering/technical/support resources are stretched.

I don't know enough about NetScout and it's competitors to know if these apply.

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Re: Gartner says...

Are they used? Yes

At a minimum they are used by large companies for creating short lists of vendors to work with and I have worked with one company that choose a global telecoms provider based on a dubious Gartner report (i.e. the answer wasn't one of the two global providers that usually pop up for a global solution and the vendor had almost no presence at all in one of our key geographic regions when they were chosen.... i.e. the regional enterprise account managers dog accounted for 33% of the regional head count).

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HTTP-Yes! Google boosts SSL-encrypted sites in search results

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Re: and there was me Re: Google revenue

My guess is that Google benefit from being able to cut out middlemen from looking at content as it passes between the client and servers. Less competition....

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BT FON fail: Telco CHARGES customers for FREE Wi-Fi usage

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Re: The Correct Term

And never specify what the "less than 1 percent" was for.

i.e. We are aware that some users were affected. This was less than 1% (of the worlds population).

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Scottish independence debate: STV player flops under weight of viewers

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Re: Double edged sword...........

For a more accurate sentence, try this:

"Salmond insisted that Scottish thieving bastards would be better off ruling Scotland than being subject to the whims of thieving bastards in Westminster whom Scots themselves hadn’t voted for."

If the answer is politicians (the current mob of self-serving, morally dubious sons and daughters of unwed mothers), then maybe people aren't asking the right question...

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Top Ten 802.11ac routers: Time for a Wi-Fi makeover?

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Re: Shoot marketing!

People will buy either by brand name because they have previously had good experiences with the vendors product, by recommendation, by coolest name or by random. The model numbers are only relevant to the 0.0001% of customers that discover model X has more CPU/RAM/flashing lights that allows it to run third-party firmware and make it a decent product.

Until we have rockets that can be flown into the sun for a reasonable cost, we have to give marketing people jobs where they are unlikely to do to much harm - hence stupid product names and incomprehensible model numbers.

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Cut price Android on steroids: OnePlus One – should we look gift horse in the gob?

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Battery life

More than one days battery life is ridiculous - how are you supposed to remember to connect you phone to a charger if it isn't needed every day?

I remember the good old days where you had to run to the office in the morning to make sure you reached the charger before your battery died. These big phone batteries will just hasten the obesity crisis.

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Watching smut at work is bad but emailing it is just fine, says Oz court

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It was a misunderstanding

They were sending out the smut, they just forgot to include the policy....

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Cisco's first 8 Tbps MONSTER router goes live at Telstra

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Re: Downtime

With thefts from telco facilities increasing, the ability for a replacement unit to boot fast and update quickly allows the telco to restore services faster.

Sarcasm? No - it's all true....

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German government orders local CIA station chief to pack his bags

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Re: Interesting

I'll start off by being a pedant - isn't it Treadstone?

As for expelling the local CIA station chief - didn't this happen every few months between the US and USSR during the Cold War? The station chief may have a role, but seems to be a disposable pawn in the spying game.

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Airbus to send 1,200 TFlops of HPC goodness down the runway

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Re: PUE of 1.25??

I believe that the figure is 1.25 - it's just not comparable to a conventional data centre PUE.

Google/FB data centres PUE will generally include all power usage at the facility including all usage due to power transmission/moving coolant to the appropriate locations.

With the pod, I suspect the power usage is just for the pod - any power used to get services to the pod are excluded from PUE calculations as they are outside the vendors control.

Comparing Apples, Oranges, Bananas and Lemons...

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Brit celebs' homes VANISH from Google's Street View

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WMD?

This type of secrecy makes me suspect that Mr Blair is hiding WMD's.

I think we should send in a UN team and if Mr Blair fails to comply, get the UN Security Council to vote on action.

Tempting though it is to recommend a tactical strike, I think freezing all assets should be enough to make him squeal....

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We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier

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Re: DiViDeD

"And I've been to a number of concerts where hearing something different from what was coming from the musicians would have been an immense relief ;o)"

Well stop going to see Justin Bieber then....

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BAE retracts hedge fund hack allegation

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Re: BAe. Always trusted

Not sure they're shorting stock - think they were just banging their drum for a bit of business and banged a bit loud...

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Pension quango's £18.5m project FINALLY goes live... 2 months late

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If only...

If only there was a BOFH story poking fun at mission-critical systems based on Excel and Office macro's...

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HP in 'serious' settlement talks over Autonomy legal bust-up

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Re: So what about the auditors?

And take the "blue" accounts folder, not the "red" one....

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True fact: Your CAT wees ... like a racehorse

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Re: More data required

Or if there is a queue of female cats waiting to use the lavatories

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Facebook dumps AWS, moves Instagram's images to own bit barns

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Re: Why go through all that?

You missed the "provide PR script about how wonderful the new FB de-dupe stack is" to generate a little investor hype and an increase in share price...

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Who needs a ride-on mower when a ROBOT will cut your grass

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Re: Sheep?

The problem with sheep is fitting/changing the grass catcher.

Note: I accept Australian and Welsh customers may find this an added feature.

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LONGER flights burning MORE fuel can CUT planes' climate impact

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Re: Seriously?

Hiding the contrails is an added bonus - the longer journeys allow a wider coverage area.

My tin foil hat has a wide brim to protect me from the chemicals....

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Glastonbury debuts festival wide Wi-Fi network - fitted to COWS

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Music at Glastonbury?

It's much more important to be able to text your mates saying "I've just paid £££ to stay in a real bed at Glastonbury" than listen to music...

http://www.woodlandsretreats.co.uk/special-breaks/glastonbury-festival

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Cisco open-sources experimental cipher

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Re: No, no, no Cisco!

I'm not sure if FNAR will provide sufficient entropy.

FNAR FNAR on the other hand would meet and exceed the recommendations for childish names in encryption technologies for the foreseeable future.

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Frenchies' rash cache clash dashed: US courts trash Android patent bid

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Re: wtf?

I don't think there was any application of common sense involved - Gemalto patented a method where all functions were on a single micro controller and Google/Samsung/HTC/Motorola seperate the storage and processing functions.

Common sense would have been for the judge to tell Gemalto that there patents weren't worth the paper they were printed on due to prior art and the broad scope of the patents.

Point 1 is easy to prove, point 2 would take a lot of time and expensive lawyers.

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

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LinkedIn

Dear Mr Dabbs

I would like to connect you.

Based on your description of being "sweaty and shouty, slurring my jokes as I swirled my double JDs and leered into my conference colleagues’ faces", I think you would provide the perfect alibi for my public behaviour.

In return, I would be able to provide the same for you.

I look forward to your acceptance

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Apple SOLDERS memory into new 'budget' iMac

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How many people upgrade computers?

I would expect soldered memory to be significantly more reliable than a mechanical connection as any faults should be detected during manufacturing.

It won't be to every bodies taste, but it's a significant saving for someone wanting a cheaper Mac if they are unlikely to ever open the case.

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Stopping IT price gouging would risk SOCIALIST DYSTOPIA!

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Re: Market prices.

"With IT talent like this, imagine the mess the Aussies could make of FOSS."

I'm sure a kind consultancy could make a FOSS solution reassuringly expensive so that politicians would feel they weren't buying a cheap solution....

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Psst. We've got 400Gb/s Ethernet working - but don't tell anyone

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Re: I want a high speed version of 10base2

You want DOCSIS?

Each to their own I suppose...

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GAME ON: Top 10 tellies for a World Cup kicking

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Re: Reality bites (HDX)

Given the choice between blowing £600+ on a TV that is marginally better than the one I have to be able to see more detail of my team losing or blowing it (or a small portion anyway - it doesn't take much these days...) on alcohol to dull the pain of watching my team lose, I know which I'll choose...

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Vodafone: SPOOKS are plugged DIRECTLY into our network

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Re: Why aren't Vodafone running end to end encryption to prevent this kind of thing?

IANAL but the monitoring appears to be a legal requirement for operating in some (all?) of these countries.

While end-to-end encryption sounds nice, I can understand Vodafone's reluctance to ignore the law in case they were shut down. Or is that just my pragmatic streak?

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Google: OK world, make our 'End-to-End' crypto tool SPOOK PROOF

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Re: While THE PATRIOT Act is in force so what?

The e-mail content is encrypted, but the SMTP header will still provide useful metadata about who you are talking to and how frequently.

Add that most of the people will probably use the same password for their encryption keys as for Google or users won't properly secure their tinfoil hats allowing state agencies to read their minds and the encryption doesn't really address the privacy concerns raised about the US based clouds.

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