* Posts by streaky

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Londoner jailed after refusing to unlock his mobile phones

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Re: Petty crime

But plea bargains are illegal here

Steady on a little bit. If you were even close to being aware just how broken the US plea bargain system is you wouldn't even be joking about this stuff. It's heavily corruptive of the very idea of criminal justice.

Yeah in the end the guy is saving everybody money but he hasn't committed an actual crime against a person (natural or otherwise) as far as the police are claiming so there's leeway. With that in mind nobody can really claim is sentence is anything but hefty. I'm not in any way suggesting his sentence should be lighter but if you kill somebody because you're driving and sending text messages you get less time for death by dangerous. Perspective is all I'm saying.

The US system is plead guilty to stealing 10k USD and get 3 months or get 40 life sentences type stuff (and I'm not exaggerating at all).

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Re: Petty crime

I would say he made a limited attempt to contest the RIPA stuff because he was screwed anyway. I've never seen a case (unfortunately) where an essentially innocent (looking) party has fought back.

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California to put all your power-hungry PCs on a low carb(on) diet

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Re: I wonder what they're planning to break

Cloud computing is the 900 pound energy hog

Now I have a problem with cloud being the saviour of humanity it's always claimed to be - but if anything it should be reducing power requirements of computation. Because it's all in one place doesn't mean it's using more power for work done which is what energy standards should actually be based on. Mind you that would probably result in us using ARM for everything so lets pretend I didn't say anything.

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Non-volatile MRAM coming to servers in early 2017

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Take of the e

.. and add ing. Just saying 'reg. Just saying :)

Cacheing :p

Oh yeah and is it end times for BBUs on raid cards? \o/

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Don't want to vote for Clinton or Trump? How about this woman who says Wi-Fi melts kids' brains?

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Re: herd immunity

Somebody has never heard of herd immunity. There are actually genuinely good reasons for specific people not to get vaccinations, so you need to hit another % of vaccinated population or the entire system breaks down and you end up killing the people who through no fault of their own can't be vaccinated. Personally I think it should be an executable offence but I'm old fashioned like that.

There's a lot of very nasty diseases out there that we're lucky in the west to be able to be vaccinated against safely, relatively cheaply and efficiently. People taking that for granted drive me wild.

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Uhm

because it's very hard to study this stuff

It's 2016 and we're still claiming things that are very easy to study are actually very difficult.

In the EU we got vaping (gas chromatography and, y'know, mountains of research into carcinogens/poisins/toxins in vitro and in vivo), and apparently in the US they got WiFi because it's not like anything like MRI or basic cognitive testing of any sort was ever invented or anything.

If WiFi was damaging to brains (or in fact the opposite of reality where kids are getting smarter because despite falling funding pretty much globally we're as a species getting better at education) it'd be really obvious in the available data.

It's fine being against things that are essentially good but at least present a shred of evidence.

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Reminder: IE, Edge, Outlook etc still cough up your Windows, VPN credentials to strangers

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Re: Ouch

Strictly speaking it's why protocols tend to use nonces not salts (though technically speaking they're the same thing in some ways they work differently and are used for different purposes). Salts prevent dictionary attacks and nonces stop the hash being used in different contexts.

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Re: Screw you Redmond

The solution is to disable msft browsers sending these requests or as somebody else noted blocking smb from leaving the local network at the firewall.

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Re: Windows for Warships won't work without it

I wonder is samba is affected too

It's affected by the fact that the protocol itself is shitty on unsecured (see: WAN) networks, the actual issue is a browser specific bug completely unrelated to SMB itself.

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Re: Response time?

Given that each version is supposedly written from the ground up, and yet the same flaws continue to exist in each verion, my answer is one.

Because they write these bugs in intentionally to support old things and keep customers - they're worried that if they make they make their OS actually secure but break people's software that relies on these bugs that those customers might just start fresh. I think that's unreasonable and also have serious concerns about anybody who actually relies on a flaw like this; but I don't work for microsoft.

Intel and AMD do the same thing with CPUs - once a bug exists it tends to stay around unless it's completely game breaking. Problem is a lot of Microsoft's are isues in security context and they still keep them around. Itanium was supposed to be a clean sweep of historical bugs that people rely on but we all know how that went - don't think Microsoft would ever try to emulate that unfortunate failure :)

Also in my earlier comment I was supposed to write "hash of your MSFT account password".

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Re: Windows for Warships won't work without it

I'd assume it's purely for backwards compat reasons, possibly even with samba.

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Re: Response time?

although not considered a serious problem, it was something that should have been fixed

Well it's a bigger issue than ever now because of the tie in between your MSFT account and the desktop. Now it splurges the hash of your MSFT account hash over the internet for all to see and that's, y'know, risky.

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Uber: Why we use MySQL

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MySQL's replication isn't the only available replication in the MySQL ecosystem though. So, erm, oops.

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Harrison Ford's leg, in the Star Wars film, with the Millennium Falcon door

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Re: Good job..

so I suspect not relevant to HSE regulations

Doesn't sound like a safe system of work to me, of course it's "relevant" - it's a serious injury (arguably worse than Ford's) in the work place. It's literally why the HSE exists.

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Good job..

Nobody told the HSE about JJ Abrams (claiming, at least) to have broken his spine in the same incident.

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UK membership of Council of Europe has implications for data protection after Brexit

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Re: Out means out

Don't Brits deserve to have their human rights protected?

Because why is the ECHR nescessary to do that. The UK literally invented human rights and due process.

No mention of the ECHR or any other international convention or organisation.

We'll still be in the Council of Europe post-brexit which requires membership of the ECHR - indeed the ECHR is the Council's court not the EU's. Not taking a position (well not expressing one at least), just relaying fact.

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But..

"if PrivacyShield is deemed adequate for transfers of personal data from the European Union(EU) to the USA"

But it isn't. The only thing that would be adequate is wholesale change of US constitutional law to cover non-US citizens outside the US; which is never going to happen in - even with legislative branch support (which there is none: they think it's hilarious that people outside the US have expectations of a right to privacy. No really, they actually laughed when they were asked about it) - more than 25 years, best case really.

People hiding behind this stuff are ignoring the basics of the issue that brought Safe Harbour crashing down. That the 4th amendment doesn't cover non-US citizens outside the US and that the president has the power to do pretty much whatever he/she(? maybe?) wants even if it did. Corps in the US have zero control over any of this and are in no position to certify, guarantee, prove, attest, swear by anything.

As Caspar Bowden said, the only thing they're really going to understand is stopping the data flows.

I don't think it's even fit for the UK either if we get the kind of law that's been floated recently, there's effectively zero checks and balances in there so..

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Failing projects pray blockchain works as 'magic middleware'

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Yep

I've been saying this for some time now, it's a solution looking for a problem and instead of letting it be applied naturally where it makes sense (it genuinely could be a solution to some actual real-world problems) it's going to get shoehorned into a lot of things where it doesn't belong or simply isn't needed.

This would all be fine because Darwin - the issue is a lot of it being floated by government departments and it's going to be money wasted at taxpayer expense.

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Ofcom should push for fibre – Ex BT CTO

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Re: Why not wireless?

Why are we investing in cable systems when mobile can offer just as good or in some cases a better connection?

Because it, y'know, can't.

There's isn't a wireless system anywhere at any price that can push 40Gbit at the lowest latency possible. Because you're an outlier doesn't make physical connections the "wrong choice".

What makes what BT is doing the wrong choice is they're not investing (enough) in the right tech at the right time and they're taking huge taxpayer funded windfalls for doing that.

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UK.gov digi peeps hunt open source chief

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If..

I planned to stay in London long term (I absolutely don't) I'd be all over this like a rash, sounds like an interesting job.

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One in five consumers upgraded to Win10 for free instead of buying a PC

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Re: Once again. We have passed peak PC.

I don't agree but one thing is for sure: people are only going to upgrade hardware when they have a compelling reason to do so which I think is what you're really trying to say.

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Cryptocat dev reckons WhatsApp is blocking calls to Saudi numbers

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Do people really..

still think that decompiling Java is anything but trivial to lie about this stuff?

No really though I imagine if it's blocked by the country then it wouldn't be unreasonable to block it in your app just to stop negotiating it and extra load to your gear. That said the sensible thing to do would be to tell people that.

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CloudFlare probes mystery interception of site traffic across India

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95% chance it's directly related to..

the idiotic block from 2014 where they blocked access to many sites (declaring an interest: including one of mine) because they were hosting "terrorist material" despite the sites involved a) not doing that and b) the Indian government making no attempt to contact the sites involved.

India doesn't like user generated content and more-so doesn't like user generated content that's arguably legitimately critical of the Indian government.

They went around accusing such terrorist organisations as Github of being, y'know, terrorists and that was that. Don't need to contact the sites explaining the issue or anything. If this isn't in the same vein I'll be amazed.

P.S this sort of blocking never ever ever works.

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Use Brexit to save smokers' lives and plug vaping, say peers

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Re: The Brexit cloud

Our government agreed the rules on Vaping via the council of ministers and our elected MEPs then approved it too.

I'm fully aware but the government has shown it can be moved on vaping. EU has proven it is utterly incapable of even discussing the issue. The progress that's been made with the Lords alone has underlined how much even a little public pressure can be brought to bear against the people who listen to ASH and get them to change their opinions to align with reality.

If it was possible to get the commons to agree to discussing it without saying "it's EU law so we can't do anything anyway" (which will be the post brexit outcome) then that same pressure can have an effect. Government departments are already being completely reasonable even in the face of the TPD.

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I make my own eliquid because I can be sure of the quality of the flavours that go into them; I only buy flavours and base liquids I can get datasheets for and frankly that's what sensible regulation would have looked like. If we're all using the same sources for our liquids why do companies who make liquids have to individually go get every flavour at every strength tested to reach the same conclusions. It's illogical on all sorts of levels and completely ignores everything we've learned from science, ever.

The fact the EU completely missed this simple point is the exact problem with the TPD. That and the fact that there's no point in limiting the size of something you can refill (i.e. the tanks) other than just to annoy people.Same with the actual size of liquid bottles you can buy; why in the name of all holy hell not just require that caps are childproof (which *all* manufacturers are doing anyway). You wouldn't limit a bottle of bleach to 20ml so why do it with eliquids.

Also yes it only benefits manufacturers (see: traditional tobacco companies who have been buying those manufacturers) of the kind of ecig that you can buy from your local garage and those things suck if you actually want to quit smoking.

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Re: The Brexit cloud

TPD confirmed to me everything I knew about the EU before and made it absolutely clear that the EU wasn't prepared to discuss anything sensible on any level. One doesn't vote to leave solely for that reason but it cemented my decision in stone.

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Trial to store benefits claimants' personal data on blockchain slammed

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Re: Misdirection

Any competently instantiated blockchain should be cryptographically secure.

This is utterly untrue. Blockchain attests data it doesn't secure it against reading (you could crypt the data you push into it though but that would be very unsmart)

Also not for nothing but storing personal data permanently and indestructably (even if it was secured) in a blockchain is obviously illegal in EU and (as it stands today) UK law soooooo...

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

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Re: Andrea Leadsom...

It's obviously physically and budgetarily impossible to do this so it's not a real issue. Stuff May thinks is a thing on the other hand..

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Dell confirms price rise post Brexit vote as UK pound stumbles

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Re: No Problem...

Not a problem. If you remove the cost of pre-installed Windows 10 you can save approximately 10%, and install Linux instead.

If you buy from elsewhere you can save even more AND get better gear. Wait people still buy dell gear?

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Prominent Brit law firm instructed to block Brexit Article 50 trigger

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Re: Bollocks

Where's that then? Israel? (I *think* they operate a fairly pure form of PR. I don't think many, if any, other countries do.)

Uhm. The outcome wouldn't be any different regardless?

Plus not for nothing but PR is insanely bad for democracy. People already cry like babies that we don't elect our PM - imagine a world where you don't elect your MP either. Like we don't have enough problems with politicians who haven't actually worked in their lives.

Also it creates an environment where parties can stack members who agree with them which is incredibly dangerous.

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Re: Bollocks

Right or wrong, the process could be tied up in litigation for years

No because Parliament is sovereign to the action either way; they have a debate and any MP in England who wants to get re-elected goes with the vote or they make this nonsense illegal and the courts throw it out. Either way it's a huge fail of the actual intent.

Also not for nothing but it's a constitutional issue and the power in law is held by the crown and loaned to the government vis-a-vis the prime minister. It's a fundamental misreading of UK constitutional law to think otherwise. This stuff isn't even difficult.

Non-natural persons don't get to decide the outcome of votes, natural persons do; the end. We operate a one person one vote system here, the very idea that a few (I'm guessing mostly foreign) corps can control the outcome is offensive to the very idea of democracy and must be stamped out with the maximum of force that the state can bring to bear.

It doesn't pass the laugh test and I can't imagine any court entertaining it for more than 5 minutes (courts AFAIK aren't allowed to control parliamentary business directly regardless) and ignoring all that they need to grow up anyway.

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Re: What a horrible waste of time and money

Constitutional issue which was put to the people by parliament and apparently parliament needs to look at it again because unspecified reasons. We used to call these lolsuits.

Not for nothing but referenda has the same force and effect as general elections - if that result isn't followed we have a name for that. It's amazing how real life makes the NWO nutties look a bit more sane every day.

I do hope the news media is putting some effort into the actual story here and figuring out the shady characters behind this action and also this isn't America so piss off anyway?

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Here's how police arrested Lauri Love – and what happened next

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Re: Although the burden of proof lies with Love

It's pretty clear from this as I've stated a bunch of times that the police don't want this tested in court. The law is basically there to scare the ill-informed.

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Michael Gove says Britain needs to create its own DARPA

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DSTL still exists which was part of DERA. But yeah it's the kind of thing where smart people would say "privatisation of a good thing that was doing well f**ked us in the ass". Not for nothing but the entire reason it was privatised was down to EU rules so on some levels he's completely right that post-EU we could expand DSTL into areas QQ work but it'd be.. y'know, weird.

Smart thing might be for the govt to aquire QQ if this was going to be a thing - seems like taxpayer would get bent over on that at least inititally though.

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GitHub presses big red password reset button after third-party breach

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Browser certs are a joke though. Github supports U2F which has got to be the way forward; I've been using it myself for many months now and it's absolutely rock solid.

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Is Windows 10 ignoring sysadmins' network QoS settings?

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Re: "What do our sysadmin readers think?"

Funny you should mention that I've been working on for a while what I think is the first third party implementation of a SUS server (it's a well-documented open standard - no really) and it happens to be Open Source and also, y'know, run on Linux (for updating windows hosts) :)

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FFS, Twitter. It's not that hard

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It really is easy...

Stop burning though so much cash and it should be easy to turn it around.

Also I'd actually pay for the ability to edit tweets. Pliskthxbai?

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Did you know there's a mega cybercrime backlog in Ireland? Now you do

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Headline..

Did you know there's a mega cybercrime backlog in Ireland? Now you do

No but given what goes on there I could have guessed. Not in any way shocking. Also why are the FBI involved. How about make some *cough* companies pay tax and get your own police force?

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Brexit threatens Cornish pasty's racial purity

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Re: Just when I think I've firmly decided on Remain

1. Premium quality, made with care and attention to the ingredients in Cornwall.

2. Meat slurry sprayed in to a second hand purse in Cornwall.

3. Premium quality, made with care and attention to the ingredients in Hampshire.

4. Meat slurry sprayed in to a second hand purse in Hampshire.

Why do we give protection to pasties 1 and 2? If we must give protection to pasties (and I'm not sure why we need to) then wouldn't we want to protect 1 and 3?

How about we don't want to protect any of them and they're made to stand on their own two feet in the market place. Not for nothing but the EU rules on this stuff need not apply. In your 3/4 calling something a "Cornish" pasty is okay but saying it was "Made in Cornwall" when it wasn't would be obviously fraudulent. What we need here is consumers to either buy reading glasses or I suspect more likely actually give a toss - if consumers are getting quality anyway they probably won't; they're going to buy whatever is economically justified to them and I'd imagine given the ranges available in supermarkets that probably isn't going to be made in Cornwall anyway. Ginsters regardless though (god help us).

The outcome of cornish pasty protected status wasn't people bought more pasties from cornwall it was people bought more microwave pizzas from Tesco and more "Cornish-style Pasties" or whatever the supermarkets are calling them. Heck probably even just calling them "pasties" is probably enough to take 90% of the market and that's a generic term nobody is getting protection of.

Also wow I'm having déjà vu...

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Re: Sarcasm

The heavily sarcastic article here attempts to belittle and undermine the idea of protected status for regional foods

The number of British foods of equal or greater standing the EU *refuses* to protect there's no wonder people belittle it. Also It offers almost no protection of merit anyway, all one has to do is stamp the word "style" on one's product and there's nothing that can be done and it makes a mockery of the entire system; and that's *inside* the common market - outside of it there's not even that "value".

And worse of all it's nothing but an advertisement for the kind of silliness the single market breeds: protectionism and uncompetitiveness. These products should be made to compete on quality not assumed quality a pointless label provides.

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Your comms metadata is super-revealing but the law doesn't protect it

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Re: Basic, bottom line:

The issue is that people are totally and utterly pig-ignorant about the medium they are entrusting their data to

I'm not pig ignorant and I know data can be secure if governments stay the f out. Email CAN be secure, it's just people choose to allow their mail providers to use ciphers we've known are broken for years now just so they can support outlook express for the 3 people still running windows 98.

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The reason..

.. that we allow as a society phone connection records to be recorded then stored is because billing of most phone networks requires it - once you're creating/storing that data for billing you have to be able to give it to customers so they don't feel like you're ripping them off (I mean you probably are ripping them off but not in the lying about calls sense) and in a way it's fair game for intelligence (but obviously because of privacy restrictions apply).

This simply doesn't apply with the internet. No ISP records this data because it isn't required for billing, so you have to create entirely different laws for it thus proving beyond all doubt that they're not at all the same and that courts and systems of law shouldn't treat them the same.

With the internet the metadata is as private as the content, because it can reveal as much (and in some cases more) private information.

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Surveillance forestalls more 'draconian' police powers – William Hague

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Re: ...or anarchy

Given they know that, the only logical conclusion is that this is intentionally part of a strategy to spy on the population and control them.

I don't disagree, what I don't know is if the footsoldiers at GCHQ/NSA et al are actually telling their bosses they need huge mountains of data to do their jobs. Can't imagine why they would given it would seem to impede them in doing so.

I'm all for intrusive surveillance but it actually has to be targeted at individuals. All we're trying to do now is carpet bomb dresden rather than hit bin laden with a drone strike like we should be doing. Yes you have to find targets in the first place but very few people mouthing off on facebook are going to be actual threats, the way you'd tell is with actual old fashioned intelligence work and maybe less with the allowing people to piss off to Syria whenever they feel like and we might start making some headway.

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They can try - they'll end the economic system they're supposed to protect if they do. Plus pitchforks are an option.

"Necessity was the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It was the argument of tyrants; it was the creed of slaves" -- Pitt the Younger.

Seemed relevant seeing as Hague brought him up.

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Oooooklahoma! Where the cops can stop and empty your bank cards – on just a hunch

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Re: Graft

doesn't end up in the traffic cops back pocket but their paymasters instead since its not a paper handshake but a plastic shake down

Until they start paying bonuses based off assets seized which by my understanding is already going on in various states - and by the smell of what's discussed in the article one might assume is already happening there.

Also not for nothing but generally when you're paying protection money the guys threatening you aren't actually the ones receiving the money in the end anyway, they just work for the guy who does. See why somebody might get confused?

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Post-Safe Harbor: Adobe fined for shipping personal info to the US 'without any legal basis'

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Re: Commons passes snoopers' charter

Remember that we only have this bill because previous attempts have run foul of the courts

Yeah but UK courts. When it's gone before the various courts of the EU legal system the government has said "national security" and they've said "okay then" as opposed to "proportionate? no?".

All I'm saying is there should be consistency of law with this stuff. I'm not by any stretch saying they were wrong with safe harbour - I'm saying they were wrong with their response to the UK doing the same thing; and clearly so.

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Re: Commons passes snoopers' charter

There is a more serious question at the intersection between this article and what you're talking about which is why does the ECJ allow the UK (and Germany/France) to do exactly the same thing without question that the US does that invalidates safe harbour.

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Google IMAP losing old security protocols this month

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Big Brother

:smugface:

Those of us who are competent realised this was a thing a long time ago, just saying.

Sorting it out on mail protocols at least as important as HTTP - but a lot of people take what Google do as best practice (it definitely isn't) so maybe it'll help a bit in the general population.

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