72 posts • joined 29 Mar 2011
Hide and fear
This is an "if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear" approach.
Although I am a bit unsympathetic to proprietary software, and not wanting to defend apple or sap in particular, the real problem is that one is asked to prove a negative. That leads to guilty unless proven innocent. Or, in other words, a pretext to (seemingly) random enforcement of whatever the ruling class feels like. Bad times are looming.
"But there may be plenty of relatively harmless planets around."
Yes, indeed, one planet in particular is already classified as "Mostly Harmless".
Re: Get a grip
"Sucide bombers dont care if the data is retained, what are you to do with it? prosecute the crater they leave?"
That could be a very sensible thing to do. Sue the city/county or whatever who owns the ground where the crater was left. They surely were not prepared enough to ensure that the critical infrastructure could withstand a blast so no crater would emerge.
Rule #1: always blame someone else
Rule #2: see rule #1
Re: Is everybody sure this is not an extension of the spying network?
Of course, they are also placing mirrors in orbit to reflect the world-wide signals back to the array. But that is a different, non-public, budget. Give the scientists some change to cover up the orders of magnitude more costly spying operation. Then, when it all gets under public scrutiny, blame the scientists for not keeping to the budget. Its a win-win for the government vs. the government.
Who watches the watchers becomes a recursive conundrum when the watchers of the watchers watch the watchers.
Maybe _all_ watchers should be fired to break the infinite loop and start from scratch. At least, the stack overflow is near...
To use or not to use computers, that is the question
Can I have a computerless car, please? Also, no complicated electronics.
Fewer parts, fewer fails. It was called KISS at some stage, but got probably rebranded to mean something completely different.
A security nightmare
Although a remote desktop is appealing from many points of view, it is a security nightmare. I'd not call it gotoMYpc, but AnySpookCanSeeMyPCToo.
US population ~317*10^6
Life expectancy ~78.4 years
Deaths per year: > 4,040,000
Most of these death are from old age. Therefore, by definition of severity, old age must be outlawed and banned for each and every person. It is an intolerable situation that we can accept so many death each and every year. A catastrophe happening each and every year, simply unbearable. It MUST be illegal and unconstitutional to allow so many people to die!
"Free" market prices
Once you set a price, the competition will set another, likely more competitive price.
$150000 if I sell white-hat, $175000 if I sell gray-hat, $200000 if I sell black-hat. Guess who is getting the next exploit first...
It would be an arms-race and it cannot be solved with money. Security is primarily an attitude problem and, as with all non-technical problems, you cannot use technology to solve a non-technical problem.
Que the patent wars
How long before a substantial part of those 23*10^6 will be needed to "pay off" the patent trolls? A good deed never goes unpunished.
Re: That ad is pretty honest
Look at the bright side. It /can/ end well. Such job is the perfect place for the hatching of a brand new and fresh BOFH with all the required attributes.
The job description means access to any and all part of the infrastructure and ensures future maintenance to be in strictly regulated BOFH hands. What could possibly go wrong? Nothing!
Re: And now for a recital of NSA poetry
My Bullshit Bingo-card already overflowed reading the article. Then, as a consequence, the earth gave up and spontaneously exploded. And you want poetry? Can't you just leave it at planet destruction so my towel can be kept clean?
You are commentards, since you read this and usually comment(ard) as well on this forum, you are commentards, QED.
By logic of association, we all are idiots. At least one idiot will be at two degrees of separation.
Better to block anything that is up to three hops from the malware. That will make us all a lot safer!
With Google indexing world+dog, thus distancing two hops in general, would ensure a pretty good cleanup of the Internet.
Time to enable safe-browsing >click< powering down.
Outsourcing your decision
If you are married, then you surely do not have any form of free will left.
Whether or not anything then gets decided is not bound by traditional physics. Counterpart logic defies all rules and is either made by an Executive Decision Maker, or with tears no one can explain either.
Scammers or spies?
Are these real scammers or just a front for the NSA soliciting extra-governmental funds for black-ops?
Wait for the leak
It is just a matter of time until someone spills the beans. If the spooky spying was a rage, then the spooky spying as a backdoor would pop the entire (proprietary) industry to bits.
If anyone is naive enough to think that the software vendors are /not/ in bed with the spooks has a deranged attitude far from reality. Of course are there backdoors being created; we've seen the virus/worm/malware/... shit already hitting the fan at several occasions.
I have heavily invested in popcorn factories and are awaiting the inevitable stock surge.
There is apparently no polite way to tell someone to fuck off, so I'll try this: Well, Mr. Zuck, take your site and you can stick it and shove it up your ... well, you know where.
"It's not really possible to stand up to bullies behind the veil of anonymity because wearing it simply demonstrates you're still afraid."
When the people in East Germany in 1989 started saying out loud in choir at the Monday demonstrations "Wir bleiben hier" (we stay) they were apparently no longer afraid to show their face and give up their anonymity. That was the point were revolution was at hand and commencing.
The road up to that point required anonymity. Without anonymity it would not have come that far, at least not at that speed and probably not as bloodless.
Guilt by association
That is called establishing "guilt by association".
Everybody in the world is guilty of "something" when you dig far enough. Once you "associate", you are subject to scrutiny and will be proven guilty of any "something". Just to make a point that you should not "associate" but only "behave".
Such system is also called a repressive surveillance regime and we have plenty of examples through history and contemporary.
The real problem here is that the repressive attitude of governments and associated intimidation seem to have exactly the effect they were designed for:
That is the real tragedy of it. We seem to be all too eager to self-censor in the wake of the revelations and pressures. I can understand PJ's decision, but can in no circumstance support that decision. It shows us the path to utter and complete destruction of free exchange of information.
Symbolism can be a powerful weapon.
It establishes an air of FUD to discourage. Nothing more, nothing less.
Association and retaliation
Maybe Brazil can [dr]etain $RANDOM politicians from the UK under the pretext that they believe an invalid passport has been spotted. Then question the chap for 9 hours where he got his passport faked and confiscate all the electronic gadgets (including watch). Should make for some interesting dust cloud.
Its a cyber-attack! All duck and quack!
Alternatively, the aliens have been spotted once again and the global conspiracy will continue to hide them in the secret chamber.
(sometimes you wish you could choose multiple icons; a coat for the aliens may be required)
It is the (first) public release of the out-sourced government version to map meta-data into link-graphs. It is time to generate fictional data at a massive scale to blend the data to pulp (-fiction). I guess that there has been enough research already on fake accounts and how you setup such that most probably pass the Turing test.
Come on, create a bigger haystack!
People and confidentiality
Protecting confidentiality of data is an oxymoron.
There are ways to protect the confidentiality of your data:
1) do not generate it
The list is no longer than one entry. (period)
When people have data, you already have a leak. The people are the leak; be it it by shear stupidity or malice does not matter, neither do the means how the data is leaked. When there is data somewhere accessible, you have a non-zero chance of data leaking out. The probability of a leak over time is 1. Live with it or stop generating the data.
Media: On hold for how long
It is like boiling water. The temperature rises quickly to boiling temperature and then stays there until the water is gone. Then it rises again to never seen heights. The problem with all these models is that the fundamental parameters are not all known. So many feedback loops, either positive or negative. The earth will survive, whether we do is yet to be seen. The only really known is that, at some point, there will be no more fossils left to burn. The human species may be around to see that happen, but it also may go extinct way before then.
The media has made the whole thing into a fantastic headline frenzy. "We're all going to die!", "We'll be heated to extinction", "No problem, only 0.1 degree", etc... Media meddling in the discussion over fractions of a degree in one or the other way is just hype, no more. The fact is, nobody knows what exactly will happen in the long term. The only consensus is that our "previous" lifestyle will no longer cut it. Whether this is due to 1, 2, 3 or 6 degrees temperatures is irrelevant. The timescale is also irrelevant for all practical intends. It is our children and children's children who will need to adapt (and they will curse us no matter what we do).
I'd suggest that the media concentrates on reporting on (practical) solutions for the human species to survive in the long run, seen in the light of a changing climate. That may actually help us all so that our children and children's children still are there to curse us (and may curse us a little bit less if we do a good job).
It involves (new) computers, phones and wireless
Well, if the patents are granted, then all hope for the USPTO should be extinguished in one final blow. The criteria of "obvious to a person skilled in the field" seems to be a total loss for the USPTO.
I'm now waiting for a patent to be granted on "waving a hand by means of electronic communication using a wireless infrastructure". Hell, it involves computers and phones and whatever electronics, so it must be worthy.
And nothing of value was lost
No value got lost. Actually, a lot is saved with moving to /dev/null since most files are already copies from /dev/zero and gzip only allows for so much compression.
When we talk about management documents, then we can safely assume that they were retrieved from /dev/urandom (no, not /dev/random, management types are so predictable 50% of the time), so /dev/null makes a lot of sense. At least more sense than the management types do, have done and ever will do.
(sarcasm may be a part of this post, ymmv)
Plea bargain is basically a form of (psychological) extortion. You just talk up the penalty and see what happens. The plea bargain system is corrupt in favor of the prosecution.
So, Belgium is out of the question then?
Re: Hurricane Sandy...
The cloud is just being blown out of proportion.
Multiple choice is a fallacy
"(Politically) incorrect responses mean that a user needs to wait..."
So, tomorrow the other answer is valid. And next week we need to ask with sugar-coating attached. Next month the taboo of asking about taboos is tabooed using taboos.
Next they tell you that the IP addresses are logged and traced, depending your alleged answers. What could possibly go wrong with this so called "technology"?
Re: Thank goodness!
Of course they need to clamp down. This is revenge for the roman invasion two thousand years ago. No need to have that noodly stuff imported. They are encouraging the export of feta to improve the economy.
A prominent example is required
I vote for extremely strong enforcement of this new new law in Japan. It should first and foremost be applied to any and all employee, member, associate of the RIAJ (and their family members) and also any and all politician plus the politician's family and friends.
Let's see how long this law survives...
How to kill yourself:
- perform a lethal action(*)
So, I guess that TheReg now will be on the banlist? Surely they deserve to be punished for allowing advice on suicide.
(*) Anything that will stop your significant body parts from functioning, using sufficient mechanical or chemical power will suffice.
Re: It's inevitable
Add yeast to the sticky stolen goods and you know what is going to happen on Friday.
Now try to prove that it was global strategic reserve maple syrup brandy!
The best way to deal with such a problem is to take the human factor out of the equation. Then all will be better and business will continue uninterrupted.
While we're at it, we should acknowledge computers as persons so they may make authoritative deals without intervention and redistribute the wealth more evenly across the electron-spectrum.
Re: Does this include conversations...
Well, not sheep as such, but conveying an image such as:
Imagine that three judge panel sitting in a landscape on a bright sunny say. A cow comes along and all three judges have a fondling relation with that cow one after the other. Then the dominant bull comes along, really seeing red, and starts giving real thrusts of action to all three judges.
Is this violent and obscene enough to bet me extradited to the UK?
(when they do get an order, I can and will refer to the Arkell v. Pressdram case).
When reading [a book or the web] becomes copyright infringement, revolution is near.
Last time I looked (tried), ignorance was no defence.
If they get away with this, it just shows that double measures apply in the justice system.
The Distributed Camera
Will law-enforcement access the camera system?
That must be someone's wet dream, I guess...
No more dangers
Finally, soon I will be able to get a pair of Joo Janta 200 Super-Chromatic Peril Sensitive Sunglasses.
Makes me wish I got 5 quid per event. I'd be at more sunny places by now.
He needed the Google fine awarded to supplement the deal. Otherwise he could not afford it, at all.
Re: Flying pigs next?
Only when hell freezes over...
And "Belgium" is allowed to be left alone?
Priorities, it is all about Fucking priorities.
OSI layers 8..10
My education has learned me that OSI layers 8, 9 and 10 are Money, Friends and Politics.
Optimism from beyond the grave
"improvements in effeciency"... Well then, give us a call when they break the laws of thermodynamics. I'm sure it is a criminal offence in some jurisdiction.
It is a fucking T-shirt, who gives a fuck?
The toes must have been long on that ex, stretching from pole to pole...
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