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Vimes further up already found evidence that the filter will block all UDP-53 traffic to non-BT DNS servers as a countermeasure against that approach.
There's a clear sequence: First, block the child porn. No-one ever objects to that one, it's an easy sell to the public, and it gets the filtering systems in place. Then you can progress to blocking sites performing criminal activity. After that comes the porn - start off on the kinky stuff, less backlash, and describing BDSM as 'rape porn' assures support from certain pressure groups. A brief detour for sites deemed harmful to children like suicide advice, then start on the 'hate sites' - start off with the open racism and calls for violence, and gradually loosen the definition until you can start banning anyone who raises concern about the high immigration rate or 'promotes religious hatred' by insulting a religion. A little loosening of libel law to allow anything insulting anyone to be easily struck down by court order, and you have a government-controlled easily-censored internet - at least for those who aren't dedicated enough activists to seek out the technological underground communities.
Re: Ways around censorship
Vimes up above already found evidence suggesting that the filter also blocks all UDP-53 packets precisely to prevent that approach.
Re: The filtering isn't my main issue
I can imagine it coming up in child custody hearings - 'My X is not a fit parent, as he has demonstrated by acting to disable adult content filters on his internet connection knowing that children will be present on the property and may connect through his unfiltered connection..'
If they can't manage a block on the pirate bay that takes more than thirty seconds to defeat, what hope have they of holding back all the porn on the internet?
Re: Let information be free in china!
TOR was also a US-government-initiated project.
The US government is very big, and often different parts are involved in power struggles or controlled by factions with competing agendas. It's very common to find situations where one agency is either impeding the actions of another by ignoring them, or actively working to oppose them.
Re: I wonder what the Pirate Bay stats are
To be shunned by pirates is the ultimate insult. A sign of a product so rubbish, it isn't even worth stealing.
Re: If not free...
That's what they already do with OEMs - if you've a big volume OEM, you can get a substantial discount. If you threaten to start seriously selling linux machines, you'll get it for almost nothing.
That's not how the law works.
1. Make a trivial action illegal, usually with severe penalties for breaking it.
2. Trust in the police or civil courts to use their judgement and only enforce it against the deserving.
3. When the rampant abuse of the legal process inevitably starts, deny this was your intention and claim naivety.
EU or US speak. The EU likes to harmonise a lot of things - measurement systems, mains power voltages, fire extinguisher color codes, emergency service numbers, things like that. But given the political influence of the copyright-driven industries, it's hard to believe there wouldn't be intensive lobbying in the direction of 'harmonising to the strictest.'
Re: City of London Police
City of London Police. Not exactly like the regular police. They *are* a private army for corporations. Regular street crime in London is the domain of the Met, the CoLP are mostly concerned with financial crime.
Could it be a fake.
The government of China has effective media control and considers propaganda to be a force for the public good.
If they are trying to deal with a precieve problem of game-obcession, it seems plausible they might seed the media with a few made-up stories on the subject to raise public awareness and concern.
Re: one use for US-style copyright laws
The 'automatic copyright of everything' thing is in the Berne convention. It was put in to fix some issues with draft works. If you copyright a movie, but then someone discovers you'd been showing the script to people and hadn't written a copyright notice on it, the script could potentially be uncopyrightable. So the convention required that anything set down in a fixed form, even without an explicit notice, would be copyright by default.
Re: Radiation Monitoring
X-ray machines generate their radiation by accelerating an electron beam into a target. Whatever the machine was that ended up in that dump, it wasn't x-ray. More likely either a radiotherepy machine or an industrial source. They are used for quality control in metalworking.
Re: The Wild-West days are here again
A lunar elevator would actually be comparatively easy. Lower gravity means lower cable weight and thus lower tension. Lunarstationary orbit is also lower, so shorter elevator. No atmosphere to worry about allows for much less durable materials. The only problem is getting everything up there - but that doesn't need any technological revolution, just a gargantuan pile of money.
Re: Hydraulic accumulators
It's run off a modern electric pump system now, of course. But before that, it was lifted by exactly the mechanism you describe. There's a museum near one end where they still have the equipment on display.
Don't forget the phone companies themselves. They probably don't retain the information very long for cost reasons, but they surely log it, and probably mine it for useful data they can then sell to marketers, advertising agencies ('How many people walked past this billboard last week?') and town planners ('How many times did this road exceed intended pedestrian traffic capacity, and how much did they slow down to look at the christmas display?')
Re: Guilt by Coincidence
How do you know it hasn't happened already? If it did, you probably wouldn't get to hear about it.
Re: simple really
Except that any such capability is an effective WMD. If you can drop on the ocean, it needs only a tiny adjustment in timing to drop onto any vaguely equatorial city*. Governments will no more allow that than they would allow nuclear weapons in private hands. There'd be some sort of treaty to outlaw space operations that involve placing engines upon an any object in space over a certain mass.
* Assuming you're dropping from an equatorial parking orbit. If you're bringing it in direct from the distant belt, polar cities are no harder a target than anywhere else.
Re: private property doesn't exist up there in space.
There is no such thing as a natural right. If such a thing existed, it would be impossible to infringe - and none are. Rights, as much as any other aspect of law, are a purely artificial construct - and Burke's insistance otherwise was no more than wishful thinking.
No doubt automation will be heavily involved, but when you're operating a huge mining operation the machines are going to break down. I imagine moon or astroid mining operations may consist of a small 'foreman's cabin' station with a small crew in, and a large number of robots doing the actual mining. Whenever a robot breaks down another robot shall collect and bring it to the cabin, where the humans shall make the required repairs and send it out again.
Basically, Space Garage.
Re: The Wild-West days are here again
Wouldn't be hard. Raw materials can be had in space, but manufacturing capability is lacking. What do you do when the last spare microcontroller for your oxygen concentration monitoring unit dies? Unless you've got a whole silicon foundry to hand, you can't replace something like that. Skilled enough engineers could bodge things up with electromechanical systems for a while, but eventually you're going to need spare parts for something.
"Would that be the one that spams you with featured ad's instead of a 404 for mistyped URL's?"
That would be the one used by Virgin Media. Just confirmed by going to 'aosfiawre.com' - it resolves to a fake IP, which in turn redirects my browser to... er, long address, but it's on advancedsearch2.virginmedia.com.
On behalf of everyone,
F*ck the cloud.
More on win8 please.
Given that just about any new laptop purchased now is going to come with win8, I'd like to know exactly what evilness MS has in store for those of us who want to dual-boot linux.
That sounds rather... large.
Plus they get to charge for it now.
Re: Does anyone else think that 'paedophile' is not strong enough to describe this guy?
Using the term in this way does a disservice to those people who feel a sexual attraction to children but do not act on it - but then, the majority has spoken. To deliberately avert a change in definition of any word is a very difficult task. Just look at the futile efforts to save the word 'hacker.'
'cracked the password'
So, that means either:
- The files were encrypted, and GCHQ had to either brute force the password or apply some secret super-math or backdoor technique. Brute forcing is quite possible, if it was a weakish password.
- The files were just stored somewhere overseas, and it was easier to call in GCHQ than to go through the paperwork of an international warrant.
- The files were stored somewhere, a simple warrant would probably have sufficed, but someone on the political side wanted to give GCHQ a chance to share in the glory and help improve their reputation by helping convict not just a real criminal, but a pedophile - the most loathed and hated of all criminals.
Do they think Assange is stupid?
Why is he going to trust an empty promise? It isn't legally binding. It's probably a ploy to try to coax him into leaving the embassy, and an obvious one at that.
Besides, even if they don't prosecute, there are plenty of other ways the US government could make an example of him. The sexual assault charge for one. A little more political leaning and they can make sure that the extradition ends in conviction. Assange goes behind bars for a good few years, his reputation is tainted by a rape conviction, and with any luck someone will shiv him in jail. Problem solved.
Or they could simply arrange an 'accident.'
"To be clear, the Xbox Live Policy & Enforcement team does not monitor"
means: "We are carefully not denying the use of automated filters, which we may or may not use."
Re: Anyone got a spare Irony meter?
Not really. I think he views 'free speech' and 'privacy' as entirely unrelated concepts. That means that while Google may be attacking privacy, they can still be promoting free speech.
This job seems familiar...
Is the software called 'Manna' by any chance?
Re: Datacentre Question
Assuming it needs friendly. Easy enough to set up a front company without the government knowing. For added points, throw in a couple of badly-forged documents and load the computer with a banking trojan and list of credit cards - that way if you do get caught, it looks like just another criminal gang was behind it.
Several intelligence agencies are looking happy.
Mobile bugs, that people invite into their own homes? With cameras?
A simple custom firmware update is all it'd take, and if you can talk the manufacturer into signing it that's trivial to pull off. Even better than hacking a PC to get to the webcam - this one can be guided around to learn the layout or follow someone, pick up and open books, and make sure any weapons are hidden before the soldiers are sent in.
So far the best I've seen is a combination of political pressure to buy time with a crypto-anarchist approach in the longer term. Encrypt everything and set up a suitably redundant and decentralized infrastructure, and it becomes prohibitively expensive to monitor or censor.
How does this affect the sillyness of US law?
'You get to have some casino profits because my government gave your tribe a monopoly in apology for my ancestors killing some of your ancestors.'
With the reservations and such, they've effectively got independent legal systems based on ancestry.
You couldn't terraform Mars to be perfectly livable. It's just too small and lacks gravity. But you could, with enough super-engineering, get it to the point of 'close enough' - a place where you could nip out for a stroll in a lightweight environment suit and breather, and grow your crops under an inflatable dome.
Venus, on the other hand, is hotter than Hell. And it rains acid. Not going to happen unless you want to try building a gigantic sunshade the size of an entire planet.
Except bigger, and explicitly managed by the software?
The compiler would need to put it to good use, but Intel are quite good with their optimising compiler.
That depends on him.
Google could make censorship a lot harder if they wished to, but that would incur further ire of many governments, and thus reduce potential profits in those countries.
Re: For Starters: USENET
Skip the unique identifier. Just decrypt every message posted - the ones not for you will result in a hash fail.
That way an observer can't even extract metadata. All they can tell is how many each person is sending, but not who to nor how many they receive.
Re: Right now I can see only specialist application
I'm thinking of the attachments for hoover hoses.
Re: Yes, a "solution looking for a problem"
Printers. High-speed optical networking. Making those holographic anti-counterfeiting things on bank cards.
I am unable to view pages two and three.
The content filter at my workplace blocks them.
Directly, no. The concern is what it could eventually lead to. Slippery slope is more then a fallacy - it's a real effect. A warning on google and a little content filtering is all very well, but once google have demonstrated they are willing to block information relating to *one* crime, there will be calls for them to block more.
Also, even if it does no harm, it isn't going to do any good either - which means it is nothing but security theater. A very publicly but utterly ineffective display to reassure the people that Something Is Being Done.
More accurately, he is obeying the threat of a law. Cameron et al have made it apparent that they are prepared to pass a law, and can probably do it too, if the ISPs don't voluntarily filter first. From the ISPs perspective, better to install a filter to their own specification right now than have to install one written to government (ie, technologically-ignorant MP) specification in a year or two.
Re: Love to be a fly on the wall at NSA.
Not really. RC4 is still the default on a great many browsers, webservers, etc. Even if the decree goes out 'Abandon RC4!' today, it'll be a decade before it filters down. Software endures: Witness XP.
2048b is really a minimum for RSA. It's secure for now, but if you want your communications to remain secure in the future 4096b is advisable. Any more is just silly.
They are very big for the 'casual pirates,' especially those who just want music.
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