* Posts by Raumkraut

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Pure Silicon Valley: Medium asks $5 a month for absolutely nothing

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patreon.com/medium

This is effectively the same model as Patreon (a site which allows content creators to accept subscription donations from their audience), but implemented themselves, rather than relying on a third-party.

Patreon really does seem to work for people who produce quality content. However, whether it would work for an organisation as large in size, or as general in scope, as Medium is more doubtful.

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Effort to fire Euro Patent Office president beaten back – again

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Sleeping with the Battistelli

If the situation is so bad, why are the ordinary staff still working there? Can't they quit? Is the EPO also immune to constructive dismissal suits?

I'd love to see how he and his management cronies would cope with having to do all the actual work themselves, or trying to find replacements skilled and willing (and uninformed) enough to take up the jobs.

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Rap for chat app chaps: Snap's shares are a joke – and a crap one at that

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Anyway, trading is absolutely nothing like gambling in a casino. For a start, just because you don't understand why prices for some asset or instrument move in a particular way, it doesn't follow that it's done to nothing more than pure luck.

It's maybe a more apt comparison than you give credit for. For example, even roulette wheels are governed by the laws of physics, and just because you can't calculate all the physical interactions of the ball and wheel during a spin, doesn't mean that the end result is pure chance.

With all the independent actors in the financial markets, all doing their own thing with their own thoughts, it is more or less impossible to predict what is going to happen in any one stock, any more than it is to predict where the roulette ball will land. Unless, that is, you are already in a position to control enough of the variables yourself.

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Facebook scoffed at $500m damages. Now Oculus faces nerd goggles injunction

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Re: Why VR is doomed to be nothing more than a Niche within a Niche

I'll put it in simple terms... ANYTHING which makes the user look silly is historically doomed to failure.

I would agree with you, but I remember a time when people looked at you funny for walking down the street talking to yourself. But now, I see people doing that every day, and talking hands-free on your mobile is simply something that people do now.

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Fatal flaws in ten pacemakers make for Denial of Life attacks

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Re: I see a market here

Seriously though when are manufacturers going to realise that there is an expected minimum in the products that they design ?

As soon as there is a legally enforcible expected minimum, which won't happen until someone in power is affected. Fortunately, people in power tend to be older, so are more likely to have a need for such devices, and so be affected by these vulnerabilities.

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No matter who becomes US president, America's tech giants are going to be quids in

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Re: How do bandits make out?

I have a picture in my head of a couple of bad hombres tongue wrestling. Is this another British usage that doesn't cross the pond very well?

Apparently not. At least Merriam Webster lists it as a US idiom: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/make%20out%20like%20a%20bandit.

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Euro politicians are hyping the terror threat to steal your privacy

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Privacy is a basic right in European law. It is not in US law. In the US, companies cannot access their customers email addresses. ...

I don't understand the above quote, at all. ...

If you replace the second "US" with "EU" it makes sense, so I assume it's a typo on someone's part.

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Soylent bars farting recall

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Re: I like the idea but the naming...

I'd really want some third party body to go "yeah we know our stuff... this is a balanced diet and good long term" or something.

They effectively already have that, since they should be working to the RDAs defined by national or trans-national nutritional and food-packaging regulations. I don't know about Soylent specifically, but the nutritional information on the back of a pack of Joylent says that each package contains 100% of the RDA of just about everything.

Long-term is pretty much always a question for anything, but unless you want a 50-year lead time on any new foodstuff, I suppose "it doesn't immediately kill you" is about as good as we can get.

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Mozilla tells Firefox OS devs to fork off if they want to chase open web apps vision

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Re: so they want to continue gecko..

but last I heard anyway the future of firefox browser is the engine that runs on chrome ??

Err, I don't know where you heard that, but it's nonsense. Maybe you read it on April 1st?

AFAICT, the future of Firefox is some kind of Gecko/Servo hybrid, as there are already Servo features and code making their way into Firefox.

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Apple killed OS X today and binned its $10,000 BlingWatch too

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Re: Sorry pedants, your time has come to an end.

So is the new name pronounced "macos" or "mac O S"?

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Hollywood offers Daniel Craig $150m to (slash wrists) play James Bond

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WTF?

You're a spy, Harry

Upon first reading the headline, my brain got Daniel Craig mixed up with Daniel Radcliffe.

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Chubby Chinese students refused top bunk

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Re: High BMI not necessarily blimp

Can't really beat simple "pinch tests" to give a quick & easy estimate of actual flabbiness, simple way to detect someone false flagged by flawed BMI.

For use in such situations, I would hereby like to officially coin the term:

"False flabbed".

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Having offended everyone else in the world, Linus Torvalds calls own lawyers a 'nasty festering disease'

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Re: So?

These sweary Linus rants have popped up in Linux news occasionally since the beginning, we never see the background messages or much of the provocation behind them.

He's got a point about Lawyering up over problems, sometimes its akin to getting your neighbour locked up for letting his dog crap on your lawn when it could be sorted out amicably.

It's the same thing though: You don't hear about the GPL infringements which are wrapped up amicably, because publicising it is generally not in the interests of either party, and not really interesting enough to make the news. So you only hear about those that don't cooperate, and miss out on the background messages and provocation, and assume that the lawyers have gone straight to the courts.

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Re: So, to sum up...

I would guess that Bradley Kuhn is trying to become some sort of an important "High Priest" in the community. Having them too involved is a risk hardly worth taking, easily poisonous indeed.

If you don't attempt to enforce the GPL, then you may as well have used the BSD license in the first place. Some people might be fine with that outcome (eg. permissive license proponents), but for the GPL to have any practical meaning in the real world, someone has to bring the legal actions necessary to hold to account those who breach the terms of the license.

Whatever you might think of their personal motives (and I, having followed these issues for many years, think you're completely wrong), Bradley Kuhn and the SFC are doing the dirty, apparently thankless, job that no-one else seems to want to do.

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Sex ban IT man loses appeal – but judge labels order 'unpoliceable'

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Re: downvote here

Precrime doesn't exist yet.

Actualy, yes, it does. However, it doesn't appear to be working too well as of yet: Chicago’s predictive policing tool just failed a major test

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VMware shipped public key with its Photon OS-for-containers

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A private key is an identity, and indeed that should be kept secret.

A public key can be used to remotely access a server, for those with the right private key.

So in this case, a particular public key was automatically deployed to every virtual machine created using the VM image they distributed. That essentially means that, since VMWare was the holder of the private key, they had backdoor (or undisclosed front-door, if you prefer) access into every installation of Photon OS, by default.

Bit of an oopsie.

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How the HTTPS-snooping, email addy and SSN-raiding HEIST JavaScript code works

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Re: "HEIST requires ... the victim to have enabled ... third-party cookies."

Sadly, and as noted in the article, 3rd party cookies are *still* enabled by default in most browsers. And most people don't know their browsers have options, let alone what they should set them to. So the default setting abides for most users.

Which is a good thing, of course, because without third-party cookies being enabled, advertising revenue might be affected in some way to some extent, and therefore the interwebs will implode and the terrorists will have won. Is that what you want?

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West country cops ponder appearance of 40 dead pigeons on A35

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Oi've got a brand new pigeon harvester

My first thought was that the birds were trapped/roosting in some farm machinery, unknown to the driver, who then took it out on the road. After a while the driver hears some funny noises, pulls over, checks the contents of the hopper (feathers, feed, and perhaps some distressed survivors who fly away), and dumps the remains before trundling away from the scene.

AFAIK, churning things around, and dropping them down at regular intervals is well within the purview of farm machinery.

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Chatbot lawyer shreds $2.5m in parking tickets

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Automated Interface

If it follows a set procedure, with a fixed set of outcomes, then it's not an AI, it's just an algorithm.

AFAICT this is pretty much the same kind of thing as the government's "register to vote" website, which similarly just automates the process of filling out and sending a form. Except in this case it's being called a "bot", because reasons.

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Watch as SpaceX's latest Falcon rocket burns then crashes

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Re: @YACC

For the purist, yes I know rockets are always loaded with a slight deficit of oxidiser, so if the tanks are run bone dry, there's no chance of spraying pure oxygen on white hot engine parts and setting them on fire. This is why Elon Musk said they ran out of oxygen rather than fuel.

Ah, good explanation! I was wondering why, after running out of fuel, it went KABOOM rather than just THUNK.

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Voter registration site collapse proves genius of GDS, says minister

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We'll get back to you

In fact, many of the voters who were panicked into entering their details last week had already been registered.

I'm not surprised by this. I registered about a month ago via the gov site. The resultant emails said I would be contacted by my local authority once I had been registered, or if they needed more information.

Never heard a peep from anyone.

But at least my council were responsive when I later (aka close to the deadline) emailed them asking about my status.

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This is how the EU's supreme court is stripping EU citizens of copyright protections

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If you write "Don't steal things", and then a few hundred pages later on write "Well, just on special occasions you can steal things", then you are in contravention, even though you definitely did write "don't steal things" at the start.

Well now, legally speaking, it depends on how one defines "steal" and "things". And possibly "don't".

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Get outta here, officer, you don't need a warrant to track people by their phones – appeals court

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You are free to do as we tell you

"For the Court has long held that an individual enjoys no Fourth Amendment protection 'in information he voluntarily turns over to [a] third part[y]'," the judges said in their ruling.

Can it really be considered "voluntary", if the alternative is essentially cutting yourself off from a large part of modern life?

These days, to many segments of society, it seems somewhat akin to cutting yourself off from the electric grid, and going back to cooking beans with a bicycle-powered hair dryer.

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Bitcoin to be hammered – in an auction, that is

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Re: Duh

However, it would be a strong optimist who bids so close to market value.

IIRC, bitcoin prices recently went up ~21% in a short time. That's a lot. Very easily, an auction "winner" can turn into a financial loser if the market price undergoes a correction.

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SWIFT CEO promises security improvements

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Re: SWIFT is guilty of...

The facts are known; the hacking came from INSIDE THE BANK, not inside SWIFT.

This is true, however a similar stance could be (and likely was, in many cases) also taken by consumer banks when phishing became common: Those hacks came from the *user*, not from the *bank*; ergo, it's the user's problem.

But just because it's "user error" didn't stop many (most? all?) consumer banks from improving their procedures and processes to require additional confirmation (eg. 2FA) when such questionable or unexpected transactions are encountered.

They DO need to modernize in order to continue to be a trusted money middleman, when all the banks could develop another system to replace their service. Perhaps with a distributed system that works in a modern way; B2B.

Indeed! If an inter-bank consensus can be reached for implementing a transaction blockchain, SWIFT could very well find itself on borrowed time - existing only to serve the dwindling number of banks which have not yet migrated to the shared blockchain.

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FBI's Tor pedo torpedoes torpedoed by United States judge

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Re: A legal work around?

pulling a small image file from their servers while posting the machines MAC address to the server

1. MAC addresses are not included in HTTP requests

2. Browsers do not offer MAC address information to websites

3. Tor acts as a local network proxy, so the browser wouldn't know what MAC address was being used

4. MAC addresses are arbitrary and can be changed on a whim by the user

The FBI already owned the server in question, so they already had all the information normal browser usage divulges.

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Grab your Hammer pants – it's the '90s again: Facebook brings Virtual Reality back

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WTF?

"Nostalgia is the most toxic impulse"

Back in 1995, the public had no exposure to 3D computer graphics, except in the cinema

Tosh! We 1993-era Brits got to experience the (thankfully short-lived) televisual wonderment that was: Cyberzone!

http://www.ukgameshows.com/ukgs/Cyberzone

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkzF56tGYSg

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Half of Facebook's Free Basics users ditch the freebie web-lite service for the paid-for real deal

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Bundling ZFS and Linux is impossible says Richard Stallman

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Re: Stallman is a loon

I don't know if he's a loon, but as far as I know, he's not a lawyer. So while his opinion is sure interesting - it's not a legal opinion, and apparently, lawyers disagree.

Except the last time we heard about this issue was when some Free-software specialist lawyers claimed that Canonical's lawyers were wrong in their interpretation: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/02/26/canonical_in_zfsonlinux_gpl_violation_spat/

So *some* lawyers disagree, where as some *other* lawyers agree. Sky is blue, bears catholic, etc.

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FBI: Er, no, we won't reveal how we unmask and torpedo Tor pedos

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Re: I know that pattern.

That's just TCP. They've used a very roundabout way to say their software establishes a quick TCP connection.

If it's just TCP, and they apparently use the least number of packets needed to perform the operation, doesn't that imply that the connection was entirely unencrypted?

So doesn't that mean that there's no real way for the FBI to guarantee that those connections had not been interfered with en-route?

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Web ads are reading my keystrokes and I can’t even spel propperlie

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Real-time massaging

now I won’t have the chance to correct it before it gets read. So my friends and family can look forward to real-time messages from me

Oh, I don't think you have to worry. I'm sure your family will continue to only receive the final - edited - message.

The only people who will see the initial drafts are Facebook. And by extension; their advertising partners, and *their* advertising partners, and the insurance companies, and the credit checking agencies, and the security services, and the police, and the government, and your local council's bin-watchers.

But probably not your family, so you'll be okay.

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Mozilla burns Firefox on old Androids

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Re: Tab Groups

Also, when restarting Firefox, only the active tab in each window is fetched. REALLY cuts down on bandwidth and thrashing.

I don't know if it's TreeStyleTab, or a setting I tweaked yonks ago, but my Firefoxes (Iceweasels) only load the tab contents the first time you actually view that tab. So there's no bandwidth thrashing unless you manually get it to reload all tabs.

I do remember Firefox doing what you describe at one point, but that was a long time ago now.

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With Facebook shafted, India now belongs to Google

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Your delivery of Internet is on its way!

Don't forget that Facebook/Internet.org also have their own Internet-by-drone project - using actual high-altitude drones, rather than RC quadcopters as the term is commonly understood. And I think they were also playing with satellites as well?

Neither of these projects have been shot down, and both are more directly comparable to Google's Project Loon, as all these projects are about providing generic Internet access, rather than piggy-backing on existing, but slow, mobile infrastructure.

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Canonical accused of violating GPL with ZFS-in-Ubuntu 16.04 plan

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Re: Bugger these obstructionist troublemakers

What Oracle has to do with it ? They can release their code under any license they want or do not release at all, end of the story.

Except it's not Oracle that would be distributing the combined/derivative work. It's Canonical.

By the SFC's reasoning (which, having read, I am inclined to agree with) Canonical would need to either infringe the GPLv2 by distributing the Linux kernel under CDDL, or infringe the CDDL by distributing ZFS under GPLv2.

Oracle don't like having their copyrights infringed.

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Bomb hoax server hoster reportedly cuffed in France

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Re: Pushing it ? Why ?

If he's not actually logging anything useful, then why refuse to hand over the keys ?

Are you sure he was asked for the keys to the server?

El Reg says "decryption keys for his computer", which usually means his personal computer. If it were the server's keys in question, IME articles would usually describe it as "decryption keys for the server".

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Women devs – want your pull requests accepted? Just don't tell anyone you're a girl

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Re: Peer review

This is a phenomenon that's already well researched in the area of recruitment. When it comes down to a close-call decision, men favour male candidates and women favour females.

The last report I saw indicated that both male and female managers preferred hiring men for STEM roles.

Here's an article from '14: http://www.eetimes.com/document.asp?doc_id=1321681.

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Uber rebrands to the sound of whalesong confusion

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Call a spade a shovel

driver on demand app thingy Uber

It's just a taxi-dispatch agency, isn't it?

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A RAT and a spammer both avoid the slammer

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Re: Going soft?

The punishments were likely proportional because:

1) Nobody in government was affected, and

2) No large corporation had their copyrights infringed.

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State Department finds 22 classified emails in Hillary’s server, denies wrongdoing

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Re: It could be much much worse...

I'm personally not so sure that Trump winning would be as bad as the doomsayers are proclaiming. It's not like the US President is an absolute monarch - AFAIK most every decision they make can be either blocked or overturned by Congress. I can't see Trump being able to get anything too wacky done, before he's impeached on some technicality.

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Hillary Clinton says for crypto 'maybe the back door is the wrong door'

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Re: Clueless is an understatement

Services that offer end-to-end encryption with the server unable to decrypt the data would become illegal.

You know how some films used to use "Banned in <country x>!" as a badge of merit? I can see a similar thing happening with consumer security products.

Coming soon - The messaging platform the US government doesn't want you to know about!

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Cyber security buck stops with me, says Dido Harding

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what is the "format" above encryption?

Not having the data in the first place. Which I believe was her point about the "tokenisation" of the credit card numbers - apparently they explicitly did not save six of the digits which make them usable.

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Child abuse image hash list shared with major web firms

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Re: Drop in the ocean

According to TFA, the 19,000 number is just for the "worst of the worst". The PhotoDNA wikipedia article mentions that "Project Vic" has a database in the millions of hashes.

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cryptographically broken and unsuitable for further use

"Cryptographically" being the operative word. In this case, it's not being used cryptographically.

for important things - like anything approaching censorship or criminal justice, perhaps - I don't think we should be using MD5

In their defence, it's entirely possible that they started using MD5 for this purpose before MD5 was so widely considered useless. And since it's a criminal offence to have possession of the images in question (exceptions notwithstanding), they may no longer have the source images from which to generate new hashes. However, they certainly shouldn't be using it for new images, and given the inclusion of PhotoDNA hashes in the programme, it's entirely possible they no longer do so.

That said, I would certainly hope they do a more detailed check than just comparing MD5 hashes, before breaking your door down in the middle of the night.

I'm a dreamer, I know.

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Net neutrality debate: If startups want to rival Google, they must show some green to telcos

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It's only a scratch

By our reckoning, they would pay a couple of percent for this in the form of revenue-sharing.

A couple of percent to Deutsche Telekom, a couple of percent to BT, a couple of percent to Verizon, a couple of percent to Virgin. How many ISPs are there in the world again?

Or perhaps he means they should pay 2% of the revenue from each customer to that customer's ISP? Which still means there needs to be infrastructure and employees to manage the incredible complexity of the resulting accounting needs. Not to mention what happens when one customer accesses the service from both their home wifi and their cellphone connection, and perhaps also from their work wifi, or at the library?

Either way, I can see the costs of such schemes easily exceeding 100% of a small company's per-customer revenue.

...

Besides which, isn't the entire point of companies like Akamai that they aggregate the "servers at every ISP" model, for smaller companies which don't have the resources or clout to do it themselves?

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LASER RAZOR blunted by KickStarter ban

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So what is it?

[The] video from the project's KickStarter page suggests there is a prototype in existence, but not a very effective one: the device does knock off a few hairs, but is a long way short of the experience of pulling a conventional razor down one's skin and having the majority of hairs beneath the blade cleft.

Isn't that the very definition of a prototype? Something which proves the concept, but needs more work to become a finished product?

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Facebook's UK wing paid just £4k in corporation tax last year

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Re: Companies don't pay tax

Companies don't pay tax, people do.

Given that actors in modern economies are all so intricately intertwined, it seems to me that making such a distinction is pretty much meaningless, except to push a political agenda.

Sure, a tax directed at companies will affect the amounts they give and take from people. But conversely, a tax which is directed at people will also affect the amounts they're willing to give and take from companies.

Any tax is really just a tax on the economy as a whole, so who has to pay any tax should really be decided solely based on where is most efficient to extract it.

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Silicon Valley now 'illegal' in Europe: Why Schrems vs Facebook is such a biggie

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Re: A future Enron

The argument here is complete bollocks. If data were held in, say, Ireland the USA would need to request an Irish court to release the data. If the Irish court was satisfied that there is good reason then it would probably order a release of the necessary documents, much as it would agree an extradition of a person.

In the Microsoft case, the US government could indeed have asked the Irish courts for the data. The fact that they haven't, and are pushing this issue through the US courts, suggests to me that this is not about getting this particular data from Microsoft, but about setting a precedent.

If the US government can get a legal precedent set, that US corporations must hand over data wherever it lies, then they wouldn't have to get cooperation from, or even inform, other nations that information was being requested.

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Re: Let me count the ways...

First up, of course emails are not private - that's laid down in the spec.

I'd argue that private correspondence can still take place using postcards. Just because someone might overhear or see what you're saying, doesn't necessarily make a one-on-one conversation public.

What 'personal data' is there?

Even if the email is encrypted, there is still personally-identifiable metadata - sender email address, mail client headers, IPs, etc.

What's more, it would be absurd to argue that the recipient is the one sending data to Google - that is, obviously, what the sender has done. Again, that's by definition.

Sort of, but only indirectly. If I send a postcard to a PO Box in Bristol, and the person managing that PO box has instructions to forward everything to an address in Kentucky, did I send that postcard to the US? Or did the post office do that, at the behest of the PO Box owner?

Email is somewhat similar: When most people send an email to bob@smallshop.co.uk, they firstly hand it off to their ISP or email provider, whose email server checks the DNS of smallshop.co.uk for where to send the email (ie. smallshop.co.uk are instructing the email server where to forward the message). If that destination server is in the US, well then.

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Fast, wireless access to Tor? Just maybe

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Re: A Quibble

Yes, AFAIK the Javascript and WebRTC (and Flash) vulnerabilities are/were purely about side-stepping the Tor connection (ie. not using the configured proxy) and thus leaking your real IP address over your normal Internet connection.

If your machine's *only* internet connection is through Tor, then there's no IP address *to* leak, except maybe your local wifi one (192.168.x.x or such).

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FBI: We unmasked and collared child porn creep on Tor with spy tool

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Re: Polygraph?

These aren't worth the paper they're written on. This aspect of vodoo crime fighting has always troubled me.

Voodoo can be very powerful when the subject believes in it, and people have long been fed a diet of Hollywood polygraphs which work.

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