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Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches: Child Porn Conviction Overturned

Anonymice Re: Details of the "RoundUp" software in question (270 comments)

As per that same section in the document...

RoundUp is currently being made available to the law enforcement community on a limited basis. The GPL source code is distributed with the tool.


Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches: Child Porn Conviction Overturned

Anonymice Details of the "RoundUp" software in question (270 comments)

For anyone interested, the paper detailing the software (RoundUp) used in the dragnet can be found here:

RoundUp is a Java-based tool that allows for both local and collaborative investigations of the Gnutella network, implementing the principles and techniques described in the previous sections. RoundUp is a fork of the Phex Gnutella client, and it retains Phex’s graphical user interface. Our changes in creating RoundUp from Phex focused on three key areas: adding specific functionality to augment investigative interactions, exposing information of interest to investigators in the GUI, and automating reporting of this information in standard ways.


School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

Anonymice Easy up now (226 comments)

Two things...

First off, British schools don't have "rent-a-cops", security scanners or ID cards, this is an American thing. The hardest security you'll come across in a school in the UK is the school gate.

Secondly, the biometrics are just an additional method of payment, it's entirely optional. No one's stopping you from paying in cash. If I was tasked with setting up a hassle free method of tracking kids deductions from their pre-paid balance, this would likely be the route I'd go too. It's far cheaper to buy 2-3 scanners than to kit the whole school out with RFID tags, and it doesn't come with the inevitable hang-up of things getting lost, stolen or forgotten.
There's not much risk of the data being shared outside the school, as even the police aren't allowed to store biometric records of anyone without an active criminal record.

2 days ago

U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Anonymice Re:The death of leniency (643 comments)

I dunno, to me it looks like tactical language so as to not aggravate the police force & automatically put them on the defensive. If you want someone to comply, you give them a reason to *want* to do it.
If you tell people you want to restrict their freedoms so you have more control over them, they'll rebel. If you tell people that you're trying to protect them (think of the children!), they'll hand you their liberties without a second thought.

about three weeks ago

The First Particle Physics Evidence of Physics Beyond the Standard Model?

Anonymice Re:Desensationalised (97 comments)

Because the summary isn't a summary, it's an introduction that just ends in questions and begs you to click through to find out the answers.
"I thought it was just a steaming pile of turd ice-cream. What I saw next blew my mind!"

about three weeks ago

Scientists Who Smuggle Radioactive Materials

Anonymice Re:There has not been any radioactive terror to da (66 comments)

On the contrary, I fear the biggest nuclear threat in the modern world is from individual "terror" groups. In the age of Mutually Assured Destruction, the only people with nothing to lose are those who can't be tied to a specific region. If a group of unaffiliated individuals attack a country, that country has no recourse for nuclear retaliation.

I highly recommend the documentary "Countdown to Zero", it recounts the stories of a couple of extremist organisations caught in the process of acquiring nuclear material, and the frightening thing is that most of these cases were caught by accident, ie. luck. And if those were found by accident, we have no idea how many transactions may have been successful.

To quote a Russian military prosecutor with regards to the tracking & security of nuclear material during the collapse of the Soviet Union:

"potatoes were guarded better"

about a month ago

Black Hat Researchers Actively Trying To Deanonymize Tor Users

Anonymice This is a good thing! (82 comments)

I see many naysayers & detractors here querying why black-hats would want to break the very services they rely on, but surely that's exactly what they should be doing?

If you want to rely on a service for your own security, it's in your best interests to find all the weaknesses - especially with open source projects, which rely on the community to find & fix faults.

about a month and a half ago

Russia Posts $110,000 Bounty For Cracking Tor's Privacy

Anonymice Catch up at the back (98 comments)

TOR's already broken!

This, from last week:

Black Hat anti-Tor talk smashed by lawyers' wrecking ball
Boring Carnegie-Mellon University lawyers have scuppered one of the most hotly anticipated talks at the Black Hat conference – which would have explained how $3,000 of kit could unmask Tor hidden services and user IP addresses.

about 2 months ago

Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin

Anonymice Re:Competition Sucks (507 comments)

At least in the UK, there is strict licensing for anyone who wants to take a passenger for commercial purposes. And there are different licences for different types of taxis. If they do not have a licence, then their insurance will be invalidated. The authorities crack down heavily on unlicensed drivers.
To be honest, I would expect this to be the same around much of the rest of the world too.

Evidence? My father runs a cab company, and also the fact you can't go anywhere in London without seeing scaremongering posters warning of the dangers of unlicensed taxis.

about 3 months ago

'Godfather of Ecstasy,' Chemist Sasha Shulgin Dies Aged 88

Anonymice Re:It's just sad... (164 comments)

Alcohol's legal, and that has a far higher rate of physical addiction. Alcohol addiction is nasty in fact, as forcing an addict to go cold turkey would kill them. People also get psychologically addicted to adrenaline (which we create quite efficiently ourselves).
Banning something because some people might misuse it is silly, however if you wish to go down that route, you'd also have to ban alcohol, tobacco...guns?

about 3 months ago

DogeCoin To the Moon Via a Google Lunar X PRIZE Team

Anonymice Re:Question (35 comments)

Hey Mr Internet Guy, I suggest you let NASA know too then, given they test all of their landers in the desert. I wouldn't want them wasting all of our money for nothing.

Mod parent up! Something must be done!

about 3 months ago

McAfee Grabbed Data Without Paying, Says Open Source Vulnerability Database

Anonymice Re:Don't see a problem (139 comments)

Uh...JFGI? There are a ton of articles on the advertising profits made by the likes of TPB.

Here is a more recent one

I remember reading an interview with the guys a few years ago, and apparently each of the prime flash slots along the sides of the site run at $20k per month.

about 4 months ago

Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

Anonymice Re:While I'm inclined to agree... (258 comments)

The people who are the real problem are the criminals. The only way to resolve that issue is by cutting them out of the market.

The only other problems are a public health issue. You'll have more cases of people driving under the influence, and smoking in general increases the cancer risk of the population. Now whilst those are credible issues, they're no worse than the legalisation of tobacco & alcohol. In fact, you could argue that tobacco & alcohol are worse due to their higher incidence of addiction & the latter's habit of causing an increase violence.

about 5 months ago

Interview: John McAfee Answers Your Questions

Anonymice Re:Damn Fascinating (124 comments)

Your info is at least 15-20 years out of date. Whilst security is far from Western standards, you're not likely to land in too bad a trouble unless you're either looking for it, or extremely stupid. Columbia especially has done wonders in putting itself back together, and its reputation is now starting to improve as a result.

*Central* America is another story. Low level/Everyday corruption is rife & its the battleground for the world's most powerful cartels.

about 5 months ago

British Domain Registrar Offers 'No Transfer Fees,' Charges Transfer Fee

Anonymice I reckon this could be challenged (77 comments)

Consumer have strong rights in the UK, and they *can't* be waved, regardless of what a contract says.

If a company pulls you in on a "no exit fee" promise & then silently changes the contract to renege on that on that promise, I reckon the ombudsman would have something to say about that.
I have a couple of domains with 123-Reg, and if they try to extort this money when I transfer out (I noticed the other day that they've also substantially raised their prices), then I will be reporting them to the ombudsman & challenging them in small claims court.

about 5 months ago

British Domain Registrar Offers 'No Transfer Fees,' Charges Transfer Fee

Anonymice Re:So cancel the domain (77 comments)

Not just GoDaddy, it seems to be common practice with all registrars now. Domain expires, gets transferred to a subsidary which squats on the domain 'til it gets bought out.

about 5 months ago

European Parliament Votes For Net Neutrality, Forbids Mobile Roaming Costs

Anonymice Re:Good, I guess (148 comments)

Correct. The exchanges are legally required to provide collocation services to other providers (I can't remember if "fair" fees are also regulated - I wouldn't be surprised), those companies then resell exchange access to third party ISPs (basically any ISP outside the "Big 6").
In all, it basically goes: BT manages the copper -> B2B ISP manages the PoP at the exchange -> Consumer ISP terminates the connection.

about 5 months ago


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