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New Zealand Frontline Police Get Apple Devices in Efficiency Measure

Bismillah Re:We do have Newspapers in New Zealand (114 comments)

The writer of the ITnews piece is a New Zealander and the Herald story you refer to is more than a year old and has none of the current information.

about a year and a half ago
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Lax SSH Key Management A "Big Problem"

Bismillah Ylönen (212 comments)

Was wondering who "Tatu Yionen" was...

about a year and a half ago
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Three-strikes copyright law in NZ halves infringement

Bismillah Moving submissions to the right channel (1 comments)

So, this shouldn't be in the Linux bit... is there no way to move it to the right area?

about 2 years ago

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New Mayhem malware targets Linux and UNIX-like servers

Bismillah Bismillah writes  |  about two weeks ago

Bismillah (993337) writes "Russian security researchers have spotted a new malware named Mayhem that has spread to 1,400 or so Linux and FreeBSD servers around the world, and continues to look for new machines to infect. And, it doesn't need root to operate."
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Australia's web censorship law to be scrutinized

Bismillah Bismillah writes  |  about two weeks ago

Bismillah (993337) writes "A government inquiry has been launched into whether or not Australian authorities are using Section 313 of the Telecommunications Act inappropriately.

Last year, the Australian securities watchdog used Section 313 powers to force ISPs to block quarter of million web sites — this in order to prevent access to just 1,200 sites the authority deemed harmful."
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No more turn off your devices on Aussie flights

Bismillah Bismillah writes  |  about a month ago

Bismillah (993337) writes "Flight mode without calls and data will be good enough for Australian fliers, with new rules kicking in that allows offline operation"
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New Zealand spy agency to vet network builds, provider staff.

Bismillah Bismillah writes  |  about 3 months ago

Bismillah (993337) writes "The new Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Act of 2013 is in effect in New Zealand and brings in several drastic changes for ISPs, telcos and service providers.

One of the country's spy agencies, the GCSB, gets to decide on network equipment procurement and design decisions, plus operators have to register with the police and obtain security clearance for some staff.

Somewhat illogically, the NZ government pushed through the law combining mandated communications interception capabilities for law enforcement, with undefined network security requirements as decided by the GCSB.

All network operators are subject to the new law, including local providers as well as the likes of Facebook, Google, Microsoft, who have opposed it, saying the new statutes clash with overseas privacy legislation."

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Aussie A-G wants enforced decryption of govt intercepted user data

Bismillah Bismillah writes  |  about 4 months ago

Bismillah (993337) writes "If Attorney-General Brandis gets his way in the process of revising Australia's Telecommunications Interception Act, users and providers of VPNs and other encrypted services will by law be required to decrypt government intercepted data. Because, "sophisticated criminals and terrorists."

Across the Tasman, New Zealand already has a similar law, the Telecommunications Interception and Computer Security Act. Apparently, large Internet service providers such as Microsoft and Facebook won't be exempt from the TICSA and must facilitate interception of traffic."

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Courier-IMAP hated new FreeBSD 6.1 server, so Dovecot now

Bismillah Bismillah writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Lovely fast new Intel D840 box with SATA drives, Gigabyte i955 Royal motherboard and fresh install of FreeBSD 6.1. I know, there's quicker hardware out ther, but compared to the old 3.06GHz P4 with PATA disks the new system replaces, I'm happy. It's quieter too, thanks to bigger, slow-spinning fans.

Annoyingly though, Courier-IMAP from the ports collection hated the new system. As soon as I fired up Thunderbird and tried to connect to the server, Courier-IMAP's processes died and dumped core - rapidly. I could've sat down and figured out why, but have long felt that Courier-IMAP isn't as good fit for FreeBSD as it was. It insists on FAM (File Alteration Monitor) which chews up CPU for no good reason for instance.

So out went Courier-IMAP, Courier-Authdaemond and in, Dovecot. Unfortunately, the ports version is only 1.0-RC7, whereas Tim has RC10 out already, but apart from a single instance of a corrupted index, nothing bad has happened yet.

Dovecot seems faster than Courier-IMAP, but I can't judge fairly here as the latter never worked properly on the new system. It was very easy to set up and make work with Exim.

One thing I'm not sure how to do yet is to set up Dovecot to work with both system and virtual accounts. Should be possible, but the defailt_mail_env setting is a bit confusing.

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