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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 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 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 a year and a half ago

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

Bismillah Bismillah writes  |  about a month 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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The iOS 7 jailbreak fiasco

Bismillah Bismillah writes  |  about 4 months ago

Bismillah (993337) writes "Evad3rs' new iOS 7 jailbreak featured a Chinese app store that sold pirated software, and which was pulled from Evasi0n7 soon after launch.

Latest rumours say that the exploit used for Evasi0n7 was stolen by a certain person, offered up for sale, so the Evad3rs did a deal with TaiG instead. Jay "Saurik" Freeman of Cydia meanwhile isn't happy about the whole thing, saying he was given no time to test Evasi0n7."

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Qualcomm to design and manufacture neural processing units next year

Bismillah Bismillah writes  |  about 6 months ago

Bismillah (993337) writes "At the MIT Technology Revivew EmTech conference, Qualcomm announced that the company and partners will design and make neural processing units or NPUs starting next year.

NPUs mimic the neural structures and how the brain processes information in a massively parallel way, while being extremely power efficient, and may end up in self-learning devices."
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The business case for Hadoop

Bismillah Bismillah writes  |  about 6 months ago

Bismillah (993337) writes "For all of its potential benefits, Hadoop can be an uncomfortable fit within many IT environments. It challenges traditional approaches to data warehousing architecture, to the way in which IT projects are funded, and in some cases — can even threaten jobs.

On that basis, selling a Hadoop-based analytics project into a business is not as straightforward as a back-of-the-envelope cost calculation might suggest. Here are a few hints and tips on how to do it."
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Researchers create mid-air haptic feedback system for touch displays

Bismillah Bismillah writes  |  about 6 months ago

Bismillah (993337) writes "University of Bristol researchers have come up with a way to make touch screens more touchy-feely so to speak, using ultrasound waves to produce haptic feedback. You don't need to touch the screen even, as the UltraHaptics waves can be felt mid-air. Very Minority Report, but cooler.

No points for stating the obvious application of the technology."

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Microsoft takes aim at Android over security, cost

Bismillah Bismillah writes  |  about 7 months ago

Bismillah (993337) writes "Perhaps a somewhat selective choice of arguments from Microsoft, which is now trashing Google's Android for having poor security and err, being open source really. The point about OEMs not updating devices is arguably valid, but that applies for Windows Phone etc ones too."
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Research shows "three strikes" anti-piracy laws don't work.

Bismillah Bismillah writes  |  about 7 months ago

Bismillah (993337) writes "Graduated response regimes that warn and then penalise users for infringing file sharing do not appear to work, new research from Monash University in Australia has found. The paper studied "three strikes" laws in France, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan and the UK, as well as other anti-filesharing regimes in the US and Ireland, but found scant evidence that they're effective."
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Content filters to be installed on Aussie smartphones, Internet connections

Bismillah Bismillah writes  |  about 7 months ago

Bismillah (993337) writes "The opposition Coalition parties which look set to win the next election in Australia, want to install content filters that are turned on by default on smartphones and Internet connections in the country.

This is part of the Coalition's official policy, and phone vendors will be expected to comply. It is possible to opt out of it though, if you prove you're over 18."
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Campaign to kill CAPTCHA kicks off

Bismillah Bismillah writes  |  about 8 months ago

Bismillah (993337) writes "CAPTCHA may be popular with with webmasters and others running different sites, but it's a source of annoyance to blind and partially sighted people — and dyslexic people and older ones — who often end up being locked out of important websites as they can't read wonky, obfuscated letters any more than spambots can. A campaign in Australia has started to rid sites of CAPTCHA to improve accessibility for everyone."
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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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