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CIA Director David Petraeus Resigns, Citing Affair

Sparx139 Re:Job Performance (401 comments)

That's assuming that the fallout of this affair isn't going to impact his performance. It could be that the fallout of this and setting things right with his family again could keep him from his duties, or it could be as simple as he sees the role of Director as one that should lead by example, in some way embodying the integrity of the organisation. In that case, he wouldn't consider himself fit for such a role.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Introduce Someone To Star Trek?

Sparx139 Re:Odd question. (634 comments)

Actually, I only caught my first episodes of the show (TNG) last year. I'd like to get more familiar with the show, but I'm wondering where to start as well. There's just so many different series that it makes it difficult to know where to begin

more than 2 years ago

Australia's Largest Police Force Accused of Widespread Piracy

Sparx139 Re:How dare they! (112 comments)

Replying to undo accidental overrated mod, please ignore

more than 2 years ago

Posting Photos of Olympics Could Land You In Court

Sparx139 Re:My first reaction... (394 comments)

You spelt "donate" wrong :p

more than 2 years ago

Australian Police Spying On Web, Phone Usage With No Warrants

Sparx139 Re:"Reading our email"? I don't think so... (78 comments)

You know, if you're going to tell people to read the law the least you can do is actually link to the thing.

more than 2 years ago

UK Law Enforcement Starts Seizing Music Blogs

Sparx139 I really hope that's the case (310 comments)

And I also hope that they find whoever is behind it, hopefully someone in the record industry rather than someone pulling a prank. There'd be hell to pay :D

more than 2 years ago

Australian Govt Holding Secretive Anti-Piracy Talks

Sparx139 Slight correction (218 comments)

By donkey vote, I actually mean just leaving the ballot slips blank, not ordering in preference. I can't find a citation saying the numbers rose, but I remember it being discussed in the news on account of this twit

more than 2 years ago

Australian Govt Holding Secretive Anti-Piracy Talks

Sparx139 We don't have a government. (218 comments)

In place of leaders, we have the children that are more interested in calling each other names than actually sitting down and working through issues. As both sides just stand there screaming about how the other is going to ruin the economy, any discussion on "minor" issues such as civil liberties gets drowned out. (By minor, I mean that the vast majority of Australians seem to follow whatever Parliament is screaming about, be it gambling reforms, the carbon tax, etc and remains ignorant/indifferent towards everything else). Unfortunately, the laid-back attitude that typifies our culture also extends to our view on politics... Many Australians at the last election chose to donkey vote rather than choose between either of the major parties, instead of looking at the variety of independents that were on offer and picking one of them.

more than 2 years ago

Jedi Master's Hand-Made Lightsaber Stolen

Sparx139 Re:Jawas Did It (174 comments)

Replying to undo accidental downmod, please ignore.

more than 2 years ago

Moglen: Facebook Is a Man-In-The-Middle Attack

Sparx139 Re:Slashdot is a man in the middle attack (376 comments)

Because anyone can view it (that is, you're an idiot if you post something private or meant for a select group of people), and you have the ability to use a pseudonym. Also, slashdot is a little more upfront about it:

We believe that discussions in Slashdot are like discussions in real life- you can't change what you say, you only can attempt to clarify by saying more. In other words, you can't delete a comment that you've posted, you only can post a reply to yourself and attempt to clarify what you've said.

In short, you should think twice before you click that 'Submit' button because once you click it, we aren't going to let you Undo it.

more than 2 years ago

Kelihos Botnet Comes Back To Life

Sparx139 Re:Expected (97 comments)

If you're running Firefox or Chrome (or any browser that allows greasemonkey scripts), you can install the moderatrix script to add a confirm button to Slashdot. It's saved me many a time

more than 2 years ago

Dutch ISPs Refuse To Block Pirate Bay

Sparx139 Re:in other words... (156 comments)

The 3 orgs I listed have more fingers in foreign pies than hentai monsters have tentacles

Ah, that made my day. Thanks for the chuckle

more than 2 years ago



Wikileaks DNS shut down

Sparx139 Sparx139 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Sparx139 (1460489) writes ", the DNS provider for Wikileaks, has terminated the domain name
The decision came as a result of the recent DDOS attack on, with EveryDNS attempting to protect their infrastructure and other clients from the attacks.

Wikileaks confirmed via twitter that has been "killed". The website can now be reached from"

Aussie minister's twitter slip-up

Sparx139 Sparx139 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Sparx139 (1460489) writes "New South Wales Opposition Leader Barry O'Farrell has fallen victim to the pitfalls of failing to check that a private message is in fact private. In what was apparently intended to be a private message to journalist Latika Bourke, O'Farrel referred to the newly-elected Prime Minister Julia Gillard as "the ranga" and gave his personal opinion on delays in preparing for the upcoming federal election. Before O'Farrel was able to delete the comment, it had already been re-tweeted."

Iran internet disrupted

Sparx139 Sparx139 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Sparx139 (1460489) writes "Iranian internet has recently been disrupted by an alleged cable cut in the lead up to the Feb. 11 anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. It looks like the government is afraid of protests being organized online, and has given no date for when internet access will be back to normal."
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Australian government wants mandatory filter

Sparx139 Sparx139 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Sparx139 writes "The Australian government plans to impose a mandatory filter at the ISP level on all Australian households. Our previous government attempted this, but gave up on it saying it was impossible. This government plans to go ahead with it anyway.) Needless to say, most Australians and our service providers are less than happy with the proposal. So far, the government has been keeping the legislation on stealth in an attempt to avoid critisizm. So far we know:

The proposed filter is in two parts: A mandatory filter which will block 'prohibited content' while the other will be opt-out (So,if you want out of the opt-out part of the filter, you basically have to contact the government and tell them that you want to look at stuff which could be a little suss).

The list of blacklisted sites will probably be secret. When "Electronic Frontiers Australia used the Freedom of Information Act to demanded documents related to the blacklisted sites in 2000, they received some of them. In 2003, the "Communications Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2002" was passed which exempted the documents from the Freedom of Information Act. (This was implemented by our former government, but it is still in place.)
Also, Stephen Conroy, the Minister for Broadband, Communication and the Digital Economy, has publicly compared any who criticize the plan to criminals who look at child pornography in a blatant attempt to silence criticism.

The government plans to target Instant Messaging, p2p networks and BitTorrent as well as http, falsely proclaiming that we have the technology to do it.

The preliminary tests show that one filter slowed down internet speed by 80%, at an average of 30%.

The filters blocked an average 3% of content which should have been allowed. So, out of every million web pages, 30,000 would be blocked.

On top of all this, anyone with any technical knowledge will know that this isn't viable:

The blacklist will eventually be leaked, creating a big direction to child porn or any other illegal content. Other countries who have put filters like this into affect (all of which are the likes of China and such, where there is no freedom of speech) have had leaks.

Anyone can easily get around any filter by using a proxy. This takes no technical skill at all. This plus the above comment means that the filter is going to do the opposite of its intention.

For anyone in America or anywhere else with decent internet, you need to understand something of our internet. We have crappy speeds (256kb/s is basic broadband), and it's capped. And expensive. My connection is 256kb/s, and we have a 20GB cap which if we hit, then our speed drops to 64kb/s. And it costs $60 a month. If this filter goes into place, our providers will have to upgrade their systems to run the filter, slowing down our speeds and raising prices, and knocking out all the small companies, removing the competition from the big players.

In short, it is a horrible piece of legislation that is just going to cause more problems without solving any existing ones."

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