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Cameron Says People Radicalized By Free Speech; UK ISPs Agree To Censor Button

TheP4st Re:The UK doesn't have freedom of speech (316 comments)

but free speech itself is still alive and well

Not as well as it used to be, and if corporations continue having the influence over lawmakers they have today things are going to get much worse before getting better. For an example look into the so called food libel lawsfood libel laws and for examples of how these laws effectively have made people cautious to the extreme in bringing forward even the most modest of criticisms, watch the documentary Food, Inc.

about a week ago
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A nasty Trojan/virus from China for Apple devices

TheP4st Capable of infecting non-jailbroken devices (1 comments)

What the submitter missed mentioning is that this is the first known malware found in the wild that is capable of installing 3rd party applications on iOS devices that have not been jailbroken. The path of infection is that a user install trojanized software on a machine running OSX then connects an iOS device to the computer with USB.
In the last half year 467 OS X applications on a third party Mac application store have been trojanized and downloaded over 356,104 times, how many iOS devices that have been infected through these is any ones guess.

Original source: http://researchcenter.paloalto...

about two weeks ago
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CHP Officers Steal, Forward Nude Pictures From Arrestee Smartphones

TheP4st Re:Prison time (275 comments)

Unfortunately I have, and each time I get reminded of this appalling practice I take a deep breath of relief in the knowledge that I am not a US resident.

about a month ago
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Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

TheP4st Re:And so therefor it follows and I quote (353 comments)

The question at hand is whether the software is free, which it is if you obtain it via the download link found here. Whether you can install it legally on non-apple hardware or not is not relevant to the context but since you asked; doing so is in breach with their EULA and at least in the US courts have reached the conclusion that even selling Hackintosh friendly hardware is illegal when done in the manner that Psystar used to do when they provided the OS asa bundle together with their hardware. http://www.lockergnome.com/osx...

about a month ago
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CHP Officers Steal, Forward Nude Pictures From Arrestee Smartphones

TheP4st Re:Copyright laws? (275 comments)

Pigs are intelligent, social animals that also happens to be the source bacon. I take deep offence in your comparing these fine animals with 2nd rate humans that clearly are lacking in intelligence, fail in social skills and cannot even be used as a source for bacon.

about a month ago
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FBI Warns Industry of Chinese Cyber Campaign

TheP4st Re:It's time to start a trade war. (106 comments)

My intention were not to lump everyone in the US together which is why I used the term 'muricans which in the context refer to a specific category, namely the ones that blindly believe everything uttered by the likes of Glenn Beck or whatever the flavour of right wing pundit is nowadays in other words the same ones that think it is perfectly fine when NSA use undercover agents in foreign corporations but cry foul when other nations have the audacity to do the same.
And at no point did I attempt to change the opinion of the OP as I quite frankly believe that anyone that someone who voice a belief that extreme is beyond reason, or a troll. In either case reason and logic is failed cause, thus I vented my frustration rather than attempted to fuel some innate sense of superiority as you suggest.

about a month ago
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FBI Warns Industry of Chinese Cyber Campaign

TheP4st Re:It's time to start a trade war. (106 comments)

Free trade doesn't work if both sides are not playing the same game.

Right, the US would never consider spying on Chinese companies and government branches. /sarcasm
I like to believe that you are just trolling, but based on the inane world view frequently voiced by 'muricans online it is very hard to tell.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

TheP4st Re: Are you patenting software? (224 comments)

And also the abuses of software patents cause economic harm that FAR outweighs the benefits.

Indeed, just look at all the productivity that goes to waste whenever /. posts an article containing the word patent. In a nanosecond hordes of well paid tech professionals stop coding, innovating and creating just to read through all 389 posts and post a couple of their own. By the time they are done posting others have posted too, generating a whole bunch of new posts that have to be read and replied to, severely delaying the calculation of the Ultimate question

about a month ago
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Department of Defense May Give Private Cloud Vendors Access To Top Secret Data

TheP4st Re:Outrage (60 comments)

Lockheed Martin storing F-35 design data make sense. They build it which would be quite hard without access to the design data. Company XYZ storing DoD data that they have not created, do not contribute to or work with is poor security and will increase the possibiliy of another Snowden scenario happening which is plainly idiotic from a security perspective.

about a month and a half ago
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Brits Must Trade Digital Freedoms For Safety, Says Crime Agency Boss

TheP4st Re:No (264 comments)

If you aren't doing anything illegal online (pirating, illegal pornography, planning terrorism) these laws won't affect you.

The problem with that is that what can label someone as a person of interest with subsequent consequences as ending up a no-fly list often is nothing more than very vague connections to a suspected terrorist, visiting a site or video deemed illegal etc, for an example look at this statement from the London Metropolitan police:

The MPS Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) is investigating the contents of the video that was posted online in relation to the alleged murder of James Foley. We would like to remind the public that viewing, downloading or disseminating extremist material within the UK may constitute an offence under Terrorism legislation.

The Metropolitan police are unable to currently name the law that citizens could be arrested under for watching the video that depicts the beheading of photojournalist James Wright Foley, despite earlier releasing a statement that said any British nationals watching the video could be committing a criminal offence.

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140820/12004128267/theres-reasonable-debate-to-be-had-about-showing-james-foley-beheading-video-claiming-its-illegal-to-watch-is-ridiculous.shtml

If you can't even know what is deemed illegal or not how can you be expected to act within the law?

about a month and a half ago
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When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

TheP4st Re:May not take apart? What? (175 comments)

I grant you that I indeed could have worded that better. You are entirely correct that phones of today do more power intensive tasks than they did back then, causing greater drain on the batteries. But that does in no way invalidate the point I were trying to make; that there are very good arguments for being able to easily swap batteries and that apart from the "ooh... shiny" factor there are absolutely none for non-swappable ones as the only real benefit is that manufacturers can shave off a couple of tenths of millimetres of thickness and easier create a seamless design. Neither of which have any usability benefit with the possible exception of hipsters with jeans so tight they do need that extra tenth of an millimeter to fit it into the pocket.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

TheP4st Re:From what I've heard... (120 comments)

You are confusing Apple with their customers.

about 2 months ago
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When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

TheP4st Re:Like most appliances for the past 40 years? (175 comments)

You mean, just like basically every electric appliance ever made for the past, what?, 40 years?

That explains why my Marantz amplifier from 1980 (which I still use) came with a circuit diagram that I will consult in a near future to fix a low frequency hum that started occurring a few weeks ago after 34 years of flawless sound reproduction. oh wait...

about 2 months ago
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When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

TheP4st Re:May not take apart? What? (175 comments)

In the mid-late 90's it were not uncommon that mobiles were sold with an extra battery and charging station that charged both the battery in the phone and the spare one I know this might sound a bit like dark magic to some iPhone users but I assure you that it isn't, more than once did I favor one with this over another that required me to buy these extras separately. I could easily swap batteries if needed, and this were in the days when one charge actually would last for days in difference from today where users look for apps and tweaks to conserve battery power just to make it last from morning 'till evening. One would expect that with smartphones and their relatively poor ability to hold a charge this would be even more important today. But, apparently many people just go "Ooh... shiny" then spend a great deal of their time whining over how they cannot make their charge last even one working day. A battery that require special tools to replace is hardly a convenient solution to this, one that you can replace by snapping off a lid is.

about 2 months ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

TheP4st Re:Think of the children (354 comments)

Apple has announced that it has designed its new operating system, iOS8, to thwart lawful search warrants.

The piece opens with a blatant lie.

Apple may not have designed it to thwart lawful search warrants but they certainly market it that way.

On devices running iOS 8, your personal data such as photos, messages (including attachments), email, contacts, call history, iTunes content, notes, and reminders is placed under the protection of your passcode. Unlike our competitors, Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data. So it's not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8.

Source: https://www.apple.com/privacy/...

about 2 months ago
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NSA Metadata Collection Gets 90-Day Extension

TheP4st Re:OMG, THE TERRORISTS WILL WIN!!!!!! (73 comments)

take away our bacon cheese burgers and beer and NFL/NBA/MLB and get rid of all the booze like prohibition and make everyone bow to Mecca five times a day and keep girls from walking around in shorts because you know THEY HATE OUR FREEDOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You got it all wrong it never were about hate of our freedom, it is a genuine concern about the obesity problem the US is having and they figure dietary restrictions, exercise 5 times a day greatly would improve the issue, and fat asses in too tiny shorts... Well, most of us rather not see that.

about 2 months ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

TheP4st Re:Can we have a little more hysteria please? (363 comments)

Is that really so outrageous that it justifies an entire Slashdot hatethread?

Yes. No-one should not have to provide "legitimate explanations" about their internet usage on such flimsy criteria.

about 2 months ago

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Police use WhatsApp for surveillance operations, share intel with civilian.

TheP4st TheP4st writes  |  about 9 months ago

TheP4st (1164315) writes "A group of Swedish police officers thought it a good idea to use WhatsApp as a work tool for surveillance operations, the officer that set up their chat group mistyped one of the phone numbers to mistakenly include a civilian IT teacher. Once the teacher informed authorities about the mistake it took more than 24 hours before he stopped receiving sensitive case information that included criminal records excerpts, passport photos and communications between surveillance teams tailing suspects.

When confronted by Computer Sweden (article in Swedish) the officer responsible for setting up the group say "I know this server is not located in Sweden and that one cannot share every kind of information" Yet it took less than an hour from that the group were set up that the teacher started getting sensitive intel on suspects. The only mobile chat medium approved for sensitive information is Blackberry, and this initiative by a small group of officers happened as they do not have access to Blackberry handsets which are considered too expensive.

Article in English"
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Trade in your iPhone at Microsoft store for in-store credit.

TheP4st TheP4st writes  |  about a year ago

TheP4st (1164315) writes "Forbes report that: "According to an inside source at Microsoft, Microsoft Stores will begin giving a minimum $200 in-store credit (as a Windows Store gift card) for iPhones on Friday as part of its “#timetoswitch” campaign, obviously hoping consumers will use the cash to buy a Windows Phone. For the past few weeks, Microsoft has been running a similar trade-in campaign""
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EU Parliament censors citizens trying to contact MEPs

TheP4st TheP4st writes  |  about a year and a half ago

TheP4st (1164315) writes "Pirate Party European Parliament MEP Christian Engström writes that "Next week the European parliament will be voting on a resolution to ”ban all forms of pornography in media”. After this information became known to a wider audience, many citizens have decided to contact members of the European parliament to express their views on this issue.
This is absolutely excellent. Citizens engaging actively in the democratic process is a very positive thing, at least in my opinion. Before noon, some 350 emails had arrived in my office.
But around noon, these mails suddenly stopped arriving. When we started investigating why this happened so suddenly, we soon found out:
The IT department of the European Parliament is blocking the delivery of the emails on this issue, after some members of the parliament complained about getting emails from citizens."

Related story: http://yro.slashdot.org/story/13/03/07/1733211/eu-to-vote-on-proposal-that-could-ban-on-all-online-pornography"

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Man threatened with arrest for Transformer T-shirt

TheP4st TheP4st writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TheP4st (1164315) writes "Brad Jayakody was threatened with arrest at the Heathrow Airport for wearing a T-shirt depicting the Transformer Megatron holding a gun. Jayakody said the guard gave him the option of changing his shirt or facing arrest for the "offensive" image. "It's a 40-foot tall cartoon robot with a gun as an arm," Jayakody said. "There is no way this shirt is offensive in any way, and what, I'm going to use the shirt to pretend I have a gun?"
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EU collection of racial and ethnical data.

TheP4st TheP4st writes  |  more than 7 years ago

TheP4st writes "The European Parliament adopted an own-initiative report on the application of the Racial Equality Directive of 2000 with 500 votes in favour, 46 against and 24 abstentions. MEPs believe more needs to be done to implement the directive in full, notably on issues such as legal redress, the burden of proof in racial discrimination cases, awareness-raising, data collection and the independence of anti-discrimination bodies. Directive 2000/43/EC known as the Racial Equality Directive, was due to be implemented by all Member States by 19 July 2003. The directive was revolutionary at the time of its adoption because it did not limit protection against discrimination to the area of employment but also covers social security, education and access to housing. However, according to the draft report of the Civil Liberties Committee, authored by Kathalijne Buitenweg (Greens/EFA, NL), questions remain as to the directive's real impact. Not all Member States have fully implemented it in their national law. Not many cases are brought to court, which the rapporteur believes may be due to the length and complexity of the procedures. Proving discrimination is notoriously difficult, and the directive's rules on the burden of proof have not been properly applied in some Member States. Data on race and ethnicity — a useful tool, despite concerns The collecting of sensitive data, which could be needed to establish indirect discrimination or to assess the extent of discrimination in society, continues to raise concerns and fears in many Member States. The committee "underlines that additional guarantees should be provided for data on race and ethnicity, as these data could be diverted and used for other purposes in the justice and home affairs field" but it does believe such data — for example, statistics on racist crime and on employment — are needed as a tool to combat discrimination."

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