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GCHQ Warns It Is Losing Track of Serious Criminals

bickerdyke Re:Yes? (191 comments)

Which is what the really clever criminals did even before Snowden.

5 hours ago
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GCHQ Warns It Is Losing Track of Serious Criminals

bickerdyke Yes? (191 comments)

a) They shouldn't have overdone the surveillance to an extent that made it neccessary to have a Snowden to restore protection of those who the three letter agencies are supposed to protect and

b) this is based on the fallacy that before Snowden, criminals did not know about the surveillance protocols. Well, obviously, SOME didn't know. But those criminals who managed to bribe or blackmail a someone on a Snowden-like position into sharing their Snowden-like knowledge wre never monitored by the GHCQ.

6 hours ago
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Major Security Vulnerabilities Uncovered At Frankfurt Airport

bickerdyke In other news: (82 comments)

OK, so according to that so called "newspaper" (I read TFA there yesterday) 50% of dangerous items were not recognized during security screening. But even with this terrible performance, no related incidents have been reported. In other words: This shows that there isn't a real danger that this security theater is protecting us from.

10 hours ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

bickerdyke Re:This is not the problem (662 comments)

Let's start a war!

Winifred Ames: Why Albania?

Conrad 'Connie' Brean: Why not?

Winifred Ames: What have they done to us?

Conrad 'Connie' Brean: What have they done FOR us? What do you know about them?

Winifred Ames: Nothing.

Conrad 'Connie' Brean: See? They keep to themselves. Shifty. Untrustable.

5 days ago
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Verizon "End-to-End" Encrypted Calling Includes Law Enforcement Backdoor

bickerdyke Re:Depends... (166 comments)

Telecom providers are required to make sure that any voice service they sell is compliant with CALEA

In that case, CALEA would effectively render end-to-end encryption illegal. So, IMHO, they should be hunted down by lawyers for either not complying with CELEA or for not offering what they advertise.

And remember that CALEA is not about mass wireless surveillance a la NSA but is actually about targeted recordings of specific individuals where there is probable cause enough to get a judge to sign off on the wiretap order. Very different things.

Indeed. But there's nothing that keeps the NSA from using the same interface, too. either by serving wiretap orders themselfs (decorated with a nice gag order) or by targetting the CELEA equipment.

5 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

bickerdyke Re:Under US Jurisdiction? (281 comments)

Long ago for that AC to forget about it.

And in a related note: If we have to discuss if and how to avoid supporting law enforcement, something went really, really wrong.

about a week ago
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Small Bank In Kansas Creates the Bank Account of the Future

bickerdyke Scoring? (156 comments)

What the heck would you need to impelemt scoring and risk assesment for a simple money transfer? That is what you have the trusted 3rd party for.

If I (Alice) want to transfer money to Bob, I instruct my bank to remove the sum from my account. (That's the step that needs to be authenticated, but not assessed by any credit score). Then my bank transfers that to the target bank. (I doubt credit score would help to safeguard that step and it should NOT be over public networks - if you can do an IP check at this step, something went wrong from the design phase)

And as a last step, they give the money to Bob (or his account) and I don't think either that for that it is neccessary or even helping, to check Bobs credit score or IP address. He is going to RECEIVE money.

Yes, things get a bit more complicated if you need Bob's small shop to trigger the money transaction from his customer Alice, but then again we don't need any checks of his credit history or his current dynamic IP address, but rather we need to check Alice's authentication.

about a week ago
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Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

bickerdyke Re:Under US Jurisdiction? (281 comments)

Thus far, the most popular way for companies to circumvent this pressure is to try and design encryption systems where they (the corporation) do not hold the ability to decrypt user data.

At that point, law enforcement can ask all they want, legally or otherwise.

The grey bearded nerds here may still remember the legend of yore about a company called lavabit and how they tried exactly that....

about a week ago
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Eric Schmidt: To Avoid NSA Spying, Keep Your Data In Google's Services

bickerdyke Re:Under US Jurisdiction? (281 comments)

Well, at least according to the summary, he never spoke of "safe". He said "safest" Big difference.

And I'd even go further and say that he might be right. Unless I'd go completly offline, I can't afford half the brainpower and expertise that Google buys for their datacenter to keep my desktop machine clean and safe. (to be honest. I couldn't afford hiring a single person from their security department)

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can a Felon Work In IT?

bickerdyke Re:America, land of the free... (720 comments)

There is no easy and there is no hard, there is only the competition for the position.

He usually will be competing not agains a person, but against the possible employer company whining that they need more H1-B Visas because they can't fill the position with domestic employees.

Proving skills is pretty easy in IT, do free stuff for FOSS (free open source software) because if you efforts are good enough you can quite readily gain public recognition by the people you most want to impress. So demonstrate skill by picking the most appropriate FOSS project and then start doing the hard grind to demonstrate your skills, not only will you practise you skills amongst peers who will help and instruct you but you will get to know the right people who will help you get a job or even employ you.

Uhm yes. Hans Reiser showed that first you do FOSS development, and THEN commit a felony... OK, bad jokes aside, his problem will be to find time between the three burger flipping jobs he has to to, to actually do something meaningful for any FOSS project.

about two weeks ago
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UK Announces 'Google Tax'

bickerdyke Re:Great (602 comments)

I agree with the problem that Lawrence_bird noticed: a state deciding to NOT take all of your money is not exactly giving a "tax break"

But there is another problem: You don't need countries to actually GIVE a tax break: Unfair tax advantages might be created by simple differences between tax systems that are fair and balanced within themselves.

about three weeks ago
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UK Announces 'Google Tax'

bickerdyke Re:Great (602 comments)

That held true for maybe the car companies of yore but does not help the economy if a) the relation between jobs created and revenue gets out of hands (just stick with the google example: we here have rather few engineers responsible for the ernings of one of the worlds biggest companies) and b) the jobs created aren't in the same country where the revenue is created.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft's Age-Old Image Library 'Clip Art' Is No More

bickerdyke Re:Another feature replaced with tracking (110 comments)

I'm concerned about the Bing filter not working (or people maliciously manipulating their pages into being displayed as CC when Bing searches it) and then being sued. With the current clipart library, I knew it came with a licencse to be used.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft's Age-Old Image Library 'Clip Art' Is No More

bickerdyke Re:Copyright Infringement (110 comments)

And any company with a brain in theirl legal department will add an additional filter to filter out those. At least the advantage of the CC licences is that they are machine readable. (ok. "readable" is a bit misleading. Can be represented by a combination of machine readable flags)

But still, with the old clipart, you knew that the images belonged to the Offce package and you were fine to include them into documents generated with that office package. (same for Corel Draw. No one bought that for the actual software but rather the clipart library!)

You now have at least to think about licences. (Like checking for the "sharealike" flag that sums up the "viral" part of the CC)

No, for most people out there it's more like they WOULD HAVE to think about licences, but rather are enforced in their believe that what comes up in Bing (or Google) image search is public domain. Or else it wouldn't be on the interweb!

about three weeks ago
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Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

bickerdyke Re:China wants in on this deal too (193 comments)

And the US wants everyone to keep all the information and let the NSA have access to it no matter where it resides.

That's at least not hypocritical until they are acting surprised that China wants to do the same.

Oh wait... they did that when they declared that "cyper attacks" are considered as hostile as regular military attacks. Wow, I'm glad that no one actually measures them by what they say....

about three weeks ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

bickerdyke Re:Good luck with that (481 comments)

We could send them through something called "training" before we let them loose on the streets. Where can I collect my Nobel Prize?

about a month ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

bickerdyke Sad (481 comments)

Just in one word. sad.

about a month ago
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It's Not Developers Slowing Things Down, It's the Process

bickerdyke Re:Nope... Nailed It (186 comments)

As a dev myself, I'm absolutely fine working with vague specs. As long as my manager accepts a few iterations for fine tuning. And considering the time that is spent for planning the smallest of details, that may even be more productive.

Just don't give vague specs and complain about not sticking to them exactly.

about 1 month ago

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Telecommunications data retention unconstitutional

bickerdyke bickerdyke writes  |  more than 4 years ago

bickerdyke (670000) writes "The highest german court ruled this morning that the advance retention of telecommunications data is unconstitutional. Collected data has to be deleted immedeatly.

Comming into effect January 2009, telephone and internet providers had to store information about each and every telephone, internet or email connection for 6 months. 35,000 people sued against that law at the Bundesverfassungsgericht

Article in german: http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Karlsruhe-kippt-Vorratsdatenspeicherung-2-Update-943695.html
Press release: http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/pressemitteilungen/bvg10-008.html"

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