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Australia Moves Toward New Restrictions On Technology Export and Publication

countach Re:The right to be presumed innocent? (90 comments)

"The police can set up a road-block and demand that drivers provide a breath test and proof of their license at any time. Isn't that a presumption of guilt rather than innocence?"

Not really, it's just a requirement to be subject to testing. Like if there is a rule saying you have to take your car to the mechanic once a year to test the brakes and indicators, it's not presuming anything about you being guilty.

"The taxman can deliver an assessment that says you owe $xxxxx in taxes and you are presumed to be guilty unless you can prove you don't owe that much in tax."

Well, that's not a criminal issue. There is no presumption bias in civil matters.

"Here in NZ, Kim Dotcom (love him or hate him) has had his assets seized and was incarcerated at the US government's whim"

Last I checked he is not incarcerated, and most of those assets were seized by the US, not NZ, but I take your point.

3 days ago
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Australia Moves Toward New Restrictions On Technology Export and Publication

countach Re:Innovative sheepdips (90 comments)

Yeah, I think the Chinese already have found out about wi-fi.

3 days ago
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Grinch Vulnerability Could Put a Hole In Your Linux Stocking

countach Re:Uh Oh (116 comments)

Well pretty much all vulnerabilities can be solved by updating the web front end. But shellshock was pretty much as bad as it gets, because it was extremely widely deployed in web servers, and so simple to exploit that even your mother could do it. It doesn't get worse than that.

3 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

countach Re: Don't worry guys... (876 comments)

Perhaps it will stop happening here, but it will still happen in the middle east. It's not like the middle east is a peaceful place without the west butting in. The Muslims have still got plenty to do blowing each other up.

about a week ago
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Apple DRM Lawsuit Might Be Dismissed: Plaintiffs Didn't Own Affected iPods

countach Re:Lawyers not doing their homework (141 comments)

I would have thought if you were launching a class action suit where each potential litigant had only a tiny damage, that you would have hundreds of candidates up front. If you can only find 2 people, and each of them has coming to them.. oh what $50, and even they don't own the right iPod, how good was this suit?

about two weeks ago
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The Fastest Camera Ever Made Captures 100 Billion Frames Per Second

countach Re: faster-than-light propagation of non-informati (122 comments)

Other things can travel faster than light relative to each other, from your view point, but nothing can travel faster than light relative to you.

An obvious example, aim 2 torches at each other. From your viewpoint, the light approaches the light of the other torch at 2x light speed. There are many examples like that, and they don't break relativity.

about two weeks ago
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UK Announces 'Google Tax'

countach Algorithm (602 comments)

I'm not sure what Britain has in mind, but I've long argued for a system like this. Say Apple does business in my country. Say they do 6% of their global business and revenue in my country. OK, then whatever profits Apple makes world wide throughout their empire throughout all associated companies, you've got to pay tax in my country on 6% of it.

If you want to argue that for whatever reason the product mix of sales in my country is lower margin than your global business because the product mix is different, ok fine, but the onus would be on you to demonstrate that, and the level of proof required would be high.

about three weeks ago
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MasterCard Rails Against Bitcoin's (Semi-)Anonymity

countach Re:Digital (111 comments)

True, although national currencies are unlikely to fail. Governments will tax their citizens in the local currency, so there is incentive for people to earn the local currency, which means there is incentive to work for the local currency. Only gross incompetence by a government can screw up this natural system. The basis for bitcoin having value however is much more tenuous.

about three weeks ago
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Bad Lockup Bug Plagues Linux

countach Re:What's happening to Linux? (257 comments)

Well... there's no walled garden on the Mac side. Nevertheless I used to cringe at the thought of leaving Linux. Then I just got sick of dealing with all that crap of stuff breaking all the time, and I had better things to do than spend a whole night till 2am finding out why the latest update broke something. So I learned to stop worrying and love the Apple.

about three weeks ago
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CERN Releases LHC Data

countach 3 years? (42 comments)

It’s laudible that they release it after 3 years, but then rather reprehensible that they are so scared that someone else might discover something faster than them, and they don’t release it straight away.

about three weeks ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

countach Revolutionary (454 comments)

This could definitely be revolutionary, and governments on the cusp of spending large amounts of money on conventional transport like rail, should be cautious, because they could end up buying a white elephant. I know a lot of people think this is alarmist, but anybody who underestimates the significance of this revolution, should not be making decisions in government.

about a month ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

countach Re:Flawed, 'cos... (454 comments)

Yes, but rush hour might be reduced if the pod vehicles could hold a dozen people with optimised routes to pick up people that live within a few hundred metres of you and are going to the same location. Rush hour might be reduced to a trickle and the pods might get recycled a lot quicker than you think. Nobody knows how this could play out.

about a month ago
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Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

countach Re:Interesting though not to be overinterpreted (252 comments)

Those are valid questions, but the results seem to fit the generally emerging consensus that fat doesn't make you fat or do you harm. Until someone gets a counter result, that seems to be the reality.

about a month ago
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Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

countach Re:"Low food" doesn't work either (252 comments)

You can't really compare what is good for an athlete to what is good for the rest of us couch potatoes.

about a month ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

countach Everest (594 comments)

Yes it's stupid.... but its no more stupid than all the stupid idiots who climb everest at significant expense.... a significant number of which never come back.

about a month and a half ago
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Virginia Court: LEOs Can Force You To Provide Fingerprint To Unlock Your Phone

countach Re:Get the Best of Both Worlds (328 comments)

For the iPhone, it's 5 failed attempts.

about 2 months ago
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Virginia Court: LEOs Can Force You To Provide Fingerprint To Unlock Your Phone

countach Re:Timeout (328 comments)

Also, 5 failed attempts and you are locked out. So if you can rub off your fingerprints, by the time they grow back, they are out of luck. Or if you can fool the police into trying the wrong finger until it fails 5 times, you are ok.

Oh the other hand, we've heard it can be hacked with some sticky tape copies of your prints. So some clever police might still win.

about 2 months ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

countach Re: Computer Missues Act 1990 (572 comments)

Ever since Compaq made the first IBM clone back in the 80s, the entire industry is built on cloning at the functional level, which sounds like what is going on here.

If a court could establish that this code was designed to deliberately written to damage hardware, that's a lot different to merely failing to make their code work with clones.

about 2 months ago
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Adobe: Click-to-Play Would Have Avoided Flood of Java Zero-days

countach Re:What about in house applets? (111 comments)

You seem to be confusing some very different issues: Java code running in J2EE on servers, and users running Java applications on their client machines.

For sure Oracle totally screwed up their client machine warnings to users, and I'm still not convinced they have got it right, its nearly impossible to understand Oracle's documentation or make it work as advertised.

On the other hand, servers aren't particularly vulnerable to most of these exploits because they assume you already have the ability to run the code in question. J2EE servers don't let just anyone run code.

about 2 months ago

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iCloud security disasters.

countach countach writes  |  about two weeks ago

countach (534280) writes "Apparently Apple's attempts to avoid more nude celebrity leaks has caused Apple to to change their security so that attempts to hack your account can cause you to lose your iTunes account despite you having your password and other trusted IOS devices to authenticate from. Apple's attempt to stop your entire digital life getting stolen is causing people to lose their entire digital life, and they seem to think this is an improvement. Wasn't two factor supposed to solve this? And why can't Apple recover according to their own policies?"

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