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NSW Police Named as FinFisher Spyware Users

ewieling Re:Bwahahahah! (73 comments)

Disclaimer: I have a female cousin who has served in the Victorian police for over 3 decades. I'm not claiming all Aussie cops are saints, but certainly the vast majority have their heart in the right place and are doing a tough job as best they can.

How do you tell the corrupt ones from the non-corrupt ones? You can't. I follow the example of law enforcement and assume they are guilty until proven innocent.

about a week ago
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Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches: Child Porn Conviction Overturned

ewieling Re:How to get off scott free for any crime: (286 comments)

If law enforcement doesn't want these sorts of things to happen they can stop doing illegal searches and illegal surveillance. Problem solved.

We have gone from "It is better that ten guilty men go free than that one innocent man be convicted." to "It is better that ten innocent men get convicted than to let one guilty man go free".

It is disgusting.

about a week ago
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Verizon Pays $7.4 Million To Settle FCC Privacy Investigation

ewieling Re:So nice to see the FCC focusing on the big issu (50 comments)

I can't tell if you are being sarcastic or are simply an idiot. I understand the desperate desire for some part, any part of government to protect privacy, but no matter how much you wish, the FCC was NOT created to protect "consumer freedom in the marketplace". One could argue the FCC prevented "consumer freedom in the marketplace" in the area of telephony by creating a telecom monopoly aka AT&T for around 40 years. The FCC was created by the Communications Act of 1934. To quote Wikipedia:

The stated purposes of the Act are "regulating interstate and foreign commerce in communication by wire and radio so as to make available, so far as possible, to all the people of the United States a rapid, efficient, nationwide, and worldwide wire and radio communication service with adequate facilities at reasonable charges, for the purpose of the national defense, and for the purpose of securing a more effective execution of this policy by centralizing authority theretofore granted by law to several agencies and by granting additional authority with respect to interstate and foreign commerce in wire and radio communication, there is hereby created a commission to be known as the 'Federal Communications Commission', which shall be constituted as hereinafter provided, and which shall execute and enforce the provisions of this Act."

about three weeks ago
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MetaFilter Founder Says Vacation Firm Forged Court Docs To Scotch Review

ewieling Re:Do not ever (116 comments)

At far as I can tell the clock starts ticking on the 7 year statute of limitations when the debt is written off, NOT when it was incurred.

about three weeks ago
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CenturyLink: Comcast Is Trying To Prevent Competition In Its Territories

ewieling Re:what's wrong with cherry picking? (110 comments)

If it took 10 years for Comcast to provide internet service to the *entire* city, then CenturyLink should have 10 years to do the same. Seems fair to me.

about a month ago
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Systems That Can Secretly Track Where Cellphone Users Go Around the Globe

ewieling Watch Back (76 comments)

"Any tin-pot dictator with enough money to buy the system could spy on people anywhere in the world," said Eric King

Any tin-pot dictator or any person with enough money.
Governments love that surveillance technology is getting cheaper and cheaper. What they fail to understand is the same technologies are getting cheaper and cheaper for *everyone*. Mobile phone videos of police, customer service call recordings, etc are already starting to make a difference. There isn't much we can do to stop government surveillance, the best we can hope for is being able to surveil back at them.

about a month ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

ewieling Re:Institutional hypocrisy (186 comments)

I think forcing Europe to create their own search engine is a good idea. Why should they depend on an American company for search?

about 2 months ago
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

ewieling Re:No public drug use (474 comments)

By the time you reach secondary school (high-school) you start to realize that everyone from your parents to your church to your school to your government has been lying to you, at least in some part. You start to distrust authority and the government and don't believe them even when they are telling the truth. If authority says marujuana has "no medical use and a highest potential for addiction" and you know that is not true, maybe they are lying about vaccines being safe? If they lied to you about masturbation, maybe they lied to you about STDs? If the authorities continue to lie, the citizens will continue to not believe anything they say.
 

about 2 months ago
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Chinese State Media Declares iPhone a Threat To National Security

ewieling Re:Retaliation for our treatment of Huawei and ZTE (143 comments)

I had the opposite experience. CyanogenMod and AKOP used battery at such a rate my phone actually got warm when sitting on the desk doing nothing. That combined with crashing once a day or so made me go back to the carrier's firmware.

about 2 months ago
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Chinese State Media Declares iPhone a Threat To National Security

ewieling Re:Seriously, an iphone? (143 comments)

<blockquote>the smartphone that isn't capable of actively tracking a person is?</blockquote>

Answer: The cellphone you left at home or the cellphone which is powered off. It may be inconvenient to not have a cellphone available at all times, but it is not impossible.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unattended Maintenance Windows?

ewieling Ansible (265 comments)

We use Ansible, it seems to fit well with our needs, but others use Puppet or Chef.

about 2 months ago
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DHS Mistakenly Releases 840 Pages of Critical Infrastructure Documents

ewieling Re:Does anyone get the impression.. (50 comments)

My hope is the "do-baders" spend so much time keeping things secret they have difficulty "doing bad".

about 2 months ago
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Australian Police Use Telcos For Cell "Tower Dump" of All Connected Users' Data

ewieling Just say NO! (60 comments)

This sort of thing is why I seldom carry a cellphone anymore.

about 2 months ago
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Time Warner Sells Telecom Business to Level 3

ewieling Re:"Media Distribution" is now telecom? (38 comments)

Because TW Telecom has "more than 27,000 route miles of fiber and over 16,000 "on-net" commercial buildings connected. "

about 3 months ago
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Google Fiber Is Officially Making Its Way To Portland

ewieling Re:Government shakedown (153 comments)

How about because of equal protection before the law? The government should be negotiating on behalf of all the people it represents.

"The most common type of tax-exempt nonprofit organization falls under category 501(c)(3), whereby a nonprofit organization is exempt from federal income tax if its activities have the following purposes: charitable, religious, educational, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering amateur sports competition, or preventing cruelty to children or animals. " from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5...

When consulting I would often do work at discount rates for a medical clinic which had a sliding scale fee setup and for a law group which defended death penalty cases for indigent clients.

Non-profits do a lot of good stuff, people should help them. Stop being so miserly.

about 3 months ago
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Credit Card Breach At P.F. Chang's

ewieling Re:Restaurants etc. (117 comments)

I do similar things. Yes, it can help prevent credit card fraud and the hassle associated with it, but I am far more concerned about the privacy implications of using plastic for everything.

about 3 months ago
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US Marshals Seize Police Stingray Records To Keep Them From the ACLU

ewieling Re:Embarrassing info, or are the feds just idiots? (272 comments)

I suspect data related to ongoing investigtions would be excluded from an FIOA request and as such would not require censorship by the feds.

about 4 months ago
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AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

ewieling Re: 50MB = 750$ (321 comments)

Sprint is as incompetent as AT&T is evil. Don't think for a moment Sprint won't destroy T-Mobile.

about 4 months ago
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AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

ewieling Re:50MB = 750$ (321 comments)

In the USA T-Mobile a reasonable carrier. I don't know about the rest of the world.

about 4 months ago
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AT&T To Use Phone Geolocation To Prevent Credit Card Fraud

ewieling Re:Or call your credit card company ... (228 comments)

A number of years ago I informed my bank I would be traveling outside the country and which dates I would be gone. On the way to the airport I stopped at the ATM to take out money. It ate my card because I had not left yet. Thankfully, I was at a branch of my bank so they could give my card back immediatly. If I had been at another bank's ATM I'd have been screwed.

Never, ever, ever, ever trust a bank to do the right thing.

about 4 months ago

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