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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

ktetch-pirate Re:Le no (417 comments)

indeed it is http://ktetch.co.uk/2014/09/co... . I wrote that by approaching the matter the same way I did the claim of Comcast screwing with Bittorrent in 07. I found they were doing it in 07 (which led to TorrentFreak, who I work for, publishing about it, then the AP and EFF checking my results, and then the FCC starting the whole Net Neutrality thing). Not the case here, and there's no substantiation, and a lot of internal contradiction in the telling, as well as spouting absolute crap (the 6-strikes thing)

4 days ago
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Nominet Compromising UK WHOIS Privacy, Wants To See Gov't-Issued ID

ktetch-pirate Re:this should apply to all domains worldwide (71 comments)

whaa work is so hard

And yeah, who eneds privacy because it makes some 'investigator's job hard. I'm pretty sure we can knock crime on the head if we throw privacy out of the window and abolish pesky things like 'search warrants'.
In fact, let's do just what you say in meatspace - lets lock down cities, and then send squads of cops door-to-door in every town. We'll clean up the 'crime' that's there, and there won't have to do any petty investigating. orangina's all around!

The issue is not fake domain info. The issue is legally acceptable information in the UK (pseudonym not used for the purpose of deception - all your 'reasons' involve deception), and then some 'verification' which doesn't mean 'trying to contact (because hot damn! when they did that, it worked) but means matching entry on their database, with entry on another database they've paid for (and if you're not in their paid database, then it's government ID NOW or else.

Nominet had my home address for 2 years. no problems. any legal requirement to contact me beyond what was on the contact page (which had email and phone) could be dealt with via the standard legal way (such as a simple norwich pharmacal order) or via the authorities asking nicely.

it's just like the license plate, Can you show me where I can look up your name and home address online, for free, with just your license plate? You can't? Oh. Why's that? Because anyone with a significant reason to know would have reason to involve an authority that could find out, eh? Amazing.

TL;dr - you're lazy, and you want to make things for everyone else worse, because it makes your job a little easier. How nice of you to decide that being able to relax at your job is more important than my desire not to be SWATed, because I discussed my run-in with convicted hacker Jeremy Hammond and annoyed his supporters by shattering their illusions (I've actually done that, and yes his supporters have actively pizza-bombed people who spoke against him last year)

about 3 months ago
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Nominet Compromising UK WHOIS Privacy, Wants To See Gov't-Issued ID

ktetch-pirate Re:Nominet is typical British hypocrisy. (71 comments)

I was first told that stuff by their 'front line' staff (who turned out to have only worked for Nominet since March, all her pervious work was working in clothing stores, or as a hairdresser, except for a brief period as a software salesperson (her public linkedin profile is at the bottom of the 3rd link)

That quote is by their 'second level' support, who took over the issue at the direction of the acting customer service head, following my complaint.

It was reiterated by the acting head of customer services in emails this week.

If it had been one person, sure, I can see it. It was 3, a newbie, a long term senior support, and the executive in charge of support.
That puts it very much in the 'deliberate' category. More goalpost moving than in a Dolly Sisters v Dimwell Shove.

about 3 months ago
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Nominet Compromising UK WHOIS Privacy, Wants To See Gov't-Issued ID

ktetch-pirate Re:TFA's a bit long - can't find ref to passport! (71 comments)

read the last link, Anyway, Nominet is demanding ID to 'validate' names, even though under UK law, pseudonyms not designed to deceive are legal for use, else they sieze the domains. They do this despite accepting the pseudnym and the legal right to use one in the UK, and the identity of the person in the case (me)
Basically, if you have a UK domain, and they can't 'verify' you in the big brother databases, you got to send them ID now.

about 3 months ago
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Nominet Compromising UK WHOIS Privacy, Wants To See Gov't-Issued ID

ktetch-pirate Re:Nominet is typical British hypocrisy. (71 comments)

The main problem is the constant 'goal shifting'. First it was because there was a widget link to Amazon for my book
I disabled it Then it was "I had google adverts". I disabled them. Then I had 'lots of links to trading sites" and "email subscription module" And then I filed a complaint for being absurd, and so the next morning they published my home address. UK Gov calls a business anything that makes a profit. It also accepts that hobbies can bring in some money, but when it becomes profitable, then it's not a business and is a hobby. Nominet calls a site commercial based on the "I'll know it when I see it" standard, with an extremist mindset.To quote the 'senior Nominet Customer advisor' who was chosen to deal with this case,

I would like to agree with a point you raised 'pretty much ANY website is a 'trading website''. This is the case and it's rare that a .uk domain name is able to opt-out of having their address details displayed.

It's the same as indecency. What's acceptable to one, may be offensive to another. Should we go to the extremist view, 'skin showing is indecent' to appease the extremists, or should things reflect societal norms? Like 'all skin is indecent', anything involving anything commercial, even at one remove, makes this site commercial' is an extremist view. Does linking to your twitter profile, or a facebook page make you 'commercial'? Just read a good book, and wanted to share that on your site, with a link to where you can buy it means you're a business? Nominet says so. is that normal in the current state of society?

about 3 months ago
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Nominet Compromising UK WHOIS Privacy, Wants To See Gov't-Issued ID

ktetch-pirate Re:the internet is growing up (71 comments)

So very very true sir. Those who call for an end to privacy, usually have something to gain from it. A functioning society requires elements of privacy, or it will become dysfunctional.

about 3 months ago
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Nominet Compromising UK WHOIS Privacy, Wants To See Gov't-Issued ID

ktetch-pirate Re:Seems Prudent (71 comments)

Except that any personal site HAS to have their 'correct info' there, and any hint of 'commercialism' (such as linking to 'trading sites') and that private info - your home address - is now going to be published. I bet no-one can see absolutely ANYTHING wrong with that at all.... like pizza-bombing or SWATing (SO19-ing?) someone. Because that never EVER happens.

about 3 months ago
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MPAA Executive Tampers With Evidence In Piracy Case

ktetch-pirate Or as it's otherwise known... (156 comments)

"MPAA evidence" because it's all made up and fact/reality light

about a year ago
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New York Passes Landmark Gun Law

ktetch-pirate Re:Seems perfectly reasonable (1591 comments)

What makes me think that? well, I'd guess the attitueds to other crimes in the county, like sexual assaults. Merely threatening with a gun isn't much of a crime by comparison, especially if it's by a white guy (potential posse member!) on a non-white guy (show your papers!), well, unless you're someone investigating or running against Joe. Then you can be a white guy and threatened and no-one will do anything either.

about a year and a half ago
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New York Passes Landmark Gun Law

ktetch-pirate Re:Seems perfectly reasonable (1591 comments)

Ever been to mexico? Don't suppose you've read their Constitution either. You know, where they have their version of the 2nd amendment (it's their 10th, iirc). They have the right to keep arms. andALSO the right to bear them in pubic under police regulation. Likewise in Guatamala and Columbia. In fact, most countries with a right to bear arms have a high homicide rate.

about a year and a half ago
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New York Passes Landmark Gun Law

ktetch-pirate Re:Common sense (1591 comments)

By Rioters, do you mean the riots that started when the police shot someone? Oh and shot another officer and claimed the guy did it.
The public that's increasingly fed up of the unaccoutnable police becoming ever more violent? A police that is becoming more violent because changes in the way crimes are reported and classified means what was a nuisence and a caution offence, is now also a 'violent offense', so that the ACPO can lobby for more powers?

By the way, baseball's not that common in the UK. What you'd call a 'run' wouldn't even show as a sales blip in the US.

By the way, saying 'a group of doctors said' isn't really saying much. a mch BIGGER group of doctors fervently believe that we're all aliens murdered by Xenu 75 Million years ago. Should we laugh at the US? Or Sarah Palin. Need I say more?

And I'll bet your're white. Because you wouldn't act like that if you weren't.

about a year and a half ago
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New York Passes Landmark Gun Law

ktetch-pirate Re:We need gas control! (1591 comments)

Ever hear of the POA? It's a way to play stats. Breach of the peace and Affray are now gone. You have Public Order Act, section 4 (or 4a or 5) instead. Guess what counts as violent crimes now? Guess who pumped those stats up to secure more funding. Amazing isn't it.

about a year and a half ago
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New York Passes Landmark Gun Law

ktetch-pirate Re:Militia? (1591 comments)

Yes, It's called The National Guard. Every state has one

about a year and a half ago
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New York Passes Landmark Gun Law

ktetch-pirate Re:Militia (1591 comments)

You realise that the states RECOGNISE the militias, right, if not, it's not a militia. If you want to join one, it's called 'The National Guard'. OR you could maybe take a minute and remember this isn't the late 18th Century any more and you're not a bunch of people who've just led an armed overthrow of your government. Then think again about why the 2nd (and 3rd) amendment was passed. My guess is something to do with 'new leader suddenly wanting to turn it back to the British' or perhaps 'military Junta'.

Historical perspective, it's great for putting things in context.

about a year and a half ago
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New York Passes Landmark Gun Law

ktetch-pirate Re:Ban Walmart (1591 comments)

Is that after he's let you know he's about to invade, so you can get your gun out your gun safe (you do store it safely, right? Where if he'd broken in when you weren't there it wouldn't end up as one of the 40% of the guns on the black market each year.

Maybe thats why in a 1998 study, guns were only successfully used in home defense 1.5% of the time. Oh, and your gun is 4x more likely to injure or kill a family member or neighbour than any intruder.
Why are booby traps illegal again? Oh right THIS REASON

about a year and a half ago
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New York Passes Landmark Gun Law

ktetch-pirate Re:And what does it solve exactly? (1591 comments)

They also have very strict laws on public transportation of guns, and concealed carry permits are based on necessity, not desire. Oh, and I recall something about ammo being harder tog et there since 07 as well.... But then again, the Swiss aren't as angry and have the belief that they're the best and no-one tell them otherwise, unlike the US.

about a year and a half ago
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New York Passes Landmark Gun Law

ktetch-pirate Re:Seems perfectly reasonable (1591 comments)

Except they're not. Because owning such a weapon makes you in violation of the law, thus you're no longer 'law abiding'.

In case you forgot, everyone is 'law abiding' right up until they commit the crime. The day before Meth became illegal, we had law-abiding meth users. Then it became illegal and they started taking meth from those 'law abiding citizens'. How DARE they!

about a year and a half ago

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Private Bittorrent Trackers - A Misleading Name

ktetch-pirate ktetch-pirate writes  |  about a month and a half ago

ktetch-pirate (1850548) writes "At some point in any P2P story, you will come across a comment saying how 'Private Trackers are better'. Yet Private Tracker users have less privacy than those that use public/open trackers, with the sites logging your activities and then sharing that info in a big database with dozens of other sites.
TorrentFreak's lead researcher explains how they got the name, and why, along with a more appropriate term for these kids of sites, that's more accurate."

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Nominet destroying UK WHOIS privacy, wants ID

ktetch-pirate ktetch-pirate writes  |  about 3 months ago

ktetch-pirate (1850548) writes "Earlier this week, Nominet launched the .uk domain to great fanfare, but hidden in that activity has been Nominet's new policy of exposing personal domain owners home addresses. Justification is based on a site being judged 'commercial', which can mean anything from a few google ads, an Amazon widget, to an email subscription box or linking to too many commercial sites, according to Nominet reps. In the meantime though, they want your driving license or passport to ensure 'accuracy' because they 'want to make things safe'."
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OpenNIC Launches dotPirate TLD

ktetch-pirate ktetch-pirate writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ktetch-pirate writes "As the US Govt. seizes domains willy nilly, and ICANN demands hundreds of thousands of dollars for vanity TLD's, it's hard to remember that they're not the only game in town. Alternate DNS group OpenNIC had added another TLD to their offerings, with the launch this weekend of the .pirate TLD"
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Pirate Party releases book of Pirate Politics

ktetch-pirate ktetch-pirate writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ktetch-pirate writes "If the SOPA/PIPA blackouts were a wakeup call to many people, then the US Pirate Party has released a book under a Creative Commons license that might help explain some of the issues. The book covers issues such as Corporate Personhood, the 4th Amendment, the history of copyright, and how DRM laws are made, as well as the UN Declaration of Human Rights. There are even cartoons from Nina Paley throughout to add a bit of humor.
DRM-free eBook versions are available to download from the book's site, or you can buy a paperback edition from Amazon for $9.99"

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Piratebay to stop serving Torrents, go Magnet-only

ktetch-pirate ktetch-pirate writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ktetch-pirate writes "In a month The Pirate Bay will no longer offer downloads of .torrent files. Instead, the largest torrent site on the Internet will only provide so-called magnet links to its visitors. The first step in this direction was made today with The Pirate Bay replacing the current default torrent download links with magnets. Could this be the end of an era?"
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BitTorrent Turns 10

ktetch-pirate ktetch-pirate writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ktetch-pirate writes "On this day, 10 years ago, Bram Cohen released the first bittorrent client to the public. Most P2P protocols have had a rapid rise and then a drop-off as the next best thing has come out, but after 10 years, nothing has bested bittorrent, and it still remains king of the p2p castle. Just when will it be bested?"
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5 years on from the Pirate Bay Raid

ktetch-pirate ktetch-pirate writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ktetch-pirate writes "It's been 5 years since the American and Swedish Governments tried to take down torrent site The Pirate Bay. Despite the raid, two court cases, and injunctions, the site still goes on. The other consequence of the raid? The explosion of Pirate Parties internationally, and the election of their candidates."
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US Government Domain Seizures Failing Miserably

ktetch-pirate ktetch-pirate writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ktetch-pirate writes "Operation In Our Sites, a US Government led domain seizure action to deal with piracy, is pretty much a failure. TorrentFreak has examined a significant number of sites that have gone on pretty much unhindered, despite the seizures. Already some questions have been asked about the constitutionality of the seizures, and the evidence used as justification, but it seems the end results weren't as good as boasted either."
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Pirate Party founder steps down after 5 years

ktetch-pirate ktetch-pirate writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ktetch-pirate (1850548) writes "5 years to the day after he created the first Pirate Party, Rickard Falkvinge has stepped down as leader of Piratpartiet, the Swedish Pirate Party. The announcement was made in a webcast with Falkvinge and his deputy Anna Troberg, with Troberg taking on his duties effective immediately."
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Muon1 does 20 quadrillion!

ktetch-pirate ktetch-pirate writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ktetch-pirate (1850548) writes "The Muon1 DPAD, has hit 20 Quadrillion particle-timesteps (pts). Thats a 2, with 16 zeros (20,000,000,000,000,000), or two million-billion. It's a part of the UK's Neutrino Factory project, but it differs in that unlike traditional distributed computing projects, it uses an evolutionary or genetic method instead of brute force, to assign the work, allowing the massive design simulations (10^900 possible different designs in some cases) to be done in a matter of months."
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Brit Attempts Record Bittorrent Swarm Size

ktetch-pirate ktetch-pirate writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ktetch-pirate (1850548) writes "Freakbits reports on an attempt to make the largest bittorrent swarm ever. Records are made to be broken, or at least that's the philosophy one UK man is taking. He wants to break the record for the most number of seeders on a torrent. The current record, as far as Freakbits/TorrentFreak is aware, was set by an EZTV torrent and stands at around 124,000."
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