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Australian Electoral Commission Refuses To Release Vote Counting Source Code

metrix007 Re:Could it be Micro$oft ... (112 comments)

Probably missing something, but why do you need a sepereate system to track vote results> Could the system that tracks votes not just do a tally...

about a week ago
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Google's Project Zero Aims To Find Exploits Before Attackers Do

metrix007 Re:My first thought... (62 comments)

That's bullshit. A lot of people don't even have an account. An account ads nothing.

Look at the statement, not the poster.

about two weeks ago
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Encryption Keys For Kim Dotcom's Data Can't Be Given To FBI, Court Rules

metrix007 Re:Umm... (149 comments)

It's not luck, it's justice. You may not like him, and may not approve of his business model, but it is all quite illegal.

The operating the USA did was an illegal seizure, based on no evidence, and the operation the NZ Police did was similarly illegal.

I would hope a court rules completely in his favor and furthermore that the US should pay damages to him.

This isn't anything to do with Kim himself, as I don't have an opinion on him. Simply that the US grossly overstepped there bounds and performed illegal acts in attempting to gather evidence on him.

about two weeks ago
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Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

metrix007 Re:Chicago Blackhawks too? (646 comments)

Those terms are not by any means mutually exclusive with objectivity.

about a month ago
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Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

metrix007 Re:Chicago Blackhawks too? (646 comments)

Of course there are wrong opinions.

Just because opinions are subjective does not mean they can't also be wrong.

Your not offended by it or don't find it offensive? That's great.

That doesn't mean it shouldn't be changed, if it can be demonstrated to be objectively offensive to the people it caricatures.

about a month ago
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Theater Chain Bans Google Glass

metrix007 Re:Alama being sensationalist again... (376 comments)

No, no one cares, except petty idiots who need something to complain about.

I've seen other people do the same thing, it barely affects the movie. Someone sneezing is 100 times more distracting.

If I thought for a second it was a legitimate concern, I wouldn't do it.

about a month and a half ago
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Theater Chain Bans Google Glass

metrix007 Re:Alama being sensationalist again... (376 comments)

No, you're just a petty idiot. You wouldn't see the screen, although you might know what I was doing which would be enough to infuriate you, even though it wouldn't be any more distracting than reaching down to grab a packet of candy and open it loudly. Far less so in fact.

about a month and a half ago
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Theater Chain Bans Google Glass

metrix007 Re:Alama being sensationalist again... (376 comments)

a phone with a dimming screen is not bright. I can turn the brightness completely off on mine, and no, it can't be seen. Especially if I check if hiding it inside my jacket while I do so.

Process takes about 5 seconds.

about a month and a half ago
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Theater Chain Bans Google Glass

metrix007 Re:Alama being sensationalist again... (376 comments)

Maybe I know the difference and was just overtired and made a mistake?

I'll never get over the inherent stupidity of grammar nazi's in assuming the person making the mistake is never aware of the difference and needs to be told each time.

about a month and a half ago
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Theater Chain Bans Google Glass

metrix007 Re:Alama being sensationalist again... (376 comments)

Maybe instead of impulse control, given that many people have a legitimate need to check a phone, people could stop being so petty and bothered by something so minor?

You know, if they consider themselves an adult.

about a month and a half ago
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Life Sentences For Serious Cyberattacks Proposed In Britain

metrix007 Re:This is why no Briton.... (216 comments)

I did demonstrate why you were wrong, you just decided to ignore it and chose to resort to insults instead of respond.

Which makes it pretty clear you have no argument, and you were just a waste of time to deal with.

Good to know I should avoid you in the future though. Thanks.

about a month and a half ago
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Theater Chain Bans Google Glass

metrix007 Alama being sensationalist again... (376 comments)

It's why I don't like this franchise. They have a ninche market in Austin, and I heard they are trying to expand to NYC (where they're petty nonsense won't fly).

Thing is, no one minds someone discrtely checking there phone for a few seconds with the light dimmed to the lowest setting, or having Google Glass on their person if the use is not distracting or obtrusive.

This chain likes to ban anything with even the slightest possibility of distracting your movie, and appeals to only the pettiest moviegoers.

Moral of the story? Grow up, stop complaining about things that don't matter, and enjoy the movie.

*Obviously talking loud, having a bright screen for an extended period etc, are all different and legitimate things to complain about.

about a month and a half ago
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Life Sentences For Serious Cyberattacks Proposed In Britain

metrix007 Re:This is why no Briton.... (216 comments)

Gah. typos.

"and despite not being a lawyer, insist your interpretation is wrong" should read "and despite not being a lawyer, insisting your interpretation is right".

Oh, and 365 was obviously a typo. I've been to 36 countries. It wasn't obvious what I meant, but it wasn't 365 and you could have just asked. It's a further sign of your desperation if you have to attack an obvious typo.

Idiots like you were why I left the UK actually. Arrogant fools who think they are right and the answer is "obvious" and lack any ability to think critically and realize they might be wrong and their "obvious" answer was neither obvious or correct. All too prevalent.

Eh, best of luck to you.

about a month and a half ago
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Life Sentences For Serious Cyberattacks Proposed In Britain

metrix007 Re:This is why no Briton.... (216 comments)

I'm sorry kid, but the only idiot here is you.

You can't make your argument with facts and logic, and despite not being a lawyer, insist your interpretation is wrong while calling everyone else who doesnt share your flawed interpretation an idiot.

You're the one who is wrong here, and you have no idea how to read the law. Hint: The section you think proves your point, doesn't, as it immediately follows the section that proves mine.

Do yourself a favour, drop the arrogance, read up on why you're wrong, and everyone will be the better for it.

Till you're worth debating with, I won't be replying.

about a month and a half ago
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Life Sentences For Serious Cyberattacks Proposed In Britain

metrix007 Re:This is why no Briton.... (216 comments)

Sigh, OK, right.

I was going to write a longer reply, but I don't think it's worthwhile since you admit upfront to dismissing what I'm saying.

I've gone to the sources. I've read the notes. I've read RIPA. You don't seem to understand the law, or that it reverses the burden of proof. It is, quite simply and demonstrably a bad law, when measured against ethical and legal principles of the last 500 years.

You are, quite simply, wrong. I'll leave it to the readers of our conversation, if any to reach their own decisions, but the evidence is there if you're willing to look and don't insist on some combination of denying, reinterpreting or dismissing the laws and evidence available - which is I'm afraid what you're doing.

Finishing points:

Having always lived in the UK doesn't give you the position of authority you think it does on the matter. I've been traveling for the last 16 years or so, been to 365 countries....you would probably be shocked at just how misinformed people are about their country of residence.

RIPA is bad. The law has been abused, and contrary to what you say, does in fact, in practice, assume that the owner of an encrypted file has access to the key for that encrypted file. See my previous post if you need this clarified.

It also doesn't matter if prosecutions have happened or been successful or not. The problem is with the law. It shouldn't exist as it does to allow such prosecutions. Successful prosecutions are not the metric by which you judge if a law is just or unjust.

Reasonable Doubt does not exist in the UK. This is fine, as it is, at least worded that way, a particularly American thing. The fact that the principle is largely absent in the UK though is disturbing. And yes, the appeal notes for the previously referenced case do indeed contain the quote Wikipedia uses.

We disagree, so lets leave it at that. For what it's worth though, since you seem to pride yourself on going to the actual sources to see what they say, you should double check a few things. Like the appeals notes for the case, and perhaps a legal breakdown (by a solicitor, plenty such breakdowns available) of just why RIPA is bad.

You might also want to try not telling people they don't have a clue. I'm tempted to say that about you, but that is needlessly antagonistic and not at all productive, factual as though it may be.

Cheers

about a month and a half ago
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Life Sentences For Serious Cyberattacks Proposed In Britain

metrix007 Re:This is why no Briton.... (216 comments)

While we disagree, it would be nice if you wouldn't be so quick to dismiss my arguments as nonsense conclusions that I'm jumping to.

The problems with police and photographers in the UK are frequent, and troublesome as I said. I'm not at home at the moment, but there is actually a site indexing complaints about this happening, and it was well over a thousand.

A small percentage perhaps, but a large enough number to be worrying.

As for R v Majid, I shall quote from the Wikipedia page on Reasonable Doubt :

However, juries in criminal courts in England are no longer customarily directed to consider whether there is "reasonable doubt" about a defendant's guilt. Indeed, a recent conviction was appealed after the judge had said to the jury "You must be satisfied of guilt beyond all reasonable doubt." The conviction was upheld but the Appeal Court made clear their unhappiness with the judge's remark, indicating that the judge should instead have said to the jury simply that before they can return a verdict of guilty, they "must be sure that the defendant is guilty".

There is also a reference on that page for the quotes etc, if you need to verify.

Your breakdown of the law as written certainly seems logical and seems to make sense. I'd say I would agree with your conclusion were it not for troubling news stories which seem to contradict it.

I would think this Wikipedia page has a good summary.

The problem with the law is that it is still assuming that the person does have the key. I know that the law is worded to assume the person does not have a key unless it is proven beyond a reasonable doubt, but in practice that is apparently an easy thing to prove (and perhaps skirt the intention of that clause), based on prosecutions. The law is flawed...it shouldn't have such a clause at all.

The problem is the burden of proof is reversed. It shouldn't be.

You quoted section 53 (3), but that follows 53 (2), which is why RIPA is disturbing:

In proceedings against any person for an offence under this section, if it is shown that that person was in possession of a key to any protected information at any time before the time of the giving of the section 49 notice, that person shall be taken for the purposes of those proceedings to have continued to be in possession of that key at all subsequent times, unless it is shown that the key was not in his possession after the giving of the notice and before the time by which he was required to disclose it.

So basically, they assume you have it.

And what constitutes reasonable doubt? I have true crypt installed, perhaps that is sufficient?

Any such law like that should be written to only persecute people if they are known to have a key and refuse to hand it over. Anything else, even the clause in RIPA, leads to abuses of power. Demonstrably so.

Not to mention, the idea that you can be in jail until you hand over a key is horribly flawed, not to mention injust. The defense you mention that you feel justifies the act? You get to use that after you've already been arrested, jailed, fingerprinted etc...

Another point, what is the criteria for determining ifi information is encrypted or not? Lets say I have an encrypted partition disguised as a garbage file...they can't prove it is an encrypted volume, but what is to stop them from being sure it is and prosecuting me if they don't hand over they key?

If RIPA was nothing as you suggest, it wouldn't be such a cause for concern, domestically in the UK with financial institutions, media institutions etc. And, it is. You need only search to see the reactions to it.

Also of interest:

http://www.techweekeurope.co.u...

about a month and a half ago
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Life Sentences For Serious Cyberattacks Proposed In Britain

metrix007 Re:This is why no Briton.... (216 comments)

Thank you for your comment. I don't have the time to reply in detail, but just wanted to say if you search for examples to the things I note, they are plentiful.

The problem with photographers is yes, police who don't know better and harass photographers. It's actually a big problem and occurs far more frequently than you may realize.

The UK actually seems to be equal to the US according to RWB, on the WPFI. I guess the different problems balance out.

The problem with RIPA is the law itself. The execution doesn't matter. A law that relies on good intent, is problematic. Also, the burden of reasonable doubt does not apply in the UK, which is sad. Indeed, R v Majid was overturned due for this very reason.

The prison comment was not specific to the UK. Sorry for any confusion.

about a month and a half ago
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Life Sentences For Serious Cyberattacks Proposed In Britain

metrix007 Re:This is why no Briton.... (216 comments)

Using prison as a deterrent means that for some people, the punishment will not fit the crime.

That is not acceptable. Or, it shouldn't be in a civilized society.

about a month and a half ago
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Life Sentences For Serious Cyberattacks Proposed In Britain

metrix007 This is why no Briton.... (216 comments)

...is in a position to criticism the US. I lived in Scotland for years, so I'm fairly familiar with the UK, and from Oz originally.

The US is losing it's way, but not as badly as the UK. Crazy amounts of surveillance, very poor rights for photographers and journalists, ridiculous laws such as going to jail if you forget an encryption key...

Not to mention this nonsense. Prison is not meant to be primarily a deterrent, but a way to rehabilitate if possible. Because, you know, the punishment should fit the crime.

Something all western countries seem to have forgotten...

about 1 month ago

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UK Goverment sedates a pregant woman and takes baby from womb

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  about 8 months ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "The UK Goverment as part of it's onward march to becoming a full police state has reached a new low. British Social Services received a court order to sedate a woman and perform a ceasarian section to take custody of the unborn child. The woman was an Italian citizen who was in the UK for training. Her family stated the "breakdown" was due to her not taking her mediccation for her bi-polar condition. This is a new low...not only did they deprive a mother of childbirth and bonding with her child, they did it with little cause to someone who was not even a British citizen, but a visitor. Appaling."
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Why is it so hard to get a serious 3rd party in place?

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  about 10 months ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "Everyone in the US seems to complain that the Democrats and the GOP are the same ala Kang and Kodos, and that it doesn't make too much of a difference which one you vote for as you will get screwed either way. Well, since the frame work is in place that anyone can form a political party..why isn't that being undertaken seriously?

Organized protests like OWS show that the support is there. Most states don't make it very hard to get on the ballot, and to be in a presidential debate you only need to have 15% support...which if the OWS support is any indication that should be easy.

What is stopping a real 3rd party from taking place? A 3rd party that has separation of church and state, complete support for LGBT, not shutting down the government over healthcare, holding the NSA responsible for the laws that have been broken, holding corporations responsible for the laws they continue to break, fixing patents, fixing copyright, fixing all the ridiculous problems with the police....how hard can it be to get support from 15% of the population for all of that stuff?"
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Can we elect anyone to office with enough support?

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  1 year,15 days

metrix007 (200091) writes "I'm a recent immigrant to the US, so I don't think I fully understand the political system in place. My understanding is that with enough public support, any party can be on the ballot and be elected into office. I keep being told, and seening comments on Slashdot that it is not a real democracy because we are confined to the two party system. Is this accurate? Can enough people not make a public party and with enough support be voted in? If this is not the case, what is preventing it?"
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New study shows organic food the healthier choice

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  about a year ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "A study done in the wake of the controversial Stanford study on Organic food which showed that there was no advantage, has been performed on fruit flies which have long been used to model effects on humans. The studies show that in almost every category, organic food has a clear advantage. Better fertility, less chance of disease, longer lives etc. I've been pretty skeptical of the entire organic food debacle thinking it easy to dismiss, but this evidence is convincing. The actual study is here."
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A cheap cell phone plan with an unlocked phone?

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  about 2 years ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "I am a recent immigrant to the USA. I am used to going to countries and paying a small amount, say $30 for a simcard and using it with my unlocked phone. I can't seem to do that in the US, where the only options seem to be to buy a phone and buy minutes as I need them such as with Tracfone, or a contract where I pay an amount per month to pay off a phone and a certain amount of minutes. I have a Google Nexus One, which is better than any phone offered on the basic plans from all the cell providers. Is there any way I can use it as a cell phone in the US for about $30-$50/month? It seems a shame to waste it and have to pay for a lesser phone."
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Why are there not more political parties?

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  about 2 years ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "Why are there not more political parties being formed? With all the upset over the 1% and all the protests, there is obviously enough people disenfranchised with the current system in place that they would welcome a change. What is stopping such groups who have sizable numbers from starting a party and voting themselves in? They may not get a huge amount but they would get enough votes to get a seat surely. What if all the the different occupy protests across the US voted themselves in as a unified party? Likewise the student protests in Montreal, students are a huge demographic in Quebec, what is stopping this and similar groups from voting themselves in and fixing things? Why are people not using the framework that has been in place for hundreds of years?"
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Firefox 4 beta 10 available

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "Firefox 4 Beta 10 has now been released, and is available for download or update. This is meant to be Mozilla's final beta before the actual release, which is not scheduled to be until the end of February. Is this early final beta a sign of more beta versions to come, or an earlier release? Have people finally gotten use to the lack of status bar and stopped complaining, or is it still the subject of much controversy?"
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Stargate Universe cancelled

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Jason (200091) writes "So Stargate Universe has finally been canceled, after it's remaining 10 episodes air in the Spring. I never liked the show very much but had thought SyFy were sure to stick with it if it survived after the first season. Given the amount of reasons the show was still trying to get over it isn't surprising it never attracted many viewers. So, is this the end of the Stargate franchise, or will it posisbly continue on in some other, more familiar form?"
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Scotland Yard to arrest Assange

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "Julian Assange has been hiding in the UK for some time, and now it seems Scotland Yard are just waiting for the go ahead to arrest him. I don't know how he can safely travel at the moment, but maybe it's time to try and old man mask bound for Ecuador. With this and the removal of Wikileaks.org from DNS, it seems a pretty effective albeit temporary measure. There must be some really incriminate stuff in those cables."
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Firefox 4.0b7 released - insanely faster

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "The next beta of Firefox has been released and it is insanely faster. I don't know what they have done, but the new JavaScript engine is a godsend. The Slashdot site has always had performance killing JS, and now I can restore a session of 20 tabs each with 1000 comments or more, all fully expeanded in a matter of seconds. Amazing."
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Duke Nukem release imminent!

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "Well, as unlikely as it is, the game is finished and playable, and it now won't be too long until it is actually released. Is there any way in hell this game can live up to the hype? Will this be the matrix or star wars of games....something revolutionary that will be imitated for years to come?"
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UK placing CCTV into 20,000 family homes

metrix007 metrix007 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

metrix007 (200091) writes "The UK government now wants to place CCTV camera to monitor 20,000 cameras deemed to be in a sin bin to make sure that the kids go to bed on time and eat healthy meals and the like. This is going to far, and hopefully will not pass. Where will it end? Article here"

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