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Australian Law Enforcement Pushes Against Encryption, Advocates Data Retention

rtb61 Re:Does not exist (86 comments)

The requirement to provide the encryption key would face a major legal hurdle in the high court as it extends the search and seizure well beyond the person or persons being investigated to every person whose data could be decrypted by that key and thus compromised, well and truly beyond the scope of the investigation. It would be similar to getting a search warrant to search all the mail at a particular post office to in order to access one person email, or getting a search warrant to search every house on a city block when just one person and their property is under investigation, so overreach.

Issuing a search warrant or wire tapping warrant should not be cause to make said search, easy, simple, cheap and convenient, it should just make it legally possible. The difficulties, time effort and expense in exercising is not the provision of the law and logically it should remain difficult, require considerable effort and be expensive to ensure it is not abused and only done when necessary. The easier it is to do, the far more likely it will be abused, the more effort that is required the more carefully and accurately it will be done and the less likely the evidence will be purely circumstantial and readily faked.

yesterday
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Microsoft, Google, Others Join To Fund Open Source Infrastructure Upgrades

rtb61 Re:Why the Linux Foundation? (96 comments)

As long as they also exclude a bunch of US three letter agencies with a special mention for the NSA, their agents and contractors. Sometimes some sources should be excluded, not to judge anyone, excluding of course the NSA, which of course should now be considered a bunch of security fuckups.

yesterday
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Brazil Approves Internet Bill of Rights

rtb61 Re:Net Neutrality (123 comments)

It is pretty clear in "Freedom of expression: everyone has the right to hold and express opinions, and to seek, receive, and impart information on the Internet without arbitrary interference." as in 'without arbitrary interference'. Also there is "avoiding arbitrary or unlawful collection of personal data and surveillance" as in you can not analyse people's data packets in order to treat 'arbitrarily interfere' with different kinds of data being transmitted. Not to forget " Everyone should have the right to access, share, create and distribute information on the Internet." as in 'distribute information'.

So net neutrality is pretty well covered without mention the specific words net neutrality which have already by opposed by PR douche bags and right wing politicians.

yesterday
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Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

rtb61 Re:LOL ... (360 comments)

Ahh, yes, the wonderful reliability of boom and bust within the building industry. It shouldn't take more than half a brain to realise the only reason they are paying more now, is because so many dropped out of the industry when unemployment was high. Now when employment opportunities are a little better those who left are not returning.

Also the trades are skilled 'LABOUR' trades emphasis on the word labour for a reason, you will not be doing it until you are 65 competitively ever, lucky, seriously lucky to make it too 55, so that is extra money to earn, also weather seriously affects working and payment opportunities. Then there is travel from home to many, varied and distant work places and who pays for that. Then of course there is hours versus full days of work and many trips in one day and there ain't no one paying for your holidays, public or Christmas.

So some, lets be blunt, shit head economist, takes the hourly rate, multiples it by 8 by 5 by 52 and claims that is the salary, talk about fucking ignorance. So don't forget to take out travel time, especially multiple trips during the day. The time sitting on your arse waiting for work to become available. Bad weather when you can not work. Times you sit idle when parts don't turn up. Times you cant work when your tools break or you vehicle breaks. All of those issues count and guess what, the customer has to pay for them too, they are built into the hourly rate but that doesn't mean the tradesman gets the annual optimum benefit of it. Then there are all those right wing fuck heads who uniformly attempt to cheat and not pay tradesmen with one lie after another and yes most of those shitty customers who wont pay are right wingers, greedy bastards. Honest customers also have to pay for them, it all drives up the hourly rate.

So yeah, there are plenty of real reasons why tradies become scarce at times and why right whingers complain a demand government action to drive down wages, plus it's a damn site easier for those right whingers to cheat immigrant labour.

yesterday
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F.C.C., In Net Neutrality Turnaround, Plans To Allow Fast Lane

rtb61 Re:Down the river... (391 comments)

Nope, the FCC was under the control of management that understood Net Neutrality. Uncle Tom Obama simply replaced that management with new political appointees with instructions to follow the orders of the incumbents, hence the change. Once and for all the is no such thing as the fast lane, that is a lie. You pay for bandwidth you either get that bandwidth or not. So they lie to you, sell you bandwidth and then do not provide it, now they want to further legalise the lie, sell you bandwidth, then not only specifically not provide that bandwidth but chuck you in the strangleband lane, where you traffic is slowed and slowed and slowed and slowed until they can extort extra payments from you. Current FCC management is quite simply supporting corrupt practices to allow the generation of extra profit based upon lies.

yesterday
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Eyes Over Compton: How Police Spied On a Whole City

rtb61 Re:Apropos of "ethical dilemmas programmers face". (189 comments)

Meh, not to worry, as soon as those dopey cops realise they were spying on themselves more than anyone else and excuses about it not being turned on wont work, they'll drop the idea, especially as most of their criminal activities do take place in public spaces.

3 days ago
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Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found

rtb61 Re:to be expected (234 comments)

The first question that needs to be asked is was it a corporate back door or a government back door. A lot of governments always seem to be rather conveniently forgetful when it comes to how profitable insider trading is and how corporate fiscal espionage readily facilitates it. This allowing profits in the billions and if you don't think that it is one of the biggest drivers of government contracted to private corporations espionage than you are truly gullible and foolish, seriously billions of dollars of profits are up for grabs based upon private access to fiscal data for publicly traded companies, prior to that information being available to the public, especially upon a global scale.

3 days ago
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Cody Wilson Interview at Reason: Happiness Is a 3D Printed Gun

rtb61 Re:Getting attention at the expense of 3D printing (207 comments)

Far more logically. Let's ask the question, what if you could grow guns on trees, surely they would not try to regulate plants, er, yeah right. So regulating weapons, how about a little question and answers time from the South Australian Police Force http://www.police.sa.gov.au/sa.... They seem to have no problem regulating all sorts of weapons, even ones that do grow on trees.

4 days ago
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

rtb61 Re:Useful Idiot (396 comments)

"These propaganda sessions for Putin" is a false are decidedly pre-staged propaganda comment typical of mass media PR=B$, sounds like it means something until you stop to think about it, something that propagandists never want you to do.

Let's look at the reality. Ask yourself should you be given the opportunity to publicly question Putin publicly live on TV would you say yes or no, obviously a person of Snowden's courage is not going to say no to that challenge. Now Putin knows full well that being challenged by Snowden publicly will work well for him, if Putin is capable of articulating himself well against the challenge, for a political representative it demonstrates confidence, skill and self control to the electorate, all vote winners.

So the interview occurs, the reality only an election show piece if the politicians is not an empty talking suit reading off a Teleprompter. Now how many US politicians would be willing to stand up to potential detractors on live TV, would Uncle Tom Obama the choom gang coward puppet of the corporations stand up to Snowden, nope, reality Snowden is permanently barred from returning to the US under the threat of sexual humiliation, torture, extended imprisonment and murder, they are that afraid of him.

The biggest tools in the shed have always been politicians owned by outside interests and what makes Putin more interesting is that he is definitely not owned by outside interests and is not just a puppet reading off a teleprompter like so, so, many US politicians (remember puppets will always have difficulty taking on public challenges because it give no opportunity for their masters PR agents to provide the answers).

about a week ago
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Google Looked Into Space Elevator, Hoverboards, and Teleportation

rtb61 Re:City within a Building (98 comments)

Air-conditioning is a design all upon it's own. The real problem is engineers love big units which generally fail, the modern solution http://www.mitsubishielectric.... (as an example) have no problem and even generate benefits of shifting heat from areas that don't need it too areas that do. Whilst capital expensive, pumping around refrigerant and high pressure fresh air is far more efficient than ducting around large volumes of air attempting to use control vanes to adjust fro air delivered at uncomfortable conditions. Another big change of course is big screen 4K displays versus a window and how that impacts altered design characteristics. Even hotel design can now undergo major revision with internal rooms with a 65" 4K display in lieu of a window with a view or a sub-standard view.

So design heading into technology limits alters as those technology limits alters, the more technology evolves the more design evolves with it except for old locked in designs for yesterday designers,hmm, how comfy is that cave after all ;D.

about a week ago
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Google Looked Into Space Elevator, Hoverboards, and Teleportation

rtb61 Re:City within a Building (98 comments)

They turned into ghettos because the flats were substandard, compact, very little amenity, poor sound rating, poorly air-conditioned and were targeted at a particular client base, not counting those sold to slum landlords who ran them down, so basically bullshit when it comes to comparing it to sound modern design. Turns out that no knowledge crap is no knowledge crap and bears no relationship to exceedingly high priced modern condominiums.

about a week ago
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First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

rtb61 Re:Useless (187 comments)

There are actually statistics which show a fall in crime rate with greater illumination in built up areas. The greater the illumination the greater the fall in crime, with a limit beyond which additional lighting provides no additional affect, so actual statistics along with defined light levels for particular circumstance, including street lighting, off street parking, retail and industrial.

about a week ago
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Google Looked Into Space Elevator, Hoverboards, and Teleportation

rtb61 City within a Building (98 comments)

Once thing they should look at is a city within a single mega-structure. A old idea seemingly long since abandoned but one that incorporates many research oppurtunities and even the possibility of near future development. It allows investigation into waste removal incorporating energy generation, acceptable internal living space design, fire control, sound control, effective heat utilisation and management, network communications, delivery systems, internalised productions, internal transport systems, air control systems, energy management and recovery etc. This kind of major development research project provides great returns because of the large varied range of individual research projects that are incorporated with it.

Logically crafting an MMO simulation of it allowing in depth investigating of the personal interactions as well as prompting public input into the various research components would be a major part of the modern developmental exercise.

about a week ago
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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

rtb61 Re:Wat? (582 comments)

Specifically bugs are shallow means, once found they can be readily fixed by any person or group with the ability. Bugs are deep in closed source proprietary code because they are buried and hidden and can not be fixed by the market. Of course with FOSS if you are not happy with the implementation of any security fix or method you are free to change it for one you prefer.

All FOSS packages are simply library locations, you choose which library to pick your software from, based upon how it is secured, how it adds changes to the software, how accessible the software is and how well documented that particular library is. So no, it is not for any one to decide how particularity FOSS Libraries are controlled, except for those who are directly involved in it and contribute to it. PS bugs in closed course proprietary software are only kept secret from customers, the suckers and not the exploiters and that is just for marketing purposes.

about two weeks ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

rtb61 Empty Suit (817 comments)

Tune into http://www.whitehouse.gov/, just like any other idiot box channel be it http://abc.go.com/, http://www.nbc.com/, http://www.cbs.com/, http://www.cwtv.com/, http://www.fox.com/, suck up the corporate cool aide and be informed, of what you are meant to know, and about how you are meant to think and whom you have to vote for. All the channels with the same corporate message, all the talking heads reading off the same Teleprompter feed. The US no longer has a president, it just has another puppet, saying what it is told to say, pretending it thinks for itself, and working ever so hard at dumbing down the airwaves. Of course the rest of the world is looking at the office of the President of the United States and realising just how a empty suit really occupies that position.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

rtb61 Re:Now I Know... (575 comments)

Tell him that M$ have done the same old, same old, attempted to correct their failures in the cheapest way possible by shoving the cost back on consumers. Can't get the upgrade to work, suck it up, format, re-install, repatch, re-upgrade and repatch and the restore you back up data, don't have backups, M$ answer to you, well, that's your fault for trusting their software.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Says He May Or May Not Let the NSA Exploit the Next Heartbleed

rtb61 Re:Well, yeah (134 comments)

However the NSA's job is not criminal negligence. The NSA's http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N..., primary job is adherence to the constitution. When it finds a security flaw in systems which will affect it's fellow citizens it is required by law to either correct the flaw or make the public aware of that flaw so that they can correct it, it is criminally negilgent of them to find flaws and keep them secret so that they and any 'other' criminal agency both foreign and domestic may exploit them. Especially damning if they have evidence of the flaw being exploited and still fail to notify or protect it's victims. Basically the US government and all of it's agencies are now suspect and should not be involved in any security conferences, round tables et al as their contributions can no longer be trusted.

about two weeks ago
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First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

rtb61 Re:Useless (187 comments)

Meh, I driven down thousands of kilometres of unlighted roadway, even unpaved roads, dodging roos and wombats like most Europeans would dodge rabbits. Simply adjust road speed to conditions. Road side illumination should be generally restricted to built up areas and be more about restricting nefarious activities rather than traffic safety.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?

rtb61 Re:Some of the oldest trades become useful. (737 comments)

Lets be realistic, the nature of the collapse will drive everything that follows. So astronomical impacts similar to prior mass extinction events, well, random chance and how close to the point of impact will most drive those who survive and those that don't. Something slower and still of the astronomical variety passage through a dust cloud severely curtailing sunlight for a short period and then with a longer follow up period of diminished sunlight. In this case the biggest driver will not be individual skills but the core reality of humanity the ability of the society of which you are a part to care and share versus societies driven by selfishness and greed which will chew themselves apart like an ignorant school of piranha snapping chunks out of each other as their pond dries up in a drought.

So by far the most important skill, they ability to work cooperatively and empathetically share the survival experience and thus continue the society of which you are a part. No matter your skills, in collapse you are exposed to all the vagaries of existence, exposure to extreme weather events with no warning, bushfires, disease, a simple slip or trip leading to broken bones, venomous insects and reptiles and of course othe reptile brained survivors, with random circumstance of the encounter defining who lives and who dies.

What drives the ability of a society to survive, the ability to teach and learn. It is not your individual skills but the skills of the society as a whole and of which you are a part.

about two weeks ago
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Racing To Contain Ebola

rtb61 Re:Is Ebola a "rapid burnout" disease? (112 comments)

It will be a fine balancing act to ensure transport routes sea and air are cut off to prevent transmission of Ebola before it reaches out from less populated regions to major cities where direct contact between persons becomes possible, keeping in mind sneezing, transfer of perspiration from person to person in public transport systems and other transitory methods of transfer that can extend physical contact be actual direct physical contact.

So major cities throughout the world are under direct threat and likely acting early rather than latter in cutting off sources of infection would be far safer. Especially as under worsening circumstances, those who would risk everyone to save themselves become harder to contain, forcing extreme containment measures, as a result of attempting to apply containment during crisis rather than prior to crisis before chaos ensues.

about two weeks ago

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How to make use of public review sites

rtb61 rtb61 writes  |  about 10 months ago

rtb61 (674572) writes "Coming across a particular public review site http://www.productreview.com.au/ I noticed that by far the majority of 5 star reviews for http://www.billyguyatts.com.au/ well all one shot reviews, where as the majority of negative reviews were by people who had made a multiple of varying reviews across various products.
Another site which comes to mind is http://www.imdb.com/ which seems to suffer from a veritable plethora of fake one shot 10 out of 10 reviews.
When I commented on the inconsistency, my comment was deleted and marked as "Inappropriate Content" as if I had been abusive.
So which review sites are reasonable, how can you make use of them and what are review sites doing to clean up their act. Are gradated reviews better where, various qualities are separated out and each rated (especially contradictory qualities) so at least to slow down fake reviews"

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Script Kiddies

rtb61 rtb61 writes  |  about 2 years ago

rtb61 (674572) writes "Should adults who supply software for criminal use to minors or lead minors into taking criminal actions on the internet be charged with grooming children and child abuse. As in the case of Hector "Sabu" Monsegur and Lulzsec, where he established contact with some of the accused members Lulzsec when they were minors and led them into committing crimes on his behalf prior to those individuals latter being arrested as adults. Has the FBI in this case failed to follow up upon confessed criminal actions."
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A differen method of protest

rtb61 rtb61 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

rtb61 (674572) writes "Whilst stumbling about the web I came across the fascinating article http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1719872,00.html and to quote "If asked to serve on a jury deliberating a violation of state or federal drug laws, we will vote to acquit, regardless of the evidence presented.", a protest method I would never have though of. A stunning and imaginative way to declare war upon an out of control civil war, the drug war."
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Australian Labour Party going for a big net impact

rtb61 rtb61 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

rtb61 (674572) writes "The Australian Labour Party pushing for net aware youth with a flashy personality orientated web site http://www.kevin07.com/. I got it in my email, I suppose I must have registered at one stage or other in way or other. A site complete with pro-youth links to Youtube, Myspace and Facebook. Personally I have never been into team politics and think it is a stupid way to align yourself politically as an individual, always pursue the policies and leave the rah rah for the jock straps and sport, at least there are some policies on the site. I still wonder whether it is appropriate for parties to indirectly promote commercial web sites by linking to them, as for 'KMail', perhaps a little political correctness with a polite point to the people at KDE. The Facebook link it is likely a very bad idea as they have no control on who or what they are now promoting."
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rtb61 rtb61 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

rtb61 writes "So is Google 'searching' the Slashdot forums for patentable ideas and claiming them as their own? Not that I am particularly proud of coming up with the idea but I certainly don't want Google patenting it, http://yro.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=167009&cid =13929372. Now would that post, as negative as it is about the concept, be sufficient to constitute prior art and is Googles "Do no Evil" starting to wear 'patently' thin."

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