2631 posts • joined 24 Dec 2007
That picture with people facing in different directions reminds me of the cryptographic encoding of the William Tell Overture.
Eight women, facing towards the camera, away from the camera, towards, away, towards, away, away, away.
Titty bum, titty bum, titty bum bum bum.
"we are emailing notifications to 677,775 people in the United States "
Cue massive wave of spam saying "This is Twitter. Russians may have compromised your computer. Please log in here for details of how to deal with this. ACT NOW or it may be to late!"
Re: It's San Francisco
"it's been that way for at least 60 years that I recall."
A lot longer than that. This coming 4th February is the best estimate for the 200th birthday of Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico.
"This program has gathered information on innocent Americans and is ripe for future abuse," warned Daines. "We must do our due diligence."
"This program has been turned into a backdoor," complained Warren. "We need reforms for better protections for Americans' privacy."
"Section 702 as it is written allows the government to spy on us," noted Leahy. "We have a right to privacy."
And tough luck on innocent foreigners who have no protection for their privacy and no right to privacy.
If the Yanks don't like it up 'em then don't do it to everyone else.
There is supposed to be a massive database of details of known child porn images so they can be automatically detected. A nude picture of a 14 year old is (other than some *very* restricted cases) clearly child porn. Why was this image not detected in this way after the first complaints?
Re: Oh my GUI
"If my wife denies my conjugal rights, or the morning milk is sour
From eight to nine in the morning, you're in for a nasty hour
The button being so terribly close, it's really a dreadful joke
Just a bump with my arse as I go past, and you'll all end up in smoke"
"in many cases the dosh was blown on updates or modifications to existing contracts – and staff did not think they needed approval for the changes"
You can't just spend that extra million dollars on the modifications to meet the changed specs - you need to get approval first! It will only delay the project by about six months and add 10 million to the cost.
Re: Easily understandable quantities
How do they work out the total power? Are they assuming it's spraying power in all directions?
If it's actually a narrow beam then the power could be much less.
Re: So essentially..
Yes, you 'probably' don't get prosecuted and jailed. As long as you haven't made the slightest slip up that a malicious prosecutor can seize on and blow up out of all proportion.
And this is for professional security researchers. What happens if someone else notices by chance that due to someone's oversight, some data can be trivially de-anonymised? Do you know exactly what procedure to follow and who to notify, having never thought about this before? Can you find that out with certainty, within 72 hours of first going "Oh, that's odd"? Or would you do better to keep quiet and let the information leak out, rather than risk jail for trying to warn people?
Whose law enforcement?
"backdoors in encryption exclusively for law enforcement."
Will this be securely held within US law enforcement? So every other country in the world will be expected to let the US read all their private data at whim?
Or will it be shared with law enforcement in other countries - so that they can then read US private data?
Or shared only with the Five Eyes countries, assuming that they won't read US data (ha!) - but that still expects other countries to let the US read all their data.
Or do they seriously expect that they can make all US citizens (including criminals) use their broken encryption while the rest of the world uses secure encryption that the US can't break? But change to broken encryption when they travel to the US?
Re: There are no specs because the UK's trade agreement hasn't been negotiated with the EU yet
But of course we can develop a full featured solution ready for Brexit despite having no idea what it will need to do until a few instants before Brexit. And all the companies which will use it will be able to make all their own systems compatible with it in the same amount of time.
After all, our wonderful government has stated that it will happen, so that proves it.
Don't listen to all that carping about the 'real world' - a Minister's casual comment overrides mere physical reality. Good grief, next you'll be saying that the NHS is in crisis merely because there's people dying on trolleys waiting for treatment, despite the prime minister clearly stating that there isn't a problem.
They have history of this. The Internet
Witch Hunt Watch Foundation once caused major problems on the entire Wikipedia site over a single photo.
As I understand it, it's not stereo vision - because with only one detector you can't tell which direction the waves come from at all. Stereo vision works by measuring the difference between directions as measured at two different points.
It's done (again as I understand it) by measuring the difference in timing at the different detectors. With modern ludicrously accurate clocks you can work out the extra time-of-flight at light speed where one detector is further away from the source than another. Then you work back from that to possible positions of the source. With three detectors you can get a pretty good fix.
Re: Rosy future
"You wouldn't like me, I'm rather slow. "
But wait for my big brother to come along ...
"That information could include name, social security number, address, phone number and date of birth."
And the entire contents of your smartphone, that they copied off when you went through immigration.
Re: Whats in a name
"Big Chaz", shirley?
Re: Whats in a name
The new SWATing
Create "This is really a gun" sticker.
Stick it on someone's back.
Wait for police to zoom in and shoot them.
Re: Still no laughing matter
"pass them for the wetware to examine with more care."
Pass them to the wetware for them to fulfil their required quota of rejected claims.
Re: Tax Laws
"The UK is the fifth largest economy in the world. It is a hub of commerce, finance and law, of business services,"
And it's about to flush all that down the toilet on March 29 next year.
"They've likely caused vastly more economic damage than ISIS ever could....
They've cause 120,000 excess deaths through austerity. Far far more than all the terrorists put together.
Of course there's Aliens!
It's obvious. Just look at the evidence. The closer you examine it all, the less actual evidence there is. The more detail you look at, the less there's any sign of them.
So that Proves they exist!!!! Haven't you heard of Homeopathy????
They should have lit the stash when they saw they were being followed, so the cops would have been driving through the smoke cloud.
Re: "we have nothing further to add"
Mr Firearms: Because the magazine only holds 12 bullets.
"Paul noted that "the information on foreigners is gathered in a less-than-Constitutional manner – and most of us are okay with that"
There are several thousand million people who are NOT okay with that.
European laws protect people and their rights, whatever country they happen to be citizens of. US laws protect only US citizens and regard non-citizens as not real people and having no rights.
Aren't those fighters going to get a bit dated?
"new aircraft carriers, which are set to become Britain’s flagships for the next half-century or more"
"flight trials with the new F-35B fighters that will fly from her during her British service life. "
Does anyone know of any first-class military aircraft which have remained operational and first-class for over half a century?
The response to this is well known
If they were to bring in this rule then people will simply use alternate swear words. The usual response is to use the names of the councillors as the required obscenities.
Now they know what will happen with backdoors
The US and UK government repeatedly demand that all encryption be backdoored. This is one of the reasons it has so far always failed - no other country is going to use software that the US/UK can break but they can't. And if you tell other governments the backdoor they will be able to read US/UK messages.
Re: reads will be to stuff already cached in memory
A directory read will pull in at least a whole disk sector, with other directories included. When you go down the tree you don't throw away the directory bits you've already read. Any decent system will optimise all this as much as it can. It's not perfect but it's far better than accessing the disk every single time.
"Assume each node access requires a disk access and this takes 10 milliseconds; then a 10-node file system would take 100ms roughly plus the access needed to walk back up the tree; say 150ms being simplistic."
Well yes - if you first switch off all the caching. With modern memory sizes most of your reads will be to stuff already cached in memory.
"some 90 per cent of these one-way blabfests lasted between one and five minutes"
"DO NOT COLD CALL ME!" [SLAM]
More like 5 seconds, after they've identified themselves.
And it comes with free personal ownership of thousands of miles of roads.
Re: I am ...
Is this actually practical? Can they power electric aircraft over a reasonable range without either too much weight of batteries or a really long extension cord?
So what's new?
The driver can already use a Bluetooth earphone so the passenger doen't hear the other side of the conversation.
Re: Threatogram received from Crapita today
Did it have their new bit on the outside, demanding that you tell them when your house is going to be empty?
Or a dish shaped depression on the side of a sphere, that focuses reflected light towards us.
But what kind of object would have a shape like that?
Hopefully it makes it rather more likely that the next time she has a problem she will listen to what the technician tells her, rather than insisting on overriding the person who she has called specifically because he knows more about it than she does.
A whole lot of stuff about how the this increases safety.
And then he announces an updated Roadster that has a top speed of 250mph.
There is absolutely no possible way that can be done safely on a public road. Even by a highly trained driver, let alone the kind of idiot who would buy something like that.
Re: Initial comments from a guy with a Class A.
"Where does the lovely Mrs. jake sit?"
Or Bobby McGee?
"copies of its data out of the US, because it's good to have an offsite backup."
I would say that it is absolutely vital to have copies of the data outside the USA. And not just with the current regime. The Snowden revelations show clearly that for instance the NSA would have no qualms whatever in hacking in and changing the data, or simply ordering them to change it and forbidding them to say anything about it.
What could possibly go wrong?
I've injured my foot and need to phone a friend / a taxi to get me home. Oops ...
Oh, it's OK, I can override with the unlock code.
Oh, it's so long since I've used it that I can't remember it.
"informing US and allied government entities of the vulnerability at a classified level"
Presumably those governments will patch against the vulnerability, and also warn their
chums critically important companies to patch against it.
So when a new bit of malware trashes all the small companies but doesn't touch the big ones or the government then it will be pretty obvious why.
Re: First Quantum Link... then Usenet... now...
"the discussion boards of old are gone"
CIX is still going
Re: We're fecked.
Is that what we're calling it now? Buggered Day?
It's when our economy gets washed down the B-Day.
Re: Why do we need to import anything...
maybe we can look forward to decades of drinking delicious "rhubarb tea"
And the English Oak trees will give us plenty of acorns so we don't need to import that foreign 'coffee' stuff!
(Wanders off singing "Hearts of Oak". Very badly, and off-key.)
Re: We're fecked.
Don't forget that all the systems that have to work with customs must also be upgraded and tested. Every firm that imports or exports must have its in-house systems working by B-Day, and they can't even start until the new system is defined.