2852 posts • joined 24 Dec 2007
They will have trouble with the protests this time round
Last time they tried this the police attacked the demonstrators and then claimed the demonstrators were rioting.
This time everyone is carrying a video camera. They can't confiscate all of the videos showing gangs of police charging down the street attacking everyone in sight including bystanders. Or of someone chucking a stone in the general direction of the police, then calmly walking up to and into the police lines before the police charge the crowd for throwing stones at them.
Wow, what a lovely early Christmas present for Australians: A crypto-busting super-snoop law passes just in time
"because we're not going to go home and leave the Australian people on their own over Christmas.”
Why all this whinging about Australian software? If they can get this designed, coded, tested, and up and running on all the multitude of different systems and have that all in place well before this Christmas, Australian software must be by far the best in the world. No other country could even begin to do anything so complex in that timescale.
UK spies: You know how we said bulk device hacking would be used sparingly? Well, things have 'evolved'...
They want this in place before the next election.
They are making it illegal to reveal the existence of interceptions.
Will they be able to prove that they are not intercepting the communications of the opposing parties?
Since they have deliberately made it impossible to prove that they are doing such interception, the burden of proof falls on them to show that they are not doing so.
Q: If Pesky Pepper had a peek at patient papers, at how many patient papers did Pesky Pepper peek? A: 231
Re: How many constitutional rights were violated ?
"Which is why you do not say yes to any opportunistic requests for a vehicle search."
Which annoys the police because they now have to keep you hanging around while a drug-detecting dog is fetched, so they can give it the covert signal telling it to do a false 'alert' and then have 'reasonable suspicion' to do a forced search of the vehicle.
The outcome of annoying the police is not likely to be fun for you.
If a plane can do this, what happens to cars?
It is still claimed that we will soon have fully automatic driverless cars. These will be operating in a vastly more complicated environment, with far less time to sort out problems. And there will be far more of them. What are the chances that nothing like this will happen?
A plane can in emergency hand control over to the pilots. A car may have no driver, or the driver may be asleep, drunk, and/or distracted. In any case if they are suddenly given control they will not have time to assess a situation which is so complicated that the car has given up.
Car automation can do a lot, but I cannot accept that full automation will come any time soon - and it will at the least require a major rebuild of all the roads, together with new signage designed for automatic reading.
Changing the user interface can have major unexpected consequences.
Back in the 80s, the company internal telephone system was updated. The new system examined external calls and sent them by the cheapest route - BT, Mercury, or up the leased line to head office.
Old system: Pick up phone, get internal dial tone. Dial 9, external dial tone. Dial number.
New system: Pick up phone, get internal dial tone. Dial 9, system waits for the external number with no dial tone then works out the cheapest route.
Nobody, not even the switchboard, was warned in advance about this change.
In a large office building, large numbers of people thought there was a fault. Many of them tried pressing the 9 key again and again to try to get the external dial tone.
The telephone system watched the key presses until it recognised a valid number, then dialled that number.
Note to non-UKans: The UK emergency number, roughly equivalent to the US '911', is '999'.
Re: "The detached sail will accelerate but the probe will decelerate"
The trick of using part of the sail to decelerate the remainder was devised by Robert Forward, and detailed in his novel Rocheworld about a crewed voyage to Barnard's Star.
He even found a way to bring the ship back again, still using only the Earth-based lasers.
His scientific paper describing the system seems to be behind a paywall, but here's the abstract
Those people risked their lives to help the USA, and the USA blew their cover and got them killed through sheer bloody incompetence, and managers covering their own arses rather than doing their job and protecting their people.
You do not do that in intelligence work. At all costs you do NOT jeopardise your people. This is unbelievably bad.
"Education is getting more messed up by the day. Why can't the people in charge that want this country to prosper see that by making education out of reach we are going to become a joke or is that the plan?"
The people in charge want themselves to prosper, and one of their definitions of success is being far better off than other people. So keeping the oiks down by denying them an education is a desired outcome.
Re: Given the toxicity of the toner powder, Mike called an ambulance forthwith.
Coming up the stairs to the office I met the secretary coming down towards the washroom, with her entire face blackened by toner except a streak under each eye cleared by tears.
The (very old) copier was refilled by spooning the toner into it. The toner had got clogged up. She had realised an instant too late that the way to deal with this is NOT to bend down close to the toner holder and blow hard.
AI's next battlefield is literally the battlefield: In 20 years, bots will fight our wars – Army boffin
Re: Humans will always have the most important battlefield role
The really big problem is that one side will have more advanced weaponry. Far more advanced when it's the US invading a Third World country. You'll end up with one country dominating all the others, the same way the big internet companies dominate their particular field.
Which could easily end up as a world-wide dictatorship. Which would not end well for anyone.
“Any of the other cities would attack us if they had these golems,” said Lord Downey, “and surely we don’t have to think of their jobs, do we? Surely a little bit of conquest would be in order?”
“An empirette, perhaps?” said Vetinari sourly. “We use our slaves to create more slaves? But do we want to face the whole world in arms? For that is what we would do, at the finish. The best that we could hope for is that some of us would survive. The worst is that we would triumph. Triumph and rot. That is the lesson of history, Lord Downey. Are we not rich enough?”
You only need a single hole in security to lose
Search all the baggage and the passengers. Armed police everywhere. Strict controls on who can enter certain areas. Highly visible security everywhere you look. And then leave the security specs lying around on a USB stick.
Someone is more into security theatre than actual risk analysis by real experts.
Re: Government is planning to make directors personally liable
Publish their personal phone numbers. Then make occasional randomly-timed calls to those numbers, with a stiff penalty if they don't answer promptly or if someone else answers.
So they have to rush to answer every call that anyone happens to make to those published numbers.
Re: overnment is planning to make directors personally liable
"there are a minuscule number of deaths attributed to cycling each year"
Will you be the one explaining to the grieving relatives that because there are only a small number of deaths each year there is no need to make a law to punish the person who killed their loved one?
That because only a few cyclists are arrogant entitled arseholes who think pedestrians should leap out of the way of the bicycle approaching silently from behind, that makes it perfectly OK for those arseholes to get away with it?
New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'
Re: Have fun!
"It's a phone. What do you expect they'll find?"
Besides the possibility of them planting spyware on the phone, the US have apps that will grab everything off the phone and upload it to the gigantic NSA database which will keep it forever and cross reference it with the rest of that database. Mission creep may well mean NZ eventually doing something similar.
Note that the US don't just read the files on the phone - they suck down everything that the phone can reach. Every web and cloud application that the phone has the codes for.
That means not only your personal information, but information that your friends have given you access to. If a friend has posted extremely private and personal information in a locked post that they have only given a few close friends access to, that information is now on the NSA database. Personally I have no intention of betraying my friends.
"This may seem like a quaint concern when looking into whether one's email address and password have already been exposed online. But it may matter to some."
Surely the idea is to avoid exposing your email address if it hasn't already been exposed?
The HIBP site is presumably OK since so many people will have checked it, but the extra security doesn't hurt and just may avoid letting a previously clean address out into the wild.
As a for instance, I use different emails for each company I buy from, so if it escapes I can be sure it's that company as nobody else knows it - but can I still be sure if I've also sent it to other sites? And I certainly don't want to expose the very complex address I use for banking, which any phisher would first have to guess.
Consumer banking keeps going down. I wonder what would happen if the financial trading systems which move money by the billions and rely on microsecond timing were to fail for a similar amount of time?
Or could it possibly be that they can't be bothered to put the same resources into systems for mere consumers?