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Submission + - How much do you know about telemetry and privacy in Windows 10... and how much d (betanews.com)

Mark Wilson writes: Privacy concerns about Windows 10 have existed since the moment the operating system was released. Endless virtual column inches have been spawned from fears about the telemetry features Microsoft employs, and a small cottage industry has sprung up creating tools that disable 'spying' features. But for all of the words that have been spilled, how much does the average user know — or indeed care — about privacy issues, data collection and the like?

There's one thing that just about everyone can agree on: Microsoft did a terrible job of communicating information about data collection in Windows 10. We also know that the mere existence of data collection features has irked a lot of people. Microsoft listened to enterprise users and made it possible to completely disable telemetry in Windows 10 Enterprise, but the same courtesy has not been extended to home users. Are you bothered by this?

Comment Re:I for one welcome the return of the Star Chambe (Score 1) 71

Now its all out in the courts, the press, whistleblowers, campaigners, NGO's, protesters now know what they will face as far as signals collection goes.
Re "If they are allowed to break laws to find civillians who are breaking laws then why are civillians not allowed to break laws to find officials who are breaking laws?"
Previously tame UK parliament watchdog rips into new Snooper’s Charter (Feb 9, 2016)
Committee says IPB's metadata collection is "inconsistent and largely incomprehensible."
The other aspect is "Mastering the Internet" and vendors:
Exclusive: Snowden intelligence docs reveal UK spooks' malware checklist (2016/02/02)

Submission + - Court rules it is not illegal for GCHQ to hack computers (betanews.com)

Mark Wilson writes: Privacy International has lost a court case that questioned the legality of GCHQ's hacking operations. The UK-based privacy and human rights charity launched a legal campaign after Edward Snowden revealed the spying and surveillance that was being carried out by the NSA and GCHQ.

In the course of the case, GCHQ admitted for the first time that it was involved in hacking devices and computers not only in the UK, but around the world. The Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) ruled that activities such as the installation of keyloggers, the remote activation of microphones and cameras, and the use of malware by the intelligence agency is entirely legal.

Comment Re:Hmm... (Score 1) 213

Re 'Autonomous machines are an advantage for everyone involved, and would be a much more humane way to solve wars."
The US plan will be for area denial, the free fire zones https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... dreams of the US in Vietnam or the British in South Africa during the Boer wars.
Anything that moves and an AI has a pattern for in its database will be engaged within a large area without hesitation.
Its a very old idea and the US mil still seems to think air power or area denial alone will magically win any war with no messy tv images.
It will be sold as contractors not needing to fly for hours, but the mass killing will be automated too.
The next round of contractor boondoggles to service and support the AI :)
Think of the ratio found mentioned in the https://theintercept.com/drone... but with an AI to give political.
and https://theintercept.com/drone... with "nearly 90 percent of the people killed in airstrikes were not the intended targets." been done by the best contractors and mil experts.

What will an AI do? Just match up the same programmed patterns that the humans did with the same resulting ratios.
A Nuremberg defence defence will change from "superior orders" to the AI?

Comment Getting net freedoms back (Score 1) 38

With the main web 2.0 social media walled gardens creating ever more watchful and censored platforms this news could open an older golden age of of US online freedom for generations.

No more having your link, image, comment reported and tracked by a committee or brand's select group. To be free to post, mention, talk about any subject, topic, nation, political or historical event again without fear of losing an account or been reported to a government.

If a brand could embrace US freedoms that so many nations lack or brands work so hard at taking away, something new and good could emerge.

Submission + - Dallas Buyers Club abandons fight against Australian pirates (theage.com.au)

aphelion_rock writes: It's a happy day for Aussie pirates: The Hollywood studio behind the film Dallas Buyers Club has abandoned its fight to extract huge sums of cash from alleged copyright infringers.

Dallas Buyers Club LLC had until midday Thursday to lodge a second appeal against an August Federal Court decision which effectively prevented it from engaging in so-called "speculative invoicing" in Australia.

Submission + - Dallas Buyers Club Gives up chasing pirates in Australia

Harlequin80 writes: Dallas Buyers Club (DBC), the company behind the movie with the same name, has been trying to purse legal action against people they accuse of pirating their movie. In Australia they first sued iiNet, a major ISP, to gain access to their customer records which iiNet decided to fight in court. Though Judge Perram ruled that iiNet would have to surrender the details of the customers to DBC he applied very strict control orders to DBC. This started with a requirement to submit a draft of their letter to Justice Perram before he would release the customer details, upon seeing the contents of the letter he escalated the controls to requiring a significant bond of AU$600,000 and a rewrite of the letter removing most of the demands.

Finally he gave a deadline of tomorrow for a reasonable letter to be submitted or he would close the case with no further action allowed. The lawyers representing DBC have confirmed today that the deadline will pass with no submissions to Justice Perram on the matter which effectively stops any possibility of DBC pursuing people they believe pirated their film in Australia.

Most recent update — https://torrentfreak.com/dalla...
Background history — https://torrentfreak.com/dalla...

Submission + - US intelligence chief: we might use the internet of things to spy on you (theguardian.com)

An anonymous reader writes: “In the future, intelligence services might use the [internet of things] for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment, or to gain access to networks or user credentials,” Clapper said.
Clapper did not specifically name any intelligence agency as involved in household-device surveillance. But security experts examining the internet of things take as a given that the US and other surveillance services will intercept the signals the newly networked devices emit, much as they do with those from cellphones. Amateurs are already interested in easily compromised hardware; computer programmer John Matherly’s search engine Shodan indexes thousands of completely unsecured web-connected devices.

Submission + - the IoT could/might/would spy on you (theguardian.com)

turkeydance writes: ...., James Clapper, the US director of national intelligence, was more direct in testimony submitted to the Senate on Tuesday as part of an assessment of threats facing the United States.

“In the future, intelligence services might use the [internet of things] for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment, or to gain access to networks or user credentials,” Clapper said.

Comment Re:And who can blame them? (Score 1) 307

Now Russia will get its own CPU's, software and hardware. The OS was really the last big issue that had US gov/mil backdoors, trapsdoors as designed and exported.
Russia can move on with good local jobs, understanding every line of code and work out any issues with its own trusted experts.
Its win win win. A deeper understanding of OS and network security, good local jobs, great code.
Secure computer systems will help making each network a bit more unique :)

Submission + - TPP blocks access to source code (michaelgeist.ca)

An anonymous reader writes: The TPP agreement states: "No Party shall require the transfer of, or access to, source code of software owned by a person of another Party, as a condition for the import, distribution, sale or use of such software, or of products containing such software, in its territory." There are many commercial products that ship with GPL code. Is this a way to circumvent the GPL?

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