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Comment: Re:Who are you defending against? (Score 1) 158

by AHuxley (#48614149) Attached to: Verizon "End-to-End" Encrypted Calling Includes Law Enforcement Backdoor
The voice side and network will always be wiretap friendly. So expect any new device on any network to stay backdoor and trapdoor friendly too.
Any voice or text entered will just be collected on the device before the encryption software.
Think about a number station or one time pad. Anyone can hear that long list of personal messages.

Comment: Re:I call BS (Score 1) 74

by AHuxley (#48604895) Attached to: Govt Docs Reveal Canadian Telcos Promise Surveillance Ready Networks
If a court order is ready then a telco will log and track all calls or network use as needed and requested.
The issue with that is the number or device or network been tracked is now in a database at the telco.
The security services in the US, UK did notice that over the years when they put in request for tracking, their case falls apart.
The people of interest just escape or the flow of information stops. The telco, billing and legal system seems to ensure people of interest are able to see the lists of new networks tasked for surveillance.
To counter that many nations are rushing out to find contractors and hardware to try and get into the telco networks with no paperwork or court contact. Parallel construction is now been made easy and legal. If the security services can get into the networks so can ex and former staff.

Comment: Re:ok..what if i don't have one? (Score 2) 184

by AHuxley (#48578509) Attached to: Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?
Then a person is of more interest as they know all devices face to risk of been cloned or having globally unique numbers recorded.
Buy an old laptop, replace the storage, load in Linux. Add some productivity applications.
Find a phone that is so cheap it can really only make a voice call and has few other functions.
The reason to ask for a power on is so that consumer grade devices look for a network.
A lot of unique numbers and other device details are sent out or can be requested by local networks.
That device is then recorded as been linked to travel documents and biometric data.

Comment: Re:Slippery Slope (Score 1) 100

by AHuxley (#48569583) Attached to: Australia Pushes Ahead With Website Blocking In Piracy Fight
Re "Slippery Slope meet the Australian Government. This is going to be a wild ride all the way down."
Yes the tracking of ip and files would be legal.
The linking of an ip found to an isp and account would be legal.
Sending a letter would be legal.
Requesting who got the letters as part of discovery would be a free reverse look up to start finding accounts and files.
Every step of keeping a web history would be legal for the security services, police to any court requesting or allowing discovery on the letters sent.
Any ip from a isp in Australia connected to any file of interest could result in a real time database for later review.
Time for a good VPN.

Comment: Re:why so long? (Score 1) 86

by AHuxley (#48554283) Attached to: China Plans Superheavy Rocket, Ups Reliability
Russia had its N1, Buran or Angara projects. The US also had its own ideas about it can put into LEO.
Few nations have the skills or budgets. China will take its time like India and get every part of the production lines working well.
Then the next generation can build on that. Other nations just spend on huge projects and have to start again.

Comment: Re:Industrial capability (Score 1) 86

by AHuxley (#48554235) Attached to: China Plans Superheavy Rocket, Ups Reliability
If "China is using all the R&D created" then China would have faced the same issues other nations faced when the flow of information gets too expensive to just copy.
China like India has not had that problem. Their staff understand their own industrial capability per decade.
"Ultimate high ground from a military perspective" is just a nice cash flow for US contractors selling services back to the US gov and mil.
The "US already has a space plane" that can be seen, tracked, predicted and understood by any advanced nation with anything interesting that could have been seen from space. Most advance nations know not to have anything that can be seen. Lots of nations do allow what is expected to be seen.
For other nations the US could just use a WB-57.
China is not seeking to be a technological giant and then face budget issues. China just needs to keep working on space projects.

Comment: Industrial capability (Score 1) 86

by AHuxley (#48552729) Attached to: China Plans Superheavy Rocket, Ups Reliability
Reliability was a problem in the early US and Soviet years. All the new German ideas needed to be understood and worked with under local conditions.
Operation Paperclip gave the US a lot of German experts with no questions asked.
Over the years the US had to understand what was been constructed for them.
India had to build its own rockets and now has the local technology that is well understood and can be funded.
China faced the same issues with its advanced technology. Buy in or wait for local skills.
China now has the industrial capability and is ready to move on with its own rocket development at its own pace.
Different nations have understood to not out spend their space budgets.
A generation of the UK Skynet satellite would be the other way to do space science.
Buy hardware from the US and try and get local experts to work on a new UK satellite. When that fails just buy into an existing US satellite product.
Lots of nations have to learned to understand space science in different ways. Some have much lower budgets too.

Comment: When to track and who to use. (Score 1) 33

by AHuxley (#48551487) Attached to: The Rise of the Global Surveillance Profiteers
The UK faced that years ago with its GCHQ links to the National Technical Assistance Centre, Government Technical Assistance Centre and other domestic efforts after the 1980's, 1990's.
Once the use of tech tracking enters the courts and legal system the tech tracking news is then public.
Sealed courts for every case with tracking? Hope parallel construction protects the role of contractor cell-site or other tracking?
A lot of interesting people can just stop using digital networks. All the mil, govs and their new contractors have set up is the ability to track digital networks globally.
Telco databases track consumers after a court order. That same database shows who is been tracked.
All the contractors can do is keep selling products that help law enforcement with parallel construction and try keep all investigations hidden.
That works well until open court or the press using FOIA finds the local use of extra cellular phone surveillance devices.

Comment: Re:I'd be curious about the consequences. (Score 1) 85

by AHuxley (#48545717) Attached to: North Korea Denies Involvement In "Righteous" Sony Hack
re " Do they elect a body to deal with it?"
Legal Experts: Stuxnet Attack on Iran Was Illegal ‘Act of Force’ (03.25.13 )
It depends on the experts asked, who funded what and why.
Think of Sputnik. Nations thought airspace went up. Sputnik went over many nations but not much was said as spy satellites where going to be used.
A lot of different nations now have offensive cyber-operations funding and contractors. No much is been done to question that new concept.

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