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Comment Re:Read the article comments (Score 1) 90

The global tech community knows what standard weak, junk encryption allows for over every generation of device and network they have to fix and clean up after.
Slowly governments and nations can understand what having junk encryption for their political leaders is costing their trade and national development.
Allowing huge national contracts to be set over junk encryption with a few bidding nations listening in is slowly been fully understood locally.
A government with their top officials using smart phones on all the time is not great policy. Trusting sensitive data on foreign owned and designed computer networks, junk weak crypto, clouds is no the best idea.
Re the comments, a lot of nations spend big on shaping comments on tech sites when ideas surrounding good national encryption policy is a topic.
The traditional talking points was that encryption was perfect, cheap, safe and secure, that data sets globally would be too big for any national domestic "collect it all" policy.
The new talking points are more direct after junk encryption standards and domestic "collect it all" was fully understood.

Comment Re:But why? (Score 1) 90

Re "What's the point? This detracts from their own goals of safety for USA."
Think back to all the Overseas interventions of the United States
The US gov and mil needs vast networks of free flowing cash, hardware support and propaganda globally to spread US policy around the world.
The ability to set, sell, then break weak standard encryption as a policy tool helps. Every call, fax, email, bank transaction, shipment, communication, draft report, database is open to US policy makers in near real time.
Re "What is the ends here?"
To have and keep the 5 eye nations in on every part of all telecommunications globally.

Comment Re:I see what you did there... (Score 1) 90

Re 'The greatest facilitators in the most intrusive and pervasive surveillance programme in history are the IT giants themselves."
Yes its like the UK too, collect all for the UK gov but want the media to stop reporting that collection for the gov 24/7 is policy and routine.
"UK ISP boss points out massive technical flaws in Investigatory Powers Bill" (Nov 27, 2015)
"....which forbid ISPs from revealing what snooping is being carried out on their systems."
"The Home Office revealed that it was the larger telecom companies that asked for gag orders to be imposed."
All Snowden did was expose the vast US domestic unconstitutional surveillance networks to the public via the US constitutionally protected press.
Junk encryption been sold as a standard, low quality education endorsing and creating weak crypto standards over decades, useless standards, poor quality code, data connections within telcos own systems for gov (splitters), "collect it all" domestically without warrants.
The "Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act" and the standards it set should have been understood for what big telcos would do to all US and global (peering) telco systems and standards.
The "Silicon Valley's privacy policies" never existed, every connection and system set up by big US telcos was always and will always be gov intercept ready as deigned and by default.

Submission + - London's Deputy Mayor: Ditch Diesel!

dkatana writes: During an interview in Barcelona last week, at the Smart Cities Congress, London's Deputy Mayor Matthew Pencharz said that he doesn't believe diesel cars belong in cities.

He said, “I don’t believe that for the urban setting, for light vehicles, diesel is the right thing,” He added, “I don’t think it is the right thing if you are an urban driver, stopping-starting in traffic all day, not going very far, not zipping along at 50 mph on the motorway. [I think] diesel is not the right technology.”

He also blamed the European Commission for being too lenient with emission standards and conformity factors. “The conformity factors the Commission [has recently approved] are not as good as we would like, clearly, because we are going to have the same problem again,” he said.

“The VW scandal has focused attention on a problem we hardly knew about, and it has raised to the top the public policy of failure of dieselization across the European Union, and the UK too, combined with the spectacular failure of the Euro engine standards,” he said. “[The scandal] has focused our minds on the fact that we need to accelerate the way out of diesel.”

Submission + - UK Prisons To Crack Down On Inmate Internet And Mobile Phone Use ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: UK prisons will roll out enhanced internet and mobile phone blocking technologies, according to new measures announced yesterday by Chancellor George Osborne in the Autumn Statement. The step which seeks to stop inmate access to the internet and calls made from mobile devices, will involve part of a £1.3bn investment from the Ministry of Justice to improve the country’s Prison Service. Through this strategy, the government hopes to drive “safety improvements” by denying calls and data used on illicit mobile devices. The latest development in blocking technologies promises to be better than earlier systems, which inmates have been able to get around.

Submission + - Why CIA is smearing Edward Snowden after Paris attacks (

JoeyRox writes: "Decent people see tragedy and barbarism when viewing a terrorism attack. American politicians and intelligence officials see something else: opportunity. Bodies were still lying in the streets of Paris when CIA operatives began exploiting the resulting fear and anger to advance long-standing political agendas. They and their congressional allies instantly attempted to heap blame for the atrocity not on Islamic State but on several preexisting adversaries: Internet encryption, Silicon Valley's privacy policies and Edward Snowden."

Comment Re:Very surprised... (Score 2, Interesting) 28

Lots of US trade issues held back Japan. The US did not want other nations offering cheaper or better platforms so a few political and treaty obligations now face a lot of nations wanting to sell or expand on their own industrial base into the space market.
Missile Technology Control Regime
"Japan's space development" and USA trade policy, "Section 301"
India just went its own way and made sure it could design, build and launch any system it wanted, making sure domestic design and production was well looked after.
Another trick is to get Japan to enter a "consortium" deal to spread costs and then keep Japan buying into a shared, imported system. Japan is kept away from investing in its own specialized tooling, has to pay for development and then the import costs of a final system to pay for.

Submission + - Hands-On with Nvidia's New Card-Size 'SuperComputer' (

szczys writes: Computer vision and machine learning have been tied to high-horsepower stationary machines. Nvidia's new credit-card-sized Jeston TX1 should bring a lot more processing power to embedded systems and is looking make these processor-heavy tasks portable. Brian Benchoff got his hands on one of the first review copies of the hardware and put it to the test. His take is that it's been designed to be driven very hard and lives up to they most of the hype Nvidia has been throwing around. It does currently require a carrier board but the connector can be source by experienced hardware designers and could be a viable choice for better autonomous systems.

Submission + - Why Car Salesmen Don't Want to Sell Electric Cars writes: Matt Richtel writes in the NYT that one big reason there are only about 330,000 electric vehicles on the road is that car dealers show little enthusiasm for putting consumers into electric cars. Industry insiders say that electric vehicles do not offer dealers the same profits as gas-powered cars, they take more time to sell because of the explaining required, and electric vehicles may require less maintenance, undermining the biggest source of dealer profits — their service departments. Some electric car buyers have said they felt as if they were the ones doing the selling. Chelsea Dell made an appointment to test-drive a used Volt but when she arrived, she said, a salesman told her that the car hadn’t been washed, and that he had instead readied a less expensive, gas-powered car. “I was ready to pull the trigger, and they were trying to muscle me into a Chevy Sonic,” says Dell. “The thing I was baffled at was that the Volt was a lot more expensive.” Marc Deutsch, Nissan’s business development manager for electric vehicles says some salespeople just can’t rationalize the time it takes to sell the cars. A salesperson “can sell two gas burners in less than it takes to sell a Leaf,” Deutsch says. “It’s a lot of work for a little pay.”

Jared Allen says that service is crucial to dealer profits and that dealers didn’t want to push consumers into electric cars that might make them less inclined to return for service. Maybe that helps explains the experience of Robert Kast, who last year leased a Volkswagen e-Golf from a local dealer. He said the salesman offered him a $15-per-month maintenance package that included service for oil changes, belt repair and water pumps. “I said: ‘You know it doesn’t have any of those things,’” Mr. Kast recalled. He said the salesman excused himself to go confirm this with his manager. Of the whole experience, Mr. Kast, 61, said: “I knew a whole lot more about the car than anyone in the building.” "Until selling a plug-in electric car is as quick and easy as selling any other vehicle that nets the dealer the same profit, many dealers will avoid them, for very logical and understandable reasons," says John Voelker. "That means that the appropriate question should be directed to makers of electric cars: What are you doing to make selling electric cars as profitable and painless for your dealers as selling gasoline or diesel vehicles?"

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