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Comment: Re:Warnings are discoverable ... (Score 1) 99

by AHuxley (#47507815) Attached to: For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It
Thats a lot of cash to just spend on letters and a database. The letters get tracking and logging started within a legal gov framework. Someone seems to see a long term plan with the letters and logging funding. The chilling effect of just knowing your in a database and all your net use is been reviewed? Interconnected local databases? A digital version of the classic anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) at a 'community-based level?
That could see a vast network of watching, logging, reporting and costly face to face meetings with some 'injunction' that flows to a criminal offence if breached.
A lot of free support from tax payers for a new more very local ACTA :)

Comment: Re:Warnings are discoverable ... (Score 4, Interesting) 99

by AHuxley (#47507225) Attached to: For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It
Yes the 4 letters show a history of infringement and the isp's can show bandwidth use too. Its the legal cover for the hard part of traditional cases for free via a stored database of letters sent.
Some nice political cover and colour of law. They only want to educate you with warnings.
Its the lawyers that take the final step to seek an identity. The gov and providers can walk away from any long term logging questions. Months of stored logs are just for the 4 letter compliance.

+ - UK Illegal File Sharers to Get Told Off by ISPs Four Times - But That's It->

Submitted by concertina226
concertina226 (2447056) writes "Do you enjoy illegally downloading movies, songs and games? Do you think that all information should be free, and think that paying your internet bill should be enough?

Well too bad. It's not legal, and from 2015, your internet service provider (ISP) will send you four letters a year to tell you to stop downloading, paid for by a £3.5 million ($6m) taxpayer-funded awareness campaign.

That's it. No, really, that's it."

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Comment: Re:let me correct that for you. (Score 2) 395

by AHuxley (#47506427) Attached to: Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More
AC its just post ww2 branding. When the Soviet military looked around for people it could trust it had to find people who where not killed by ww2 "Fascist" Germany and would want to support East Germany. A bit like the Neocons/Trotskyist in the USA - you work with what you have and shape it over a few generations.
Fascist as a slogan solved all the generational ww2 problems for the emerging East German. Every old person was tainted by it. The next East Germans could be seen as safer as they where shaped by the new gov. In this role of undoing the harm "Fascist" Germany had done to Germany, wider Europe and Soviet Union great care was taken with domestic branding to make young and old understood what the price of rebuilding from rubble was all about - stopping "Fascist" Germany from reforming and going to war again.
The old people just wanted to forget the war and rebuild, the young people on average thought a new nation not at war was a nice change considering what Germany was like.
So to an average outside person looking in, reading books and picking up words you would see the terms "Anti-Fascist" a lot. You would see aid to Africa/Asia as been socialist. You would read about East Germany spending vast sums on support to back "socialist" revolutions, science, sport, space.
Deep down the Stasi knew the truth. The Soviet Union was paying real cash to rebuild East Germany, they where always going to be in debt, a post ww2 political bargaining chip.
The slogans fooled the West, the public, a few AC's on slashdot and provided nation building. The Stasi understood reality they where in - they needed real hard currency, needed to rebuild and needed to project a nation of science, wealth, sport, 3rd world aid, space science, nuclear power... but had no cash, just huge loans and some export deals with huge sneaky Western brands seeking very cheap workers. The Stasi also worked out one vital fact. The Soviet Union would never protect them long term, East Germany was for sale to the West. Price was the only question. So the Stasi worked hard to keep their power knowing their nation was all they had. Anti-Fascist aspect kept Russia happy and Russian support flowing, "socialist" worked well in their part of the world. The rest is just West Germany playing its own games with the US and UK for extra support. The real "Fascist" escaped with Operation Paperclip, worked without issue in West Germany or at a low level faced tame courts many years after ww2.
In the East Germany they just replaced the old uniforms, found new songs and added new colors to the mass rallies with new "socialist" books to quote.
There is often a lot more behind terms like "Anti-Fascist Protection Rampart" than just found in "Cold" War history books AC.

+ - UK definition of terrorism 'could catch political journalists and bloggers'->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The current British definition of terrorism is so broadly drawn that it could even catch political journalists and bloggers who publish material that the authorities consider dangerous to public safety, said the official counter-terrorism watchdog.

The watchdog said: "This means political journalists and bloggers are subject to the full range of anti-terrorism powers if they threaten to publish, prepare to publish something that the authorities think may be dangerous to life, public health or public safety."

He warned that they could be branded as terrorists even if they had no intention to spread fear or intimidate, and those who employed or supported them would also qualify as terrorists.

The definition was so broad it would even catch a campaigner who voiced religious objections to a vaccination campaign on the grounds that they were a danger to public health."

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Comment: Re:Money (Score 2) 395

by AHuxley (#47506157) Attached to: Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More
Money was not really the issue. A nice home, a good education, travel papers to the West (not been restricted only to the East/Soviet Union) was a real goal worth attempting and protecting.
The problem was even if you put in the hard work, stayed loyal to the gov and its meetings, had the skills you might not be able to escape your parents pasts.
ie same skills, age, level of trust to a point but if your parents where pre ww2 wealthy you might not get anywhere out of the East.
ie if you got to work in the West the gov kept your family back and watched you. Any issues and your lost that paperwork.
As things got more relaxed with visits from the West people could get small gifts in. Very strange that this study got pushed onto Slashdot by an AC :)

Comment: Re:Classic game theory ? (Score 1) 395

by AHuxley (#47506107) Attached to: Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More
AC if you actually saw an East German factory or product you would note the lack of 'automation'. A few areas that needed tech eg computer design and lens work got the top quality hardware support. The rest of East Germany was left to its own 1950's devices. The East German work force was rather dynamic post WW2 as the people who did not escape kept tiny workshops and firms at first. They produced what they has always made for the gov but where left alone as to how. Later the East German gov reached in and closed all the small brands and firms, pulling them together as vast regional efforts (1970's on). All the ability to over or under produce was lost as well as any advancement in the way things where produced. People got jobs, went to work, did them, went to political meetings and then went home. That was it. There was not much "automation" as that would cost real cash, need cash for spare parts and replace workers who needed jobs for life.
East Germany did not have the spare cash to just waste on automation. They would have had to take out huge loans, import the tech, import the skills, keep it running and then export the results to pay the huge loans back in a real currency. The exception was Western brands invited in to use the workers in the East to make products for export and then share the extra profits with East Germany gov. But that kind of spoils the "Communism" propaganda spin AC. A lot of cash was made like that but it shows a nice cash flow interconnect between East and West that does not fit into the Wall and free West propaganda.

+ - Russia shows proof of warplanes In MH17 vicinity,demands answers from US/Kiev->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Ukraine hasn’t said how it immediately knew rebels downed Malaysian plane, notes the Russian Foreign Ministry, as it unveils 10 awkward questions for Ukraine (and perhaps the US 'snap judgment') to answer about the MH17 disaster. However, what is perhaps more concerning for the hordes of finger-pointers is that:
[1] Russia has images of Ukraine deploying BUK rockets in east
[2] Ukraine moved BUK near rebels in Donetsk on July 17th
[3] Russia detected Ukrainian fighter jet pick up speed toward MH17

Aside from the fake YouTube clips, these would deal another unpleasant blow to US foreign policy."

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Comment: Re:Why oppose this? (Score 3, Informative) 76

The US tried that for a very short time under Nixon A massive movement of staff to secure the border was in place and worked very well.
The flow of drugs, drug money laundering in US banks and illegal labor was at risk. Over time the US returned to a policy that can be seen today.
A free flow of people, goods and the need for expensive financial instruments ensures wonderful regional profit.
The UK was a great example too with its visa "expires" database. The UK forgot how/why to count visa in and visa out (was International Passenger Survey).
The main reason seems to be a super cheap flow of workers and the UK will try and bring back "exit checks" in a year or so :)
As for US policy - cheap workers with no on site wage or health laws was always the big win to keep wide open boarders for decades.

Comment: Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (Score 1) 18

by AHuxley (#47504251) Attached to: The Loophole Obscuring Facebook and Google's Transparency Reports
Seems Switzerland was first in 1977 (common law nation and a civil law nation). Seem about more than 60? countries have some form of judicial assistance treaties with the USA. ie direct communication between Justice Departments.
It will be interesting to see what the Freedom of information requests turn up. The "the company's choice whether or not to respond" .. "And they often will" and the lack of interest to place the numbers on "transparency reports" is chilling.
Seems the option is slow but "requests specifically for computer records increasing ten-fold" would point to some long term interest in this method.

+ - Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services in iOS

Submitted by Trailrunner7
Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes "There are a number of undocumented and hidden features and services in Apple iOS that can be used to bypass the backup encryption on iOS devices and remove large amounts of users’ personal data. Several of these features began as benign services but have evolved in recent years to become powerful tools for acquiring user data.

Jonathan Zdziarski, a forensic scientist and researcher who has worked extensively with law enforcement and intelligence agencies, has spent quite a bit of time looking at the capabilities and services available in iOS for data acquisition and found that some of the services have no real reason to be on these devices and that several have the ability to bypass the iOS backup encryption. One of the services in iOS, called mobile file_relay, can be accessed remotely or through a USB connection can be used to bypass the backup encryption. If the device has not been rebooted since the last time the user entered the PIN, all of the data encrypted via data protection can be accessed, whether by an attacker or law enforcement, Zdziarski said.

Zdziarski discussed his findings in a talk at the HOPE X conference recently and published the slides and paper, as well. The file_relay service has been in iOS for some time and originally was benign, but Zdziarski said that in recent versions it has turned into a tool that can dump loads of user data on command. The file_relay tool can dump a list of the email and social media accounts, the address book, the user cache folder, which contains screenshots, offline content, copy/paste data, keyboard typing cache and other personal data. The tool can also provide a log of periodic location snapshots from the device."

Comment: Re:Don't you want to be a traitor too? (Score 1) 129

by AHuxley (#47500329) Attached to: Snowden Seeks To Develop Anti-Surveillance Technologies
How many more wars?
As for 'if the Germans knew about it." is the classic understanding of ww2 crypto. Germany trusted the machine, upgraded it a bit and had all its spies turned.
Lets take Normandy. Army Group B has some idea, Pz Lehr Division was moved, Germany had a spy near the British ambassador to Turkey, the Royal Navy had lost aspects to its low level codes, British railroads codes had been lost by late 1943, the German airforce saw changes in US and UK practice traffic, US Transport Command lost its codes, US M-209 and M-138 strip traffic was not totally secure, the A-3 A-3 speech scrambler was not so great, the Polish government in exile had code issues, a few German spies still existed in Sweden and Portugal, SIS-SOE agents where under watch in France
ie Germans moved units to Normandy.
As for "Enigma type machine encrypted messages" post ww2, the Soviet Union had a good understanding of the UK via humans. The Soviet Union was also moving to much tighter one time pad use as it fully understood its code reuse was a huge fault. But they had so much intel to send, they had few options but to risk it.
If govs cant get to one main code, they go for the weak ones, they go for people, they go for the weak codes that get used all day in sloppy ways.
For all the Enigma faith, Germany seemed to understand something was not perfect and worked hard to try and stay ahead.
New rotors, wheel permutations, random indicators, protections to counter cribbing, CY procedure, Uhr device, the UKW-D reflector but it all failed as cryptologic security was so split up. But people keep the old WW2 stories about Germany, Russia, Finland, Australia, Japan code work as just been all safe or all broken.
Post ww2 is filled with new advances and attempts by the UK and US. All very interesting, great in the new history books as more papers are released.
So for that Enigma vision we all give up our rights via an oath to authority for generations?
The talks did cover the authority and rights, press aspect in the last 30 mins.

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