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Comment: Re:Seems appropriate (Score 4, Insightful) 232

by AmiMoJo (#47418525) Attached to: UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

That's why you need two factor authentication. A password and a keyfile stored on floppy disk. Ideally an old floppy disk with multiple read errors. If you are arrested you can say that the police must have damaged the disk.

Alternatively TrueCrypt's plausible deniability works well.

Comment: Re:Seems appropriate (Score 3, Interesting) 232

by AmiMoJo (#47418409) Attached to: UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

People have argued the right to not incriminate themselves right up to the European courts, but it was rejected. When you are arrested in the UK you are told that if you fail to mention when questioned anything you later rely on in court it may harm your defence, so there is no right to silence either.

What isn't clear from the story is if this guy just forgot his password or if he refused to hand it over. The law says that the police must prove you knew the password, e.g. by showing that you used it very recently.

Either way, it's a fucked up law that needs to be repealed.

Comment: Re:Incandescent will be best for the environment. (Score 2) 122

by AmiMoJo (#47418225) Attached to: My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

LED bulbs sold in the EU must be lead free. The shops have to accept the dead ones back for recycling. The fact that they last a lot longer limits the environmental impact. The energy saved vs. incandescent can be used for other things that would produce a lot more pollution. The mistake of looking at technologies in isolation is a pretty common one when evaluating environmental impact.

Comment: Re:Up to 250m? (Score 1) 135

by AmiMoJo (#47416597) Attached to: Alcatel-Lucent's XG-FAST Pushes 10,000Mbps Over Copper Phone Lines

Also heavily dependent on the quality of your line, not just the length. If it is old and crappy, gets damp every time it rains and is only holding on by a thread this isn't going to help you convince the phone company to replace it for you. I don't know if the US is any better but in the UK British Telecom will just tell you it works for voice so sod off.

Privacy

Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On 195

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the electric-eye dept.
Advocatus Diaboli (1627651) writes The National Security Agency and FBI have covertly monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-Americans — including a political candidate and several civil rights activists, academics, and lawyers — under secretive procedures intended to target terrorists and foreign spies. From the article: "The individuals appear on an NSA spreadsheet in the Snowden archives called 'FISA recap.' Under that law, the Justice Department must convince a judge with the top-secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that there is probable cause to believe that American targets are not only agents of an international terrorist organization or other foreign power, but also 'are or may be' engaged in or abetting espionage, sabotage, or terrorism. The authorizations must be renewed by the court, usually every 90 days for U.S. citizens. ... The five Americans whose email accounts were monitored by the NSA and FBI have all led highly public, outwardly exemplary lives. All five vehemently deny any involvement in terrorism or espionage, and none advocates violent jihad or is known to have been implicated in any crime, despite years of intense scrutiny by the government and the press. Some have even climbed the ranks of the U.S. national security and foreign policy establishments."
Networking

Alcatel-Lucent's XG-FAST Pushes 10,000Mbps Over Copper Phone Lines 135

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from the exhaust-your-uverse-cap-in-half-a-second dept.
Mark.JUK (1222360) writes The Bell Labs R&D division of telecoms giant Alcatel-Lucent has today claimed to set a new world record after they successfully pushed "ultra-broadband" speeds of 10,000 Megabits per second (Mbps) down a traditional copper telephone line using XG-FAST technology, which is an extension of G.fast (ITU G.9700).

G.fast is a hybrid-fiber technology, which is designed to deliver Internet speeds of up to 1000Mbps over runs of copper cable (up to around 250 meters via 106MHz+ radio spectrum). The idea is that a fiber optic cable is taken closer to homes and then G.fast works to deliver the last few meters of service, which saves money because the operator doesn't have to dig up your garden to lay new cables. XG-FAST works in a similar way but via an even shorter run of copper and using frequencies of up to 500MHz. For example, XG-FAST delivered its top speed of 10,000Mbps by bonding two copper lines together over just 30 meters of cable.

+ - TEPCO planning to use Windows XP up to 2019

Submitted by AmiMoJo
AmiMoJo (196126) writes "TEPCO, operator of the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, plans to continue using 48,000 copies of Windows XP until 2018-19, when they will be replaced. The Japanese government has urged companies in charge of critical infrastructure to upgrade from XP due to the risk of cyberattack. When asked about potential problems TEPCO said that it has "taken technical measures of various kinds", but declined to detail them "for security reasons.""

Comment: Re:Can't we just say people took naked pics? (Score 1) 210

by AmiMoJo (#47413989) Attached to: Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

All those erase cycles would wear out the flash memory much faster. Flash can generally only erase blocks, so to remove part of a block the entire thing has to be read, erased and re-written.

The simple solution is just to enable encryption. Android has supported it for years. Then a wipe destroys the key, and all the data is gone.

Comment: Re:Magical Pixie Horse (Score 1) 341

by AmiMoJo (#47411061) Attached to: Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

The problem with health insurance is that some people are just not very healthy, through no fault of their own. I have multiple auto-immune disorders that are just a part of my genetic code and which are untreatable. From an insurance stand-point I'm a huge risk because stuff is going wrong all the time and I'd be making endless claims.

Fortunately where I live we have socialized medical care so I get the treatment I need, but if the system were such that I had to pay based on my risk to the insurer I'd probably have no insurance. That would be bad for society in general because although I cost money to treat I also pay tax and generate a lot of value through my job and social interactions. If you just price all the unhealthy people out, even the ones who are unhealthy because of their lifestyle, the impact on the economy and society tends to be quite negative.

Comment: Re:you can't get away from (Score 1) 341

by AmiMoJo (#47411001) Attached to: Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

Just wrap the meter in tin foil, problem solved. Most of the EU is standardizing in 139MHz and the UK on GSM+2.4GHz (because we suck), both being quite easy to block. With some craft skills you could make a nice Faraday cage out of wire mesh, allowing for manual readings when they call you about it.

Comment: Re:yes but...yes in fact. (Score 2) 294

by AmiMoJo (#47410951) Attached to: Wireless Contraception

The courts found that since this is a valid religious belief AND the government could provide the 4 questioned contraceptives through other means

Why are certain beliefs privileged? Could a non-religious person decide they "believed" in not providing certain healthcare to their employees and just let the government pick up the bill instead?

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