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Comment: Details of the "RoundUp" software in question (Score 5, Informative) 283

For anyone interested, the paper detailing the software (RoundUp) used in the dragnet can be found here: http://www.dfrws.org/2010/proc...

RoundUp is a Java-based tool that allows for both local and collaborative investigations of the Gnutella network, implementing the principles and techniques described in the previous sections. RoundUp is a fork of the Phex Gnutella client, and it retains Phex’s graphical user interface. Our changes in creating RoundUp from Phex focused on three key areas: adding specific functionality to augment investigative interactions, exposing information of interest to investigators in the GUI, and automating reporting of this information in standard ways.

Comment: Easy up now (Score 5, Informative) 228

by Anonymice (#47902945) Attached to: School Installs Biometric Fingerprint System For Cafeteria

Two things...

First off, British schools don't have "rent-a-cops", security scanners or ID cards, this is an American thing. The hardest security you'll come across in a school in the UK is the school gate.

Secondly, the biometrics are just an additional method of payment, it's entirely optional. No one's stopping you from paying in cash. If I was tasked with setting up a hassle free method of tracking kids deductions from their pre-paid balance, this would likely be the route I'd go too. It's far cheaper to buy 2-3 scanners than to kit the whole school out with RFID tags, and it doesn't come with the inevitable hang-up of things getting lost, stolen or forgotten.
There's not much risk of the data being shared outside the school, as even the police aren't allowed to store biometric records of anyone without an active criminal record.

Comment: Re:The death of leniency (Score 3, Insightful) 643

by Anonymice (#47767975) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

I dunno, to me it looks like tactical language so as to not aggravate the police force & automatically put them on the defensive. If you want someone to comply, you give them a reason to *want* to do it.
If you tell people you want to restrict their freedoms so you have more control over them, they'll rebel. If you tell people that you're trying to protect them (think of the children!), they'll hand you their liberties without a second thought.

Comment: Re:There has not been any radioactive terror to da (Score 1) 66

by Anonymice (#47660241) Attached to: Scientists Who Smuggle Radioactive Materials

On the contrary, I fear the biggest nuclear threat in the modern world is from individual "terror" groups. In the age of Mutually Assured Destruction, the only people with nothing to lose are those who can't be tied to a specific region. If a group of unaffiliated individuals attack a country, that country has no recourse for nuclear retaliation.

I highly recommend the documentary "Countdown to Zero", it recounts the stories of a couple of extremist organisations caught in the process of acquiring nuclear material, and the frightening thing is that most of these cases were caught by accident, ie. luck. And if those were found by accident, we have no idea how many transactions may have been successful.

To quote a Russian military prosecutor with regards to the tracking & security of nuclear material during the collapse of the Soviet Union:

"potatoes were guarded better"

Comment: This is a good thing! (Score 1) 82

by Anonymice (#47568625) Attached to: Black Hat Researchers Actively Trying To Deanonymize Tor Users

I see many naysayers & detractors here querying why black-hats would want to break the very services they rely on, but surely that's exactly what they should be doing?

If you want to rely on a service for your own security, it's in your best interests to find all the weaknesses - especially with open source projects, which rely on the community to find & fix faults.

Comment: Catch up at the back (Score 2) 98

by Anonymice (#47536883) Attached to: Russia Posts $110,000 Bounty For Cracking Tor's Privacy

TOR's already broken!

This, from last week:

Black Hat anti-Tor talk smashed by lawyers' wrecking ball
Boring Carnegie-Mellon University lawyers have scuppered one of the most hotly anticipated talks at the Black Hat conference – which would have explained how $3,000 of kit could unmask Tor hidden services and user IP addresses.

Comment: Re:Competition Sucks (Score 1) 507

by Anonymice (#47215663) Attached to: Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin

At least in the UK, there is strict licensing for anyone who wants to take a passenger for commercial purposes. And there are different licences for different types of taxis. If they do not have a licence, then their insurance will be invalidated. The authorities crack down heavily on unlicensed drivers.
To be honest, I would expect this to be the same around much of the rest of the world too.

Evidence? My father runs a cab company, and also the fact you can't go anywhere in London without seeing scaremongering posters warning of the dangers of unlicensed taxis.

Comment: Re:It's just sad... (Score 1) 164

by Anonymice (#47161535) Attached to: 'Godfather of Ecstasy,' Chemist Sasha Shulgin Dies Aged 88

Alcohol's legal, and that has a far higher rate of physical addiction. Alcohol addiction is nasty in fact, as forcing an addict to go cold turkey would kill them. People also get psychologically addicted to adrenaline (which we create quite efficiently ourselves).
Banning something because some people might misuse it is silly, however if you wish to go down that route, you'd also have to ban alcohol, tobacco...guns?

Comment: Re: Your system of government killed it (Score 2) 157

by Anonymice (#47072253) Attached to: Who Helped Kill Patent Troll Reform In the Senate

I'd call American democracy a pretty good prototype of the real thing.

But its just a prototype, and beta ended loooong ago.

That America's even a democracy appears to be under debate at the moment...
Oligarchy, not democracy: Americans have ‘near-zero’ input on policy – report

Comment: Re:Don't see a problem (Score 1) 139

Uh...JFGI? There are a ton of articles on the advertising profits made by the likes of TPB.

Here is a more recent one

I remember reading an interview with the guys a few years ago, and apparently each of the prime flash slots along the sides of the site run at $20k per month.

SCCS, the source motel! Programs check in and never check out! -- Ken Thompson

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