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Comment Re:Hammerheads in Vermont (Score 1) 427

Yeah. Must be awful to have to admit that your civilisation's future lifespan will only be measured in centuries.

Or maybe there were political reasons for building the wall, and it was in fact a tremendous success.

To be fair the historical records aren't terribly informative on the matter, but your description does sound somewhat grasping.

Submission + - Dallas Buyers Club Gives up chasing pirates in Australia

Harlequin80 writes: Dallas Buyers Club (DBC), the company behind the movie with the same name, has been trying to purse legal action against people they accuse of pirating their movie. In Australia they first sued iiNet, a major ISP, to gain access to their customer records which iiNet decided to fight in court. Though Judge Perram ruled that iiNet would have to surrender the details of the customers to DBC he applied very strict control orders to DBC. This started with a requirement to submit a draft of their letter to Justice Perram before he would release the customer details, upon seeing the contents of the letter he escalated the controls to requiring a significant bond of AU$600,000 and a rewrite of the letter removing most of the demands.

Finally he gave a deadline of tomorrow for a reasonable letter to be submitted or he would close the case with no further action allowed. The lawyers representing DBC have confirmed today that the deadline will pass with no submissions to Justice Perram on the matter which effectively stops any possibility of DBC pursuing people they believe pirated their film in Australia.

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Submission + - US intelligence chief: we might use the internet of things to spy on you (theguardian.com)

An anonymous reader writes: “In the future, intelligence services might use the [internet of things] for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment, or to gain access to networks or user credentials,” Clapper said.
Clapper did not specifically name any intelligence agency as involved in household-device surveillance. But security experts examining the internet of things take as a given that the US and other surveillance services will intercept the signals the newly networked devices emit, much as they do with those from cellphones. Amateurs are already interested in easily compromised hardware; computer programmer John Matherly’s search engine Shodan indexes thousands of completely unsecured web-connected devices.

Comment Re:Hammerheads in Vermont (Score 1) 427

Also, does anyone know of any time in history--any time--when building a wall at the border worked out well for the wall builders? I honestly can't think of even one example.

Hadrian's Wall. Two and a half centuries of use suggests it was working pretty well.

Submission + - the IoT could/might/would spy on you (theguardian.com)

turkeydance writes: ...., James Clapper, the US director of national intelligence, was more direct in testimony submitted to the Senate on Tuesday as part of an assessment of threats facing the United States.

“In the future, intelligence services might use the [internet of things] for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment, or to gain access to networks or user credentials,” Clapper said.

Comment Re:And who can blame them? (Score 1) 274

Now Russia will get its own CPU's, software and hardware. The OS was really the last big issue that had US gov/mil backdoors, trapsdoors as designed and exported.
Russia can move on with good local jobs, understanding every line of code and work out any issues with its own trusted experts.
Its win win win. A deeper understanding of OS and network security, good local jobs, great code.
Secure computer systems will help making each network a bit more unique :)

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