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Comment Draft Investigatory Powers Bill is Out (Score 1) 418

Until now the stories about the Investigatory Powers Bill have been hard to gauge as the bill was not published, but now it is.

The Slashdot title, "Internet Firms To Be Banned From Offering Unbreakable Encryption Under New UK Laws" looks to be wrong or at least misleading. The relevant part of the bill states:

62. ... b. RIPA requires CSPs to provide communications data when served with a notice, to assist in giving effect to interception warrants, and to maintain permanent interception capabilities, including maintaining the ability to remove any encryption applied by the CSP to whom the notice relates. 63. ...The draft Bill will not impose any additional requirements in relation to encryption over and above the existing obligations in RIPA. ...

So Communications Service Providers can have strong encryption, as long as they keep the key and hand it over when required as they are required already by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. The horse has already bolted.

Comment Response to Snowden (Score 1) 418

Looking at some of the powers in the Investigatory powers bill reminds me strongly of the GCHQ's Tempora project and other capabilities. Snowden's whistle blowing has created a lot of debate and the main response by politicians seems to be to codify these once secret programs into law with barely a nod to oversight.

Comment Re:hmm (Score 1) 616

“I am never forget the day I first meet the great Lobachevsky.
In one word he told me secret of success in mathematics:

Let no one else's work evade your eyes!
Remember why the good Lord made your eyes!
So don't shade your eyes,
But plagiarize, plagiarize, plagiarize -
Only be sure always to call it please 'research'."

Tom Lehrer

Comment Re:Often aren't "math guys" but "arithmetic guys" (Score 1) 616

Oh for mod points. I've had a bucket load for the last few days and when I at last see a good post needing some mods points, they vanish.

I program all the time and do very little with numbers other than counting. However as others have already said computer languages are actually maths. The problem solving, logic puzzle, abstraction part of maths.
Well explained mx+b!

Comment Obviously Chinese Espionage (Score 2) 18

I found the "Elderwood Framework" document interesting. A number of different hacker groups, including Black Vine had access to a surprisingly high number of zero day exploits. Looking at the primary targets defence, aeronautics, engineering, energy in the US and NGOs in Taiwan, Hong Kong and China, it makes sense that it is Chinese backed.

All the zero day exploits were IE, Flash and one Windows (XML core services).

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