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Comment: Carbon Neutral? (Score 3, Insightful) 101

by MrKaos (#49367511) Attached to: Nation's Biggest Nuclear Firm Makes a Play For Carbon Credit Cash

It's ludicrous for the Nuclear Industry to call itself carbon neutral when tens of thousands of tons of ore has to be crushed and refined with carbon based energy sources. The enrichment of the fuel at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant uses two brown coal power plants to run it. Then there is the massive cabon sink from the concrete to build the thing in the first place.

Even after that you have the CFC114 from the enrichment process which the EPA reports as the single largest contributor of greenhouse gasses. In all they are bogus claims suggesting the Nuclear industry is "carbon-free" because clearly it is not.

Comment: Re:I tried (Score 2) 122

by MrKaos (#49352107) Attached to: Australia Passes Mandatory Data Retention Law

It's ok to protect ordinary people from organised crime, right? I've been writing letters to senators to try and let them know why it was such a bad idea all week. Why is it all the really fucked bills have to be 'rushed through'. I reckon the game for politicians is how well they can deceive the population, en masse to pass these really nasty laws whilst the media serves to keep everyone in the dark. They must be high fiving each other now.

I analysed the bill and whilst I won't include the letters I wrote to the senate, these are the sections of part one I thought needed to be amended to protect the population from fraud and slashdotters will probably get this immediately.

Criticisms of specific sections in Part one:

187AA.3A,3B remove because it introduces the possibility that any e-commerce business that is not a telecommunications provider can be forced to retain data and bare the cost of limiting their business throughput and capacity for expansion. For business this represents a rising linear cost that increases with additional customers.

187B.2 Needs definition of who a CAC (Communications Access Controller) role answers to, which department, and limits to retention demands

187B.2A change 'may' to 'must'

187B.3.c Remove. Additional requirements from the CAC impose incremental infrastructure and capacity restraints on business coupled with forcing them into I.P cost and approval cycles every time infrastructure upgrades are required as a result of demands from the CAC. The business is forced to write for approval for mandatory upgrades to meet retention requirements demanded by the CAC.

187BA.a Specify an minimum standard for encryption of data. Governmental should mandate minimum encryption standards revised regularly to protect consumers from fraud, organised crime, identity theft, harassment and so on. The same standard should control access to the data from all parties.

187BA.c add allow encrypted access to the data by the entity or person that generated it.

187E.2.b,c service providers must never be exempt from section 187BA when storing entity or personally generated data 187F.2.a add ensure adherence to encryption standards in 187BA; and

187F.2.b add: whilst still complying with 187BA

187F.2.f remove for the same reason as 187B.3.c

187G.1 Law enforcement uses a secured access standard under 187BA.a to access the data

187G.2.d change 'may' to 'must'

187G 4,5 Define a criteria for the ACMA's collection requirements

187K.1.d add: not approve an exemption from 187BA

187KA.4 define the ACMA's relation to policing here

187KA.4.f add: input from the PC and T.O

187KA.5 remove: ACMA considerations have nothing to do with policing for terrorists

187LA Should provide protection from abuse from government employees

187M add: Section 187BA(a)(b),

To clue you all in Section 187AA is the meat of the 80 page bill that defines what is captured. Section 187BA(a)(b) define, weakly, how the population will be protected from fraud. Whilst the single word change of 187B.2A is the critical change required to protect people from harrasement. 187G.2.d give ISPs an out for complying with 187BA which further weakens the publics protection.

I feel sorry for my country and it's people. I work in IT, I understand how people will be defrauded because I've seen it and now I think it is inevitable that these cases will be more common. Our constitution says Australians are guaranteed 'responsible government' however I see this bill as a very dangerous instrument that will be abused because it simply doesn't have any protections for Australians - how is that responsible government.

Comment: Re:What difference does it make (Score 1) 122

by MrKaos (#49352007) Attached to: Australia Passes Mandatory Data Retention Law

if the Five Eyes slurp it all up anyway? They already have access to these data, why bother making ISPs keep it too?

As a cache. If an analyst decides to pay attention to you the Xkeyscore can query the cache on the ISP and then slurp any future data. It's must be a spooks wet dream - get the target to pay for their own surveillance.

Comment: Re:Not new (Score 1) 122

by MrKaos (#49351829) Attached to: Australia Passes Mandatory Data Retention Law

This law is just formalising and making it clearly mandatory. The meta data has been available and used for decades.

As someone who has read the Bill and the requirements under Section 187AA and as someone who is familiar with the billing systems that ISP use I can tell you that this is not true. The items under the section also record the duration and other parts of the communications that weren't previously recorded.

ISP's billing systems were only concerned if your account was financial, not the specifics of what the account was doing.

Comment: Re:Economics (Score 1) 148

by MrKaos (#49343353) Attached to: First Nuclear Power Plant Planned In Jordan
It sounds like a cop out because it is a cop out.

Who knows our civilisation may be at its peak right now and we will never reach these technological heights again. For all we know our selfishness will drive humanity back to nomads with some crazy old man poking a stick in a fire saying 'We used to have great machines that could fly'. Not what I want, but just as likely.

Comment: Re:Economics (Score 1) 148

by MrKaos (#49343229) Attached to: First Nuclear Power Plant Planned In Jordan

Could someone fill me in on the economics of nuclear power generation? I'd like to know what the usual payback period for a plant is, and how much it costs to operate a plant over that period.

Absolutely. Here is a link to the peer reviewed science that details net energy return after factoring input costs.

Have a great day!

Comment: Re:Hang on a minute (Score 1) 120

by MrKaos (#49340691) Attached to: Uber To Turn Into a Big Data Company By Selling Location Data

Comparing your mild annoyance at the thought that a company that you don't have to do business with could sell your data to a third party to slavery is incredibly offensive.

People that hide behind the freedom of anonymous speech I fight for to criticize me, offend me. Go an write a letter to your duly elected representative you are wasting your time here.

In Nature there are neither rewards nor punishments, there are consequences. -- R.G. Ingersoll