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+ - Police Could Charge a Data Center in the Largest Child Porn Bust Ever->

Submitted by sarahnaomi
sarahnaomi (3948215) writes "It could be the largest child porn investigation ever conducted.

Canadian police say they’ve uncovered a massive online file sharing network for exploitative material that could involve up to 7,500 users in nearly 100 countries worldwide.

But unlike past investigations into the distribution of child porn, which typically involve targeting suspects individually, police have instead seized over 1.2 petabytes of data—more than four times the amount of data in the US Library of Congress—from a data center responsible for storing the material, and may even attempt to lay criminal charges against its operators, too.

“What we are alleging is occurring is that there are individuals and organizations that are profiting from the storage and the exchange of child sexual exploitation material,” Scott Tod, Deputy Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), told Motherboard at a conference late last month, after speaking to a crowd of defence specialists. “They store it and they provide a secure website that you can log into, much like people do with illegal online gaming sites.”"

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+ - Isis and Al-Qaeda terrorists using eBay, Reddit and porn to send coded messages ->

Submitted by concertina226
concertina226 (2447056) writes "Islamic State (Isis) and Al-Qaeda terrorists have been turning to Reddit, eBay and pornography to send coded messages to their followers, according to an author with sources inside Mossad.

Mossad operatives now routinely monitor social bookmarking website Reddit, where messages can be hidden easily due to the plethora of subreddit sections and millions of posts of comments in each section of the website."

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Comment: Re:It's almost like the Concord verses the 747 aga (Score 1) 155

by OzPeter (#49154369) Attached to: Hyperloop Testing Starts Next Year

$56M doesn't really apply here, even if we were talking about a transcontinental hyper loop. I don't know if you've ever driven across the country, but there is a whole lot of empty space. Building stuff there is significantly cheaper than where stuff already exists.

A 4 lane highway in rural areas costs about $5 million per mile (*). And while a road is not an enclosed vacuum tube, the vacuum tube would be many more times complex to build (and maintain) than the road - for example, there its the infrastructure needed to keep the hyperloop pumped down to its working pressure, as you can be sure that leaks will occur.

But that infrastructure will have to be dispersed across the length of the hyper loop, as a pumping station in LA or NYC will not be able to deal with a leak in the midwest until the air introduced in that leak makes its way to either end of the loop - meaning both a huge volume of air, and a huge lag time until it gets there. And huge vacuum pumps will not be cheap, and will have to be powered by something. So there you are building not only the hyper loop, but at a minimum HV transmission lines for the pumping stations and possibly power stations as well (be they solar, wind, nuke or coal), as well as the roads needed to reach that infrastructure . Plus as you say .. you are doing it in the middle of nowhere,which is going to jack up prices in its own way.

So it does't take much for the cost per mile to start adding up.

* $5 million per mile cost for a 4 lane highway is taken from the American Road & Transportation Builders Association website. And it rises to $9 million in urban areas.

Comment: Re:It's almost like the Concord verses the 747 aga (Score 3, Insightful) 155

by OzPeter (#49153875) Attached to: Hyperloop Testing Starts Next Year

Actually, it's the Return on investment (ROI) that matter in business. Or in other word, how many time it'll take to make enough profit to cover the cost of the initial investment. And in this case, the US$9.95 billion California High-Speed Rail is a huge example on how much money you can make on transportation.

Using the $56 million per km quoted on California High-Speed Rail as the low estimate of how much it would cost to build a hyper loop, the minimum cost across the US would be $56 million per km * 3000 miles * 1.6 km per mile = $270 Billion dollars MINIMUM. That's going to have a hell of a long ROI, and because of that I can't see anyone in their right mind financing such a project in the near future.

Comment: Re:Consumers win (Score 1) 207

by OzPeter (#49151041) Attached to: Lenovo Saying Goodbye To Bloatware

I thought we were talking about Suppliers shipping bloatware with their *products*... iTunes is REQUIRED if you use you iPod with a PC.

You thought wrong. It is a comparison between what is on an Apple computer when you pull it out of the box vs what is on a Windows computer (of various brands) when you pull it out of the box.

As has been stated previously, iTunes on Windows is an Apples to Oranges comparison. This is the same as complaining that in order to use a Zune on a Mac, you have to install additional software (albeit most likely a better experience than iTunes on Windows)

Comment: Re:Consumers win (Score 1) 207

by OzPeter (#49150905) Attached to: Lenovo Saying Goodbye To Bloatware

Yeah, you're right... They are completely incomparable! iTunes is 100000 times worse than anything that comes with Windows. Just having the iTunes/iPos service running (application closed) means your computer uses up about 75% of your available resources.

FFS, the comparison is between Apple supplied software on a new Apple computer vs 3rd party bloatware supplied on a new windows computer.

It is not about how bad Apple sucks at writing Windows software. And don't even start with the forced Safari install with iTunes on Windows.

Comment: Re:Consumers win (Score 1) 207

by OzPeter (#49150235) Attached to: Lenovo Saying Goodbye To Bloatware

Apple did a lazy port of iTunes to PC so that people could use their iPods. It sucked because they didn't put much effort into it. Possibly on purpose.

And it may still suck from what I have seen*. But kinda irrelevant to Apple not shipping bloatware on their own computers.

The sucking may be due to a lot of reasons such as Apple not having decent windows programmers, or trying to shoe-horn one set of source code into two different environments. I don't see them doing on purpose.

Comment: Re:Bloatware?! (Score 1) 207

by OzPeter (#49150097) Attached to: Lenovo Saying Goodbye To Bloatware

but I imagine they're even more into the sell more media side, as opposed to a simple and functional media player.

Like with Microsoft Windows, you can consider all the useless features they add to the system that are basically for marketing purposes, as bloatware.

Hardly a direct comparison. Apple has none of the the 3rd party crap pushed on windows that is free trials, upgrades or advertising.

My use of iTunes is to play local media, and free podcasts that I download (from the iTunes store). That is front and center for me and I am never pushed into buying media by Apples advertising dominating my user experience.

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