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Comment: Re:noone trusts their cya legalese (Score 1) 134

Just curious, but have you ever actually read a 'chinese news media report'? I certainly haven't. I suspect your comment is merely your nationalistic prejudice rearing up defensively.

IMHO, it's western governments that publish spin (i.e. lie, or mislead, or obfuscate). The (ex-)communist countries simply don't allow anything to be published about politically controversial issues.

+ - Canada Introduces Privacy Reforms That Encourage Warrantless Disclosure of Info->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Earlier this week, the government introduced the Digital Privacy Act (Bill S-4), the latest attempt to update Canada's private sector privacy law. Michael Geist reports that the bill includes a provision that could massively expand warrantless disclosure of personal information. Organizations will be permitted to disclose personal information without consent (and without a court order) to any organization that is investigating a contractual breach or possible violation of any law. This applies both past breaches or violations as well as potential future violations. Moreover, the disclosure occurs in secret without the knowledge of the affected person (who therefore cannot challenge the disclosure since they are not aware it is happening). Consider it a gift to copyright trolls, who won't need the courts to obtain information on thousands of Internet users."
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+ - Texas public charter schools teach creationism->

Submitted by SeattleGameboy
SeattleGameboy (641456) writes "Slate has a fascinating expose on teaching materials used by one of the largest public charter schools in Texas. Not only are they disputing evolution and teaching creationism, but they also twist world history, denigrates feminism and sexual orientation.

With so many tech companies basing their operations in Texas, on wonders how you can find enough workers with critical reasoning skills."

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Comment: Assumptions (Score 0) 230

by bagofbeans (#45737973) Attached to: Mark Zuckerberg Gives $990 Million To Charity

Actually most of the people were presuming MZ is evil and incapable of doing anything without personal gain, rather than most rich people.

Yes, that's unfair. However, since MZ controls FB with his >50% holding, he is personally responsible for the continual bait-and-switch privacy behaviors at FB which no-one can claim is nice. Note also that most of this pattern occurred before FB had a 'fiscal duty to its shareholders'.

So it's not unreasonable to ask for a higher level of evidence before believing that BG or MZ are behaving altruistically.

+ - Disney pulls a reverse Santa, takes back Christmas shows from Amazon customers

Submitted by Sockatume
Sockatume (732728) writes "Since 2011, Amazon Instant Video has sold a series of Christmas shorts from Disney called "Prep and Landing". Unfortunately this holiday season, Disney has had a change of heart and has decided to make the shorts exclusive to its own channels. Showing an abundance of Christmas cheer, the Mickey Mouse company went so far as to retroactively withdrawn the shows from Amazon, so that customers who have already paid for them no longer have access. Apparently this reverse-Santa facility is a feature Amazon provides all publishers, and customers have little recourse but to go cap-in-hand to a Disney outlet and pay for the shows again."

Comment: The worrying bit: (Score 1) 262

by bagofbeans (#45214435) Attached to: The Cloud: Convenient Until a Stranger Nukes Your Files

Thanks to some no doubt heroic digital forensics, they had managed to locate and restore all my missing folders.

Actually I suspect nothing is really deleted, just marked inaccessible to the owner but still available to the cloud company and any subpoena or court order.

Please encrypt your stuff yourself (not the cloud's encryption) before uploading.

Comment: No US-based cloud service can really fight the NSA (Score 1) 292

by bagofbeans (#44730883) Attached to: Lockbox Aims To NSA-Proof the Cloud

There's fighting without fighting, as the late Mr Lee would say.

The problem is "NSA agents will descend upon them, and provide a legal order requiring" something, as you say.

Make that ineffective. Host end doesn't hold any keys is easy. No make the client end that uploads open source AND externalise the key handling and algo choice from the client. A script into Truecrypt is a crude example of externalising.

Now, if the upload client suddenly starts wanting keys or anything else unecessary the user will be suspicious, and the knowledgeable can scrutinise the code.

+ - New Zealand Bans software patents.

Submitted by garyoa1
garyoa1 (2067072) writes "In what can only be described as a win for humanity, the New Zealand government today passed a new Patents Bill that effectively makes patenting software illegal. In what many are calling a major victory for innovation, the bill was passed earlier this week after more than five years of debate and intensive lobbying for multinational software vendors.

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