Really, the issue here is with MAP (an add-on to SS7 to support mobiles). The explosion of mobile means SS7 is no longer just the playing field for national carriers - mobile-only operators came to the party (still all $xbillion players). Then, smaller countries with some interesting networks came on the scene, and rather naughty SS7 traffic started to appear on the network.
Smarter operators (or at least bigger ones who got their fingers burnt) spent money to install gateways that limit and control their exposure (wouldn't you?). The less clueful/more cash-strapped/networks in less-developed countries remain more exposed.
Anyone interested can search for 'SS7 mobility management' ; the <a href="http://www.informit.com/library/content.aspx?b=Signaling_System_No_7&seqNum=116">code is easy</a>, the issue is getting access to the network.
Oh, wait, these days SS7 is being routed over IP now (ever wondered what the <a href="http://lksctp.sourceforge.net/">linux SCTP module</a> is actually for?).
This software (peddled by my bank for years) claims to protect against keyboard intercepts - on Windows.
Snake oil of the first order.
Any high-level language is an elaboration on the underlying reality. C is closer to whats really going on than its offspring (a simple consequence of it being built at the time we were learning to drive computers effectively).
Really, the argument is about teaching people how to drive when they don't know what's going on under the hood. How many people these days care about that? Like your average programmer, they just want to get from A to B.
The killer advantage of systemd is the money it makes. By integrating this software into our distro, we can be sure that any business using linux will take one look at the complexity, binary logs, and other great features and realise they really need to pay for a support contract. You see, this fixes the problem of the old, really lame (simple, yuk!) systems that have been around for years - anyone with a bit of shell knowledge can learn them in a few minutes, and it's really hard to make money when kids with some computing knowledge can sort system problems out. No, in order to convince customers that support contracts are necessary we need to replace the easy, working stuff with something we invented, something far richer, something that we can integrate into the system and which gives us addtional control. With this approach, we can effectively neutralise all those damn people who can learn how the system works in their spare time. Just make it so complex, only paid professionals can afford to flail about fixing things! As is clear, systemd fits that bill perfectly (along with pulseaudio and a nod to udev). Never mind all those whining ninnies (hey, tell them to go pay for a support contract if they want to use linux). What really matters here is the benefit to the bottom line - just remember, people, complex crap sells support contracts!
In summary, systemd is great on other's people machines - when you'd getting paid by the hour!
We know we shouldn't have to do this, but what choice have they given us ay guys?"
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According to Liberty, this raises serious doubts about oversight of the UK Intelligence and Security Commitee and their reassurances that in every case where GCHQ sought information from the US, a warrant for interception signed by a minister was in place.
Eric King, Deputy Director of Privacy international, said:
“We now know that data from any call, internet search, or website you visited over the past two years could be stored in GCHQ's database and analysed at will, all without a warrant to collect it in the first place. It is outrageous that the Government thinks mass surveillance, justified by secret “arrangements” that allow for vast and unrestrained receipt and analysis of foreign intelligence material is lawful. This is completely unacceptable, and makes clear how little transparency and accountability exists within the British intelligence community.”"
Interestingly, there's a report in the Telegraph today suggesting that driverless buses could be on the roads in the UK pretty soon.
On the one hand, this makes sense - the complexity of the problem is reduced with a vehicle following a pre-programmed route.
On the other hand, I'm deeply sceptical - taking the assumption that such vehicles would have to be super-safe to be accepted, I can see a spate of teens having fun baiting autobuses into emergency stops. Oh, and cyclists will totally rule the roads - get in front of a bus and pedal as slow as you like.
Thanks for all of your feedback on this bug. We’ve heard you loud and clear.
We plan to re-enable ext2/3/4 support in Files.app immediately. It will come back, just like it was before, and we’re working to get it into the next stable channel release.""
Two words: Parallel Construction.
I think we've seen this strategy before.
Basically, it's job security; make it so complex you need to pay for 'support' to make it work.
And the reason this was *scheduled* for news release today?
Because there was a public sector strike too (they knew which would get the TV headlines).
Plus the lame nods about "sunset" clause (yeah right) and reviews of RIPA (yeah, heard that one before).
What do the people of this fine land think?
Well, you only need to start reading the comments to see.
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More from the BBC, the Guardian, and plenty of other sources."