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Comment: Re:Oh For Crying Out Loud (Score 2) 134

by jonwil (#49369177) Attached to: Europol Chief Warns About Computer Encryption

There are JavaScript (and other client-side-but-in-the-browser) implementations of all kinds of encryption algorithms out there. The site does client-side encryption before uploading to the server (so they never get the plaintext)

I see no real reason why you couldn't have a client side/browser extention/JavaScript/whatever implementation of something like PGP/GPG where the private keys never get seen by the web mail provider (it would mean each device you want to send email from has to have its own copy of the private key stored somewhere though)

Google and Yahoo already have in-browser addons in development that are designed to do client-side end-to-end encryption in the browser for their email platforms.

Comment: Re:Say what you will about ULA... (Score 3, Interesting) 42

by jonwil (#49360459) Attached to: Taxpayer Subsidies To ULA To End

Considering how many successful launches SpaceX has had to date (including launches where the launch was successful but the land-and-reuse part of the mission failed) I recon SpaceX will be just as good at launching stuff into space as ULA is. And they (per the figures I have seen quoted) are cheaper than ULA too.

Comment: If ever there was a time to write your congressman (Score 1) 185

by jonwil (#49338491) Attached to: New Bill Would Repeal Patriot Act

If ever there was a time for the Americans here to write to their congressman and ask that they support a particular bill, this is the time. I may not be American or know a whole lot about American politics but even I know that this is probably one of the most important bills proposed in Congress in at least a decade.

Comment: Why not link this to cruise control (Score 2) 282

by jonwil (#49331983) Attached to: Ford's New Car Tech Prevents You From Accidentally Speeding

Cruise control already controls the speed of the car. Adaptive cruise control will drive at whatever speed it needs to drive at based on the distance to the cars in front and behind. Why not extend the adaptive cruise control system so that it will drive no faster than the speed limit (as determined by whatever this system uses) unless it has to drive faster due to the speed of the car behind (i.e. the car behind is going faster than the speed limit and therefore this car has to in order to not get rear-ended).

It could then, like existing cruise control systems, be overridden by the driver if need be (via pressing on the accelerator pedal) but by default it would keep the driver at the speed limit unless it needed to go slower due to the car in front or faster due to the car behind.

Comment: Re:What's missing from this story? (Score 1) 569

If you were a cop and you were sent to an address in response to a 911 call claiming that there was someone at that address with a dangerous weapon, would you walk up to the door and knock politely? I dont think so, you would want to stop the person inside from using any weapons they have on you before they have the chance to react.

Comment: Re:Yeah because you know... (Score 2) 224

by jonwil (#49306227) Attached to: Chevy Malibu 'Teen Driver' Tech Will Snitch If You Speed

Many older Japanese cars like Corollas, Pulsars, Civics etc are VERY reliable and still good choices even today (in terms of the likelihood of things going wrong and needing to be fixed) as long as they haven't been written off (crashed and rebuilt and re-registered) and have been properly maintained.

Comment: Re:Yeah because you know... (Score 2) 224

by jonwil (#49306191) Attached to: Chevy Malibu 'Teen Driver' Tech Will Snitch If You Speed

Such things already exist. Devices that plug into the OBD2 port on a vehicle and monitor/log all the relavent information already exist. Some combine this with GPS tracking (to log where the car is as well as how its being driven).

Plenty of options for parents to monitor how their teenager is driving and whether they are driving safely or not, this just happens to be one actually built into the car (and capable of doing more than just logging as a result)

Comment: Re:Teenagers shouldn't be driving NEW cars anyway (Score 3, Informative) 224

by jonwil (#49306165) Attached to: Chevy Malibu 'Teen Driver' Tech Will Snitch If You Speed

The roads in Australia are filled with SUVs just as much as they are in the US (and that number seems to be growing all the time based on my observations) and yet people who know what they are talking about (including a family member who has been working in dealerships and selling both new and used cars for decades and now works in management at a dealer) still recommend small fuel efficient Japanese cars as good first cars for young drivers (despite the "increased risk" if they get into an accident with an SUV)

Comment: Teenagers shouldn't be driving NEW cars anyway (Score 2, Insightful) 224

by jonwil (#49306051) Attached to: Chevy Malibu 'Teen Driver' Tech Will Snitch If You Speed

Teenage drivers with fresh licenses should be driving older cheaper-to-buy cars.

Unless a teenager (or their parents) are rich, they should be buying an older cheaper car that doesn't require taking out a massive auto loan. In Australia the usual recommendation/good option is something small and Japanese like a Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Suzuki Swift, Mitsubishi Lancer, Nissan Pulsar, Mazda 323, Honda Jazz or something like that but in the US the best option may be different.

Comment: Re:iPhone vs what? (Score 0) 214

by jonwil (#49282587) Attached to: The GNU Manifesto Turns Thirty

Any phone that doesn't restrict your ability to run the software (and operating system) of your choice on it is what you should be buying instead of that crApple ifPhail.

If it was an actual device (and not just some schematics and a prototype built on an ARM dev board) I would be recommending the Neo900 as the best option for people wanting a truly open phone. With the Neo900, it will be possible (as far as I am aware) to run a 100% FOSS software stack on the main ARM CPU and have basically complete device functionality including LTE cellular modem, power management/battery charging, phone calls, SMS messages, GPS, WiFi, FM transmitter, FM receiver, camera and bluetooth.

Comment: Re:Australian here (Score 1) 85

by jonwil (#49282507) Attached to: Australia May Introduce Site Blocking To Prevent Copyright Infringement

Given how much money the big media companies spend on political donations to both sides of politics in this country I wouldn't be so sure that the Labor party are going to be voting no on this bill.

Not to mention that they are filming the latest Pirates of the Caribbean film right here in sunny Queensland and I can gaurantee that Hollywood is talking to both sides of politics and pointing out just how much money is being injected into the Australian economy by content production and that without strong anti-piracy measures, all that content production (and associated economic benefit) will be in jeopardy.

It worked in New Zealand where they used the Hobbit films as a lever to get the changes to labor laws that they wanted, I see no reason the same wouldn't work here in Australia to get the anti-piracy measures they want.

To downgrade the human mind is bad theology. - C. K. Chesterton