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UK Gov't May Track All Facebook Traffic 204

Jack Spine writes "The UK government, which is becoming increasingly Orwellian, has said that it is considering snooping on all social networking traffic including Facebook, MySpace, and bebo. This supposedly anti-terrorist measure may be proposed as part of the Intercept Modernisation Programme according to minister Vernon Coaker, and is exactly the sort of deep packet inspection web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee warned about last week. The measure would get around the inconvenience for the government of not being able to snoop on all UK web traffic."

Comment Re:perl (Score 1) 232

all major UNIX operating systems have sh, while not all come with perl granted, lately more vendors are including open source products like perl, apache, ssh, etc. I'm talking about years ago, when you wanted a sysadmin script (something simple like cat + awk + sed) to run on solaris 2.5.1, AIX 4.3L, Linux 1.2.3, and HP-UX

Comment Re:no shit? (Score 1) 394

mozilla crash reports are just like microsoft crash reports, both send crash information, so open source is a moot point. how do you install an older kernel in parallel? do you mean reboot into an older kernel? you can dual boot a windows box and do the same. thats not even taking into account using VMware with snapshots, which would work on linux, windows, solaris, etc

Comment Re:no shit? (Score 1) 394

you're not on topic.. the idea behind my reply was to show that users giving feedback to any application's developers (open source or not) is simply that, feedback, and you should set your expectations accordingly and understand you do not know all the ramifications your suggestion could involve, the ratio of time spent vs how important it is, preventing feature creep, and more.

if you've ever written an application, you'll know that one user will commend a feature as being invaluble, while another tries to rip you apart and tell you how it should change.

this has nothing to do with open source

Comment no shit? (Score 4, Insightful) 394

"Kernel 2.8.1 beta testers are disputing whether or not the linux community is taking notice of their feedback. The dispute follows a blog post by Linus Torvalds, the man in charge of engineering Kernel 2.8.1. He notes that in one week in January the linux community received data through Kernel 2.8.1's automatic feedback system every 15 seconds. According to Linus, it's impossible to keep everyone happy. That's partly because there are only so many changes the linux community can make to the system and still finish it, and partly because in many cases testers often have opposing views about a feature."

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