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UK Gov't May Track All Facebook Traffic 204

Posted by timothy
from the posted-before-curfew dept.
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

by phaetonic (#27079891) Attached to: Steve Bourne Talks About the History of Sh
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

by phaetonic (#27004379) Attached to: Are Windows 7 Testers Going Unheard?
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

by phaetonic (#27001417) Attached to: Are Windows 7 Testers Going Unheard?
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

by phaetonic (#27000507) Attached to: Are Windows 7 Testers Going Unheard?
"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."

Comment: oh ok... (Score 3, Interesting) 249

by phaetonic (#25714297) Attached to: Sun Unveils RAID-Less Storage Appliance
Fortune 500 companies typically standardize hardware, so people who say they can buy this from here, that from there, one more thing from eBay are rediculous.

Also, to those who say small businesses can't afford this, its really an option. Some places like open source hodgepodges of hardware and some do not because their small business generates enough money that investing in enterprise class hardware with gold 4 hour response from a solid company with a history of UNIX experience and integration with Solaris.

Also, said Fortune 500 companies get massive discounts, as what you're seeing is retail price.

Fundamentally, there may be no basis for anything.