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Comment Re:Internet from censorship proof? (Score 1) 119

No it wouldn't Because there is no such thing as free lunch. Somebody have to pay for these satellites.
And it is quite easy for authoritarian government to prevent its citizens from paying to the satellite owner.
Note that Bitcoins is already illegal in Russia.

So, owner of these satellites would have three choices

1. Adhere to censorship rules
2. Don't service any people in these countries except few who are brave enough to use some criminal payment scheme.
3. Get some foreign government to pay for free access of users of particular country as part of information war against it.

I don't think that variant 3 gives much freedom to users.

Moreover, Internet is bidirectional by its nature. So, every satellite modem has to transmit some radiowaves on some particular frequency. And this signal have to be strong enough to reach nearest satellite (which is not less than several hundreds kilometers away). So, law enforcers would be able to detect such transmissions using ground-based equipment, which is lot nearer to the transmitter (they don't need to decipher contents, just locate transmitter) and seize modem.

Comment Re:SSH Tunnels? (Score 2) 119

As far as I've read - no. Even if you run a corporate VPN and give acces to it only for your employees, it is OK.

You encouinter this new law only if you are providing public VPN service. And even so, VPN is not banned. You are just required to register with authorities, and download daily list of banned sites, and restrict access to them. Of course, you have to provide logs on request.

Really, members of Russian Duma don't realize that there is something in the internet except "sites" and may be "torrents". And they think that they get rid of later by including rutracker.org (formerly torrents.ru) site into list of banned.

Submission + - Ubuntu exits Unity & Mobile / Convergence strategy, Gnome to return with 18. (ubuntu.com)

Qbertino writes: A blogpost by Mark Shuttleworth lays out his assesment of the attempts to unify the desktop and mobile spaces with Ubuntus Unity. In general he states that the convergence thing hasn't panned out as expected but Ubuntu Desktop is going strong. Apparenty Canocical, the company behind Ubuntu, will now focus on that strength and drop the mobile and convergence ambitions.

Submission + - Millions of Smart Meters May Over-Inflate Readings by up to 582% (bleepingcomputer.com)

AmiMoJo writes: Lab tests carried out by Dutch scientists have shown that some of today's "smart" electrical meters may give out false readings that in some cases can be 582% higher than actual energy consumption. The study involved several tests conducted on nine different brands of "smart" meters, also referred to in the industry as "static energy meters." Researchers also used one electromechanical meter for reference. Test results varied wildly, with some meters reporting errors way above their disclosed range, going from -32% to +582%. Tests with uncommon results were repeated several times and the results were within a few percents of the original. The research team discovered that smart meters which gave abnormally high readings used a Rogowski Coil in their setup, while the smart meters that gave out low readings used Hall effect-based sensors.

Submission + - London Police Ink Shadowy Deal with Industry on Website Takedowns

AmiMoJo writes: The EFI is warns about unregulated activity against web sites by the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) of the City of London Police. A programme called RogueBlock accepts notifications from IP holders, which the PIPCU then acts on, giving private companies legal jurisdiction over the entire internet, with appeals in the case of malicious reports and mistakes being extremely difficult to make. For example, Spanish sports streaming site Rojadirecta had its domain name seized by the U.S. government for over a year, despite the site being lawful in its native Spain. The EFF terms this kind of activity "shadow regulation".

Comment Be careful about leaks of your password database (Score 1) 415

My personal choice:

1. Use password manager (I use KeePass, but other ones are no worse).
2. NEVER-NEVER-NEVER let your encrypted passwords database leak to server you don't own, like DrobBox, Google Drive and so on. Only direct rsync/scp from one machine you own to another one.
3. If you need to access some account from the machine you don't trust completely (such as your girlfriend computer - you may ultimately trust her good intention but be not so sure about her sysadmin skills), don't plug USB drive with your password database in. Open password manager on your phone or tablet look up the password you need and type it in untrusted computer by hand.

Comment Re: Trade union fighting for survival (Score 3, Insightful) 723

Basic income is automation itself. It cuts lots of jobs. With current welfare you'll need a lot of clerks to evaluate conditions of those who apply for welfare and make a decisions. And even if those who apply are too poor to bribe officials, these officials can exersize power over them and feel theirselves significant.

With basic income you' ll need only one computer which would send checks around based on census data.

Comment Re:What in the blue hell are you talking about (Score 1) 834

Now businesses would just move their offices do Bangalore, Lugansk or some other places, where these immigrants come from.
If they would be working on their native land it would be much harder to Americans to compete, due to lower standards of living in these places.
Nobody would work as programmer for $1500/month in USA because one have to pay for housing, for car and for food in supermarket.

But somewhere in Russian countryside, not to mention India, people with university degree would be happy to accept this wage. Because their neighbours don't get even $1000/month.

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