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Comment Inter-connection (Score 1) 94

Well, if the federal government forced on messaging systems a requirement to interchange with other messaging systems, then some of this may be reduced? Back in the 20th century this was done for the voice-landline networks and in many ways has resulted in the only non-fragmented, multi-vendor, communications system we have today. GSMA was formed because of the fragmentation of the analogue cellular networks at the time, but inherited to a certain extent the regulatory requirements to interconnect.

XMPP held a certain promise there, but because there was no regulatory requirement, businesses just said 'screw this and lets keep our little nation states isolated for more money'. We saw this happen with both Facebook and Google. Other systems just made it difficult for apps such as Pidgin to talk to their systems from the start.

Myself I would welcome any move to interconnect, since I have 5 messaging apps just to be able to keep up with friends, since the favoured platform varies with region. SMS isn't the best, but most friends still have a phone number.

Comment Re:In the meantime Canada ISPs are behind (Score 1) 150

This story was more about cellular carriers rather than ISPs: even in the US, ISPs are really pathetic in terms of IPv6 support. How are Canadian cellular carriers, like Rogers, in terms of IPv6 support?

Non-existant. They don't even know what IPv6 is. In the US there is already a move and while some may be dual stack, they are ultimately going pure IPv6 with NAT64 and DNS64, for performance reasons. This is part of the reason Apple required iOS apps to be IPv6 capable to be in the App Store.

Comment Re:She needs some crowdfunding herself (Score 1) 84

I am not blaming the victims. I am simply saying that you try to reduce risk where possible. Even with the belief that you have covered all risk scenarios, there is still a possibility that people will get screwed.

For the scenario you provided, while the ultimate blame is still on the attacker, you can still argue that they increased the risk factor by choosing the passage they did. I experienced a similar situation recently, where my bag was stolen. While the ultimate issue is with person who took the bag (frigging low life of a person), I need to accept that I was a little too trusting in where I put my bag and that I didn't factor in how I was facilitating the opportunity for a crime.

Comment Re: treason (Score 2) 236

I don't think it is that simple. Perversion of the constitution appears to go beyond party lines and more into the current culture of the halls of power - congressional, president or bureaucratic. The difference now is that someone noticed and blew the whistle. The result of those who would wish to hide the dirty laundry are doing everything to point fingers elsewhere.

It can be argued than an NDA that is incompatible with the constitution should be null and void?

Comment Re: Not privacy... (Score 1) 104

Not at all, it is about jurisdiction and laws. A server outside of your country is essentially in the jurisdiction of the country it is hosted in and subjected to the laws of the hosting country. If said hosting country decides to confiscate said servers or make a copy of that data, then there is not much the owner of the data can do. Is it really spying when the data was stored outside the originating country?

By having the data limited to being stored in the territory of the country it belongs to, you are avoiding potential diplomatic issues around. it.

Comment Re: Seems logical (Score 1) 104

In many ways what the government is doing here is no different from financial organisations. Due to the regulated nature of these organisations, any cloud service provider must be able to limit where the data is being stored or they won't being selected a vendor.

For example, e-mails exchanged between employees in Switzerland may not be stored outside of the country, even if the company is a multinational and has other e-mail archives.

Comment Re: What's the big problem? (Score 1) 675

If it is a business with a fair amount of daily transactions, then I would hope that it is not dial-up either. For the smaller places, that aren't using the internet for connectivity, the payment terminals have the modem built in (see the Ingenico iCT250, as an example). Others, like the wireless terminals in restaurants, may even use the cellular network (some do in Canada, such as this one).

Comment Re:What's the big problem? (Score 1) 675

The slowness can be explained by some merchants still using dial-up or being in an area with poor communication infrastructure. I know. Few merchants I go to, have slow systems because a) they use dial-up and b) it is also their voice line. When it is slow, just have a friendly chat with the clerk about how life is - just chill out :)

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