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Comment Re:A possible compromise (Score 1) 81

if an exploit is developed (or purchased) by the US government for foreign intelligence purposes, then the government can decide to withhold the exploit on national security grounds, but as soon as it is employed for any domestic law enforcement purpose (surveillance, intelligence gathering, criminal investigation/prosecution) then the release would be compelled.

Sounds ideal in principle, but whats to stop them just 'saying' they only use the exploit for foreign intelligence. All laws should expect and account for human greed and the 'power corrupts' factor.

Submission + - UK Investigatory Powers Tribunal dismisses spying complaints as frivolous (

monkeyzoo writes: As reported earlier here on Slashdot (, Privacy International created a platform through which individuals and organizations could file complaints with GCHQ about surveillance of phone calls and internet usage. In total, 663 requests were made.

The UK Investigatory Powers Tribunal has now sent email to the claimants notifying the vast majority of them that their complaint is being dismissed as frivolous for lack of information: “individual may claim to be a victim of a violation occasioned by the mere existence of secret measures or legislation permitting secret measures only if he is able to show that due to his personal situation, he is potentially at risk of being subjected to such measures.” (Zakharov at 171).

They stated that only six individuals had provided sufficient details to justify their claim they were spied on. Some of the other complainants were dismissed because the court held that non-UK residents fell outside the jurisdiction of the European Convention of Human Rights.

Here is an example of the email content received:

"Please find enclosed a copy of the judgment handed down following a hearing that the Investigatory Powers Tribunal held on 15th April 2016. You attention is drawn in particular to paragraphs 46 and 64 of the judgment.

The Tribunal has carefully considered your complaint and Human Rights Act claim in the light of this judgment and in accordance with its normal procedures.

The Tribunal has asked me to inform you that, in the absence of receipt by the Tribunal of any further submissions from you by 12th July 2016, your Human Rights Act claim will stand dismissed, as the matters of which you complain are outside the jurisdiction of the Tribunal under s.65 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) and your complaint will stand dismissed, without further order or notice to you, as unsustainable, that is frivolous within s.68 (4) of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.

Any such submission on the dismissal of your Human Rights Act claim would have to outline clearly how you are, or have materially been, within the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom. Any submission on the dismissal of your complaint would have to outline the basis, in respect of your asserted belief that any conduct falling within subsection s.68(5) of RIPA has been carried out by or on behalf of any of the Intelligence Services, and whether there is any basis for such belief; such that the “individual may claim to be a victim of a violation occasioned by the mere existence of secret measures or legislation permitting secret measures only if he is able to show that due to his personal situation, he is potentially at risk of being subjected to such measures.” (Zakharov at 171).

Yours sincerely
Assistant Tribunal Secretary"

Submission + - Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History ( 17

An anonymous reader writes: From CNN:

"Fifty people were killed inside Pulse, a gay nightclub, Orlando Police Chief John Mina and other officials said Sunday morning, just hours after a shooter opened fire in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. At least 53 more people were injured, Mina said. Police have shot and killed the gunman, he told reporters.

The shooter is not from the Orlando area, Mina said. He has been identified as Omar Saddiqui Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, about 120 miles southeast of Orlando, two law enforcement officials tell CNN.
Orlando authorities said they consider the violence an act of domestic terror. The FBI is involved. While investigators are exploring all angles, they "have suggestions the individual has leanings towards (Islamic terrorism), but right now we can't say definitely," said Ron Hopper, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI's Orlando bureau."

Comment (Not very) interesting bit (Score 1) 1

"“Had he contacted the DOD hotline,” Crane continued, “then his allegation would have gone to the Director of Transparency and Whistleblowing. [T]hat would have gone to the special assistant to the Secretary of Defense, responsible for making sure that there is not domestic surveillance against U.S. citizens.”

When pressed on whether Snowden would have actually been successful using this method, Crane relented. “I don’t know,” he said. "

Comment I really want to agree (Score 1) 300

...but my personal experience speaks elsewise.

If I sleep in I feel fine. If I force myself to get up early for work (which I do most days) then I feel groggy and not-hungry for 2-3 hours, if I force myself to eat something shortly after waking (usually a banana or prawn sandwich) I feel better for those 2-3 hours and gain an appetite for a full meal quicker.

Submission + - Gravitational lensing is the strongest show of relativity in the Universe 1

StartsWithABang writes: One of the strangest, most novel predictions of Einstein's relativity is that mass would not only curve space, but that the curved space would act like a lens. Background light traveling past this mass would become magnified, distorted and stretched. In some cases, arc, multiple images or even perfect, 360 rings would occur. Although this gravitational lensing phenomenon was theoretically predicted shortly after it was proposed, it was only in 1937 that Fritz Zwicky realized that a galaxy cluster could cause this phenomenon. 42 years later, 1979's discovery of the Twin QSO validated this picture, and hundreds of other instances of lensing have been found since.

Comment Re: Give the option (Score 2) 348

If there were an option for every setting on which users has varying opinions, the preferences page would be so cluttered that you'd get frustrated by the overly complex interface and complain even more loudly about that.

c.f. sawfish vs metacity

So we should abolish all user choice until every interface is basically iOS? No thanks, I prefer a huge selection of well-categorised settings to explore and personalise, its my favourite part of getting new software and usually hardware too (I'm not joking). The only reason I'm still on windows is because I can lose endless hours playing with regedit, who needs videogames? (Ok somewhat joking that time)

Comment Re:*Facepalm* (Score 1) 175

I will not trust my child...

Then it's unlikey your child will thrive in the real world. Trust is the basis of any relationship and should be the default position with your own children. When it comes to risks of serious bodily harm (i.e. just giving a child a gun) maybe some restraint is needed but what actual damage can really be done with a smartphone? Yes there's some sick shit on the internet but there are some pretty sick people in the real world too and 10-12yrs old is the perfect time to start learning that lesson.

Shelter your kids if that's what you think is best. My kids will have free reign to climb trees and fall down, to be shocked and disgusted by something on the internet, to lash out in anger and regret it afterwards, to break the law and deal with the consequences. I will always be watching of course, ready to intervene if they're in REAL trouble, but otherwise I would not seek to restrict nor augment my kids' experiences at all, just be there for them at the end.

Comment Re:FM radio's last gasp? (Score 1) 340

If the hardware is there in other countries DONT REMOVE IT specifically for other countries. I'm looking at you, Samsung Galaxy S3 (Europe version has FM radio, US does not)

I was reading these comments wondering wtf everyone was talking about, I'm in the UK with a Galaxy S3 and I use the analogue FM radio all the time, although it needs something plugged into the 3.5mm TRS to work. I just assumed the play store would have some analogue FM radio apps that replace the default samsung one (which works just fine so I never looked before) but I've just checked right now and they're all internet/streaming based (even if they don't advertise that fact). You Americans really do get shafted sometimes don't you?

Comment Re: FM radio's last gasp? (Score 4, Insightful) 340

They fired Juan Williams because he said he was scared of Muslims on airplanes. The only place a blanket statement like that won't get you fired is Fox News, because that's their business model.

A person's emotions are never wrong. It was despicable for NPR to fire Juan Williams for daring to be honest about how he felt.

If he was working for me I'd fire him for being and idiot after saying that, pilot/mechanical failures claim more air-travellers lives. If he's afraid of the plane crashing due to muslims he's barking up the wrong tree and being a rude and offensive asshole about it in a very public way, perfectly firable offence in my book.

If a particular guy on a particular occasion was looking shifty who also happened to be muslim he could have just not mentioned at all the fact the guy happened to be muslim and just said he was afraid of that particular guy and got on a later flight, I could buy that as an emotional response.

But claiming he's afraid of every member of a major religion is not an emotional response, its prejudice. Which, let me be clear, I have no problem with aslong as he keeps it mostly to himself, declaring it as a reason for not getting on an aeroplane (whilst also working for a major radio station) makes him pretty stupid though, whether he intended to cause offence or not. Fired.

Submission + - The iPhone's Success is Causing the Watch to Fail

hype7 writes: While it's sold well, the Apple Watch has not captured the hearts and minds of folks in the same way that the iPhone has. It does too much — it's almost confused. Part of the reason? Apple's success with the iPhone. The Blessing of Failure makes the case that Apple's position right now is analogous to Microsoft's back in the late 90s, trying to make the transition to mobile. They could see the future coming — but their success in the desktop arena with Windows meant they couldn't untether themselves from the last paradigm to focus on the next one, and so they tried to ship a PC that looked like a phone. Apple now has the same problem trying to go from the mobile paradigm to the post-mobile paradigm — and it's why the Watch isn't working.

Submission + - Pornhub Lanches Bug Bounty Programme For Security Researchers

Mickeycaskill writes: Pornhub is launching a bug bounty program for security researchers and pornography enthusiasts who are able to identify flaws on its platform.

Hunters will be paid a minimum of $50 for each vulnerability discovered, with up to $25,000 on offer for particularly vicious flaws, although the site notes that 23 reports have already been resolved.

Successful applicants to the scheme will need to be the first person to responsibly disclose an unknown issue, which the Pornhub security team has 30 days to respond to, and up to 90 days to implement a fix base on the severity of the report.

However there are some restrictions, such as users not being allowed to carry out Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on Pornhub, or even carry out physical attacks on the company’s offices or data centres.

Social engineering tactics are also not allowed, such as phishing attacks against Pornhub employees, and researchers are not allowed to compromise user accounts.

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