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Submission + - 48 Organizations Now Have Access To Every Brit's Browsing Hstory (zerohedge.com)

schwit1 writes: Last week, in a troubling development for privacy advocates everywhere, we reported that the UK has passed the "snooper charter" effectively ending all online privacy. Now, the mainstream media has caught on and appears to be displeased. As AP writes today, "after months of wrangling, Parliament has passed a contentious new snooping law that gives authorities — from police and spies to food regulators, fire officials and tax inspectors — powers to look at the internet browsing records of everyone in the country."

For those who missed our original reports, here is the new law in a nutshell: it requires telecom companies to keep records of all users' web activity for a year, creating databases of personal information that the firms worry could be vulnerable to leaks and hackers. Civil liberties groups say the law establishes mass surveillance of British citizens, following innocent internet users from the office to the living room and the bedroom. They are right.

Which government agencies have access to the internet history of any British citizen? Here is the answer courtesy of blogger Chris Yuo, who has compiled the list:

Metropolitan police force
City of London police force
Police forces maintained under section 2 of the Police Act 1996
Police Service of Scotland
Police Service of Northern Ireland
British Transport Police
Ministry of Defence Police
Royal Navy Police
Royal Military Police
Royal Air Force Police
Security Service
Secret Intelligence Service
Ministry of Defence
Department of Health
Home Office
Ministry of Justice
National Crime Agency
HM Revenue & Customs
Department for Transport
Department for Work and Pensions
NHS trusts and foundation trusts in England that provide ambulance services
Common Services Agency for the Scottish Health Service
Competition and Markets Authority
Criminal Cases Review Commission
Department for Communities in Northern Ireland
Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland
Department of Justice in Northern Ireland
Financial Conduct Authority
Fire and rescue authorities under the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004
Food Standards Agency
Food Standards Scotland
Gambling Commission
Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority
Health and Safety Executive
Independent Police Complaints Commissioner
Information Commissioner
NHS Business Services Authority
Northern Ireland Ambulance Service Health and Social Care Trust
Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service Board
Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Regional Business Services Organisation
Office of Communications
Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland
Police Investigations and Review Commissioner
Scottish Ambulance Service Board
Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission
Serious Fraud Office
Welsh Ambulance Services National Health Service Trust

Submission + - Fidel Castro is Dead (nytimes.com) 2

Striek writes: Fidel Castro, the fiery apostle of revolution who brought the Cold War to the Western Hemisphere in 1959 and then defied the United States for nearly half a century as Cuba’s maximum leader, bedeviling 11 American presidents and briefly pushing the world to the brink of nuclear war, died Friday. He was 90.

His death was announced by Cuban state television.

In declining health for several years, Mr. Castro had orchestrated what he hoped would be the continuation of his Communist revolution, stepping aside in 2006 when he was felled by a serious illness. He provisionally ceded much of his power to his younger brother Raúl, now 85, and two years later formally resigned as president. Raúl Castro, who had fought alongside Fidel Castro from the earliest days of the insurrection and remained minister of defense and his brother’s closest confidant, has ruled Cuba since then, although he has told the Cuban people he intends to resign in 2018.

Comment Re: Buuuuuullshit (Score 1) 736

Regardless of how you feel about tax subsidies for businesses, you can't fault Musk for taking them. I think corn subsidies in the US are stupid, but if I were a corn farmer, I guarantee I would take them, otherwise I would be at an unfair advantage.

A bit off-topic, but in that case, regardless of how you feel about tax writeoffs for carry-over losses from previous years, you can't fault Trump for taking them, either. I too think the idea is stupid, but were I an international business magnate, I too would take them, or I would be at an unfair disadvantage.

And I'm no Trump supporter.

Submission + - Mysterious 'ping' sound from sea floor baffles Igloolik (www.cbc.ca)

Freshly Exhumed writes: Hunters in a remote community in Nunavut are concerned about a mysterious "pinging" sound, sometimes also described as a "hum" or "beep," in Fury and Hecla Strait throughout the summer. Paul Quassa, a member of the legislative assembly, says whatever the cause, it's scaring the animals away. "That's one of the major hunting areas in the summer and winter because it's a polynya, ...and this time around, this summer, there were hardly any." Internal correspondence between sources in the Department of National Defence suggest submarines were not immediately ruled out, but were also not considered a likely cause. "We've heard in the past of groups like Greenpeace putting in some kinds of sonars in the seabed to get the sea mammals out of the way so Inuit won't be able to hunt them," Quassa said. These rumours, though persistent, have never been substantiated, and Greenpeace denies the assertion.

Comment Interesting concept, but... (Score 5, Insightful) 126

It's an interesting concept, but it goes too far... it would be trivially easy to have this thing delete the encryption key - just shake it around a bit and it, and all its data, become useless. The risk of data loss when using this "secure" computer would be so high, even by accident, that you'd need a backup close by somewhere.

So anytime someone is seen with a computer this secure, just target their backups instead. Considering the relatively high likelihood of accidntal erasure, they're sure to have them.

Besides, although the data stored on this is extremely secure, it isn't very available. It's opens up a huge attack surface by making it far to easy to destroy the data on this thing, limiting its effectiveness and market considerably.

Comment Re:Perhaps it's because. . . (Score 2) 117

The only smartwatch app I've ever really used (well, it's not really an app) is the vibrate functionality on them.

Noisy environments such as datacentres, construction or forestry sites where you can't hear your phone ring are prime uses for the smartwatch vibrate. It means you no longer need to have you phone on your person to to catch incoming messages - important in areas where the phone is subject to physical damage in your pocket or to external forces such as when working in forestry. Hell, I've even damaged the belt clip just getting out of the car. Some belt clips tend to insulate you from the vibration, too. With the smartwatch vibration, you can keep your phone in a lunchbox, a backpack, a glovebox, or anywhere you like, and be notified of messages by a vibrating wristwatch instead, given sufficient bluetooth range. (And as an added benefit, in jurisdictions like mine where using handheld devices is illegal while driving, it looks like you're checking the time! but I digress...)

Granted, it's the only use I've ever found for a smartwatch - aside from the aforementioned checking of incoming messages before deciding whether or not to act on them - but I have found it to be a "killer app", given specific conditions. That function alone makes a smartwatch worthwhile for me. Unfortunately, it could be accomplished with a $20 bluetooth gizmo but I need to buy a $300 watch for it.

Comment Re:Money brings money-problems (Score 2) 193

So those with something "truly intelligent to say" do not deserve to be paid for their time?

There's nothing wrong with "monetizing" your work - original creative works should be fairly compensated for, not many people would object to that. Advertising is but one way to do that. Granted, advertising isn't their only source of revenue, but it is a major one.

Selling advertising is far from the best way to get paid for stuff like this, but it works. Until we come up with something better, it is, at least to me, an acceptable arrangement.

Comment Re:An error in the write up. (Score 3, Insightful) 193

Respectfully, I disagree. (That was my writeup)

If I had been creating YouTube videos for years covering a vast array of topics, and had been earning my living doing that, and suddenly am told I can no longer cover subject X or Y if I am to be paid, I have been censored. Again, not in the strictest sense where my content is deleted or altered, but the spirit is the same. I am being told what I am allowed to say and what I am not allowed to say, and again, if I earn my living doing this, my hands are rather tied.

I suppose it depends on your definition of censorship (it's a loaded word). But either way, I think what YouTube is doing here is wrong.

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