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Submission + - Surveillance oponents send copies of Nineteen Eighty-Four to Attorney General (

boron boy writes: "Given the recent push for increased surveillance, ISP data retention, and the erosion of any “right to remain silent”, I wonder if Nicola Roxon (Attorney General of Australia) has read George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.

Let’s make sure she has, or at least that she re-reads it, given the circumstances. I’ve started a campaign to send copies to her office at parliament house."

Comment Re:The Onion Router, GnuPG, TrueCrypt (Score 1) 148

Part of the "discussion paper (pdf) also says "give us your passwords or else":

Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979

14.Reforming the Lawful Access Regime

a. expanding the basis of interception activities

15. Modernising the Industry assistance framework

a. establish an offence for failure to assist in the decryption of communications

b. institute industry response timelines

c. tailored data retention periods for up to 2 years for parts of a data set, with specific timeframes taking into account agency priorities, and privacy and cost impacts

Comment Re:That's not what it says at all... (Score 1) 148

Wrong. All that has been said is one sentence in a discussion paper(pdf). Here it is:

Relevant Act: Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 Terms of Reference extract: 15. Modernising the Industry assistance framework a. tailored data retention periods for up to 2 years for parts of a data set, with specific timeframes taking into account agency priorities, and privacy and cost impacts

The details are sorely lacking. Here is Electronic Frontiers Australia's submission to the inquiry (pdf):

EFA is seriously concerned at the lack of detail provided by the Attorney-General’s Department in relation to this proposal, as well as the lack of any cost-benefit analysis or even a substantive justification for such a wide-ranging proposal that would affect all Australians. It is therefore very difficult to make meaningful comments on a proposal that lacks any substantive detail. EFA recommends that the Committee reject this proposal out of hand, and request that the Attorney-General’s Department provide a detailed proposal that includes an explanation of the justifications behind it and a cost-benefit analysis.

Comment AntiSec == security through obscurity? (Score 2) 159

LulzSec (and Anonymous) have 'demonstrated that an awful lot of people are either asleep at the switch or believed in arcane security methods like security through obscurity.

Wait what? Lulzsec showed that security though obscurity is bad? I thought the whole point to their "AntiSec" cause was to stop security companies publicly announcing vulnerabilities. Isn't that the definition of security through obscurity?


Submission + - Windows App for Controlling Sound output per app 2

AppahMan writes: "For a long time now, my family and I have had our 37" LCD in the living room hooked to our kitchen computer as a second monitor via a long cable it connect both video and sound to the screen, my problem is that once we start playing a movie, we cannot watch hulu in the kitchen, or listen to music or the myriad other things that the computer is used for. this computer has 6 sound jacks in the back for surround sound and it seems like an easy software task to just split the sound per application, vista comes close, by allowing me to control sound level per application but not output. Does slashdot know of a nice application that would perform this task? or shall I start up the c# compiler and get to work?"

Submission + - OpenAustralia beats official parliament record (

Daniel Kinsman writes: "FTA:

Hansard, which has online records of everything said by Australia's elected representatives for the past 28 years, is an "aged technology", admits the Department of Parliamentary Services. It is now seen as so inaccessible that almost a quarter of the users of a rival parliamentary record, Open Australia, have a address.

OpenAustralia is a volunteer open source project and website that takes the official record of parliament in Australia and republishes it to make it searchable and useful. The team of volunteer developers are also finding errors in the official record, and are having a hard time getting them fixed at the source.

Open Australia volunteers claim to have regularly found errors with official Hansard records, and say the Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) is reluctant to get them fixed.

(Disclaimer: I have been a contributor to the OpenAustralia code in the past)"

Comment Summary (Score 2, Funny) 806

Yeah it's not practical, yeah it's expensive, but damn, if it pays off, it pays off big time. Besides, it's not like we're asking you to pay for it, SETI runs off private money.

Personally I think they'll have more of a chance in the fledgling field of optical seti, where they're looking for aliens pointing laser beams at us... yes really.

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