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Australia Wants ISPs To Protect Customers From Viruses (sophos.com) 42

An anonymous reader quotes Sopho's Naked Security blog: In a column in The West Australian, Dan Tehan, Australia's cybersecurity minister, wrote: "Just as we trust banks to hold our money, just as we trust doctors with our health, in a digital age we need to be able to trust telecommunications companies to protect our information from threats." A companion news article in the same newspaper cited Tehan as arguing that "the onus is on telecommunications companies to develop products to stop their customers being infected with viruses"...

Tehan's government roles include assisting the prime minister on cybersecurity, so folks throughout Australia perked up when he said all this. However, it's not clear if there's an actual plan behind Tehan's observations -- or if there is, whether it will be backed by legal mandates... Back home in Australia, some early reactions to the possibility of any new government interference weren't kind. In iTWire, Sam Varghese said, "Dan Tehan has just provided the country with adequate reasons as to why he should not be allowed anywhere near any post that has anything to do with online security."

The West Australian also reports Australia's prime minister met telecommunications companies this week, "where he delivered the message the Government expected them to do more to shut dodgy sites and scams," saying the government will review current legislation to "remove any roadblocks that may be preventing the private sector and government from delivering such services."

Comment Honored ? How? (Score 3, Interesting) 25

Non-routine deleted data is often the most interesting data of all.

Furthermore, most databases do not actually delete records, just flag them as "DELETED". Such records might be actually deleted/overwritten when a "Compaction" run is performed to recover space into larger blocks--if ever, might just recover LRU. How do we know what Google implements even if it not DELETED==INTERESTING?

Comment Re:Unlikely (Score 1) 236

Nope, never been to San Diego. And while America is producing things like Trump and thinking them "normal", I don't think I'll be going.

We have huge canyons, valleys, and hills

Canyons : sites of erosion at tihs time, destroying (after exposing) the rocks and any fossils they contain. Hills similarly are sites of erosion. Valleys : sometime erosion, sometimes deposition as they transport sediment down-valley to temporary or less-temporary storage on their way to the sea. but definitely the valleys are the best chances for finding sites of deposition.

I guarantee with more ground penetrating radar or other scanning techniques there are other samples waiting to be found.

GPR - I've only used GPR down to about 40ft below sediment surface, and we couldn't get a good enough reading to be sure which structures were inclined bedding or void. not the easiest of things to interpret, as you'll know from your own work.

"Other scanning techniques?" Such as?

Still, being able to detect structure down to 40ft below surface doesn't give you permission to dig there, or the funding for the dig. Or the personnel. All the joys of trying to do science in a word of constrained funding and a population who, on average, don't give a flying fuck.

Comment Re:One very quick thought ... (Score 1) 236

Gobekli Tepe (thank you, Slashdot's non-Latin incompetence) is truly fascinating, but would only push the origin of "civilisation" back by 3 or 4 thousand years from early Egyptian and Mesopotamian cities (and since it's late at night, I can't remember the oldest of the Chinese or (Latin)American cities). A step back, but not exactly a surprising one.

But Gobekli Tepe does raise a real question. Where the fsck did the workforce who built it live while building it, and what did they eat? We may have an answer for Stonehenge (NB: "may") ; for Stonehenge's predecessors like Brodgar, we just don't know. People are looking, but ... there is no guarantee that the evidence hasn't been ploughed up in the Dark Ages. And in the Roman era. And in the mid-Iron Age.

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