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Comment Re:Google's fix. Brilliant! (Score 1) 68

*Google finds folder with kiddie porn*

*Right-clicks on folder, re-names it stuff*

"There we go, that should do it."

Well, it is the difference between the "Fiction" and "Non-Fiction" sections, so in this case it does do it. (Yes, I know that lately all "News" is a bit of fiction, but that is another story...)

Submission + - Sony TVs have high input lag, Sony allegedly censors posts about issue

SB5407 writes: Sony's 2015 and 2016 TVS have clearly documented issues with high input lag, but now reddit user GivingCreditWhereDue points to Sony's fourms, where Sony is allegedly censoring any and all customer discussion of the issue, just in time for the busy holiday buying season in the US. It is especially concerning because Sony reportedly advertised the laggy (58.8 ms with 4:4:4 color and HDR) X930D as being "perfect" for their customers that actually stand to lose the most: PS4 gamers.

Submission + - Snowden Can Be Asked To Testify In Person In Germany NSA Probe (

An anonymous reader writes: Whistleblower Edward Snowden can be asked to give evidence in person by a German committee probing the NSA's spying activities, the country's Federal Court of Justice has ruled. Germany's government has been told that it should make suitable arrangements for that to happen. It has been refusing to invite Snowden to give evidence personally since it would need to guarantee that he would not be handed over to the US—a promise the German authorities say would risk damaging the political relations between the two countries. Instead, it has called for him to give evidence via a video link, or for German officials to interview him in Moscow, both of which Snowden turned down. Following a formal complaint by the greens and left-wing politicians, Germany's Federal Court of Justice has ruled that the German government must provide the necessary guarantees that would allow Snowden to give evidence in person, or explain why it will not do so. Snowden's lawyer, Wolfgang Kaleck, told the Süddeutsche Zeitung that the German government might refuse to provide guarantees, and officially admit that it regards cooperating with the US on intelligence matters in the future as more important than getting to the bottom of past surveillance. In that case, an appeal could be made to Germany's constitutional court, according to an article in Der Spiegel, which would decide whether the German government was allowed to make that trade-off. The committee of inquiry is examining to what extent German citizens and politicians were spied on by the NSA and its so-called Five Eyes partners—notably GCHQ—and whether German politicians and intelligence agencies knew about this activity.

Submission + - NASA's Climate Research Is Set To Be Scrapped (

dryriver writes: The Guardian reports: Donald Trump is poised to eliminate all climate change research conducted by Nasa as part of a crackdown on “politicized science”, his senior adviser on issues relating to the space agency has said. Nasa’s Earth science division is set to be stripped of funding in favor of exploration of deep space, with the president-elect having set a goal during the campaign to explore the entire solar system by the end of the century. This would mean the elimination of Nasa’s world-renowned research into temperature, ice, clouds and other climate phenomena. Kevin Trenberth, senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, said as Nasa provides the scientific community with new instruments and techniques, the elimination of Earth sciences would be “a major setback if not devastating”.“It could put us back into the ‘dark ages’ of almost the pre-satellite era,” he said. “It would be extremely short sighted".

Comment Re:summary fail / what's new (Score 5, Informative) 39

It defeats it by using a proxy to request the page and compress it. Essentially an un-encrypted but compressed VPN. That kind of thing defeats much of the "blocking" today unless the location of the server is also blocked. The easy fix is regional servers, but that has a non-trivial cost.

Submission + - European Union Heads Towards Regulating Cryptography

An anonymous reader writes: The European Union has conducted a detailed questionnaire on the Encryption of Data in relation to criminal cases. The main purpose can be defined as understanding of how much trouble cryptography and encryption generate during the investigation process. The results of the questionnaire are publicly available thanks to Bits of Freedom here.

Some of the answers disclose sensitive information about the operational methods of particular EU member states. Detailed analysis of questionnaire results and some insight into what this new European approach to cryptography means can be found on this blog.

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