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Submission + - SPAM: Officer accessed journalist's call records in metadata breach

skirmish666 writes: An investigator with the Australian Federal Police (AFP) sought and acquired the call records of a journalist without a warrant, Commissioner Andrew Colvin says.

The breach occurred earlier this year and an internal AFP review has been conducted, the Commissioner said.

The matter was referred to the Commonwealth Ombudsmen two days ago

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Comment Re:Correcting myself (Score 1) 730

Do you mean this?

(1) A person is practicing or offering to practice engineering if the person:
(a) By verbal claim, sign, advertisement, letterhead, card or in any other way implies that the person is or purports to be a registered professional engineer

I'm seeing the qualifier "registered" toward the end of section 1a. I guess if he made that claim then he's guilty. Otherwise...

Comment Re:Yeah... but no. (Score 3, Insightful) 730

Afaik the question is wether he was practicing as an engineer. Offering a medical opinion is part of practicing as a medical doctor. If he claimed to be a pilot and offered an opinion on what he thought the pros and cons of a certain model of aircraft were I wouldn't expect that to be illegal as it isn't part of the role of practicing the profession of piloting an aircraft to offer opinions of the various qualities of different aircraft.

The question I would ask is "Is writing an unsolicited letter to the state engineering board regarding the safety issues resulting from the length of a yellow traffic light considered part of the profession of engineering?"

Comment Re:Yeah... but no. (Score 1) 730

Perhaps it's not illegal to say "I'm a doctor" as long as you don't then go on to offer a medical opinion

But he did claim to be a "doctor" offer a "medical" opinion.

I'm not trying to say that literally you legally can't claim to be a member of one profession and offer any opinion or perform any procedure that's even loosely related to that profession. I would assume that only in the case where offering an opinion or performing a procedure would be considered to having been done in the role of performing that profession would it be illegal.

eg. Claiming to be a pilot and saying the new Airbus is crap (probably) isn't illegal. I believe that claiming to be an engineer and going to work at a construction firm without proper qualifications, then advising the builders on the minimum diameter of steel reinforcing required for a concrete structure would be illegal.

Comment Re:Yeah... but no. (Score 3, Insightful) 730

If I understand the summary, he's challenging the fine for practicing engineering without registration as he doesn't actually practice engineering.
Perhaps it's not illegal to say "I'm a doctor" as long as you don't then go on to offer a medical opinion or perform a medical procedure?

Comment Re:They simply remember your UDID (Score 1) 115

OK, the randomised MAC is what's presented to a wifi hotspot: a layer 2 device which definitely won't work without a MAC address to send traffic to.

Assuming the randomised MAC is also being sent to layer 7 / the application layer of actual apps on your phone, it's not the hardware MAC address of the phone and isn't traceable is it?

Comment Re:They simply remember your UDID (Score 1) 115

Does iOS make the actual MAC address readily available to the application layer?

Knowing Apple I would have thought the MAC address would be abstracted, with iOS providing apps access to the TCP/IP stack a lot closer to the top. I haven't programmed an iOS app though so I wouldn't know for sure.

Comment Re: I think "decrease travel time"? (Score 0) 171

Ok friend, from the summary:

French and Chilean astronomers discover that the brightness of the destination star can significantly increase deceleration, and thus travel time (because higher flight velocities can be used)

You're agreeing that they've discovered a way to significantly increase travel time?

Damn son, call the Nobel committee. I can see the headlines now: "Slower travel no longer a dream of the future!", then "City questions astronomy funding". Maybe even "Scientists very slowly chased out of town with pitchforks".

Comment Re: I think "decrease travel time"? (Score 0) 171

significantly increase deceleration, and thus travel time

Significantly increase deceleration, and thus travel time = Significantly increase deceleration therefore significantly increase travel time, no?

"Significantly increase deceleration, and thus decrease travel time" would imo imply a journey taking less time, but that's not what's written in the summary.

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