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  • Dec 24th, 2014 @ 6:36am

    (untitled comment)

    Every story has its origin including Saint Nicholas the little boy who gave his toys away to other poor kids. So he may be long dead but the real miracle he gave the world is to follow his example.

  • Dec 15th, 2014 @ 10:24pm

    A Dirty Society

    Following my previous message then I do agree that much more needs to be socially done to promote SSL use where maybe a name and shame system is not so bad.

    Take one example:

    Secure shopping sounds like a nice idea right without hundreds of spy agencies and companies peering into your Amazon browsing and shopping.

    Too bad any HTTPS connection to gets kicked back immediately to HTTP when Amazon is indeed NSA spy on all your shit super friendly.

    We can look more into the problem here...

    I can say that is where they store all the product photos where naturally an SSL friendly site has to keep such location behind a valid certificate.

    No such luck when change that HTTP link to HTTPS and we can see that Amazon has no certificate installed when this link defaults to the SSL certificate of their cloud hosting provider meaning site name mismatch and a huge connection warning.

    I see this as disgusting when it is hardly like Amazon lack the funds to install the right certificates and to provide their visitors with the full encrypted and safe shopping experience.

    So name and shame is not such a bad idea of such huge sites along with a boycott should they fail to change.

    There are of course many sites out there who provide the full SSL service like Wiki do.

  • Dec 15th, 2014 @ 5:45pm


    That is indeed the UK now called Cameron's World.

    Having in your control details on how to build a bomb, even general explosives, is now a crime of which the Government can class you a "terrorist" and put you in prison.

    Naturally that outcome is much assisted if you have the Middle East appearance.

  • Dec 15th, 2014 @ 5:20pm

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    UK Prime Minister David Cameron doesn't ask for much from the world's tech companies. All he wants is for them to proactively police the web for child pornography, piracy and extremist content. He's not offering to pay for these services. He just expects Google et al to do this on their own time and own dime to make the world a better place.

    I am already sure that the European Court of Justice have already ruled that Governments can't do this. To force businesses to do unpaid work is akin to modern slavery.

    After all the Government does not hand an arms manufacturer a long list of desired hardware and then go "all for free" or to demand engineers build a new bridge for "zero charge".

    So I have no idea why the Government wants to freeload off Internet data services when they pay GCHQ for data right but not Google for data?

    As has been made clear before then if the Government wants Google to do work then the Government can enter into contract with Google to buy services at a fair market rate. Should Google refuse then sure the Government can aim to change the law to force them but they still need to pay for the work.

    What a day this is when Joe Public has to explain basic economics to the poxy Government who seem intent on forcing slavery.

  • Dec 15th, 2014 @ 4:33pm

    Too soon.

    Beyond this all being a bad idea then I can say that many sites DO want to move to SSL but there are problems in doingn so where beyond technical implementation the main problem is that SSL certificates requite third party validation. It may be nice to ensure a valid business but this is no one off charge when such services want to milk the punters for all they can with an annual subscription of a high fee.

    This is why if SSL is to become the standard across a vast variety of different sites then we need FREE validation. That is exactly what the EFF plan to implement in about 6 months time when they automate the validation process.

    So not much can happen until then. Sure we need to lead sites into using SSL by default but it is still wrong to claim unencrypted is somehow dangerous or harmful.

  • Dec 12th, 2014 @ 6:50pm

    Re: So are they doing this in Europe too?

    Certainly and that raid on TPB load balancer would have involved money to the prosecutor.

  • Dec 12th, 2014 @ 6:48pm

    Re: sounds like a crime

    Unfortunately it is not classed as unlawful bribery if they declare it on their tax returns. Also they can use front companies and general terms to hide the truth.

  • Dec 12th, 2014 @ 12:00pm

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    Let the Macaque speak...

  • Nov 19th, 2014 @ 7:46am

    (untitled comment)

    This is something one of my own sites need when your common certificate validation services seem a bit expensive where an annual subscription seems criminal.

    I can understand the EFF's point when many site owners when stuck between a large annual fee and to go cost free no encryption can choose the latter.

    Even if the EFF do charge a one off fee then any site owners would be very happy indeed. It is only a bitch we need to wait until the summer but I am all ears.

  • Nov 18th, 2014 @ 11:45am


    Copyright belongs to the one who pushed the button and not the one who encouraged the shot. Like a wife saying to he husband to take a photo when the copyright belongs to him and not her.

    To do the opposite creates no end of problems with people saying they encouraged a famous photo to be taken with the photographer playing the trained monkey in this.

    The problem here of course is that copyright is a human concept meaning no macaque monkey can own copyright. That means this photo is expelled from copyright into the public domain.

    You can always get this macaque monkey in Court though to fight for his copyright when he should be as good as many rights holders in terms of pointing fingers and screaming tantrums. I just don't see it working out.

  • Oct 29th, 2014 @ 7:34pm

    Re: Update

    "We added an update with some more details. The court's ruling, apparently, is not entirely clear on if this applies to infringing videos or not. In the original case, apparently the company claimed the original video was *not* uploaded with permission, which would indicate that the copy was unauthorized (favoring streaming sites' arguments), but other elements of the ruling suggest otherwise and the court more or less ignores the specific issue entirely."

    This would indicate to me that the video being infringing or not infringing was unimportant to the ruling regardless when all embedding is lawful.

    After all had the ECJ believed embedding an infringing video was unlawful then they would have said guilty from the moment they heard that the video was uploaded to YouTube without the approval of the owner. The fact that the video was already made public elsewhere seems unimportant when there is only infringing and not infringing where an unofficial YouTube upload is certainly infringing.

    Still I do much await the English version to see clearly what these Judges said and what we can reasonably assume from what they did not say.

  • Aug 13th, 2014 @ 2:43pm

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    That incident sounds like a Cyber War attack even if it was an accident which makes it lucky that Syria did not take down United States Governmental services, or worse, even if they may lack that technology.

    So the US terror campaign against the on-line world continues one country at a time.

  • Aug 7th, 2014 @ 2:14pm

    Re: Re:

    As he was arrested then so was he bailed while they continue their investigation maybe leading to a [doubtful] trial.

    The interesting part is what he was arrested for when to be a lawful arrest they have to believe he has committed a crime. We don't know the full details of course but from what we can publicly see he did nothing unlawful.

  • Jun 10th, 2014 @ 9:51am

    Re: Re: Interesting phrasing

    In most sane countries threatening to murder someone is in fact a crime.

  • Jun 10th, 2014 @ 9:45am

    Re: Re: Anyone else think it's suspicious...

    The core problem in the United States is that people tolerate failure in their public officials. This stems from the President downwards with like "I messed up but I am the one in charge here so suck it up".

    I only hope this aspect is never exported to the United Kingdom when they are famed for firing those officials caught with their pants down. Even PM Cameron can be easily replaced by his own party should they simply believe that someone else can do the job better.

    Even the UK Police are held to high regard. Those who show bad behaviour or fail to follow the rules get suspended or reprimanded while those seen to break the law are fired. They don't allow criminals on both sides of the law here for obvious reasons. So had this been the UK that officer would be fired without doubt when there are other people who can do his job better.

    In a related fact UK Police shot dead 5 people in the last 4 years where each of these cases made major news headlines where many locals can name all 5 victims. Over in the USA Police officers shot dead 1600 people within this same time-frame. To adjust for population sizes then UK Police would have shot dead 25 people making US Police's 1600 fatality score as 6400% as deadly.

    Sure though the USA will go on doing zero to fix these clear problems.

  • Jun 5th, 2014 @ 12:54pm

    Re: Everything old is new again

    You know your history then. Some extra details about the Star Chamber...

    "In 1641, the Long Parliament, led by John Pym and inflamed by the severe treatment of John Lilburne, as well as that of other religious dissenters such as William Prynne, Alexander Leighton, John Bastwick and Henry Burton, abolished the Star Chamber with an Act of Parliament: the Habeas Corpus Act 1640."

    Over in the USA...

    "The historical abuses of the Star Chamber are considered a primary motivating force behind the protections against compelled self-incrimination embodied in the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.[14] The meaning of "compelled testimony" under the Fifth Amendment i.e., the conditions under which a defendant is allowed to "plead the Fifth" to avoid self-incrimination is thus often interpreted via reference to the inquisitorial methods of the Star Chamber.[15]

    As the U.S. Supreme Court described it, "the Star Chamber has, for centuries, symbolized disregard of basic individual rights. The Star Chamber not merely allowed, but required, defendants to have counsel. The defendant's answer to an indictment was not accepted unless it was signed by counsel. When counsel refused to sign the answer, for whatever reason, the defendant was considered to have confessed." Faretta v. California, 422 U.S. 806, 82122 (1975)."

  • Jun 5th, 2014 @ 12:45pm

    I only see stars...

    Wow I am truly impressed when the UK Government has just reopened the Star Chamber after it was closed in 1641. Secret trails with secret evidence and secret witnesses are back in fashion.

    I have books here detailing how many time since 1641 various groups tried getting the Star Chamber reopened but past Governments have always denied this recognizing the abuse of the justice system. So all of 373 years later the current UK Government proves their place in a very troubling history.

  • May 30th, 2014 @ 1:30am

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    I hope this is true then when nothing helps TrueCrypt more than some encryption security experts.

    TrueCrypt is a truly beautiful program. Small and very portable, cross platform, easy to use, good advise and powerful encryption features.

    As long as TrueCrypt lives on I would never use another.

  • May 29th, 2014 @ 1:21pm

    Re: Re: Why a Three Letter Agency must be involved

    It was also pointed out that in the two years since the last release that the compiler could have been updated to now express U.S as United States.

    People should be cautious looking for shapes in tea leaves.

  • May 29th, 2014 @ 1:14pm

    Re: Re: Why a Three Letter Agency must be involved

    "A TLA (three letter agency) has managed to gain COMPLETE control of the project and its signing keys."

    Then why has the TrueCrypt team not stated this?

    You are looking at this the wrong way when spies are not good spies being so public. The US Administration runs on ultra secrecy mode when they won't send in the hackers but the ultra secret court orders.

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