Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 2, 2015

The FCC’s net neutrality rules: 5 things you need to know;  Science finds the best place to hide from zombies;  How to report a suicidal post on Facebook;  Google pulls out of gaping Blogger smut black hole;  iOS 8.2 tipped for release on March 2nd;  Prepare your Android device for disasters with this master plan;  Bad with names? 2 Android apps try to help;  Six ways to make your iOS or Android phone easier on the eyes;  Hands On With The Samsung Galaxy S6 And S6 Edge;  Apple products no longer welcome in the Chinese government;  These Are the Best Weather Apps for Your iPhone;  Illustrators Pay Tribute to Leonard Nimoy;  AVG unveils invisibility glasses;  Man blames third-degree burns on exploding iPhone;  White House Drops ‘Consumer Privacy Bill Of Rights Act’ Draft;  Aomei Partition Assistant (free);  Junkware Removal Tool (free).

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The FCC’s net neutrality rules: 5 things you need to know – Advocates for open access to the Internet were popping champagne corks on Thursday after the Federal Communications Commission voted in favor of reclassifying broadband Internet as a public utility. In addition to regulating fixed broadband lines that go into your home, the FCC vote also extended public utility rules to mobile broadband for the first time. The FCC vote means that Internet service providers (ISPs) will be required by law to respect the principles of net neutrality. But what exactly does that mean, and why are so many people celebrating the FCC’s ruling while others are cursing it? Here’s a quick explainer.

How to report a suicidal post on Facebook – Facebook has launched a new feature aimed directly at helping those who may be going through hard times.

Is it time to force PC makers to disclose how much they make from crapware? – When it preinstalled the Superfish adware on consumer PCs, Lenovo sold its customers out for a pittance, but it still hasn’t had to disclose how much it received. Maybe it’s time for a Truth in Labeling act to shine a light on this dark corner of the PC market.

Google pulls out of gaping Blogger smut black hole – Monday: Get rid of this filth … By Friday: Oh my God, where have ALL the blogs gone? The ad giant on Thursday said it will continue to allow randy netizens to post amateur smut, reversing an earlier decision forbidding X-rated blog posts unless they were deemed arty and acceptable to Mountain View’s censors. Educational posts would have apparently escaped the blog burning, but everything else was to be scrubbed clean from public view. Today, Google has done a full 180 on banishing titillating blogs.

Bad with names? 2 Android apps try to help – Many of us have trouble relating faces to names — which can be disastrous in a business situation. Humin and Social Recall try to help with that.

iOS 8.2 tipped for release on March 2nd – If recent reports are true, Apple may be gearing up to release iOS 8.2 as soon as March 2nd, or this coming Monday. As the latest version of the iPhone and iPad operating system, iOS 8.2 has already seen five developer betas released since November. The new update has already been revealed as containing some support for the Apple Watch, but full compatibility with the wearable may not come until iOS 8.3, which is currently expected to be released in April.

Prepare your Android device for disasters with this master plan – When tragedy strikes your electronic devices (and there’s no way around that inevitability), will you be ready? Will your data be backed up? Will the process of purchasing another phone be as simple as firing it up, associating it with your Google account, and waiting for the data to sync? This master plan will cover backing up: apps, app data, photos, call/SMS logs, and miscellaneous. I want to do this without relying on a single, third-party solution (though there will be third-party solutions to back up the likes of call and SMS logs).

These Apps Will Make Filing Your Taxes Way Less Painful – Let me start by saying that I am not a tax professional. But I am a professional who pays his taxes, and I highly recommend getting expert assistance in navigating the bureaucratic machinations that are the state and federal income tax systems. Still, if you are planning on going it alone (or you want to get organized enough that your accountant doesn’t charge you a bundle), there are many ways technology can help you file your taxes. Let’s take a look:

First look: Vivaldi browser – Vivaldi, a Web browser now in tech preview, caters to power users who expect more from their browsers, letting them interact with content in new and exciting ways. Created by former Opera developers, Vivaldi is built on Chromium, the same platform used for Google Chrome, Comodo Dragon, and, of course, Opera. On the surface, Vivaldi looks similar to other browsers, but a plethora of tools lie beneath that unassuming interface. Here are our six favorites.

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Six ways to make your iOS or Android phone easier on the eyes – Even as the displays on our iPhones and Android phones get bigger and bigger, the type on our screens remains stubbornly small—so small, indeed, that you may find yourself squinting whenever you glance at your handset. Give your aching eyes a break. Read on for six settings that’ll make your iPhone or Android screen a bit easier to read, from boosting the size of text to zooming your display with your fingertips.

YO! This messaging app has a lot more to say for itself, even offline – This year showgoers will be able to try out a new Android app, called YO!, that can send text messages, photos and videos over Wi-Fi to other users nearby without any Internet connection whatsoever, making it a true peer-to-peer messaging app. And as long as they’re prepared to disable certain security settings on their phone, they won’t even need to log on to the Play store to get it: Anyone with YO! installed on their phone can share it with other would-be users over Bluetooth.

Rumor: Tinder Plus Launching Monday (for $10/Month) – So, what does the monthly investment get you? For starters, Tinder Plus will come with a somewhat-helpful “Rewind” feature that will allow you to go back and take a second look at the last person you swiped off your screen—a person you were perhaps initially uninterested in, but one who you might suddenly have second thoughts about. (That, or perhaps you were a bit too quick on the trigger finger, and accidentally swipe-declined someone that you would actually be interested in.) Tinder Plus will also remove ads from Tinder—ads that don’t yet exist, but are allegedly going to hit the service this month.

SanDisk new microSD card packs a whopping 200GB of storage – The new card is a 56 percent jump on the current highest capacity MicroSD, a 128GB card. The card supports data transfer at up to 90MB per second, or around 1,200 photos per minute. It will be available worldwide in the second quarter for $400.

Hands On With The Samsung Galaxy S6 And S6 Edge – Samsung has two brand new smartphones, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge. It’s a first for the company, in terms of revealing two different versions of its primary flagship on stage at the same time, and we got a chance to try both of them out to see how they perform.  The resulting experience was impressive in both cases, and while the biggest changes were on the design front, Samsung’s software shifts also came out as very promising overall.

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$40 Firefox-Powered Orange Klif Also Includes Voice, Text, Data – Before you get too excited, you should know that the Firefox OS-powered Orange Klif smartphone is primarily geared towards Africa. That said, $40 for a smartphone that includes calls, text, and data for six months is still something to get excited about. I got a chance to check it out after Mozilla’s press conference at Mobile World Congress.

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Firefox OS coming to U.S., developed markets in 2016 – Firefox OS, the smartphone operating system from Mozilla targeted at low-cost smartphones in emerging markets, is coming to more developed markets. A new project with carriers in the U.S., Japan, South Korea and Spain will see high-spec phones developed for release in 2016. But rather than challenging Android and iOS head on, the project will target something that’s been largely out of fashion in recent years: flip phones and sliders.

Microsoft announces the Lumia 640 and 640 XL – Microsoft has just formally announced the Lumia 640 and 640 XL at their Mobile World Conference 2015 presentation. The smartphones are not exactly high-end, but the specs are pretty interesting.

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Microsoft unveils a foldable Bluetooth keyboard – The Lumia 640 isn’t the only hardware device that Microsoft unveiled today, as the company showed off on-stage a foldable keyboard device, designed to be taken on the road.

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Brazilian judge rules for a nationwide ban of Whatsapp – A Brazilian judge has ordered a nationwide temporary ban of WhatsApp following the company’s refusal to help in an investigation related to child pornography. Despite the ban, it is working normally.

VLC is now a true Universal App across all of Windows – VideoLAN is likely one of the best builders of quality apps for the Windows Store, and while the development team provides frequent updates to the desktop version of their VLC media player, they usually take their time with the apps. That is not necessarily a bad thing, and today’s news is going to explain that long wait.

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AVG unveils invisibility glasses to defend against facial recognition – AVG has unveiled invisibility glasses as a way for people to protect their online identities. Revealed at Pepcom in Barcelona, Spain, the antivirus provider says the privacy wearable can make it more difficult for cameras and facial recognition technologies to get a “clear view of your identity.” Designed by AVG Innovation Labs, the glasses — chunkiness and dubious fashion aside — uses both technology and select materials to blur the gaze of cameras.

Pointing up   Crystal Ball gazing – The fascist crazies, including Australia’s Tony Abbott, Canada’s Stephen Harper, and of course the crazy-in-chief, Barak Obama, will attempt to sabotage this technology. Far fetched? Just wait.

These Are the Best Weather Apps for Your iPhone – Opening this story with a weather-related adage or aphorism would have been great, if Mother Nature’s approval ratings weren’t currently quite so low. But guess what — it’s here, and we’re all white walkers. So don’t bother making chit-chat by talking about the weather, tap about it instead. No matter the conditions, these ten apps will keep you covered, because believe it or not, it can actually get worse than this.

Security:

Personal data on 50,000 Uber drivers exposed in breach – Uber discovered a possible breach of its systems in September, and a subsequent investigation revealed an unauthorized third party had accessed one of its databases four months earlier, the company said. The files accessed held the names and license plate numbers of about 50,000 current and former drivers, which Uber described as a “small percentage” of the total. About 21,000 of the affected drivers are in California. The company has several hundred thousand drivers altogether.

How does the security of 3 mag-stripe credit card alternatives stack up? – Several electronic and mobile payment options have become available, but most of us in the U.S. are still using plain-vanilla credit and debit cards with magnetic stripes. They use technology that dates to the first Nixon administration. That’s not a problem in itself; I have no problem with time-tested security measures that work effectively. But just look around: Data breaches are everywhere, and those magnetic-stripe cards are often implicated.

How a Blu-ray disc could install malware on your computer – A pair of vulnerabilities found in hardware and software for playing Blu-ray discs might come in handy for secret snooping by the U.S. National Security Agency. Stephen Tomkinson of NCC Group, a U.K.-based security consultancy, engineered a Blu-ray disc which detects the type of player the disc is running on and then picks one of two exploits to land malware on a computer. He presented the research at the Securi-Tay conference at Abertay University in Scotland on Friday.

National Cyber Awareness System: Vulnerability Summary for the Week of February 23, 2015 – The US-CERT Cyber Security Bulletin provides a summary of new vulnerabilities that have been recorded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) National Vulnerability Database (NVD) in the past week. The NVD is sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) / United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT). For modified or updated entries, please visit the NVD, which contains historical vulnerability information.

Pointing up   I’ve not linked to this weekly report in the past since I’m not convinced that it necessarily has value for an average user – looks pretty scary close up. Still, if you’re a regular reader here,  I’m hopeful that you’ll balance the incredible daily hype pushed out by the tech industry with the reality of this weekly report. You may find it useful to subscribe to this resource.

It seems to me that at one time, some years back, we were prohibited from publishing this data. But, I’m probably “misremembering” – which seems all the rage these days.   Smile

Company News:

Sailfish Secure wants to be an Android alternative safe from spies’ prying eyes – Keeping your communications locked away from prying eyes, Sailfish Secure is a new version of the niche mobile operating system that’s designed to bring peace of mind to businesses, government officials, and privacy-minded phone fans. Sailfish developer Jolla has partnered with fellow Finns SSH Communications Security to build the privacy-focused software. It’s based on the Jolla’s Sailfish OS, bolstered by SSH’s communication encryption and key management.

Ericsson sues Apple, wants ITC to block iPhone sales in the U.S. Market – This week has not been the best for the Cupertino tech giant, but it’s about to get even worse. Ericsson, world pioneer in mobile technology and wireless communications, is filing seven lawsuits against Apple in a U.S. court, accusing it of infringing on 41 of its patents, including some “that are essential to the 2G and 4G/LTE standards”, as well as patents related to the component design of Apple products, UI, location services, and iOS features. If having to pay half a billion dollars to Smartflash sounds bad, now Ericsson is asking the International Trade Commission to ban sales of Apple’s iPhone and iPad in the U.S. market. Kasim Alfalahi, Ericsson’s chief intellectual property officer, stated that “we have offered them a license; they have a turned it down.”

Google rumoured to have chosen a Chinese OEM for the next Nexus – Google’s Nexus program is set to get a new manufacturer as a latest rumour has revealed that the next smartphone will be made by a Chinese OEM with a probable launch in the second half of the year.

Apple products no longer welcome in the Chinese government – China has dropped some of the big companies from its list of approved technology providers for use in government departments to reduce dependence on American technology.

Google Buys Rights to .App Top-Level Domain for $25M – Google prevailed in ICANN’s public auction for the top-level domain, paying just a hair over $25M for the rights to .app. It’s reportedly the highest purchase price yet paid for a top-level domain in an ICANN auction. It was more more than triple the price of the previous record-holder, Dot Tech LLC and its $6.8 million winning bid this past September for the rights to .tech.

Yahoo gains U.S. search share on the back of Firefox – Since November 2014, when Yahoo partnered with Mozilla to make its search engine the default for U.S. Firefox users, Yahoo’s share has grown by 2.8 percentage points, representing a 28% increase. The continued upward trend in Yahoo’s share identified by comScore was similar to the one drawn by Irish analytics firm StatCounter, which earlier in February pointed to a second-consecutive month of gains by the Sunnyvale, Calif. company.

Google+ divided into Photos and Streams, with new boss – Google’s social network gets a new leader in Brad Horowitz, and likely will see the Hangouts communication service stand alone, too.

Games and Entertainment:

This Is the Incredible Game President Underwood Is Obsessed With in House of Cards Season 3 – Francis Underwood, Kevin Spacey’s Machiavellian character on the Netflix series House of Cards, has always allow himself a few good video games. These have tended toward the violent, first-person shooter variety. But in season three, which became available on the streaming service on Friday, a beautiful, somewhat esoteric indie game for mobile devices becomes a minor plot point. That game is Monument Valley, created by UsTwo. The title—available here for Android and here for iOS— was ranked one of TIME’s 10 best games of 2014.

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Mad Catz Surfr combines QWERTY keys with game controls (pictures) – Mad Catz’s latest gaming controller packs a mini QWERTY keyboard for typing to your Android TV box.

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HTC partners with Valve for a virtual reality headset—the Re Vive – The Vive appears to be a standalone VR headset for a PC. We don’t know many details about how it works, but HTC says it “features high-quality graphics, 90-frames-per-second video, and incredible audio fidelity.” The headset uses two 1200×1080 displays, one for each eye, and the relatively high resolution should help cut down on the “screen door effect” you got with the original Oculus Rift developer kit. HTC will also be producing “wireless VR controllers” along with the headset. A Developer Edition will be available in the spring, with a Consumer Edition coming “by the end of 2015.”

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PC version of latest Resident Evil loses local co-op available on console – Capcom has taken to the Steam Community page for the game to “apologize to our Resident Evil Revelations 2 PC players who purchased the game and expected to have local co-op as a feature.” The company says the local co-op feature was never intended for the PC version, and initially left in the Steam description as an oversight. “This was an unintentional error and again, we apologize for the confusion this may have caused.” While Capcom initially said no such PC co-op was planned, it now says it’s “currently looking into the matter and potential solutions and we hope to have new information to share very soon, so please stay tuned. Thank you for your patience and understanding.”

Lego Star Wars TV special to retell entire film saga – Just incase you haven’t had enough collaboration between the Star Wars and Lego franchises yet, a new special from Disney will have re-watching the entire first two trilogies, albeit in plastic brick form. Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales is part of Disney’s effort to promote and draw in new audiences for the December release of the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens. Set to premiere on the Disney XD channel, the miniseries will be released as five episodes, each 22 minutes long.

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Sid Meier’s Starships hands-on: A stripped down Civ and a complicated board game – Sid Meier’s Starships comes out on March 12, which isn’t that far away. As such, I don’t really want to delve too deeply into the game because, well, I’m going to have to write the whole thing up again in two weeks when we review it. But I did spend about an hour tooling around with a pre-release build earlier this week, and it only seems right to give you an idea how this spin-off strategy game (of sorts) is shaping up.

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Off Topic (Sort of):

Illustrators Pay Tribute to Leonard Nimoy – Leonard Nimoy was the coolest guy ever. In the wake of his passing, a lot of the more obscure things that he did have been brought up. Sure, he anchored Star Trek and was easily the best actor on the original show. He also directed the best Star Trek movie and appeared on bothThe Simpsons and Futurama. He released some notable records and wrote an autobiography called I Am Not Spock which he followed up with I Am Spock. I asked illustrators to draw pictures memorializing the late actor. Here are fifteen. It would have been good if at least one of these drawings didn’t Nimoy as Spock, but it’s fun to draw him as Spock and I think he would have been fine with it.

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ISIS Supporters Issue Death Threats Against Jack Dorsey And Twitter Employees – While it is difficult to ascertain if the threat was actually written by people directly involved with ISIS, Twitter is taking it seriously. The company told Buzzfeed that “our security team is investigating the veracity of these threats with relevant law enforcement officials.” TechCrunch has contacted the company for more information and will update this post if we hear back from them. Twitter’s terms of service allow users post “potentially inflammatory content,” but it draws the line at “direct, specific threats of violence against others.” The company has also cooperated with the British government to delete content which violates UK terror laws.

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Olixar Light Bulb review: A Bluetooth enabled speaker that also illuminates the room – Olixar brings us an affordable Bluetooth speaker that doesn’t require batteries in a convenient light bulb package. But does it compare to a dedicated Bluetooth speaker? Let’s find out.

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Man blames third-degree burns on exploding iPhone – A New Jersey man says that he is unable to work after his iPhone 5C emitted a popping noise and caused a burning sensation in his pocket. Johnson reportedly spent 10 days in a burn unit. He had second- and third-degree burns on the inside of his thigh.

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A little too close to “home”, I’d say!    Smile

IKEA announces tables, lamps with wireless charging – We might be in the midst of the wearables boom right now, but a safe bet for the next technology to take off in the next few years is wireless charging. Thanks to features from a handful of smartphone manufacturers, as well as several charging accessory makers, wireless charging seems prime to be popular among consumers. Furniture retailer IKEA is betting on it, as they’re just announced a new line of lamps and tables that feature integrated wireless charging.

Science finds the best place to hide from zombies – When the undead threaten to turn your cerebrum to caviar, where do you run? A new study confirms what you might already suspect, and even offers a specific destination.

Something to think about:

“A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a lifetime’s experience.”

–    Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

Today’s Free Downloads:

Aomei Partition Assistant – Partition Assistant is a comprehensive disk partition solution, which includes a Partition Manager and Extend Partition Wizard for Windows 7/XP/2000/Vista and Server 2008/2003/2000. Besides, the magic partition utility can support all hard disks recognized by Windows such as IDE, SATA, SCSI, Hardware RAID, USB external disks, Fire wire disks etc. Partition Assistant provides powerful and professional features to manage disk partition including:

Extend NTFS system partition without restarting computer.

Resize and Move partition to optimize disk space management.

Extend Partition Wizard help you step by step expand the size of your selected partition.

Merge two or more partitions into a larger one.

Split one partition into two or more.

Create, Delete and Format partition.

Convert file system from FAT to NTFS.

Wipe permanently sensitive data to anti-recovery.

Repartition by drag & drop mouse on a disk panel.

Partition Assistant is a partition magic alternative. It has been widely used by many companies as well as individuals all around the globe with fine reputation, and the Home Edition is absolutely free of charge for personal users. You will be amazed by its cool functions and would like to recommand to your friends after you try our top-notch technologies.

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Junkware Removal Tool – Junkware Removal Tool is a security utility that searches for and removes common adware, toolbars, and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) from your computer. A common tactics among freeware publishers is to offer their products for free, but bundle them with PUPs in order to earn revenue. This tool will help you remove these types of programs.

Junkware Removal Tool has the ability to remove the following types of programs:

Ask Toolbar

Babylon

Blekko

Claro / iSearch

Conduit

Crossrider

DealPly

Delta

Facemoods / Funmoods

Findgala

Globasearch

Hao123

iLivid

Iminent

IncrediBar

MocaFlix

MyPC Backup

MyWebSearch

PerformerSoft

Privitize

Qvo6

Searchqu

Snap Do

Swag Bucks

Wajam

Web Assistant

WhiteSmoke

Zugo

And many more…

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In Pursuit of Freedom – The Pushback Continues:

White House Drops ‘Consumer Privacy Bill Of Rights Act’ Draft – In a late-Friday release, the White House published a draft of its proposed Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights. You can read the full text here. The bill sets out to, in its own words, “establish baseline protections for individual privacy in the commercial arena and to foster timely, flexible implementations of these protections through enforceable codes of conduct developed by diverse stakeholders.”

The proposal details what an individual should be able to expect from a service that they use, including how security is managed. It also deals with data deletion, and the revocation of consent on the part of a user. A service would have 45 days to comply with a deletion request.

Also enumerated is a restriction of what sort of information that can be collected:

Canada: Open letter to Parliament: Amend C-51 or kill it – The following is an open letter addressed to all members of Parliament and signed by more than 100 Canadian professors of law and related disciplines.

Dear Members of Parliament,

Please accept this collective open letter as an expression of the signatories’ deep concern that Bill C-51 (which the government is calling the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015) is a dangerous piece of legislation in terms of its potential impacts on the rule of law, on constitutionally and internationally protected rights, and on the health of Canada’s democracy.

Beyond that, we note with concern that knowledgeable analysts have made cogent arguments not only that Bill C-51 may turn out to be ineffective in countering terrorism by virtue of what is omitted from the bill, but also that Bill C-51 could actually be counter-productive in that it could easily get in the way of effective policing, intelligence-gathering and prosecutorial activity. In this respect, we wish it to be clear that we are neither “extremists” (as the Prime Minister has recently labelled the Official Opposition for its resistance to Bill C-51) nor dismissive of the real threats to Canadians’ security that government and Parliament have a duty to protect. Rather, we believe that terrorism must be countered in ways that are fully consistent with core values (that include liberty, non-discrimination, and the rule of law), that are evidence-based, and that are likely to be effective.

The scope and implications of Bill C-51 are so extensive that it cannot be, and is not, the purpose of this letter to itemize every problem with the bill. Rather, the discussion below is an effort to reflect a basic consensus over some (and only some) of the leading concerns, all the while noting that any given signatory’s degree of concern may vary item by item. Also, the absence of a given matter from this letter is not meant to suggest it is not also a concern.

We are grateful for the service to informed public debate and public education provided, since Bill C-51 was tabled, by two highly respected law professors — Craig Forcese of the University of Ottawa and Kent Roach of the University of Toronto — who, combined, have great expertise in national security law at the intersection of constitutional law, criminal law, international law and other sub-disciplines. What follows — and we limit ourselves to five points — owes much to the background papers they have penned, as well as to insights from editorials in the media and speeches in the House of Commons.

Accordingly, we urge all MPs to vote against Bill C-51 for the following reasons:

Pointing up    Once again, The Great White North overshadows The Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, in citizen/taxpayer engagement.

Australia: Metadata laws may close piracy loopholes – Even with a parliamentary committee’s last-minute recommendations, Hollywood pirate hunters will still probably use your metadata against you in court.

The piracy code doesn’t grant copyright holders access to your metadata, even after three strikes. It just compels your ISP to comply with a court request to use metadata – your IP address – to find your name and then hand that name over. With the metadata proposal on the table, it seems the copyright holder could actually ask for access to your metadata in any civil piracy case, with Brandis’ blessing. Unlike the piracy code, this wouldn’t necessarily be limited to residental fixed-line connections – eliminating a major loophole.

Copyright holders such as the backers of the Dallas Buyers Club case are already complaining that the piracy code is too narrow for their liking. That won’t be a problem if they can rely on the Attorney-General to let them trawl through your metadata and use it against you in any civil trial.

(Contributed by Mal C.)

How I requested my photographs from the Department of Homeland Security – I have my photograph taken and my fingerprints scanned every time I enter the United States. So do all other foreign nationals. The information is collected under the US-VISIT program. Information such as name, date of birth, gender, and travel document data is recorded as well. In response to a Freedom of Information Act request I filed in November 2014, the Department of Homeland Security released a document containing information collected about me under this program over the last four years.

To request this information yourself, visit FOIAonline and make a request to US Customs and Border Protection.

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Every photo taken of Runa by the Department of Homeland Security between 2010 and 2014.

Conservative audience laughs as former nsa chief refers to himself as an ‘unrelenting libertarian’ – For a second year in a row, the Conservative Action Political Conference hosted a debate on the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs.

This morning, in a stinging rebuke similar to audience jeering of former Gov. Jim Gilmore’s seething criticism of Ed Snowden at last year’s CPAC, former NSA director Michael Hayden received an earful when he awkwardly declared that he is a libertarian.

Referring to his co-panelist Fox News’ Andrew Napolitano as an “an unrelenting libertarian,” Hayden continued, “So am I.”

As Mediaite pointed out, Hayden was quickly mocked by the audience with sustained booing and at least two people yelling, “no, you’re not!”

One person’s laughter was so loud that it is audible on C-SPAN’s video of the event.

Though Hayden went on to cast his defense of domestic spying as a his duty in the pursuit of liberty and homeland security, he also has a direct stake in the debate over surveillance — and it doesn’t make him any more disposed to the libertarian side of that debate.

Hayden is a principal with the Chertoff Group, a consulting firm for the multi-billion dollar cyber security and intelligence industry. He is also on the board of Alion Science and Technology, a military contractor that does intelligence and techical work. For that part-time gig he has been paid approximately $336,500 over the last four years, according to reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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2 responses to “Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – March 2, 2015

  1. Leonard Nimoy
    An avatar I used quite a few years ago.
    http://smg.photobucket.com/user/bob3160/media/avatar_Bob3160_2.jpg.html
    He’ll be missed.