* Posts by kartstar

29 publicly visible posts • joined 22 Aug 2013

Facebook rejects Australia's pay-for-news plan, proposes its own idea: How about no more articles at all, sunshine?

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The factors that the arbitrator needs to consider to make this "reasonable" determination are defined in the code. However predictably enough given the instigation of this code (Murdoch etc), ALL the factors listed are favourable to the news organisation, while factors favourable to the platforms are ignored.

For example, the cost to produce the content, and the indirect benefit that the platform receives from the content is included, while things like the indirect benefit to the news organisations get in potential increased subscriber count and the increased advertising revenue due to the referral are NOT listed as being a factor that can be considered in deciding the most "reasonable" offer.

This unfairness is what is meant by: "Most perplexing, it would force Facebook to pay news organisations for content that the publishers voluntarily place on our platforms and at a price that ignores the financial value we bring publishers."


Re: Sounds like Censorship to me

Putting a price on links is censorship


Re: So that's 2.3 billion

... until the filler of said "newsfeed niche" gets shaken down by the big media companies in the same way as Google and Facebook have been.

You have one job, Australian PM tells contact-tracing app, and that’s talking to medicos


Re: Australian Gov

> ...since they are going to be the ones allowing the upload from a infected person (prevention of false positives) then signing the download to your device)

My understanding was that this is not how it worked.This article explains it differently, although I don't believe it either.


From what I've read my understanding is that upon installing the app, your phone sends to the Australian Government controlled servers 4 pieces of information (name, phone, postcode, age range). It also communicates what random ID it's using to the server on a regular basis. Your phone will also capture the random ID's of phones it is nearby (with the app installed) for more than 15 minutes stored locally. If an approved health department gets your OK you can trigger the upload those ID's your app has captured which can then be correlated to the data the health department already has, find out which people you were in contact with, and contact those people via their phone.

Given the horrible laws that have recently been passed in Australia regarding law enforcement access to peoples private data via anti-encryption legislation (sometimes without a warrant), there would be nothing stopping these agencies from seizing the data on your phone, or compelling the health department to grant access to that data in secret. Even if a law is passed to restrict the access to this data, without modifying those existing laws it will be down to a legal fight to determine if they were right in doing this, after they have already accessed the data. Similar to the metadata laws, where the laws specified only 22 departments, but in reality more than 80 departments are accessing the data due to existing laws prior to those metadata ones.

The better solution for anyone that cares about the privacy of citizens, is simply not to install the app until the government enshrines personal privacy in existing laws.

Bad news: 'Unblockable' web trackers emerge. Good news: Firefox with uBlock Origin can stop it. Chrome, not so much


Chrome or Chromium?

I'm assuming this problem with Chrome is also the case for other variants of Chromium such as Brave and (soon to be) Microsoft Edge?

Can you trust Huawei... or any other networks supplier for that matter?


Re: You can read my SMSs but you can take my WhatsApps from my cold dead hands

"More broadly, China passed a law in 2017 which obliges its companies to co-operate with the state."

Hmmmm, sounds like another country I'm very familiar with...


I used to be a dull John Doe. Thanks to Huawei, I'm now James Bond!


Re: You can read my SMSs but you can take my WhatsApps from my cold dead hands

It depends on how much you value your personal data and privacy, as to which you believe is costing you more.

Oz opposition folds, agrees to give Australians coal in their stockings this Christmas


Apparently the Labor party amendments will exclude state-based anti-corruption bodies from being able to access these powers (and probably the new federal one that is threatening to be setup will be excluded too). Typical. If they have nothing to hide, they have nothing to fear. Clearly they have plenty to hide.


Re: You can read my SMSs but you can take my WhatsApps from my cold dead hands

The difference is that Google, Facebook, etc can't throw you in jail for that torrent you downloaded 3 years ago, or that time you texted while driving. The analogy between the way people used SMS and the way they use modern day technology (such as WhatsApp) is incredibly dull.

On the other end of the spectrum, one could ponder what implications the law would have were a mind reading device to be invented. Realistically, our technological capabilities are somewhere in between SMS and a mind reading device, perhaps more-so on the SMS side but only time will tell.

Using SMS and phone calls as a reason to be able to use any and all technology as a bugging/trojan device should have outlived its use for anyone giving serious intellectual thought to the issue about 5 years ago.

Oz intel committee: Crypto-busting is only bad if you're a commie, and we're not by the way


I'm not across exactly how a law like this goes through parliament. Will it need to go back through the house again? Or will it go straight to the senate? I was under the impression it's been voted through the house once. Hopefully it needs to go through the house again and my new local MP (Kerryn Phelps) votes to block it.

Australia, Solomon Islands to ink Huawei-free cable contract today


Cheaper for whom

Wish the Australian Government would pay me $100 million to not buy a Huawei phone; That would be cheaper for me too.

Swedish prosecutor finally treks to London to question Julian Assange


Seems that some poor shmuck missed the fact that these "devices" you speak of still had an internet connection, and he was able to (arguably?) influence the US election from them.

Hillary Clinton: Stop helping terrorists, Silicon Valley – weaken your encryption



The tech companies need to bring China's alleged hacking into this, and their efforts to secure their networks and systems against hackers. Lets see the deep state try to reconcile their position on China with their position on encryption.

Chinese takeaway, hold the Google: Xiaomi Mi4 LTE Android

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I'm a proud owner of a Xiaomi Mi Note Pro which I bought from honorbuy.com a few weeks ago. It's an amazing phone, so light, thin, and the build quality is amazing - it's better than that of my previous phone, which was a Motorola Nexus 6. I've encountered similar minor issues to the ones described in this article namely with the Google Services Framework needing to be installed, along with some elements of the native Xiaomi apps being in Chinese. Once you get the Google apps installed though there's no need to use the Xiaomi apps.

Some other pros I've noticed:

1) Weekly updates. From what I read the developers code away Monday to Wednesday, and then push out those changes to the weekly build which is released on the weekend.

2) The camera is the best I've ever had on a phone - better than my old iPhone 6 Plus.

3) The screen to phone ratio is great

4) The Xiaomi Piston 2 headphones which I got at the same time for US$15 are better than any of the Sony, Sennheiser, or Beats headphones I've had previously.

5) The permissions model is amazing - e.g. don't want that one app to have location access? You can just block it for that app, rather than either having to turn location services off which affects ever app.

As of yet I haven't experienced what would be the biggest con of owning a grey-import phone - warranty. Hopefully I won't ever need to experience it. Battery life doesn't compare to my old iPhone 6 Plus either... I'd become used to being able to go through a whole day and night without needing to charge my phone, and now with moderate to heavy use the Mi Note Pro dies at around 8pm or so.

If Xiaomi ever start releasing their phones in western markets and conduct their business in the same way as they do in China, I'm convinced after a few years their market share will be making significant inroads on the Samsung and Apple dominance.

Australia gets its Internet filter after Senate vote


It's funny seeing the governments decrying, and looking down upon China for it's "Great Firewall" now implementing similar systems on the home-front. The hypocrisy is strong, my friends.

NO WARRANTS NEEDED for metadata access, argues Oz A-G


What a slimy f*ck. For months he was sitting there saying a warrant would be needed to access the data and this would be the basis through which Joe Citizen's privacy would be protected. Now he's saying that a warrant shouldn't be needed. What a dramatic turnaround, which to be honest was entirely expected and exactly the reason why NOTHING this guy says should ever be trusted.

Snowden leaks lack context says security studies professor


I don't get it. The slides weren't the only things leaked by Snowden. There are a ton of other documents and files that only certain journalists (like Greenwald) have access to. Those journalists use these documents, and talking with Snowden and other people with insight to guide their articles. Maybe there are some people writing stories based on "just the PowerPoint slides" but I think to dismiss the leaks as lacking context based on only that fact is clearly a straw man argument. I think the PowerPoint slides are mainly used as a graphic to brighten up the articles, in the same way infographics are used.

TPG unplugs NBN rival fibre to the basement service


Glad I connected my Pyrmont apartment in September then! Loving it! Abbott, Turnbull, and their cronies can go and get f*cked.

Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command


Re: The Interesting Thing...

The linking is done through networking, in much the same way that you could set up two VM's on their own isolated network within a hypervisor. It just says "these containers need to talk to each other over the network".

For example, you may have a container running MySQL which wants to listen on port 3306. By default, no traffic can get to this port. If you used the -p switch, any traffic directed at the host on the port you choose could be directed at this 3306 port. But if you didn't want the MySQL to be visible to the world, and only wanted it to be visible to another container (such as the one your application is in) you could link the two containers together using the --link switch.

The Maze Runner – a merry teenage dystopian adventure that doesn't make you cringe


Saw it in the movies on Tuesday gone. Wholeheartedly agree with the review. I hated The Hunger Games and Divergent because of the horrible love triangles and plot holes mentioned. When given the option of seeing The Maze Runner or Sin City 2 for the second time, my vote was with the latter. I'm glad I was convinced to see the former, as I was pleasantly surprised and I would watch it again for sure, and will be seeing the follow ups in theatres also.

Telstra, Vodafone at odds over data retention

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So what happened to the "just your ISP-assigned IP address will be recorded" and "we will not be tracking your web browsing history" then? eh? Anyone who doesn't believe the agencies (I'd rather not use the word 'intelligence') want it ALL is horribly misinformed.

The gameplan? Make people unsure of the gameplan up until the last moment, at which point an opposing force cannot be mobilised in time.

SURPRISE: Telstra STILL wants all its promised NBN booty


Didn't see that one coming!

ACCC gives thumbs up to TPG's NBN fibre-to-the-basement raids


I'm not sure if this is ultimately a good thing for the state of broadband in Australia, especially if TPG are allowed the monopoly over customers who they have fibre to the basement running to. However, as a resident of Pyrmont, living in an apartment block, I sure hope they choose my apartment block next!

On a possibly related note, I've noticed my TPG ADSL2+ connection here get MUCH faster over the last month or so. The sync speed used to be about 4,000 but it's now sitting up at 10,000! I wonder if this is due to people being brought online with this fibre service and the reduced congestion? It could also be related to the new data centre built down the road from my residence.

Telcos renew calls to limit metadata retention


Thank you iiNet!

NBN Co plans fibre-to-the-basement blitz to beat cherry-pickers


As a Pyrmont (immediate-inner Sydney suburb) resident, this is good news for me.

As an Australian, this is a disgrace.

Helpdesk/Service Desk Recommendations


We use Kayako Fusion for our 25 person IT department and 400+ user deployment. Works pretty well. We were lucky and got in while it was cheap, so it doesn't cost us much. Self-hosted, and it's open source (PHP) so really easy to customise if theres any things you want to tailor to your environment.

Australia's opposition backs warrantless metadata collection


Re: OK Tanya...

I'm a local member in her electorate... she can expect a letter and some local campaigning before the next election from me.

Getting worried, Assange? WikiLeaks spaffs out 'insurance' info

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Re: The one way this could work properly

A warning to anyone. Please be weary whenever anyone mentions the phrase "rape charges" please take their comment with a grain of salt. They are not "rape charges" they are "rape allegations". Assange has not been charged with anything, he has been accused and is wanted for questioning. Either they are attempting to mislead you, or they do not know enough about the topic and should not be commenting about it.