Double edged sword. How will this skew search results here in Australia?
And the thought of anyone, even Google, paying Murdoch and his cronies for search results makes me want to puke.
184 posts • joined 26 May 2017
Truly sad to see Olympus go. I've always been a Nikon guy, but those OM1s and 2s were beautiful film cameras.
I absolutely hate phone cameras. Farnarkeling around trying to hold the damn phone steady with your arms outstretched. Good for snapshots but blech.
Hopefully we still get real cameras for a long time to come.
Well surprise surprise regarding the Australian app. No customer support, the developers not listening to or responding to legitimate concerns from other developrs, etc. Typical tone deaf government response to legitimate concerns.
And they wonder why the download count has stalled.
Unfortunately there's no app for fixing stupidity.
<smug mode>I absolutely bloody knew something like this would happen, given the government's shitty record on just about anything IT related.<end smug mode>
I will absolutely never download their knocked up over the weekend crap, despite Scotty's pleas.
I fear that a lot of the lemmings rushing to download it have no idea of the implications for their privacy and security.
Here in Australia, the government is dangling the carrot of earlier easing of restrictions being based on how many people download the covisdafe app. It is not compulsory to download, but that's a sneaky way of sort of trying to make it compulsory. Our PM even likened it to national service or buying war bonds. Seriously? And then there's this thought. https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2020/05/me_on_covad-19_.html
I wouldn't be without my mechanical keyboard. The thing is built like a battleship and the typing experience is great. It's black, it sits on my desk and just works. No stupid gaudy lighting nonsense or anything like that. It's probably hard to explain to someone who's never used one, but if you type a lot, then they are definitely worth the extra cash.
The government has made it clear that the server is here, not the US. No court order can be used to access the data, so law enforcement is barred from it.
Still, given the government's atrocious track record in the digital domain and the lack of source code so far, I am not downloading it.
They need to earn our trust, not take it as a given.
As I said in a post 2 or 3 days ago, the central problem is that the government has consistently and maliciously shafted people on a ton of issues, i.e. the 2016 census debacle, the appalling Robodebt targeting the most vulnerable, the My Health Record fiasco and the combined clustetfucks of metadata retention and encryption busting legislation.
Suddenly we are supposed to just trust them because there is a health emergency.
You know what would engender trust? Making the code open source, not just bits of it.
Governments of all stripes have an appalling record of safeguarding data, even with the best of intentions.
Law enforcement has already been knocking on the door, requesting access to data from the app.
No thank you.
The central problem is that we have been shafted over and over again. Metadata retention, the encryption back door legislation, the My Health Record fiasco, etc. Why the fuck would we voluntarily install a government mandated app, just because Scotty from marketing asks us to? Successive governments have consistently and maliciously undermined the publc's trust in them. Now they have the gall to tell us that this is a big "Team Australia" moment and to just trust them. Not. Gonna. Happen.
The Strayan' government is now openly talking about trying to get us to download the same type of app in a fortnight or so. Apparently at least 40% of us will have to do it for it to be effective. Yeah, good luck with that. IF there is ever a hint of this even remotely becoming mandatory, I'll unplug the smartphone and buy a $40 burner dumb phone. Good luck getting your spyware app on that.
This was actually reported on the TV news last night, with video footage of said drone. My first reaction was WTF?! OK, we need to be extremely careful about social contact etc. I get it. This sets a very dangerous precedent for societal control though. Once the pandemic is over, I wonder how long it will take for these things to disappear from the sky, hmmm? And if you don't want to be tracked when you go shopping etc, leave your damn phone at home.
Yeah well, our federal government is known for its high level of technical acumen.... not.
Who could possibly, possibly, possibly have foreseen that hundrrds of thousands of people would be rushing the Centrelink website after they'd lost their jobs?
Stuart Robert should be sent into permanent social isolation. He is unfit for purpose.
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