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Update: March 29, 2015

Metadata, just the latest annoyance by the Australian Government to spy on our Internet use, they couldn't screw us over with the failed mandatory filtering attempt, so they'll try get us another way. Not sure what all the fuss is about however since we now know the United States's NSA and UK's GCHQ has been doing this a long time thanks to the Snowden Releases, so all Canberra need do is pick up the phone and call head office ;-)

Now, I'm not going to go into all the bungling of them trying to sell this to us, Bumbling George Brandis's comedy show has been doing the rounds for a while now, when he came out with his and Woger Wabbott's , I mean Tony Abbott's version, it was like the two stooges Larry and Moe, without curly - Malcolm Turnbull, who finally did have to join the duo and fix up their diabolical mess, sending relief down peoples spines knowing the Government did not want to know what websites you went to, just who had what IP on what date. Much more different to voice, since they do want to know who you called, and when and from where.

When this came about I was in two minds about it, didn't have strong objections, my IP's static so wont be too hard to find me in radius, and I've had it for nearly five years at home, so there's no doubting its accuracy, as for phone, well, I make/get SFA phone calls, I rarely use 3G data because it's about the same price as pure gold in Australia. Most of my communications from home is by IRC, IM (Jabber/Skype - so the U.S.'s NSA already know who I talk to anyway), Email, ramblings on Twitter, or this strange thing called ...
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Popular Linux Website A Threat to the USA - Apparently

In what can only be described as the most funniest thing I've read in many many years, the U.S.A.'s National Security Agency (NSA) regards The Linux Journal Website as an extremists forum, and its users as extremists, therefore logs its users, likewise with privacy site TAILS, and they also keenly, but not really unexpectedly, (try to) target the Tor network.

I just find it ridiculous on all levels that Linux users, or anyone who values their privacy, are labelled as extremists, the only extremists here, are the out of control U.S.A's NSA!

It's wrong when merely visiting privacy related websites is enough for a user's IP address to be logged into a NSA database, and become a possible target, and it's beyond dangerous scope creep when visiting a Linux website gets you thrown into the same basket, it's about time these bastards had the reigns thrown on them, from not only within the U.S.A., but from all other countries that give a damn about their citizens, the only country with any guts at present to do this seems to be Germany. Shame on our Australian government as well, who wont do squat, since they are just U.S. puppets and lap dogs who take their orders from Washington.

The line "if you got nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear" is just pure bullshit and doesn't wash.

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Mozilla Does DRM Deal With Adobe Devil

So much for Mozilla's motto of openness, yet again another netizens call to action arises to make Mozilla realise what a grave error this is, remember, it was public opinion that forced the resignation of Eich over his support for organisations rife with homophobia in trying to stop marriage equality, so time to start all over again to stop them supporting DRM.

FSF condemns partnership between Mozilla and Adobe to support Digital Restrictions Management

In response to Mozilla's announcement that it is reluctantly adopting DRM in its Firefox Web browser, Free Software Foundation executive director John Sullivan made the following statement:

Only a week after the International Day Against DRM, Mozilla has announced that it will partner with proprietary software company Adobe to implement support for Web-based Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) in its Firefox browser, using Encrypted Media Extensions (EME).
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PRISM - The US Govt Caught Out, Yet Again

Updated Feb 28, 2014

For complete run down, please visit The Guardians NSA Files

The Prism program allows the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), the world's largest surveillance organisation, to obtain targeted communications without having to request them from the service providers and without having to obtain individual court orders.

With this program, the NSA (a military defined organisation) is able to reach directly into the servers of the participating companies and obtain both stored communications as well as perform real-time collection on users.

We have recently been hearing reports from American politicians, Embassy staff (Yes, looking at you Jeff Bleich), and U.S. cloud service providers, and security experts all claiming the worlds fear of U.S. Laws, like the Patriot Act when it comes to hosting data in the U.S., is just FUD, even as recent as two days ago I read a report from a U.S. cloud expert in Europe trying to show the world it is safe to host data in the U.S., claiming there is oversight, court orders are in fact needed (something that we have known for along time is utter rubbish - google FISA warrant), and this expose about PRISM proves it.

Prominent world renowned media organisation, The Guardian, has blown the lid after obtaining highly classified documents

The United States National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants (like Microsoft), according to a top secret document obtained by the Guardian.

The NSA access is part of a previously undisclosed program called Prism, which allows officials to collect material including search history, the content of emails, file transfers and live chats, the document says
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Why Windows XP users need to dump Internet Explorer - NOW!


Here we are in the year 2013, and Microsoft's incompetence (or is it arrogance?) still continues to astound me. We are now (and have been for nearly twelve months) at a stage where the normal age-old Internet Address ranges are depleted, yes, they have now pretty much run out of IP addresses all around the world, most regions will no longer issue any more IPv4 addresses to existing organisations, and new organisations are severely restricted in how many they can obtain - because there are little to none to give out. The problem of IPv4 address depletion has been solved for some time by the new IP address scheme, called IPv6, however, at present less than 1% of the world is using IPv6, many service providers, businesses and governments are moving that way, albeit very slowly, and there is going to be serious problems in the near future.

I'm not going to go off on a tangent like many of the IPv6 fanboi's do, and lets face it, they have been crying wolf since late nineties about running out of addresses within two years, when that was never the case and time has proved that, so they have no-one else to blame but themselves for the slow take-up of IPv6 today but now it is essential that all service providers, businesses, and governments stop delaying, and start configuring their entire networks for IPv6 - especially the service providers with end users, where here in Australia,
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