Labor has backed down completely on its opposition to the Assistance and Access Bill, and in the process has been totally outfoxed by a government that can barely control the floor of Parliament. After proposing a number of amendments to the Bill, which Labor party members widely called out as inappropriate in the House of Representatives on Thursday morning, the ALP dropped its proposals to allow the Bill to pass through Parliament before the summer break. "Let's just make Australians safer over Christmas," Bill Shorten said on Thursday evening. "It's all about putting people first." Shorten said Labor is letting the Bill through provided the government agrees to amendments in the new year. Under the new laws, Australian government agencies would be able to issue three kinds of notices:Technical Assistance Notices (TAN), which are compulsory notices for a communication provider to use an interception capability they already have; Technical Capability Notices … [Read more...] about Australia now has encryption-busting laws as Labor capitulates
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Light rain fell on Sunday as Letitia James and her two campaign aides hurried into St. Paul’s Community Church in East New York in Brooklyn. It’s the type of day pastors fear will keep their flocks from filling the pews. That morning, projections that Hurricane Florence would hit the East Coast before Thursday’s New York State primary circulated on the internet. James, who is running for New York attorney general, used the drizzling rain and the prospect of a hurricane as a metaphor: Black people may have seen storms before, but that’s never stopped their march to liberation. “We’re in a pivotal moment in the history of this country,” she told the congregants to a chorus of “mm-hmms” and shouts of “yaaas, yaaas!” “We’re careening toward chaos and confusion. We’re more divided now than we’ve ever been since the Civil War. We’re facing the possibility of a constitutional crisis; an … [Read more...] about Can Letitia James Win the NY Attorney General’s Race and Make History?
Full disclosure: I'm probably the absolute worst person you could pick to be one of the first people in the world to try Minecraft in virtual reality.For one, I've played a grand total of two hours of Minecraft in my entire life. Second, virtual reality - despite covering it for years - still makes me feel both nauseated and ludicrously anxious at the same time.Amazon Prime Day deals: see all the best offers right now!But, in a strange, cruel twist of fate, there I was sitting in a chair at Microsoft's Spring Showcase with an Xbox One controller in one hand and an Oculus Rift in the other, about to enter into Minecraft's world of blocks, pigs, chicken and Creepers in first-person.Earlier that morning, Phil Spencer got up on stage to announce that the WIndows 10 version of Minecraft would support Oculus Rift out of the box. Players who already own the game on Microsoft's latest desktop operating system won't need to buy anything else or do anything special, he said. He uttered the words … [Read more...] about I was one of the first people to play Minecraft in virtual reality
In a report released in early November, the Australian Productivity Commission called for a new Data Sharing and Release Act, a National Data Custodian body, and for individuals to have greater control of the data that is collected about them by both the public and private sectors. The Commission's Data Availability and Use draft report sparked mixed reactions. Some praised the Commission for opening up a national dialogue about data sharing as a critical first step towards building a data-driven economy, while others criticised the Commission for not adequately addressing the risks associated with data breaches. Latest Australian news Australian government announces 5G working group members Australian government's recklessness with medical data is symptom of deeper problems Turnbull unveils new tech ministers in Cabinet reshuffle ACCC kicks off NBN wholesale service levels inquiry Re-identification possible with Australian de-identified Medicare and PBS open … [Read more...] about Risk vs. Opportunity: Data use and availability in Australia
Full text of Judge Jackson's findings of fact The following are U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's findings of fact in the landmark antitrust suit filed against Microsoft by the Justice Department and 19 states. UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT Civil Action No. 98-1232 (TPJ) ____________________________________ Civil Action No. 98-1233 (TPJ) ex rel. et al., FINDINGS OF FACT These consolidated civil antitrust actions alleging violations of the Sherman Act, ?? 1 and 2, and various state statutes by the defendant Microsoft Corporation, were tried to the Court, sitting without a jury, between October 19, 1998, and June 24, 1999. The Court has considered the record evidence submitted by the parties, made determinations as to its relevancy and materiality, assessed the credibility of the testimony of the witnesses, both written and oral, and 2 ascertained for its purposes the probative significance of the documentary and visual evidence presented. Upon the record before … [Read more...] about Full text of Judge Jackson’s findings of fact