21 May 2011

More iphone data logged

In the wake of revelation within the Australian Mass Media, comes more information about how the iPhone / iPod Touch logs information.

Information also pertains to the Touch (4G) with respect to photos.

The information that it logs is done covertly without the users knowledge. All this information can be obtained by Apple as suggested in the EULA the customer agrees to.

Here are some of the points:

• Every time an iPhone user closes out of the built-in mapping application, the phone snaps a screenshot and stores it. Savvy law-enforcement agents armed with search warrants can use those snapshots to see if a suspect is lying about whereabouts during a crime.

• iPhone photos are embedded with GEO tags and identifying information, meaning that photos posted online might not only include GPS coordinates of where the picture was taken, but also the serial number of the phone that took it.

• Even more information is stored by the applications themselves, including the user's browser history. That data is meant in part to direct custom-tailored advertisements to the user, but experts said some of it could be useful to police.

• The keyboard cache logs everything that you type in to learn autocorrect so that it can correct a user's typing mistakes. Apple doesn't store that cache very securely, Zdziarski contended, so someone with know-how could recover months of typing in the order in which it was typed, even if the e-mail or text it was part of has long since been deleted.


Anti Intellectualism – Government Policy

In Australia the government had a very vocal propaganda by promoting the slogan “Australia the clever country” pertaining to the education of the masses. In reality this could not be further from the truth.

Education for governance and high level education is kept within the confines of the ruling elite, and the positions as such are ‘given’ to their clique of cronies. This has been a facet since the beginnings of ordered society.

One way to keep the masses subdued is to deny education. Education can be used to obtain a better position in the workforce, greater financial reward, and many other advantages, including the ability to think laterally or even challenge authorities on a professional level.

Authorities see education in the ‘wrong’ hands as a threat, and must be dealt with accordingly. In order to detract from education, the authorities work together with media outlets in promoting entertainment for the masses, whilst at the same time attacking intellectualism.

The government / industry currently spends hundreds of millions of dollars now approaching billions to keep the masses amused in Australia via the Australian Football League (AFL, nee VFL), which is being promoted to be the biggest money spinner for the corporate’s whilst dumbing down the nation at the same time.

Irrespective of one’s previous academic background, Australia’s new migrant influx from the 1950’s to the 1970’s was put into labour camps. Once these people had children, they actively encouraged them to purse education for a better way of life.

The children of migrants that were capable of going to university made up a large portion of enrolments. The statistics of the 1980’s indicated that the following percentages of children obtained tertiary education from migrant backgrounds were: Chinese 30% , Europeans 17%,whilst Australians made up approximately 7% of tertiary enrolments.

At this point the government intervenes. In order to make it more difficult for the struggling blue collar migrant families to send their children to higher education, the government put and end to free education, making universities a ‘business’ i.e. an extra cash cow for the government.

The early 1990’s signified the end of when one could walk into a University and obtain education solely based upon one’s academic ability, and now it is also payment based.

In today’s digital age, the focus of corporations, governments and educational facilities is on entertainment, and how to become a ‘star’, in which you are inducted into the industry from a young age, at the expanse of your education. Once the industry has made their money on you, you are then expendable. Contracts are arranged in such a manner that you are entirely controlled by the industry.

The mass media idolises those who are ‘bad boys’, ‘gangstas’ and the like, at the same time shunning those with education. Television shows are about ‘idiots’ and ‘losers’ (see illustration) which is keeping the masses entertained, and setting role models for the next generation of Losers.

The politics and its execution, is quite clear that being of anti – intellectualism.


20 May 2011

Feds: Privacy Does Not Exist in ‘Public Places’

The Obama administration has urged a federal appeals court to allow the government, without a court warrant, to affix GPS devices on suspects’ vehicles to track their every move.

The Justice Department is demanding a federal appeals court rehear a case in which it reversed the conviction and life sentence of a cocaine dealer whose vehicle was tracked via GPS for a month, without a court warrant. The authorities then obtained warrants to search and find drugs in the locations where defendant Antoine Jones had travelled.

The administration, in urging the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to reverse a three-judge panel’s August ruling from the same court, said Monday that Americans should expect no privacy while in public.

“The panel’s conclusion that Jones had a reasonable expectation of privacy in the public movements of his Jeep rested on the premise that an individual has a reasonable expectation of privacy in the totality of his or her movements in public places, ” Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Smith wrote the court in a petition for rehearing.

The case is an important test of privacy rights as GPS devices have become a common tool in crime fighting, and can be affixed to moving vehicles by an officer shooting a dart. Three other circuit courts have already said the authorities do not need a warrant for GPS vehicle tracking, Smith pointed out.

The circuit’s ruling means that, in the District of Columbia area, the authorities need a warrant to install a GPS-tracking device on a vehicle. But in much of the United States, including the West, a warrant is not required. Unless the circuit changes it mind, only the Supreme Court can mandate a uniform rule.

The government said the appellate panel’s August decision is “vague and unworkable” and undermines a law enforcement practice used “with great frequency.”

The legal dispute centers on a 1983 U.S. Supreme Court decision concerning a tracking beacon affixed to a container, without a court warrant, to follow a motorist to a secluded cabin. The appeals court said that decision did not apply to today’s GPS monitoring of a suspect, which lasted a month.

The beacon tracked a person, “from one place to another,” whereas the GPS device monitored Jones’ “movements 24 hours a day for 28 days.”

The government argued Monday that the appellate court’s decision “offers no guidance as to when monitoring becomes so efficient or ‘prolonged’ as to constitute a search triggering the requirements of the Fourth Amendment.”

The appeals court ruled the case “illustrates how the sequence of a person’s movements may reveal more than the individual movements of which it is composed.”

The court said that a person “who knows all of another’s travels can deduce whether he is a weekly churchgoer, a heavy drinker, a regular at the gym, an unfaithful husband, an outpatient receiving medical treatment, an associate of particular individuals or political groups — and not just one such fact about a person, but all such facts.”

wired.com 10 Sep 2011

A sign of the times and an indication of what is coming to Australia.

or as posted by a user:

Shadmin 1 comment

So there is no expectation of privacy in public places huh? So then I suppose that means upskirt videos are completely legal as well as any other "surveillance" which would be considered invasions of privacy, but since there is no expectation of privacy in "public places" according to the Feds then as long as a person is in a public place then there is no such violation? Right?

16 May 2011

Alcohol involved in planking plunge

The 20-year-old who plunged seven storeys to his death while planking in Brisbane had been drinking alcohol, police say.

Acton Beale, 20, fell from an inner-city apartment block in Kangaroo Point's Main Street and died at the scene shortly before 4.30am (AEST) on Sunday.

Police said on Monday morning the death confirmed their fears the internet craze would lead young males to take risks without realising the possible consequences.

Deputy Commissioner Ross Barnett told the ABC Mr Beale's companion had confirmed the 20-year-old had been drinking before the fatal incident.

"We don't have any problem with planking itself," Mr Barnett said.

"If you want to take a photograph of yourself planking on a park bench two foot off the ground, there are no risks to your health with that, but when you start doing it seven storeys up or lying across a railway line or in a range of other places that invite death or serious injury, that's what we have a concern about."

Mr Barnett said it is police who have to deal with the aftermath and advise relatives of deaths.

"Ultimately, is it worth life in a wheelchair to take a funny photo to impress somebody you don't know on the internet?" Mr Barnett said.

He said police had no regrets after they publicised the craze on May 11 in a statement detailing that a man was charged for planking.

A 20-year-old Gladstone man was issued with a notice to appear when he was allegedly found planking on a police vehicle.

Police warned of the danger in the same statement to media.

"Gladstone police are concerned the risks some people are taking could result in injury and criminal charges," Sergeant Matthew Russell from Gladstone Police said last Wednesday.

16 May 2011

Another youtube phenomenon that is detrimental to ones self being that the media is 'promoting' by advertising it.

The good thing about this is that the stupidity ends there with these people NOT breeding any further.

Exxon Mobil CEO Admits that Oil Should Be $60-$70 a Barrel Based on Supply and Demand

On May 12, 2011, when questioned by U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) at a Senate Finance Committee hearing, Exxon Mobil Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rex Tillerson said that oil should cost between $60 and $70 per barrel, if the price of oil were based on supply and demand fundamentals. Oil was trading at $98 per barrel on Thursday morning, after inexplicitly plunging 5.5 percent Wednesday.

More corporate eye gouging and profiteering in the hands of the world's financiers and the hidden elite.

see youtube video :

US police nab car thief with iPhone GPS

US police say an iPhone left in a stolen truck is how officers were able to capture a burglar suspected of multiple auto break-ins.

Police said 29-year-old Joshua Mitzelfelt allegedly stole a truck left unattended and running in a Colorado Springs driveway on Tuesday morning.

The owner's iPhone was on the front seat.

The truck's owner began tracking his vehicle's location though a website monitoring the phone's GPS application while updating sheriff dispatchers.

Officers spotted the truck about 11 kilometres from the owner's residence and arrested the driver.

Police were able to link items found in the vehicle to other burglaries in the area.

Mitzelfelt has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, second degree aggravated motor vehicle theft and first degree burglary.

11 May 2011

This is not really record breaking news, as this technology has been available to the authorities for quite some time, i.e the inception of GSM digital mobile technology.

The ONLY difference is that this technology is available to the masses, i.e consumer market, in where the user has access to this data.

The telecommunications companies CAN obtain your position by GSM tower triangulation but choose NOT to, as one of the draw backs is that the public would be aware that they can be monitored constantly.

It is better to keep the masses ignorant and say that this technology is new or does not exist and that the person detailing this technology is a conspiracy theorist.

For example, theft of mobile phones can be reduced by the service provider shutting down the phone remotely, BUT the politics is such that this is not practiced.

Six arrested after Melbourne drug bust

Six people have been arrested after they were caught with ecstasy, GBH and amphetamines in a Melbourne car park.

Two women and four men, aged between 18 and 23, were arrested at the Flinders Lane carpark on Sunday morning after police found the drugs, including 280 tablets, as well as $3500.

A further 120 tablets were found at the Reservoir home of one of the men arrested.

The 19-year-old will face the Melbourne Magistrate's Court on Monday charged with three counts of trafficking drugs, possession of drugs and possessing the proceeds of crime.

The others will be placed on drug diversion programs.

16 May 2011

Another example where the law is not 'absolute' enough when it comes to the illicit drug trade.

Criminals laugh at the 'drug diversion program'.

Whilst the 'small fish' are caught dealing drugs the producers, and wholesalers are left alone.

Twitter claims spark row on UK gag orders

The right to privacy in the British media came under intense scrutiny after a Twitter user published the names of celebrities who allegedly obtained court orders to prevent identification.

Britain's privacy laws were thrown into chaos after the publication on the micro-blogging website of names of celebrities thought to have obtained so-called super-injunctions to hide personal scandals.

It meant that while newspapers and other British media are barred from revealing the identities of a footballer, a top actor and other celebrities, potentially hundreds of thousands of Twitter users have now read their names.

Mark Stephens, a prominent media lawyer, said he was "incredibly uncomfortable" about super-injunctions.

"When you have a super-injunction, you have secret justice, one might say injustice, and you also have evidence given to the court which cannot be challenged," he told the BBC.

"We cannot have footballers going off to court, getting super-injunctions so their wives and girlfriends don't find out about their affairs, and their sexual health is potentially compromised. That's just unsustainable."

Prime Minister David Cameron has said he feels "uneasy" about some of the injunctions, but blamed parliament for failing to debate the issue, allowing court orders to fill the gap which should be filled by properly thought-out legislation.

The privacy row deepened on Tuesday when the European Court of Human Rights dismissed a case brought by former world motorsport chief Max Mosley seeking to impose new restrictions on the press after he was embroiled in a sex scandal.

Mosley argued that British law had failed to protect his private life and sought a change in the law that would force newspapers to notify people before their privacy is breached in stories.

The 71-year-old has already won a case in a British court against the News of the World tabloid after it alleged he had taken part in a "sick Nazi orgy" with five prostitutes - a British judge found no evidence of a Nazi theme.

Commentators warned that if Mosley had won his European case, the effect would have been to increase further the use of injunctions brought by the rich and famous once they had been informed they were to be the subject of stories.

Mosley however argued that his case was about "whether the newspapers should have the right to publicise very private aspects of people's lives which there's no public interest in at all - it's just purely for titillation and to sell newspapers".

He said there was "a gap in the law which should have been closed".

But Stephens said if the Strasbourg-based court had ruled in favour of Mosley, it would have hit the more serious work of human rights groups such as Amnesty, Global Witness and Greenpeace in accusing individuals of wrongdoing.

The organisations have their headquarters in Britain.

"They are out doing proper investigative information gathering for society's benefit and that would have been frozen out," Stephens said.

"They don't have the money like Max Mosley to go to court to defend themselves."

Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke said there was a need for a serious debate on the right balance between an individual's "undoubted right to privacy" and freedom of speech and expression in a country which prized its free press very highly.

"But there isn't a terribly easy answer," Clark told BBC Radio. "The Court of Human Rights seems just to have decided that they think the British have got the balance about right at the moment."

Britain's second most senior judge, David Neuberger, known as the Master of the Rolls, is expected to release recommendations this month on curbing the use of super-injunctions.

The row over privacy was taking place as it was confirmed that Prince William and his new bride Catherine had left for their honeymoon following their April 29 wedding.

The trip to an unannounced destination is the first acid test of the British media's behaviour towards the royal newlyweds.

The royal family has warned it will take action against any media outlet which tries to pursue the couple.

aap 11 May 2011

Another example of how there are different laws for the masses and different for the privileged.