The problem with ‘ safe havens ‘

The Tor Project- Screen Shot

The Tor Project- Screen Shot

When Kim Dotcom provided a Cyber ‘ warehouse ‘ for people to upload stuff it was a great idea that could be used legitimately. Of course it could also be used for illegitimate purposes and the most popular downloads which made his business the most money tended to be the illegitimate ones.His argument was that he was not responsible for pedophiles sharing child porn on his site or hackers uploading hacked information or movies or books etc that they had no rights to as he just provided the ‘ warehouse ‘ to store their criminal goods. A similar problem exists at The Tor Project which on the face of it sounds like a legitimate idea.

The Tor network provides a safe haven from surveillance, censorship, and computer network exploitation for millions of people who live in repressive regimes, including human rights activists in countries such as Iran, Syria, and Russia.

People like that do need protection and so this sounds like a great idea. One slight problem though, it sounds like a great idea to hackers and other criminals as well who of course also use the network. As a result of the illegitimate use, the network are now under attack, a cyber attack. According to one of the commenters on the site is is because…

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Bread wars

The two major supermarket chains are battling each other with $1 loaves of bread.  Queue the whiners…

One-dollar loaves of bread are flying off the shelves in the millions – but a bakers’ union says Kiwis’ love of a cheap deal could put jobs at risk.

Fierce competition between the country’s two main supermarket owners saw the price of bread drop to just $1 earlier this year.

As supermarkets indicate such pricing will continue, the Bakers and Pastrycooks’ Union has sounded the alarm about an industry “under siege”.

Secretary Norm Holley told the Herald that brands in the middle-to-upper price bracket were not selling as a result of the $1 deals.

As a result the country’s two biggest bakers had been cornered into a position where jobs could eventually be lost, he said.

However, Countdown says its $1 Homebrand breads are here to stay “for as long as possible”, and price drops on other brands have increased bread sales overall.

Mr Holley represents about 350-400 workers at the North Island bread plants of Goodman Fielder and George Weston Foods (Tip Top bakeries).

The two competitors are by far the biggest suppliers and between them produce dozens of bread brands as well as the $1 brands such as Budget and Homebrand.

As a rule of thumb, when a union complains, something good is going on.   Read more »

I don’t know, I think they’ve succeeded

Winner of “most ambiguous” headline of the year goes to:

failing teachers

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Mental Health Break

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Who is paying for the Boagan’s $2.1 BILLION snatch?

business woman with lots of money

Everyone smart is running a mile from Michelle “The BoaganBoag’s plan to snatch $2.1 billion in Vector shares from Aucklanders and South Aucklanders to give to Lyin’ Len Brown for him to build his trainset.

But one question is still be to explored. Who is paying The Boagan, 60? And who is paying her offsider Cedric “Senile” Allan, 102?

These people don’t do anything for free. The Boagan even got Doug Myers to pay her when she was running for National Party President.

The tipline is running hot with theories. Read more »

A thought about the feral “gamer” that bashed the baby’s skull in

Just to refresh your memory

Bird’s offending occurred on November 1, 2013, after the mother of the then nearly five-week-old baby boy had spent the night caring for her son at their Central Hawke’s Bay home.

She woke Bird about 6.30am and asked him to care for their baby, who was asleep in a bassinet, so she could rest, court documents said.

At some time between 6.30am and 10am, while the baby was in his sole care, Bird caused what a doctor said was “non-accidental trauma and extremely unusual for a five-week-old infant”.

It was also during this period that Bird, who is studying computer science at Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT), began playing the graphic video game The Walking Dead.

The game is described online as a “survival game in the midst of a zombie apocalypse”. Read more »

Abattoir gets all clear on dumping waste in river

In a remarkable decision that runs against what the public wants, a company has been granted a resource consent to discharge waste down a river.

he controversial decision to allow an abattoir to dump their waste in a Christchurch river, is being met with disgust.

ECAN’s independent commissioners have allowed Silver Fern Farms a five year emergency consent – with stringent terms and conditions.

The commissioners say they gave little weight to a petition bearing thousands of signatures against the move, because expert evidence shows the effect would be ‘no more than minor.’

Despite impassioned protests from locals and a lengthy hearing process, they’re now able to dump waste into the Waimakariri River when the Bromley sewage plant’s being fixed.

The appeal process runs until 10th.

A river is a community asset, and it shouldn’t be used by a single company to discharge waste.  That’s what we used to do.  We’re all about cleaning up our waterways and improving the quality of our environment.

One of the people involved in trying to get this consent withdrawn told me some interesting information:   Read more »

Minor Losers of the Year – Steffan Browning

Russel Norman has managed to make the Greens look less looney than they really are, when along comes Steffan Browning who starts saying homeopathy is a potential treatment for Ebola.

Obviously this is not the kind of message that the greens want to have out in public.

They want to keep their really looney policies hidden until they are in government.

So Steffan had a to be spanked, and spanked hard.

“Browning said he did not oppose homeopathy on a personal level.”

The Greens must be wishing they had got Chopper in to be their chief of staff to tell Steffan to harden the f*ck up.

Or that they could send Steffan to West Africa to test homeopathy on Ebola.

Either way it was Steffan Browning who has revealed to swing voters just how looney the Greens people are.

It is just a pity he didn’t do it during the election and then he would have won a winners award for helping destroy the Greens vote.

Photo Of The Day

Photograph: Evening Standard/Getty Images Mandy Rice-Davies, (centre, right), and Christine Keeler, (behind), surrounded by press photographers as they leave the Old Bailey during the trial of Dr Stephen Ward, a major figure in the Profumo Affair.

Photograph: Evening Standard/Getty Images
Mandy Rice-Davies, (centre, right), and Christine Keeler, (behind), surrounded by press photographers as they leave the Old Bailey during the trial of Dr Stephen Ward, a major figure in the Profumo Affair.

 Mandy Rice-Davies, Figure in Profumo Scandal, Dies at 70

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