Posts by David Hood

  • Hard News: Why we thought what we thought,

    For Pie graphs, I would rather credit the "colourful" William Playfair

    http://www.americanscientist.org/bookshelf/pub/a-visionary-and-a-scoundrel

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 857 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Why we thought what we thought,

    ...be careful what you wish for...

    Actually what I expressly do not wish is that they just ask the NSA because as a communication between two non-US citizens via an American company the NSA will have a copy.

    what I would wish is that, if the defence is that it is a forgery, the investigation use due process and legal powers to obtain the true document from the third party holding it in investigating a criminal matter.

    Do I think the governments surveillance powers are overly broad. Yes. Have investigating authorities been able to get warrants to analyse material sitting on servers for a very long time before these new surveillance powers. Yes. Do people committing crimes sometimes forget they are passing their messages through a third party that saves everything? Yes.

    Is the amount Facebook and Google know about us a bit creepy? Yes.

    I do actually want the rule of law followed here. and followed in an even handed manner.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 857 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Why we thought what we thought,

    …unless proven otherwise...

    I am ignorant of the law, but I would have thought that if there was anyone with the resources and legal authority to require the logs from the third party in this (Facebook) for a conversation at a known time and date, it would be the Inspector General of the SIS investigating the leaking of classified documents. In fact, if everyone denies everything, I would say this is a logical step in a thorough investigation.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 857 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Didn't see that coming, in reply to Alfie,

    Well, if both Slater and the Labour Party complain to the Police about hacking it will be interesting to see how each case is dealt with, as it seems to me there are obvious persons of interest in the Labour Party hack.

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  • Hard News: Didn't see that coming,

    The Fairfax profile of the hacker really does not sound like KDC, but given the hacker is giving away information about why he is doing it, and posting orginal things aside from only what was obtained from Whaleoil's site, My sweepstake bet would be within three weeks the police will have a pretty narrow list of suspects.

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  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ..., in reply to Paul Campbell,

    my sense is that there may have several people independently* exploring the ruins of Slater's server as it fell over. But that is just speculation.

    *independent in the sense of a bunch of unrelated people going "get him" at the same time

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 857 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ...,

    So as I read and understand it, the Herald have commentor logs from Whaleoil's site and can link "anonymous" (pseudonymous) posts, the email address the account was registered from, and the IP address of the machine that it was posed from. Browlee's press secretary just seems to have been identified by email address, but if the Herald have some good data analysis people they could do a lot more. This aspect may just be getting started.

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  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ..., in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    "coup data"

    Oh, well played sir, well played.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 857 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: See Into the Trees,

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    I am in Christchurch for work for a couple of days, and was walking through Hagley Park this morning

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 857 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    There are actual reports of criminals who have been entering into people's homes in Auckland through unlocked windows and copying the credit card information without removing anything from the premises. I am not being metaphorical about this. But since it was not secured access and they only copied things (though they knew they didn't have the rights to the information) does anyone want to argue no crime was actually committed?

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