Weekend tech reading: FBI seeks wiretappable sites, UK wants to filter porn

By Matthew
May 6, 2012
Post New Reply
  1. FBI: We need wiretap-ready Websites - now The FBI is asking Internet companies not to oppose a controversial proposal that would require firms, including Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, and Google, to build...

    Read the whole story
  2. m4a4

    m4a4 TechSpot Addict Posts: 477   +117

    No. To the first one that is...
  3. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 784   +85

    Government surveillance... is that really what we need? :(

    lol @ the fbi sucks at photoshop article
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,082   +1,184

    Thats exactly what we need. Camera's behind every government official 24/7 for everyone to watch. It's sad when you don't think you can trust anyone in charge. It's sad when no one thinks there is a government official with the populations interest at heart. It's not the population that needs to be monitored it's the government officials that need to be monitored. It is my belief there would have been less tragedies, if there were no government secrecy. Government secrecy is the start of all national troubles and yet they want to strip us of our privacy. Before they strip us of our privacy, we need to strip them of theirs.
  5. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 878   +80

    Cameron is an *****, looks like our rights are being stripped each year and its getting worse and worse. Whats next, gaming blocked? What is this, China?
    Benny26 likes this.
  6. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 878   +80

    Ah look US making laws for the whole world, might as well make every country USAs ***** and obey them in everything they say...
  7. Cota

    Cota TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 521   +8

    "Most popular video games are dumb."

    No **** Sherlock. (proper words where they are needed).

    My "now favorite" game list has been decreasing over the years, back in hi school i had around 5-6 games i could play constantly whit out getting bored, now i cant get out from Skyrim moded obviously, T2F and a very casual Minecraft whit technick pack.

    CoD this, Gears of manly, any kind of generic racing game, Mass tricolor rainbow, any MMO and not forgetting those casual games that shouldn't even be called games (aka Angry kiwis and so on).

    Recently there was a post about how gaming industry was growing a lot, except that the numbers where expressed in dollars not in rating from people who like watching Zero Punctuation from the escapist.
  8. I for one will be moving as much as possible of my online activity away from the US.

    I can't see a happy ending to all the draconian measures which have been suggested recently. I know there are are a lot of web services that will be difficult to replace, but if a genuine alternative exists I'll be happy to try non-US over US at this point in time, purely to preserve my right to privacy
  9. @cliffordcooley It sounds nice on paper that government should be watched but in practice it is never true. My experience that much surveillance occurs in private industry--they'd repeat private phone conversations--and never in government. Businesses even have auditors, but when was the last time you heard of government being audited?
  10. I like how I just read an article stating that an ip address is no more enough evidence than a phone number is when convicting someone. now im reading about "wire tappable" websites that the government wants. why dont u just admit this is another piracy thing. you're trying soooooo hard to stop it yet you're so blind you can't see the largest site filled with piracy......youtube. megaupload gets shutdown yet youtube has billions of copyright clips, full movies, songs and so on that can be listened to for free. you're trying to shut down sites that allow you to download for free yet you do nothing about the site that has tons of this pirated content just floating around it, and you use the site for yourself most likely daily, most likely viewing stolen stuff someone didnt buy. your logic is flawed . not to mention box office sales alone = more than the $ value of the pirated films. as for cds.....most artists are full of digital effect behind their voices these days so in all actuality theyre not talanted so they dont deserve 15-20 a cd anyway because theyre fakes..
  11. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,731   +288

    So basically, this weekends tech news consists of people trying to spy on the internet and other people trying to ruin it.
  12. TeamworkGuy2

    TeamworkGuy2 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 195

    I like the TSF Weekend readings, informative/funny articles that introduce me to other interesting website.

    I agree to some extent, but you can't pirate video games from youtube (just watch clips) and much of the music is just a taste rather than entire albums, at least most of the clips I've come across are just users who uploaded 3-4 songs they liked from random bands.
    In fact I recently bought 2 CDs of a band I liked because of 2-3 of their songs that I had heard on youtube and enjoyed.
    My primary use for youtube is watching news videos/vloggers and game play throughs and reviews.
    Youtube is becoming a new form of TV for me and the ads generate revenue for the authors, it's becoming it's own form of media, without needing copyright material to hold it up.
  13. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TechSpot Maniac Posts: 880   +52

    That lightsaber is no more a real lightsaber that you can buy at Toys r us. The only difference is you can blind yourself with this one.
     
  14. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 752   +12

    I don't want to surf on this internet anymore.
  15. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,989   +66

    'Open source' OS may have a chance to guard against these on the user's end to some extent, just a thought I guess nothing more.

    One can't think but the fact it is another example of state expanding its influence (unnecessarily) in almost every sphere of its citizens' life just for the sake of 'control'. Once a state start to indulge in such practices it is a sign that politically it is at crossroads where long term viability of its 'structure' (at some point in future) may become questionable.
  16. The best way to kill porn is to switch off the highway of filth otherwise known as the internet completely. Format the whole bloody thing and just restore the good sites - which probably equates to about ten sites.

    Porn is a result of our sick society. People must realise themselves that it is wrong. Like that will ever happen.
  17. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 878   +80

    So because your morals and values don't apply to someone else, they are sick? This is why there is Religious "Wars" ... No such thing as "wrong" or "right".

    @Tekkaraiden.

    Toy R Us have less then 10mW lasers where as these are 500mW +
  18. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TechSpot Maniac Posts: 880   +52

    @ Atrix

    That's kind of my point, the technology is no better that what you can buy at Toys R Us except for a more powerful laser. Sure it lights up brilliantly in broad daylight but you have to wear special glasses so you don't blind yourself if you accidentally look at it.
  19. privacy is crazy agreed before governments monitor the public's activities their own should be monitored as previously mentioned as there is too much corruption as everything is about money nothing is about welfare/crime prevention/education and the worlds best interests maybe we do need a skynet to take over as I would take the risk of world war as apposed to a logical computer system taking control and managing all finances and businesses healthcare education and police services and end theses silly wars on copyright and patents etc when there are plenty of higher priority issues out there....try explain that to shareholders board of directors government bodies though as they will wonder where the profit is in that surely cuts are a better idea....
  20. for the lightsaber its nice but would have been better if they used the magnetic power to push up the actual light out from the handle instead of being a fixed unit in which just lights up, only nice thing about this is that its a high powered portable laser @ 1w
  21. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,568   +47

    Exactly my thoughts.

    Going down this road we'll soon have a UK firewall, a list of sites deemed "wrong for society" and that should be blocked. It's just a joke, and quite a scary joke at that.

    Other jokes that seem to come out on a daily basis on the governments "protect" list are: Cigs *must* be behind shutters in shops to 'protect' children; Cigs in the future must be in plain packets to 'protect' children; Smoking in cars should be banned to 'protect' children; Porn must be an opt in to 'protect' children (already happens with most Internet dongles); Junk food cannot be advertised before 9pm to 'protect' children. None of these things were in place or thought about when I was growing up, and I didn't turn out a chain-smoking overweight randy teenager... (Ok, a little randy)

    You just know that page 3 will soon be banned also(now that the scumbag Murdoch has been ousted as a Cameron buddy). Top shelf mags will soon have to have plain covers on them. This is the kind of state (the "nanny state" as some people call it) that Cameron was against when in opposition to Labour. What a total hypocrite he is....
  22. Marnomancer

    Marnomancer TechSpot Booster Posts: 808   +51

    Apparently Captain's gonna be happy it's not his beloved former colony to filter the porn sites. Haha.
  23. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 878   +80

    I told my parents about the FBI issue, they didn't seem to bothered "well we don't have nothing to hide so yeah" .... I guess they don't see the point, if they can do that what's next ...
  24. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 1,086   +154

    The US doesn't have jurisdiction over the whole world. People can use websites that are not in their jurisdiction and are exempt from their wiretap legislation.


Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...
Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.