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Tuesday Afternoon (12 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 24-July-2018  16:34:38 (GMT +10) - by Agg

SiliconAngel sent word of this online petition regarding the Government's plans to undermine strong encryption in Australia. We demand privacy, security, and integrity for our communications and systems. We should be confident that the services we use haven’t been weakened or compromised by government mandate or pressure. No legislation, executive order, or private agreement with the government should undermine our rights. The government should not erode the security of our devices or applications, pressure companies to keep and allow government access to our data, mandate implementation of vulnerabilities or backdoors into products, or have disproportionate access to the keys to private data. There's more info in this article. My main issue is that it's basically unworkable. It sounds like the classic "politicians trying to legislate without understanding" we see so often with tech issues. So at best it'll just be a huge waste of time and money.

Anyway, it's 2018, and where the hell is my flying car? It's right here, thanks Alan. Designed as a ‘single-seat Personal Aerial Vehicle (PAV)’, OPENER Inc. state that the BlackFly “… is simple to master and requires no formal licensing (in USA) or special skills to operate safely.” At 1.55m long and 1.6m wide and a take-off run of 1m, it can take off from almost anywhere. As well as being able to fly, the “car” also has full freshwater amphibious capabilities. But it is principally designed to operate from small grassy areas and travel distances of up to 40km at speeds up to 100km/h on an 8kWh battery. Doesn't sound like it's going to be in my driveway anytime soon, but it's getting closer.

Back to the Government, and the "My Health Record" system is adding some restrictions to how data can be used. The agency's contractual fix comes after the ABC reported on June 24 that one of the partner apps HealthEngine was passing on client information to personal injury lawyers and boasting to advertisers it could tailor advertising to patient's illnesses. The Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt ordered the DHA conduct an "urgent review" of its relationship with HealthEngine on the same day. Discussion continues in this thread.

A Sydney man has been arrested for allegedly stealing Amazon hardware. A 26-year-old Sydney man has been charged after allegedly stealing and dismantling $600,000 worth of AWS Snowball mass storage units. It is alleged that the man was shipped 31 of the Snowball devices, which can be rented from AWS to perform large data migrations into the cloud. He was arrested and charged with larceny following a joint investigation by the NSW Police cybercrime squad and the FBI.

There's a new undersea cable connecting Australia to the USA. Hawaiki has completed laying its 15,000km undersea fibre optic cable that connects Australia and New Zealand directly to the US. Hawaiki CEO Remi Galasso said the US$300 million (A$407.2 million) cable system will provide the “fastest and the largest” link between Australia and the US, with another branch connecting American Samoa.

There's also some cool stuff going on in the skies soon, including a long lunar eclipse. July has already been a real treat for stargazers, with five planets to see in the evening sky, Mars looking the best we’ve seen in 15 years, and now, in the early hours of Saturday morning July 28, there will be an extraordinary total lunar eclipse.

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