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In-reply-to » web3 exists because circa 2016 or so, a bunch of venture capitalists figured out how to get a quick payday out of startups by getting them to issue a cryptocurrency ("Initial Coin Offering"), gifting a bunch of that currency to the VC at a discounted rate, and then pumping-and-dumping the rest. The VC avoids liability because the field is unregulated and even if it were the startup is guilty of whatever financial crimes might be present, not the VC. This happened to the tune of many many billions of dollars, flooding the world with cryptocurrencies that then everyone holding them had a vested interest in finding value for so that they din't end up empty handed. What we've watched transpire since is the unwinding of this criminal pyramid of financial bullshit.

@prologic and people are trying to push for health care information on the blockchain in the form of NFTs. They truely don’t see how much of an awful idea this is

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In-reply-to » I guess the problem I really have, same with this whole Web3 Blockchain nonsense, is that we blur the lines between what is a centralised system, vs a decentralised system, vs a distributed system (sorry forked as we're getting off topic...)

@mckinley this is my main issue with a lot of applications of cryptocurrency. This would work just as well with traditional payment methods. I feel a lot of these applications are in effect to just avoid taxes, launder money or wash dirty money. Happy to be proven wrong

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In-reply-to » Interesting and tough moral dilemma: is it appropriate for Government to strip privacy away from all citizens in favour for the safety of children online to avoid the production and distribution of CSAM? I ask because there’s a podcast from the Australian Federal Police around CSAM in Australia and there was a statement that effectively the prevention of CSAM needs to take a priority over privacy.

@mckinley I think that’s a fair assessment. Apart from the very top level, I feel there are a lot of good people with a lot of good intentions. I do agree that it will inevitably cross the line but it’ll be the kind of thing where a lot of politicians probably won’t care because they won’t be alive long enough to see extreme abuse of their policies and laws, which we already see with climate change inaction from the Australian Liberal Party.

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In-reply-to » Interesting and tough moral dilemma: is it appropriate for Government to strip privacy away from all citizens in favour for the safety of children online to avoid the production and distribution of CSAM? I ask because there’s a podcast from the Australian Federal Police around CSAM in Australia and there was a statement that effectively the prevention of CSAM needs to take a priority over privacy.

Also brings up the old point of if they take away our privacy, what else would they be willing to take from us. Seems like a net negative all around to punish the majority over the actions of the minority

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In-reply-to » Interesting and tough moral dilemma: is it appropriate for Government to strip privacy away from all citizens in favour for the safety of children online to avoid the production and distribution of CSAM? I ask because there’s a podcast from the Australian Federal Police around CSAM in Australia and there was a statement that effectively the prevention of CSAM needs to take a priority over privacy.

@prologic that’s a fair point. My thinking is really geared towards children that don’t have parents that care what happens to them, which is also an entirely different root cause. I’m still swayed in the same direction as you though

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In-reply-to » Interesting and tough moral dilemma: is it appropriate for Government to strip privacy away from all citizens in favour for the safety of children online to avoid the production and distribution of CSAM? I ask because there’s a podcast from the Australian Federal Police around CSAM in Australia and there was a statement that effectively the prevention of CSAM needs to take a priority over privacy.

Persoanlly, I of course want CSAM to be reduced to the point of becoming non-existent, however I do hold the right to privacy, whether exercised or not, very high on my priority list these days. It’s a tough dilemma for me, that’s for sure 🤔

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Interesting and tough moral dilemma: is it appropriate for Government to strip privacy away from all citizens in favour for the safety of children online to avoid the production and distribution of CSAM? I ask because there’s a podcast from the Australian Federal Police around CSAM in Australia and there was a statement that effectively the prevention of CSAM needs to take a priority over privacy.

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In-reply-to » For my fellow Australians, I hope none of you use Optus for any ISP services 😬

also very telling that the old CISO left Optus 3 weeks prior to the breach. Sounds like some very shitty decisions from the top.

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In-reply-to » For my fellow Australians, I hope none of you use Optus for any ISP services 😬

@prologic I’ve been learning very fast that mostly investing further money into the already barebones budget IT/Security is usually seen as a poor Return On Investment. I’m sure you know from your Facebook days, but even AU companies would rather pay massive fines every 5-10 years than focusing on security. I think part of the issue is the high prices currently put on security solutions but a huge component is compliance > competence.

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In-reply-to » For my fellow Australians, I hope none of you use Optus for any ISP services 😬

It’s rumoured that the attacker(s) were able to access an API that linked to a test environment that didn’t require authentication. This environment had access to Optus’ production customer databases.

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In-reply-to » For my fellow Australians, I hope none of you use Optus for any ISP services 😬

For those abroad who aren’t familiar with this, Optus (an ISP) has suffered a data breach. Data that has been exposed are: full name, date of birth, address and potentially government documents such as driver’s licence, passport and Medicare number (public health care number). There’s evidence of 55 Medicare numbers being exposed in the first batch of 10,000 records that have been released today.

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In-reply-to » For my fellow Australians, I hope none of you use Optus for any ISP services 😬

If so, keep an eye out on haveibeenpwned.com over the coming days. 10,000 records are being released for the next 4 days until Optus pays the extortion fee. I don’t think this is likely considering they’ve already engaged the AFP (Australian Federal Police).

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In-reply-to » Today we celebrate a small political victory in our neighborhood and greater surrounds in the electorate of Ryan here in sunny Queensland of Australia.

@prologic Wow! You really have one hell of a representative in your area. She’s a shining example of what most should be. It’s a similar internet situation in WA, where I was FTTN with 3KMs of copper and paying for 100MBps. I truely feel your pain 😔

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In-reply-to » Since it’s official, I’m now permanent in my role at work! My probation ended early due to the quality of work and willingness to do anything I’ve been tasked with 🥳

@tkanos Thank you! Now to catch up on a bit of a knowledge gap! I’m undertaking my CISSP soon, curtesy of work 😉

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In-reply-to » Since it’s official, I’m now permanent in my role at work! My probation ended early due to the quality of work and willingness to do anything I’ve been tasked with 🥳

@prologic thanks! A lot of stress off our minds. Now we’re here to stay in Brisbane for a while 😏

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Since it’s official, I’m now permanent in my role at work! My probation ended early due to the quality of work and willingness to do anything I’ve been tasked with 🥳

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