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Comment: Re:How is maintenance performed? (Score 1) 88

by Luckyo (#48933349) Attached to: Former NATO Nuclear Bunker Now an 'Airless' Unmanned Data Center

I'll commit slashdot heresy by quoting the first paragraph of the actual article instead of knee-jerk imagination usage.

The technological core of the new Erwin bunker has been designed to run autonomously, and outside of maintenance times the servers deep beneath the earth will operate in a low-oxygen environment to reduce the risk of fire.

Comment: Re:What's the difference between China and EU? (Score 1) 213

by Luckyo (#48931149) Attached to: China Cuts Off Some VPNs


First paragraph.

2. You are completely wrong on this claim. Eurosceptics overwhelmingly vote. It's the mainstream that "sleeps" in the European elections. It's a very well documented fact that European elections are more populist than mainstream and as a result of less mainstream voters, a lot of small parties that don't have enough mainstream support to push through in local general elections can still get their candidates elected. We're seeing it here in Finland right now, when a populist right wing politician gathered most votes and his party gave him a PM post. As a result, party crashed in popularity because mainstream voters turned their backs on him and his populist agenda. Same thing happened to True Finns, who trailblazed to ~20% of vote in European election on Eurosceptic agenda, and are almost a quarter less popular in mainstream local elections just a bit later. Local elections factually have more voters because a lot of mainstream voters who view EU as too remote and inconsequential vote in local elections.

This is factual, and almost every country in Europe has concrete examples of this, on all sides of political spectrum.

Comment: Re:What's the difference between China and EU? (Score 1) 213

by Luckyo (#48929917) Attached to: China Cuts Off Some VPNs

But we just came to an agreement that it did indeed improve on democratic front. You yourself admitted to it!

P.S. Do note that after that study we had an election to European Parliament and while there was a wide Eurosceptic offering in all member states, they got only a small minority in parliament, whereas more mainstream pro-EU movement got an overwhelming majority.

Comment: Re:I rather be a paranoid than be totally un-prepa (Score 4, Interesting) 99

by ultranova (#48929655) Attached to: Snowden Documents: CSE Tracks Millions of Downloads Daily

But it's all up to you guys. What I am telling you is what I, and many millions of older generation of Chinese had gone through --- we do not trust the authority, we do not trust anyone but ourselves

And neither did the people who did the killing in China. The idea, inherited from Lenin, was to have a small vanguard of professional revolutionaries guarding the masses - in your terminology, "sheeples" - under absolute authority of the Party. Mao and Stalin then took this idea to its logical conclusion.

What I'm saying is that calling people "sheeples" is inherently anti-democratic. You can't trust sheeples, after all. Also, no society can survive unless the majority of its members stay put most of the time, which seems to be the going definition of "sheeple". And so you can at most let them play at ruling themselves when nothing's at stake - but as soon as there's trouble on the horizon, it's time for the shepherds to take control. Which they did in China, and are trying to do in the US. The results speak for themselves.

It's a fine example of how cultural memes perpetuate themselves, even when it'd be better they didn't. Much as you might hate the Chinese government, you still carry its - for a lack of better word - spirit with you. And there's no easy way to get rid of it.

Comment: Re:I wonder... (Score 1) 94

by Carewolf (#48924511) Attached to: Researchers Tie Regin Malware To NSA, Five Eyes Intel Agencies

Lots of horses? I don't think so. Truly exceptional turncoats like that are once or twice in a generation.

Snowden is wanted as a fugitive from justice. He has refuge in Russia. That's about all there is to it, your theatre aside.

Yes, we call it political refugees. People who flee and are granted amnesty because they would be prosecuted if they returned to the totalitarian hellhole from where they fled.

Comment: Re:Let's get this straight (Score 1) 139

by Carewolf (#48924211) Attached to: How One Small Company Blocked 15.1 Million Robocalls Last Year

While technically easy, it's legally not so. The phone company must put through those calls, even if they know this are robocalls and the customer doesn't like robocalls. The customer however is free to install blockers on their phone, or to have their calls rerouted through a third party which helps them filtering the calls.

If the phone contracts says you are not allowed to do robocalls or local laws does not allowed they are legally allowed to block them. Also they are legally allowed to track who calls who, because they need that for billing.

Comment: Re:Censorship should not be tolerated. (Score 1) 224

by Carewolf (#48924135) Attached to: Facebook Censoring Images of the Prophet Muhammad In Turkey

This analogy might work better if instead of hushing you would tape the child's mouth shut.

As the parent or guardian, what you say do define what children are allowed to do and say, children have only limited freedom because they only have limited responsibility, the one responsible for them holds the rest of their freedoms. So yes, telling your child to shut up is a form of censorship, but so is a lot of things philosophically speaking. The point is not to see things black and white, because that will reveal you as narrowminded.

Comment: Re:iPad is a luxury? (Score 2) 272

by Carewolf (#48924057) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

A $700 smart phone is, too. Here in .us, a lot of the price is buried in your 2-year contract, so people see it as a $200 smart phone.

Calling it a phone is also a misnomer. It's a small computer that also makes phone calls. If all you want to do is make phone calls, buy a dumbphone. Having a moderately powerful, always connected computer in my pocket is nice--but admittedly, it's still a luxury.

$200/month phone.. Oh you get one for free every two years, assuming you pay us $2400.. Yeah..

Comment: Re:Not really. (Score 1) 226

by ultranova (#48923813) Attached to: Gamma-ray Bursts May Explain Fermi's Paradox

Nicely done. That kind of self-loathing crap is always irritating to come across.

I never once said anything about myself. You may wish to examine your biases, the errors in interpretation they cause and whether these errors make you significantly less effective at achieving whatever goals you have.

Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success. -- Christopher Lascl