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Comment: Re:Perhaps half of us are (Score 1) 206 206

Some of them did. The people worst affected, particularly by unemployment, are the young ones who were only children or not even born when that stuff was going on.

The Greek government has a point. The only way out is for the Greek economy to reform and grow. Endless grinding austerity will just cause another revolution. The first one was peaceful, but if it fails the next one won't be. What do young, angry Greeks have to lose?

Comment: Re:David Cameron is actually a genuine idiot (Score 1) 105 105

It's the media. When it was pointed out that Twitter informs users who are the subject of data access requests by the government they framed it as Twitter tipping off terrorists that they were being investigated. Not as Twitter protecting its users from over-use of surveillance and being transparent with them, but as colluding with the enemy. It was disgusting.

Also, what kind of bizarro definition of "socialist" implies wanting a surveillance state? If anything, the more socialist states in the EU tend to be the ones that have better protections for privacy and freedom because they understand that the government works FOR the people.

Comment: Re:"Or Tor?" (Score 1) 105 105

Tor isn't compromised, it's secure for what it does. Compromised end points are not something it is designed to protect against. It isn't a substitute for HTTPS or checking certificates. It doesn't stop you being an idiot and giving away your location or software on your computer leaking your real IP address. That's not what Tor is.

Also, passwords on zip files have actually been effective for over a decade now, when AES encryption was added. Zip file encryption is now actually quite good, covering both data and filenames, and using a secure hash to generate the AES key from your password. Essentially it is as strong as the password, and has been since V6.2.

Comment: Re:Nevermind the bollocks, here's David Cameron (Score 1) 105 105

Our democracy is broken. Here are the the numbers of votes each party received, followed by the number of MPs they got:

Party                        Votes                Seats

Conservative Party            11,300,303 (36.9%)    330 (50.8%)
Labour Party                9,344,328 (30.4%)    232 (35.7%)
UK Independence Party        3,881,129 (12.6%)    1 (0.2%)
Liberal Democrats            2,415,888 (7.9%)    8 (1.2%)
Scottish National Party        1,454,436 (4.7%)    56 (8.6%)
Green Party                1,157,613 (3.8%)    1 (0.2%)

So as you can see, 3.8 million people voted for UKIP (a bunch of wankers, but still...) but ended up with just one MP and no power at all. The greens got the same number of MPs with juste 1.1 million votes. Only 1.5 million people voted for the SNP and they got 56 seats.

The system is rigged so that power is always held by either Labour or the Conservatives. No-one else can get a look in, even if like UKIP they manage to gain quite and impressive amount of support. 12.6% of the vote, 0.2% of the seats. See how it works?

So at election time the choice is basically Labour or the Tories. The Tories will sell our freedom off with glee, and Labour aren't much better. But no-one cares about that come election time. Since the system is designed to avoid hung parliaments and any kind of power sharing it tends to produce totalitarian governments who rip away our rights and freedoms (human rights are being flushed away as we speak).

UK Government Illegally Spied On Amnesty International 33 33

Mark Wilson writes with this excerpt from a story at Beta News: A court has revealed that the UK intelligence agency, GCHQ, illegally spied on human rights organization Amnesty International. It is an allegation that the agency had previously denied, but an email from the Investigatory Powers Tribunal backtracked on a judgement made in June which said no such spying had taken place.

The email was sent to Amnesty International yesterday, and while it conceded that the organization was indeed the subject of surveillance, no explanation has been offered. It is now clear that, for some reason, communications by Amnesty International were illegally intercepted, stored, and examined. What is not clear is when the spying happened, what data was collected and, more importantly, why it happened.

Cameron Asserts UK Gov't Will Leave No "Safe Space" For Private Communications 105 105

An anonymous reader writes with the story from Ars Technica that UK prime minister David Cameron "has re-iterated that the UK government does not intend to "'eave a safe space — a new means of communication — for terrorists to communicate with each other.'" That statement came Monday, as a response to Conservative MP David Bellingham, "who asked [Cameron, on the floor of the House of Commons] whether he agreed that the 'time has come for companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter to accept and understand that their current privacy policies are completely unsustainable?' To which Cameron replied: 'we must look at all the new media being produced and ensure that, in every case, we are able, in extremis and on the signature of a warrant, to get to the bottom of what is going on.'" This sounds like the UK government is declaring a blustery war on encryption, and it might not need too much war: some companies can be persuaded (or would be eager) to cooperate with the government in handing over all kinds of information. However, the bluster part may leave even the fiercest surveillance mostly show: as Ars writer Glyn Moody asks, what about circumstances "where companies can't hand over keys, or where there is no company involved, as with GnuPG, the open source implementation of the OpenPGP encryption system?" Or Tor?

Comment: Re:We're All Dicks (Score 4, Insightful) 206 206

Sure, but Jobs was a quite unnecessarily big dick to pretty much everyone, including his own daughter and Woz. I mean, is parking in a disabled space and not having plates on your car really required to be successful?

Listen to his famous Stanford speech. "Stay foolish" is terrible advice. He was lucky, until he wasn't and his own advice to trust his gut/fate/karma instead of his doctor killed him. The whole speech is actually a classic example of the reality distortion field. Parts of it are demonstrably false, other bits clearly ridiculous, but his charisma and reputation carries it. So not only is he a dick to people around him, he's also a skilled and habitual bullshitter.


"Jobs" vs. "Steve Jobs": Hollywood Takes Another Stab At Telling the Steve Jobs Story 206 206

theodp writes: Didn't like Jobs , the 2013 biopic about the life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher? Maybe you'll prefer Steve Jobs, the 2015 biopic about the life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs starring Michael Fassbender. "Steve Jobs is a tech visionary, total dick," writes Esquire's Matt Patches in his mini-review of the just-released Steve Jobs trailer. So, is inspiring kids to become the "Next Steve Jobs" a good or bad thing?

Comment: Re:Casper is Concerned (Score 1) 330 330

Note that I didn't say it was racist. I said it was embarrassing that it accidentally mimicked the behaviour of racists.

A person calls George W. Bush a monkey, and that's not racist or hurtful. Even though they're deliberately trying to be... racist and hurtful.

Technically he is an ape, but anyway... It's not racist because there is no historical racist context for calling while people monkeys, only black people. That's just the way history is. It's hurtful though, sure.

Comment: Re:Why talk? (Score 1) 163 163

The kind of forced optimism that CEOs of startups often have to show is actually one of the things that causes depression. They have to live a lie, where they tell everyone that their shitty platform which does the same thing as five other shitty platforms is going to be the next Facebook.

Comment: Re:if that's true, (Score 1) 441 441

TFA has the wrong screenshot. This is the important one:

When you connect to the network there is a box that very clearly says "share network with my contacts". It could be a bit clearer, but it does at least make it obvious that the network details you are entering are going to be shared.

Steve Jobs said two years ago that X is brain-damaged and it will be gone in two years. He was half right. -- Dennis Ritchie