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Comment: Re:"The Polar Bears will be fine" (Score 3, Interesting) 156

by AmiMoJo (#49635685) Attached to: Global Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach New Monthly Record

The problem with focusing on the fringe like this is that the fringe rapidly becomes a straw man argument for environmentalists. If you actually go to the Greenpeace web site and read their policies they don't suggest any of the stuff you mention, but every debate on Slashdot about environmental issues claims that they do.

Comment: Re:Sure... (Score 1) 93

by AmiMoJo (#49634745) Attached to: Apple's Plans For Your DNA

The plan is to misuse it. Apple don't do DNA analysis themselves, they sell the data to other companies who use it to offer you services and connect it to other marketing data. Getting your DNA checked for inherited diseases? Time to spam you with adverts for baby goods on every site you visit.

Comment: Re:Youtube in Germany (Score 1) 102

by AmiMoJo (#49634681) Attached to: Europe Vows To Get Rid of Geo-Blocking

It won't affect content that is illegal in one county. It only affects licencing agreements that limit content or prices to one county.

For example, Apple were criticised for having different prices in different country's iTunes stores. In the common market we are supposed to be able to buy from any EU country, but Apple geo-blocks to prevent that.

Even with that restriction removed, Apple would still have to block sales of material that is illegal in some counties, such as games with Nazi imagery in Germany.

+ - Europe to abolish geo-blocking and other copyright restrictions

Submitted by AmiMoJo
AmiMoJo writes: The European Commission adopted a new Digital Single Market Strategy today, which aims to improve consumer access to digital services and goods. Among other things, Europe vows to end geo-blocking, which it describes as “a discriminatory practice used for commercial reasons”, and lift other unwarranted copyright restrictions. Consumers will have the right to access content they purchased at home in other European countries. “I want to see every consumer getting the best deals and every business accessing the widest market – wherever they are in Europe,” Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says.

Comment: Re:nonsense (Score 4, Informative) 468

by AmiMoJo (#49629793) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery

American healthcare compares favorably with European healthcare when you take everything into account.

What aspects specifically? In the US the most common cause of bankruptcy is medical bills. That just pushes the unrecoverable costs on to other people who then have to pay even more. Insurance companies get to decide what you can be treated for, rather than doctors allocating resources by medical need. While there is some excellent care available in the US, it isn't universal so basically you either get really good but expensive care or can't afford it and get terrible care.

Comment: Re:nonsense (Score 1) 468

by AmiMoJo (#49629513) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery

Government is force/power/compulsion. It does not inherently seek the good of the populace. The more you hand over to the government, the less recourse you will have when faced with incompetence, corruption, and overall indifference to the needs of ordinary people.

If your government is like that it is badly broken. In the US it seems to have been taken over by lobbyists and rich people. In Europe our governments mostly do try to improve our lives, and healthcare is one area that they largely succeed at. It isn't perfect,but it's a hell of a lot better than what the US has.

What you describe is not an inherent property of government, it is what Americans have allowed theirs to become. In any case, I'm no expert but from what I hear if you look at it impartially Obamacare has been a net benefit for the majority of people, despite the problems which don't see to be any worse than similar size corporate operations.

Comment: Re:Rebellion? Against what? (Score 3, Insightful) 33

by AmiMoJo (#49628895) Attached to: Visualizations of Rebel Alliances In the UK Government

Not really. They have specific "free votes" where MPs can vote however they like on matters of conscience. On everything else they are supposed to tow the party line and vote as instructed, or be kicked out. That's how the party system is supposed to work, in order to create strong and stable governments.

It would be much better if we had consensus politics with coalitions of multiple parties, say with a PR system to elect MPs. The system we have now always results in most people not having their views represented in government. Although AV was not ideal either, it would have been a step in the right direction, but people openly admitted that they were too thick to understand that extremely simple concept, so we lost our chance and have to accept this is the way things are now. The majority (of idiots) has spoken.

Comment: Re:This seems batshit crazy. (Score 1) 209

by AmiMoJo (#49628797) Attached to: Police Can Obtain Cellphone Location Records Without a Warrant

There is a book called The Light Of Other Days which deals with this. Essentially tiny wormholes allow anyone to see anywhere on the planet at any time, so there is no privacy. The technology quickly becomes a commodity and everyone has access.

Some people try to have some privacy by meeting in pitch dark rooms and communicating by touch only. Some people can't handle it and kill themselves, some just accept it and don't bother with clothing anymore, masturbate in the street while watching others have sex and generally just embrace it.

Comment: Re:Deny them the pleasure of security by obscurity (Score 1) 83

Of you don't disclose every user is vulnerable and doesn't know it, so can't take steps to protect themselves. This has happened multiple times before with locks. First lock bumping, and prior getting screwed by insurance companies saying they must have left the door unlocked or investigated by the police for fraud. Then with electronic hotel room locks that lead to a spate of thefts, again with the hotel owners and insurance companies denying it. To be fair the hotel owners didn't know either.

I'd say even 30 days is too long. Nothing can be done, so it's not like they need time to prepare a patch. Maybe 3 working days tops, enough time to confirm the problem and produce a plan to assist customers, and put a press release on their web site. If they don't want to do that then you don't want to be complicit in their cover-up.

Comment: Re:works differently in the states. (Score 1) 274

by AmiMoJo (#49627761) Attached to: USBKill Transforms a Thumb Drive Into an "Anti-Forensic" Device

The worst part is that if you really are a terrorist or paedophile you will take the two years over the punishment for what you really did. What are the chances that when the police realise that you are innocent and they screwed up they flip a few bits in your Truecrypt key so your password doesn't work any more and you go down for a couple of years?

Comment: Re:That's one reason the iPhone is so popular (Score 1) 399

by AmiMoJo (#49627729) Attached to: Google Can't Ignore the Android Update Problem Any Longer

Sounds like a Google Nexus device would be best for you. Currently all devices released in the last 3 years are on the latest OS, and they cost half as much as an iPhone. Why pay twice as much?

An officially supported cyanogen device might suit you too. The OnePlus One really is an iPhone killer for less than 1/3 the price, and extremely customisable.

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