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Comment: Re:The death of leniency (Score 3, Insightful) 614

by Anonymice (#47767975) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

I dunno, to me it looks like tactical language so as to not aggravate the police force & automatically put them on the defensive. If you want someone to comply, you give them a reason to *want* to do it.
If you tell people you want to restrict their freedoms so you have more control over them, they'll rebel. If you tell people that you're trying to protect them (think of the children!), they'll hand you their liberties without a second thought.

Comment: Re:There has not been any radioactive terror to da (Score 1) 66

by Anonymice (#47660241) Attached to: Scientists Who Smuggle Radioactive Materials

On the contrary, I fear the biggest nuclear threat in the modern world is from individual "terror" groups. In the age of Mutually Assured Destruction, the only people with nothing to lose are those who can't be tied to a specific region. If a group of unaffiliated individuals attack a country, that country has no recourse for nuclear retaliation.

I highly recommend the documentary "Countdown to Zero", it recounts the stories of a couple of extremist organisations caught in the process of acquiring nuclear material, and the frightening thing is that most of these cases were caught by accident, ie. luck. And if those were found by accident, we have no idea how many transactions may have been successful.

To quote a Russian military prosecutor with regards to the tracking & security of nuclear material during the collapse of the Soviet Union:

"potatoes were guarded better"

Comment: This is a good thing! (Score 1) 82

by Anonymice (#47568625) Attached to: Black Hat Researchers Actively Trying To Deanonymize Tor Users

I see many naysayers & detractors here querying why black-hats would want to break the very services they rely on, but surely that's exactly what they should be doing?

If you want to rely on a service for your own security, it's in your best interests to find all the weaknesses - especially with open source projects, which rely on the community to find & fix faults.

Comment: Catch up at the back (Score 2) 98

by Anonymice (#47536883) Attached to: Russia Posts $110,000 Bounty For Cracking Tor's Privacy

TOR's already broken!

This, from last week:

Black Hat anti-Tor talk smashed by lawyers' wrecking ball
Boring Carnegie-Mellon University lawyers have scuppered one of the most hotly anticipated talks at the Black Hat conference – which would have explained how $3,000 of kit could unmask Tor hidden services and user IP addresses.

Comment: Re:Competition Sucks (Score 1) 507

by Anonymice (#47215663) Attached to: Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin

At least in the UK, there is strict licensing for anyone who wants to take a passenger for commercial purposes. And there are different licences for different types of taxis. If they do not have a licence, then their insurance will be invalidated. The authorities crack down heavily on unlicensed drivers.
To be honest, I would expect this to be the same around much of the rest of the world too.

Evidence? My father runs a cab company, and also the fact you can't go anywhere in London without seeing scaremongering posters warning of the dangers of unlicensed taxis.

Comment: Re:It's just sad... (Score 1) 164

by Anonymice (#47161535) Attached to: 'Godfather of Ecstasy,' Chemist Sasha Shulgin Dies Aged 88

Alcohol's legal, and that has a far higher rate of physical addiction. Alcohol addiction is nasty in fact, as forcing an addict to go cold turkey would kill them. People also get psychologically addicted to adrenaline (which we create quite efficiently ourselves).
Banning something because some people might misuse it is silly, however if you wish to go down that route, you'd also have to ban alcohol, tobacco...guns?

Comment: Re: Your system of government killed it (Score 2) 157

by Anonymice (#47072253) Attached to: Who Helped Kill Patent Troll Reform In the Senate

I'd call American democracy a pretty good prototype of the real thing.

But its just a prototype, and beta ended loooong ago.

That America's even a democracy appears to be under debate at the moment...
Oligarchy, not democracy: Americans have ‘near-zero’ input on policy – report

Comment: Re:Don't see a problem (Score 1) 139

Uh...JFGI? There are a ton of articles on the advertising profits made by the likes of TPB.

Here is a more recent one

I remember reading an interview with the guys a few years ago, and apparently each of the prime flash slots along the sides of the site run at $20k per month.

Comment: Re:While I'm inclined to agree... (Score 2) 258

by Anonymice (#46787123) Attached to: Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

The people who are the real problem are the criminals. The only way to resolve that issue is by cutting them out of the market.

The only other problems are a public health issue. You'll have more cases of people driving under the influence, and smoking in general increases the cancer risk of the population. Now whilst those are credible issues, they're no worse than the legalisation of tobacco & alcohol. In fact, you could argue that tobacco & alcohol are worse due to their higher incidence of addiction & the latter's habit of causing an increase violence.

Comment: Re:Damn Fascinating (Score 1) 124

by Anonymice (#46687275) Attached to: Interview: John McAfee Answers Your Questions

Your info is at least 15-20 years out of date. Whilst security is far from Western standards, you're not likely to land in too bad a trouble unless you're either looking for it, or extremely stupid. Columbia especially has done wonders in putting itself back together, and its reputation is now starting to improve as a result.

*Central* America is another story. Low level/Everyday corruption is rife & its the battleground for the world's most powerful cartels.

Comment: I reckon this could be challenged (Score 1) 77

Consumer have strong rights in the UK, and they *can't* be waved, regardless of what a contract says.

If a company pulls you in on a "no exit fee" promise & then silently changes the contract to renege on that on that promise, I reckon the ombudsman would have something to say about that.
I have a couple of domains with 123-Reg, and if they try to extort this money when I transfer out (I noticed the other day that they've also substantially raised their prices), then I will be reporting them to the ombudsman & challenging them in small claims court.

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