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Comment Re:Really Bearhouse? (Score 1) 108 108

Yeah, really.
It was an open question, not a statement.
In most places "maturity" is defined as somewhere between 18 and 21.
In some parts of the USA - you can drive a car, fly a plane, buy and own a 16.

Sure, Swartz was well aware of what he was doing - and probably the consequences - while pursuing his agenda.
TPB boys were also pretty arrogant, even abusive to their critics, while confident of what they thought were their "rights" under Swedish law.

Does that mean that they deserved to be driven to suicide, or sentenced to hard time?
Personally, I think no, and that the Judge in this case made the right call.

Submission + - Finish teen convicted of 50 000 "hacks", receives suspended sentence->

Bearhouse writes: The BBC reports that Julius Kivimaki was found guilty of 50,700 "instances of aggravated computer break-ins". Court documents state that his attacks affected Harvard University and MIT among others, and involved hijacking emails, blocking traffic to websites and the theft of credit card details.
The District Court Judge, Wilhelm Norrmann noted that Kivimaki had only been 15 and 16 when he carried out the crimes in 2012 and 2013.
Contrast this to the treatment meted out to Aaron Swartz,, and the Pirate Bay team.

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Comment What kind of "deal" - he has nothing to offer? (Score 1, Insightful) 194 194

People get into the "hero" vs. "traitor" camps, but actually he looks like a bit of both.
Hero for revealing the illegal activities of the NSA and its stooges both inside and outside the USA.
Traitor for (allegedly) revealing information about agents, assets etc. active in "hostile" countries.

If he'd kept back the latter, he *might* have had a chance of bargaining his way back into the US, (if he wants to come; discuss).
Unfortunately, it was probably a requirement of Putin giving him shelter in Russia, despite denials from everybody to the contrary.
So, can't see this happening anytime soon.

Comment Good luck with that - it's Italy (Score 1) 201 201

The Western European champion for having the largest part of GDP as undeclared "underground" economy.

Only the Greeks and former soviet countries do "better".

This, plus the fact that the Italian economy is not improving, and that the country is bust, will only push this trend.

Comment Bring out the love dolls! (Score 1) 140 140

Reminds me of a story about how a guy got pulled over by the cops because he was in the HOV lane...with a blow-up doll in the passenger seat!
Wonder how good this new "solution" would be in detecting that?
Also, for privacy concerns, is it illegal to drive wearing, say, a Nixon rubber face mask? That would probably get you pulled by the cops pretty fast.

Comment Re:People with artificial lenses can already see U (Score 3, Interesting) 137 137

Saw something about this in a BBC documentary about the "Atlantic War" in WW2. Funny, I seem to remember them saying that it was the US navy that came up with the idea, (replacement retina operations being more common in the USA at that time)

Comment Great until the power plant gets hit (Score 1) 517 517

Yes, there are plenty of examples of ships being suck or disabled by a hit to a magazine.
There are also others of ships being disabled, and then sunk or abandoned, when they lost power.
Finally, there are many, many examples of ships disabled and on fire which continued fighting, sometimes with just one gun left firing.

Comment You have been Zuned (Score 2) 158 158

Should have been fairly obvious, I would have thought, that the bastard child would be soon abandoned. The coffin lid was pretty-well nailed down from the start due to lack of application support, so it was more like WindowsCE (aka "wince").

Mind you, Google is hardly better - plenty of Android phones & tablets out there with no upgrade path, (yes, often because of the constructors or carriers crapware, I know). Also, don't bother trying to get iOS to run on an iPhone 4s or iPad 2 (I did - devices were virtually unusable).

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