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Comment: Re:This is the voice of world control. (Score 1) 102

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#48450315) Attached to: Nuclear Weapons Create Their Own Security Codes With Radiation

Love it, but a nuclear warhead going off in a silo, especially where the United States and the old Soviet Union put most silos, is a meh.

It'll do a lot of damage to the silo. It will kill the people in the silo. It *might* poison the groundwater for a couple of miles radius. But that's it.

Comment: Re:Nation uses malware to spy on ISP Customers... (Score 1) 140

Start from the countries on the list: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Ireland, India, Afghanistan, Iran, Belgium, Austria, Pakistan. The percentages added up to 100, a surprise because I would expect at least one or two percent to be "other". That makes me mistrust the figures a bit.

"Significant" countries not on the list include: the US, Canada, Britain, Germany, Israel, Japan, Australia, France, Turkey, Yemen, Iraq, Syria or any of the smaller Gulf States such as Qatar, Bahrain, Dubai. What is also interesting is that Snowden has said nothing about it.

That makes it look a bit like a co-production to me, one state organisation produced it but they shared it with at least one other country.
Russia being top back around 2008-2011 implicates some of the main western countries.
Saudi Arabia being so high on the list implicates Israel, Gulf States, or possibly the U.S.
Austria could possibly point towards Israel.
Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan point towards the U.S.
Mexico being up there implicates the U.S.
Ireland? The only reason I can see for them being on the list is Transatlantic Cables. The GCHQ would maybe care that much.

I would expect the country which produced this to have infected some servers in their own country, to deflect suspicion.
Finally, one significant political event in 2011 was the fall of Mubarak in Egypt. If they were behind it then the dates when it was inactive would make sense, so would the subsequent reappearance. Do they have the ability?

Comment: Re:Summary is hogwash (Score 1) 271

Looking at the Article, I see that with "Imports City" the customer is required to sign a form acknowledging there's a GPS unit in their vehicle. The article does *not* say that he got his car from them, or even any other dealership in Raleigh NC although that is implied. He kidnapped a random person and drove her to a hideout two hours away? Sheesh.

Comment: Re:Question for btrfs users... (Score 3, Informative) 42

by Vlad_the_Inhaler (#48328133) Attached to: OpenSUSE 13.2 Released

I installed it in this machine a couple of hours ago - after testing on a spare machine yesterday.
I have used SuSE and then Opensuse for years, and have had problems with pretty much every single upgrade. The only problem I had with this one was that my DVD writer ejected the dvd while there was still some data in the buffer. I used the mount/loop command to extract the .iso to a partition, booted from the dvd (that part was ok) and used the partition as the source instead of the dvd. There is now a separate "Update" option now and for the first time for years, the install went through without any problems at all. Even the multimedia stuff was fine, once I added the two repositories.

Surprising was the number of updates (around 60) to a release which came out 3 days ago.

Tomorrow I'll start testing the network options, but so far so good.

btw, if you have ext4 partitions, 13.2 is not going to start mounting them as btrfs or converting them or something. Existing partitions will keep their existing filesystems, although the content will be updated if appropriate. The default for *new* partitions is apparently btrfs but I'll be using that sparingly for a while now.

Comment: Re:I both agree and disagree (Score 1) 20

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#48325639) Attached to: Context? Context? Hahahaha

What I'm pointing out is that under any given fiat currency system, funding the state is only half the equation of what taxes should be.

The other half is preventing inflation.

The reason why the infamous-among-Austrian-Economists Worgl miracle occurred, before the central banks shut it down, was because it was not only an experiment in locally controlled currency, but also locally controlled taxes. The Certified Compensation Bills used as local currency had an automatic 10%/month tax on them, sucking them back into government as quickly as government was printing them. This discouraged savings, and stimulated economic velocity, avoiding inflation.

Comment: I both agree and disagree (Score 1) 20

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#48323219) Attached to: Context? Context? Hahahaha

I believe he is referring to the governmental power that *issued the currency*. In his day, Roman politicians would often issue currency with their picture on it. Without mass media, it was the way that they could get their picture out among the people.

Tax farming was specifically to soak up all this fiat currency, so that it wouldn't cause major issues.

Likewise today, the FED issues the currency. They own it and lend it to you specifically for the payment of debt, public and private. For this service, they charge a fee. Actually, they charge a couple. The first is the interest when they lend reserve banks the money. The second, is the license fee to the issuing governmental agency, also known as income tax.

I submit that income tax, IF it was done properly, would play much the same role as tax farming- sucking up excess currency to prevent inflation. It isn't done properly of course.

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