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Comment Re:Encrypte Everything (Score 2, Informative) 286

Encryption is worthless when the government twists the arms of encryption providers to cough up a master encryption key.

The FBI now wants to require all encrypted communications systems to have back doors for surveillance, according to a New York Times report, and to the nation’s top crypto experts it sounds like a battle they’ve fought before.

FBI Drive for Encryption Backdoors Is Déjà Vu for Security Experts

Comment Re:Meet the new boss, same as the old boss (Score 2, Interesting) 646

Hint: Look at murdering rates on countries with strict weaponry control, then contrast them to those in USA.

Nazi Germany: 5.9 million Jews, 2 million Soviet POWs, 1.8 million Poles, 1.5 million Gypsies, 250,000 disabled, 15,000 homosexuals. Wikipedia

Soviet Union under Stalin: ~20 million Wikipedia

Communist China under Mao: 45 million The Independent

It seems I have more to fear from government imposed gun control than from any thug on the street.

Mass murderers agree: Gun Control works

Comment Re:I use Google a lot but... (Score 1) 215

Google PR Flak: We at Google take you privacy seriously. That's why, after discovering that we had inadvertently collected 600+ GB worth of private citizens' data, we're doing the responsible thing, in this post 9/11 world, and turning the data over to the government for proper disposal.

Yep, nothing to see here. Move along!

Comment Well, allow me to retort. (Score 1) 310

We could solve the H.264 debate if a country's legislature were to mandate that any patents that contribute to an industry-recognized standard were unenforceable in the application of that standard. Ideally, each standard would also be required to have a 'reference design' that could be used without further licensing.

MPEG-LA Attorney: Sir, do you mean to say that we could end this debate about H.264 if we could simply get the government to nullify patents for any privately developed technology when it becomes recognized by the industry as the standard and require the developer to make the design of this technology freely available to the industry, thus ensuring the industry is able to manufacture and use said technology without indemnification to the developer?

Disclaimer: Any Resemblance to Actual Events and/or Actual Persons, Living and/or Dead, is Purely Coincidental and has No Basis in Fact.

I'm just saying...

Comment Re:Always look on the bright side of life (Score 1) 739

Imagine a marketing department deciding to remove a major bullet point from the sales brochure, does this really make sense if you want to sell something?

I almost spewed oatmeal (cinnamon and raisin, btw - yum yum yum!) all over my monitor laughing at this. Are you seriously going to contend that Linux support was a significant factor in helping customers decide to purchase a PS3?

Fanboi-itis knows no shame.

Comment Re:I have only three words for the Slovaks (Score 1) 926

That would be maybe Czech. Correct Slovak is 'Pojebte sa!'

I never said it was a Slovak phrase. As I was taught Czech at the DLI, with only a smattering of Slovak at the end of the year, I thought I would stick with what I know - especially considering that Slovaks have no trouble understanding Czech (though the reverse is not always the case).

Comment Re:idiocy? Incompetence? (Score 1) 269

Is this sheer utter incompetence, or just a total lack of intelligence?

you phrase that question as if it can't be both...

I refer to the intersection of the two as the Federal Triangle.

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 926

Right. The Slovak police thought they'd do a solid for the Irish and send unwitting dupes laden with real explosives so the bomb sniffer dogs could get some real-world training.

Funny the Slovaks didn't think to let the Irish in on what was going down. Not to worry - the Irish supposedly have a great sense of humor.

This whole thing smells of a false-flag op. People need to wake up and start asking one simple question when shit like this goes down - Cui bono? Who stands to gain? In this case, it's obvious that western governments looking to justify the imposition of their global police state are the ones who stand to gain.

The solution of this problem is trivial and is left as an exercise for the reader.