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Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 63

by Opportunist (#48041951) Attached to: Hundreds of Police Agencies Distributing Spyware and Keylogger

Really? Wow, I've been living in a totalitarian state the past decades and didn't even notice it. How odd that I could easily travel to the US.

Dude, get your facts straight before you make yourself look like a douche. "Socialism" is a big bad word in the US, but the rest of the world uses it to laugh about you and your irrational fear of something you don't even know.

Comment: Re:PIGS (Score 1) 63

by Opportunist (#48041935) Attached to: Hundreds of Police Agencies Distributing Spyware and Keylogger

And this is what actually is the threat here. The police used to be the "serve and protect" kind of guys. Ya know, back when I was young, there was still a lot of respect and also trust in them. Seeing a policeman walking down the road was something that made you feel safe, secure, protected. It was really a good feeling to know that these people are out and about, you could approach them for aid and even when they knocked at your door, for most people this wasn't something that concerned them. At worst it could mean that someone you knew is either in hospital or had an accident or something like that.

That has changed a lot in the past decade or two.

Comment: Re:Dear MS (Score 1) 625

by Opportunist (#48041755) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Windows 10

There is exactly no synergy effect between desktop and handheld devices. There isn't even the same kind of market between them. Look at the appliances on the desktop, then look at the "same" kind of tools on handhelds. Can you imagine using the same user interface on both? Or wouldn't you rather think that the appliance that uses the UI of one on the other is "doing it wrong"?

For reference, see Windows 8. Or WinCE for the reverse. It just doesn't work right, look right or feel right.

There is also not the same market in any other area, be it games, development (just in case anyone is crazy enough to actually develop software on a cellphone...) or ANY other area. It just doesn't work that way.

Comment: A government backdoor == a public backdoor (Score 1) 271

by Opportunist (#48041697) Attached to: Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

Any deliberately installed backdoor is usually trivial to find with a forensic analysis and it doesn't take a "licensed" forensic analyst to find it. How long do you think it would take until knowledge of how to use that backdoor to enter your kids' appliances reaches the circles that are interested in peeping into your kids' bedrooms?

Dear Obama administration: Bullshitting people with the old "won't someone PLEASE think of the children" works both ways. In this case, I doubt that you have the better arguments. Faced with the choice of you not having access to their kids' systems and your access offering predators access to them as well, I kinda doubt concerned parents will side with you!

Comment: Ok, several aspects to this. (Score 2) 409

by jd (#48038673) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

First, guns don't protect, never have, never will. That is not the function of a gun. So anyone on their high horse should look to see if they're suffering altitude sickness.

Second, the design of these specific rifles is a non-issue. The gun market is inherently grey, which means regulation is minimal to non-existent. There's no white hats in weaponry of any kind. And, yes, that includes the re-enactment stuff I work with. I know that, recognize that and accept it*. No shades, just a thick, pea-soup foggy grey.

*That is why I despise "goody two shoes" arguments from both extreme camps. This isn't black, this isn't white, this is murky grey. I own it for my part, I hold nobody to a higher standard than I hold myself, but I refuse to hold them to a lower one either. Own it.

Third, the design of any regular weapon is a non-issue, but nothing stops you from designing an irregular weapon. With modern cheap hardware, a 3D printer and suitable low-cost materials, a person is quite capable of designing a 3-5 mile range sniper rifle that can be controlled via telerobotics from the home. We already know that low-cost cruise missiles with ranges in excess of 100 miles can also be built at home. With 3D printing, the costs become lower. With advances in technology (remember, the $5000 100-mile cruise missile was designed over a decade ago and it wasn't even close to what budget efforts could do), you can expect far greater ranges, far greater precision and far greater payloads today.

This, again, goes back to this being grey hat technology. If a black hat wanted to use such devices, we'd know about. Or, rather, the survivors would. America still exists, so black hats either don't have the courage of their convictions or they don't have the skill. Either way, they're not worthy of consideration. Worthy of being dumped into a deep oceanic trench, bu not worthy of consideration.

White hats? If white hats were building actively guided systems capable of that sort of range, you'd be seeing miniature computer boards running Linux, Squid and Tor relays launched into stable orbits that crossed nations with restricted network access. We don't. We see "peace corps" infiltrators attempting to install such devices directly, along with who knows what malware, causing international incidents and seriously destabilizing international relations, as part of neocon stupidity. White hats putting in a passive alternative with no hostile software and no damage to other nations -- that's an OBVIOUS way to do good for everyone and to minimize harm. But, no, they either don't have the skill or the courage of their convictions.

So it's all grey. That's all there is. Thick, pea-soup fog.

The only possible interpretation of any research whatever in the `social sciences' is: some do, some don't. -- Ernest Rutherford