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Comment Re:Google Maps (Score 3, Insightful) 258

You're not expecting privacy on a public street.

Yes I am. I am expecting that there are no vast armies of spies on every corner or every street. I am expecting that I can go up in the masses, and that I am alone in empty streets.

Yes, I expect that sometimes people can see me. That is something hugely different from monitoring me. I expect that my neighbour can see me leave in the morning. I expect that my boss can see me coming in the morning. It is a huge violation of privacy if my neighbour checks with my boss, or if my boss checks with my neighbour. "Everyone present can see" is totally different from "surveillance 24/7".

Comment Re:"filters allow you to utilize any water source" (Score 1) 164

They do work. I am using one for a few years (simple receptacle type with compost heap outside, see ) now and off course I use it with "any regularity". What could there not work with a compost heap? Do you throw chemicals in your toilet or something?

Comment Re:The stock market (Score 2) 113

I think the purpose of the stock market is much more mundane: to make money. In whatever way. That is why you can "invest" in non-existing "products", like derivatives, futures on crops that will never be planted, even ad-words, and so on. Off course, this must be regulated. The point is that it isn't. Oh, there are a few rules to pretend, but that is basically it. There is a commission to pretend to guard the rules as well, but has shown to only pretend as well (they "investigated" the flash crash only on minute basis, while microsecond precision would be necessary, and concluded that nothing was wrong. That is even more fraud than trading with prior knowledge).

Trading with large sums of money in non-existing goods is not only risky, it is downright harmful. Money has the value of the things you can buy with it. As long as people fool themselves into believing that futures on never-to-be-planted crops are worth something, it may unexpectedly look harmless. The moment people find out, the system collapses. Along with loads of money that should have been used for real transactions between real people in the first place.

Submission + - Commodore PET Smartphone Comes Loaded With C64 And Amiga Emulators

Mickeycaskill writes: Commodore is launching an Android-powered smartphone that lets 1980s gaming fans play their favourite retro titles.

It runs a custom version of Android 5.0 Lollipop and lets you play both old Commodore 64 and Amiga games with its preinstalled VICE C64 and Uae4All2-SDL Amiga emulators.

Configurations vary between 2GB and 3GB of RAM and 16GB or 32GB of storage, with a 5.5 inch display and 1.7GHz processor included in all versions.

The Catch? It's only available in France, Germany, Italy and Poland to begin with, but other markets are set to follow.

Submission + - Hacking Team Uses UEFI BIOS Rootkit->

An anonymous reader writes: The dissection of the data from the Hacking Team leak has yielded another critical discovery: Hacking Team uses a UEFI BIOS rootkit to keep their Remote Control System (RCS) agent installed in their targets’ systems. This means that even if the user formats the hard disk, reinstalls the OS, and even buys a new hard disk, the agents are implanted after Microsoft Windows is up and running.
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Submission + - CUER unveils its Evolution solar-powered car->

hypnosec writes: The Cambridge University Eco-Racing (CUER) team has finally unveiled its latest solar-powered car dubbed Evolution that weighs about a third of the weight of a small car. The team intends to have Evolution race at the 3,000km Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in October in Australia. Evolution will be pitched against 50 cars at the event. Weighing at 180kg, the car gains energy via a solar panel of 2.36 square metres and is capable of speeds of up to 110km per hour, or 68 mph with a battery that can last up to 500km.
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