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Comment: Re:Just doing their job. (Score 1) 136 136

by N1AK (#49976829) Attached to: WikiLeaks: NSA Eavesdropped On the Last Three French Presidents
That statement is just about directly opposite the established and well informed version of events that is almost universally accepted. The Austro-Hungarians was keen for a military conflict with vastly weaker Balkan opposition, but none of the world powers went into 1914 eager for a major conflict.

Comment: Re:Just doing their job. (Score 4, Insightful) 136 136

by N1AK (#49976761) Attached to: WikiLeaks: NSA Eavesdropped On the Last Three French Presidents

Spying between nations is a good thing, because it means everyone knows more about each others intentions and motivations.

Bollocks. There's been plenty of spying since pretty much the moment secrets have existed; it hasn't stopped war, and the idea that if that spying had simply been 'better' everything would be different is completely lacking a compelling case.

If we didn't have any spying then we'd have had no one claiming they had found evidence Saddam had WMD to justify the Iraq war; so explain exactly how the billions of dollars spent on spying helped us there.

Even if you could find theoretical examples to try and demonstrate spying stopping wars it'd be worth nothing. The existence of spying will always be accompanied by counter-measures and misinformation which inherently limits the quality of spying.

Comment: Re:Never belonged to you (Score 1) 271 271

People are more cynical of the impact, I'm not so sure it has much to do with will power.

Personally I think Google's policies like this are harming them. I know that I think very hard about using Google related services (and a Google controlled URL would certainly count) because although I think they make a lot of very good things I have 0% trust that they won't completely re-arrange them or shut them down

Comment: Re:What a bunch of douchebags. (Score 1) 271 271

The very fact you think Google is going to need to schedule production downtime for a change of this nature given the ridiculously large changes they regularly make without it just highlights your ignorance or reliance on hyperbole to try and make a point.

Comment: Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 271 271

This isn't some either/or situation. Google wasn't put in a position where the two options were 1/ Have the site ruined by domain equating parasites or 2/ Automatically and irreversibly kick users who've been on the service for a decade off their URL.

This is a dickish policy by Google. If Google wants to automatically remove accounts pretending to be a brand fine, but that isn't what happened here.

Comment: Re:Never heard (Score 1) 271 271

For example, only the ones that actually mention vanilla bean or vanilla extract specifically actually even contain any vanilla, and many have so many stabilizers they don't even melt....and this wasn't "ice cream" it was just a single flavor they compared.

It's one of the things I've never gotten about America. Mickey Mouse has to be defended to ensure only the real Disney thing exists forever (it seems) but it's perfectly ok for something labelled chocolate to not be chocolate, or for something labelled as Champagne to not be from Champagne or even made using the correct method...

Comment: Re:Let's not pat them on the back (Score 5, Insightful) 78 78

by N1AK (#49968463) Attached to: DOJ Vs. Google: How Google Fights On Behalf of Its Users
When other firms have decided that protecting their bottom line is best done by giving the government everything and anything they ask for I'm willing to cut them a little slack and give them the credit for fighting to protect user data even if, heaven forbid, that might be in their best interests.

Comment: Re:that's funny... (Score 3, Insightful) 368 368

Keeping her album out while allowing the three month test to move forward makes the project less likely to be successful and more likely for new and upcoming artists to lose their investment from allowing their works to be included.

Well you sure got proven wrong pretty damn quickly.

Apple wanted to give away someone else's product for 3 months in order to drive demand for its own product. It really doesn't take a genius to work out why the people Apple was trying to exploit didn't like the idea; to Apple's credit they caught on and changed policy pretty damn quickly.

Comment: Re:Not for me... (Score 3, Insightful) 141 141

I think you're giving yourself too much credit. Who sells CDs second hand: People who buy CDs, including people who buy them new; and what do they do with the money raised by selling music... at least partly use it to purchase new music.

You're the music industries worse nightmare in the same way the guy who buys 2nd hand cars, and indirectly keeps the new car and trade-in markets going, is Ford's worst nightmare: In. No. Way. At. All.

Comment: Re:Who the fuck would use something like that? (Score 1) 206 206

What happens if you lose the device? If it backs them up where does it back them up to, how does it get them to the backup and how secure is it? Without knowing a lot more I'd be equally, or more dubious, of claims that password managers on devices like phones are any more secure overall.

Comment: Re:Who the fuck would use something like that? (Score 1) 206 206

Use a local password manager.

Because a local machine is inherently unhackable...

There are plenty of tech-savvy people who use services like LastPass. Of course putting all your passwords in one place, on one server, comes with risks. It also has a few advantages, including: > They notify you of hacks to sites you have passwords stored for > You don't have to type passwords, protecting you from keyloggers If it turns out that the people who've attacked LastPass have information that genuinely puts my passwords at risk then I can change my passwords. I'd assume they are going to generate and apply new per user salts, and everything else declared doesn't overly concern me. If it turns out that someone has the encrypted file containing passwords, and the salt, then I'll change my passwords even though it's almost inconceivable that anyone would take the effort to decrypt the files.

Comment: Re:Ridiculous (Score 1) 395 395

by N1AK (#49890507) Attached to: So Long Voicemail, Give My Regards To the Fax Machine
Exactly. The one that really makes me laugh is the people who say they never answer the phone because they focus on priorities all the time. Great, but I do answer my phone except to people who consistently ignore my calls. Now, every time you need to get hold of me urgently you're shit out of luck. You can mail or message me, and you'll likely be waiting a while for a response because I don't monitor those in real time.

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