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Comment Re:Smells like FUD (Score 1) 108

I guess it is hard to do actually any blackmail of a specific person, as if it is known that a medical device is hacked, the owner of the medical device could just call medical service, and then they can survive it, unless of course the attacker also controls the devices of the ambulance etc. So it can really only be used for targeted murder, or for a less specific blackmail of the form "I have hacked 100 medical devices of people in your city. If you don't pay, I'll kill them one by one." sent to majors or other authorities.

Comment Re:I agree with Trump (Score 1) 583

Quoting the BIBLE:

those who oppose the LORD will be shattered. He will thunder against them from heaven


To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.


The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish.


If you ever forget the LORD your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed.


The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.


Arise , O LORD; let not man prevail : let the heathen be judged in thy sight.


Only because your religious text tells you something to do, you aren't excused to actually do it.

Comment Re:Except they used regular SMS (Score 5, Insightful) 291

since there is nothing stopping Jihadis from developing their own encryption codes and going totally dark on the authorities everywhere.

This is what they want to achieve, as when encryption is backdoored anywhere, its much easier to argue that everybody who uses non-backdoored encryption is a has something to hide and is a criminal suspect.

Comment Re:Har har har? (Score 1) 231

Sometimes you want to test something, then you might need to add an if or so. With braces, you just add it, and you can immediately execute it. With python, you have to get indentation right. And you never know where a block ends, unless you look at the indentation level.

And to GP: the next time you have to write something in python for whatever reason (unfortunately python is almost unavoidable), try kate block mode.

Comment Batteries "dramatically faster, more charge etc" (Score 0) 75

All these days I hear about batteries having more power, charging faster, and so on. Do these developments make it actually into consumer products? Never. I guess they get abandoned because of some problems.

I do think that thanks to the abundant use of rechargeable battery technology, and whole industries like the car industry waiting to get "disrupted" (to use the new SV startup term; its a phenomenon as old as mankind) by battery driven solutions, so there is alot of attention on the technology. However, lots of this stuff the press generates doesn't make it into production, so why do they write about such early research?

Comment Re:Why (Score 1) 965

My theory: They wanted to take revenge for the killing of Jihadi John, by mounting a terrorist attack. Of course, he was killed by US forces, and not french ones, but I don't think the IS cares. After all, there is quite good media coverage of the incident worldwide. It seems their top priority here was to strike fast. They wanted to show "see how fast we can take revenge". And perhaps they've used france because there they already had prepared terrorists waiting for the call to strike. And I guess that preparing a terrorist attack is easier in france than in the US, at least right now.

"If I do not want others to quote me, I do not speak." -- Phil Wayne