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Comment: One-shot motor (Score 4, Insightful) 73

by Rosco P. Coltrane (#49015779) Attached to: Underwater Vehicle Uses a Balloon To Dart Like an Octopus

So it's super-efficient and all... if you intend to move no farther than 10 ft forward.

For greater distances, you could, say, keep the balloon constantly inflated with some kind of pump. And then, to save unnecessary weight and complication, you could do away with the balloon and let the pump shoot out the back of the vehicle directly.

I shall call my invention a hydrojet. Genius!

Comment: Re:Secretive courts? (Score 0) 44

How in hell the voters from Britain as well as from America allow such things to happen in the first place??

A true democracy works thanks to the four boxes of liberty (soap box, ballot box, jury box and ammo box).

Our so-called "democracies" have two more (ice box and idiot box) that are more important to people than the four others: as long as people are stuffed full of junk food and can watch the football game on TV, they feel free enough.

Comment: It's just moving your trust to someone else (Score 5, Insightful) 83

by Rosco P. Coltrane (#48885099) Attached to: Data Encryption On the Rise In the Cloud and Mobile

So this-or-that company promises you unbreakable encryption or that they won't poke their nose in your data. Do you trust them? I don't. All it takes is a little firm chit-chat from the national security agency of the country your data is hosted in, and your "safe" data isn't safe anymore.

If you really insist on putting files and shit in the cloud, encrypt it yourself before uploading it. Better yet, run your own server and provide yourself with your very own fucking cloud. Those who want real security aren't lazy and do the work themselves.

Comment: Re:Power Glove was not helped by the Tyson shot (Score -1, Troll) 40

by Rosco P. Coltrane (#48846831) Attached to: Nintendo Power Glove Used To Create 'Robot Chicken'

The best use I ever found for the Nintendo Power Glove was jerking off, as it felt like Vader giving me a handjob. Kind of like doing it after sitting on your hand for a while, but more high tech. And best of all, that activity didn't even require turning on the console.

Comment: Re:Capable, sure (Score 5, Insightful) 329

It's clear that while not all muslims are terrorists, almost all terrorists seems to be muslims, how about a targeted approach. Normal people know that the problem at the moment is islam, why can't politicians see it.

By the same logic, not all humans are terrorists, but all terrorists seem to be human. How about targeting all humans for surveillance?

Oh wait, that's exactly what they wanna do...

Comment: Again, this has nothing to do with terrorism (Score 5, Insightful) 329

All 3 Charlie Hebdo terrorists were known extremists and were under surveillance. The French authorities simply dropped the ball and fucked up - for lack of resources or for negligence.

They could convincingly make a case for vastly increased means of putting known terrorists under 24/7 surveillance, but the Charlie Hebdo attacks are a really poor argument for enhanced decryption powers, because the FUCKING TERRORISTS HAD BEEN CLEARLY IDENTIFIED ALREADY!

Clearly this is yet another exploitation of people's fear-du-jour to bring the world closer to a panopticon society. Me, I'm more scared of the government than muslim terrorists. 1984 anyone?

Comment: Re:i2p has been around for a while (Score 2) 155

Tor has something i2p doesn't: exit nodes (or outproxies, in i2p parlance). That's what keeps me on Tor, despite the fact that most exit nodes are probably ran by state surveillance agencies: I use it to throw Google and other nosy corporations off my tracks when I browse the regular internet, not to escape state surveillance or buy drugs. There's no escaping the latter anyway...

Comment: May I remind you all (Score 1) 319

that the Charlie Hebdo terrorists were under surveillance by the French interior surveillance services. They were known, identified extremists and the police failed to prevent their attack.

What we're dealing with here is a police failure, not a surveillance failure.

The Charlie Hebdo events are the perfect excuse for the powers-that-be and the rich fucks of this world to inch a little closer to their wet dream of a 1984-style society for the rest of us - as if those who pay attention to the erosion of individual liberties didn't see it coming. It's disgusting...

The major difference between bonds and bond traders is that the bonds will eventually mature.