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Comment: Game of Thrones, (Score 1) 155

by Severus Snape (#48706427) Attached to: Designing the Best Board Game

is pretty great. My group of friends have got deeply in to it recently, most of them being people who would never play board games and hadn't watched the show (or read the books). It's clear they took a lot of inspiration from Risk but has more than enough new elements to stop any sort of comparisons.

The design is well thought out, each house needs a completely different strategy and tactics which keeps it from going stale. Forming alliances (which to win you are going to have to betray at some point) always makes things interesting.

Comment: Re:Ten years? A lifetime in tech! (Score 1) 332

by Severus Snape (#48697475) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Companies Won't Be Around In 10 Years?

I remember reading about that HP initiative on /. a year or two ago, and the consensus was "vapor," but /. is very, very cynical. Regardless, I haven't heard a thing about it since. Is there any evidence it's not vapor?

A little while back HP did a big reveal on everything they've been working on, basically with the intention of getting other stakeholders involved. The impression I got was there is one or two roadblocks left, but couldn't be described as vapor. Worst case scenario is they'll cover their loses selling the tech on.

Comment: Re:So basically (Score 1) 445

by Severus Snape (#48435529) Attached to: Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

Sorry for the late reply, I hope you still read this!

I don't think the issue is the size of governence, more it must be decentralised. Power needs to be close to the people whom it effects with their needs and wants important to the decision making, only then is it effective.

We call our western societies democractic, but are they really? It is what differentiates us from those scary crazy dictatoriships, but we are not much different. I find it hard to imagine the will of the people being pro to everything Snowden has leaked. It has infact shown that the domestic population are the enemy of the state, no matter what way the media and politicians try to spin it. At the heart of anarchism and social libertarian ideals is direct democracy, where indiviudals vote on policies directly instead of electing people to do that for us. Our representational democracy system may sound great on paper but as we see in practice it doesn't really work. I don't see benevolent dicatoriship as ideal at all, that is centralisation of power which is everything libertarian ideals are against.

Comment: Re:So basically (Score 1) 445

by Severus Snape (#48418835) Attached to: Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

...and become anarchists?

Moded parent funny, decided to reply now though..

It's worth mentioning that the word libertarian means something completely different in America as to the rest of the world. I'm European, I don't like using the word anarchist in describing my political opinions, because of the connotations of the word. I can happily use Libertarian-(Socialist) though. Libertarianism under capitalism is getting rid of one of the bad guys, and letting the other bad guy multiply ten times in size. Both are incompatible with each other.

Comment: Damn pesky Russians! (Score 3, Insightful) 54

Hot on the heels of recent cyber attacks on NOAA, the USPS, and the White House, the New York Times Reports that the U.S. State Department has also suffered an online security breach, though it's not clear who to blame.

For a moment there I thought TFA was not going to blindly name drop China or Russia. Don't worry folks, they did not forget!

Comment: Re:80$ components =/= 1500$ price tag (Score 2) 154

Wearables just aren't ready yet for mainstream consumers. Tablets existed way before the iPad and worked relatively well, but had many shortcomings that prevented them from becoming synonyms with day to day life (battery life, desktop interface, too heavy and bulky, wifi infrastructure, to name a few) the iPad came at the right time and became a massive success. Google are being pretty smart I think, they could be selling it for 200$, lots of people would flock to buy it, but that would be stupid. They know it isn't ready, so keeping it within the hands of few, learning what isn't quite right with it and improving it version by version is the right play.

Comment: Business model of the 90's != today. (Score 2) 162

by Severus Snape (#48376817) Attached to: Linux Foundation Comments On Microsoft's Increasing Love of Linux

To put it bluntly, Microsoft's past is full of a lot of sleazy shit with their boot attempting to stamp all over the Linux ecosystem many times. To this day I still can't believe they threw over one hundred million dollars (at least, we only have leaked but confirmed information to go on) to SCO (a competitor!) just to hurt Linux. Balmer and Gates built a massive business on the back of their shenanigans, and kudos to them, the game is capitalism at the end of the day.

Is it the same company today? I'm not so sure. I'm sure some of the internal company culture is still there but they have a different vision and direction. Today they announced open sourcing the whole entire .net stack with OS X and Linux support. Any suggestion of that a few years ago and the internet would ridicule you in to crying in a corner.

We should still be wary, that's for sure. They are not the same evil beast they once were though.

Comment: Lessons previous learned: (Score 3, Interesting) 52


You would need to be a fucking moron to not believe there is not a warrant drafted for the FISC court already. Trust in any US web stakeholders for any users privacy is fallacy. Never mind when getting up to illegal shenanigans found on .onion like Silk Road.

Comment: What is this guy smoking.. (Score 1) 494

by Severus Snape (#47927717) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

The Yes and Better Together campaigns have sensationalised both sides of the argument, it has been very unfortunate that unbiased and impartial facts and information have been so out of reach. While I have no doubt the owner of the startup TFA is talking to has a much greater depth of knowledge in his field than a mere CompSci student like myself and if he feels a no vote is best for his company, then who am I to argue but some of his points are borderline repeat drivile of 'the world is going to fall down' propoganda that have been relented on Scotland increasingly as the referendum has got closer. It worked well for Canada, so it was to be expected for the No side at least. That said..

For tech start-ups, funding will be tougher to find and more expensive, there will be no local banks, access to EU markets and the freedom of movement will be curtailed.

His first argument about funding, who the hell even knows, he might be right, he might be wrong, it could be exactly the same. That really all depends on the policies of a government that would get voted in next year after a yes vote. Nobody has any idea what party that would be or what policies that party might have. Banks are going absolutely nowhere, two banks (RBS and Lloyds, who are both overwelmingly owned by the UK government is must be mentioned) have said they would move their registered address to London, and quite frankly this is a good thing. Their reckless gambling in part of the economic crash almost brought the UK economy in to chaos. We, the UK taxpayer woke up that day to be informed we bailed them out to the tune for trillions of pounds, and we better just deal with it. Of course it is in their best interests to be registered with a government who will tolerate such recklessness. The biggest threat to Scotland's membership of the EU is the UK wide referendum proposed in 2017. The current Scottish government has spent the last parliment drafting European Law in to Scots Law to make the process as easy as possible. Many of the arguments used to say rentry to the EU after a yes vote would take so long are based around examples like Turkey who are just a mile off meeting the many requirements set for EU entry.

Some countries may veto Scotland's entry into the EU because "they do not want their own secessionist regions to go for independence,"

Some countries with their own scessionist regions wanting independence have already stated that if Scotland votes for independence it will have no problem agreeing to her entry to the EU because the referendum is taken place in full agreement with the UK government. (He is referring to Catalonia in Spain)

An adequate bootstrap is a contradiction in terms.