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Comment: Amateurs (Score 1) 378

by SlovakWakko (#48931859) Attached to: Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States
This is all too complicated. Here in Slovakia you just take a powerful enough car, a strong steel cable, and do this: http://tv.sme.sk/v/14692/pacha... (commentary is in Slovak, but the main thing: it was a Porsche Cayenne and the ATM held 130.000 EUR at the time). The same group did this several times, earning the nickname "the ATM mafia". Meanwhile, they have been caught, held for some months and then released because a judge "missed" a deadline for shuffling papers to a higher court (sitting in the same building).

Comment: Re:This really is a man's world... (Score 4, Funny) 377

by SlovakWakko (#48570687) Attached to: Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG
I know it's a good image for this purpose, it's just the origin that is really sexist. I don't mind, but I can understand how some of our female colleagues would find it inappropriate - ranging from immature to degrading, depending on where in their cycle they are right now...

Comment: Re:Nitpicking... (Score 1) 90

A correlational relationship is a specific one where correlation exists, but causality is missing/unproven. If there is both causality and correlation (and you're right about the former requiring the latter) then it's a causal relationship.
Of course then there are also casual relationships, which are much better than the previous two types... :)

Comment: You've got it wrong (Score 3) 171

It's "I for one welcome our commissioner-overlords and their total detachment from reality" :) I have lived in the pre-1989 Eastern Bloc and I can spot a centralistic, ineffectual project intended to just shuffle money from the taxpayers to the Brussels bureaucracy and its friends in the industry.

Comment: Re:Substitute "China" or "Soviet Russia" (Score 2) 304

by SlovakWakko (#47054023) Attached to: Why Lavabit Shut Down
Well d'oh! Secret court, man - what more do you need to see there's something rotten in the land of freedom? And even though it has been proven how evil this thing is - for example by the 2013 top-secret order for an all-metadata feed from VBNS to NSA - it still exists! The way you've allowed all kinds of extreme measures to be implemented out of fear of terrorists really reminds me of something in our history here in the EU. Just replace terrorists with jews and communists... but don't worry, you are bound to learn the lesson too, sooner or later, and in the course of the learning process also obtain some well-tended memorials which will help you never to forget it. You may think that I am exaggerating - well, our grandparents also thought so ;)

Comment: Re:Why not leave? (Score 3, Interesting) 304

by SlovakWakko (#47053945) Attached to: Why Lavabit Shut Down
I can imagine operating Lavabit-type of service in some European country. EU's grip on the internet is much weaker than that of the NSA, and recent efforts towards strengthening online privacy give me the reason to believe that it would be difficult to actually shut down such a service. Provisions for obtaining private data through a court order exist also in the EU so there is a legal way for the government to go after criminals who would use it, and with the recent revelations of how thoroughly has the EU been penetrated by NSA (literally as well as figuratively), spinning it as moving from the no-longer-free USA to the still-free EU would also help to protect the service - should anyone try to lay a heavy hand on the service, I think that it would quickly escalate into a discussion in the European Parliament and a lot of scathing titles in big newspapers. Other indications - for example how big are current EU research grant calls in ICT on online privacy, security and trust - also make me believe that Lavabit could work here. So don't hesitate, come here and be free again, guys ;) Also, I don't think that the MU case is pertinent here, as it happened in a US colony.

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