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Comment: Backdoors for everyone (Score 3, Insightful) 562 562

Right, so we'll have an American Backdoor for the Americans, but they don't just anyone accessing their data so they won't share it with everyone, which means we'll also need a German Backdoor for the Germans and a French Backdoor for the French and obviously multiple law-enforcement agencies in each of those countries will need access and frankly even assuming that by some miracle none of the agencies in any of the countries have anyone on staff who is either corrupt or incompetent there's somewhere around a 100% chance that other people with (more) malicious intents will gain access to said backdoors.

Meanwhile these supposed terrorists that these backdoors are designed to stop are either a) already too stupid to properly secure their communications or b) smart enough to "manually" encrypt the message itself and not simply the envelope, which means all this is for naught anyway.

Comment: Re:Biased summary is biased (Score 1) 335 335

This is America, we don't let "governments" set "rules", we let the free market decide. If people don't want to pay fines from clearly rigged red light cameras then they're free to use one of the other road providers instead.

Vote with your wallets, people.

Comment: Re:can relate (Score 2, Insightful) 724 724

For the love of God, if you think your games (or any media you consume, frankly) don't have any politics in them then it simply means they have politics that you already agree with. The number of truly apolitical games out there is vanishingly small.

This idea of "just let games be about the games" is as bullshit as saying "why can't my music just be about the music".

Comment: Re:That's Fine (Score 3, Interesting) 110 110

Utilities can really only have neutral or negative reputations.

Think about it, how often do you go "Wow, that was some amazing electricity I used this morning! It came right out of the socket when I needed it and didn't electrocute me at all"? You don't, because you expect those things as a basic requirement of the service and there aren't really many added extras they can provide to help you view them in a positive light. On the flip side, if there are outages or faults you almost automatically acquire a negative view of them and again there isn't really a lot they can do to counteract it.

Comment: Re:It's a start (Score 2) 294 294

Wow, really can't tell if this is sarcasm or not (from the linked MSDN Blog entry)

It does NOT include the Start menu that you may have seen/heard about at the recent Build conference. That is some exciting near-future stuff, which demonstrates our on-going commitment to deliver on customer feedback.

Work expands to fill the time available. -- Cyril Northcote Parkinson, "The Economist", 1955

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