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Comment Is it better to be visible? (Score 5, Interesting) 82

When you decide to dedicate part of your life to annoy powerful people who regularly break the law and later become immune to the consequences, at some point you have to decide whether to try to be invisible, risking a mistake that could make you disappear; or trying to be as visible as possible, to make it too cumbersome to dispose of you.

I wonder how does one take that decision.

Comment Re:Managers need an algorithm for that? (Score 4, Funny) 210

Knowing my past bosses, they need less succinct clues:

- Did they set up the job search page as browser's default?
- Did they ask you to check their CV?
- Did they tell you "That's it! I'm leaving this fucking hell hole!"
- Did they stop coming every morning?

And, the one good clue:
- When you called them on their personal phone to ask if they were "ill, or something", Did they answer "I LEFT THE COMPANY TWO WEEKS AGO, YOU FUCKING RETARD!"?

If the answer to all of the above is yes. Please, for the love of God, stop sending SMSs to their personal phone. They will never come back and they don't care you get fired if you don't make it to the shipping date.

Comment Assuming the consequences of one's decisions (Score 4, Insightful) 36

You can't raise an army of slaves and then expect them to act as free men.

You have to put autonomous thinkers and obeying sheep on their correct places; and there are plenty of both. If you put a sheep on the wrong post, don't go now crying about a problem that you created yourself*.

*: Or your boss, if you're one of the sheep.

Comment This one's for the general population (Score 1) 155

This arms race will go for the users. The reason being that there's too much money in play to allow the opposite.

Whatever has to be done will be done. If it becomes such a problem that the USA has to invent a "war on hacker" and start "bombing by IP", it will.

But we're talking a long, long time from now. Like many, many... weeks.

Comment Ideas (Score 4, Interesting) 175

Transparent : tall invisible bars are aesthetically acceptable.

Fragile : make it seem easy and simple but fragile in a way that once broken it becomes hard to climb. If you break something and hurt yourself few people will blame the inanimate object.

Sticky: as soon as you touch it, it secretes superglue. The guards come with an innocuous solvent.

Hidden : fill the moat with a "non-Newtonian" dirt colored fluid. Doesn't look like a moat, but people do fall inside and it's hard to move fast through it.

Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 161

The cat is out of the bag. Crypto and its application is an academic subject now, with plenty of companies and open-source projects using the fruit of the work. That is to say, for another ten-fifteen years or so. Then, quantum will start taking it all apart. The amateurs will not have the resources to follow there.

So, basically, the cat is either out of the bag, or dead, and we won't know for another ten-fifteen years, time at which the cat wave collapses.

Comment Re:How many people called it here? (Score 3, Interesting) 161

Snooping agencies will fight tooth and nail to keep their snooping powers

The problem with fighting tooth and nail is that it's strategically stupid to fight directly against a larger and stronger army.

The privacy arms race benefits the people, only a false feeling of safety and anonymity stops the people from making it practically impossible (or impossibly impractical) to spy on the general population.

A front attack, however strong it may be, will fail.

Some of us are accusing the agencies of being intrusive, but this is a different problem. This is about having been intrusive in a strategically unintelligent way.

Comment How many people called it here? (Score 5, Insightful) 161

Someone should make a query that extracts the Slashdot commentaries that have predicted this exact situation for a decade.

The prediction goes like this : "If you keep doing stupid shit like that, people will start encrypting their computers and communications to protect themselves from your unimportant shit and this will help the very few people who encrypt their computers and communications to hide serious crimes."

The more you turn everyone into a criminal, the harder it will be to find the actual criminals.

It's time to decriminalize the population, so people become once again able to distinguish between the guilty and the innocent.

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