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Comment: Re:Are you kidding (Score 1) 125

by TheP4st (#46764655) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy
No that is not what oligarchy means, it simply mean that the power of rule lie with a small group of people which can be judges but it can also be the wealthy, military, corporate. If campaign spending is a deciding factor decide on who the next policy makers will be and they are put into power by funding from the wealthy the likelihood of policies favoring this small minority greatly increase.

Comment: Re:Good. (Score 1) 152

by TheP4st (#46722591) Attached to: Google Chrome Flaw Sets Your PC's Mic Live

I hope they like the Vogon poetry I leave on repeat when not around my computer.

"Oh freddled gruntbuggly,
Thy micturations are to me
As plurdled gabbleblotchits on a lurgid bee.
Groop, I implore thee, my foonting turlingdromes,
And hooptiously drangle me with crinkly bindlewurdles,
Or I will rend thee in the gobberwarts
With my blurglecruncheon, see if I don't!"

Comment: Re:It makes too much sense (Score 3, Informative) 111

by TheP4st (#46681407) Attached to: EU Should Switch To ODF Standard, Says MEP

They'll just offer discounted no-roaming plans.

If they do which I doubt it will be a gigantic failure, EU citizens in difference from US citizens tend to travel a lot outside of the borders of their home country as doing so for many often is just a few hours car ride or at the most a 1 hour flight. That combined with many (most?) EU citizens having 3-4 weeks of paid vacation a year is the reason you find many Scandinavians going to the south of Europe for their vacation, Belgians going to the Alps for skiing in the winter and then Italy or France in the summer, Dutch and Germans going to Scandinavia and so on. Nearly every single person I know tend to go to another country several times a year and that is including low income earners. Last year alone I visited 4 EU countries for vacation another for work and 1 non-EU country for a wedding. While that might be a bit more than the average EU citizen it certainly is not something unusual and no-one here even raise an eyebrow if told about it.

With that level of cross-border mobility only the most ignorant PHB would believe such a crippled mobile plan ever having a chance of gaining any traction.

Comment: Re:$300? (Score 1) 196

by TheP4st (#46667917) Attached to: Five-Year-Old Uncovers Xbox One Login Flaw

Not very long ago that comment would have made me chuckle at the sheer absurdity of tossing a 5 year old hacker into prison, with recent cases such as the one of Aaron Swartz in mind it only bring a disillusioned smile to my lips.

On a side note, seriously Microsoft! that was one fucking cheap ass reward you came up with there, couple of games and a one year subscription. Do you actually want people to report bugs to you or do you want to encourage them to find a higher bidder, in this case an Indian street urchin could have outbid you.

Comment: Re:Sweet revenge (Score 3, Insightful) 109

by TheP4st (#46592395) Attached to: Weev's Attorney Says FBI Is Intercepting His Client's Mail
I am not familiar with this particular case to comment on the specifics, but I do not agree with:

Seriously, don't you think that a judge knows the law better than you, a random bloke posting on the internet?

It is one thing to know the letter of the law in verbatim, it is another thing to interpret and apply the letters of law into something that resemble a fair and just ruling.

Comment: Re:A new law in not what is needed (Score 1, Insightful) 519

by TheP4st (#46424303) Attached to: Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal

Agreed. A judge isn't supposed to decide what's right or wrong, but rather what's legal or illegal. Judges are just supposed to interpret the laws as written. If there's no law against something, then a judge has no recourse but to deem that thing legal.

My thought exactly. To me up-skirt photography and filming is a practice which if legislated in detail as illegal either will become far too broad in interpretation, creating too much of a slippery slope situation, or too narrow to have any effect beyond a politician being able to win votes for "thinking about the children."

There are times were simple acts of active social disapproval are far more effective and deterring than written laws ever can be. Up-skirt is one of them. Next time you see some one doing an up-skirt don't look away, look right at the person and make it clear you see him (or her) and do not approve. Social stigma often is a far better deterrent than any legislation, death penalty included.

+ - Police use WhatsApp for surveillance operations, share intel with civilian.

Submitted by TheP4st
TheP4st (1164315) writes "A group of Swedish police officers thought it a good idea to use WhatsApp as a work tool for surveillance operations, the officer that set up their chat group mistyped one of the phone numbers to mistakenly include a civilian IT teacher. Once the teacher informed authorities about the mistake it took more than 24 hours before he stopped receiving sensitive case information that included criminal records excerpts, passport photos and communications between surveillance teams tailing suspects.

When confronted by Computer Sweden (article in Swedish) the officer responsible for setting up the group say "I know this server is not located in Sweden and that one cannot share every kind of information" Yet it took less than an hour from that the group were set up that the teacher started getting sensitive intel on suspects. The only mobile chat medium approved for sensitive information is Blackberry, and this initiative by a small group of officers happened as they do not have access to Blackberry handsets which are considered too expensive.

Article in English"

Comment: Re:ahhh english (Score 1) 326

by TheP4st (#46253321) Attached to: NSF Report Flawed; Americans Do Not Believe Astrology Is Scientific

is a lot better than "I think that the movement of planets influences my destiny".

Which is just as bad as "God created humans pretty much in the present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so" Which is the belief of 48% of the respondents in a 2007 Newsweek poll.

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