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Comment: Re:Technically if an NSA backdoor existed (Score 1) 171

by Threni (#46757829) Attached to: First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

The source code is available here:

Nothing to stop anyone anywhere from looking. And I don't see how a " NSA letter " , even to someone in the USA, would stop them from exercising their first amendment rights and writing whatever they wanted, or from adding comments to the code and posting them somewhere, etc.

Comment: Re:It's OK for Apple but not Microsoft? (Score 1) 565

by Threni (#46757443) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

> I might keep a computer for 5-6 years for browsing the internet and checking my
> email (perhaps even longer) but 3-4 years for a work computer is very long indeed! I'll
> be keeping my cellphone for 4-5 years if the battery life is acceptable.

Opposite for me. New smartphone every couple of years (as the OS versions keep coming, phones get faster, screens larger and nicer) whereas I build a new desktop every 4 or 5 (because I have windows base, on XP for years and now 7 for the foreseeable future, and a Linux Mint LTS distro for 3+ years) because of the stagnation of the platform means I miss nothing (except stuff like usb3 or unstable ssd drives which - when working - would contribute little to my productivity).

Comment: Re:Changing IMEI is illegal (Score 1) 109

by Threni (#46750763) Attached to: Inside the Stolen Smartphone Black Market In London

> Ah, right, that is UK, so they are likely busy detaining journalists as terrorists, there
> is no time to fight petty theft and muggers.

Given enough of an outcry they'll turn their attention to this particular crime, which will result in a large reduction in this particular crime, and the police can announce the last year vs this year figures (whilst not showing the increase in some other crime which isn't being targeted) before moving their focus elsewhere (with the corresponding increase in this particular crime). Happens again and again.

Comment: Re:When should you abandon a service for error? (Score 1) 127

by Threni (#46628731) Attached to: Western Digital 'MyCloud' Is Down 5 Days and Counting

Not unthinkable in the UK. Google "uk banks glitch" for the least year or so. I think it's largely believed to be related to the use of unskilled developers. Cheap, though. Well, in the short term; until you lose customers.

Would I leave a bank/service if I were personally inconvenienced? Absolutely. Not to `send a message` because the companies don't listen to `messages`. But to not be inconvenienced again.

Comment: Re:If any slightest illness was ever even *suspect (Score 1) 440

by Threni (#46619029) Attached to: Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

I only heard about this in Slasdot, and I don't give a shit. If I'd heard that a company were selling food which killed people, and their defence was "oh, we heard it was poisonous so we stopped selling it for a bit, and instead gave it away to poor people" I'd never buy anything from them again.

Comment: Re:End times (Score 1) 205

by Threni (#46619021) Attached to: Typo Keyboard For iPhone Faces Sales Ban

If patents didn't exist it would make absolutely no difference to the amount of progress which goes on, because the patents are bullshit. Apple would not make a penny more profit if samsung didn't have to use a slightly different shaped case or whatever. Microsoft wouldn't be going hungry if they were not able to make more money from FAT patents rather than selling their own shitty smartphones.

Quark! Quark! Beware the quantum duck!