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Comment problems (Score 1) 81

Let's hope it goes better than BillG school reform!

It won't. Bill suffers from the same ego problem that many successful people suffer from - thinking that because you were good at one thing means you are qualified to solving every other problem. But very few people are great in vastly different domains. Even most geniuses stick to at least one area.

Giving money to people who are real experts in a domain and giving them room to find solutions is a hundred times better than coming in as a celebrity and taking over with your own random idea. This can, in fact, have a negative effect on the actual progress in the field.

Comment Re:required reading (Score 1) 221

So what do the higher classes read if not BLD?

There are plenty of other newspapers in Germany, Die Zeit, Die Welt, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung being some that come to mind immediately, than plenty of other regional and topical newspapers like Hamburger Abendblatt, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Handelsblatt, die tageszeitung and many, many more.

Comment this or that (Score 1) 505

If I could make any change I wanted, I would make it illegal and/or impossible to display advertisement to someone without prior consent. No spam, no pop-ups, pop-unders, malware, clickbaiting, punched gorillas, max-volume ads, interstitinal ads, all that bullshit gone. The world would be a better place.

If it has to be a technological change, I would wish for a universal connector. Everything going in and out of my computers, screens, drives, etc. is zeroes and ones anyways, why do I need twenty different form factors for those bits? I want one cable instead of power, audio, HDMI, DVI, VGA, USB, mini-USB, micro-USB, lightning, thunderbolt, ethernet, and all its relatives.
Also, it should be a bus. One cable into computer, into a hub, and from there into screen, external drive, lan and whatever else. Power across all those cables to all the devices.

A man can dream, yes?

Comment required reading (Score 4, Informative) 221

What you need to know about BILD:

It's the most popular (by far) newspaper "for the lower classes" in Germany. It is massively influential on public opinion, and thus required reading for politicians and such. Several german chancellors are known to have checked the BILD headlines first thing in the morning to know what the people will wake up to.

It is also rumours to be funded by the CIA, at least during its early, post-war years, and to this day is fanatically pro-american, conservative and anti-communist.

With that in mind, you understand who the readership is and why they are more likely than, say, the /. crowd, to turn off their adblockers.

Comment Re:How? (Score 2) 486

And why would Putin relay anything to ISIS ? Whatever you think of Putin, he is certainly not a friend of islamic terrorism and seems in fact much more serious about fighting them than the US.
(I mean seriously, the by far largest war machine of the planet vs. a few ten thousand barely organized desert nomads and after two years they are still expanding? It's gone beyond the point that can be explained by stupidity and incompetence.)

Comment Re:high-tech (Score 1) 259


Authorities tap the telephone networks. Not by breaking its encryption, but by going in behind the encryption, at the switching points. Every Telco has equipment for legal interception installed, because it's mandated by law.

I worked in the Telco industry for 10 years. Authorities don't worry about the encryption your phone uses, it doesn't even touch them. They worry about end-to-end encryption.

Comment Re:No Worries (Score 1) 342

Sorry, didn't realize that. As a Mac user, when I get a new computer it copies everything from my old one while I go to lunch. It's been a long time since I re-installed an entire machine from scratch.

But you are right, there is some in that, and a few people won't re-install. But since people are creatures of habit, and they have a long list of re-installs anyway, that will be only one checkmark on that list. Most likely, those not re-installing will be the ones whose ad-blocker has since gone out of business or something.

Comment Re:How do I explain it? (Score 4, Insightful) 259

Yes, look at the attackers. None of them came with the recent wave of refugees (the one Syrian passport found has since been identified as a fake). So closing the borders now accomplishes - pretty much nothing.

We need to figure out why there are people living in our countries that hate those same countries so much they are willing to die just for the joy of expressing their hatred.
We didn't and we let it foster, that is our first fault.
Our second fault was not facing the problem, believing too much in a peaceful co-existence and multi-cultural society to not see that some parts of the same want to fucking kill us.

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