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Comment Re:Sweden's case won't really matter (Score 0) 146

"The UK had no beef in this originally, they were just acting on an EU arrest warrant"

They acted on an invalid EU warrant. They post-fixed the paperwork later when he was in solitary. And why was he unnecessarily put in solitary? There were so many things wrong about the way the UK went about it.

Bail-jumping was a serious thing to do but Assange had weighed up his options. The risk of being executed evidently outweighed being cooped up in a hole for years. He was pretty much screwed either way.


Comment Re:This affects you personally, yes? (Score 1) 146

I don't get your point. What does being a jerk have to do with anything? The guy took on a massively funded secret organisation in the US government that has the ability to assassinate people with no consequences, and put that country back onto the path of accountable democracy. He put the US on the first step of fixing their democracy. Next is their corrupt Senate and system of lobbying, but that's not his battle.


Comment Re:Competent Authorities (Score 0) 146

It's strange you label 90% of the people as "having no fucking clue". Even if they are the silent majority, most people appreciate the work Assange has done. A lot of them are actually quite literate. He has made a lot of sacrifices, ones that most of us would never make. Without Assange, we would never have had Snowdon. There would be no public debate. Just the gradual slide of democratic nations into a police state.

Your knowledge of France, the law, or even the word capitulate, is suspect. I think you have nothing to contribute so should probably shut up.


Comment ISPs may not have the same objective (Score 2) 316

Remember when BT got lambasted as they intercepted all their user's web page requests using Phorm to be able to track users and insert their own ads into web pages? There was a big backlash with everybody saying a web page should be allowed to travel from a web server to a web browser unmolested. It's no surprise they will jump at an excuse to be able to intercept all their users web pages and manipulate the content before it arrives at the web browser. Sets a great precedent for them.

It would be interesting to see transcripts of Cameron's speech as it's hard to believe he is as idiotic as he has been made out to be. His quote that we must "deal with the Internet" doesn't mean anything as radical as a report button on web pages. Though his quote "We must not allow the internet to be an ungoverned space" is bound to make him a hate figure globally online. I've no idea how his PR man let that slip past. "Just because you are online does not mean you are immune from the law" would have been much better.


Comment Probably too late to be seen but... (Score 1) 269

Why does a distributed social network need servers at all? Why not just flag stuff on your PC to share? It gets copied encrypted into a bittorrent directory using a session key, and that session key is held in a wrapper than can only be unencrypted by the people/group you have 'shared' with. The bittorrent network will ensure it's available even when your computer is off. Adding nodes to boost network speed just means pointing some bittorrent client to that .torrent.


Comment Best distro (Score 1) 303

I would say the winners of 2013 would have been Mint and Ubuntu Unity. The former kept up its head of steam from the previous year, and the latter became so polished it was winning over a lots of haters.

In 2014 Unity got shotgunned by insisting on sticking spyware in the desktop by default and veering towards mobile. Definitely the big losers of 2014. KDE came up with their latest distro based on the new QT but lack of polish on the desktop meant they didn't get much traction.

Gnome desktop has probably made the most progress, but screwed themselves by being the best on minority distro Slackware and the most popular distro Ubuntu running an old buggy version.

So I would say the winner would be Mint due to being the only one not to fuck up.


Comment Re: Mozilla is looking for new sources of revenue (Score 1) 106

I have to agree with BarberaHudson. Of course market share is a major factor in how much advertising is worth. Companies also look at growth. When Firefox was expanding with no end in sight then signing an expensive deal would have been worth it for Google: if Firefox became de facto then they had an exclusive deal and captured all the eyeballs, and if their immature project took off and became de facto then... they still had all the eyeballs. Once growth starts tailing off the value of marketing drops.

However the funding had in part to do with the marketing aspect, and secondly to buy their way into creating a level playing field. They were perfectly aware of the Microsoft embrace and extend, and they way they tried to lock business users into IE using ActiveX plugins. A completely open source browser dedicated to open standards getting a majority share of the market would ensure that the market remained wide open and ripe for picking once they had advanced their own browser far enough to complete.

The deal probably will be renegotiated but will it be a lot of pain? Possibly not. If the investment was wisely used, refactoring, quashing most of the memory leaks, boosting the JS engine, etc, then if they "broke the back" of getting a great stable core then perhaps a renegotiated deal will be fine for both parties. Google certainly can't afford for Firefox to go away yet. With Google facing ant-trust cases in various countries, helping "promote choice" is not a bad PR move either. As well as providing yet another alternative to Safari on Apple.

PS - AC fuck off. You are wrong and BarberaHudson is right

Comment Re:Citation Needed (Score 1) 250

I think users tend to slop around from desktop to desktop. I know I have used most of them out there. I really really wish Ubuntu would move to 3.12, let alone 3.14. It's very annoying. Suspend is easy though, simply hold down alt, click power icon then suspend. Works fine on my 2 monitor tower.

With KDE still having usability issues and Unity having spyware, this would have been a great opportunity for Gnome to get market share. Instead you have a choice of installing Slackware and losing that amazing Ubuntu repository, or having the wide range in software but being stuck on buggy 3.10. What a waste.


Comment Re:Sales figures are news now? (Score 2) 206

Samsung galaxy S2 April 2011, S3 May 2012, S4 April 2013, S5 April 2014.

Apple iPhone 3S July 2008, iPhone 4 October 2011, iPhone 5 September 2012, 6S September 2014.

The Apple market are completely locked into one device, and are forced to wait twice as long on average to be able to upgrade. Therefore I would expect the numbers to be twice as large initially but dying off to a far smaller total than the Samsung devices.


Comment Re:Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (Score 1) 205

I don't get it. Germany is the most dependent on Russian gas and Angela Merkel has been the one most dragging their heels on even sanctions. Why would the open letter be addressed to her? Why all the Iraq WMD comparisons when the open letter even admits Germany didn't even want to get involved there? The Baltics states will be the only ones pushing for direct action, and Britian the only one able to take any.

In fact reading through their previous open letters they all seem a bit confused. The only common thread appears to be Russia should be allowed to deny Ukraine access to NATO and a bunch of odd vaguely but not really related historical incidents being thrown in to make the letters appear longer. Their language such as calling the separatists "anti-coup federalists" makes the letters appear to come from a Russian rather than a non-Russian perspective.

I think the "bury out heads in the sand and hope Russia doesn't do anything" is a little late. He's already invaded Georgia once and Ukraine twice. His home propaganda is a resounding success, with the people prepared to back future invasions, and the parliament is filled with his puppets. Ukraine joining NATO or falling under New Soviet rule seems inevitable and they probably prefer the former.


Comment Re:Which Invasion? (Score 3, Insightful) 205

The invasion of Europe by Russia is pretty big news, and will have an impact on everything from the economy to space exploration. NATO has direct evidence of the invasion, and Russia is hardly trying to hide it any more apart from the loopy puppet Sergei Lavrov (the new Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf). Ukraine has already introduced conscription, so that's already a pool of potentially talented young programmers off to get slaughtered by Russian tanks. The Russian murder of those Dutch people in the airliner also has affected air traffic.

As Europe gets sucked unwillingly into war with Russia, this is going to get quite brutal as the Putin doesn't care how many people die on either side even his own. He's got a fair amount of cyber-warfare talent to call on too. Maybe this will be the wake-up call to start putting in place proper encryption EVERYWHERE. War with Russia is a little more important than the NSA passing on tips on drug dealers.


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