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Comment: Consent Decrees and Bundling (Score 1) 77

by Virtucon (#48896477) Attached to: In Addition To Project Spartan, Windows 10 Will Include Internet Explorer

This harkens back to when the Consent Decree was put into place, then it wasn't, then it was watered down and now it's expired (as of 2011). The EU on the other hand at least forced MSFT to give users a choice when it came to browser selection. It still seems as though we still have to have IE and this new Spartan presumably. I guess I'll need to download the preview and see if I can get rid of both.

Comment: Ultimate conclusion (Score 2) 138

by Virtucon (#48886421) Attached to: Scientists Slow the Speed of Light

If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it.

By slowing light down, the government will be able to tax and regulate light, dramatically decreasing budget deficits and changing the economic landscape! Of course people with solar panels will be assessed charges based on the amount of light they're using unlike the rest of us who use good old coal fired electricity. Light will now be regulated into special light speed and slower than light speed lanes on the highways with of course, toll booths.

Stop taxing and regulating light now!

Comment: Welcome to the new reality (Score 2) 83

by Virtucon (#48885799) Attached to: Data Encryption On the Rise In the Cloud and Mobile

This isn't going to be good for the NSA or other government agencies trying to snoop into your data but like a thief there will be some way that they'll find a weak point. Whether that's a weak key, a weak cipher some flaw in the negotiation protocols or brute force they'll find some way to get into it. They could just outlaw strong encryption technology as "munitions." I just thought that being a private citizen, one who values his privacy, wouldn't necessitate playing cat and mouse with my personal communications or data. If it's my possession, in my house, in my car there's constitutional safeguards against unreasonable searches and seizures. If it's transmitted to a server outside of my control or across the Internet or even a waxed string between two bean cans then those protections somehow vanish and my own government collects every piece of data they can about me like sweeping up so many fish in the ocean. To me that's not liberty, it's fascism. Secret courts with secret rulings, your information warehoused in Utah on who you called, where you went, who you emailed. That's not my country and doing it to fight "terrorists" doesn't work as an excuse either. I'm already migrating to overseas e-mail services and offshore cloud storage services and that's a shame because I should be able to have the same rights to privacy as somebody in Switzerland.

Comment: Re:Engine noise (Score 0) 787

by Virtucon (#48878243) Attached to: Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

They're crap. Sorry, let me be more exact, they're shit. They were brought into existence by the retards at the FIA who, with the exception of the WEC is killing motorsports with this green initiative crap and "relevance." The introduction of these new "Power Units" has represented a dramatic increase in cost and as reduced the racing to taxi driving. Shit! the damn races now have "fuel efficiency" ratings pop up on the world feed; WTF has that got to do with F1? Not a fucking thing. The fans hate it, the teams hate it and there's already talk of abandoning it which it should have never been introduced into the sport.

We can defeat gravity. The problem is the paperwork involved.