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Comment: Re:This is the cost incurred for outsourcing defen (Score 1, Insightful) 337

by X.25 (#49301043) Attached to: German Vice Chancellor: the US Threatened Us Over Snowden

Without getting into the moral implications of such a threat by the US, this is the cost Germany et. al. pay when letting the US foot the defense bill. The US defense budget pays for a large portion of the defense of the first world. If they don't want to be beholden to the whims of the US, don't depend on the US for defense.

Defense from who, exactly?

From imaginary retro-communist threat, or some "terrorists" that US themselves funded and created?

Comment: Re:I love Science Fiction, but the trailer makes m (Score 1) 44

by X.25 (#49204215) Attached to: 'Chappie': What It Takes To Render a Robot

want to puke! It's rated R and doesn't need to be so cutesy. All the wonderment, all the "oh, I've got feelings!" Data pulled it off much better in TNG. Even the name Chappie is a too sickly syrupy. I'm sure he turns into an amazing warrior for justice and the downtrodden and my heart would swell with his humanity, but I don't want to see this. Give me Data with his emotion chip and the his crazy laughter/break down when he and Geordi were scouting that ship...that was hard enough to watch. Give me Short Circuit. Heck even Earth to Echo was consumable. Maybe I'm just too American and can't quite stomach this Australian aesthetic. Just one guy's opinion...I'm sure you've got one too.

So, you haven't watched the movie at all, but you already have an opinion.

Says a lot more about you than a movie.

Comment: Re:Nah, not really (Score 1) 532

by X.25 (#49096967) Attached to: Stephen Hawking: Biggest Human Failing Is Aggression

"Aggression is the human failing that celebrity scientist Stephen Hawking would most like to correct, as it holds the potential to destroy human civilization"

Without human aggression, we would have all been eaten about 500,000 years ago.

I don't really like Hawking, but do you idiots even bother reading what's written in the damn *summary*, before shitting on him?

Or it takes too much time and instant gratification generation can't be bothered?

Comment: Re:NWO (Score 2) 154

by X.25 (#49053207) Attached to: Trans-Pacific Partnership Enables Harsh Penalties For Filesharing

So the NWO (once a tin-foil hat conspiracy theory) is coming true, only 25 years after it was predicted.

It's well past time for https everywhere, constant VPNs and full encryption for everything

No. It took 25 years for people to wake up and see what's happening around them.

Unfortunatelly, it is way too late now.

Comment: Re:One pixel wide window borders (Score 1) 193

by X.25 (#49015819) Attached to: Xfce Getting a New Version Soon

Xfce is for those people who think Windows 95 is the pinnacle of user interfaces. It's fine for a OS-in-a-USB-drive kind of thing but that's it. No redeeming features other than "it's better than Gnome 3"

It works. Very well. And people who like simplicity and like to feel in control of their computer/desktop like it. I use it on work/home desktops, for years, and have no problems with it.

Not sure what other "features" I would need.

Comment: Re:This is why I quit web programming (Score 1) 83

by X.25 (#49005147) Attached to: How To Hack a BMW: Details On the Security Flaw That Affected 2.2 Million Cars

A company as big as BMW should be able to hire some security experts, so this should be a bit embarrassing for them.

But the truth of the matter is, doing security is not easy. Take web programming, for instance. Back when I first learned PHP, I found over and over that whatever design or coding approach seemed most straightforward and intuitive was inherently unsecure. All sorts of escaping and manual insertion of encryption functions are required, and that clutters up the code to the point of making it hard to maintain. I did manage to implement most of it in a common PHP file that I reused over and over again, but there was a huge learning curve, and it was a pain. Since then, people tell me that it's gotten a LITTLE better. For instance, database wrappers generate the SQL queries for you and automatically escape strings. But for the most part, it still sucks.

If there were a single best book to read on cyber security, then perhaps we'd have fewer problems like what BMW had. But in reality, to get good at it, you have to have a vast familiarity with the literature and tools. You do that much reading, you might as well get a PhD. And my friends with PhDs focusing on security are in academia, not industry, so we get more security papers but not more secure devices.

Problem is, you are not a security professional/expert, nor should you be as a web programmer.

In similar fashion, people doing security for BMW should be security professionals and not engineers that just got tasked with also developing security.

It happens way too often, in almost every industry.

Usually to "save money". Pretty ironic.

Comment: Real shocker (Score 5, Interesting) 95

by X.25 (#48913563) Attached to: Researchers Tie Regin Malware To NSA, Five Eyes Intel Agencies

And I thought it was IS/Russians/NKoreans/Aliens, because US and allies hold moral highground and would never initiate actions which they themselves consider to be acts of war, right?


After all, it's ok if they do it. It's only bad if terrorists, communists and perverts do it.

Crying wolf and all that.

Comment: Re:Big Myth #1 (Score 1) 339

by X.25 (#48912531) Attached to: Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

The rich and powerful run the world. They don't. They react to the world just like everyone else. These guys all have to react to the free market to keep their money. They aren't in the driver's seats and they never were.

Of course not. You are running the world, I presume.

You are talking about smartphones/youtube while discussing who rules the world.

Do you even understand the irony of that?

Jesus Christ...

Comment: Re:From the home of industrial espionage, China (Score 0) 114

by X.25 (#48882915) Attached to: Apple Agrees To Chinese Security Audits of Its Products

Given the historically proven record of China and its espionage, it should be the other way around. It is a part of their history and their culture.

Nortel? After the Chinese were done with them, Huawei and ZTE rose up as PRC military-backed entities.
US government contractors? The Chinese have been continually caught with their hand in the cookie jar.
Any company that deals with China? Expect clones if your designs aren't tightly controlled.

On the other hand, the accusations against the US rely on baseless allegations from a cowardly individual. The desire to preserve one's own life, through the trading of national secrets for protection, put the lives of US citizens at danger. Enemies changed their actions based on the improper and unlawful disclosures of classified material.

The only valid response to such demands from China is to turn up the heat on their actions. Huawei's banishment from the US and Australian governments was a good start in that respect.

It's a pretty bad troll. 3/10 at most.

But I really loved the part about "cowardly individual". I think it was the highlight of your troll.

Also, home of industrial espionage would be the USA.

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