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Comment Re:Just disable JavaScript (Score 1) 210

What would that accomplish, in this situation? I imagine you still wouldn't be able to view the website.... that's how they got people to disable their ad blockers in the first place, by not allowing people who had such facilities to use their website. Presumably, people who disabled their ad blockers for that purpose found what the site had to offer useful enough that they were willing to put up with ads.

Comment Re:Still waiting for (Score 1) 348

And you missed mine, which is that once gimp meets a person's functional requirements, the name is unlikely to matter to many more people. I would suggest that it only significantly gets associated with the negative meaning of a homophone for its name by people because it isn't adequate in the first place.

Plus, you can call it whatever the heck you want.... it's open source you could even make a fork.... if the fork is just a name change, then such a fork would be quite trivial, if your fork isn't widely adopted by the community, then wouldn't that suggest that the name isn't as big a deal as you are implying?

Comment Re:Still waiting for (Score 1) 348

No, but the other issues mentioned were genuine functional differences. What it happens to be called should not matter anywhere nearly as much as whether it will actually help someone with the stuff they really need to get done, and if it actually could do the latter, I might imagine that the only reason one would still complain about the former is if they personally didn't actually have any real use for the software in the first place.

Comment Baseless accusation? (Score 1) 484

Woolsey said Snowden, who divulged classified [information] in 2013, is partly responsible for the terrorist attack in France last week that left at least 120 dead and hundreds injured

What is his alleged basis for concluding that the information that Snowden released in 2013 had anything more to do with those attacks than any other entirely random element, such as merely the invention of the smart phone? I'd be sincerely surprised if there really was a connection, but it's nonetheless a sincere question. Is there any even hypothetical reason to sincerely suspect that the info that Snowden released actually contributed to these attacks, or are people that allege such a connection just using Snowden as a convenient scapegoat (presumably because they didn't like what Snowden did)?

Comment Re:Except they used regular SMS (Score 1) 291

the point is that those that want access to the information cannot be trusted

Agreed, but even if they *COULD* be trusted (this is a hypothetical scenario here, I know, but hear me out)... it is still a bad idea, because if they are able to read your encrypted data, then so could somebody with less noble intentions. No matter how honest or trustworthy any governing body could ever be, they cannot prevent 100% of the bad guys from getting access to the exact same encryption defeating measures that the government might intend to use, so even if you give the government every benefit of the doubt about their intentions for how they would use these powers, you still wind up with catastrophic failure when somebody outside of the government, and over whom the government may have absolutely no control, gets access to the same data, and uses their ability to decrypt it for nefarious purposes, which may cause irreparable harm to completely innocent parties.

That's *EVEN IF* the government could be trusted to not abuse the power they would have. No further investigation into how trustworthy the government may or may not actually be is necessary to show how colossally stupid and dangerous the idea is.

Comment Re:Except they used regular SMS (Score 4, Insightful) 291

They appear to be under the impression that the only reason one would have something to hide is because one has done something wrong.

Of course, nearly everyone has something to hide... and it is not because there is anything necessarily wrong. Does one wear clothes in public for example? Is there something wrong with their bodies that they feel they must do this, or do they do so simply because their bodies are private? Having something that you may feel is private or even something that you might feel somewhat embarrassed by if it were to be public does not mean that anything is amiss... it means you are human.

I have a theory that it's impossible to prove anything, but I can't prove it.