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Comment: Re:Idiots at work (Score 1) 329

It is sooo dumb, but I think it is more to do with pandering to the electorate than anything. A good few years back, there was a report of some guy using a radio scanner to listen in to the police, find out where the queen was going to be that day, and then post it on the internet. I don't think he was doing it maliciously, but probably not a clever thing to do, and you can see why the security services would be unhappy with this. Anyway, one thing that came out from it was that there had been a plan to introduce encrypted radios, but they'd cocked it up or something.

Oh, and the solution to the problem? Ban radio scanners. You know.... 'cos then bad people won't use them, what with them being illegal.

* Some details may be inaccurate as this is from memory.

Comment: Re:And their reasoning is? (Score 1) 1350

by Zaiff Urgulbunger (#48757999) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

The funny part is that Muhammad (pork be upon him) is idolized to a degree that would make a North Korean blush.

Actions speak louder than words, and regardless of claims to the contrary, Muslims worship their golden calf almost as much as the devil he spoke for.

IMHO that's one of the saddest things about the whole "no depictions" thing... the fact that the people who are most vocal about it, are the ones who have apparently, entirely failed to understand the intent behind this hadith.

It's almost like... they're just total psychopaths or something.

I really hope the "main stream" muslim community can use this as a reason to clarify some of this shit, because it strikes me that there's a fuck of a lot of self-appointed clerics who are really not doing anything useful; just stirring up hatred.

*FYI - I'm not a muslim! Apologies for any errors.

Comment: Re: No thanks (Score 1) 169

I think the point was that you have no idea what the cost will be in 30 years time, and you will own nothing. Your options at that point will be no different to the parent-post, so if you do indeed have access to every song there is, so will the parent if they're so inclined to buy in to streaming. Plus they'll have an offline collection.

Comment: Re:Does Samsung or Google have any influence? (Score 1) 201

It's very likely Apple have the fattest margins and are therefore in a better position to effect change. Plus they're kind of trading on their "ethical" status.

But I agree it's them (Apple) and everyone else who is to blame. The investigation is _perhaps_ unfair in that it doesn't even mention other manufacturers, but I don't think it's unreasonable to at least start with Apple. Maybe they're investigating them alphabetically?! :D

Comment: Re:Home of the brave? (Score 1) 589

by Zaiff Urgulbunger (#48627351) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release
I get the feeling that Sony gave the theatres the option because they wanted them to choose not to show the movie. Why are Sony afraid of releasing the movie in any form? I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that the hacks are far far worse than we already know, and Sony high-ups have decided that on balance, it might be better if they forget about this movie all together.

Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 1) 396

by Zaiff Urgulbunger (#48623413) Attached to: Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

Encryption has a cost, it isn't free. It increases CPU utilisation and power consumption. It interferes with caching and reduces network efficiency.

This. Therefore it also uses more energy and is worse for the environment!

I kind of get why Google engineers might think this is a good idea, but the problem is that there's so many sites that don't use or need encryption, that this won't change. And as a result, lots of users will be getting told that site xyz is insecure, when it isn't... and they'll use it anyway.... thus entirely negating the benefit of changing the browser in the first place.

If the vast majority of websites were encrypted, then I could see the logic, but as-is, I'd say....

This is a dumb idea. A very dumb idea.

Long computations which yield zero are probably all for naught.