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Comment Interesting double edge sword there. (Score 4, Insightful) 337

I can understand why they might have refused to take the risk. But it hardly seems like a smart idea to allow a country we value to be destabilized over one man. What affects the one, affects us all. If Germany became destabilized due to our childish antics, it wouldn't end well. Best case scenario, the euro zone would collapse. Worst case, nuclear power plants would be pilfered.

Comment Re:Obvious (Score 1) 178

Wallet was hidden in a Mindcraft structure.

This would actually be quite fasinating. Something like that would imply a virtual structure acting as a stenographic hiding place. Which leads to some interesting ideas. I know the whole, "They don't need your computer, they just need a wrench" idea applies here. But just imagine, a hostile entity (FBI, Robbers, ex-wife) are attempting to take your bitcoins. So, to make a plausible case that you don't have access to it, you generate a minecraft world. Then make various structures based on the bitcoin string and then destroy the wallet. If anyone decides to look at your world, you can make the claim you were attempting art. Which would be hard to dispute, since art is subjective.

Comment Re:If all goes well. . . (Score 1) 228

I completely agree. What hasn't happened is someone in politics being publicly humiliated by information that big data has collected. It'll happen and it'll be the fault of someone like Google. That will change things.

Not exactly big data per se, but a politician was recently linked to being at a white supremacist rally. Rep. Steve Scalise, the majority whip in the United States. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Comment Re:Crusty Hardware (Score 1) 189

Things like scanners and printers shouldn't require special drivers in 2015. When we plug a keyboard or mouse into our computers, it just works because they're standard devices with standard drivers.

I would argue a LOT of the Wal-Mart specials don't run without driver support. And before you say, "Then don't buy from Wal-Mart!", Your conjecture is all printers should run without intervention. This is simply not the case. Big box stores provide brands that prefer you have vendor lock in. They can't force you to view the, BUY X BRAND INK NOW! ads without the bundled driver.

Comment Re:Criminals (Score 1) 78

When developing FOSS is a crime, only criminals will develop FOSS.

I would argue that may be true, but the level of output would drop at rather obvious rate. Since most FOSS work is paid work, it wouldn't be advantageous for a company to run the risk of legal issues. So if a company A is only sourced from region B, they will not risk their income on goodwill alone.

Comment I'd be curious about the consequences. (Score 4, Interesting) 85

North Korea is already sanctioned pretty hard. I'm curious what happens when a nation state attacks a multinational company. Do the nations that said company is registered in team up to respond? Do they elect a body to deal with it? And if so, how large does a multinational have to be to elicit such a response?

Comment Re:On that note (Score 0) 290

Give a USian a piece of Bacon without the additives and it's viewed as bad bacon. Nitrates only taste salty to people with very poor taste buds.

Since I'm a "USian", I have to disagree. My favorite bacon is smoked with no preservatives.

I'm willing to believe you, but unless you cut the meat yourself, you can't really be positive about that statement. There are a lot of loopholes in the ways people can present food. Would salt be considered a preservative or a "added flavor".

"Bond reflected that good Americans were fine people and that most of them seemed to come from Texas." - Ian Fleming, "Casino Royale"

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