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Comment Re:Scott McNealy said it best... (Score 1) 706

Technically you're 100% right, but Scott McNealy said that quote was incorrect. After which Scott McNealy quoted Scott McNealy incorrectly.

Q: A couple of years ago you made some comments about privacy -- and the lack thereof -- that were widely printed. That was amazingly pre-Patriot Act and pre-9/11. Do you stick by that notion? Should we not be worried about having lost all our privacy?

A: I never said that, did I?

Q: You said, "You already have no privacy."

A: I said, "You have no privacy. Get over it."

While in fact on monday night 25th of january 1999 a group of reporters and analysts recorded Scott McNealy saying "You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it."

Comment A drowning pimp clutching at a DMCA straw (Score 1) 1

Nothing to worry about...

Using the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), our team has now successfully removed the posts related to this incident as well as all Personally Identifiable Information (PII) about our users published online. We have always had the confidentiality of our customers’ information foremost in our minds and are pleased that the provisions included in the DMCA have been effective in addressing this matter.

All dating sites are high value sites and will be sooner or later targeted by thieves. But the timing of this theft is especially unfortunate for the company's IPO plans. Maybe a group of data-thieves is in the shadows suggesting a multi-year multi-million dollar "penetration-testing" deal with Ashley Madison.

Submission + - Ashley Madison Hack Could Expose Up to 37m People Having Affair 1

Mickeycaskill writes: A hacker has started releasing information stolen from Ashley Madison and has threatened to reveal the extramarital affair site 'sentire customer database unless it is shut down.

The hackers known as Impact Team have so far published samples of account data as well as maps of internal company servers, employee network account information, company bank account data and salary details.

It is unclear how the data was obtained, but Ashley Madison says it has now closed the access points used by the attackers. The company has not provided further details or whether any, presumably nervous, customers have been affected.

Comment Re: With a diplomatic immunity,... of course (Score 2) 213

Easy. Tomorrow Assange joins a French Foreign Legion using a ("declared identity") Jacques Clouseau. A day later he gets into a fist fight with a person working for the Ecuadorian embassy. Bloody nosed "Jacques Clouseau" then applies for a French citizenship under a provision Français par le sang versé" ("French by spilled blood").

Next day "Jacques Clouseau" gets his French citizenship granted. One hour after that France announces couple of new diplomatic post opening in London. A day later "Jacques Clouseau" applies for that position and gets selected. France sends a letter to British foreign office informing of a newly selected French diplomat "Jacques Clouseau" who will be shortly arriving to French embassy in London. British Foreign Office welcomes the new French diplomat to England.

A French diplomat "Jacques Clouseau" then steps out of a Ecuadorian embassy.

Comment Re:This never works (Score 2) 304

Very much so. DRM for audio-visual content can and will always be circumvented - as long as humans need to be shown the content in decrypted form. Once a media file is shown in decrypted format, someone will record and convert it into non-DRM format.

If someone manages to create a really paradigm shifting and exiting media format "scent enhanced oculus-3D-hologram vibrating world with transparent multi-layering technology", then there may be temporary chance for effective DMRs - but even then only until alternative (open source) DRM-free formats are created.

Comment Obese called the Internet router disabling cruel (Score 1) 91

Yes, I actually thought this would be the greatest weight loss game kind of system ever - "gain weight lose your Internet connection"

But no, the target customers thought removing the Internet connection or television was not a funny game at all.

instead it would be so "terrible",... and customers would happen to be forced to "disable", "remove", "destroy" etc. the thing..., because they don't need a baby sitter... because they are so damn good in losing weight. Maybe, China is arranging some kind of holiday camps to its food addicts too?

Submission + - Motivating Scale: Lose Weight or Lose Your Internet Connection / TV

colordev writes: A Finnish startup company has an interesting value proposition: "If your weight isn't going down your TV or computer will not power up tonight."

So, if your computer, brand-new television or coffee maker wants you to use an exercise bicycle tonight, would you then exercise for 5 minutes or 15 minutes? Or would you even agree to lose weight?

If the answer is yes, it has come to this, the machines have just started coercing us.

Maybe this is a small step in mankind's journey of becoming pets of machines

Comment Re:not North Pole drift (Score 1) 80

And even faster than that...

The magnetic north pole had moved little from the time scientists first located it in 1831. Then in 1904, the pole began shifting northeastward at a steady pace of about 9 miles (15 kilometers) a year.

In 1989 it sped up again, and in 2007 scientists confirmed that the pole is now galloping toward Siberia at 34 to 37 miles (55 to 60 kilometers) a year.

Comment Re:I support Mr. Mikko Hyppönen (Score 1) 248

I would go as far as calling US a one party system; the party being "a rich peoples party". In order to make it look less like so, they have simply divided the party into two halves! Both party-half having half of the representatives in senate and half of the representatives in congress. And each party-half ruling the White House after the other party-half has had its turn.

Uncertain fortune is thoroughly mastered by the equity of the calculation. - Blaise Pascal