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Comment: Re:Dismantle DHS (Score 1) 190

by coofercat (#47522045) Attached to: The Department of Homeland Security Needs Its Own Edward Snowden

...and be sure to spread that malware that uses Tor for command and control. Even your elderly neighbour could be a terrorist! Add to the fact that she gives sweets to the kids that come around asking if they can get their ball back from her garden, and you've got a paedo-terrorist. They're the worst kind of all.

Comment: Re:We should add our own encryption??? (Score 4, Informative) 175

by coofercat (#47521801) Attached to: Dropbox Head Responds To Snowden Claims About Privacy

You realise dropbox is free, right? Why should they do something expensive like offer encryption on a service that is (a) free, and (b) for sharing files. Sharing's hard if your stuff is encrypted, and sharing is the source of most of Dropbox's value.

If you want encryption, then fine, do it yourself. You obviously know that your stuff won't be indexable or shareable so won't be calling for support or slagging Dropbox off online when you find indexing and sharing not working.

There's room to suggest Dropbox should offer a pay-for encrypted service. The thing is, no matter how well they do it, it'll always be vulnerable to government interference, and it'll never be fully trusted anyway. BYO means no government interference and trust *for the relatively small number of people who care* without raising the costs too much for the multitudes who don't.

Comment: Re:Black box data streaming (Score 1) 503

by coofercat (#47482447) Attached to: Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

There's a difference between doing something as a service that you're paid for by others and something you do for yourself. Having taxi drivers, or lorry drivers or whatever recorded is different than having private car drivers recorded.

I'm not saying your point is wrong, but it's more complex than you make out. You do make a good point about the data only being accessible in an accident situation, as opposed to in some non-event that the government decides is important enough call an "emergency requiring that we listen in".

Comment: Re:foolproof (Score 1) 244

by coofercat (#47455927) Attached to: German NSA Committee May Turn To Typewriters To Stop Leaks

In other news, they're also dusting off all their old bottles invisible ink, newspapers with holes cut so you can see through while 'reading' and that box of old fake moustaches and noses from the basement. From now on, be on the lookout for anyone reading a paper from the 1960s sporting a massive nose neighbour. Extra points if they're writing into a notebook with a pen that appears to have run out of ink.

Comment: Re:What difference now does it make? :) Sunk costs (Score 1) 364

by coofercat (#47423509) Attached to: The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere

I have no idea what I'm talking about here, but how many "modern air wars" have there been in (say) the last 50 years? The Falklands war is one - how many more have there been? How many do we expect in the next (say) 50?

It seems to me that conflict is getting smaller. That is, it's less about taking over entire continents and more about killing a few people at the train station to get in the media and get some fear going. AFAIK, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan used some air support, but there was no "air war" as such (maybe some people trying to shoot down planes, but that's entirely different from dog-fighting).

That said, if another state of reasonable size was to decide it wanted another state's land, then things scale up quite quickly. However, how much of that really causes "air wars"? The issues in Ukraine suggest that the implications of state-based action is more financial than it would be military.

When the Eurofighter project was in full swing, I wondered the same thing - I mean, how many times do we think we're going to need such a thing? That said, it came up with (what looks to me at least) as a pretty cool aircraft with some cool tech inside it. Shame it's all classified :-(

Comment: Re:Maybe something sensible? (Score 2) 94

by coofercat (#47423245) Attached to: Single European Copyright Title On the Horizon

We can expect millions of euros spent on months and months of wrangling to try to keep the most corporate-sponsored parts of the plan to be kept in whilst wording them in such a way that they don't look so corporately sponsored. All the features that the ordinary people of Europe might want will be watered down in wording that looks like it's all good but actually gives no power to those clauses.

If you want shitty legislation, you've really got to pay for it. If you want good legislation, look elsewhere :-(

Comment: That's nothing! (Score 2) 96

by coofercat (#47413971) Attached to: The Billionaire Mathematician

I'm a mathematics genius too. I counted all my money, and I've managed to amass 23 billion pounds, just in my wallet (and that's after I bought lunch). That doesn't include all the money in my penny jar at home and the stuff that's down the back of the sofa. If we add all that, I'm pretty sure I'm the second richest person in the world.

Work is the crab grass in the lawn of life. -- Schulz