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Comment: East Germany... (Score 1) 604

The study basicly looked at East Germany, of all socialist states, not suprising, being that its slightly anti-communist bias of "The Economist".

Communism was never supported by the population of East Germany, and was only held in place by force, and under dirrection of the Soviet Union. The Russians, really hated the germans, and saw East Germany as nothing more than speed bump to slow NATO advances.

It had the world's biggest secret police, which should also tell you something about the popularity of the state. 10 times as big as the gestapo it replaced.

Comment: Re:He cant or wont? (Score 1) 382

by davydagger (#47476893) Attached to: White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales
>Or if you go way too far overboard, you might have a cabinet revolt to pick another party leader (and by extension prime minister).

in the USA, the president picks his cabinet, and they are basicly his apointees. Party leadership has no direct control over a sitting politician, but can only exert influence financially or with brand name support durring elections.

Comment: Re:Code name "Only our back doors" (Score 1) 62

by davydagger (#47461835) Attached to: Google's Project Zero Aims To Find Exploits Before Attackers Do
or even some random hacker/script kiddie.

security is not a binary, more security == better.

Also, the less backdoors exist, the more aparant the ones that do exist are.

If you eliminate all other backdoors except the NSA's, you can be more certain the backdoors that do exist actually belong to the NSA, and the more a single entity relies on a single backdoor is the more likely it will be discovered/found/patched/made irrelivant/worked around.

Comment: Re:If... (Score 2) 117

>There are a class or group of people, however you want to define them, that think no matter what the US does, says, hears, thinks, or anything, they are evil. It has nothing to do with critiques or anything but a resentment for what they think has already happened (and it may have happened too).

I won't doubt that these people actually exist, but recently we've seen "HURR AMURIKKKA" comments used to describe very real concerns people have about what snowden, manning, et all have discovered, and are simply re-itterating what they've read in linked mainstream newspapers with some shock and disgust as anyone who values living in a free society should.

As for English intellegence, anything they do is considered very relivant to the USA because they are part of the five eyes partnership.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Eyes

Comment: Re:Just an opinion... (Score 1) 123

by davydagger (#47445043) Attached to: Elite Group of Researchers Rule Scientific Publishing
except its also come out that fraud is rampant, and its well known within the scentific community, that scientists with really long lists of "achievements" are most likely fakers who took shortcuts, or used bad methodology in order to further their career.

>You know, like smart and dedicated workers earning larger salaries.

this is a myth. intellegence and dedication never earned anyone a larger salary. finding a position that pays more does.

speaking of research scentists, did you know they make next to nothing, despite working really hard, and requiring intellegence that less that %1 of the population has?

making more money than they do are people who develop shitty CSS/HTML apps with limited use to humanity.

but your definition of productive only represents dollar figures, and not true economic productivity as by what most people need to survive, and what benefits the population as a whole.

Comment: Re:I smell a rat. (Score 1) 115

by davydagger (#47428999) Attached to: Use of Encryption Foiled the Cops a Record 9 Times In 2013
still thinking far ahead.

most of the time its going to be stuff they either steal or copy, without letting you know who's taken it, and they are most likely not going to do anything to you to get the passwords/keys.

uncrackable encryption protects against this.

You can use rubber hose cryptography on one person. You can use rubber hose cryptography on a handful of people.

You cannot routinely beat people for information, with anything other than a fairly obvious hard police state that would make it impossible for most of America to ignore.

Comment: It'd be worth it if it did transcoding (Score 2) 502

If in addition to playing sound it had general purpose sound cards for audio proccessing and transcoding (lets say HW ogg, flac, opus, mp3, aac, etc..) exposed to the OS, it would be worth it.

Or mabey if it had a built in amplifier, with vaccuum tubes, or a XLR or 1/4 inch inputs/outputs you could jack it dirrectly into a guitar or amplifer.

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