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Comment: Overreach of Surveillance reduces chances ... (Score 2) 110

by garry_g (#48837331) Attached to: To Avoid Detection, Terrorists Made Messages Seem Like Spam

Given the fact that France has had one of the most extensive data retension programs since 2006 and were still unable to prevent the terrorist attack should give a clue to politicians and police ...
I believe the contrary is true: By relying on being able to prevent attacks through data retention (which by definition will create floods of data hard or impossible to interpret) and expecting to catch anybody before the fact, police have obviously reduced their work on surveillance of suspects as well as regular police work ... All three terrorists (much like the 9/11 ones) were on watch lists and known, yet they were able to buy guns and plan this whole ordeal. Good job, politicians! Fund the police instead of keeping tabs on all of your country's inhabitants and cutting in to their private lifes ...
Even if you had 100% surveillance of ALL the people, including the contents of ALL the communication, any person just slightly intelligent and versed in computers will be able to hide their communication from the state. Also, who ever called for checking every single letter mailed through the postal service? Or listening in to every person-to-person talk? Just because technology makes listening in on people possibly doesn't mean it should be done, or would be helpful to prevent crimes ...

Comment: Re:Cat and mouse... (Score 1) 437

by garry_g (#48729327) Attached to: Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

Netflix is obligated to do this to maintain its licensing agreements with the Media Mafia.

Yeah, I understand that. What I don't understand is why the big media conglomerates put such baffling restrictions into their licenses in the first place.

Easy. Because the Media Mafia extorts as much money out of their victims as they can. For some countries, license prices are a lot lower than for others ... not exactly comparable, but look at the price per click/view that Google/Youtube pays for US access to e.g. music videos, and look at what Germany's representatives would like to have for accesses ... IIRC it was well beyond 10x the amount ... and more than Google actually makes from advertisement ... which leads to a whole lot of media on youtube not being viewable in Germany ... the big problem is that the value of money isn't proportional to the currency exchange rates ... and this is more than obvious for digital goods...

Btw, it's not only limited to the availability as such - some features are just not available ... e.g., try to find original US soundtracks on streaming Amazon media in Germany - while they have a pretty decent library, only a small percentage is available with the original soundtrack. While I assume not too many people actually want the English track, it SHOULDN'T cost more to make it available, as for sure all of the movies and series available are also available in the US and UK, so they must have that part. Anyway, as German translations very often suck (at least if you can speak English natively), I'm not going to pay for a service that doesn't provide me with what I want or need ...

But, as one poster said - back to Torrents ... if you can't get enough of my money fairly, forget about getting any ...

Comment: At least at the right places ... (Score 1) 398

by garry_g (#48196295) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

At least they decided to put them where they really belong ... in Germany, it appears as if a large amount of mobile speed checks (and in part, permanent also) are done at places which guarantee for a good income - revenue from most tickets (unless the drivers are so much over that it's something like a felony, requiring prosecution through the state) goes to the communities/cities, and is usually a calculated part of the yearly budget. Often, they are placed in school zones for a short time, before moving them off to places like two-lane out/inbound streets or ones that have an illogically low speed limit that doesn't really belong there ... especially if the places have a low accident rate to begin with.
Of course, being caught is still the main fault of the driver, not the speed camera.

Comment: Re:atheists (Score 1) 534

by garry_g (#48033345) Attached to: Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

I believe what you are trying to do is move science into the same uncertainty as faith is, as you can't do it the other way around.

Anyway, sciences work completely differently ...

Faith takes an assumption, and even without proof and even under objective contradiction, sticks with the assumption, arguing away contradiction (which doesn't go away by that)

Science takes an assumption and researches whether the assumption is correct. If there are valid contradiction, the assumption is either dropped or corrected, then repeats from the beginning, until proof is found that the assumption is correct. But even then, new findings may raise new contradictions, at which real scientist will not hesitate to start the whole cycle again.

I reckon the latter is a whole lot more sensible ...

Comment: Of course ... (Score 1) 534

by garry_g (#48033309) Attached to: Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

... for one, the question should also include whether religions are even suited for modern life and scientific advances. Religions mostly still operate on century and millennia old superstition and mysticism, and most (albeit shrinking number of) people will still gladly accept everything thanks to childhood teaching when everything is unquestionably accepted from parents and authority figures.

Anyway, religious leaders (which may or may not "coincide" with political leadership as well) will find a way to lie around contradictions between scientific facts and religious texts. Anything to continue their hold on people's minds, souls and money ... even if 100% exact proof against religious beliefs were presented, people will still cling to their faith and will try to argue why the proof is wrong. Look e.g. at evolution of species ... e.g. the Bible doesn't say species evolve, still people believe in creation by God. It's a choose and pick situation, where some passages of scriptures will be taken literally, while others are chosen not to be ...

Comment: Typical ... (Score 1) 107

by garry_g (#47111299) Attached to: German Authorities Lack Evidence To Prosecute Anyone For NSA Spying

Of course, supposedly no hard evidence or witnesses.

The general attorney is part of the ministry of justice ... Merkel and other leading politicians have made it clear they do not see any reason to prosecute the U.S. for the privacy invasion the NSA has committed ... now, the general attorney decides there's not enough evidence. Go figure.

All lying bastards ... too bad the general public does not understand (or care) what most politicians are doing ...

How can you work when the system's so crowded?