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Comment: Czech govt. already did (Score 5, Interesting) 188

by jmak (#35388412) Attached to: Germany Builds Encrypted, Identity-Confirmed Email

And it's been a failure, for a number of reasons:

- it cost a fortune to deploy
- one message costs an equivalent of about 1 USD, which means no one uses it except for communicating with the government
- it relies on a proprietary (although free as beer) rather obscure application for Windows, fortunately a non-profit foundation later developed a cross-platform library for accessing the mailbox
- once you register into the system, any official letter you get is automatically considered delivered, so you cannot deny receiving it, that's why any sane lawyer will discourage from getting such an account ever unless you are obligated to

Obviously, because so much money already burnt, the mailbox system is here to stay.

Comment: Re:Recommended or Mandatory? (Score 1) 302

by jmak (#34729158) Attached to: Micro-USB Cellphone Charger Becomes EU Standard
Actually, the standard more or less reflects the status quo: 1) Devices which do not have USB data connection do not need to use USB for charging. 2) The phone itself does not need to feature USB-micro, it's enough to bundle an adapter to phone's proprietary connector from USB-micro.

Comment: Re:Past His Prime (Score 1) 465

by jmak (#33752234) Attached to: Hawking: No 'Theory of Everything'
Reminds me of Arthur Eddington and his search for fine structure constant formula.

... The great Arthur Eddington gave a lecture about his alleged deviation of the fine structure constant from fundamental theory. Goudsmit and Kramers were both in the audience. Goudsmit understood little but recognized it as far-fetched nonsense. After the discussion, Goudsmit went to his friend and mentor Kramers and asked him, “Do all physicists go off on crazy tangents when they grow old? I am afraid”. Kramers answered, “No Sam, you don’t have to be scared. A genius like Eddington may perhaps go nuts but a fellow like you just gets dumber and dumber.

Promising costs nothing, it's the delivering that kills you.