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Comment: Re:File extensions? (Score 1) 544

by kilfarsnar (#49172661) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

What the fuck year is this? Do you still name your files using the 8.3 format? The filetype is now contained in the icon. With long file names that are abbreviated it's not like I can see what the extension is anyway. When I need to know the extension I'll right click thanks.

What? The icon is arbitrary. I can give a file any icon I want. If I change the extension of a file, it affects how the file is handled by the OS. The icon, no so much.

Comment: Re:*sighs* (Score 1) 150

by kilfarsnar (#49164389) Attached to: AVG Announces Invisibility Glasses

Combine these emitter glasses with a tin foil hat for improve results.

Right! It's funny because all of these people are wacky and paranoid to think that government or private industry would surveil and track people for their own purposes regardless of the benefit or harm to the individual. Silly people, why would anyone think that?

Comment: Re:Snowden cared. (Score 1) 192

by kilfarsnar (#49095135) Attached to: How NSA Spies Stole the Keys To the Encryption Castle

And, unlike most of us, Snowden actually did something about it. As a result of his revelations, political pressure is being applied to the government from many different directions to get the situation resolved.

Of course, it cost Snowden his job, and his ability to live in his own country, and might still land him in jail or worse.

You could swallow some of that cynicism and at least try to improve things. Maybe ask the government to grant snowden clemency?

Nah. Why exert the effort to click an online petition when it is so much easier to just bitch about how hopeless things are?

I'm going to go with "because an online petition won't do a damn thing" for $1000, Alex.

Comment: Re:NSA... (Score 1) 192

by kilfarsnar (#49095065) Attached to: How NSA Spies Stole the Keys To the Encryption Castle

It's like we're all in a coffee shop, and a man armed with a 12 gauge just barged in to rob the place...

Yeah, in really slow motion, over a four year time period.

The polls are bullshit. Count the votes. only there will you find what people really think. Everything else is just bad theater.

Considering the voter participation rate, I'd say the votes tell us most people think it isn't worth the effort to vote. Though I do vote, I can't really blame them. I vote because I'm acting on principle (I almost always vote third party), not because I think it will make a damn bit of difference. The Us "republic" is unresponsive to the will of the people. The people know this and act accordingly.

Comment: Re:We are the global village bully (Score 1) 192

by kilfarsnar (#49094869) Attached to: How NSA Spies Stole the Keys To the Encryption Castle

I considered moderating this down, but I will reply instead. This is such a warped, confused view of history it's hard to know where to start. However; there is such a thing as a just war, international security is hard, and Russia had and has no right to Crimea or the Ukraine. Iraq WMDs: I remind you that Saddam believed he had WMDs. As for the Lusitania, I would remind you Churchill had his hands full with a minor issue called Gallipoli. And in Syria and Libya, there were no good options, and the situation was not of the West's making; it's difficult to know when a market trader's messy suicide will start a regional revolution.

We are lied into every war; every single one. The actual reasons we go to war often have to do with economic or strategic interests. But people don't get ready to fight and die for economic interests. They fight and die for survival. So you make it about survival, and tell the people how the enemy is coming to kill their children in their beds. Or you appeal to their sense of righteousness and tell them how we must save this other poor downtrodden people from the dictator we installed (oops, did I say that last part out loud?). After all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy. The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. The United States isn't the only place this is done, of course. It works the same way in any country.

Comment: Re:USA! USA USA! (Score 1) 192

by kilfarsnar (#49094751) Attached to: How NSA Spies Stole the Keys To the Encryption Castle

On the global scene the USA is too busy putting its nose into places where it doesn't belong. Maybe if they focused more on the mother land and made a dent in idiotic wars like "War on Drugs"...

Excuse me, I believe the propaganda word that has been chosen to pull at our emotions and get us to rally around the State is "homeland". Boy, did my ears perk up when I first heard that word used to describe the United States.

Comment: Re:No surprise (Score 1) 192

by kilfarsnar (#49094609) Attached to: How NSA Spies Stole the Keys To the Encryption Castle

Are you one of those people who would have ridiculed anyone claiming the Government can "listen to all of our phone calls any time they want" as a conspiracy theorist?

No. That's not surprising since the NSA has had some pretty serious computing power fro quite some time. The challenge is picking out the conversations of interest since there simply is too much data to sift through and get timely actionable information.

I think it has been demonstrated that these activities are as much about having a dossier to comb through after the fact as having timely, actionable intelligence. If a person of interest catches their attention, they can go back through the records to find something to charge that person with. Although stopping terrorism is the stated goal, maintaining the status quo is also a goal and this can be a useful tool.

The number of UNIX installations has grown to 10, with more expected. -- The Unix Programmer's Manual, 2nd Edition, June 1972