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Comment Awesome turn around time on the bugfixing (Score 1) 211

They found the problem in 2012 and it took until 2016 to actually fix this relatively minor problem with big consequences?
Apparently the state of Washington has outsourced this software and its maintenance to their biggest taxpayer, Microsoft. No other way there is any reason to wait for a bugfix for four years.

Comment Non Issue (Score 4, Insightful) 302

Yes the sealevels will rise, but they already rise with every hurricane or tides of the moon.
After Fukushima everyone knows that you need big ass dams, flood walls, protected and working backup generators etc.

If you build a 10m high floodwall or a 11m high one to also protect against global warming induced sea level rise simply doesn't really matter. If someone hasn't already built said 10-15m high flood wall, it's not global warming that is an issue but the regulatory commission in your country. A much more immediate problem too.

Comment Re:At least 2 reasons why this is not a good stanc (Score 3, Insightful) 108

A university is not a government agency with special powers against other citizens.
Law enforcement ist allowed to do these things only with the approval of the judiciary too. Which they apparently didn't get. 4th amendment, computer security laws and all thoes pesky things.

Comment At least 2 reasons why this is not a good stance (Score 4, Interesting) 108

for the FBI and the university to take:
If they are allowed to decrypt messages which are passing through "their" property, then:
a) Pay TV hackers must be allowed to decrypt the Pay TV signals ending at the cable box or coming from a satellite
b) Any ISP or whoever owns a router which transmits encrypted traffic is allowed to decrypt and read it.

Either the FBI and the university have to be punished like cable signal hackers and other bad guys, or the law covering those offenses is not worth the paper.

Comment Tails and remote storage (Score 3, Informative) 324

On your Laptop there is a normal Windows installation which is not used for work. Only for stuff like browsing the web in the evening at the hotel. mails to the kids, etc.
On a USB stick on the keychain there is a copy of Tails
You rent some VPS or root server in a country of your choice, under a different name, preferably paid via cash. This is the place where all the data for work is stored. encrypted.
This server you only access via Tails which uses Tor by default.

If you can't do this, you put an encrypted VM onto your Laptop which happens to have the data for work and you write your stuff or access the web for work related research only in this VM. Again using a distro like Tails.

Comment This is a whitewash (Score 3, Interesting) 70

Why would anyone with even an ounce of self-estime parrot bullshit like "that can can be dropped from an aircraft to deliver supplies to isolated locations in the event of disasters, then evaporate into thin air once their job is done."

This is not for disasters. When there is a disaster, and you deliver stuff via one-time use means, you want to keep these aur vehicles cause they are valuable and incredibly useful. For example some parachute can be easily repurposed as a tent, to keep out rain or simply people from freezing. These are valuable materials. Metals are equally useful, etc. There simply is no trash at a disaster site, only ressources

The only, really ONLY reason for self destructing air vehicles are to infilttrate spies and spec ops into foreign countries to cause violence.

Comment Re:Google is right. (Score 1) 330

Yes and no: when someone posts the latest Hollywood blockbuster and it ends up in a Google search, then I as a european citizen see "we have removed some hits due to a DMCA violation" (paraphrased) in my german results. DMCA and the whole thing being a US law, brought with US lawsuits, etc.
So, Google can't have it both ways: either it doesn't care about US law and their DMCA in Europe either, or it cares about all law everywhere.
Courts usually dislike double standards like these.

Comment Re:Kim Philby II (Score 1) 396

It was released to the press and only to the press, notably The Guardian and the Washington Post. Where we've all seen it. Or can you point me to a tarball with all the Snowden documents, unredacted by anyone else? Can you? No, cause that doesn't exist.

Seems you should educate yourself about things before you commenting on things?

Comment Putin actually speaks the truth (Score 5, Interesting) 396

But you have to read the statement carefully to understand what he says. It is true that Russia doesn't have the money to put everyone under surveillance like the US does.
So they might not do a mass surveillance like the US, instead they just put everyone interesting under direct surveillance: every Duma representative, every Oligarch, and especially everyone who is in public politicial opposition to President Putin. The NSA can't do that even when they would want to, so they simply target everyone: it's wasteful but now they can't be accused of any bias or that they target anyone they don't like.

Comment Bring it on! (Score 1) 121

I love to use my OpenVPN server on port 443 at home, or http tunnel. Any people complaining here about loss of privacy and so on: are you really surfing on any public AP, be it McD, library, etc without the protection of a VPN/tunnel of some sort? If so then you are not allowed to complain about privacy loss. And if you do: why do you care, you just got another free AP in the city, saving your preciousss MBs on the mobile plan! Yay!

Comment It's not the NSA who will pay the price (Score 5, Insightful) 286

Of course the NSA will weather it, will continue to exist and will continue to spy. For them it's a (short) embarrassing time after which the news media will forget them and all will be the same for them again.

The ones who pay for this are the US IT companies which will be distrusted world wide and the US government (politicians, diplomats, secretary of state, etc) who will be distrusted even by their closest allies. US companies will notice it in the long term bottom line e.g. when big foreign companies won't outsource to a US company. The public will forget the scandal soon like they forgot Echelon, the big companies who have actual trade secrets however won't, and if they do they will probably regret it soon when their secrets aren't secret anymore and their US competitors magically know everything they do. These losses are however far in the future: more than a quarter away so they will be denied, at least publically and especially by the ones responsible: the politicians.

The politicians will have a lot less trust and goodwill from their foreign counterparts, even and especially from allied countries.

Comment Re:any objective numbers? (Score 2) 281

Something that is is known , is that the Wii U CPU is made in 45nm and has a size of 32.76mm2
This puts it into the ballpark of the size of a current Atom CPU and the same ballpark of computing power. IBM has no magic fairy dust to do (much) better than Intel in a smaller die with worse process tech. 3.5GHz x86 is simply crazytalk.

Comment No constitutional scholar here (Score 5, Interesting) 176

since I'm a dirty foruhner from socialist Europe, but isn't
"I cannot imagine party leadership will be happy with so radical a suggestion as granting copyright protection for the limited times needed to promote the progress of science and useful arts."
going totally against the spirit and literally wording of the Constitution of the USA? He admits he considers the current law blatantly unconstitutional and still knowingly supports it. If he is a member of congress or any other public politic body and has swore any oaths on the constitution, he's now in breach of said oath, no?

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