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Comment: Ski trip (Score 1) 310

When I learned programming my Dad took us to a skiing trip in the Slovak mountains - small cottage in the woods with a simple wood stove, nearest shop was 30 minute walk through the hills in deep snow, and whole days were spent skiing. The nights, however, we spent programming - with a pencil and an eraser ("the most important tool of a good programmer", my Dad said), and he was my compiler, debugger and processor, executing my handwritten programs for me and pointing out mistakes :)

Comment: Re:Fuck the foreigners Re:What about inbound? (Score 1) 347

by kubajz (#46996893) Attached to: Glenn Greenwald: How the NSA Tampers With US Made Internet Routers
Interesting thought, that we would have these rights if there was no Absolute Law or something similar. What would lead us to conclude that everyone has the right to Liberty, for example? Is it a matter of taking a vote about it? And if the majority vote against, could they then imprison the minority? I live in Europe and one thing I envy the US Constitution is the way rights are defined - that they are given by an Absolute and therefore cannot be voted away :)

Comment: Re:Still a long way from brain-boxes (Score 1) 209

> Meanwhile we need to ask ourselves - if we're creating this simulation based on the human brain, then what are the odds that some form of consciousness dwells within it?

If there's a consciousness in the simulation, then consciousness is just a result of a deterministic calculation, isn't it? In that case, what's the point of "asking ourselves"? Our consciousness would also be just a deterministic process so we can ask all we want but the answers we will arrive at are already given and we could not change them no matter how hard we "tried to think it through"... yawn :)

Comment: Re:MEGA Windows sync client (Score 1) 69

by kubajz (#46018583) Attached to: Kim Dotcom Just Launched His New Music Service With His Own Album
My understanding is that MEGA work by encrypting your data client-side within the browser, so the only thing that could happen to the said shopping list is getting lost, but until it is sent back to your browser and decrypted there even Dotcom cannot read it - that's the main reason why they cannot provide you with a password reset feature. They have a bug bounty program for finding holes in this setup. I do not trust the guy either but I think that this kind of arrangement, while having a side effect of protecting him from liability for users' content, also helps keep my data more secure. OTOH I know Slashdot is full of people more knowledgeable with the matter, so I do not mind hearing more from someone who can poke a few holes in their model :)

Comment: MEGA Windows sync client (Score 4, Interesting) 69

by kubajz (#46014741) Attached to: Kim Dotcom Just Launched His New Music Service With His Own Album
I hope this is not too off-topic, but Mega has recently (and very quietly, without even a mention on their blog) released a Windows sync client - a significant step in being feature-complete compared to their less-encrypted competition of Dropbox, Google Drive or Microsoft SkyDrive.

Comment: Re:FOR-PROFIT CORP !! NO THANX !! (Score 1) 143

by kubajz (#45453373) Attached to: Ars Checks Out CyanogenMod's New Installer
If profit is not necessary, could you give me one reason why anyone would fund a startup? Could you explain how to build a factory if the bank won't give you a loan? How to expand internationally once you've invested all your personal wealth into your business? Why would someone risk being a business owner and not an employee? See, all these are things that are typically solved by equity investment, or (partly) giving up your ownership, and these investors, for the large risk they are taking, expect a return - profit. Interestingly, as an example, in Islamic finance it is okay to turn profit but it's forbidden to give loans and ask for interest which is understood as making money without taking a risk. Or, in other words - the business generates value for customers (otherwise they would not buy its products), for employees (who get wages), for loan providers (because you pay interest on your loans) and finally for owners who are running the largest risk - a risk that there won't be anything left to pay for their investment in the company. You would suggest to let them take losses but not have the option of getting profits... and I think it would not work :)

Comment: Why lock a phone? (Score 2) 148

by kubajz (#44900181) Attached to: Crowdfunded Bounty For Hacking iPhone 5S Fingerprint Authentication
Assuming that you protect your phone from the random thief, I would recommend installing a tracing app and leaving the phone unlocked - a locked phone will just encourage the thief to hard reset it or turn it off immediately. Same with a laptop - I had some tracing software installed but unfortunately I forgot to enable the guest account so the thief could not use the laptop... and therefore never gave me a chance to locate it.

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