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Comment Re:This is why we can't have nice things (Score 1) 843

It is certainly the case that we, as a species, are hell bent on killing each other over misunderstandings, jealousy, or power. I am saying, just imagne, for one minute, that money was spent on say, science and technology. How advanced our species would be by now. Defense spending has grown well out of proportion.

Comment This is why we can't have nice things (Score 5, Insightful) 843

  • $30 Billion per year to would end world hunger
  • $17 Billion per year currently spent by the US on the Nasa space program
  • $4.8 Billion per year currently spent by the US on cancer research
  • And the US spends $1000 Billion+ on a plane, designed to kill. Imagine, if you can, a world without war, it's easy if you try.

Submission + - New Zealand is crowdsourcing the Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill

pinkstuff writes: The Green Party of New Zealand is to put forward an Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill. The bill is open to discussion, and they are 'crowdsoucing' ideas. What ideas would you have? You can submit ideas via their website. The summary of the bill can be found here. From the article:

New Zealand needs a free, open, and thriving Internet. The Internet should be an open platform built on free speech, innovation, and democracy. It’s time to develop positive, rights-affirming Internet law to protect human rights in both the online and offline world.

Submission + - Adobe's new ebook DRM will leave existing users out in the cold come July (the-digital-reader.com)

Nate the greatest writes: Whether it's EA and SimCity, the Sony rootkit scandal, or Ubisoft, we've all read numerous stories about companies using DRM in stupid ways that harm their customers, and now we can add Adobe to the list. Adobe has just announced a new timeline for adoption of their recently launched DRM, and it's going to take your breath away.

In a video posted to Youtube, Adobe reps have stated that Adobe expects all of their ebook partners to start adopting the new DRM in March. This is the same DRM that was launched only a few weeks ago and is already causing problems, but that hasn't stopped Adobe. They also expect all the stores that use Adobe's DRM to sell ebooks (as well as the ebook app and ebook reader developers) to have fully adopted the new ebook DRM by July 2014. That's when Adobe plans to end support for the old DRM (which everyone is using now). Given the dozens and dozens of different ebook readers released over the past few years, including models from companies that have gone under, this is going to present a significant problem for a lot of readers. Few, if any, will be updated in time to meet Adobe's deadline, and that's going to leave many readers unable to buy DRMed ebooks.

Comment Re:Make them spend money (Score 1) 497

I was receieving calls almost daily from similar companies on my cell phone. They would always come up as uknown numbers. I decided to install a phone call recorder on my Android phone. For the next few days I would still recieve calls from unknown numbers, I would still say 'hello', but the odd thing is the other end would just be silent and then... just hang up?! It is like they knew I was recording them. I haven't had any calls since. Very strange.

Submission + - myOpenID to shut down in February (myopenid.com) 1

kriston writes: This is an email sent to myOpenID.com users this afternoon.


I wanted to reach out personally to let you know that we have made the decision to end of life the myOpenID service. myOpenID will be turned off on February 1, 2014.

In 2006 Janrain created myOpenID to fulfill our vision to make registration and login easier on the web for people. Since that time, social networks and email providers such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, LinkedIn and Yahoo! have embraced open identity standards. And now, billions of people who have created accounts with these services can use their identities to easily register and login to sites across the web in the way myOpenID was intended.

By 2009 it had become obvious that the vast majority of consumers would prefer to utilize an existing identity from a recognized provider rather than create their own myOpenID account. As a result, our business focus changed to address this desire, and we introduced social login technology. While the technology is slightly different from where we were in 2006, I’m confident that we are still delivering on our initial promise – that people should take control of their online identity and are empowered to carry those identities with them as they navigate the web.

For those of you who still actively use myOpenID, I can understand your disappointment to hear this news and apologize if this causes you any inconvenience. To reduce this inconvenience, we are delaying the end of life of the service until February 1, 2014 to give you time to begin using other identities on those sites where you use myOpenID today.

Speaking on behalf of Janrain, I truly appreciate your past support of myOpenID.


Larry Drebes, CEO, Janrain, Inc.

Comment Re:Your PM got into power by email leaks (Score 1) 208

Nicky Hager seems like he is more against broad spying powers, so to me it would be a little strange for him to side witht he NSA to leak specific information in order to remove Don Brash - although it wouldn't entirely surprise me either way.

The Dunne issue is very interesting, why should anyone be prosecuted for leaking information about the innapropriate use of spying? If the government has nothing to hide, they have nothing to fear right?

Comment Re:Public opinion doesn't matter (Score 1) 148

You are right, the problem is they are idiots. I honestly think Labour would have passed the bill if they were in power, and then National would be protesting it - it is all just a big puppet show. Even if the they wouldn't passed it, they would have made some other clamitous mistake - I have no faith in them at present. The question is, as a voter, who do you vote for in 2014? Time to become a politician I think.

Comment Re:Public opinion doesn't matter (Score 3, Informative) 148

OP here. New Zealand has a Proportional Representation based governement. This makes it less of a two horse race as every vote counts. Quite minor parties will have representation in government. There are also quite small spending caps for campaigning leading up to elections. For the most part it works quite well, and I still believe it is one of the most truely democratic countries.

This is what makes all of this so much worse, it is the first time in living memory there has been such strong public opposition to a bill and it has been passed anyway. A recent poll suggests 89% of New Zealanders oppose the bill.

There is more than meets the eye here, the way the Prime Minister is forcing this through is very fishy to me, it seems like he is being pushed into it. Here is a quote from a recent press conference:

“Prime Minister, numerous legal jurors have informed us publicly that they disagree with you wholeheartedly, that you are taking broad powers, which would allow you to invade privacyand you are saying that all those people are wrong” a journalist said to Key. “Correct,” the Prime Minister said before immediately interrupting the rest of the question by asking, “Is this a question buddy?”

So, the Human Rights Commission, the Law Society and the general population don't want the bill to pass, and yet it does (just).

Computers are unreliable, but humans are even more unreliable. Any system which depends on human reliability is unreliable. -- Gilb