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Comment: Re:I Spy.... (Score 1) 213

by rastos1 (#47429895) Attached to: After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

Most countries do have spy agencies. And they often do have some reasons for that. But do they spy on their allies? Do they spy on general public? Care to to link some info about countries that do the spying and that are not in G8 and are not China or Korea?

Sure, you were joking. But you are just trying to show that "everybody does it". The point is not only that that is not an excuse. The point is that it is not even remotely true.

+ - US 'Kidnapped' Hacker who is Son of Russian Member of Parliament->

Submitted by DavidGilbert99
DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "Over the weekend the US arrested 30-year-old Russian hacker Roman Valerevich Seleznev charging him with numerous counts of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft for stealing hundreds of thousand of credit card details during 2009 to 2011. On Tuesday it was revealed that Seleznev is the son of Russian member of parliament Valery Seleznev who said he had not been able to speak to his son but added: "This is a monstrous lie and a provocative act.""
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Comment: Re:Except, of course, they have to prove you can (Score 2) 560

by rastos1 (#47328343) Attached to: Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

Remember that Everything you say will be used to burn you. Cops can lie and get away with it, and if you lie to a cop, you're fried. Do not believe anything they say, and don't try to talk your way out of it because you'll lose.

Out of interest - what makes a lawyer so special that he can talk to the cops? Are lawyers vaccinated against cop-tricks or something?

Comment: Are customer able to evaulate that objectively? (Score 5, Insightful) 254

by rastos1 (#47299957) Attached to: The Bursting Social Media Advertising Bubble

62% of the more than 18,000 U.S. consumers it polled said social media had no influence on their buying decisions.

Are the customers able to recognize whether they got influenced? I thought that current advertising methods are predominantly trying to influence subconsciousness rather then consciousness decisions.

Comment: Re:you should be able to... (Score 1) 249

by rastos1 (#47220589) Attached to: New Permission System Could Make Android Much Less Secure

I mean seriously, $(app vendor), your app does not need access to my location and/or phone calls in order for me to do $(menial computation X).

You mistakenly assume that "for you to do $(menial computation X)" is a reason why $(app vendor) wrote the app. It's not. He wrote it to make money. From advertising. Which can be done better if he can "access your location and/or has access to your phone calls".

Comment: Re:... and with systemd. (Score 1) 231

by rastos1 (#47211553) Attached to: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Released

As I understand it, Metro removes abilities from the end user, while systemd actually enhances the end user by providing many more powerful features in an easy to use manner.

As an example: systemd removes the ability to run a grep on the plain text log file. And replaces it with something else. Metro also takes away the ability to do some stuff and replaces it with something that the marketing department claims to be just as capable or even more. And perhaps it's all fine when you are within the boundaries that the marketing department envisions. But Linux was never about keeping yourself within some borders. We want tweak and poke, replace X with Y and customize to no end. You can't beat flexibility of a shell script combined with textutils/binutils/fileutils.

Comment: Re:... and with systemd. (Score 1) 231

by rastos1 (#47211033) Attached to: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Released

But the main thing isn't so much that old style script init systems are inherently bad, but that they don't work well with modern day computing.

Strangely it reminds me of Metro UI on Windows that may be nice/useful on tablet/phone but was pushed by MS also to places where it does not belong: desktop or even server.

Similarly systemd may have it's uses for some specific systems and for all I care go ahead. But if systemd is going to take over my workstation and turn the boot process into something that is difficult to read/modify/log/... then I'm not going to be happy.

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