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Comment: Re:Updates (Score 1) 118

i'm hoping for Adblock to work on commercial TV

How will that work if ads are not coming from a different source, and are not marked somehow to be ads? Maybe this will change, but now it's a continuous stream, and yes there is an online tv guide, but that doesn't tell us anything about commercial breaks.

Comment: Re:not outside the jurisdiction of the NSA (Score 1) 135

by rvw (#49653015) Attached to: Dropbox Moves Accounts Outside North America To Ireland

This has nothing to do with the NSA (the NSA will get anything they want - legally or not, if you think otherwise you are pathetic).

This has to do with the legal bounds of the American court. If the service provider is stationned outside America and has local TOS, then it is outside the jurisdiction of the court. You cannot demand information that can be used in American civil cases. The NSA information can not be used in those cases unless they can prove it is legally handed to them.

If NSA information was illegally obtained, then they won't use it in court, but outside of court. If they have all files from a suspected dropbox user, it will reveal all kind of things about the user. Analyzing this will result in other leads, which can be used to get a normal court order.

Comment: Re: Hahah (Score 1) 246

Ruin a child life? Mistakes that a child do? Are you really that stupid? Kids (children) these days kill, rape and other things that were typical for adults. You screw up like an adult, screw them like an adult.

Well except this kid didn't murder, didn't rape.

And he didn't screw up like an adult, he screwed up as a kid!

Comment: Re:Hahah (Score 1) 246

Splendid, and you will pay the absurd amounts of money necessary to keep him shuttling between the courts, prison and probation for the rest of his life.

American justice -- the second biggest demonstration of the broken window fallacy since Operation Iraqi Freedom.

How is this the second biggest demonstration of failed politics? This is clearly bigger. The failed justice system in the US is a far bigger problem - in the US - than the war in Iraq.

Comment: Re:One word: Cloud (Score 5, Insightful) 246

Better question: What kind of kid who at least *thinks* he might be capable of hacking the school's system wouldnt be aware of cloud storage/backup? Clearly setting a fire would do nothing to cloud stored data.

In the western world we know that children think and reason differently, don't oversee all consequences of their actions, and because of that we try them differently, in juvenile court. A 15 year old who did not perform on a test, panics and does something stupid. Panic means: no reasoning, no oversight, and the existence of backups is totally forgotten, even if he knows about it.

In the US there is a tendency to try more children as adults, especially when the crime is big, like murder. This is the general tendency resulting from rage and frustration when people are not satisfied with their own situation, and they need someone to blame. They need a black sheep.

This is not a big crime. If the school burnt down, if someone died, that would have been something else. It could have, but it didn't. It's the same when you stab someone with a knife. If two people do this to two victims, stab them in a similar way, and one dies, the other not, the sentences will be different, although intentions and acts in this (imaginative) case are similar.

Nobody was hurt, the next day it was business as usual. So give this kid a reasonable sentence for the damage done, and let him have a chance to see his error and learn from it. The lesson should be that he was lucky that this didn't turn into something really big. Next time his luck may change, and this experience may hold him back then. Send him to prison for seven years and he will come out as a wreck or as a professional criminal. Who wants that?

Comment: Re:Most Linux distros ship with malware by default (Score 1) 180

by rvw (#49599437) Attached to: Unnoticed For Years, Malware Turned Linux Servers Into Spamming Machines

Decent people don't want to be associated with people like MikeeUSA, the fact that the anti-systemd people seem happy to associate with him isn't going to help their cause.

What about this one: "decent people don't want to be associated with people like Hitler, the fact that the vegetarian people seem happy to associate with him isn't going to help their cause."

See what I did there? (no, that doesn't qualify as Godwin, not yet)

I'm one of these anti-systemd people, and I don't want to be associated in anyway with a troll like MikeeUSA. He's behavior has nothing to do with accepting or not systemd and trying to make some kind of true-scotman-non-sequitur-bullshit out of it is utter non-sense.

Wikipedia about Godwin:

Godwin's Law is an Internet adage asserting that "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1" — that is, if an online discussion (regardless of topic or scope) goes on long enough, sooner or later someone will compare someone or something to Hitler or Nazism.

This is a perfect example - even if it is not a troll, even if it's meant to tell us that this is not a Godwin, even if meant as a serious answer.

Comment: Re:Red Cross (Score 1) 39

How many people would think to first check the Red Cross website first

To be honest, I would have expected the Red Cross to have more important things to do and I wouldn't want to bother them.

Then again, I would have thought people in a disaster would have more important things to do than to go on Facebook.

The Red Cross is a big organisation. They probably have their own IT department, which is located somewhere in Europe or the US, or maybe even in India, but not on the location of the disaster. IT is essential to an organization like the RC, for themselves, but also for victims.

One essential part of recovery from a disaster is stress release. If you know what happened to your family, that saves you from a lot of stress, the stress of uncertainty, even in the case that they are dead. If they are alive, you can contact them, and that helps them recover more easily. Social contact is essential.

Facebook and Google could put a link to the RC website on top of their page for all people who login from Nepal, but better they should use their own site and create an API to the RC database, and sync data.

Comment: Re:Trus but verify... not (Score 1) 67

by rvw (#49518035) Attached to: Tor Is Building the Next Generation Dark Net With Funding From DARPA

"The government" isn't one big entity. There are a lot of agencies in it and some have very conflicting goals. Even in the NSA itself some will be working on securing everything more so that their government is safe from spying while others will be working on breaking everything more, so that other governments can be spied on.

And isn't this just really a grant? Its not like darpa controls the implementation, they just point out what they want to be worked on, no?

I suppose the code is open source, and I guess that code will be closely monitored. If they really want secure code, to secure agents abroad or even locally to make sure they cannot be tracked down, this is a good thing for everybody.

Comment: Re:Your government at work (Score 0) 336

you don't have to like the USA, but if you look at the leadership of the USA, and you look at the leadership of ISIS, and you see the same kind of people, you aren't announcing an understanding of the world, you are merely announcing that you have a horribly stunted social defect, and no grasp on moral reasoning

the usa has done horrible horrible things in the world. but to examine their motivations, actions, targets, etc., and see the same as ISIS on those measures, you're a moron on this topic. there's no other nicer way to say it. and it's not a baseless insult to call you that. it's an objective appraisal of the quality of the words you have written and the topic at hand. you're a socially stunted individual who should stop talking about a topic you lack the social abilities to understand

The USA just has a better track record at covering up. Look at who supported and designed the terror in Chili and Argentina in the 60s and 70s: CIA, with the helping hand of Ford Motor Company and Chicago University. Of course, the CIA didn't do any torture or killing, they just advised and gave support. Ford supplied cars and "students". Look at how Iraq is destroyed by US presence.

Now the CIA blame Iran for destroying Iraq - how ironic! Wasn't it the CIA who helped the Shah take power in a country that was on its way to a very reasonable democracy? If the US had kept out of Iran and Iraq, and hadn't helped Israel abuse its power in Palestine, I doubt if ISIS would have existed.

What ISIS does is horrific, but it's completely comparable to all terror done in South America by Pinochet and by the military in Brasil and Argentina.

Comment: Re:Commercially makes sense ... maybe (Score 1) 148

by rvw (#49291137) Attached to: Apple May Start Accepting Android Phones As Trade-Ins

we're back to the days of cherry picking the most expensive not apple vendors and using those to justify apple's prices. There's more to the android market than samsung and HTC, and they're losing marketshare to other smaller players that are allowed to exist in the android model unlike apple's ecosystem.

My next phone will absolutely not be one of these overpriced locked down messes.

Well at least he named examples, you just made claims so who are those smaller vendors who offer smartphones that have the same performance and are qualitatively comparable to the HCT and Samsung flagship smartphones, but at significantly lower prices?

He didn't make the claim that those cheaper devices were comparable in performance. I'm with him. My Sony Z1 is good enough for me, and for half the price. Paying $900 for a phone that will last for two years - not for me!

Comment: Re:Blah blah blah. (Score 0, Troll) 82

by rvw (#49232195) Attached to: South African Government Issues Plans To Censor Internet

The budget deficit in the US is also unsustainable in the long run. You guys must enjoy being able to "print" the reserve currency while it lasts.

Keeping the budget deficit high and preferably making it bigger is key to neoliberal politics. The higher the deficit, the less money is available for all those leftist / socialist / communist hobbies like healthcare plans, unemployment benefits etc. Obama has done his fair deal to repair things, like his healthcare plan, but the problems that Bush has created in eight years cannot be undone in eight years. That will take much longer.

Comment: Re:gpg (Score 2) 309

by rvw (#49125809) Attached to: Moxie Marlinspike: GPG Has Run Its Course

I've used GPG since... I don't even know, for a very long time. However, since I communicate a lot internationally, and I don't know (and I don't want to know) about every country's regulations regarding encryption, I gave up sending encrypted e-mails at the very beginning, but I still always sign my mails. I never even thought about how many people use or don't use GPG, it's just been there, ever so useful - and I think that's good so. I think "run its course" is harsh though. Why? Because one Moxie Marlinspike says so? Bollocks. If it's useful - and it is -, it's good to have it.

Not only that, but look at the Enigmail interface. Once it's installed and configured, it's only clicking the icons in the status bar and entering a password. I sign all mail as well.

Reactor error - core dumped!