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Comment: Re:Police?? (Score 1) 298

by rvw (#48017743) Attached to: Piracy Police Chief Calls For State Interference To Stop Internet "Anarchy"

As a territorial police force of sworn constables, are they responsible for proposing laws?
Because that's what they're doing here.

Responsible for proposing laws? They are free to do so - whether you like it or not. Join a political party or some lobby group, whether it's "bad" corporate lobbying, or "good" NGO stuff, you can even start something yourself - and you can be part of the fun as well.

Comment: Re:Congratulations to India and everyone involved (Score 1) 173

by rvw (#47982317) Attached to: Mangalyaan Successfully Put Into Mars Orbit

Exploration of space and the solar system is mostly for fun. It's interesting to see what other places look like, but it's unlikely that it is going to affect us a species. Earth observing satellites will have a greater impact on that.

In your lifetime probably yes. When the first trains started to move in the early 1800s, you could probably say the same.

Comment: Re:Standing on the Shoulders of Giants (Score 1) 173

by rvw (#47981287) Attached to: Mangalyaan Successfully Put Into Mars Orbit

Could it be they succeeded in part because much of the previous experience?

Either way, great job doing it on their first attempt and cheapest.

You should reverse the question: Will NASA be able to build on this "previous" experience? Would they be able to send a rocket to Mars for $75m, in end of 2015?

Comment: Re:Next wave of phishing? (Score 1) 149

by rvw (#47612463) Attached to: Gmail Recognizes Addresses Containing Non-Latin Characters

However this really should be part of the RFC, or else anyone banning mixed names would be "non compliant". If the RCF does not specify this then the best that gmail (or any other system could do) would be to prevent people registering mixed names themselves and giving a warning (and maybe colour characters) if email is recieived from an address with mixed scripts.

Gmail, Microsoft and Yahoo and others like gmx, universities, big companies should simply refuse these mails. Microsoft should make Exchange so that this is the default way for handling these mails. The same goes for qmail, postfix etc. But that won't be enough.

As another commenter said, you can make up latin looking names using cyrillic characters, and we won't notice. How do you catch that? I guess this will the the time that PGP will prove it's value.

Comment: Re:Next wave of phishing? (Score 2) 149

by rvw (#47612317) Attached to: Gmail Recognizes Addresses Containing Non-Latin Characters

Worse; they will come from, or, only those o's and a's will be Cyrillic or something like that (can't do it here; Slashdot doesn't display them).

When you mix Latin htmail with a Cyrillic o to get hotmail, Google and all email programs should refuse that address immediately, mark it as spam, make the address red with a warning sign etc. Mixing character sets should not be allowed in a domain or in a username. So the username may be all Cyrillic or Greek, the domain name may be all Chinese or Latin, and these may mix, but no mixes in the domain name or username itself.

Comment: Re:The American Dream (Score 2) 570

by rvw (#47564767) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

even in communist countries, they didn't have much but at the very least they had an apartment for themselves!

Yes, because in communistic countries, you don't get to keep what you make. I fled one of those countries. My income tax was 52% and the sales tax was 21%. The government would happily fund up to the equivalent of $2000 to those who had no job (regardless of whether or not that was by choice).

Support the country you live in, or go live in the country you support.

52% is quite normal tax for higher incomes in the EU, but we're not a communist country, although if you're from the US you might think differently. We use it to support everything that makes our country a place many people want to live. Except that those who live here complain a lot about too many people wanting to live here, and they complain about taxes of course.

Most families here have an appartment of their own. And chances to get extremely rich here are probably much smaller than in the US, but chances to have a reasonable life are higher.

Neckties strangle clear thinking. -- Lin Yutang