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Comment: Why not let them rot instead? (Score 1) 575

by shirque (#38116032) Attached to: Full Disk Encryption Hard For Law Enforcement To Crack

unless the arrestee gives up his password, which he doesn't have to do

Coercive detention, anyone? Maybe not an option in the US, fifth amendment and all, although -- because of the very nature of common law -- that's a matter of interpretation, but certainly in most civil law systems (e.g. continental Europe).

Comment: Re:Definition of 'doing business', please! (Score 1) 168

by shirque (#38013460) Attached to: Upcoming EU Data Law Will Make Europe Tricky For Social Networks

I agree with most of what you two said, albeit solely on a theoretical basis. The EU (or rather its member states) could freeze assets, issue warrants or hold fiduciaries responsible -- but let's keep it real here:

a) The 'international community' never ostracises even the maddest of tyrants until their time in power is clearly running out, only then enacting said measures for fear of losing business; even if e.g. Facebook's importance on the EU's economy is obviously nowhere near e.g. Gaddafi's, most European companies still consider social networks to be a valuable communication tool nowadays, be it through astroturfing or genuine customer care. Being unable, as in forbidden by law, to do business on the already established and popular ones, which in effect are all US-based right now, could quickly become a competitive disadvantage compared to their non-European competition who'd face no such restriction.

b) Sure, a pan-European substitute for Facebook might be created, possibly even with the help of billions of EU money in subsidies, just to prove a point, but would it - realistically - be accepted on a pan-European level as well? There are currently 23 official working languages recognised by the EU, but no real lingua franca, if you don't count broken English. In most European countries or language areas there already are local/national social networks that challenge Facebook on per-capita numbers, but what they are largely missing is the broader scope of, for instance, being able to discuss world events, your favourite sports league's result or even your kittens with someone you couldn't meet in your corner cafe anyway, a restraint sailing around which Facebook seems to manage better in comparison, despite (or because of?) the language barrier.

c) Even if the issued legislation was meant to protect EU citizens from abuse, the public opinion about it could nevertheless turn against the parties/politicians propagating measures to enforce it, be it the banning of entire sites (which, as /. comments prove, never goes down well with certain demographics) or just preventing your auntie from buying virtual sheep for FarmVille. It's not like anyone who has any insight is holding any politician in high regard anymore, and for sure whoever controls the means of communication used by the majority of the electorate has a certain power to influence the vote henceforth.

The voting masses are not that stupid anymore, I hope, that at least some of them won't notice the hypocrisy of politicians who not only postulate that almost infinite retention of internet, telephony, flight, account, ... data by state agencies is fair, just and in any case necessary, but who also agree to sharing it freely and warrantlessly with United States and other authorities (for the cause of the war on terror, that goes without saying), while at the same time keeping up appearances of fighting for the citizens' privacy against evil foreign economic forces who are willing to violate your innermost sacrosanctity just to make a fast buck.

Seems more like an egomaniacal turf war to me.

Comment: Definition of 'doing business', please! (Score 2) 168

by shirque (#38010494) Attached to: Upcoming EU Data Law Will Make Europe Tricky For Social Networks

Say Facebook et al. won't surrender to these new regulations, for whatever reasons. So according to the proposal, these social networks would no longer be allowed to do business on the EU's internal market â" which would be enforced exactly how? By blocking their DNS entries on a pan-European level, pissing of dozens of millions of users (i.e. voters); or at least those who aren't tech-savy enough to circumvent such futile attempts in the first place?

Bring it on, I'd say! Let's see who holds the whip hand.

Comment: Re:Past dates (Score 4, Informative) 2254

by shirque (#35012604) Attached to: Slashdot Launches Re-Design

Loading a page like this - - used to retrieve all of that day's (in your timezone) stories at once.

Now the best you can do is call up to get about a fifth of the stories and then browse through up to four more pages for the rest of the day's news.

I can imagine you're desperate for clicks like any other commercial web site but surely you can't be serious with suddenly making yours *that* user-unfriendly?

Also, about half of the stories seem to be headline-only instead of Headline, Author/Date, from the x-y-z dept. & Summary. Both 'Options' and 'Account' seem to offer a chance to change that behaviour but I can't seem to get all the stories to display fully.

Comment: Glide Wrappers (Score 0) 156

by shirque (#33972334) Attached to: 3dfx Voodoo Graphic Card Emulation Coming To DOSBox
I may be completely wrong here but I don't think there actually were more than a handful of DOS games using Glide: Blood, Carmageddon, Descent 2, Mechwarriors 2, Screamer 2, Shadow Warrior and Tomb Raider come to mind, plus maybe a few more obscure ones. I'm not trying to belittle the developers' efforts but I think what most gamers interested in re-playing the majority of their old favourites are really looking for are Glide Wrappers. These emulate Voodoo cards in Windows using Direct X or OpenGL. Some of these haven't been developed in years or will ever see their final version, but I remember playing Unreal on WinXP from end to end in all its 3dfx glory fairly recently using Zeckensack's wrapper with just a few visual glitches.

Comment: Re:The CIA might need to break the law?!?!? (Score 0) 123

by shirque (#33940914) Attached to: Pirated Software Could Bring Down Predator Drones

this would [..] force the CIA to [..] break the law in their use of the pirated software

So they're free to execute suspected potential terrorists in ambush without proper trial or sentencing, but are expected to follow the letter of the law when it comes to "intellectual property"? Is the irony of it all completely lost on the submitter? Kinda reminds me of that quote from Apocalypse Now: 'We teach young men to drop fire on people but won't allow them to write FUCK on their airplanes - because THAT would be obscene.'

Comment: Three wheels on Fox News' wagon (Score 0) 671

by shirque (#33275204) Attached to: Controversy Arises Over Taliban Option In <em>Medal of Honor</em>

So the Taliban have been hiding in Iraq after all, not just in Afghanistan? Don't think so. That soldier's mother should rather channel her understandable anger and grief by denouncing the politicians responsible for needlessly invading Iraq and sending her son there to his pointless death than to take exception to a game that let's people unbeknownst to her play as members of a party that in her case isn't even to blame for her son's death.

Comment: Export restrictions? (Score 1) 321

by shirque (#32647852) Attached to: Made-For-Torrents Sci-Fi Drama "Pioneer One" Debuts
The way this series is being produced may be laudably akin to the ideals of the open source movement but at least one of their distribution channels is rather reminiscent of DRM-infested proprietary IP -- thanks to the provided Veehd stream telling me that this video is not available in your country.

Comment: Re:Maybe there could be gov. regulation of ATM des (Score 1) 143

by shirque (#27239755) Attached to: Card-Sniffing Malware On Diebold ATMs
You don't need Windows however to have Microsoft crash your cash dispenser - about ten years ago, I saw an ATM in Florence display A)nnulla, R)iprova, T)ralascia, E)limina? - which is of course the Italian equivalent of MS DOS's notorious yet futile Abort, Retry, Ignore, Fail? option menu upon hardware failure...

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