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Comment: Re:I hereby ascertain the bankruptcy of Greece. (Score 1) 793 793

lol. The entire Swiss financial sector is only about 7-10% of the GDP and that includes things like pensions and insurance, both of which are huge. The idea that Switzerland is floated by money laundering is propaganda distributed by other western governments who have a weaker or non-existent commitment to financial privacy (normally we like privacy here on slashdot, right?). Mostly the USA and UK because they think, without evidence, that you can catch terrorists by reading their bank statements.

Additionally, it requires some extreme doublethink to claim that a country which is famously neutral and hasn't been at war for over 150 years has "long profited from plunder, war and genocide". Normally it's the countries doing the fighting that plunder!

Comment: Re:Citizen of Belgium here (Score 1) 793 793

You know why Germany wanted everyone in on the Euro? Because sans Euro, German exports drive the Deutschmark through the roof, German exports promptly tank, and everyone else has a fair shot of attracting investment

They could also attract those exports by simply lowering their own prices. Greece has not done that because it preferred to borrow the money than lower its standards of living. One way or another the result is the same: there's nothing magical about a floating currency.

Comment: Re:Not kill the messenger ... (Score 1) 113 113

The cause as much grief as possible argument fails since he was not arrested or charged with anything. He buys a new computer, restores from backups, and continues on with his research. Yes, a great inconvenience, hardly silencing a researcher or inflicting as much pain as possible for a government. Its way premature to cry censorship, its crying wolf as things stand at the moment.

Or is it an inconvenience for his employer? A work computer that gets replaced?

Comment: Re: No, Apple doesn't restore some user metadata (Score 1) 253 253

Funny, apple always restores my Matches, even after deleting the original with the name and composer I've given it. As I listen to a lot of international music and can read Cyrillic and Hanzi I prefer to have the names in the original language

Are you sure its a match? Check the iCloud Status of files. Its either Purchased, Matched or Uploaded.

If Matched is this in the same iTunes session?

You sure its your edits and not that Apple is also using the original language?

Comment: Re:Not kill the messenger ... (Score 1) 113 113

it might be that the censorship is an unintentional consequence of a police investigation of a genuine criminal activity with genuine probable cause.

That's my point, with the caveat that its not really censorship since the goal is not to silence anyone but to investigate a crime.

Again, all I'm saying is that its premature to claim censorship. As I said in the beginning all we can say for sure at this point is that it was rude to seize the equipment without asking for cooperation. Facts and opinions may change as more info unfolds.

But the above actions indicate the police did not think the researcher would be cooperative in the investigation. Why?

Might be standard procedure to seize evidence without warning to prevent tampering.

A researcher might want to not disclose contact with a black hat, a source of information. Removing evidence of any contact. The black hat might be the actual target of the police investigation.

Comment: Re:Throw it all out (Score 1) 278 278

Right. The software handling such input would be the OS, or at least its shell. We had that already too, it was called 'Active Desktop' and it sucked horribly. Today, they call it 'semantic desktop' and it still sucks. For whatever reason, MS, apple, google, and others keep trying to bring it back, and make it stick where it doesn't belong.

Comment: Re: Good (Score 2, Informative) 793 793

Obviously the austerity measures that have already been implemented had a negative impact, making it impossible for the country to grow economically

At the time Syriza came to power the Greek economy had started growing again, albeit slowly, and the government had a primary budget surplus. This was despite that many of the obvious reforms Europe wanted hadn't been done.

Yes, the economy had shrunk a lot. No surprise - a big chunk of the Greek economy was simply jobs programs created by the state in order to buy votes. No way to fix Greece without jettisoning that part. But the reforms are mostly common sense and if Greece had stuck with them, the turnaround that was underway could probably have continued. But - they voted for Syriza instead. Syriza immediately started undoing the reforms of the previous government and, guess what, pushed Greece further under water.

Comment: Re:Good deal! (Score 2) 793 793

We'll soon see how well they do without either.

Very badly, without a doubt. A humanitarian crisis is now looking not just thinkable but downright likely. The EU will pay vastly greater sums before the Greek crisis is over, if only because a failed state within the Schengen zone would make the current EU migrant problems look like a Sunday picnic in comparison.

Waves of starving Greek refugees who cannot afford food fleeing a country beset by blackouts and riots is something that Europe cannot afford, and thus, there is really no option but to continue massive wealth transfers into Greece. The only question is how the EU will ensure the Greek government is replaced with a proxy government, without triggering even greater problems.

One thing is for sure. All the people who voted OXI in the referendum thinking they would be taking control of their own destiny are deluded. Greece is about to fall apart. They will end up grabbing any lifelines the EU gives them regardless of how they voted.

Comment: Re:Good for greece (Score 5, Insightful) 793 793

They have demonstrated perfectly why democracy is a failure, even while being a shining beacon of it.

Democracy is not a failure, don't be silly. There are lots of democratic countries that have managed to get a grip on public spending. Most obviously, Germany. Less obviously, the UK just went through an election where the party promising more austerity won a clear victory. California went through a massive crisis where they took their state to the brink due to referendums allowing the creation of unfunded mandates, but last I heard they had learned their lesson and got that problem under control. And so on, and so on.

What's more, it's not like dictatorships are all paragons of budgetary discipline. Far from it.

So whilst undoubtably there will be many further spending crises in advanced nations, democracy is not the problem - it just means a society has to learn to control their borrowing impulses as a group.

It's time to boot, do your boot ROMs know where your disk controllers are?