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Comment: Re:But can it protect users against the Stingray? (Score 3, Informative) 59

Yes, it will protect you. The government will still be able to intercept and listen to your calls, data and text, but they will be encrypted and they will not be able to know what you were talking about.

Expect NSA to hack Silent Circle to obtain the keys, though...

Comment: Re:Armegeddon for indigenous marine life. (Score 5, Insightful) 197

by thoriumbr (#49165981) Attached to: World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK
No, it's not that horrible. England have about 16.000 miles (kilometers? I don't remember) of coast. The proposed generators will take about 30 miles. There will be plenty of coast left to all marine species. It's not a full perimeter siege, it's just a few barricades here and there.

Bonus points: it wont flood any place in land that is not actually flooded twice a day, it won't send more carbon into the air, will not release any radioactive isotopes, does not need a lot of rare metals, will not increase temperature.

Comment: Re:You can at least make it hard for them (Score 3, Insightful) 343

He knows what he is saying. He said that if you are targetted in a high-skill, high-focus attack, it's basically game over.

It's like defending yourself from a random mugging on the streets and surviving a professional hitman. You can make it harder to be attacked by a random hacker or a unfocused hacker, but it's impossible to defend yourself from all kinds of attacks of a very skilled hacker focused on attacking you.

Comment: Re:Why virtual currencies are ineffective (Score 4, Insightful) 144

by thoriumbr (#48627685) Attached to: Will Ripple Eclipse Bitcoin?
It's because you are using the cryptocoin wrong. They are not means of holding wealth, but as means of transfering wealth.

If I need to transfer EUR from USA to France, I will have to pay my local bank in USD, convert to EUR, pay the transfer fees, and my counterpart will have to pay some fees there too. Depending on the amount, we both will have to explain something to our governments too.

Using bitcoin I just buy some coins, send them, and my counterpart sells them. Nice, easy, fast, and no taxes, fees or government explanations to give.

People keeps bitcoins on hand because it is increasing in price, but they were not intended to be used like this. You can use as you wish, but if the market breaks down, it's all your fault.

% APL is a natural extension of assembler language programming; ...and is best for educational purposes. -- A. Perlis