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Comment: Stupid! (Score 1) 286

by xenobyte (#49527445) Attached to: German Court Rules Adblock Plus Is Legal

How can it not be MY choice to decide what I DON'T want to see on my screen?!?!

I understand that content owners control stuff they create and can require me to pay to view or ban me from viewing, or even from replacing one set of ads with another before passing content to a third party, but they can't prevent me from closing my eyes or looking away so why should they think they can prevent me from removing junk from a webpage?

Comment: Re: question (Score 3, Insightful) 286

by xenobyte (#49527341) Attached to: German Court Rules Adblock Plus Is Legal

A lot of things are forbidden in Europe and we're better off for it. One day you stupid americans will learn that civilization is defined but what we forbid and not by what we allow. The more bans, the more civilized a country is. It's as simple as that.

You're kidding, right? Irony?

In my opinion we would be better off with absolutely no limits on free speech.

Comment: Re:Idiotic Nonsense (Score 2) 141

by xenobyte (#49427711) Attached to: Why CSI: Cyber Matters

I've noticed that every single IP address has at least one segment >255. Perhaps it's a legal thing - their lawyers tell them not to show any address that might be in use by a real entity, and using invalid IPs is their equivilent of a 555 area code?

That is exactly what it is. Saw it as far back as the first "American Pie" movie. The legal angle is to avoid collision with real IPs (or phone numbers) which could result in nasty lawsuits.

Comment: Re: Anonymous Overlay Networks (Score 1) 136

by xenobyte (#49427687) Attached to: Australian ISPs Must Hand Over Pirates' Info

Actually we can win. It is just a matter of not paying for movies and music for long enough and the Big Money will run out of money. Then the artists will have to reorganize in order to continue their career and make a living, and that will be the end of those huge media organizations as the only profitable way of making a living for the artists will be to sell directly to their fans, bypassing everything else thus both making stuff a lot cheaper to buy and to make distribution truly global and immediate - thus eliminating the two most fundamental reasons for pirating.

Comment: Willing to kill but respect a ban on encryption? (Score 1) 161

by xenobyte (#49369237) Attached to: Europol Chief Warns About Computer Encryption

How incredibly likely... You are a fanatic willing to kill scores of innocents but won't use encryption because it's illegal? This has to be the most stupid idea in a long time!

Sorry for shouting but it's so bleeding obvious!

The only people that will respect such a ban would be normal law-abiding people and they are not likely to be interesting to Europol and similar.

Comment: Ed to geoblocking (Score 3, Insightful) 137

...or geodiscrimination as I've always called it must be global and it should have happened 20 years ago.

It is one of the leading causes of piracy (unavailability of products locally) and a serious anachronism in a world long ago gone global communication-wise.

Comment: Just make voter registration automatic! (Score 1) 1089

by xenobyte (#49299385) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

In many civilized countries, voters will receive a voter's card inviting them to vote at each election. To vote you show up with the card and it is matched with a list. In case of issues picture id may be required but that's extremely rare. When validated you get the ballot and do the actual voting.

How hard can that be?

Of course illegals with get no voter's card and cannot vote, but that's to be expected.

If you don't vote you'll have no say in the decisions made but it's all up to you. Making people vote by force will gain noting useful.

Comment: Re:With Uber at least there is tracking and identi (Score 1) 82

by xenobyte (#49299363) Attached to: Taxi Companies Sue Uber For False Advertising On Safety

Aside from experiences, there's also the price. In some countries (Denmark) regular cab fare is pretty expensive and Uber and similar is far cheaper. Until recently it was a requirement that expensive high end cars (usually Mercedes) were used as cabs, and now more regular cars are often used, but the fares are centrally controlled and they have not come down.

Comment: Spread the word! (Score 1) 246

by xenobyte (#49125743) Attached to: In Florida, Secrecy Around Stingray Leads To Plea Bargain For a Robber

Keep spreading the word about this device so that every single person, no matter how stupid, will know this device exists and that it can be used both to locate a specific phone extremely accurately, to access logs and other contents on certain phones, to eavesdrop on conversations and so on. People will also know that it can be used without a warrant so it may be used against them no matter what. Morale? - Don't carry a cellphone to a crime and used encryption software on the phone to ensure that anyone with such a device cannot eavesdrop.

Comment: Re:Offense: (Score 1) 360

by xenobyte (#48671721) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

But - as is the case with the infamous 'updated CDA' from the USA - nobody bothers to actually define the very fuzzy words 'offensive', 'indecent' and 'obscene' which means that you basically can get arrested and punished for saying ANYTHING as it just has to be offensive, indecent or obscene to someone, and you have no way of knowing in advance if you are breaking the law or not. This is exactly why the updates to the CDA has been struck down repeatedly.

It is sad that a supposedly civilized country like the UK has such laws that people can violate without knowing it.

Comment: Not the police! (Score 1) 187

by xenobyte (#48496449) Attached to: Music Publishers Sue Cox Communications Over Piracy

No. No. No.

How many times do we need to repeat these facts?

* Copyright Infringements are not theft !!!
* ISPs are not a police department despite their three-letter acronym 'ISP' !!!

Hopefully some court will slap those stupid publishers with a massive fine for contempt in wasting the courts time and for harassment of random people using evil blackmail tactics.

Comment: Sad (Score 1) 790

I thought Google lived by their "Do no evil" motto, but I guess "Think of the Children!" is more important.

Good thing I only use my gmail as backup. My real mail is handled by my very own private mailserver. Of course a MITM attack is possible against traffic to and from the server but then they need to be explicitly investigating me and then I guess it's okay.

Comment: Why? (Score 1) 228

by xenobyte (#47177889) Attached to: AT&T To Use Phone Geolocation To Prevent Credit Card Fraud

A decade ago I was part of as team coding a fraud detection module for a payment system that looked up where the credit card had been used before and compared it with the current usage location and calculated a travel speed between the two. If the speed was reasonable and feasible all was well, but no consumer travels a warp speed between remote locations on our planet so that would raise a red flag. For online transactions it used the customer IP to geolocate the card user, not the location of the shop - of course.

Why reinvent a similar technology and add unnecessary complications like a cellphone, which may even be lent out during the vacation to avoid obscene roaming charges?

Comment: Re:USA, the land of freedom (Score 1) 304

by xenobyte (#47054865) Attached to: Why Lavabit Shut Down

You'll probably want to drop Sweden from the list; considering they're acting as the bagman for DC's efforts to get their hands on Julian Assange.

Please look at the facts before spouting (off topic) bullshit.

What facts? - The facts I know supports what SvnLyrBrto is saying.

Both Sweden and the UK are going above and beyond to get their hands on Julian Assange in connection with an insignificant charge of alleged rape of two women who both had consensual sex with him and later changed their minds. This screams bullshit, scam, and 'bad excuse' to get their hands on him, as none of these countries have ever made an effort like this to get at a real rapist - one of those that grab people on the street and rapes them - so it makes no sense not to just have a warrant issued at Interpol and then have him arrested the next time he crosses a border.

No, the UK police actually sits 24/7 outside the Ecuadorian embassy in London waiting for him to leave the building, and have done so for years now, and the Swedish police insists that they want to question him on Swedish ground, not using a video link or face to face at the embassy where he stays. This also makes no sense and is totally out of character. People appear in Swedish courts using video feeds from hospital beds and similar all the time, and they travel often to interview witnesses or similar outside Sweden. Even mass murderers get less attention than Julian Assange.

"Take that, you hostile sons-of-bitches!" -- James Coburn, in the finale of _The_President's_Analyst_