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Comment: Re:Blah blah DRM blah blah (Score 1) 131

by jonwil (#48629299) Attached to: To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

I see nothing to indicate this region lock stops anyone from buying games from the US Steam store. All it does is stops people who aren't in Russia from buying from the Russian Steam store at Russian prices and people who are in Russia from buying from the Russian Steam store then gifting the game to someone not in Russia.

Comment: This is not a new bill... (Score 1) 61

by jonwil (#48628917) Attached to: Australia Moves Toward New Restrictions On Technology Export and Publication

This is not a new bill, it is an amendment to the "Defence Trade Controls Act 2012".

I see nothing to suggest that, say, exporting open source cryptographic software without a permit is more illegal under this bill than it is as things stand right now. I did 6 months working for Motorola doing software development back in 2005 or so and I remember they had training and stuff regarding export controls including export controls on cryptography.

The actual list of what is export controlled is the same list as used in every other country that is a signatory to the same international export control treaty.

As for the bill itself, if it (or the bill it amends) DOES make exporting cryptography (or other software) illegal (or if that stuff is otherwise illegal) then people should use the public consultation process (or letters to their local MPs and senators) asking for exemptions that cover open source software so that it becomes possible to continue development and use of such software in Australia.

Comment: Only have to hit one site. (Score 2) 470

by Gehenna_Gehenna (#48625985) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

It's not a concern about maniacs hitting 18,000 theaters simultaneously, its about hitting one. Even if a single theater is attacked by one moron doing a copy cat attack, the people injured could sue the living bejesus out of Sony, and an the PR spin would be even worse than it is now. Personally, I think it should be leaked to the internet, so about a billion people can see what only a few million would have seen otherwise, and then release and uncut directors version on DVD 6 months from now after all this insanity has died down.

Comment: Resellers (Score 2, Insightful) 131

by rsilvergun (#48625525) Attached to: To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games
It's not about revenue, it's about shady resellers. Steam was cheerfully ignoring your Russian buddy gifting you games for ages until a few high profile cases of shady resellers selling bad keys. As has been pointed out in the rest of this thread you can still buy a game in Russia and play it in the US. You just can't gift them anymore. Steam is killing of the key resellers so that ppl knew to Steam and computers don't get ripped off by them.

Comment: Are You Joking? (Score 3, Interesting) 174

by eldavojohn (#48625017) Attached to: US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

> It is not known how the US government has determined that North Korea is the culprit

Of course it's known. The same way they established that Iraq had chemical weapons. The method is known as "because we say so".

Are you joking? I thought it was well established that there were chemical weapons in Iraq we just only found weapons designed by us, built by Europeans in factories in Iraq. And therefore the US didn't trumpet their achievements. In the case of Iraqi chemical weapons, the US established that Iraq had chemical weapons not because they said so but because Western countries had all the receipts.

Comment: Re:How do you do that? (Score 1) 535

by drinkypoo (#48624561) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

You can't take down a full movie theatre with one suicide bomber, you would need several (at least one for each screen, somehow synchronized to maximize damage).

So you attend several ahead of time and plant bombs while you're there, there's loads of places in the average theater where you could hide an explosive. Then you set them off by cellphone. It's not rocket surgery. That nobody has done this already proves just how few terrists there actually are active on merican soil.

Comment: Re:Boycott (Score 1) 535

by drinkypoo (#48624549) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

You're missing the point. They didn't choose not to show the movie because of a terrorist threat. They chose not to show the movie because it would cost them money. Regardless of what they say, they are not taking the threat seriously.

They are acting like they are, so the damage is done. They have promoted kowtowing to terrorists.

What they are taking seriously is the number of customers who would choose not to come see The Interview

That sounds to me like taking it seriously.

Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 1) 332

by drinkypoo (#48624523) Attached to: Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

Encryption has a cost, it isn't free.

Thermodynamics, how does it work!@!@@#!!

It increases CPU utilisation and power consumption.

Negligibly for the user; only slightly for the server end if specialized hardware is used.

It interferes with caching

Only at the proxy level.

and reduces network efficiency.

...and only if you're using proxy caching.

This is a dumb idea. A very dumb idea.

It's still smarter than making it easy to intercept your communications.

You say dumb, but some of us have been calling for end-to-end encryption of all communications since forever. If we have a right to privacy, then we should protect it by default. To me, dumb is enabling a surveillance state by not using encryption. In fact, I call that evil.

Comment: Speaking of theft, what about actual theft? (Score 0) 101

by drinkypoo (#48624507) Attached to: RFID-Blocking Blazer and Jeans Could Stop Wireless Identity Theft

These clothes will be easy to steal, because you can just wrap them up in a wad and they will block their own theft tag. And once you've stolen them, you can use them to steal other items, because they will block theft tags. Sounds awesome for theives and like total wankery for everyone else.

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