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Comment Too much regard for engineers... (Score 1) 568

Every time the cofee spills I like to remember that that shit was designed by an engineer.
I do the same for every poorly designed thing I get in my daily life. Certified engineers make/design/develop the programs I work with and they are a piece o shit, just like the cofee machine, the toiled and the elevator. The gutter in my house, my refrigerator and that building that will be demolished who knows when.

There are plenty of engineering fields and people suck in all of them. The fact that programming is not being done properly doesn't mean we should stop calling them engineers.

Comment Re:Interesting philosophical dilemma (Score 1) 418

Because someone will build devices for that market that do comply

Yes, Baidu is really strong. But it is up to the UK people to decide what kind of country they want.

Participating in massive human rights violations is not ethical, even if you tell yourself you are doing it to protect people from greater harm. That is exactly what the UK government is planning to do (terrorists in their case, bad programmers in your case).

Comment Read the official opKKK twitter account (Score 1) 546

They state that the release will happen on the 5th of November (of course).
They also warn about the pastebin with fake names.

The twitter account that released the pastebin with the government officials that are clearly not KKK is


For any information about #OpKKK we will refer to the official .@Operation_KKK twitter account

Comment Effects operations (Score 2) 245

Most of what the article says is that the Russians were evil and paranoids, that they were afraid of what the NSA and GCHQ call effects operations, but that keyword (and the fact that they were right to be afraid) is not mentioned in the article. Very strange to forget that after two years of Snowden. Here is an article about psyops and effects operations, it mentions the 4 D's (deny, disrupt, degrade, deceive). Check these pages to get a sense of how correct they were to be afraid about the manipulation from the west.

Effects in GCHQ (...) Now major part of business - 5% of Operations

Propaganda, Deception, Mass messaging, Pushing stories, Alias development, Psychology (quotes from the EFF slides, punctuation is mine)

While I do think controlling the content of the Internet is wrong, and I'm glad the Russians can't do it, it seems wrong to criticize those who wanted to do it in self-defense from people who is actually controlling it, specially without mentioning that and pretending they were paranoid.

Comment Re: Christ on a popsicle stick, now what? (Score 1) 728

Please read: Human Rights Watch complaining about detention without charges; An article about a pool in 2002 were Muslims are complaining about the detentions and specially The CIA torture report.

I know that in general people can flee from the USA if they so choose (when not detained). I do know there is a difference in degree between what the Germans did and what the US is doing now, as many Muslims and many blacks and latins are doing fine even with the indefinite detentions, but I can also see that they are not completely different. It's some people losing their lives and their freedom way more often than other people, because of their races/religions. It is worth mentioning that the prison system is very lucrative, both for the work done in prisons and for the subsidies that they get for keeping people in prison.

I answered the other post mentioning facts and suggesting important reads. "Hate mongering" is a very common expression used to dismiss what other people are saying, but it should be used against angrier posts, not concern about serious issues and others knowledge.

Comment Re: Christ on a popsicle stick, now what? (Score 4, Insightful) 728

So where are these concentration camps?

In Guantanamo for Muslims and all over the country for black and Latins. Of course there are other points scattered around the globe for torture. Read the CIA torture report, or at least some highlights.
Please do not pretend a problem doesn't exist just because someone wasn't perfect on his list of exceptions on an argument.

Comment Re:Time to hold the government accountable (Score 1) 213

Wrong, but I don't expect an AC to...

You claimed that people should have different expectations on others arguments based on who they are. That makes no sense in general and even less sense in the internet. After you repeated what you said before, with caps on the part the AC had pointed.

using a stingray isn't a violation of anyone's rights

It is such a violation of people's rights that a judge just decided that evidence found on an attempt to murder case should not be used because it was obtained through that violation. IANAL, be she is a Judge.

Comment Re: These companies keep giving us reasons (Score 1) 394

"Everything" - the search software. I have too much stuff (160k .mp3 files, 1.4k .mp4, 1.7k .mkv and so on). Navigating folders and finding things is a pain, and I'm mostly organized. This is the most important one, there is no real equivalent on linux. My indexes get huge and slow.
If you have any suggestions, I would gladly be proven wrong, but poor alternatives are no equivalents. Before giving up I did try several poor alternatives.

Whether it's at work (...) there's really no way to avoid windows.

Like the anonymous, I can't choose what my company (the government) use, even though I do complain about public money being spent with windows and about all the problems we get with it.

Comment Where is the money coming from? (Score 1) 528

Are they saying that companies would spend 21 - 41 billion more on advertising if people didn't block ads?

Considering the fact that ads are paid for when shown, and that companies have a limited amount of money to spend on advertising, showing more ads would only mean that the price per ad would be lower. In the same way, if it's harder to show ads for people, they can cost more.
It makes no sense to claim that people who live from showing ads on their websites (here called publishers) would make more money, or have increased costs, because of ad-blocking. The only difference on costs are bandwidth, that isn't that expensive anyway (and can be passed from the publishers to the advertisers).

Comment Re:Why is that illegal? (Score 5, Informative) 238

The scam artists of the world would de-fund ISIS in about a year

You forgot who is financing ISIS.
According to the vice-president (and a lot of other more credible places), it's the US allies, that their funds from the US.
The clip with Joe Biden
News about him apologizing for telling them out
Old Wikileaks leak about them financing anyone available to fight against Assad, and being interested in a big humanitarian disaster. Quotes from the e-mail:

One Air Force intel guy (US) said very carefully that there isn't much of a Free Syrian Army to train right now anyway

the idea 'hypothetically' is to commit guerrilla attacks, assassination campaigns, try to break the back of the Alawite forces, elicit collapse from within

They dont believe air intervention would happen unless there was enough media attention on a massacre, like the Ghadafi move against Benghazi. They think the US would have a high tolerance for killings as long as it doesn't reach that very public stage.

Comment Re:Android's stock browser MUST be removed (Score 1) 92

I'm really curious about your opinion on Apple device's names.
Do you think that calling something "i" as in "myself" plus "general name for the product" isn't ridiculous? Why not? Do you perceive it as mature (adult-like)?

How would you rank the ridiculousness of the names Microsoft, Apple and Google? And of Windows, iOS and Android? How would they rank in childishness? Why? Do you make other comparisons to justify them?

Since I'm not an Apple fan, I rationalize in ways to criticize them, like you did with buzz lightyear - that I honestly think was an interesting critic. My critic usually goes on the idea that as people grow up they should stop being self-centric, so putting I in front of stuff is less mentally evolved. If you care to respond, thanks.

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