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Comment: Re:Absolutely false (Score 1) 177

by HiThere (#47922981) Attached to: How Governments Are Getting Around the UN's Ban On Blinding Laser Weapons

Why do you think that would prevent them from being criticized as uncivilized after they had already lost? I'll agree that it's a silly reason, but political decisions are often based around something equally silly...

Were they criticized for it? Not that I know of. This doesn't mean it wasn't a part of the reason. (OTOH, there's no evidence that I know of that *does* indicate it was part of the reason.)

Comment: Re:Virtual Desktops (Workspaces) (Score 1) 202

by whoever57 (#47922879) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

Any time I try to explain it to someone who has never used them, they always ask me "Why would I use/want that?" and then they always jump on the multi-monitor mantra and say "Why not just get X number of screens?"

You make it sound like multi-monitor and multi workspace are options of which only one can be chosen. Using two monitors and eight workspaces here!

Comment: Re:Not that hard to fix (Score 1) 213

by gurps_npc (#47921633) Attached to: New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance
No, I thought everything I said through. You ignored reality and substituted rather bad fiction about what the law is.

Large corporations are owned by these things called shareholders. It takes a LOT of work to make a company so multi-national that it's stock will not be 50% held by one country.

Secondly my law is NOT blocked by the first amendment, unless you are claiming that the US first amendment applies to non-citizens? Because I hate to tell you it doesn't work that way. The 1938 Foreign Agents Registration Act proved that.

It is perfectly legal for the US to tell other countries, their citizens and therefore corporations that are registered in another countries they can not lobby American congressmen. Doing so can be .

Also, when people pay lobbyists, it is generally recognized as an agent of the original person, so NO you can't just pay someone else to do that, as your payment to the lobbyist is itself illegal, under my scheme.

Comment: No it does not (Score 1) 278

by ObiWanKenblowme (#47920863) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album
Even if they only do it after the users explicitly turn on the feature to push music down to their phones, and then it still will only work over wifi unless the users explicitly turn on another feature to "download over cellular"? You really think they have no business doing exactly what the user has asked for?

Comment: Re:Downloading music for free? Scandelous! (Score 1) 278

by ObiWanKenblowme (#47920825) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album
If a) I already knew you and had set up an arrangement to grant you access to my home to deliver books that I've purchased in the same manner, and b) you ONCE put a free book that you, the store owner (not the publisher), paid for as a promotion, then I would not be upset about it...EVEN IF it were not a book I wanted, because the solution would be to throw away/give away the book, and then my "problem" would be solved.

Comment: Re:Lie. (Score 1) 161

by Qzukk (#47920415) Attached to: Tim Cook Says Apple Can't Read Users' Emails, That iCloud Wasn't Hacked

I wonder if there would be a way with https to store an encrypted mail

Short answer: No.
Long answer: SSL makes use of a temporary session key that is calculated between the client and the server at the time of the connection. Once the connection is over that key is (ideally) destroyed. If the email was encrypted with my session key when I sent it to the server (and somehow not decrypted by the server at this point) your session key that you create when you connect to the server won't do the job.

This is what S/MIME is for. The email body (and optionally some headers) is encrypted with a session key which is encrypted with your public key (rather than the server's key). Then it is sent through regular email channels. You receive the email and decrypt the session key with your private key, and use it to decrypt the message.

Comment: Not that hard to fix (Score 2) 213

by gurps_npc (#47920175) Attached to: New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance
Simply pass two laws:

1) If a country is owned by more than 50% by citizens of X country, then it must pay taxes on all it's profits of the entire world, under Country X's laws.

2) (This one I really like) If a company is not incorporated and paying the majority of it's taxes within a country, than it can not under any circumstance: A) lobby in that country, or in any way attempt to affect legislation or rules of that country B) nor can it t make any political - monetarily or directly - on any political subject for the 8 months preceding any primary or general election.

Comment: Re:Uber Fresh? (Score 0) 138

by John Jorsett (#47919539) Attached to: Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

I'm Finnish. Both us and Swedes have alcohol monopoly, and had it for a very long time. It works wonders and is a part of preventive measures against alcohol abuse in countries where winter darkness is massive.

It's always discouraging to me when it's foreigners who use the correct word, 'preventive' rather than 'preventative' as many Americans do. Sigh.

Comment: Get any degree but have the experience (Score 1) 336

by gurps_npc (#47918897) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?
I have a poli-sci degree, but years of experience. It also helped that I had a certificate saying I had some perl training, if not a comp sci degree.

Basically, if you have the knowledge - and can demonstrate it, then your degree will not matter all that much.

Unless of course, you are trying for an extremely competitive position, being choosen by non-tech people.

Yes, we will be going to OSI, Mars, and Pluto, but not necessarily in that order. -- Jeffrey Honig