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Comment: Re:She thought she was the customer (Score 1) 188

by znrt (#48451717) Attached to: Married Woman Claims Facebook Info Sharing Created Dating Profile For Her

i can understand that people may like what they get in return for being a product, and respect the decision, but in the end that's what they become.

it's not like it's brought up to piss you (random reader) off, you have to understand that the moment you consent in being a product you have to expect being routinely exploited like this lady has (allegedly) been.

of course, someone could make a big drama out of this, even have some regulation enforced to protect the products' rights ... it won't change the basic relationship: she made her choice, complains are futile because this exploitation is at the root of the business model she is happily part of. it simply wouldn't work - wouldn't exist - if it had to respect privacy.

so it may be in fact a cliché, but as long as such news keep hitting the headlines you can't possibly say it's being overused.

Comment: Re:FBI Director James Comey may not care. (Score 1) 93

by znrt (#48428389) Attached to: WhatsApp To Offer End-to-End Encryption

What root console? If it is really END TO END, then WhatsApp can't see the data either.

and you verify that it is actually clean and secure end to end encryption on a device like a smartphone (take your pick) ... how?

oh, i'm supposed to trust a random app running on a platform with (or entirely consisting of) proprietary closed software and hardware. har! har!

Comment: Re:Capitalism does not reward morality (Score 1) 197

by znrt (#48423411) Attached to: Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

Capitalism (private ownership and operation of property) in a free market system (system free of government intervention) has proven to be the best system for generating profits

doesn't make it good. specially not if it's not sustainable. and this:

while improving the overall economy for all people involved.

is false. it has improved the economy for some, at the cost of busting the economy for many.

capitalism is no good if it doesn't generate actual value besides profit and doesn't control inequality. a global market whose only regulation is concerned with protecting profits and socializing losses is a call for disaster. factor in the surge of an uncontrolled financial economy which even manages to destroy value and you'll see very clearly why the world is in shit that deep. funny times ahead indeed.

the question isn't "capitalism" or not, but how. uncontrolled capitalism ends up working by just displacing costs, either to other territories or people, or into the future. this may seem like big business but these costs do pile up and "overall" each year we are in deeper shit.

Comment: Re:What really does it bring to the table? (Score 1) 82

by znrt (#48381983) Attached to: Five Years of the Go Programming Language

Its somewhat easier to learn and use than Forth,

i don't think so. in forth the awkward syntax actually accounts for a different paradigm. in go it just seems whimsical (speaking as someone who just did some go tuts, i find it has actually some pretty cool features ... i'd like to use in c!)

Comment: Re:What a shame (Score 1) 189

by znrt (#48313651) Attached to: Pirate Bay Co-founder Arrested In Northeastern Thailand

ALl this man did was help build a search enging allowing people to share.

This only benefits society.

they did way more than that. they openly challenged (and btw totally pissed off, with unparallelled style) a greedy and indecent establishment that doesn't give a shit about benefits for society. in doing that they set an example to follow at the very beginning of an era change. sadly, society was not ready and did nothing to protect them. but that's how society evolves, slowly, often thanks to and at the expense of guys like them.

When you make your mark in the world, watch out for guys with erasers. -- The Wall Street Journal