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Comment Re:They've definitely been laughing (Score 1) 383

They want non-muslims to hate moderate muslims and associate the attacks with islam in general, thereby boosting their numbers. It all helps, whether achieved through murder or oppressive changes to law. And yeah, lots of dumbasses are doing their work for them. Golf clap.

Well Islamic terror is the icing on the cake, but there's plenty other and more widespread reasons people do not like Muslims when it comes to gender equality, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, treatment of LBGTs, religious doctrine as law and so on. Quite a few "moderate" Muslims are highly regressive elements in a modern western democracy. And contrary to what we might think of ourselves, many find our culture decadent with women walking around like sluts or whores, deviants of all forms roaming free, full of blasphemy, apostates and heretics. Not particularly unique to Islam, but that we've spent the last few centuries beating back in Europe, inch by inch.

Comment So... use a foreign computer? (Score 1) 68

Since the US doesn't have jurisdiction outside the US, attacking any foreign computer will likely remain illegal under foreign law. If the US courts protect them they'll become modern day privateers, state-sanctioned thugs. Like a loose cannon version of the NSA, this will not end well.

Comment Re:The Mosque (Score 1) 383

All ISIS's band of maniacs seem able to do is blow up concert goers and little girls.

Could they have staged an attack on centers of power like 9/11? Those hit the Pentagon, WTC towers and the 4th plane was probably going for the White House or Congress. They have hit places like Charlie Hebdo. But going after "important" people would imply that the "unimportant" people were pretty much safe except for some collateral damage. They want everyone to feel unsafe just for going to a concert or restaurant or nightclub or football game or Christmas market or beach stroll or running the marathon or going to the airport or taking the subway or train or whatever.

They don't need to hit Paris and London, they can just as easily pick Nice or Manchester or any other gathering of people. They are on a campaign of universal terror and it's not an accident that they can strike pretty much anywhere, killing anyone. They're deliberately picking soft targets they know there's a million of and no real way to secure to make us seem powerless to stop it. It's pure malice and hatred, not incompetence. It's intended to fuel an anger towards Muslims, so they can find more angry rejects of society to recruit. Not sure it's working, but they're making a mess in the progress.

Comment Re:Plain Text (Score 1) 126

How on earth does one design a plain-text subtitle system capable of being instructed to execute code?

Well in terms of the Butter fix linked it would appear they put the subtitles as text into a JS-rendered page. No sanitation = text interpreted as JavaScript run as local code outside any sandbox. The fix is really just this:

strings = Common.sanitize(strings); // xss-style attacks
strings = strings.replace(/--\&gt\;/g, '-->'); // restore srt format

So many developers have a "bang it until it works" mentality, they couldn't see a security hole the size of a barn door without working exploit code. And even then they'll make a hare-brained fix for that particular code, still leaving the barn door open.

Comment Re:I wonder if there will be a rise in truck robbe (Score 4, Interesting) 190

I'm sure a lot of criminals who don't have the gall to assault a regular truck may be able to justify going after a self-driving truck, since there are no people onboard to leave behind as witnesses.

Well there's also nobody to intimidate. Nobody with any keys or codes to give you access to or control over the truck. My first thoughts apart from the constant cell phone/GPS tracking to alert police would be to just kill the engine, lock the brakes, give a little light and siren show and if you can't draw anyone's attention and they're really determined to break in by force before the police get there, just set off a few dye packs/stink bombs. Sure it'll ruin the cargo but zero payoff will make the highway robberies stop pretty quick.

Comment Re:take my money (Score 1) 122

Radical islam will load it full of anfo with a remote camera and detonator and use it as a guided missile to wage jihad. Ford will be sued and the cars will be outlawed.

Except they'll both chase you and backtrack where you came from, how many terrorists successfully escape even if they don't do it as a suicide mission? They mostly end up in some kind of shootout/hostage situation shortly after, like the Boston marathon bombers, San Bernardino, the Christmas market attack in Berlin etc. so I figure for the most part jihadists will simply drive themselves. Failing that you can much easier make an "RC car" with a dummy, dash cam and a bit of hydraulics to push the pedals. Didn't someone essentially make that for $1000?

Comment Re:Lets see if we get this right..... (Score 2) 172

I just thought of a name for it: "deflation". It will NEVER work!

You know, there's this whole sham called "antiques", "art" and "collector's items" that often get more valuable over time and seem to be doing quite well as a deflationary market. You might say, well if they're getting more valuable why would anyone sell them? There's lots of reasons people choose to cash in and do something else. The only thing that's needed is the faith that people would always want to buy a genuine Ming vase or Picasso or Superman #1, if you end up sitting on yesterday's fad it might be landfill material. It's not great as your everyday trading currency because you want people to spend it rather than hoard it and a market where the product's value depends on the whims of public opinion is always volatile, but the market does exist and is neither collapsing nor booming to infinity. Not that it's a great analogy to Bitcoin, but it's not like deflation = FAIL.

Comment Re:open standards versus proprietary (Score 2) 66

I don't think it will be an issue to read many files because many of them use open standards. It's the closed source proprietary stuff that could be lost to time. However, it seems unlikely because we make emulators for all our dead hardware platforms and keep them accessible with their software.

Yeah, I think if you have it as a file we'll find a way to decode it, it's transitory online services like web sites, streaming, online game servers etc. that will be "lost". And for preservation not editing I think we'll converge on relatively few and long lasting standards. Like lossy pictures => JPG, lossless pictures => PNG, audio => MP3 (or maybe AAC), video => MP4/H.264 (once the patents expire), documents/presentations => PDF/A. Despite the actual content being a clusterfsck many use standard base formats like XML or JSON. When you consider the absurdly vast amounts of information we generate compared to any past generation I think we'll be the most well preserve generation in history so far. If anyone cares to keep it, that is.

Comment Re:"worrying ... damaging the image of piracy" (Score 1, Insightful) 47

Movie pirates are strange, I can't think of when the last movie came out that I would even accept if given to me for free. They're basically stealing someones trash.

So you're calling most people's taste trash because it doesn't align with yours, classy. I like my sci-fi/fantasy drivel, I just don't pretend that the Force or warp drives is objectively better than romantic comedies, Bond movies or whatever. The worst kind... well, okay not really the worst kind of people I get are wine-sipping intellectuals that have decided that their obscure art movies is the pinnacle of culture and everyone else is simply not sophisticated enough to appreciate it. No, it's just your fucking weird niche taste and you're not better than any of the rest of us.

Comment Re:lessons learned (Score 1) 47

I guess this is why you always make your ransom videos on a really shitty old video camera that can't be traced back to anyone...

It would have to be a pretty terrible camera, these forensic watermarks are designed to be recognized on camcorder copies. They'd probably still find the cinema, but the fact that they had access to the digital copy proved it was an inside job by someone with access to the digital distribution system.

Comment Re:BS Bills Are Still The Same Amount (Score 3, Insightful) 318

Well prices are expected to go up over time due to inflation. The real problem is that wages have been stagnant, and haven't kept pace with inflation.

From year to year I think inflation and CPI is an okay measure. Over long stretches of time, well... according to some measures the US middle class hasn't improved at all since the 1970s. But if you took a family from 1970 and transported them to 2017, would they want to go back? There's no internet. No PCs. No cell phones. No digital cameras. Maybe there's lots of things you'd spend money on in 1970 that doesn't really make any sense in 2017. There will be things in 2017 that no money can buy in 1970, what's the value of that? Average lifespan has gone up from 71 to 79 years, what's 8 more years of life worth? That you get more money and spend more money is hardly the only valid way to quantify life.

Comment Re:Expect to see more content disappear (Score 4, Interesting) 119

Like they could afford to pass up the entire EU market, it's 741 million people and fairly wealthy ones at that. They will comply. While they're fairly liberal when it comes to international restrictions like non-EU vs EU countries, inside the EU there's very strong forces to make it one united market. Most recently they bludgeoned the cell phone operators, you can now roam the whole EU like home for one price. This is the second half, you can enjoy every content like that home. So once this is firmly put in place, I can go anywhere in Europe and watch anything for the same price I could at home. Despite Brexit and all that the "United States of Europe" project is very much on. I'll admit it also has some very clear upsides despite the democratic deficit it has.

Comment Re:The level of incompetence.. (Score 1) 178

"If there was a worst case scenario where there was so much water, or the pumping systems failed, that it made its way uphill to the seed vault, then it would encounter minus 18 [degrees celsius] and freeze again. Then thereâ(TM)s another barrier [the ice] for entry into the seed vault," Fowler says. In other words, any water that floods into the tunnel has to make it 100 meters downhill, then back uphill, then overwhelm the pumping systems, and then manage not to freeze at well-below-freezing temperatures. Otherwise, there's no way liquid is getting into the seed bank-so the seeds are probably safe."

As for volcanic activity, the area is geographically dead. We know the areas with volcanic activity and tectonic plates meet and that won't significantly change in the next 1000 years.

Comment Re:For the Young... Some Background. (Score 1) 145

Because IBM had a better reputation for business/uptime/everything than Microsoft at the time OS/2 found wide usage in commercial & embedded devices (most notably ATMs). However, in the PC world, it didn't catch on.

Basically all the places that could afford the hardware OS/2 needed to run well. On low end hardware particularly without enough memory it was very slow, IIRC it needed 8MB to run okay vs 4MB for Windows 3.11 also many games were DOS based so you only started Windows 3.x when you needed to, a poor man's "dual boot" if you will. It was technically superior but lost anyway, a bit like VHS vs Betamax or how SCSI never took over for (E)IDE.

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