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Comment Re:Modest changes (Score 5, Insightful) 50

Ah, another "government is this monolithic entity that is sooooooo scary" post. Massive upmods incoming.

Reality is, most of these bills in the West are drafted by interested parties. Most of which are no governmental but private in nature. And while many laws look (and are) quite terrible as they are drafted by people with massive vested interests in them, modern Western democracies have numerous checks and balances to thwart such legislation from becoming actual law. Which is what happened in this case.

The fact that you chose Egypt, a country that essentially survived beginning of a civil war and still hasn't worked itself through it and has never been a democracy befiore as an example of average Western government shows that you're quite pants on the head kind of special poster.

Comment Re:No, it shouldn't (Score 0) 307

The argument likely aims at the fact that storming of Bastille was the event that launched chain that resulted in creation of modern democracy, modern Western power structures and Napoleon Code.

As a result, it can be argued that any modern Western democracy should celebrate the day Bastille was stormed. I would personally counter argue that while it was the event generally associated with start of French Revolution, it wasn't the cause or even the main event. As a result, it should stay mainly a French holiday. Other nations may consider having their independence day or similar national holiday to also celebrate the creation of modern society. Which is done in many countries already.

Comment Re:APU FTW? (Score 1) 159

Pre K7 AMD was a non-starter really. Far too many issues. I didn't build any PCs before that, but I did tinker with my first PC (I was 13 and it was a pentium 120mhz, which I managed to overclock to 133mhz by fucking around with jumpers, scary shit when you consider that hardware cost more then my allowance for several years).

Comment Re:APU FTW? (Score 1) 159

In many cases, it's always been like this. AMD offers best bang for a buck. That's their niche. But intel offers best bang, as well as best compatibility and support.

I'm not a fanboy of any manufacturer, my first computer that I built with my hands was a first gen athlon (slot A) with a geforce, my second was an intel core duo with ati, and my current one is intel with ati. I just couldn't be arsed to fight the few small fights you need to fight with AMD/ATI anymore and just paid extra ~10% for slightly more peace of mind.

If I was still hunting for best bang for a buck, AMD is still where it's at.

Comment Re:And they are cheap... (Score 1) 97


This thing is aimed for certain missions. Missions like catching unaware enemy in the house by mapping their house and defenses from inside with something they are unlikely to even notice.

You noisy big toy will tell everyone with a gun that there's an attack coming. Oops. You saved a few k on costs of your recon drone and you lost a squad to alert enemy ambushing you.

But it was cheap.

That is the reason why military hardware is generally more expensive. It has extremely stringent requirements, and lives actually depend on it working exactly as intended.

Comment Re:I Got It! (Score 4, Insightful) 538

No. But it makes good headlines and sells whatever "security expert of the day" happens to be peddling.

On most of the web, a good secure 8 random character password that you don't reuse on other sites is about a few orders of magnitude too secure for hackers to even bother thinking about cracking. The "account hacks" are usually about people managing to steal a list of user names and passwords from some shitty forum that has old version of BBS software, and then trying those combinations of user names and passwords on other sites. Pretty much all brute force methods require direct access to database that is badly encrypted (perhaps behind a weak password that they intend to crack?).

Other then these scenarios, vast majority of "your password is too short and as a result not secure" is scaremongering bullshit.

Full disclosure: I have several battle.net accounts, a LoL account and countless other similar game accounts that are very much wanted in hack and sell world, all under the same email. I get absolutely hammered by "your account is being closed for hacking, click here to fix" phishing emails and other similar bullshit on that email address. My WoW account was very valuable for a couple of years (very good server, easily within top 0.1% of people in terms of wealth and in top 1% in terms of rare items and progression, legendary and so on). Didn't get hacked a single time. Several guildies and countless people I know had their accounts hacked during this time, some more then once. I used, and still use a short UNIQUE password for each account. Not a single account breach.

Why? Because no one sane brute forces remote passwords when doing actual hacking for profit. It's bloody stupid to even bother trying. There are far more profitable and easier methods, that actually work.

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