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Comment Re:I like the idea (Score 1) 292

You can basically do encrypted file storage.

cool, because that's everything i would ever want do in the cloud.

all the useful features we have in a Gmail session need to awkwardly and inefficiently be re-implemented on the client side.

i'm lost. what features? and what's wrong with client side implementation of them?

Comment Re:Hormone therapy? (Score 1) 784

Think it's in part because, prison rape/all rape is generally bad

a prisoner makes for a bad victim because he's already a stigmatized subject, a social reject. a femenine victim has much more emotional impact, even though the act is totally equivalent. also, you should note that these kind of jokes are mostly a male phenomenon, and that's basically just defensive projection of fear (of social rejection, mostly, maybe even self disorientation). sorry for taking away credit of "north american culture" for this, but this is basically a "macho" issue, which sadly is a pervasive trait in cultures all around the planet.

and I am also convinced that humor and jokes are the best path to criticism, discovery and knowledge, and that there should be no taboos. but sorry that's not the case with the average prison-rape or soap joke. there's no intelligent process nor reflection there to witness. it's just plain fear and social cliche.

Comment Re:Windows 8 woohoo! (Score 1) 210

Besides, quality is usually pretty unrelated to code (other than some cases of performance).

sorry, what?

if there's code to run in something, the quality of that code directly determines the quality of that, whatever it is. sure there's much more than just code to quality, but with shitty code you guarantee yourself have a shitty product for any reasonable(?) interpretation of quality.

what actually is often pretty unrelated to quality is commercial success.

Comment Re:Update the constitution (Score 1) 426

The UK agencies taught the US agencies how to decode German messages

just as a sidenote, it was the royal navy, actually, who savaged enigma machines and codebooks from subs. prior to that the folks at BP were completely lost, they couldn't crack shit (obviously, because the crypto was actually quite imrpessing for the time) and were considered just a bunch of useless weird nerds by high command. from there on, with something to get started with, taken seriously and with proper funding, they started rolling things out.

there is some pararllelism in looting subs and seizing laptops. both are variations of the $5 wrench attack.

the difference, though, is that the raided subs were commanded by a terrorist and totalitarian state in open war, whereas the stolen laptop was the property of civillians trying to expose terrorist and totalitarian states. see now what has happened to our world?

Comment Re:Is it really? (Score 1) 121

while moderating you as funny, hit overrated by mistake. this comment is undoing it.

it's still funny even if it didn't get your mod points.

why is the only solution to this problem equals to cancelling every mods done in this discussion ?

moderation is highly overrated. one easy solution is to ignore it altogether and read at -1. works for me.

Comment Re:Is it really? (Score 1) 121

Many packages have version 0.1, 0.5, 0.6, 0.8, 0.9, 0.91, 0.92... and so on. There's a reluctance to apply the "1.0" label because that means you have something that's really "done" in some sense.

that's just because open source folks usually don't have the need to lie about that ... as opposed to marketeers.

but how exactly are minor version numbers an "historical problem"? i understand somebody might see this reluctance as excessively conservative, but i always thought the real problem was with x.0 big fanfare versions where the meaning of "really done" is just bullshit, and people buying into it like crazy just for the nice new version number and the shiny package and stuff.

then of course we also have the chronical beta disorder ...

Comment Re:When you don't want a reference (Score 1) 892

many employment contracts likely require minimum notice of termination as a condition which you must agree to

15 days is standard for any fixed position contract in spain. if you don't respect it they might sue you but there's little benefit in them for doing so.

but then, aren't we in the happy times of globalization already? i mean, corps can lay off anyone at will whith no warning and that is ok and it's nothing personal, just business. well, i'd be damned if i can see why this same criteria shouldn't apply in both directions. if you're done with your job and want to quit, do it with the timing and schedule that best suits you, the rest is your employers fucking problem. just business, boss, nothing personal. unless you have real human relationship with them and care about any mess you might be leaving behind. but then the OP wouldn't have to ask this question, right?

don't worry too much about references. HR departments are ever so global too, meaning that much detached from reality, they nowadays don't get into any such fine detail. they stick happily with any retarded scoring they can make up in minutes. you are definitely not burning any bridges by that. no HR will hire anybody twice anyway, that's not in their books. and in worst case you could always bluntly lie to your next HR moron about your "exit proc", but even that will seldom be necessary.

Comment Re:Or perhaps they are saving it (Score 1) 499

The principle objection I have with ads is that they slow down loading the pages that I really want.

this is offset by the general adoption of all sorts of cdns and caching, motivated in part because it was necessary to make this ubiquitous advertiser-in-the-middle scheme even viable.

the principal objection i have with ads is that i don't want any fucking ads, and even less i want anybody snooping on me. iab board of directors could have a very interesting experience of me just by sucking my dick. the level abuse the average internet user is currently subjected to is absolutely ridiculous. glad to see mozilla still capable of doing something right.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 2) 290

Malicious software can't read paper. End of argument.

it wouldn't have to if you were to actually use those keys.

if the platform is to be trusted the keys have to be secret, period. the only question is who needs this level of trust. there are plenty valid usecases for this, maybe even in the public interest, but all are closed, specific systems. it definitely has no place in general consumer devices. i can only think of 2 usecases for this: totalitarian control or good old vendor lock in going high, and fuck both.

Comment Re:"Unity web player"? (Score 1) 57

i actually love this idea def-con puts out. as a former cyberpunk fan i started a proof of concept of "the matrix" myself, decades ago. didn't finish, of course. if i did it today i even might as well choose unity3d too (probably not, but it wouldn't be unreasonable). but what i certainly would not do is claim to be "educating people about dealing with vulnerabilities" while just shoving another major source of them in right their pants. epic fail.

we definitely need a fresh perspective on the way we interact in the network. we are already deep in the dark ages, or didn't you get the news about government agencies routinely spying on absolutely everyone? and as much as malware is actually a plage, general public blissful ignorance is the real problem. but opensource doesn't mean we all have to read the source before running it, or start growing beards. it simply means it is publicly auditable, which in itslef has far reaching implications. assuming "company x will do good" is simply not acceptable. in part because they have proven otherwise more often than not. but nobody expects the spanish inquisition!

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