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Comment Re:It's supposed to be difficult (Score 1) 863

Well, of course there are a range views on what sort of development folks in different parts of different metro areas want. Generally though, most folks who have actually thought about these issues (and understand that no car will actually be getting 200+ MPG even in 2015 because the numbers are based on an odd formula including battery life) will not rail against verdant suburbs.

The changes, we need are quite specific:
1)Less Exurban development
2)Making suburbs more walkable and bikeable
3)Connecting suburbs to real cities with real transit

Of course, other folks might take a harder line, but real cities that have proper development will fair best in the long term both economically and quality of life.

Comment One Wallet (Score 5, Insightful) 394

Your question is interesting and one which many people ask themselves. I think it's more like people have one wallet to use and instead of spending money on music they kind of like they spend it on other things - just because they can get it by downloading. The total economic output is however more or less constant. I can only refer to my own spending statistics so feel free to contradict me. I don't put that same money in my savings account! I use it to go to the movies (5 of them past 6 months), fuel my car, go on vacation.

So the recent legislations in e.g. Sweden and the rest of Europe has nothing to do with economics, but rather only distribution of money and "fairness" to the companies. Of course, to succeed they must squash many citizen rights and deploy surveillance to keep citizens in check. One could argue that the win from such legislation really is nothing in comparison of how trampled the citizens become. Of course, the new legislation opens up a can of worms to further reduction of rights sort of like Pandora's box. We end up moving in the wrong direction if what we want is democracy. //S

Comment Contempt (Score 1) 793

This sort of obvious bullshit trials, bad defense lawyers withstanding, topped with ridiculous legislation really pushes the younger part of society, not yet indoctrinated, into anarchism. I usually state that I'm Swedish - we recently saw a "spectrial" (as The Pirate Bay called it) unfold, too.

Combine this with deaf politicians who refuse to listen to the (quite large) opposition and what do you have? You've got people contempt of law. I realize you need to build your own case and defend yourself, but even if you do, the playing field is uneven. I personally question the correctness of being able to monetize an idea/creative work for a life time. Most people outside of showbiz offers hard working labor - be it welding or consulting - for clients. We cannot profit from our monday 12'o'clock service for the rest of our lives. What's so got damn special with music or film?

I think, imagine at least, that people are growing more and more contemptuous to the powers that be. This is one failed business model - people recognize the absurdity of the situation. But when will this bullshit stop?

I'd had wished it'd be just like with SCO - touch and hard spirit then die a slow death in the media. Unfortunately, they have support from the government, who refuses to see the illogical conclusion that they need to work for their money (not just sell copies). //S

Comment Different views on "society" (Score 1) 326

I think the primary concern is the different views on society that citizens, politicians and corporations have. A report that says that something is good for society isn't so clear cut as you'd like.

For corporations, long copyrights are good for society - they couldn't make quality music otherwise and people want quality music!

Lobbyists persuading politicians means that long copyrights are beneficial for society as well. After all, how would artists make a living otherwise? Very common argument these days and more or less what the common man is thinking, too.

Comment Solar cells (Score 3, Interesting) 179

Apparently the balloons need to be taken down daily to have their batteries recharched. I wonder, wouldn't 80,000-100,000 feet be mostly above cloud level and be an excellent opportunity to use solar cells?

The balloons come down every 24 hours due to the limitations of battery life -- and to keep them from floating into territories that don't subscribe to the service.

The drifting might be a tougher nut to crack though. Rather interesting idea for rural areas actually.


Submission + - EFF Busts Illegitimate Subdomain Patent (infozine.com)

eldavojohn writes: "Unlike a lot of community support protection programs, the EFF's Patent Busting Project is starting to bear real fruit instead of just leveling the finger at companies. The USPTO is revoking an illegitimate patent granted in 2004 that sounds like automatically assigning subdomains. Sites like Wordpress, LiveJournal or basically anyone with generated subdomains have been doing this for quite some time. If you have some extra cash, now's the time to pony up a few bucks so the EFF can continue on as one of the few organizations genuinely protecting your interests."

Comment Oops, tripped on the wire (Score 1) 163

Gosh, I just see a fair many obstacles to this tech which has many similarities to other systems (judging by the many references to other similar systems in TFA) and thus doesn't sound very revolutionary. But this one is browser based, so I guess, as TFA points out, it lowers the barriers to entry to a darknet. To me, this sounds like what it's about. Just click the link and be one with the dark side? Otoh the question is how it's supposedly used.

I admit I may look like an ass, but unless you've been hiding under a stone lately you'll have noticed that anything having to do with browsers and built-in tools is the shit of the century. So I guess my bullshit-o-meter gave a red reading. For some reason I'd rather like a solution below the application layer, so I can use all protocols while being anonymous. But we have that already. Almost at least, TOR has exit nodes that can easily be hosted by Bad Men.

Another interesting tech is OneSwarm, but it's not browser based and so not revolutionary.

Comment Late April Fools' joke? (Score 2, Interesting) 163

Is this a late April Fools' joke? How does this supposed system work? It seems there must be a hosted PHP file somewhere - that server needs to have logs, at least if it's inside the EU and however you slice that you're toast.

Basically it seems to work sort of like a BitTorrent tracker that directs your client to other clients. So by what mechanism do you choose who to include in the "net"? If I understand correctly you sort of create channels for different purposes or groups. By using a introductory key? And how do you communicate that key? By encrypted e-mail? So any agencies that listen in on you very easily can see who you communicated with prior to your request for so and so domain holding the darknet PHP file? And how tough is that encryption? Ordinary SSL?

It connects the user's HTML 5-based browser to a single PHP file, which downloads some JavaScript code into the browser. Pieces of the file are spread among the members of the Veiled darknet. It's not peer-to-peer, but rather a chain of "repeaters" of the PHP file, the researchers say.

Spreads the file onto multiple peers? Is it possible for this file to run out of entropy in any way??

Comment Want to hear something scary? (Score 1) 674

It's okay.. but don't make the mistake to think this is just about online privacy. This is offline privacy as well. How about having your cellphone tracked 24/7 and having those logs stored for 6 months. Or those hilarious SMS:es you sent while out partying, also stored for 6 months. This is now reality. Pretty rough awakening, don't you think? Not the most pressing matter? well perhaps not. We all value things differently. Me, I take my privacy way more serious than other EU matters or even the financial crisis. //castrox

Comment One great big.. (Score 5, Insightful) 674

This is one great big middle finger to the big parties who have ignored the privacy issues. Just this past month it's been very clear that the large parties are trembling because of the massive streams of voters who abandon them for the Pirate Party just because of these important issues. I really hope they will get with the program and realize that they can't dismiss the privacy debate and say that it's just a loud bunch who don't get it (the so called "pirates").


Submission + - Swedish Pirate Party headed for Brussels (thelocal.se)

castrox writes: "The Swedish Pirate Party gets 7.1% of the Swedish votes for the European Parliament. This means that the Pirate Party holds one seat out of a total of 18 representing Sweden. Here's to hoping they can make a difference. The make/female vote is 12/4%. The voters for the Pirate Party are also mostly under 30, but still has a big support older voters. The vote for the Pirate Party is much considered to be a protest against the sitting government and the EU."

Comment Don't worry it'll be passed soon (Score 4, Interesting) 315

IAAS (I Am A Swede)

This directive will soon be passed. The reason this has taken so long is because it's an initiative taken by the previous party in lower (Social Democrats) and the current part(y|ies) (AKA The Alliance, moderates) in power doesn't like the leftists and the head of the judicial branch has been wining over this directive ever since day one. Nonetheless she is obligated to enforce the directive and says so herself. Even though she proclaims herself to be a integrity watchdog she's just as bad as the leftists.

Battle lost on that front.

The Pirate Party will however make it to the EU parliament this year and we can hope for some real change on these integrity issues.

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