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Comment Re:SWATing needs serious consequences (Score 1) 55

Nice idea but it seems like it wouldn't work with a lot of services. You can sign up for various VOIP accounts for free and they obliged to provide emergency service for safety. IP addresses are easily masked. Even credit cards are easily bought for a few Bitcoins and someone can always use a payphone.

A better, simpler solution would be to not send in armed police, fingers on triggers because of a single phone call.

Comment Re:20 years (Score 1) 61

Scary, isn't it? Doesn't seem that long ago when I was dialing in.

The Playstation is 22 years old. The iPhone will be 10 in June and in some places you can't even use the original any more because there are no 2G networks left.

My beloved Amiga is 32 years old. 16 bit chipset with a CPU that was 32 bit internally. And I still remember the addresses of the customer registers, because back then for some reason we didn't even bother using #define for them. I guess we were used to low level monitors where you would experimentally poke stuff by address, since they never included friendly register names to save memory.

And even back then, the 8 bit machines were old hat.

Comment Re:Attack Software (Score 1) 383

Years ago I remember reading ab anti-forensics where they talked about carefully modifying the FAT on your HDD so that it would work normally with Windows (probably XP) but when scanned with a popular forensics package would make it crash. No permanent harm done, the trained monkey operator just assumes (correctly) that the forensics software is buggy and the barrier to invading your privacy is raised.

Comment Re:Process already in place for fake Trump tweets (Score 1) 453

It's Trump's entire political platform. Idiots get frustrated because they see obvious solutions to things and then hear politicians saying "it's complicated, and that won't work". Obviously they never study history so they don't realize that the obvious solutions have been tried many times already, for example protectionism in the 1930s.

Populists like Trump promise to implement these obvious solutions. When pesky things like the Constitution get in the way of common sense they just blame the people upholding the rules. Sometimes they eventually give up, sometimes they manage to get rid of those people by democratic means or otherwise.

Comment Re:Go visit Mar-a-Lago and complain (Score 5, Insightful) 453

It's funny how everything that his supporters claimed Clinton was doing, the unsecured phones, the pay-for-access, the cronyism, the corruption, is all stuff that we have absolute proof Turmp is doing barely a month into his presidency.

The guy is so brazen about it, he doesn't even bother to cover it up at least try to avoid doing the exact same thing he was criticising her for months earlier.

Comment Re:Great. (Score 2) 211

Sounds like you want Pale Moon.

You are not typical though. Most Firefox users I know don't change any defaults. Maybe install AdBlock, that's about it.

To most people, performance matters. As other browsers improve, Firefox must keep up. Web sites will add more JavaScript as engines get faster, and for most people NoScript = broken.

Mass market products will always cater to the majority. You really want Pale Moon.

Comment Re:The Cxx that took my job should pay taxes (Score 1) 361

American workers need more money because there are fewer public services, particularly healthcare.

European workers have more stability and rights. That leads to overall higher levels of freedom. Even unemployment isn't as bad, because the benefits and assistance are better.

Basically I'm the US you might be lucky and do better from that system, but overall it is on average worse. And of course Americans don't believe in luck anyway, success is entirely due to character and will.

Comment Re:The perennial straw man refuses to die (Score 1) 893

You are of course free to criticise YouTube's decision, but I don't think it's a very strong argument.

The reason you can't post ads on de-monetized videos is because most of the de-monetizing is due to copyright claims. It's actually a useful self-defence tactic - simply include a five second clip of some Nintendo game at the end of your video, Nintendo blocks monetization, and then any further bogus copyright claims will automatically fail to force advertising too.

Comment Re:17,000 GBP in distress? (Score 1) 94

Privacy invasions into your home, your most private space, are treated pretty harshly. Depriving people of that privacy for an extended period of time is going to rack up big costs. Data Protection laws are designed that way to prevent companies from violating privacy for profit and simply absorbing the fines like any other cost.

The cameras to the front of the house record every person approaching the pursuersâ(TM) home. The cameras to the rear were set deliberately to record footage of the pursuersâ(TM) private garden area. There was no legitimate reason for the nature and extent of such video coverage.

Mr Akram, on one occasion, taunted the pursuers about his ability to listen to them as the pursuers conversed in their garden.

Two audio boxes were installed immediately below front bedroom windows.

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