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Comment Re:Remember kids! (Score 2) 406

In the UK there was a campaign about a related issue that Fruit Machines* would offer a gambles with a pre-determined outcome.


The outcome of this is that manufacturers were required to add a small sticker saying this was the case.

*Fruit Machines are similar to Slot Machines but a difference is that they're compensated not fully random. This basically means that the more money has gone in the more likely it is to pay out and visa-versa.

Comment Re:The contriversial parts in brief. (Score 2) 115

"Why are you tracking all the users and generating a huge 'haystack' of noisy data when you could track the 'needle' instead?"

A possible scenario is that Joe Bloggs is arrested for say drug dealing. They find that Joe Bloggs has 3 mobile phones and 1 ADSL connection. They contact those providers for a list of domains/times/IPs which messaging services were accessed. They use those details to make a request to the messaging providers for access to their messages to see who he contacted.

I imagine this would be cheaper/quicker than trying to forensically examine the devices. It won't catch any savvy criminals but that also wouldn't have been the case with phone records if they used pay phones or "burners".

The other, less positive explanation for why they think this useful is that they really are interested in monitoring the haystack to see how many people are visiting the sites of certain campaigns or political parties.

Comment Re:Umm (Score 5, Insightful) 370

Unless they're directly buying votes, then that remains true. I'm not sure why we're equating advertising dollars with votes, because they aren't the same thing.

The point I think is that once elected representatives are more likely to legislate in favour of their donors than their constituents.

Comment Re:'Numérotez vos abatis'... (Score 4, Informative) 145

I don't get the power saving thing though - that sounded very snake oil like. I mean, if your system isn't compromised, what CPU operations is it reducing exactly?

There is a bit in the linked PDF which says...

"Abatis Hard Disk Firewall, was also tested using the same standardised environment and shown to block applications and background processes from executing; saving energy from a baseline configuration."

What they seem to have done in the test is taken a standard system and measured the power consumption. They've then tested that baseline with one of 3 3rd-party AV products and recorded the power consumption go up. They've then installed tested it with their kernel module that blocks I/O and unsurprisingly noticed that a system which isn't using the disks uses less power.

It also says...

"Between best case, HDF and worst case, AV Product 2 there is a potential annual cost saving in excess of £12 at server level, this scaling up to £125,000 in a data centre with 10,000 servers."

I would have thought that if you had 10,000 servers and wanted to avoid power I/O costs you wouldn't have specced them with physical storage in the first place and would be network booting them instead.

Comment Re:Yes to Brexit (Score 1) 396

Free movement works well enough in the states. The difference between some states is not far off the differences in the EU. It just needs to be worked out, not abandoned.

I suspect that the effects are quite a bit different due to the lower being less "socialist" in areas such as health, education and out of work benefits. Reducing benefits for migrants is one of the things the UK is trying to agree as a condition for remaining but it goes against the idea of all "EU citizens" being equal.

Comment Re:Yes to Brexit (Score 2) 396

Pray tell, explain how Germany is responsible for Greece's insolvency, other than not being happy to continue to pay for it?

Greece had problems before it joined but it does now have the additional problem that because it is part of the same currency union as Germany its currency is valued higher than it would otherwise have been, given the state of its economy which hampers both exports and investments. Germany on the other hand is in the opposite situation, relative to how its currency would be judged on its own.

Comment Re:Yes to Brexit (Score 1) 396

The biggest mistake the EU ever made was listening to the Americans (what a surprise) to let in all the ex soviet satellite states. The dire situation we have in EU today is a consequence among many others of that stupid and short sighted policy.

This was partly also a British thing as we thought the more countries were included, the more it would slow down any attempts at integration. I don't think it's worked out quite as planned...

Comment Re:Yes to Brexit (Score 1) 396

"The economy of the UK isn't that strong."

Compared to what? We've got the 2nd largest european economy after germany (we overtook france recently) and one of the highest employment rates in europe, so I'd be interested to hear what your definition of "strong" is.

There have also been some stories in the mainstream media recently about how UK productivity is 30% lower than for the equivalent worker in Germany. One of the comments was that the current rate of immigration and depression of wages for manual workers meant that capital investment was currently less attractive. The hopeful scenario if we left the EU would be that capital investment increases hence per-capita productivity and hopefully living standards.

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