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Comment Power factor - this is not new (Score 1) 249

If you read TFA, you can see they did a lot of testing with "energy saving" bulbs. Low cost LED and CFL bulbs normally have a very low power factor (PF), often below 0.50. Bulbs from suppliers that can't be bothered to pass CE are even worse.

It costs the power company more to deliver power, if the PF of the load is low, so they charge you more - this is not new. Unfortunately, the general public has no clue about PF and just buys the cheapest junk they can find that says "energy saving" on the package.

Be smart, buy LED lighting with high PF. Those famous brand bulbs that cost 2x more are worth the price in most cases.

Comment Skype is a surveillance tool - Don't use it (Score 3, Insightful) 66

Why are people still using this? It's been known to be compromised by the US and Chinese governments for a long time. China even has their own "special" version ffs. Maybe they realized some people they disagree with are using Linux, so they needed to make a Linux version to gather that additional intel.

Comment Thanks for raising public awareness (Score 1) 68

This is great. Many more people in China are now aware of the problem, due to the public announcement. So many more people are questioning "why?" and signing up for overseas VPN services. In any case, we have adapted technology already to avoid their DPI and more countermeasures are ready for the next escalation. The more you tighten your grip, the more star systems will slip through ..

Comment Signal is not very good anyways (Score 1) 87

I've never liked Signal because it associates users to mobile phone numbers and doesn't have a good PC companion app. Mobile phones are amazingly effective tracking and surveillance devices. We should try very hard to avoid using them or at least decouple them from the phone system as much as possible. We need anonymous mobile computing devices. :)

Comment Welcome to China (Score 1) 137

The US and UK are now just copying China. They've seen how people will just accept it and let them do anything they want. Bunch of sheep... The only good thing I see is this will push us even more to create tougher encryption and anonymity tools. Encrypt everything, encrypt it now.

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