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Comment Oh brother (Score 4, Interesting) 90

First there was Snowden, now this.

50TB of data stolen? OK, so they caught the guy, but, if he had been a bit less greedy, perhaps he would have gotten away with it.

Seriously, how can anyone trust the NSA to do the right thing (respect human rights, rule of law, due process, yadda yadda yadda) after these two... ahem... "incidents" is beyond me. Is everyone asleep at the wheel at Fort Meade?

And here is something even more disturbing: if a contractor can do this, what makes you think other people at NSA can't do this, for, you know... "fun" and profit?

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Comment Re:What part of this is hard to understand? (Score 4, Insightful) 181

You don't seem to realize this: you are a customer. If ISPs are allowed to traffic-shape, they will traffic shape according to THEIR list, not yours.

And you can bet they will prioritize packets according to THEIR friends. So, if they want you to use THEIR voip service, even though it may be so crappy it makes you puke, THEIR service will get priority over everything else. And your VOIP of choice, whatever it is, will be so crappy it will make you go nuts.

This is not about prioritization: it's about who gets the best service. If ISPs are allowed to choose, again, they will choose THEIR "friends", "partners" or "subsidiaries" over your choice.

What's more, if on your ISP VOIP gets crappy because everyone else is busy torrenting, it simply means your ISP is crappy and is not using its money to invest in infrastucture, which ISP the world over have been guilty of, at one point or another.

Educate yourself:

Comment Re:Meanwhile the EU is saying... (Score 5, Interesting) 315

The EU being unresponsive to the desires of its populations is exactly why the UK left.

Not on this earth. The UK left because of diffuse and non-concrete fears that large waves of refugees might enter the country, coupled with latent racism against Polish immigrants.

... Not to mention 30 years of vicious, ultra-conservative propaganda against the EU. Just like Fox News in the USA is polluting the political discourse with crappy propaganda, the British tabloids have been spewing nonsense about the EU.

And the fact that both are owned by Rupert Murdoch should tell you a lot...

Comment Re:Meanwhile the EU is saying... (Score 2) 315

I think you are naïve. Some people will want to punish the UK, some may not.

But it ultimately comes down to this: the British people chose to leave. Fair enough.

It is now in the interest of the entire EU to negotiate as hard as they can with the UK and get the best deal out of Brexit FOR THE EU. And NOT for the UK.

Here is a very simple example: why should "we" (I am a European) accept a country where banks and financial institutions run amok and without any supervision? Where these same banks can launder money, trade in Euros, turn a blind eye when oligarchs drop millions of pounds and dollars in discreet numbered accounts?

What makes you think that the EU is going to respect these banks and allow them to trade freely with the rest of Europe?

Can you hear that sound? It's the sound of a hundred thousand British bankers crapping their pants at the same time. A true distrubance in the force...

Comment Re:Meanwhile the EU is saying... (Score 1) 315

Let me be the first to point out that:

Q1: the UK have had a place at the negociating table for years. If British people don't like the EU decisions, they only have themselves to blame, because they did not negotiate properly. Period.

(As an aside, I am fscking tired of freaking politicians, British or French or otherwise, who complain about EU decisions: DO YOUR JOB YOU MORONS! And negotiate in the best interest of your countries!!)

Q2: See Q1. Immigration is a subject like any other and should be negotiated within the EU itself.

Comment Re:Meanwhile the EU is saying... (Score 1) 315

I don't follow European news, but I doubt that very much. The UK is ~14% of the total GDP of the EU (second largest in the EU): it dropping out without replacing the existing trade deals would be a massive economic blow to the EU. The EU may want to punish the UK for leaving, but I doubt they'd do it at the risk of collapsing the EU economy.

Ah, yes, but anywhere from 40% to 50% of all UK exports (I believe the exact figure is around 43%) are sent to the EU.

A 14% drop in GDP is painful.

A 40+% drop? Ouch. Kiss bye bye to your economy, baby, it's going down the drain.

Oh, and most of the EU is getting pissed, and itching for a fight. Even The Guardian pointed that out. The negociations are not going to be pretty, that's for sure.

Comment Re:Good Heavens! (Score 1) 94

OpenBSD? Good Heavens! It's still around?

What have you used it for lately?

Let's see: simple web server, firewall, laptop, firewall, router, secure storage, firewall, another laptop, home computer, router, firewall, security console, monitoring and I think I forgot a couple...

OpenBSD is rock solid and a pleasure to use. Try it, you may like it.

Comment Re:Linux is far worse than Microsoft (Score 4, Informative) 541

yadda yadda yadda.

Linux does not "force" you into anything: systemd is still optional and many linux distros run perfectly well without systemd (including my old friend Slackware).

And if you really don't like Linux, there is always the BSD. Nope, no systemd there, no sirree.

So anyway... yeah, you have no idea what you are talking about.

Comment Too little, too late. (Score 0) 400

After years of insults and demeaning comment,s Microsoft suddenly realizes:

1. That Linux (and open source) has won (see AWS, any successful start-up in the past 5 years).

2. That lean command-line tools are probably a lot more efficient to manage servers than a GUI (see also: OpenSSH, coming soon to a Windows server near you... finally).

Now, let me say this: Dear Microsoft, I already know bash and ksh. I have no need for a bloated, incoherent new shell on my machines.

I know you mean well, thanks, but no thanks. As far as I am concerned, I will never, ever, use your OS ever again.

Now, let's go back to the subject (err... flame war) at hand: systemd. What the fsck? ;-)

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