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Comment Re:Black Mirror (Score 1) 204

Oh, come on!

Surely, the Right Honorable Gentleman does not think President Donald J. Trump, the Beloved, Magnificent, Wise, and All-Knowing Autarch or our Republic, would import such a vile thing to the USA, Land of the Free, Home of the Brave!

Why, that would be a treasonous thought of the highest order, worthy of an internal deportation to the Uranium mines of the Great State of Alaska, at the very least!

You have been warned, Citizen! Now, scurry about your business and let President Donald J. Trump, the Beloved, Magnificent, Wise, and All-Knowing Autarch or our Republic, examine the worthy suggestion of his Chinese Peers.

Yours Truly - The NSA.

Comment More prophetic than ever... (Score 5, Insightful) 204

The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously. Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it, moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard. There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in your wire whenever they wanted to. You had to live -- did live, from habit that became instinct -- in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.

We are getting there. Thanks for the warning, George. Too bad nobody listened.

Coming soon to a country near you.

Comment Oh brother (Score 5, 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) 183

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: https://savetheinternet.eu/en/

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.

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