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Comment This isn't a victory for Behring-Breivik. (Score 3, Insightful) 491

Someone once pointed out that hoping a rapist gets raped in prison isn't a victory for his victim(s), because it somehow gives him what he had coming to him, but it's actually a victory for rape and violence. I wish I could remember who said that, because they are right. The score doesn't go Rapist: 1 World: 1. It goes Rape: 2.

What this man did is unspeakable, and he absolutely deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison. If he needs to be kept away from other prisoners as a safety issue, there are ways to do that without keeping him in solitary confinement, which has been shown conclusively to be profoundly cruel and harmful.

Putting him in solitary confinement, as a punitive measure, is not a victory for the good people in the world. It's a victory for inhumane treatment of human beings. This ruling is, in my opinion, very good and very strong for human rights, *precisely* because it was brought by such a despicable and horrible person. It affirms that all of us have basic human rights, even the absolute worst of us on this planet.

Comment Not even the worst thing it installs (Score 2) 275

All this furor over Epic Scale bitcoin miner, and none over other crud like Wajam that uTorrent installs?

Have a look at the last image in this article. "...may change your local proxy settings...collect...URLs of the pages you visit...content of encrypted webpages...Wajam may protect itself from other software that tries to wrongfully interfere with it."

Yikes. Lenovo got spanked pretty hard for packaging advertising malware that MITMs your encrypted sessions, but at least theirs doesn't officially threaten a counterstrike against your antivirus too.


NSA Director Wants Legal Right To Snoop On Encrypted Data 406

jfruh writes: This may not come as a huge shock, but the director of the NSA doesn't believe that you have the right to encrypt your data in a way that the government can't access it. At a cybersecurity policy event, Michael Rogers said that the U.S. should be able to craft a policy that allows the NSA and law enforcement agencies to read encrypted data when they need to.

Comment Re:Sad but not surprised. (Score 1) 138

No arguments on the dick part, but if the vendor-supplied software has basically an "overclock" tickbox built right in (some videocard driver packages have this), he may not be 100% wrong to take them back under warranty. Under US law at least, there are implied warranties for "fitness for a particular purpose", which a company cannot always disclaim once that company has implied them (this varies by state to some extent). A good example is a pickup truck that comes with a ball hitch and is shown in the TV ads towing a camper. This creates an implied warranty that the truck is fit for towing something equivalent to the camper shown in the ad, and the vendor placing scary language otherwise in the warranty/manual may not necessarily dissolve that warranty. Likewise, nVidia might be worried that placing a user-accessible 'overclock button' right in the UI would create such a warranty and make them liable for implied warranty claims from OC'ed laptops.

(Whether OC'ing the GPU should be able to permanently damage the GPU or laptop in the first place is another issue, but being covered by some other threads in this discussion.)

Comment Re:Here is what I *HOPE* is next (Score 1) 296

I was running the Windows version (yeah yeah, here's my geek card), and starting around April of last year, it began to suffer some significant issues, starting with "molasses mode", which was fixed and replaced with frequent crashes and the Black/White Screen of Death (the window contents, or significant portions thereof, would fail to render once FF had been open for a couple days and/or many tabs were open, displaying either white or black rectangles). The latter seemed to come and go by release, but the crashing persisted long enough, and through enough releases (both home and work installations, Win7 and even XP, beh... cleaning out and reinstalling FF made no difference) that I threw in the towel on FF some months back. If they have truly fixed all of this for good, I might reconsider, except that a FF crash still takes down the entire browser (a Chrome crash, just reload the tab and it didn't happen), and FF just looks and acts like Chrome any, so why bother switching back?

Comment Beyond not new... (Score 1) 43

"...people have been home-brewing their own content-driven lighting like this for a while, but this is the first I've seen that looks like a simple add-on."

There's a reason for this. What they are trying to sell is Ambilight, and Ambilight is patented.

Google "ambilight clone" and you'll find hundreds of open designs you can easily build yourself - patent holders generally don't (or can't) touch distribution of paper designs - but they're not legal to sell commercially.

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This is clearly another case of too many mad scientists, and not enough hunchbacks.