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Comment Re:Who said what? (Score 2) 391

...if seen in a time piece of that era. And yes, mixing up Charlie Chaplin's "Tramp" with Hitler just because of the moustache would indeed be funny.

But that friggin frog is contemporary.. well.. "artwork".

And as you mentioned, those moustaches were very popular in the inter-war years, but you might have noticed that they aren't today. So any current usage is a direct referrence to either
a) general facial hair style in the 30s
b) Charlie Chaplin
c) Hitler

If seen in conjunction with antisemitic slogans, all ambiguity is resolved.

Comment In other words (Score 5, Insightful) 87

"permissioned" blockchain systems,"

"managed by designated administrators under agreed governance rules,"

In other words: They are doing something completely different, but still call it "blockchain" because that's the current buzzword.

Reminds be a bit of what "cloud" should have stood for until it became a generic moniker for simple online storage.

Comment Re: Double your storage by making a hole. (Score 1) 201

No. He thinks of 5.25'' as used in the CBM1541 (Read: C64)

Unlike anyone else, that was a single side drive so you had to flip the disc over. But to write to the other side you had to cut a whole for the optical write protect check, but not into the actual magnetic disc.

Comment Re:Free market in communications (Score 1) 98

And that's why the heavy government regulation of email is why I can send an email from my account to anyone, no matter what mail-provider he or she is using?

I see where you're coming from, but you can't dismiss email as a one-off event.

I'd say it's not regulation (or lack thereof) that is to blame, but rather a sense of competition instead of cooperation. After all, communication is about cooperating. Or used to be, until it became a euphemism for marketing, propaganda and all other kinds of misinformation.

Comment Re:No, they didn't. $15 Android phone vs $650 (Score 1) 395

You mean from the Google Store? Google doesn't make hardware (well, I heard they made the Pixel C). The contract companies like HTC, LG, and Samsung to make phones that are Google branded. They supply the software. The profits from the sale go to the hardware company, not Google.

Wouldn't that be like money from selling iPhone going to Foxconn instead of apple as they make the actual phone?

Comment Re: Paranoid much (Score 2) 168

Well, yes.

But is it more ore less paranoid than wondering if that webcam activity LED can actually be switched on and off independently from the camera by the device driver software? (which it usually is. Not due to malice, but to bad or "unsafe" design)

And most camera sensors today ARE already IR cams due to sensor characteristics. Most have an IR filter to improve image quality in sunlight, but again, it wouldn't even take malice to cut that filter for cost saving reasons.

Comment Re:Paranoid much (Score 2) 168

You can't get a camera in the air vent from a drive-by download from an otherwise reputable website that had the bad luck of its ad content network being hacked.

And the workaround with the tape wouldn't even be necessary if the camera LED would be hardwired to the camera reliably across laptop manufacturers and not switched on and of by the driver on a goodwill base.

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