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Comment Not about trandemarks, sounds like a shakedown (Score 1) 118

Since some will try to make the comparison, in fact CentOS and Scientific Linux do not use RedHat branding. They are also not covered by RedHat service agreements. There is no conflict or issue. Mint similarly also does NOT use Ubuntu branding, trademarks, etc. So what is this about? Clem responded, "Money isn't a primary concern. Although the original fee was in the hundreds of thousands pounds, it was easily reduced to a single digit figure. The licensing aims at restricting what Mint can and cannot do, mostly in relation to the OEM market, to prevent Mint from competing with Canonical in front of the same commercial partners."

If this is indeed true, then Canonical is demanding the right to tell Mint where they could NOT offer their distribution (such as OEM's) . It is this aspect that would clearly and openly violate the GNU GPL, and is nothing more than a crude shakedown more worthy of our local mob.

Comment VoIP, Jabber, Skype, etc, now prohibited (3d)!! (Score 4, Informative) 430

The law of unintended consequences... While Section 3b, in regards to "video services", makes clear reference to "through wireline facilities located at least in part in the public rights-of-way", and clearly is about cable tv (no thread to netflicks for example), 3d is a very different animal:

(d) "Telecommunications service" means the two-way transmission of
signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, messages, data or other
information of any nature by wire, radio, light waves or other
electromagnetic means, offered to the public generally.

Hmm...does not seem to be based on actual broadband service providers or any specific limitations. The way it is written would seem to exclude any form of VoIP or chat "service" (jabber, skype, etc)!!!! WTF?! Way to go Kansas!

Comment Re:Give it up. (Score 1) 200

Indeed, locally encrypting and then mirroring is a good solution. Another can be to use something like ecryptfs if one wants "live" usable files shared in a folder and synced over multiple machines. The service (dropbox, gdrive, whomever) only see the encrypted files, and are happy to mirror that without awareness that they are encrypted at all. You only need to make sure to not pick a NSA friendly cipher ;). You can then access your files on each machine directly through the ecryptfs mount point. ecryptfs can also generate encrypted filenames, so what little you do still leak is only file size and creation date this way.

Comment Re:People don't care because they're too stupid (Score 1) 513

Indeed, this would return us to a state of affairs much like it was prior to the introduction of the gun. European feudalism held together and remained in control of very restive populations precisely because small numbers of heavily trained mercenaries (knights) were able to effectively suppress even very large mass popular rebellions. There were in fact a number of mass peasant rebellions during the middle ages. Every last one was successfully crushed this way. The first where a somewhat different outcome happened (the English civil war) was also the first large conflict to see the introduction and use of personal firearms. However, we are not like English round-heads fighting the king anymore. The force multipliers of drones and other technologies changes this balance once again to potentially favor the few violently controlling many, regardless of how many firearms a population may have access to. However, there are other forms of more selective warfare where small numbers of personal firearms and other means could still make a measurable impact.

Comment Re:and there goes the Nokia Android (Score 4, Interesting) 535

Indeed, that is exactly what I said would happen at the time, too... that he made a deal to return and be Ballmer's successor once he was done doing to Nokia what Belluzo did to SGI. The similarities are strong too; remember, Microsoft then needed Belluzo to take down a unix workstation vendor to help establish market presense for it's own crappy new proprietary workstation OS that nobody would want then either; it was called NT. Thugs rarely change their MO, unless or until they are finally imprisoned for it.

Comment Re:We saw it coming (Score 3, Interesting) 535

Its not that anyone didn't see this coming, both inside and outside Nokia. I wrote at that time that clearly Elop was doing the same thing Belluzo did to SGI, all the time working for Microsoft's benefit, not the shareholders of Nokia. And that the reason he would go along and do so is that he was promised to be Ballmer's heir when he returned after Microsoft purchased Nokia cheaply. But where are the Finnish authorities in all this? They should arrest that thug for securities fraud if nothing else, and run him out of the country.

Comment Snapchats Don't Disappear - deleted photos found (Score 5, Insightful) 140

How do they reconcile their claims with "Snapchats Don't Disappear: Forensics Firm Has Pulled Dozens of Supposedly-Deleted Photos From Android Phones" -

"A 24-year-old forensics examiner from Utah has made a discovery that may make some Snapchat users think twice before sending a photo that they think is going to quickly disappear. Richard Hickman of Decipher Forensics found that it’s possible to pull Snapchat photos from Android phones simply by downloading data from the phone using forensics software and removing a “.NoMedia” file extension that was keeping the photos from being viewed on the device. He published his findings online and local TV station KSL has a video showing how it’s done ..."

Opps...sounds closer to fraudsters

Comment Re:Snap What? (Score 4, Insightful) 140

Indeed. At least cryptocat I had heard about...never heard of this ever before. Sounds like self-promotion by a private commercial entity...and then there is this about it (from

"...In May 2013, Forbes reported that the photos do not actually disappear, and that they can still be retrieved even after their time limit had expired.[6]..."

Oops...maybe your snapchat really is only shared with your friends and every three letter agency in the book?! :)

Comment A third essential reason (Score 1) 111

There is a third reason not mentioned, but can be seen in places and societies that were subject to inter-generational surveillance, such as Ceausescu's Romania. People adopt by learning to be deceptive in their entire lives, for wearing false face becomes essential for anything you do that stands out might be perceived as a threat, and anyone else might get you in trouble. All personal relationships, families, friends, marriage, work, become managed through such deception as a basic survival skill. It is the very destruction of a society as a whole at ALL levels over time.

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