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Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data

Archimonde Re: What did you expect? (86 comments)

And this got me thinking, how can they outlaw strong encryption anyway?

If I send you a file which contains random garbage, how is that different from a file/text encrypted? I don't think there is a way for them to prove that you were using encryption beyond reasonable doubt.

All of this trying to outlaw strong encryption completely pointless.

9 minutes ago

Belgian Raid Kills 2, Said To Avert "Major Terrorist Attacks"

Archimonde Re:Prepare for more (257 comments)

As far as I know, there aren't a lot of Catholics strapping bombs to themselves, and chanting, "In the name of the Father, the Son, and the holy Ghost, amen.", detonating it on the end of "amen".

Oh, but they would! if you are living in a very very poor country, with no law enforcement and no future, I'm certain that this would breed extremism and of violent sort probably. Whatever the dominant religion there is.

Trying to portray christianity or some US denominations as somehow peaceful is silly. Just because those religions are operating under a developed society where there is a rule of law (in broad sense), forces them to behave. They would go out of control if given the chance.

about two weeks ago

Chrome For OS X Catches Up With Safari's Emoji Support

Archimonde There is quite a bigger problem still waiting (104 comments)

Instead of making Chrome usable on mac laptops, we get emoji support...

Guys, just fix the high CPU/battery usage already please. Thanks!

about two weeks ago

"Star Trek 3" To Be Helmed By "Fast & Furious" Franchise Director Justin Lin

Archimonde Re:Bad Revamped Star Trek (332 comments)

I just couldn't watch any episode he was in as I would pass out from cringing. Luckily, I didn't miss anything.

about a month ago

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes

Archimonde Re:Using NASA's dictionary (445 comments)

Big Brass Ones are kind of required at this level.

I don't agree. It is just a matter of training. While I'm no spaceship captain I was in couple of quite tight spots where the probability of loss of life of my crewmembers and me was quite high. Shouting and panicking over the communications channel helps absolutely no on,e and I would be very much surprised if the Apollo 13 or some other Captain was screaming on the radio to Houston.

It is just drill, drill and drill more. You don't think much, everything is done almost by reflex. So you are crediting those those brave guys with a bit too much. I've even read somewhere that in tight situations a very small minority will panic, other will keep their wits about them.

about 3 months ago

Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Archimonde Re:Oh good (907 comments)

So you get a discount on paying cash for the car?

I always thought this is normal but I went and bought a car with cash and was surprised that I couldn't get even a cent of discount or some upgrade package on it.

Asked why and the guy just shrugged and said that if I pay by monthly installments it doesn't make any difference to them because the bank pays the full price of the car to the dealer and then the payments are between you and the bank.

This is in Croatia though, dunno how it is in the rest of EU.

about 4 months ago

Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

Archimonde Re:Reminds me of cars until the 1950s (207 comments)

Yeah, but then all the fashionable blogosphere would decry the materials used and call it the koreanization of the one american way.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Do You Wish You'd Known Starting Out As a Programmer?

Archimonde Re:I wish I'd known... (548 comments)

Same thing I told myself, but instead of law school I should have gone to maritime school. By my age now I could have been a staff captain on a cruise ship or even captain/master in few years time with no problem at all. And that means triple the salary and better benefits.

Instead, I'm looking at our deck officers on our ships who can barely tell the difference between port and starboard. For great majority of them, maritime school was the only one they could actually complete.

But what can you do, life is too short to look back.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

Archimonde Re:No, you don't need AV, even on Windows (331 comments)

I don't agree because it is so easy to get infected even with years of experience. Unless you run all your installs, exe's or whatever in VMs, you are open for attack. And if you do this, maybe it is easier to just have AV at the ready.

But leaving aside IT pros, an average user has nowhere near enough experience to diferentiante a lot of normal situations with suspicious situations, they click yes on everything etc. If you wish to train someone, that frankly can take months/years.

Another problem which a lot of people are missing is the difference between some "soft" malware, classic malware and/or viruses. I've seen more than a couple of computers with half of the screen taken by fucking toolbars/search bars, ad popups etc. Of course, those computers are unusable and everythign grinds to a halt. Even with AV programs saying that all is fine and dandy. So yeah, the user just went to install new java/adobe reader/whatever version, clicked next next next finish and got himself fucked in the process. Sometimes this "innocent" programs will confuse even the most experienced guys with installing shit you don't need but this installed claims that it needs it. Not everyone has 3 programs installed on their computers.

So my point is, nowadays, AV programs are more or less useless as they don't find a lot of malware (licensing or whatever). Yes, I still have it on my windows systems (MSE), but that is for just in case scenario and better to have it for that one time then get infected. But still, people get crap on their computers sideloaded all the time. You can blame the user as much as you want for this kind of infections, but this install X and youl'll get Y which will later download Z and R system has to get fixed somehow.

about 5 months ago

Crytek USA Collapses, Sells Game IP To Other Developers

Archimonde Re:schadenfreude (121 comments)

This is the biggest point. You could lower down the graphic settings and all, but the gameplay was still shitty and that was the biggest downfall in my opinion. Yeah they were just tech demos you had to pay for and nobody could actually run it. No wonder they didn't sold anything.

about 6 months ago

Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

Archimonde Re:my ipad 2 still works (281 comments)

It only got relatively ok last major patch because original iOS 7 was horribly slow on ipad 2. Point being that one of the major features of the patch was to bring back some of the speed to iPad 2.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

Archimonde Re:Binary prefixes: Use them (272 comments)

Wish had some mod points.

But thank you for a bit of sanity, this kibibullshit was really getting on my nerves. It is all over wikipedia as well and people think that is a holy book of knowledge. Even my youngish sister at school had to learn this bullshit. I wanted to go to her school and punch the prof in the face.

The 1GB = 1000MB was a ploy by the HD manufacturers, and if they could, they would write that 1GB = 666MB. And of course, some people in academia who have nothing better to do than to invent and parrot bs. Still, every now and then you'll have a guy who thinks that we're just peasants for not knowing the arcane, excuse me, technologist/precisionist/engineerist claptrap. /end rant

about 6 months ago

Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

Archimonde Re:See even Microsoft thinks MacBook Airs rule! (365 comments)

Had the same problem! I wanted to restart but couldn't find the damned button for it. After a few minutes of trying to find it (that is eternity!), I've typed the shutdown command.

I had this installed in boot camp so I've removed that partition immediately afterwards.

about 7 months ago

Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

Archimonde Re:Not likely. (365 comments)

Or my MBP with retina display with a display burn in. I mean, "image persistence feature". And the same laptop had its mobo replaced twice as it was freezing when switching to discrete graphics board.

I still have late 2010 MBA which works great to this day. And I've used that one for countless hours of gaming.

My next laptop is probably going to be air again. I just love that portability.

about 7 months ago

Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

Archimonde Re:Why would I buy a Prius (377 comments)

And unfortunately the hybrid Yaris is not that good at all. I really wanted to buy the car until I had a test drive in it.

The accelleration is quite slow, and every time you want to accelerate you have to put your foot down completely. And then the petrol engine goes into high revs *all* the time and that would be fine if you didn't hear it. But the noise insulation is bad so you can hear it quite loudly and it is not pleasant at all. Did I mention that no overtaking can happen with this car? It claims that it has 100hp combined, but it certainly doesn't seem so when you compare it to a 100hp "normal" car.

Also the car is heavy and you notice it going into relatively high speed roundabout curves, and of course steering has artificial thing. And it would help if it had any dash of color inside, they are quite bland inside.

The car would be bareable if the only driving one does in a horribly congested city. Anything else is just too painful with that car.

So I went with smaller car with 3 cylinder engine petrol engine and couldn't be happier about it.

about 7 months ago

Is Google CEO's "Tiny Bubble Car" Yahoo CEO's "Little Bubble Car"?

Archimonde Re:CEO in a Bubble (190 comments)

I actually wanted to buy the damned thing, but I was stunned that it has such a poor gas mileage. I talked to two owners and read a lot online and the car definitely isn't austere.

Went and had a go in hybrid Toyota Yaris, and the thing was loud, wobbly and glacially slow. I went with Volkswagen Up and couldn't been happier.

about 8 months ago

BMW Created the Most Efficient Electric Car In the US

Archimonde Re:Meanwhile, in the rest of the world ... (258 comments)

How many XL1 cars have been sold so far? None? What is going to be the price? How many have been built?

Exactly, it's not really a production car.

about 9 months ago

Apple, Google Agree To Settle Lawsuit Alleging Hiring Conspiracy

Archimonde Re:terms not disclosed (108 comments)

Or maybe they'll get an apple store gift card so they can go and buy a nice shiny macbook?;))

about 9 months ago


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