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Americans Rejoice At Lower Gas Prices

Cenan Re:Let's have a $7/gallon fuel tax (334 comments)

That book is not going to support your argument, and you know it.

The point is not that taxation is bad, but that corrupt systems of taxation are bad

There is a fuckton of a difference between a high taxation and a corrupt taxation regime.

about three weeks ago
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Americans Rejoice At Lower Gas Prices

Cenan Re:Let's have a $7/gallon fuel tax (334 comments)

Our (Denmark) gas price is somewhere along the lines of DKR 11/L (DKR 6.23 = $1) so $1.77/L ~ $6.68/gallon (3.78541 L = 1 US gallon). Very few of us are on rafts. High taxation as a cause of the fall of civilization is a myth.

about three weeks ago
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First Experimental Demonstration of a Trapped Rainbow Using Silicon

Cenan Re:what? no graphene? (79 comments)

They didn't even 3D print anything. I call bullshit on this whole thing.

about three weeks ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

Cenan Re:Well (180 comments)

Multiple hits for a TM search on "Whisper Systems", none of which turn up Moxie Marlinspike. Apparently it's both a renovation company in Seattle, a radio rental service (WTF?), a financial transaction system and many, many more dead ones.

tmsearch.uspto.gov

about a month ago
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Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

Cenan Re:Very easy to solve (179 comments)

Probably. I think it's much more likely for legislators to introduce mandatory in-country hosting rather than mandatory encryption on consumer facing services. Simply because mandatory in-country hosting is good for business where they get their votes.

about a month and a half ago
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Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

Cenan Re:Very easy to solve (179 comments)

You're right, whatever agency has their funding cut won't be spying anymore. That won't solve the underlying trust problem though. It's not the NSA that people don't trust, it's USA.

about a month and a half ago
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Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

Cenan Re:Very easy to solve (179 comments)

Yeah, because we trust them to abide by the law. This is a problem that words on paper won't be able to solve. You cannot ever prove that the NSA (or whichever agency) does not snoop, even if the law says they can't do it. They have been proven to snoop, the cat is out of the bag, end of story.

about a month and a half ago
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The Malware of the Future May Come Bearing Real Gifts

Cenan Re:but useful software is not cheap to make (103 comments)

AC? Meet download.cnet.com. All the crap you could ever want, nicely bundled with more spyware than you care to imagine. If you're ever in the market for some free software, and dumb enough to use Google to find it, chances are you'll be presented with a forest of hits all directing you there.

Quality has nothing to do with it. These guys have made a business out of bundling mediocre with bad or downright malicious, and have put in a lot of effort to appear high enough on search engines to catch eyes. Malware authors don't need to produce anything useful at all.

about a month and a half ago
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Internet Explorer Implements HTTP/2 Support

Cenan Re:I've been impressed with IE lately (122 comments)

Well, I've done the same damage to my own circle of friends. Funny though, it's never really been much of an issue with online shopping here (Denmark) since the banks were quite fast with a unified solution that just works, and to date has had no incidents from a security standpoint (same goes for chip+PIN, this was introduced a decade ago, and I've yet to hear about any leaked CCs around here).

But the damage lingers long after you've abandoned the gripe yourself, I can relate to that. My sister still calls me up to have the "which AV should I chose" discussion, even though I've told her I don't use AV anymore - I use sensible online conduct instead. She is still wary of Steam because I've raved, at length, about the horrors of their draconian DRM. I use Steam extensively now. The thing is though, that as much as we as nerds have griped to friends and relatives, there are probably an order of magnitude more people who have not heard it, don't care about it, or have simply forgotten about it again.

as backwards as Microsoft has gone with their UI, security wise I'd say you are no worse off than swiping your card at any POS terminal now

LOL. That's not really an endorsement though. Every American with a CC has had it leaked at least 3 times over (statistically), just within the preceding year alone. But I get your point.

about 2 months ago
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Internet Explorer Implements HTTP/2 Support

Cenan Re:I've been impressed with IE lately (122 comments)

What the mobile (or smartphone) boom should have shown every nerd on the face of the planet: nobody outside of /. gives a shit about "reputation" when picking up a new phone or tablet. If Microsoft manages to launch a smartphone that is affordable (i.e not priced above an iPhone) and manages to make Windows-not-metro-for-fucks-sake-please-dear-god-please-stop-reminding-us usable on a touch device and the desktop at the same time, all that bad nerd press from the last 15-20 years will mean diddly squat for their sales figures.

The non nerdy friends and colleagues I have all pretty much agree on what is important in a new phone: camera (especially camera vs. dim light conditions), app store inventory (games mostly), fb app, twitter app, instagram app. Who made the device is of very little concern.

Now, with a one OS to rule all platforms approach, they might even be able to add some of that Apple just-works magic to their portfolio, which is not to be scuffed at.

And I agree, MS is not old MS anymore. They've been forced to try and keep up rather than the old buy-and-extinguish strategy, at least in the mobile and touch device market, and I think it's been good for them.

about 2 months ago
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Antarctic Ice Loss Big Enough To Cause Measurable Shift In Earth's Gravity

Cenan Re: anti-science idiocy (232 comments)

Rejecting capitalism does not automatically make soviet style communism, or any derivative thereof, the only alternative left.

about 2 months ago
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Antarctic Ice Loss Big Enough To Cause Measurable Shift In Earth's Gravity

Cenan Re: anti-science idiocy (232 comments)

You mean like the government enacts the will of the people now? Oh the horror if all that were to stop.

about 2 months ago
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Cenan Re:Islam and Math / Science (534 comments)

They are just as good examples of religious followers as anyone else, who are you to say who has the correct interpretation?

about 2 months ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

Cenan Re:Failed QA (399 comments)

They can have the best damn QA in the world, if the parameters of their work is set by bumbling idiots it'll result in Windows 8 regardless.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Keep Students' Passwords Secure?

Cenan Re:OpenID (191 comments)

I tend to agree with this. Don't take away all the risks from these kids, they need to learn about the consequences of insecure passwords sometime. So their home page shows up in all pink, or all their notes have been translated to Ancient Egyptian - better now than when the stakes are higher. And they'll learn the lesson much better from personal experience.

about 2 months ago
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Australian Senate Introduces Laws To Allow Total Internet Surveillance

Cenan Re:Australia voted... for a kick in the nuts. (212 comments)

What new laws are needed to arrest and convict a man that stabs a police officer? Even if its only attempted stabbing? Where is the hole that needs to be plugged with universal surveillance?

about 2 months ago
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European Commission Reopens Google Antitrust Investigation

Cenan Re:Again? (96 comments)

That is not what redundant means though.

about 3 months ago
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European Commission Reopens Google Antitrust Investigation

Cenan Re:Again? (96 comments)

Redundant comment in support of parent posts viewpoint. Moving on.

about 3 months ago

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Snowden granted 1 year asylum in Russia

Cenan Cenan writes  |  about a year ago

Cenan (1892902) writes "Today, shortly before noon, Russia handed NSA leaker Edward Snowden papers permitting him to leave the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. CNN has the story, among others."

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