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US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

Cigarra Re:with what? (176 comments)

What about Stuxnet? Is that an act of war that merits a "response" from Iran?


Wikipedia's "Complicated" Relationship With Net Neutrality

Cigarra Re:Of course they're the same. (134 comments)

...I myself was always FOR net neutrality, but I'm aware this kind of initiatives (which by the way is mandated by the ISP regulation in my country) would suffer if N.N. is fully enforced.

It should read:
"...I'm aware this kind of initiatives would suffer if N.N. (which by the way is mandated by the ISP regulation in my country) is fully enforced..."

about three weeks ago

Wikipedia's "Complicated" Relationship With Net Neutrality

Cigarra Of course they're the same. (134 comments)

Is "data against cap" the same as net neutrality? I don't see the relationship.

I live in one of the two countries where a pilot program from Internet.org was tested, namely, that traffic to and from Facebook (later also extended to WhatsApp) doesn't add to your data cap. The way it works is that the mobile operator inspects the traffic (nothing too deep, just checks whether the connected endpoint IPs belong to a whitelist) and if the traffic comes from FB or WhatsApp, it's "free" (as it does not use your quota). This is of course discrimination by origin, and it goes against net neutrality. I myself was always FOR net neutrality, but I'm aware this kind of initiatives (which by the way is mandated by the ISP regulation in my country) would suffer if N.N. is fully enforced.

about three weeks ago

Snowden Granted 3 More Years of Russian Residency

Cigarra Re:First post (266 comments)

There is ZERO evidence that a trial would not be fair. Like it or not, our criminal legal system works just fine and generally produces the right results. If anything, our system favors the accused and we let a lot more people walk who did it than punish those who didn't. Snowden would be fairly tried.

There cannot be "evidence" of something that hasn't happened yet.

There are hints though, and opinions from knowledgeable people, that he wouldn't have a fair trial, for he'd be tried using a law intended to deal with spies, not whistlebowers.

about 4 months ago

French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

Cigarra Re:I wanted to write about this place (424 comments)

These days, the common model is that the employee is paid a miserable wage, but would make up the rest in tips.

Sure, but WHY is that? Why is the employee's compensation not included in the cost of the service, like (say) a retail associate's in a department store?

about 5 months ago

Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

Cigarra Re:Except, of course, they have to prove you can (560 comments)

Its not "evidence" until after the law case begins. That is, if you destroy something that MIGHT incriminate you should the government ever finds out, and said destruction takes place BEFORE they find out, it's not punishable. Source: teh interwebs.

about 6 months ago

Amazon Launches Subscription-Based Billing And Payments Service

Cigarra Re:2.9% + $0.3 (76 comments)

Until someone starts offering a flat fee for payment processing somewhere close to cost of the transaction, which is microscopic

So you'd want a company to float you the money during the transaction for up to thousands of dollars, cover all the real costs of the transactions, and handle any fraud prevention and losses all by charging a few pennies? That sounds like a sweet investment deal to be had!

You mean like Dwolla?

about 6 months ago

OKCoin Raises $10 Million To Become China's Largest Bitcoin Exchange

Cigarra Re:The point of an exchange (48 comments)

It would be interesting, if somehow the exchange functionality were built into the protocol and entirely P2P. Getting rid of these centralized exchanges seems like it would really stabilize the currency. I don't know how remotely feasible that would be, it is far too early in the morning without coffee.

Effectively, what you describe is the protocol(which is p2p as well), except that the protocol does not address the issue of matching prospective buyers and prospective sellers (a protocol that does this, without a central market-operator, would be neat; but bodging one into a protocol for transferring virtual coins without double-spending would probably be unwieldy, though clients that implement both would be logical).

Uhm... isn't Ripple supposed to be that decentralized exchange?

about 9 months ago

Ukraine May Have To Rearm With Nuclear Weapons Says Ukrainian MP

Cigarra Re:Just start the war already! (498 comments)

...Poland had a huge military, which is why Germany had to take them out before tackling France.

This statement doesn't make any sense, and unfortunately nullifies your entire argument. Invading Poland was the plan all along (to reach the USSR eventually). Why would Hitler start by invading France if the lebensraum was on the East?

about 9 months ago

N. Korea Could Face Prosecution For 'Crimes Against Humanity'

Cigarra Re:first (325 comments)

What about US of A? Last time I checked, they invaded 2 countries in the last decade, causing more than 500k human deaths.

When will the UN indict Bush, Blair and Cheney for that?

about 10 months ago

Majority of Young American Adults Think Astrology Is a Science

Cigarra Re:And in other news... (625 comments)

Nope, just once, in 2004. In 2000 a majority voted for Al Gore.

about 10 months ago

Why Whistleblowers Can't Get a Fair Trial

Cigarra Re:They aren't whistleblowing. (441 comments)

That stupid "we're a republic, not a democracy" meme is annoying and it must die.Seriously.

democracy noun \di-mä-kr-s\
: a form of government in which people choose leaders by voting.

about a year ago

AMC Theaters Allegedly Calls FBI to Interrogate a Google Glass Wearer

Cigarra Re:Creepy (1034 comments)

He was using a video recording device (i.e. wearing it with the camera pointed at the screen) in a cinema.

What does this have to do with the FBI!? Are you idiots seriously saying the FBI should get involved with this trivial garbage? This is why copyright law needs to be scrapped.

If they don't like it, kick him out.

Actually yeah, since copyright laws are federal matter, it's the FBI who should be involved. Yes, it IS absurd, but it is the law. If you don't like it, fight to change it.

about a year ago

Creationism In Texas Public Schools

Cigarra Re:Creationists love Social Darwinisim (770 comments)

[sarcasm]Why should the poor have more now when they have the "Kingdom of God". If you ask me they are getting the best of the deal, so we should take more from them. [/sarcasm]

That would be the Catholic doctrine (poor in life, rich in heaven for eternity). Your typical (protestant) creationist actually believes the Grace of God manifests in this life too, so rich people are chosen already, and the poor are screwed pretty much now and forever.

about a year ago

US Government To Convert Silk Road Bitcoins To USD

Cigarra Re:Killing two birds with one stone? (408 comments)

Who's to say they HAVE to get 28 million out of it? Just like any forfeited assets, they can make a judicial auction and sell the BTC to the highest bidder, with a base price of, say, 100$/BTC, and let it go from there.

And they don't even need to use any exchange at all: the highest bidder can write a big fat check to the FBI, and they send the coin to whatever address he says.

about a year ago

How To Create Your Own Cryptocurrency

Cigarra Re:Is he really a "sucker"? (203 comments)

That paper is so bad that no journal would publish it.

about a year ago

How To Create Your Own Cryptocurrency

Cigarra Re:It's a nice idea. (203 comments)

"BTC is a scarce resource that has no value"

The value is being able to use it in transactions. And it's pretty much inherent to it.

about a year ago



Booted from airplane for wearing anti-TSA T-shirt

Cigarra Cigarra writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Cigarra (652458) writes "PhD student Arijit learned the hard way that in Brave New America you can't mock TSA's Security Theater and go on about your business. According to a recolection in RT.com:

After being vigorously screened and questioned multiple times, Arijit says he was finally given permission, once more, to board his plane. The pilot of the aircraft, however, had had enough of the whole ordeal and asked the Delta supervisor to relay the message that, due to the discomfort the shirt had caused, neither Arijit nor his wife would be allowed to board the aircraft.

Just how much humiliation is the general American public willing to tolerate in the name of 'security'?"
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Microsoft welcomes Xbox Kinect 'hackers'

Cigarra Cigarra writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Cigarra writes "Microsoft, the evil company slashdotters love to hate, is to release a Kinect SDK for "hackers" to tinker with. BBC news reports

Microsoft is to open up its Xbox Kinect technology to allow amateur software developers to experiment with it.

The company is to release a software development kit in the spring, which will give developers access to the secrets behind the technology.

So, how does a usually hostile community like the "hackers" react to these sudden displays of generosity?"
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Porno-activist ordered to wear clothes by TSA

Cigarra Cigarra writes  |  about 4 years ago

Cigarra (652458) writes "Self proclaimed "pornographer, sex worker, and atheist" Furry Girl tried to make things easier to Sea-Tac Airport TSA officials by wearing as few clothes as possible (video there!) for the (now standard) enhanced pat down, but she was ordered (against TSA rules!) to put her jacket on again.

It seems the TSA can only handle so much transparency when searching for weapons and explosives."

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VoIP legal status worldwide

Cigarra Cigarra writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Cigarra writes "There was much public debate going on during the last several months here in Paraguay, regarding the "liberation of Internet", that is, the lifting of the restriction on ISPs to connect directly to international carriers. Up until this week, they were forced to hire wholesale service from the State run telco, Copaco. During the last month, when the new regulation was almost ready, the real reason supporting the monopoly made it to the headlines: Copaco would fight for the monopoly, fearing VoIP based telephony. Finally, the regulator Conatel resolved today to end the monopoly, but a ruling on VoIP legal status was postponed for "further study". I guess this kind of "problem" arised almost everywhere else in the world, so I ask the international slashdotters' crowd: what is VoIP legal status in your country / state / region? How well did incumbent telcos adapt to it, and overall, just how disruptive was this technology to established operators?"

code_swarm project quietly "open sourced"

Cigarra Cigarra writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Cigarra writes "Some days ago we got to know the code_swarm project, which allowed to visualize the commit history of several open source projects. It was all nice and pretty, but it was quickly attacked for the author's decission to keep the source closed.
Well, some days ago it appeared as a project in Google Code, but having downloaded it and browsed the code a little, it seems that the "open" part is only some kind of a wrapper for the core library, which remains closed.
I guess we can still start to play with it, but was just wondering: how well is this kind of openness received in the community?"

Cigarra Cigarra writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Cigarra writes "The New York Times published yesterday an Op-Ed explaining how the president George W. Bush broke the law by "monitoring the phone calls and e-mail messages of Americans for more than four years without first obtaining warrants from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, as required by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act."
Can we expect the F.B.I. to open an investigation and name a special prosecutor, and the Congress to start talking of impeachment now that it is no longer Republican controlled?"


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