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Microsoft Remotely Deleted Tor From Windows Machines To Stop Botnet

Dekker3D Re:derp (214 comments)

Which would likely be the owners of 90% of the computers in botnets. Gullible of plain ol' stupid. So, I guess that's a match made in heaven.

about 6 months ago
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Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

Dekker3D Re:If that wasn't crueal and unreasonable... (1038 comments)

One might even argue that subjecting your fellow Slashdotters to horrible puns is cruel, but that would lead to even sillier (and pointless) ideas.

about 6 months ago
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Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

Dekker3D Re:If that wasn't crueal and unreasonable... (1038 comments)

The whole thing where innocents get the death penalty because of mistakes, is why you keep them in jail until you're absolutely sure they -did- do it. And in most cases, you can't be absolutely sure they did it, so... you keep them there for life, instead of killing them. If they're escaping from jail too often, you've got another problem anyway. And the populace won't notice the difference between a death and a life imprisonment, other than having to pay slightly less tax because apparently life imprisonment is cheaper. And you have the benefit of not killing the innocent.

I'd say there's quite a few reasons to reserve executions for very few cases, or ban it outright. That said, I'm biased, I'm European. We're all progressive and shit.

about 6 months ago
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Nobel Prize Winning Economist: Legalize Sale of Human Organs

Dekker3D Re:Yes. (518 comments)

The economy seems to always adjust to whether people can afford stuff though. Otherwise nobody would sell anything. If people can afford another $30000 in emergencies because they have some organs to sell, the cost of the stuff an average person buys in their life would just go up by a total of $30000. In that way, being able to sell organs while alive would become just another insurance scheme: spend a bit extra over time, so you can afford something big when you really need it.

Personally, the thought of having to actually use that insurance freaks me out. We'd be better off just getting a mandatory regular insurance of said $30k or whatever those organs are worth.

about 6 months ago
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Nobel Prize Winning Economist: Legalize Sale of Human Organs

Dekker3D Re:Yes. (518 comments)

Think of debts due to hospital bills of a loved one, or having to choose between having two kidneys and letting your kid go to college. If many people started selling "redundant" organs, even for the best of reasons, then standards could shift so that others might do it for not-so-great reasons.. and we get a drop in the average health of poor people, for the advantage of those that are better off.

Hell, imagine having cancer and knowing it hasn't spread to some of your valuable, sellable organs yet... and you can't afford hospital bills the normal way. Most people would do it.

I know I'm invoking the slippery slope argument here, but I think it might be justified.

about 6 months ago
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Nobel Prize Winning Economist: Legalize Sale of Human Organs

Dekker3D Re:Yes. (518 comments)

The butchering argument is one I hadn't thought of yet... And I'd say it's pretty much on equal footing with the "forced to sell kidney to pay debts" scenario. Good one.

about 6 months ago
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Weapons Systems That Kill According To Algorithms Are Coming. What To Do?

Dekker3D Re:We could not make them (514 comments)

An analogy I found earlier today was that those countries are a bit like babies. Making noise, occasionally hurting others or themselves by accident.. But if a baby drools/pees/vomits all over your sweater, you do not obliterate it. You teach it, or just trust that it's causing almost no damage. The well-established, loosely-allied countries in the world are the adults in this simile, who should be teaching the less well-off countries.

If we just showed the residents of those places how things could be, and gave them an anonymous, secure channel to voice their opinions through, that would give us plenty of information to know what to do next. Instead, the US gathered up some cronies (sadly, the country I live in was one of them) and pretty much just crushed any problem countries.

about 6 months ago
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A Flood of Fawning Reviews For Apple's Latest

Dekker3D Re:Will it blend? (501 comments)

Thanks for the link. I care not for Apple, but seeing that Cycles will get proper OpenCL support was almost enough to make me squee. Almost. Good to know, anyway :)

about 7 months ago
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Surge In Litecoin Mining Leads To Graphics Card Shortage

Dekker3D Re:Ummm Bullshit (213 comments)

Probably, though I wouldn't know. I hadn't looked into mining until Bitcoins got so difficult to mine that graphics cards were completely irrelevant already. It's all ASICs now, and if you try to buy one you won't get it until it's become worthless. Expect to be scammed. That's mostly why Scrypt was made, afaik: to put power back in the users' hands, by making it difficult to mine by graphics card (failed) and by ASIC (hasn't failed yet; might later)

about 7 months ago
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Surge In Litecoin Mining Leads To Graphics Card Shortage

Dekker3D Re:Ummm Bullshit (213 comments)

Apparently, Radeons have an instruction that's really important for Scrypt mining, which nVidia cards lack. That's why Radeons of the same price generally reach perhaps 10 times as many hashes per second.

about 7 months ago
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3-D Printed Gun Ban Fails In Senate

Dekker3D Re:How? (414 comments)

I was going to post a similar comment to harrkev's, except I had to log in first to be able to actually post it. So I'll just add to that.

The printer used by Defense Distributed, as far as I know, is an FDM printer, much like the RepRaps. This would mean that I could easily print a plastic gun that's just as good as the ones made by DD. Making such a printer is easy to the point that anyone can make one from scratch with some technical knowledge and programming skills, now that we've seen them and know how they work. There is absolutely no way anyone could prevent a dedicated individual from 3D printing one of these guns.

I'm speaking from experience here, I've got a homemade Mendel90 and I've looked into the related software and firmware.

about 8 months ago
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Microsoft's New Smart Bra Could Stop You From Over Eating

Dekker3D Re:shut up you stupid app (299 comments)

Can you imagine the fucked-up settings after a nice night with the boyfriend/girlfriend? Twenty apps open, desktop rearranged into total chaos, and you're about to send a mail containing "afaguhiho;agehgisuaffgasf butts" to the CEO of Microsoft.

about 8 months ago
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Singapore & South Korea Help NSA Tap Undersea Cables

Dekker3D Re:Why are they doing this? (137 comments)

To add to Errol's reply.. Basically, our minister of security and justice, Ivo Opstelten, loves to act like a rabid fanboy of the book 1984, and of the things the UK and USA are already doing. We're just lagging behind a year or two on the field of "massive disregard for citizens' rights".

Not an ideal choice, in other words.

Source: dutch citizen. Annoyed dutch citizen.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Protect Your Privacy These Days? Or Do You?

Dekker3D Re:Don't use it (319 comments)

You think he was handing her a few dollars' worth of pennies? Ahem, maybe not "handing"...

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Protect Your Privacy These Days? Or Do You?

Dekker3D Re:one method (319 comments)

I struggle to find out how SuricouRaven was being homophobic. Maybe pedophobic, if that's a word?

about 8 months ago
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Meet the 'Assassination Market' Creator Who's Crowdfunding Murder With Bitcoins

Dekker3D Re:The problem is collecting the bounty (291 comments)

The protocol this site uses, thought up apparently two decades ago, would prevent people from falsely claiming to have killed the target. Read up on it. It's scarily effective.

about 8 months ago
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Boston Cops Outraged Over Plans to Watch Their Movements Using GPS

Dekker3D Re:Who watches the Watchers? (409 comments)

I agree. It'd be good if any form of tracking that gets applied to more than 0.01% of the public in a year, first gets applied to the police force.

about 8 months ago
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Sweden Is Closing Many Prisons Due to Lack of Prisoners

Dekker3D Looks like a comfortable, cheap apartment to me. (752 comments)

From a quick glance at the text and photos, I'd say this looks about as comfortable as my current life... and the surveillance there is only marginally worse than it is atm, thanks to the NSA :P

about 8 months ago
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The Register: 4 Ways the Guardian Could Have Protected Snowden

Dekker3D Re:Not sure what author of article is going for (233 comments)

Raspberry Pi?

If your hardware is compromised, you've got a problem anyway. And it's more likely for commonly used computer systems to be compromised, like desktop PCs and laptops, than something as geeky as a Raspberry. Other than that, those things are far easier to carry wherever, and have no wifi built in as far as I know. Most/all of the storage is removable, and you could probably set said storage to be read-only.

If you're going to build an air-gapped encryption/decryption device, you might as well go for a Raspberry Pi.

about a year ago
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Inside the Decision To Shut Down Silent Mail

Dekker3D Re: American hi-tech has a significant ethics prob (182 comments)

They can see the message going from your pc to Slashdot. They'll know about your hypothetical drug-smuggling plans anyway. Isn't that lovely?

about a year ago

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