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ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption

Errol backfiring Re:Preferred Solution (245 comments)

I do not expect my mum / uncle / holiday friend or any other non-technical person to be able to even use GPG. Let alone find other ways to decrypt it. Alas, e-mail security mainly hangs on secure connections.

about a month ago
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German Spy Agency Seeks Millions To Monitor Social Networks

Errol backfiring Early attack warning system (59 comments)

Well, at least that part will work, given that they perform the attack themselves.

about a month ago
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The Effect of Programming Language On Software Quality

Errol backfiring Re:Other factors. (217 comments)

On the contrary. Lots of casual programmers use SQL.

about a month and a half ago
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Birds Found Using Human Musical Scales For the First Time

Errol backfiring Re:Musical scales based on math, not on culture (80 comments)

Not anymore. Since the domination of the equal temperament scales, only the octave sounds pure. I am curious to whether the birds use our modern equal temperament scales or more natural scales.

about a month and a half ago
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Could Maroney Be Prosecuted For Her Own Hacked Pictures?

Errol backfiring Re:losing your rights (274 comments)

who is the victim?

The sacred economy!

about 2 months ago
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China Worried About Terrorist Pigeons

Errol backfiring Re:Avian carriers (92 comments)

Indeed. The Chinese authorities should have shaved the pigeon's heads, like the Romans did (important messages were tattooed on a slave's head, and a week or so later it was overgrown enough to send him on his way).

about 3 months ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

Errol backfiring Re:So they can call it Windows X (399 comments)

Does that mean they will finally support the X protocol? Maybe even over SSH?

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

Errol backfiring Re:just ask anyone! (269 comments)

Does it reboot to Linux if you use your middle finger?

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

Errol backfiring Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (269 comments)

No need to pin. After some net searching, you can find how to add a launch bar to win7 as well. Many disabled features can be re-enabled on win7, but it takes a hell of a long time to find and do it.

about 3 months ago
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Analyzing Silk Road 2.0

Errol backfiring Re:Dollars mean nothing (68 comments)

No, but dollars don't say anything. Weight or volume or things like "enough to ensure world peace by getting each soldier world-wide high for 20 years" are more descriptive.

about 3 months ago
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Analyzing Silk Road 2.0

Errol backfiring Dollars mean nothing (68 comments)

The price is only so high because these drugs are illegal. I can't see the page (slashdotted?), but chances are that these drugs would not even be worthwhile to sell if the price was not driven up by making them illegal.

about 3 months ago
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EU Gives Google Privacy Policy Suggestions About Data Protection

Errol backfiring Re:Personalized privacy policies? (42 comments)

13. Shared data. anyone lured to our servers agrees by uploading personal data to Google cloud that any dick pics are both hackable and for sale to the highest bidder.

There, fixed that for you. You don't have to be a subscriber to be stalked by Google. There's no consent. Google is the major company that made internet browsing without adblockers downright impossible.

about 3 months ago
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Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets

Errol backfiring Wall Street is like Regular Expressions (167 comments)

If you take your company to the vultures of Wall Street, you find that you have created an extra problem.

about 3 months ago
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Hundreds of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

Errol backfiring Re:Just in time for another record cold winter (200 comments)

"Global warming" quickly got replaced with "Global weirding". Not all places on the world heat up, but the extremes get a lot more extreme, so some parts have now droughts for years, other places get flooded, permafrost areas thaw, etc.

about 3 months ago
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The Myths and Realities of Synthetic Bioweapons

Errol backfiring Still not easy (36 comments)

IT would probably be easier, bot not exactly easy. Off course, terrorists could "cook up a weapon" as they need it, and if they can use suicidal people to do that for them, they have a severe advantage to military forces. Making such weapons is hard, but storing them is also quite hard. So if you use someone else to make it for you, these weapons are useless unless you use them immediately.

about 3 months ago
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New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails

Errol backfiring Re:He swore? (200 comments)

If figures. When I swear it usually shows my true feelings of that moment. And when I would find such a disrespect of human rights and the constitution, I would swear as hell.

about 3 months ago
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Treasure Map: NSA, GCHQ Work On Real-Time "Google Earth" Internet Observation

Errol backfiring Consider it done (267 comments)

Oh we already have enough random data in the pipe: facebook, twitter and youtube.

about 3 months ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

Errol backfiring Re:COBOL and FORTRAN (387 comments)

In pieces. The database or whatever storage is used could be a good starting point to abstract. See How to Ride a Dinosaur.

about 3 months ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

Errol backfiring Re:COBOL and FORTRAN (387 comments)

I would not replace it with something new, but migrate it to something maintainable.

you know the mantra:

  • If it ain't broke, maintain it
  • If it's broke, either repair it or discard it
  • If it's beyond maintenance, it's definitely broke

The fact that it is a core business system does not provide an excuse, it makes it even worse.

about 3 months ago

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In the Netherlands, criticising the money system is not allowed

Errol backfiring Errol backfiring writes  |  about a year ago

Errol backfiring (1280012) writes "The organization OnsGeld.nu ("our money dot now") has been denied a payment account for receiving donations (in Dutch) (Google translation in English) because they want to reform the money system. They want to inform the public about what they think is wrong with our money system and push for changing the law towards full-reserve banking. They are not against banks, just against how banking is performed.

After they called the payment provider to explain that they are not against banks, but against the way banking is legally allowed to be done, and that they are striving to get the banking law changed, they were informed that pushing for change in money politics is not acceptable."
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Dutch providers do not need to block Pirate Bay

Errol backfiring Errol backfiring writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Errol backfiring (1280012) writes "The judge thinks that Brein (a dutch "intellectual property" group) should go after individual customers, not after the internet service providers.
(article link in dutch). This decision is not final.

Brein had sued the provider Ziggo, and the provider XS4ALL has joined them on principal grounds. The verdict (PDF, dutch) can be found at https://www.xs4all.nl/nieuws/pdf/Vonnis_kort_geding190710.pdf"

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Romanic vs Germanic property and religion

Errol backfiring Errol backfiring writes  |  more than 4 years ago

While I am searching for types of properrty and its history, I have found a few references that the transition from catholic to protestant religion has also brought a change from germanic property ("clan" property, property that means responsibility) to romanic property ("if I own it I can do with it what I want, even if it hurts others").

the problem is that I cannot see any sense in it. Why would protestants see property different from catholics? If anyone out there is reading this and can give some insight, please post a comment.

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