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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

N1AK Re:"makes people FEEL less safe and secure"? (210 comments)

I noticed the disconnect as well. I use Facebook and I still don't think what it needs is for people to be more blindly trusting on there. It's blind trust that leads to people following links to malicious sites etc.

13 hours ago
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Favorite clickbait hook?

N1AK Re:Why (200 comments)

It works, for now, so it's hardly a shock that it's spreading. The best we can do is refuse to follow clickbait links and wait for the rest of the population to catch up.

2 days ago
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Favorite clickbait hook?

N1AK Re:Am I doing something right? (200 comments)

I won't follow links in clickbait formats. I don't care if they might actually contain information I'd find interesting or informative. I will not encourage or support the use of unhelpful headlines to draw in readers. I had a look a while ago for a browser plugin that would remove them entirely but the best I could find was one that changed them into more realistic language "You won't find it hard to believe..." etc.

2 days ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

N1AK Re:yes, Bush WAS RIGHT (376 comments)

BUSH WAS RIGHT!!!

You're going to be killed. I'm bound to be right, because when you die of natural causes in many years a bunch of muppets will claim I said you were going to "die" and thus I was right all those years ago ;)

5 days ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

N1AK Re:So confused (376 comments)

but you can't actually ignore that there's a treaty (the UN Charter is a treaty) that's US law under the constitution, and signers agreed not to cross other nation's borders with force without security council authorization..

Sadly it seems pretty clear that you can ignore it as I'm yet to see any remotely serious consideration of the idea of actually doing anything about the, imo, illegal intervention in Iraq.

5 days ago
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The Subtle Developer Exodus From the Mac App Store

N1AK Re:Ob (229 comments)

Where was their market research? Where was their marketing? Any traditional non-technology startup that forgets do do these things will fail.

Bullshit. You think Facebook did market research before starting up? It's ludicrous to think that most companies do extensive market research and marketing at launch. It's also equally naive to think that doing market research and marketing automatically means you'll be a success.

But then this is the internet where you can respond to a post that in no way mentions market research, let alone says they didn't do any, by suggesting that's where they went wrong so obviously it's a +5 insightful post.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Can't Google Block Spam In Gmail?

N1AK Re:WTF? (261 comments)

So does mine, however I think the submission is talking about emails in the spam folder. The majority of email in my spam folder has titles so incredibly bizarre as to self-evidently be junk, for example a load of spaced out nonsense letters surrounded by symbol characters. It's dissapointing that Google can't either define these as categorically unwanted and remove them entirely, or doesn't want to. Having them removed automatically would leave me with less email in my spam folder which would save me time when I check it for the rare false positives.

about a week ago
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Netflix To Charge More For 4K Video

N1AK Re:Understandable. (158 comments)

That said: Who the fuck wants to stream 2160p medium? I personally haven't found benefit from 720p and given that few of my monitors support 1080p there's no benefit to streaming at that resolution, especially given the mean quality of video entertainment available nowadays.

There isn't a screen in my house that isn't 1080p (even tablets and phones). The difference between SD and 1080p is huge (though I expect that a good quality 720p signal probably gives 75%+ of the benefit). I wasn't an early adoptor of HD but I'm a convert now I'm on it. I doubt I'll be an early adoptor of 4K either, and certainly don't expect the difference to be all that noticable but I'll probably get in on it in around 4-5 years when it's lost most of its price premium and become established.

about a week ago
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Statisticians Uncover What Makes For a Stable Marriage

N1AK Re:Do a prenup (445 comments)

It is a likely event (look at the % of people who get divorced!) and I fail to see why either pretending like, or actually, believing it couldn't possibly happen in your own case is the wise course of action. My view on a pre-nup would depend largely on the reason and fairness of contract rather than it existing.

about a week ago
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London Unveils New Driverless Subway Trains

N1AK Re:I've been wondering why this took so long (127 comments)

London's Tube Drivers are extremely militant - it's normal to have a couple of strikes per year (sometimes over "normal" industrial disputes like pay, sometimes because, I suspect, they just want to remind people they can do it).

And it's worked for them so far sadly. They have an incredible deal compared to equivalent workers on other networks, regularly shake down the government for more by threatening not to do their job during major events, and continue to whine incessently. I'd pay more for my travel if it meant getting rid of drivers sooner because they're a liability to London's public transport.

about two weeks ago
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Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

N1AK Re:metric you insensitive clod! (403 comments)

You're right. In my experience American dicks are bigger, and far more common; you can barely swing super sized soda in the US without hitting a obese dick

about two weeks ago
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US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

N1AK Re:American Exceptionalism (335 comments)

How do US authorities feel about foreign nations hacking into US military and corporate computers?

As absolutely wrong as their position is ethically I don't think there's quite the hypocrisy being claimed. I doubt the Chinese are punishing the people hacking into American servers for them either, warrant or not. In theory a US warrant shouldn't even be valid for a server in the UK, so the FBI is commiting a crime in Britain by hacking a machine that is located there without a UK warrant. The question is whether the laws of the country the server is in make what the FBI did criminal, whether the country is willing to take it to court and whether they can do anything about it anyway.

about two weeks ago
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DoJ: Law Enforcement Can Impersonate People On Facebook

N1AK Re:disgusting (191 comments)

The American soldiers in the Revolutionary War, the same; they may have resorted to some guerrilla warfare type tactics, but against British soldiers

Learn a little history before lecturing people on it. There were plenty of appaling crimes against laoyalists by patriots during the revolutionary war. It's naive to think that the biggest difference between terrorist and freedom fighter can be found in semantics. Hell the US support of the Taliban followed by all out war against them should make a mockery of any attempt to pretend the labels are anything more than political these days.

about two weeks ago
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Brits Must Trade Digital Freedoms For Safety, Says Crime Agency Boss

N1AK Re:That's How Law Works (264 comments)

To some extent, our Human Rights Act here has served a similar purpose in recent years, but of course the Tories want to get rid of that as well.

Those Tories that you decry for wanting rid of it are the same party that were extremely influential in drafting and spreading them across Europe. As long as you, and so many others, see politcal parties through such a biased lens we'll continue to make poor politcal choices. The ECHR is a small group of unelected individuals, they just happen to align better with your (and my) opinion than the conservative party on human rights. Should we have joined the Euro to take economic policy off the small group of lawmakers you think we can't trust and hand it to the EU who you claim have our interests closer to heart? Or have you arbitrarily decided that Europe will protect human rights correctly but won't protect our economy correctly for some reason...

about two weeks ago
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Brits Must Trade Digital Freedoms For Safety, Says Crime Agency Boss

N1AK Re:Leader quotation bingo (264 comments)

I've come to the conclusion that we have to protect our own freedoms. The internet gives us a unique opportunity to do that with strong cryptography that even the government can't break.

I'm not so optimistic. We're already seeing hard push back against Apple's decision to design its device encryption in a way that stops it (and thus government) from being able to decrypt it. You can already be compelled by law in both the US or UK to give up encryption keys. If you travel through a UK airport you can be detained and and questioned, without the right to legal representation, under laws that make refusing to answer the question a crime. Governments could block encrypted communication between 'non-certified' parties, where they certify, which would make your self-protect by encryption idea implausible.

As long as a majority of the population is either uninterested in, or against encryption/privacy etc, then there is very little those of us who are bothered can do to protect themselves. Yes I can send my mundane day to day emails encrypted and no one will care, however if I ever did anything that drew attention (supporting a group the government doesn't approve of) then chances are all the steps I take won't stop them.

about two weeks ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

N1AK Re:WfW in VM (554 comments)

Until most 32 systems are retired or until Windows simply cannot run well on 32 bit systems, it makes no sense for Microsoft to drop support

There's a difference between dropping support and not supporting it on a new OS version. I doubt the cost of maintaining Win 8.1 32 bit for an extra couple of years, but making Win 10 64 bit only would be more work for them. If there are people still running Win XP on 32 bit devices after Win 7 and Win 8.1 then how many of them are plausibly going to want to buy Win 10 anyway.

about three weeks ago
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

N1AK Re: There is no "almost impossible" (236 comments)

It's exactly the same, just an especially pointless variation. You need to get these OTP to someone in a way that is completely secure from interception (which begs the question why not send the message itself that way). Most people aren't going to take up an encryption mechanism which means sharing USB pens loaded with OTPs to everyone they communicate with.

Besides which, talking of splitting hairs, given that I said "I accept it is encryption" how exactly was I claiming it wasn't?

about three weeks ago
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

N1AK Re:They should increase the number of 'canaries' (236 comments)

They should also provide each user their own 'custom' canary.

Unfortunately that's entirely impossible in the current situation. The canaries that are currently use, or used recently, have to be very carefully constructed to avoid removing it breaching the laws regarding the secrecy of the orders. Apple's view, at least until recently, was that disclosing that they hadn't received any, for anyone, was generic enough as to not breach secrecy. Doing it for individual users would be about as legally sound as phoning the user up and warning him that the Feds are after him.

about a month ago
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

N1AK Re:There is no "almost impossible" (236 comments)

My issue with calling OTPs encryption in this sense, although I accept it is encryption, is that it's really more like giving someone half the message than almost any other type of encryption. If I said I could encrypt the entire Bible to "1" by having a key that contained enough data to produce the contents of the bible then people might take exception to how useful my scheme was.

about a month ago
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

N1AK Re:There is no "almost impossible" (236 comments)

Which is different to anything in the past how? If the police in 1920 turned up at a lawyers and threatened to break his knees if he didn't give them all of a client's paperwork they'd have everything in minutes. As long as law enforcement can use force it can get this information.

There is however a big difference between a world in which they can get all that data secretly behind the scenes, and one in which they have to overtly threaten/force people to hand it over in person.

about a month ago

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