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Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

Opportunist Re:Think about the children (372 comments)

If you think of the children all the time, you are probably a pedo.

9 hours ago
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Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

Opportunist Re:I love when fascists whine (372 comments)

It's from their enemies, not their friends, that people learn to build walls.

9 hours ago
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Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

Opportunist Re:And why is this? (372 comments)

This reminds me of an old tale.

Sun and Wind were arguing who was more powerful. Both argued at length and neither would accept the other one's arguments, so they decided for a competition. They saw a man walking across the land and Wind suggested that whoever gets the coat off him should be considered the most powerful one.

Sun agreed and Wind prepared for the worst. He started to blow and the winds picked up, he put more and more power behind it and soon a veritable hurricane was ripping at the poor man in his quest to pry that coat off him. But the more Wind blew, the tighter the man grabbed his coat and didn't want to let go, growing only more determined at staying warm and sheltered within his only protection from the elements that threw him about.

Soon Wind sat down, exhausted and wheezing. He laughed at Sun who was still sitting there, knowing that she could never succeed where he could not with all his might.

Sun did what Sun did best. She shone. She brightened up the day and warmth filled the air, her beams heating up the ground the man walked on and giving him warmth as well. She just sat there, waiting, providing the warmth every being needs.

And the man eventually decided it's too hot to wear a coat and took it off.

I leave the interpretation to the reader. It's not hard, but maybe we should still explain it to the DOJ, I doubt they'll get it.

9 hours ago
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Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

Opportunist Here's a quote for you, dear DOJ (372 comments)

“When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.”

And yes, it's of course Jefferson.

It's funny how the very own people who founded your country would probably be the ones that would rebel again against the way you fuck it up today!

9 hours ago
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Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

Opportunist Re:When everyone is guilty... (372 comments)

Well, everyone IS guilty. I can't remember (someone please help me with a link) that there was a study that showed that everyone breaks the law a couple times every day, without even noticing.

We get more and more fucked up and entirely unenforceable laws. The only reason being that IF, cancel that, AS SOON AS we need something to nail you down with, we'll find something.

9 hours ago
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Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

Opportunist Re:Microsoft would be onto a winner if... (375 comments)

New technology will come and add to it, that's a given. But do you really think throwing out what we used for ages is a good idea? Can you point me to a new input medium aside of keyboard and mouse that offers better control in a desktop environment? And no, I don't give a shit about how great the new crap works on tablets and phones. I want a DESKTOP operating system. If something else works better on a tablet, do something else on a tablet. Simple as that. Even Apple was smart enough to know that one size fits all works in operating systems about as well as it does with underwear.

2 days ago
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Plan C: The Cold War Plan Which Would Have Brought the US Under Martial Law

Opportunist Re:An uncooperative American public.... (299 comments)

Initially, maybe. When the first barns get flattened by M1s, including whatever is inside, the resistance should falter pretty quickly.

2 days ago
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Plan C: The Cold War Plan Which Would Have Brought the US Under Martial Law

Opportunist Re:Not surprising in the least. (299 comments)

The problem with these "emergency modes" is that they run infinitely. With censorship and martial law in place, how would you know that it's time to get back to a normal mode of operation if the powers that are don't want to return to it?

2 days ago
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Plan C: The Cold War Plan Which Would Have Brought the US Under Martial Law

Opportunist Re: There are still contingency plans (299 comments)

You want to use regular military against your own population?

History is not on your side when it comes to the question of their loyalty.

2 days ago
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Plan C: The Cold War Plan Which Would Have Brought the US Under Martial Law

Opportunist Re:Did anyone expect otherwise? (299 comments)

That's something entirely different. Nuclear war has been planned again and again. Katrina and 9/11 were unplanned and had to be improvised. 9/11 was simply a total surprise and Katrina, well, while it was likely to happen and everyone knew it would, there was simply no money in preparing for it.

2 days ago
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Plan C: The Cold War Plan Which Would Have Brought the US Under Martial Law

Opportunist Re:Urban legend? (299 comments)

Where's the problem? Just ask nicely, they're Canadians!

2 days ago
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Doomsday Clock Moved Two Minutes Forward, To 23:57

Opportunist Re:What a surprise (215 comments)

Well, then maybe you can point me to the US left?

2 days ago
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Doomsday Clock Moved Two Minutes Forward, To 23:57

Opportunist Re:^^Winner (215 comments)

So tell us, when did the US have a system that effectively allows more than 2 parties to exist? Aside of the few transition periods where parties died out and new ones emerged, there has never been a 3+ party system.

The last time a candidate in a presidental election won a state was 1968. The last time a non DemRep came in second was Roosevelt in 1916, though one may dispute whether that "counts" considering that he WAS prez before. But we might as well count it since there has not been a single other occasion since the civil war (which was the ONLY time when there was actually a "free for all" game). But that price is a tad bit high if you ask me just to break up the two party dictatorship.

2 days ago
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Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

Opportunist Re:Microsoft would be onto a winner if... (375 comments)

Nobody would mind a better OS, but when the GUI has reached the pinnacle of usefulness, why try to force a change?

To entertain everyone with the ever popular car analogies, a car has a steering wheel, two or three pedals and a dashboard with a more or less common way to display what you want. The designs changed over time, but that's fairly constant. Why? Because it's been tried and proven as useful and intuitive, and people all over the globe know how to deal with this. It works. It works great. You don't see car manufacturers try to come up with, I don't know, a HOTAS setup for cars (well, maybe in some far out "concept" cars to entertain the press, but sure as fuck not in series cars) or try to be "creative" with their user interface. Despite heaps of changes under the hood in the past decades. Quite seriously, cars ain't the same they were 2 decades ago, but the user interface didn't change at all!

And? Do you see people lament and complain how they don't need a new car 'cause it just looks like the old one? Slap on a new paint job and design the exterior differently and they'll go "ohhh shiny!" and buy it.

Same for GUIs. Keep the user experience the same, just round the edges and make it flashy and gadget-y (and PLEASE allow us to disable all the blinkenlights, for those that don't want SHINY but rather go for useful).

2 days ago
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Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

Opportunist Re:Terrible names (375 comments)

Almost. But it's the OS that's alive or dead, you just won't know 'til you try to save your work.

2 days ago
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Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

Opportunist Re:Terrible names (375 comments)

Sorry, but "Charm Bar" isn't sounding quite geeky. If anything it sounds fruity. When I hear "charm bar", the first thing that comes to my mind is soap. And I do not mean SOAP!

2 days ago
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Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

Opportunist Re:Screenshots (375 comments)

Damn right, I could be productive, why the heck would I want that in an OS that I have to use at work?

2 days ago
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Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

Opportunist Re:Three-month-old Continuum screenshot (375 comments)

Great, now all they still have to do is replace that right portion with something useful and we might get a GUI again that's usable.

2 days ago

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Bush shoe attack beneficial for its maker

Opportunist Opportunist writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Opportunist (166417) writes "You might remember how Bush was attacked by a reporter with his shoes. Now, some people wondered why. Some wondered how he got through security with his assassination devices. Some wondered whether his bodyguards were having a field trip day and how this was possible.

Others wondered "what shoes are those". And they found out. It was the Ducati Model 271, now redubbed the Bush-Shoe. And sales are skyrocketing. The Turkish company making them can't keep up with the demand. Who said that a personal visit of a politician couldn't be beneficial for the economy in the country?

How to interpret this is maybe up for debate. Personally, I think some people took "voting with your feet" and showing their political view with them to a new level."

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Stupidfilter: The end of Trolling on /.?

Opportunist Opportunist writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Opportunist (166417) writes "What would /. be without "FRIST POST!", In Soviet Russia memes and a confirmation of netcraft? Well, if Stupidfilter becomes what it claims to be soon, we might find out. The makers of this OSS claim that they can (soon) filter out stupidity, ignorance and trolling from boards, making the life of moderators and administrators worldwide a lot easier. Currently it relies mostly on the amount of CAPS in a text, the mix of letters and some statistics. Soon it shall become able to sense typos and grammatical errors, which shall hopefully increase the chance to catch dumb postings. Of course, the implications are that non-native speakers (like me) might get caught in the filter due to a (possibly) higher rate of misspelled words and a (likely) smaller vocabulary. And of course it can be used as a "content filter", to keep out unwanted opinions. So whether this technology will bring us less trolling or less freedom to discuss (or whether it brings us anything at all), only time will tell."
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When Amazon sells Audiophile cables...

Opportunist Opportunist writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Opportunist (166417) writes "...comments go berserk. Now, I certainly don't want to decide whether audio equipment that costs 10k is worth it, or at least improves sound quality in any way. I even don't want to judge whether cables that only transmit digital data can have a positive impact. Personally, I don't see why a "better 1 or 0" makes better sound.

But what I know is that when Amazon sells such a gem, people go berserk with comments. Some even found Jesus in their BBQ sauce.

The first Audiophile vs. Anti-Audiophile war on Amazon. Truely a good laugh.

(to be honest, I just submit the story hoping to find out whether it's possible to create a /. effect on Amazon...)"
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Large Hadron Collider - The doomsday device?

Opportunist Opportunist writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Opportunist (166417) writes "We're all going to die! The LHC (Large Hadron Collider), the big underground donut in Genf that shoots little particles onto each other, is going to create a black hole that is going to swallow us all alive!

Or so Mr. Walter Wagner claims on his homepage. He demands in no uncertain terms that this project is to be put on hold until the dangers can be assessed, after all we only have one Earth, and no backups to restore from.

A bit of insight from people who know more about those things would be interesting. Can energy that could possibly heat a cup of coffee create a tempest in the teapot? And more important, what motivates people to prophesy doom? I mean, when you're wrong, you're ridiculed, when you're right, you're dead... how do you win?"

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Amazon delists music after battle with MI

Opportunist Opportunist writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Opportunist (166417) writes "It all started with Amazon buying music cheaply abroad and selling it expensively in the EU. Now, the music industry did not like that of course, deemed those imports "illegal" and sent a cease and desist letter. Amazon decided to bend to the MIs will. And do more than that. They not only delisted the CDs required, they pulled almost everything from Sony and Warner (and a few topsellers of Universal and EMI) from their range of products. In the meantime, after a quick talk, it seems the problem has been resolved. For now. Neither side really considers it settled, it just seems both agree that such a battle should not be fought right now, in the week before the big spending event. Though one has to wonder: Who is actually in the stronger position when they canot find an agreement?"
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