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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Opportunist Re:Boycott (535 comments)

Terrorists are to you today what communists were to your father and fascists to your grandfather. Just one intangible group of people that we kinda-sorta know where to find on this globe (along with "there might be some in our country" that we can't find without some new laws that cut down your freedoms) to project your 2 minute hate o

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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Opportunist Re:Sets a precedent (535 comments)

I dunno if "If you watch that movie, chances are you're going to die in a terrorist attack" is a tagline that would make people want to see it. "A movie to die for" might be, but its literal application sure isn't.

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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Opportunist Re:Home of the brave? (535 comments)

I'd ask my appointment to move it somewhere else. Duh.

There's a line between stupid and brave. Brave is to face danger when there's necessity. Stupid is when you face danger when you could easily avoid it without losing anything.

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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Opportunist Re:Color me surprised (871 comments)

Not? Look at the two nutjobs you picked as examples and tell me it ain't so.

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Verizon "End-to-End" Encrypted Calling Includes Law Enforcement Backdoor

Opportunist Re:There is no "law enforcement only" backdoor (162 comments)

The bigger the group of people who have access to resources that are to remain secret, the bigger the threat that the secret gets out. It just takes one link in the chain to break it, and only one to talk to render a key useless.

Or, in other ways, while breaking a key may be impossible, breaking a kneecap isn't.

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Microsoft Gets Industry Support Against US Search Of Data In Ireland

Opportunist Re:Fix (137 comments)

War? You mean, like, with weapons and shit?

Don't be silly. Today you don't go to a "hot" war with an enemy of similar strength, with a coequal opponent you go for an economic style of war. Literally so.

The goal is not to bomb them back into the stone age. Only to fleece them. I.e. pretty much what has been going on the past decade or so.

Welcome to the new war.

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Verizon "End-to-End" Encrypted Calling Includes Law Enforcement Backdoor

Opportunist Re:Depends... (162 comments)

or the average contemporary game talking to its "always on" server, encrypted to avoid cracks. Or the average MMO communicating with its server, encrypted to make botting harder. Or maybe games isn't interesting enough, how about an encrypted VPN connection tunneling a Windows/XWindow session?

Voice is by no stretch the only real time dependent form of communication.

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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

Opportunist Long live capitalism! (367 comments)

If A breaks or gets broken, B will emerge to fill the void.

For reference, see content. When content for sale was broken past its usefulness by DRM, download pages popped up left and right where you could get it not only in better quality (no unskipable ads, no "always on" online connection for offline playing...), even the price was better!

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Verizon "End-to-End" Encrypted Calling Includes Law Enforcement Backdoor

Opportunist Re:Depends... (162 comments)

Any law has to be tested and evaluated. Never follow any laws blindly for this is what makes dictatorships possible in the first place. And don't think "I was just following orders" will eventually save you.

Laws must not be an excuse to do what simply is not right.

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Verizon "End-to-End" Encrypted Calling Includes Law Enforcement Backdoor

Opportunist Re:Depends... (162 comments)

Just out of curiosity, how do you identify voice data when it's encrypted?

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Verizon "End-to-End" Encrypted Calling Includes Law Enforcement Backdoor

Opportunist Re:This should be free (162 comments)

You might want to enlighten us what system you would present to replace CAs. It should at the very least solve this problem: How do I verify the identity of the other end?

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Verizon "End-to-End" Encrypted Calling Includes Law Enforcement Backdoor

Opportunist Re:It's required (162 comments)

In this case there would have been nothing easier than create a new company out of thin air that sells the service that is no telco. It's not like creating a new virtual company is hard in this country.

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Verizon "End-to-End" Encrypted Calling Includes Law Enforcement Backdoor

Opportunist Re:How is this different than the clipper chip? (162 comments)

That's the new democracy. You keep voting until the outcome the aristocracy wants happens. But you have the total choice, provided you can be available at 2am at the bottom of the ocean where the free election is going to be held.

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Verizon "End-to-End" Encrypted Calling Includes Law Enforcement Backdoor

Opportunist Re:Who cares what it means? Are people buying it? (162 comments)

Rather unlikely after this revelation.

People who don't care about a secure communication line won't buy it because they don't care about having a secure communication line.
People who do care about a secure communication line won't buy it because they do care about having a secure communication line.

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Verizon "End-to-End" Encrypted Calling Includes Law Enforcement Backdoor

Opportunist There is no "law enforcement only" backdoor (162 comments)

Any backdoor is by definition available to everyone. Some may have a key, the others have lockpicks.

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Microsoft Gets Industry Support Against US Search Of Data In Ireland

Opportunist Re:Probably cruel but... (137 comments)

Back then there was no Snowden, and the companies thought (correctly) that nobody gave half a shit about privacy.

This changed. Big time.

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Microsoft Gets Industry Support Against US Search Of Data In Ireland

Opportunist Re:You don't say! (137 comments)

The implications are far further reaching than whether you can wash your dirty tax laundry somewhere offshore. This is about a country wanting to reach into the jurisdiction of another country and dictating them how to behave. That is unacceptable, especially from a country that is considered friendly. How do you think the US would react if Ireland told them to hand over documents from the branch of an Irish company 'cause they think that they try to harbor documents belonging to the IRA there.

Just in case anyone comes in and says "but terrorism"...

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Microsoft Gets Industry Support Against US Search Of Data In Ireland

Opportunist Re:Probably cruel but... (137 comments)

Well, if the US get their way in this case, who in their sane mind would host it with a US company?

That's the main reason why the others side with MS in this one. If the US get their way, no company on this planet would touch a data center that is remotely in league with a US based company with a 10 foot pole.

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Microsoft Gets Industry Support Against US Search Of Data In Ireland

Opportunist Re:A different kind of justice for multinationals (137 comments)

The US can bite my shiny metal ass with a court order. I'm neither there nor in a country that would send me over.

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Microsoft Gets Industry Support Against US Search Of Data In Ireland

Opportunist Re:Fix (137 comments)

The US cannot force a sovereign foreign company? The US can force (or "persuade") entire countries and groups of countries to dance when they play the pipe, you think this would change anything?

TTIP, anyone? So far I cannot see anything in there that is NOT exclusively beneficial to the US and puts everyone else at a severe disadvantage, but do you see any kind of protest against it from inside governments?

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Bush shoe attack beneficial for its maker

Opportunist Opportunist writes  |  more than 5 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 5 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 6 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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