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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

Severus Snape Re:So basically (441 comments)

Sorry for the late reply, I hope you still read this!

I don't think the issue is the size of governence, more it must be decentralised. Power needs to be close to the people whom it effects with their needs and wants important to the decision making, only then is it effective.

We call our western societies democractic, but are they really? It is what differentiates us from those scary crazy dictatoriships, but we are not much different. I find it hard to imagine the will of the people being pro to everything Snowden has leaked. It has infact shown that the domestic population are the enemy of the state, no matter what way the media and politicians try to spin it. At the heart of anarchism and social libertarian ideals is direct democracy, where indiviudals vote on policies directly instead of electing people to do that for us. Our representational democracy system may sound great on paper but as we see in practice it doesn't really work. I don't see benevolent dicatoriship as ideal at all, that is centralisation of power which is everything libertarian ideals are against.

about a week ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

Severus Snape Re:So basically (441 comments)

...and become anarchists?

Moded parent funny, decided to reply now though..

It's worth mentioning that the word libertarian means something completely different in America as to the rest of the world. I'm European, I don't like using the word anarchist in describing my political opinions, because of the connotations of the word. I can happily use Libertarian-(Socialist) though. Libertarianism under capitalism is getting rid of one of the bad guys, and letting the other bad guy multiply ten times in size. Both are incompatible with each other.

about two weeks ago
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State Department Joins NOAA, USPS In Club of Hacked Federal Agencies

Severus Snape Damn pesky Russians! (54 comments)

Hot on the heels of recent cyber attacks on NOAA, the USPS, and the White House, the New York Times Reports that the U.S. State Department has also suffered an online security breach, though it's not clear who to blame.

For a moment there I thought TFA was not going to blindly name drop China or Russia. Don't worry folks, they did not forget!

about two weeks ago
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For Some Would-Be Google Glass Buyers and Devs, Delays May Mean Giving Up

Severus Snape Re:80$ components =/= 1500$ price tag (154 comments)

Wearables just aren't ready yet for mainstream consumers. Tablets existed way before the iPad and worked relatively well, but had many shortcomings that prevented them from becoming synonyms with day to day life (battery life, desktop interface, too heavy and bulky, wifi infrastructure, to name a few) the iPad came at the right time and became a massive success. Google are being pretty smart I think, they could be selling it for 200$, lots of people would flock to buy it, but that would be stupid. They know it isn't ready, so keeping it within the hands of few, learning what isn't quite right with it and improving it version by version is the right play.

about two weeks ago
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Linux Foundation Comments On Microsoft's Increasing Love of Linux

Severus Snape Business model of the 90's != today. (162 comments)

To put it bluntly, Microsoft's past is full of a lot of sleazy shit with their boot attempting to stamp all over the Linux ecosystem many times. To this day I still can't believe they threw over one hundred million dollars (at least, we only have leaked but confirmed information to go on) to SCO (a competitor!) just to hurt Linux. Balmer and Gates built a massive business on the back of their shenanigans, and kudos to them, the game is capitalism at the end of the day.

Is it the same company today? I'm not so sure. I'm sure some of the internal company culture is still there but they have a different vision and direction. Today they announced open sourcing the whole entire .net stack with OS X and Linux support. Any suggestion of that a few years ago and the internet would ridicule you in to crying in a corner.

We should still be wary, that's for sure. They are not the same evil beast they once were though.

about two weeks ago
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More Tor .Onion Sites May Get Digital Certificates Soon

Severus Snape Lessons previous learned: (52 comments)

Lavabit.

You would need to be a fucking moron to not believe there is not a warrant drafted for the FISC court already. Trust in any US web stakeholders for any users privacy is fallacy. Never mind when getting up to illegal shenanigans found on .onion like Silk Road.

about three weeks ago
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Ballmer Says Amazon Isn't a "Real Business"

Severus Snape Balmer is a smart man. (283 comments)

He knows fine well Amazon could start generating profits whenever they want. It is a crazy business model they have but it continues to work well for them. Every year they have more fingers in a plethora of interconnected pies.

about a month ago
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Silk Road Lawyers Poke Holes In FBI's Story

Severus Snape So.. (191 comments)

FBI: We got the evidence through illict methods, so here is a nice little story we made up that is designed to be difficult to argue against.

about 2 months ago
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Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

Severus Snape What is this guy smoking.. (494 comments)

The Yes and Better Together campaigns have sensationalised both sides of the argument, it has been very unfortunate that unbiased and impartial facts and information have been so out of reach. While I have no doubt the owner of the startup TFA is talking to has a much greater depth of knowledge in his field than a mere CompSci student like myself and if he feels a no vote is best for his company, then who am I to argue but some of his points are borderline repeat drivile of 'the world is going to fall down' propoganda that have been relented on Scotland increasingly as the referendum has got closer. It worked well for Canada, so it was to be expected for the No side at least. That said..

For tech start-ups, funding will be tougher to find and more expensive, there will be no local banks, access to EU markets and the freedom of movement will be curtailed.

His first argument about funding, who the hell even knows, he might be right, he might be wrong, it could be exactly the same. That really all depends on the policies of a government that would get voted in next year after a yes vote. Nobody has any idea what party that would be or what policies that party might have. Banks are going absolutely nowhere, two banks (RBS and Lloyds, who are both overwelmingly owned by the UK government is must be mentioned) have said they would move their registered address to London, and quite frankly this is a good thing. Their reckless gambling in part of the economic crash almost brought the UK economy in to chaos. We, the UK taxpayer woke up that day to be informed we bailed them out to the tune for trillions of pounds, and we better just deal with it. Of course it is in their best interests to be registered with a government who will tolerate such recklessness. The biggest threat to Scotland's membership of the EU is the UK wide referendum proposed in 2017. The current Scottish government has spent the last parliment drafting European Law in to Scots Law to make the process as easy as possible. Many of the arguments used to say rentry to the EU after a yes vote would take so long are based around examples like Turkey who are just a mile off meeting the many requirements set for EU entry.

Some countries may veto Scotland's entry into the EU because "they do not want their own secessionist regions to go for independence,"

Some countries with their own scessionist regions wanting independence have already stated that if Scotland votes for independence it will have no problem agreeing to her entry to the EU because the referendum is taken place in full agreement with the UK government. (He is referring to Catalonia in Spain)

about 2 months ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

Severus Snape Re:The UK would just have them moved... (375 comments)

Way to go for the most uninformed comment in this thread. They are stored under a mountain, nukes aren't exactly front lawn material. The cost of building a new complex to store them would be high and would take a considerable amount of time.

about 3 months ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

Severus Snape Here is what would happen (375 comments)

Scotland wants a formal currency union.
Rest of the UK needs their nukes and has no place to put them.

A deal would be done where Scotland keeps the nukes on her shores until a suitable replacement site can be built, this would take a least 10 years, it's been suggested privately already by some Tory minister (I'm sure it was The Guardian that ran the story at the time). That said, this is all moot since the vote isn't going to pass unfortunetly.

about 3 months ago
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Google Is Offering Free Coding Lessons To Women and Minorities

Severus Snape Re:I'd love some free Google classes (376 comments)

But I'm a white male. I have nothing Google wants. :(

Modded parent funny, assuming sarcasm now I'm not so sure..

about 5 months ago
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NYC Councilman (and Open Source Developer) Submits Bill Establishing Open Source Preference

Severus Snape Re:QA (105 comments)

No, just no. The quality of OSS is too bad. Well, let's not say bad per se, but it varies a lot. What you win in software licensing costs, you lose in fighting all the bugs. Too many of your support calls will be wasting your time with silly glitches.

Unity (back in 2011 remember) is a very twisted example to go for, a piece of very immature software. Part of Ubuntu 11.10 which was an non LTS release. If any IT manager deploys that in the first place you've got much bigger problems than painful support calls.

about 5 months ago
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Band Releases Album As Linux Kernel Module

Severus Snape Made it to Slashdot. (128 comments)

I'd say publicity mission successfully.

about 7 months ago
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WRT54G Successor Falls Flat On Promises

Severus Snape Re:OMFG compile! (113 comments)

Holy crap you have to actually compile it yourself! What is the world coming to? You mean hacking isn’t just plugging stuff together?

OK the thing has problems, that’s news. But if compiling is considered hard, well, it’s hard to see you as a nerd.

RTFA. The patches are a mess, don't compile cleanly and the wireless driver is missing. Rendering it an expensive paperweight.

about 7 months ago
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Heartbleed Used To Bypass 2-Factor Authentication, Hijack User Sessions

Severus Snape Re:NSA is so annoyed right now (59 comments)

This doesn't negate the fact that this was their favorite vulnerability. Realistically most intelligence services probably new about this shortly after that commit.

How so was it their "favorite vulnerability"? Is there even a shread of evidence linking them with it? Exploits exist in code - we found a big bad one - great. Many white hats will have looked at the code and not noticed the flaw. That doesn't mean the NSA were using it. I'm not for a moment saying the NSA wouldn't use a similar exploit but there's nothing special about Heartbleed.

about 7 months ago
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Heartbleed Used To Bypass 2-Factor Authentication, Hijack User Sessions

Severus Snape Re:NSA is so annoyed right now (59 comments)

We all love a bit of conspiracy but it was not intentionally malicious. Simple mistake by some professor.

about 7 months ago
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Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

Severus Snape Hmmm (360 comments)

Maybe the relationship is over and Mercedes is feeling a little bitter?

about 7 months ago
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Inside the Stolen Smartphone Black Market In London

Severus Snape Re:Changing IMEI is illegal (109 comments)

OR it should just be impossible to do in the first place. There is absolutely no viable use case for the IMIE code to be on writeable memory. I can see why OEM's are reluctant to burn the ID to a ROM chip. On the massive scale of phone production it's going to push their costs up and slow the production chain but for crying out loud manufactures shouldn't even need to be told to do this.

/still feeling bitter from being robbed at knife point of my phone last year.

about 7 months ago
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Was Eich a Threat To Mozilla's $1B Google "Trust Fund"?

Severus Snape Not even reading TFA (564 comments)

Mozilla do Google the favour, not the other way around.

about 8 months ago

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