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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

bickerdyke Re:Breaking news (590 comments)

Thus, the state needs to defend itself - for everyone's own good, of course.

That sounds like the standard excuse for building a surveillance state - completly independent of what the actual political system is calling itself. And we're currently seeing it in far too many "democratic" states.

2 days ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

bickerdyke Re:Breaking news (590 comments)

People raised in a country were the government spies on its citizens, encourages selling people out, and kidnaps dissenters are more likely to lie for personal gain..

Wow. You're broadening the definition enough to make it intresting to have people from several other countries tested, too....

2 days ago
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Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

bickerdyke Re:let me correct that for you. (590 comments)

Scandinavia is not icky, nor is france or the netherlands. Not sure about belgium :-)

2 days ago
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New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

bickerdyke Currently not the biggest problem (150 comments)

With several gouvernment agencies currently ignoring constitutional rights, specific warrents effecting specifically named persons, issued and overseen by judges, are NOT the biggest threat to privacy.

2 days ago
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New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

bickerdyke Re:Warrants are supposed to be narrow (150 comments)

Used to have that too. Strange thing was, the PST file only held a few hundered Emails.

At one point Outlook wil probably block the PC for a few hours and do a 6,9GB garbage collection.

2 days ago
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"Intelligent" Avatars Poised To Manage Airline Check-In

bickerdyke We had that before (102 comments)

That's exactly the same line of thinking that was (obviously!) ready to be spoofed decases ago!

Adding a "human touch" to something that should be easy as opening a door or using an elevator was what led the Sirius Cybernetics cooperation to develop Genuine people personalities.

3 days ago
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"Intelligent" Avatars Poised To Manage Airline Check-In

bickerdyke Re:lost the human touch? (102 comments)

That's why the removed the automated baggage drop of counters again from the largest airport over here.

3 days ago
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Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

bickerdyke Re:Apple has 'done nothing'??? (138 comments)

Because they're still listed as "free" categorically speaking?

Well... "free" as in you don't have to pay money to play.

But as this holds true for "pay if you like the game and get a free party hat", the "come on, the first shot is free" and the unplayble Nag-A-Thon that starts begging for your money right from the beginning, I doubt that there will be a one size fits all solution.

5 days ago
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Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

bickerdyke Re:Apple has 'done nothing'??? (138 comments)

Yes.. as if alternative launchers for iOS were free.. Wait a moment: alternative laucnerhs for iOS? Oh.. sorry....

5 days ago
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Finnish National TV Broadcaster Starts Sending Bitcoin Blockchain

bickerdyke Re:now you lose even more money on bc (73 comments)

intrinsic value vs. depending on a system to tell value from useless paper is a terrible deal.

There is no such thing as "intrinsic value".

There is. But it is usually limited to things as potatoes. There is no intrinsic value in gold as many people are misguided to believe.

about two weeks ago
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Hair-Raising Technique Detects Drugs, Explosives On Human Body

bickerdyke Re:So what happens... (162 comments)

if you're considering a large death toll as a terrorist goal, then you're wrong. Terror is the goal, and having people killed are only the means.

about two weeks ago
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US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)

bickerdyke Re:What is the use of school to Facebook? (253 comments)

There are schools much cheaper than the Ivy Leagues with an equivalent education and that's where I'd expect smart kids to go.

At Ivy League, you're not paying for the education. You're paying for networking. And for making an impression at HR types who don't care about education, but reputation.

After all, one of those degrees is the best university degree that money can buy.

As for quitting school to get an above average salary, that's just stupid. That salary is not for life, [...]

But job experience is. And from a certain point on, you will get hired for that. Though you're learning a lot of basic stuff for your formal degree that WILL be actually helpfull and a degree is a ticket into your first few jobs. And it's something that can't be taken from you, so usually it's worth considereing getting one. But it's definitly not the only way to go.

about two weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

bickerdyke Re: Actually makes good sense (702 comments)

But usually not released as fast as a hand grenade. You have those precious seconds to fight a burning LiIon battery with a fire extinguisher. (again: usually)

But yes, that stuf is already dangerous in itself.

about two weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

bickerdyke Re: Actually makes good sense (702 comments)

We were talking about REPLACING part of the battery with something else. Not rewireing.

The power-up test covers replacing the complete battery with some other substance (plus a little electronics), which would not show up easily on an X-Ray.

Replacing part of the battery would show up, as would replacing all the inner circuitery.

Rewiring would not show up, and would even let you add some additional electronic device, but not adding no explosives.

On a higher level, I agree with your conclusion that this whole stuff is theatre. Even Simon Beckett grade theatre, if we consider that this boils down to "Sir, would you please press the big red power button on that device of yours that we're suspecting might be a bomb?"

about two weeks ago
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The AI Boss That Deploys Hong Kong's Subway Engineers

bickerdyke Re:Less bureaucracy? (162 comments)

For that the reading recommendation would be "Snow Crash".bureaucracy has not been gotten rid of, but reduced to some insignificant role while the rest of the world is gouverned not by gouvernments or bureacracy, but "business processes" and coorprations and their three-ring-binders with company procedures.

about two weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

bickerdyke Re: Actually makes good sense (702 comments)

Things are pretty much shining through:

http://apfelklinik.de/catalog/...

And a luggage X-ray works with a range of intensities, so while not real 3D or CAT scan, the operator can see through or ignore most materials. So at some point, a discontinuity would show up. And carrying a 10kg bar of lead in your hand luggage may trigger a manual search espescially because the X-Ray can't see through it.

about two weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

bickerdyke Re:Actually makes good sense (702 comments)

50$? Wait.. you're assuming that you can remove the battery from your phone, right?

That's a good one.

REALLY inconvinient if you have an iPhone....

about two weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

bickerdyke Re: Actually makes good sense (702 comments)

a discontinuity would be obvious on the x-ray, if a part of the battery would have been replaced with other material then the rest of the battery.

I once had to unpack my hand luggage because I mixed two different brands of batteries in a spare battery container. When the different brand label matched the different x-ray signatures, it was no further problem.

about two weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

bickerdyke Re:Actually makes good sense (702 comments)

This would not prove that the battery has not been replaced with explosives.

about two weeks ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

bickerdyke Re:Incoming international flights (702 comments)

Or do so if you want to save on disposal fees....

about two weeks ago

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Telecommunications data retention unconstitutional

bickerdyke bickerdyke writes  |  more than 4 years ago

bickerdyke (670000) writes "The highest german court ruled this morning that the advance retention of telecommunications data is unconstitutional. Collected data has to be deleted immedeatly.

Comming into effect January 2009, telephone and internet providers had to store information about each and every telephone, internet or email connection for 6 months. 35,000 people sued against that law at the Bundesverfassungsgericht

Article in german: http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Karlsruhe-kippt-Vorratsdatenspeicherung-2-Update-943695.html
Press release: http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/pressemitteilungen/bvg10-008.html"

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