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Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

bug1 Re:Badges (300 comments)

Never too late for hat jokes, drop them in randomly.

yesterday
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Feds Operated Yet Another Secret Metadata Database Until 2013

bug1 Re:Sad State of Affairs (102 comments)

Obviously we do need better ways to catch and confine criminals and we also need better ways to tune these people up and make them normal members of society

And a strong social welfare system so people dont get so desperate they see crime as a way to "fit in" with our capitalist society.

about two weeks ago
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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

bug1 Re:I would rather see 1000 terrorists go free... (562 comments)

Or to say it another way...

âoeIt is more important that innocence be protected than it is that guilt be punished, for guilt and crimes are so frequent in this world that they cannot all be punished.

But if innocence itself is brought to the bar and condemned, perhaps to die, then the citizen will say, 'whether I do good or whether I do evil is immaterial, for innocence itself is no protection,' and if such an idea as that were to take hold in the mind of the citizen that would be the end of security whatsoever.â - John Adams

about two weeks ago
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Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

bug1 Trust (562 comments)

ensure that police and spies can listen in when a court approves

The US Government is willing to break their own constitution so they can secretly spy and kill people.
They need to demonstrate that there is effectual oversight to their abuse of power, and that the courts are capable of operating independently before they can be trusted.

about two weeks ago
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AI Experts Sign Open Letter Pledging To Protect Mankind From Machines

bug1 But how to protect us from God ? (258 comments)

If we had true AI it would be be able to workout things that an organic brain is just too simple to understand. And yes, organic brains do have limits, eg dogs will never understand algebra.

When AI understands so much of our world that we dont, we would be in a position where have to take a "leap of faith" and just choose to believe it in order to benefit from it.

How do we protect ourself from the manifestation of god ?

about two weeks ago
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AMD, Nvidia Reportedly Tripped Up On Process Shrinks

bug1 Re:bean counters ruin another company (230 comments)

I'm thinking of that happy little picture of the world with a circle over portions of South and East Asia and the large islands in the Indian Ocean where half of the population of the planet lives.

Madagascar ?

I dont see the connection, maybe i need to research geographic sterotypes...

about three weeks ago
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Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

bug1 Re:encouraging piracy (437 comments)

Also;
Australia has 'parallel import' laws which make it legal to bypass country wide restrictions used by corporations, so they cant legally stop us.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (government funded pro consumer organisition) are pretty strong in areas like this and i would expect them to cause problems for the media cartels if push came to shove.
Using a VPN is encouraged by mainstream consumer oriented groups like choice magazine, see http://www.choice.com.au/revie...

about three weeks ago
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Why Aren't We Using SSH For Everything?

bug1 Re:Medium.com (203 comments)

Medium doesn't have ads, so I'm not sure where you're going with that ...

If you havent been to Medium, you would not know that.

I believe he was contrasting this story against stories with poor summaries with a link to some random url you havent been to before.

Perhaps read slower ?

about three weeks ago
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Ringing In 2015 With 40 Linux-Friendly Hacker SBCs

bug1 Re:Housing (81 comments)

I have tried looking on ebay a while back, but the ones i saw where around $40-$50, which was more than half the price of the SBC i was looking at iirc. I probably should have kept looking.

Thanks for the advice.

about a month ago
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Ringing In 2015 With 40 Linux-Friendly Hacker SBCs

bug1 Housing (81 comments)

Why no neat plastic cases housign the SBC ?

I know they arent really aimed at consumers, but still, why not have an optional case to give it some pretection and make it look good.

about a month ago
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Google Researcher Publishes Unpatched Windows 8.1 Security Vulnerability

bug1 undisclosed (129 comments)

"Google's security research database has after a 90 day timeout automatically undisclosed a Windows 8.1 vulnerability"

"undisclosed
adjective
1. not made known or revealed: an undisclosed sum"

From that description i assume google has a database of recent security vulnerabilities (from the last 90 days).
Vulnerabilities are immediately public information, then after 90 days they are removed from the list as they arent recent, and assumed to be patched ?

OR

Its the opposite and the person writing the description for the story should have said disclosed instead of undisclosed.

(sarcastic comment about reundisclosing the vulnerability so they can redisclose it in another 90 days)

about a month ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

bug1 Re:The Pirate Bay (302 comments)

In your economics 101 did they teach you that there ISNT a magical money tree ?

It wouldn't surprise me they'd taught you that in yours, since there's a lot you seem to be missing.

Perhaps you would be so kind as to explain this magical money tree to me, or do i need to send you a cheque to cover your expenses first ?

about a month and a half ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

bug1 Re:The Pirate Bay (302 comments)

Overall the economy gains. This is economics 101, you really ought to read a book or take a class about this stuff.....

Thanks, i just need to understand money velocity then my education will be complete. Can i have job as rich banker now.

In your economics 101 did they teach you that there ISNT a magical money tree ?

about a month and a half ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

bug1 Re:The Pirate Bay (302 comments)

There very much is net profit, and it can be measured, by subtracting depreciation from the GDP. To put it in simple terms, if an economy builds 500,000 cars in a year, and only 200,000 cars are removed from circulation, than the economy is richer by 300,000 cars.

And whoever exchanged money for those 300,000 extra cars will be have less money, and then there is the argument about perceived value vs real value.

Or, maybe one day our capitallist system will have produce so much net profit that we will all be rich, and nobody will have work ever again !

about a month and a half ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

bug1 Re:The Pirate Bay (302 comments)

Profits are what drive capitalism (i.e., a return on capital, by definition). Competition rewards improvements.

Capitalism is a system, not an individual entity. There is no net "profit" over the system as a whole, we just move money around.
Profits can drive an individual corporation to reduce their production costs but it only works if there are reasonably modest profit margins.
If a corporation has a big fat profit margin then they are better of increasing their volume rather than reudcing unit costs.

There are so many labels these days, so many alternative forms of distribution, that the RIAA is crying.

Doesnt matter how many distribution methods there are, their members control copyrights and they have the exclusive rights to decide how each work is distributed.

about a month and a half ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

bug1 Re:The Pirate Bay (302 comments)

Competition is what drives capitalism, but copyright is a government granted monopoly, and monopolies over individual works end up collating and creating the cartel.
The cartel is free to charge whatever the market can bear, rather than charge amounts based on cost of production.
They have no incentive to become more cost effictive in the way they do things without compeition, and the only proven effective competition is piracy.
Of course the unfortunate victims are those artists who arent part of the evil cartel, which is almost tragic. But, sometimes you have to break a thing properly before it can be fixed.

about a month and a half ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

bug1 Re:The Pirate Bay (302 comments)

Working hard since 2003 to preserve your right to consume media without the annoyance of paying.

Working hard since 2003 to preserve your right to consume media without becoming a victim of the global media cartel.

about a month and a half ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

bug1 Re:Extremist news outlets (880 comments)

(and when i say proper, i mean better than my grammer)

about a month and a half ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

bug1 Extremist news outlets (880 comments)

Its a lone gunman.

Police arent calling it a terrorism, it wasnt an IS flag being waved, airspace wasnt closed.

But hey, why not use criminal activity to drum commercial media activity.

If you want proper coverage journalism go to ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission), its govenment funded but independently operated.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/201...

about a month and a half ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

bug1 Stop bad people being good ? (416 comments)

He did something bad, so now they stop him from doing good.

Imagine the drama if people had to make moral judgements themselves on the nature of a person... better to make it obvious and help them "decide" by preventing the "bad man" from being good.

Have to wonder about societies logic sometimes.

about a month and a half ago

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Australia government to build broadband network

bug1 bug1 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

bug1 writes "The Australian Federal Government has announced it has scrapped a controversial tender process to build the new national broadband network. It will instead form a public/private partnership to build the new wholesale Fibre-To-The-Premises network.

The network will connect 90 percent of all Australian premises (towns with more than about 1000 people) with speeds up to 100 Mbit/s, next generation wireless and satellite technologies will connect the remaining 10% of premises. It will be Austrlias first national wholesale-only, open access broadband network"

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