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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

ewibble Re:No, It Won't (314 comments)

There are countries that are socialist, (e.g. Nordic countries) compared to the US and doing quite well, better based on quality of life measures.

Don't get me wrong capitalism as severed the world well, it has increase its production capability nicely, but times have changed, we have reached a point where we are now not struggling to survive, on the contrary our excesses are now killing us, we are now simply consuming for the sake of consuming, there is no reason our economic system shouldn't change to meet our current needs.

The world is not black and white, and not even shades of gray. There is no need either one or the other, you can be in between, their may also be other alternatives, we can throw in the mix as well. If we limit our thinking to Capitalism vs Communism we limit the possible solutions we can come up with.

3 days ago

New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

ewibble Re:No, It Won't (314 comments)

If third world countries become richer the should have less children, so 2 birds with one obese stone.

3 days ago

Tim Cook Says Apple Can't Read Users' Emails, That iCloud Wasn't Hacked

ewibble Re:Is this technically impossible - no. (191 comments)

So if you loose your phone, or it getsbroken you loose all your iMessages? I am not sure you might be right but doesn't that kind of defeat the purpose of the cloud.
Tim Cook Says:

Apple previously said that even it can't access iMessage and FaceTime communications, stating that such messages and calls are not held in an "identifiable form."

saying they are not held in "identifiable form." means they are held. therefore they are idenfiable since the apple user can identify them, since apple has the knowledge to identify them.

5 days ago

Tim Cook Says Apple Can't Read Users' Emails, That iCloud Wasn't Hacked

ewibble Re:Is this technically impossible - no. (191 comments)

He also may be using weasel words, he may be stating there is no application that currently exists that allows a staff member read your emails. Not that one cannot be written, rather simply.

This maybe true, but the intent of the statement is still to deceive.

5 days ago

Tim Cook Says Apple Can't Read Users' Emails, That iCloud Wasn't Hacked

ewibble Re:Is this technically impossible - no. (191 comments)

The questions are this:
1. If you get a new phone can you access your emails with that phone?
2. Can you reset your password?

If 1 is true clearly there is nothing on your phone that is needed access your emails.
If 2 is true and they use your password to encrypt your data:
They clearly can decrypt it without you providing the old password, and re-encrypt it.
else they decrypt it with some key stored on their sever so they can clearly decrypt it.
else don't encrypt it at all.

So either Tim Cook's technical knowledge is lacking or he is lying.

I don't have an iphone or use icloud, so I don't know for sure but I assume the answer to both questions is yes

5 days ago

Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

ewibble Re:This may be the way to escape from Comcast (418 comments)

You make it sound like they work out what a reasonable profit is and then charge you for it in one way or another.

They will charge you as much as they can get away with, and give you as cheap and crappy service as they can without effecting there bottom line. Maintance of their equipment is not an advertised cost, they are not really competing on this, they will charge as much as they can. Any extra money goes right into the CEOs and shareholders pockets.

about a week ago

Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

ewibble Re:Trust us with your payments (730 comments)

They don't have to be, although simply taking a picture of a card and being able to make purchases through an actual terminal is actually quite scary.

Credit card should always do a challenge response even over the internet, that is "plug" the credit card into the device, make the transaction.

An even simpler solution would be for the bank to txt/inform your cell phone as soon as possible that a credit card transaction has been made.

Frankly the only computer I am happy for my credit card details to be stored on is the banks, basically because I have no other choice, well actually they only need the public key as well.

about two weeks ago

Protesters Blockade Microsoft's Seattle Headquarters Over Tax Breaks

ewibble Re: South Lake Union vs Redmond Headquarters (246 comments)

Why? Why can't you like one part of capitalism and not others, why does it have to be an all or nothing choice? Because someone says so?

about two weeks ago

3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

ewibble Re:Anthropometrics (819 comments)

Just because the crime rate in cities is decreasing doesn't go against the point that packing people closer together may increase violence. There are many factors that contribute to crime, population density may only be one.

This article says cities are safer to live but if you read further its basically because you are far more likely to die from accidental death. murder per person is still higher in cities.

I personally don't know if it true that packing people in, increases violence I think at some point it probably does, but it is not a valid counter argument to look at decrease in city crime rates.

about two weeks ago

Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

ewibble Re: As much as I hate Apple (187 comments)

This is actually more of a problem than a solution, low transaction amounts are more likely to be missed by a person, here is a quote from the terms and conditions of a credit card I assume most have similar clauses:

You are responsible for checking your statements to ensure their accuracy and advising us of any mistakes, even if you are not at the address to which you have requested us to send statements. If you do not notify us of a disputed transaction within the time period stated below, then the charge or record of the transaction will remain on your account. If you wish to dispute any transaction recorded in your monthly statement, you must notify us in writing within 30 days of the statement period closing date, giving the following information:

I am very likely miss a $20 transaction on my credit card statement and not at all likely to miss a $2000 one. So I am likely bare the burden of the crime. If they are really that secure why not have all transactions contactless no pin.

I also am interested in knowing if I increase the power of transmission and the size of of the antenna can I increase the range on NFC, Yes it may violate safety standards, but I am sure criminals won't be too concerned.

What really annoys me is I should have a choice of if I want contactless enabled or not, I don't appreciate it being rammed down my throat if I have a credit card, it could simply be an option on the server side saying allow contactless/pinless transactions. When credit card is upgraded I intend to ring my bank and question every transaction under $80, every month.

Yes I understand there are a lot of insecure things about credit cards, but I don't need another.

about three weeks ago

Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

ewibble Re:just because the dept of ed.... (528 comments)

That would be all well and good if it was true but actually having great disparity between winners and losers everybody is worse off even the winners.

There is a talk here if you want skip to the relevant section it starts at about 11:06


about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: Would You Pay For Websites Without Trolls?

ewibble Re:Very subjective (382 comments)

sigh, you do realize you're an anti-religious troll right? The worlds religions aren't the issue, extremists are, extremists don't need religion to be extremists, its just a convenient twist on the work done by someone else for their own personal gain.

and that is the problem with banning trolls, Extremists aren't trolls they are people that disagree enough with you, that you consider their opinion extreme. People who considered women should have the right to vote where probably considered extremists a one point.

Trolls are people who make comments, who's purpose is meant to invoke an emotional response. when he says:

You've just described the teaching methods of the world's most popular religions, so I guess all those folks are out.

If he is expressing his true belief then he is not a troll, if he is just doing to to annoy religious people then he is.

I personally like having people disagree with me, it makes for much more interesting discussions than with people who agree with me.

Once you introduce moderation, you are likely to remove peoples opinions that you strongly disagree with as well. I would rather have a few idiots posting stupid comments, which I can choose to ignore, and keep strongly opposing views. My life won't be significantly effected if someone I don't know insults me, or my beliefs, and if it does significantly effect someone's life I think they had bigger issues to start with.

It maybe society as a whole has a problem that we are creating so many people who have so little self esteem.

about a month ago

Financial Services Group WCS Sues Online Forum Over Negative Post

ewibble Re:Financial Services (112 comments)

Why should it be a % of the money under management is $200 somehow twice as hard to manage as $100, or do they guarantee your money so if they lose it they will pay you back? No, so the risk is all yours.

You may say $1,000,000,000 is harder than managing $100, not sure but if it is, is it 10,000,000 times harder? Its interesting since they fund managers tend to under perform the market, so they are worse than just blindly picking stock.

about a month ago

Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

ewibble Re:Public servants don't give an arm and a leg (327 comments)

I agree IBM will charge whatever they can get away with, but they are competing with other companies with bad employees as well, wastefulness effects everyone no matter if it is private or public. High labour costs will be used to justify high prices if they can, we are not functioning in a market with perfect competition. Your under the false assumption that the only way for IBM to remove a efficient competitor is though price, it isn't they can file patents to remove competition, advertise, buy it out, change legislation, ....

Anyway the patent office is probably/should be funded by filing fees, should that excuse them, no.

about a month ago

DARPA Wants To Kill the Password

ewibble Re:All good until someone simulates biometrics... (383 comments)

The problem with this scheme is that if your computer is compromised, then an attacker can access all your passwords once you enter the decryption key. I don't think biometrics can actually decrypt stuff though since each scan is slightly different.

I think the best way is to have a hardware key (e.g. usb stick) that does a challenge response, with public/private keys, that never actually gives out the key to anyone, not even the computer you are on. In order to activate it you need to do something physical on that stick, e.g. press a button, or scan a finger print if you want for added security.

You can easily change your password, get a new key. (you could just make the device have a write only private key but you would have to be careful that a virus can't write a known key to the device)
You can give out your public key to multiple servers and know that they are not doing something stupid/bad with it. How do you know that people are not storing your password in clear text on the database?
You can have multiple keys, for different security levels, or simply because you don't want to be tracked.
Some could still steal the key but that is a physical act, and you would most likely eventually notice.

about a month ago

Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

ewibble Re:Where do I sign up? (327 comments)

Seriously do don't already subcontract your job off to someone in China?

about a month ago

Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

ewibble Re:Public servants don't give an arm and a leg (327 comments)

I don't think serviscope_minor implied that either, he just said its hardly news that either a private sector or public sector employees slack off, they both do. You can argue that we all pay taxes so we should care more however if you buy the product you may also pay higher prices for products. Of course people should care that this is happening, and it should be addressed, all serviscope_minor implied is that it wasn't a problem specific to the public sector. I think its more big vs small, or little buget vs big buget. e.g., you can't tell me there wasn't a bit of waste there.

I actually think the reason that this is important is not private/public sector but due to the consequences of bad work. If a patent office employ grants a bad patient it effectively blocks the rest of the world from using that knowledge, without a costly, and long legal battle. That is a massive cost to the world. Where the Xbox one controller, so what it really only effects microsoft.

about a month ago

California Man Sues Sony Because Killzone: Shadowfall Isn't Really 1080p

ewibble Re:You go girl (286 comments)

well you still get to eat the cheese AKA the movie. It is ambiguous if you get to eat the crackers, the crackers may only be for display purpose, or you might be standing on them. It is just that you know crackers are edible so you are assuming you can eat them too, standing on them is not a normal thing to do. Eat cheese on plates you would assume that you are not actually eating the plate.

about a month and a half ago

Microsoft Tip Leads To Child Porn Arrest In Pennsylvania

ewibble Re:Trust the Computer. The Computer is your friend (353 comments)

That maybe true, but the opposite maybe also be true, if you keep talking about it saying how bad it is, it may encourage people to do it as well.

What ever you do don't push that button, you may not have even thought about pushing that button, but the moment someone tells you not to, you want to.

I don't know how much each effect influences us, I would love to see some studies on adults of reverse physiology adults. I know it works very well in children.

about a month and a half ago



Hard line over child abuse in New Zealand

ewibble ewibble writes  |  about a year ago

ewibble (1655195) writes "There proposed law changes under which you can be banned from association with children on suspicion:

Under proposed new law changes revealed today, judges would also have the power to ban suspected child abusers from being around children for up to 10 years without being convicted of a crime, and to limit the ability of abusive parents to be involved in their children's lives.

Under the proposal, qualifying offences could include suspected sexual violation, incest, sexual grooming, indecent assault and murder.

What is suspected sexual violation?"
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