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Kernel Developer Dmitry Monakhov Arrested For Protesting Ukraine Invasion

horza Re:Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (205 comments)

I don't get it. Germany is the most dependent on Russian gas and Angela Merkel has been the one most dragging their heels on even sanctions. Why would the open letter be addressed to her? Why all the Iraq WMD comparisons when the open letter even admits Germany didn't even want to get involved there? The Baltics states will be the only ones pushing for direct action, and Britian the only one able to take any.

In fact reading through their previous open letters they all seem a bit confused. The only common thread appears to be Russia should be allowed to deny Ukraine access to NATO and a bunch of odd vaguely but not really related historical incidents being thrown in to make the letters appear longer. Their language such as calling the separatists "anti-coup federalists" makes the letters appear to come from a Russian rather than a non-Russian perspective.

I think the "bury out heads in the sand and hope Russia doesn't do anything" is a little late. He's already invaded Georgia once and Ukraine twice. His home propaganda is a resounding success, with the people prepared to back future invasions, and the parliament is filled with his puppets. Ukraine joining NATO or falling under New Soviet rule seems inevitable and they probably prefer the former.

Phillip.

about two weeks ago
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Kernel Developer Dmitry Monakhov Arrested For Protesting Ukraine Invasion

horza Re:Which Invasion? (205 comments)

The invasion of Europe by Russia is pretty big news, and will have an impact on everything from the economy to space exploration. NATO has direct evidence of the invasion, and Russia is hardly trying to hide it any more apart from the loopy puppet Sergei Lavrov (the new Muhammed Saeed al-Sahaf). Ukraine has already introduced conscription, so that's already a pool of potentially talented young programmers off to get slaughtered by Russian tanks. The Russian murder of those Dutch people in the airliner also has affected air traffic.

As Europe gets sucked unwillingly into war with Russia, this is going to get quite brutal as the Putin doesn't care how many people die on either side even his own. He's got a fair amount of cyber-warfare talent to call on too. Maybe this will be the wake-up call to start putting in place proper encryption EVERYWHERE. War with Russia is a little more important than the NSA passing on tips on drug dealers.

Phillip.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Phone Apps?

horza Re:ES File Explorer for Android (167 comments)

Thirded. I wasted so much time (and some money) trying to get Plex up and going on my server/devices and the quality of the video is crap. I use ES File Explorer now on all my devices to browse the NAS and play videos. This and K9 Mail are two I install and it's not even worth looking for a replacement as they do their job so well.

Phillip.

about two weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

horza Re:Russia denies the invasion, though (848 comments)

Is this the Russia that denied having any active units in the Crimean region of Ukraine? Hmm... who to believe...

Phillip.

about three weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

horza Re:Probably lies again. Just give it a few days. (848 comments)

A bit like they were not invading the Crimean region of Ukraine?

Phillip.
PS you should probably look at a map. Ukraine is quite big.

about three weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

horza Re:"I consider this an invasion." (848 comments)

Russians are being paid to flood the site with propaganda. Unfortunately it doesn't make any sense so you can't argue with it. You just have to sift through the crap to find the real comments.

Phillip.

about three weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

horza Re:Alternate views (848 comments)

I'm bewildered. Is this a real post or something computer generated? If the latter then the algorithms need some tweaking as it's the most bizarre drivel I have ever read.

Phillip.

about three weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

horza Re:Obama's Propaganda (848 comments)

It hasn't. This latest invasion by Russia is of interest to all free countries in the world. Putin has provoked that start of WW3, and we can forget for now this "economic crisis" which pales into insignificance compared to this Russian aggression. And to get ourselves completely off Russian gas is going to need some new tech otherwise we are going to suffer a lot of economic pain.

Phillip.

about three weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

horza Re:Cut the Russians Off (848 comments)

It's a shame /. doesn't have a way of allowing Anonymous comments but the ability to kill them off based on an IP. Then I could read this thread without all the spam from the Russian troll above.

Phillip.

about three weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

horza Re:Putin: (848 comments)

Wow that is some pretty powerful Russian propaganda you have been drinking there. Calling normal peaceful Ukranians "fascists"? Check. Calling it a "violent overthrow" despite it not being one? Check. Calling the government "ultra nationalist"? Check. Blaming the US despite them having nothing to do with anything? Check. Russians have a "right to use force"? Check.

Thanks for popping in Putin, but your deluded views aren't welcome here.

Phillip.

about three weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

horza Re:Putin: "Your move, West" (848 comments)

You've been listening to too much Russian propaganda. A peaceful revolution kicked out a corrupt Russian puppet president in Ukraine (you notice Yanakovich has gone to live with his mate Putin in Russia?). Ukraine wanted to build strong trade links with Europe and Russia. Russia wanted Ukraine to itself. Now Putin has had a tantrum and has vowed to destroy Ukraine.

Of course the West wants peace. However when a crazed dictator starts invading European countries then you need to sit up and take notice. This is the 3rd time he has invaded Europe recently.

Phillip.

about three weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

horza Re:Why we wouldnt want to get involved here (848 comments)

Putin's first instinct is to go to war. He has invaded Ukraine once and gotten away with it. He is invading a second time. Next will be Moldova. Then Georgia. Then Latvia. Then the rest of Europe until it is under Putin's rule. Better to stop him on his doorstep, rather than wait until he is parading himself through Paris.

Phillip.

about three weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

horza Re:Send in the drones! (848 comments)

I think you commented on the wrong thread. This one is about the 2nd invasion of Ukraine by Russia, not the US going into Iraq.

Phillip.

about three weeks ago
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Bezos-Owned Washington Post Embeds Amazon Buy-It-Now Buttons Mid-sentence

horza Re:Exchanges (136 comments)

Depends on the exposure the publisher wants. Daily if they are paranoid, or weekly seems sensible. As Bitcoin spreads the volatility goes down. Then it could be monthly. But you are missing both the points I made. You can now spend Bitcoin a lot of places, so you can spend directly from your Bitcoin account as (a) it reduces the amount of time you are holding it and (b) there are zero transaction costs for both parties making it currently the world's best currency for transactions. The second is that it doesn't matter if there are a zillion transactions of a zillionth of a dollar. There are no transaction costs, it just goes into the Bitcoin wallet and you end up with a dollar.

At the moment you can pay the Washington Post using all those currencies. There are yanks abroad you know! WP does it by plugins that take (I presume) Paypal or VISA. They do the same thing but take a large chunk of revenue for doing very little. Bitcoin has the potential to eliminate transaction charges, that's why it's interesting.

Phillip.

about a month ago
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Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?

horza Re:Bitcoin credibility? (267 comments)

Except the Catch-22. It will never get adopted if it doesn't gain traction, that requires the early adopters trading what they have to get momentum going to make it worth others mining it. I thought about buying a few for novelty value but didn't bother when I saw it had already broken the $2 barrier. I remember early adopters boasting of the profits they had made when it reached $11. There was that story of one early adopter who mined what became $2M worth but had thrown away the hard drive with them on, and fruitlessly hunted around his local rubbish tip. Despite the paranoid Bitcoin haters infesting this thread, it really doesn't sound like there was any nefarious get-rich-quick scheme involved here.

Phillip.

about a month ago
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Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?

horza Re:Self Serving Story? (267 comments)

You have missed the whole point of Bitcoin. And currency. Why do you think gold became an important commodity? The only reason was because they discovered a simple chemical test to determine its authenticity. This means somebody in Australia could take a lump of gold to India, and the local Indian merchant could validate the currency on-site and conclude a transaction. Bitcoin has the same property that you can validate it is a real Bitcoin. However the method it uses requires a widely distributed "directory" you can check, and to get this spread widely the currency needs to have momentum. Hence the failure of alt currencies to challenge, despite the worry of fragmentation.

Certainly Bitcoin is more credible than other places I have money. For instance I have an online poker account which tells me I have $X in it, but of course there isn't any money in there at all. I just assume they will transfer money into my bank account if I ask them.

Phillip.

about a month ago
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Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?

horza Re:Self Serving Story? (267 comments)

Gold could have been seen as a high risk investment at the time. There were plenty of alchemists working on trying to turn other substances such as lead into gold, and science at the time couldn't prove it wasn't going to work. The moment it did the bottom of the market would drop out.

At the base of it gold must have seen like some ponzi scheme. When nobody cared about it, people were just gathering it up off river beds and rock faces. Suddenly it becomes worth something when everybody decides it's desirable and by coincidence it is now hard to get hold of? Pretty suspicious. And why were people carrying around gold instead of the official currency of the time? Probably just criminals.

So far the experiment of leaving Bitcoin take it's natural course is working pretty well.

Phillip.

about a month ago
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Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?

horza Re:Self Serving Story? (267 comments)

Bitcoin is just cash and carries the same risks. Credit cards have exponentially more money stolen, and are completely unsafe, but that cost is hidden as a tax on society. VISA soaks up just enough fraud and theft to keep them legally and visibly safe, yet still made a $1.4bn profit in the last quarter. All the costs are passed on as part of the fees merchants pay which in turn we pay in higher prices in stores.

If I used Bitcoin I would do the same as you, and actually use it for what it was designed to do: a currency with zero transaction fees.

Phillip.

about a month ago
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Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?

horza Re:Self Serving Story? (267 comments)

Why is the factually inaccurate troll marked "Insightful"? Bitcoin is not a ponzi scheme, it's not legally dangerous, and it's not criminally dangerous. And obviously it's not doomed and people have been predicting its demise since day 1 and quite the opposite has happened.

Phillip.

about a month ago
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Bezos-Owned Washington Post Embeds Amazon Buy-It-Now Buttons Mid-sentence

horza Re:Exchanges (136 comments)

Isn't the point of Bitcoin that there is no processor? You buy a plugin for your ecommerce backend that accepts Bitcoin and et voila. Then you can exchange into your favourite currency after X days or when the wallet reaches Y amount. Or you can pay out Bitcoin directly for example by using it for all your expenses such as equipment and hosting fees, and just convert what is left over as a dividend (for now, though so many places are starting to accept it you may not need to exchange at all).

Phiillip.

about 1 month ago

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Britain, not Sweden, wants to jail Assange

horza horza writes  |  more than 3 years ago

horza (87255) writes "The Swedish government has denied it appealed against Assange being released on bail, and the British government confirmed they are the ones that are asking the court to have Assange jailed indefinitely pending extradition hearings. Assange's lawyers are shocked, claiming this directly contradicts what they were told by the British prosecution."
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CCTV used in France for parking fines

horza horza writes  |  more than 3 years ago

horza (87255) writes "The city of Nice, France, is rolling out 626 CCTV cameras over town giving one of the highest levels of surveillance in the world (1.8 cameras per 1000 inhabitants). The usual rhetoric was given, that they will be used solely for reducing violent crime, but the city has now started sending out parking tickets solely based on the CCTV camera evidence."
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