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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

ikhider THX 1138, anyone? (410 comments)

C'mon, George Lucas is not that bad. THX 1138 is a very good movie, one of the best in sci-fi. I want more of that flavor. (Now that I think of it, THX 1138 looks like what would happen if Apple took over the world, everything is so darn white and shiny). While Star Wars has its moments, I do not think it measures up to THX1138. Lucas has to dig deep and find that story teller who informs us of what we really don't want to know about ourselves. Bring it George! You have money and clout! Now you can make good films! Let Disney have the Star Crap stuff. Now go make something awesome and blow us away! I want to believe! 'For more enjoyment, direct good movies...and have a nice day...'

2 days ago
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Barrett Brown, Formerly of Anonymous, Sentenced To 63 Months

ikhider Re:Be afraid (109 comments)

Don't forget, the feds got his Mom too. They get you and your family, even if s/he lacks the technical sophistication to do anything.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

ikhider Only if it is Prism edition (567 comments)

Well, Microsoft fell behind Google as the foremost support to the likes of the NSA, US military and so on. Windows 8 helps, because you need to log in with your hotmail account so you can be tracked better. While you can opt out of tracking, it is made to be difficult to do so. Most users will just go the easy route. Tracking Windows 7 users is not as easy as 8. However, if you have Windows 10, then you get all the 7. 8, and 8.1 users on board and tracking will be so much easier!

3 days ago
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Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software

ikhider Re:TFA (227 comments)

It runs an Intel CPU, you're fugged.

5 days ago
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Silicon Valley Security Experts Give 'Blackhat' a Thumbs-Up; Do You?

ikhider Team Effort (98 comments)

Generally, cracking (as opposed to hacking, which is a positive thing wherein one is clever with technology) is a team effort. I am skeptical of the notion of a "super cop", "super detective", "super computer cracker", "super soldier" or "super whatever". At some point, these super people need to sleep, urinate, defacate, eat, and so on. No one can stay on top of everything at all times. On top of that, no one acquires skill/knowledge in a vacuum, you need a community. Particularly when you are talking about specialized knowledge. So the idea of one person taking on an agressive collective is unrealistic. There has to be a lot of backing, both on the physical and tecnology sides with the same leves of exposure to danger. This provides a challenge to story telling in a film content because it is harder to have a character to relate to when you portray a group. However, if you want to depect these kinds of things in a realistic way, you need to highlight the importance of a team, a community, and a supportive environment. If you bring up any "cracker", you also need to bring her/his community into the picture. I saw the trailers, and it reminded me of Steven Segal/Van Damme film trailers--only the latter do it better. I would sooner believe JCVD as a super cracker than this thespian.

about a week ago
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IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

ikhider Awed that Americans (481 comments)

Consistently vote for representatives that act againt their best interests. I spoke to enough voters who genuinely believe in upholding policies that harm, including themselves directly. I wonder why this is.

about two weeks ago
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Google Fund To Pay For 1 Million Copies of Charlie Hebdo

ikhider Re:That's great, but ... (311 comments)

Over a quarter of the world's population are muzzies. If Islam really is how you describe then there would be a much different world. If we are to look at the death figures, our governments are by far the grim reaper.

about two weeks ago
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Google Fund To Pay For 1 Million Copies of Charlie Hebdo

ikhider No, it is not Islam, but the old Algerian problem (311 comments)

Insulting the prophet does not carry the death sentence as during his life he was insulted, and worse. These attackers had Islamic precedent to draw from and had they looked it up, would not use the cartoons as justification. I submit to you that there is another reason behind this: http://www.independent.co.uk/v... There is no justification for the murders, but we can grasp to understand the underlying issues.

about two weeks ago
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Anonymous Declares War Over Charlie Hebdo Attack

ikhider Go after them is you must, but... (509 comments)

When picking battles, it usually helps to know context of why things occur the way they do. The Charlie Hebdo attack did not come out of the ether, there is a long historical narrative behind it. This article will help. As usual, these things have less to do with religion and more to do with exercises in power and oppression. http://www.independent.co.uk/v...

about two weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

ikhider Re:Free? (703 comments)

If you're talking about healthcare, I see that the way I see libraries, clean water, schools, sewage and public infrastructure--you need it. Notions of free market has nothing to do with it (not that there is a free market in the USA, there never was). Health care is a need. People go through ups and downs in their lives and regardless, they need health care. Mixing up the market with health is a bad move.

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Copyright Notice-and-Notice System: Citing False Legal information

ikhider Re:Is this not a red herring? (172 comments)

You are right, the ISP's are already monitoring everything the user does. The new law in place is simply legitimizing parts of this monitoring. It is only a matter of time before more of it is legitimized. These laws took a while to draft and same goes for this monitoring. So if someone votes for political party A, but party B is in power, records can be accessed to determine whether a representative can invest time and effort in the constituent based on political inclination.

about two weeks ago
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MI5 Chief Seeks New Powers After Paris Magazine Attack

ikhider Re:No matter how much power we gave them ... (319 comments)

Certainly, the deployment of drones for extrajudicial executions throughout the Muslim world is less barbaric. So is wholesale bombing of the Middle East in order to play whack-a-mole with ISIS/ISIL/whatever. This extremists did not pop out of Middle Earth looking for The Ring, there are decades, no centuries of foreign policy initiatives that let to a radicalized populace who do not even have political say in their own country. Take post 2003 invasion Iraq, a lot of ISIS/ISIL guys are former Baath party members who were denied political involvement hence a significant demographic became outlaws. The "muzzies" do not come to Europe and North America for the burgers and porn, but to flee war torn regions. If they had their choice, they would stay in their respective lands. Need I remind you that France is also a major colonial power that shaped much of the way the Middle East and Africa is today. When you colonize a region, you had better take on the responsibility that comes with it. When your new subjects come to the doorstep of their new ruler, the ruler had better be willing to take on the problems, not just the wealth of the regions. When you oppress and marginalize a people in their own lands, do not be surprised when radical factions arise and lash out. You want to take the wind out of radicals? You don't need a security apparatus, work out why these people are doing the actions they do. Put pressure for a just, not colonialist foreign policy--then you will see radicals disappear.

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Copyright Notice-and-Notice System: Citing False Legal information

ikhider Re:Is this not a red herring? (172 comments)

My understanding is that this monitoring is above and beyond whether a person engages in bittorrent client usage and extends to what sites you visit, what streams you view on-line, Archive.org and even what programs you run on your computer be it free or proprietary. People share information in multiple ways. Perhaps concern over copyright infringement grants the ISP's the authority to view all your activities even more closely. Also, the infrastructure in place at ISP's is above and beyond what you describe and more sophisticated. The Canadian internet providers now have the burden of higher costs (which they pass on the the consumer) to pay for this new monitoring infrastructure. Perhaps what you describe was what was done in the past, but a significant change has occurred. I do not care about downloading movies/music, I already have a significant DVD/CD/vinyl collection, I care about a police state that watches everything everyone does be it anywhere in the world including Canada, USA, and so on. Hollywood is not so powerful as to tell another country to put a massive monitoring infrastructure 'just for them'. The governments at play here are looking for something more.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

ikhider Re:Free? (703 comments)

Republicans care about important things like weapons, mass surveillance, invasions--things that contribute to America's infrastructure, address unemployment, and make it a free and better place to live. What did college every do for anybody? A big waste, just like universal health care. Why should the poor get the same care as those who deserve it? America uses debt to finance important things. Those weapons sitting in silos now that cost billions will do a lot more for America than a college educated citizen ever could. Yeah, I know education only costs a fraction of an invasion, but college is a waste and against American principles, unlike an invasion.

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Copyright Notice-and-Notice System: Citing False Legal information

ikhider Re:Is this not a red herring? (172 comments)

If Canadians were to contact their elected representative to pull the teeth out of a company's ability to prosecute people who shared their DVD's or CD's in private, it would reduce the case for surveillance. However, this infrastructure was there BEFORE the legislation came into place. I do not think Canadians voted for this, nor do I think they pressured their ISP's into doing this. This means the government, in tandem with companies, already had plans for mass spying. Even if the new legislation is declawed, this does not mean the infrastructure is no longer there and warantless acquisition and relaying of private data will not occur. Thus the whole issue of whether people share movies and music in private is moot in the face of the larger threat.

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Copyright Notice-and-Notice System: Citing False Legal information

ikhider Is this not a red herring? (172 comments)

The real issue is that the ISP's are monitoring your network traffic at all. Does anyone not take issue with the fact that the providers know what websites you visit, what you download and what files you share with friends, family, and neighbors. That is the bigger issue. Without a warrant, these companies are pretty much watching and reporting everything you do, even on personal time. That in itself is significant. Sharing movies or music is incidental. These companies also know your personal details, religious/philosophical/political affiliations, your family, sexual preferences and so on. This is dangerous for a company to use and unquestioningly hand over to anyone without a warrant. Since when is it more important if I lend a friend a DVD more important than my privacy? There is a case to be made for running tor relays, advocating for user privacy, corporate accountability (and to keep their seemingly limitless powers in check) as well as government powers in check. This movie/mp3 stuff is beside the point. For those of you with computers in your bedrooms or homes, you now have confirmation that you are not alone and someone is watching and reporting everything you do.

about two weeks ago
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Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes

ikhider We're still waiting for the GNU/Linux tablet... (328 comments)

Any day now...a tablet we can run our favorite distro on...I'm on the pumpkin patch with Linus waiting for that day...

about a month ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

ikhider Could just be a liability issue (589 comments)

Bog corps have a CYA (cover your ass) policy. It has nothing to do with safety. If there is a threat and only one attack is carried out, Sony could be held legally liable for not doing their due diligence. The family of the injured/deceased could sue Sony because there was a threat and Sony ignored it. USA is a nation of litigation, not the betterment of her citizens. But hey, we're in a multinational corporation-run world so the rest of the planet will have to comply. Corporations love to say "it's for your own safety" but that is really one of the biggest lies.

about a month ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

ikhider This is not a Muslim gunman (880 comments)

This is just a gunman who happens to be Muslim. A troubled one at that.

about a month ago
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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

ikhider Have Shane Carruth direct it, and it will be good. (299 comments)

Ridley Scott's Alien and Blade Runner are gorgeous, meticulously put-together films. I have no idea why his later films came out so horribly, like Prometheus. About the only director at this time who can instill a sense of wonder is Shane Carruth. Throw him into the mix and it will be good. Don't make the film a special effects fiesta. Some subtle bits here and there. And please, please do not call it "Blade Runner 2". You are begging for a bad film at that point.

about a month and a half ago

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Ubuntu Forums Compromised by Crackers

ikhider ikhider writes  |  about a year and a half ago

ikhider (2837593) writes "On July 20th, 2013, crackers compromised Ubuntu forum security and according to the Ubuntu forum splash page now in place, appear to have "gotten every user's local username, password, and email address from the Ubuntu Forums database. The passwords are not stored in plain text, they are stored as salted hashes. However, if you were using the same password as your Ubuntu Forums one on another service (such as email), you are strongly encouraged to change the password on the other service ASAP. Ubuntu One, Launchpad and other Ubuntu/Canonical services are NOT affected by the breach." Interestingly, members of a Libre Ubuntu derivative, Trisquel, place the blame of compromised security on Ubuntu's policy of using proprietary forum software. It appears the world's most popular GNU/Linux distribution, Ubuntu, serves as an example as to what happens when you use non-free software."
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Trisquel 6.0 "Toutatis" is now available

ikhider ikhider writes  |  about 2 years ago

ikhider writes "Trisquel, a "libre" version of Ubuntu GNU/Linux is now available for download and install (or update for those who already have it). One of the easiest "libre" versions of Gnu/Linux to install and run. "Trisquel 6.0 LTS "Toutatis" has arrived! This long awaited release is based on Ubuntu Precise, and as usual comes full of free software goodness. We continue to provide an easy to use classic desktop experience complete with full featured browsing, office, communications and social networking utilities. Download it while it is hot!New...""
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