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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

klingens Re:Kim Philby II (396 comments)

It was released to the press and only to the press, notably The Guardian and the Washington Post. Where we've all seen it. Or can you point me to a tarball with all the Snowden documents, unredacted by anyone else? Can you? No, cause that doesn't exist.

Seems you should educate yourself about things before you commenting on things?

about 5 months ago

Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

klingens Putin actually speaks the truth (396 comments)

But you have to read the statement carefully to understand what he says. It is true that Russia doesn't have the money to put everyone under surveillance like the US does.
So they might not do a mass surveillance like the US, instead they just put everyone interesting under direct surveillance: every Duma representative, every Oligarch, and especially everyone who is in public politicial opposition to President Putin. The NSA can't do that even when they would want to, so they simply target everyone: it's wasteful but now they can't be accused of any bias or that they target anyone they don't like.

about 5 months ago

Swarm Mobile's Offer: Free Wi-Fi In Exchange For Some Privacy

klingens Bring it on! (121 comments)

I love to use my OpenVPN server on port 443 at home, or http tunnel. Any people complaining here about loss of privacy and so on: are you really surfing on any public AP, be it McD, library, etc without the protection of a VPN/tunnel of some sort? If so then you are not allowed to complain about privacy loss. And if you do: why do you care, you just got another free AP in the city, saving your preciousss MBs on the mobile plan! Yay!

about 10 months ago

Google Wants To Help You Tiptoe Around the NSA & the Great Firewall of China

klingens openvpn and tinc already exist (140 comments)

What brings this new thing to the table what the old and proven VPNs like openvpn or tinc don't? Is it only the hip google sponsorship? If so then it's a good slashvertisement and clickbait in one.

about a year ago

Letter to "Extended Family" Assures That NSA Will "Weather This Storm"

klingens It's not the NSA who will pay the price (286 comments)

Of course the NSA will weather it, will continue to exist and will continue to spy. For them it's a (short) embarrassing time after which the news media will forget them and all will be the same for them again.

The ones who pay for this are the US IT companies which will be distrusted world wide and the US government (politicians, diplomats, secretary of state, etc) who will be distrusted even by their closest allies. US companies will notice it in the long term bottom line e.g. when big foreign companies won't outsource to a US company. The public will forget the scandal soon like they forgot Echelon, the big companies who have actual trade secrets however won't, and if they do they will probably regret it soon when their secrets aren't secret anymore and their US competitors magically know everything they do. These losses are however far in the future: more than a quarter away so they will be denied, at least publically and especially by the ones responsible: the politicians.

The politicians will have a lot less trust and goodwill from their foreign counterparts, even and especially from allied countries.

1 year,1 day

THQ Clarifies Claims of "Horrible, Slow" Wii U CPU

klingens Re:any objective numbers? (281 comments)

Something that is is known , is that the Wii U CPU is made in 45nm and has a size of 32.76mm2
This puts it into the ballpark of the size of a current Atom CPU and the same ballpark of computing power. IBM has no magic fairy dust to do (much) better than Intel in a smaller die with worse process tech. 3.5GHz x86 is simply crazytalk.

about 2 years ago

GOP Study Committee Director Disowns Brief Attacking Current IP Law

klingens No constitutional scholar here (176 comments)

since I'm a dirty foruhner from socialist Europe, but isn't
"I cannot imagine party leadership will be happy with so radical a suggestion as granting copyright protection for the limited times needed to promote the progress of science and useful arts."
going totally against the spirit and literally wording of the Constitution of the USA? He admits he considers the current law blatantly unconstitutional and still knowingly supports it. If he is a member of congress or any other public politic body and has swore any oaths on the constitution, he's now in breach of said oath, no?

about 2 years ago

NASA's Own Video of Curiosity Landing Crashes Into a DMCA Takedown

klingens Re:There is a $500 fine for this (597 comments)

This is especially warranted since this is not the first time these Scripps people did this:
Last April, Scripps did the same thing with the video of space shuttle Discovery's last voyage to the Smithsonian.
One time is an accident, 2 times is malice and should be acted upon

more than 2 years ago

MPAA Agent Poses As Homebuyer To Catch Pirates

klingens Re:Suing the programmer? (289 comments)

Simply blackmail in a legal way: you sue the programmer in the US so he has to spend tens of thousands of dollars to defend himself: that will bankrupt him. Or he won't spend that amount of money to defend himself and the torts from the lawsuit will bankrupt him. Now the MPAA has a lever and can coerce the programmer to testify for them.
Welcome to the legal system of the United States of America. If some people with italian sounding names did such a thing, they'd be prosecuted under RICO.

more than 2 years ago

Samsung Passes Nokia As Biggest Handset Manufacturer

klingens Re:Motorola, Nokia (133 comments)

With Windows Phone Nokia has to do whatever Microsoft wants.

This is half-true. Microsoft has very hard minimum specs, if any company attempts to undercut those, they can lose the licensing. On the other hand, there isn't a lot of incentive to make a more powerful Win phone because of how smoothly the core OS runs at those minimum specs.

This is wrong. I just checked the current Windows Phone 7.5 Systems. From the cheapest 195€ one to the most expensive 579€ Lumia.
ALL of them have 512MB RAM, a single core CPU, no SD card slot, a 800x480 screen and either 8 or 16GB flash storage. Every single one of them. These are all hard limits you can't go over or under when you want a license. Microsoft killed any product differentiation for the vendors. Even Apple has more differentiation.

more than 2 years ago

Japan To Be Without Nuclear Power After May 5

klingens Re:Don't cry for the N-Industry just yet.. (267 comments)

Every engineer knows: no machine is really safe.
The only question is how bad do things get when it fails?

more than 2 years ago

Company Designs "Big Brother Chip"

klingens The submitter is a moron (166 comments)

This is an improved GPS chip, allowing a phone to pinpoint its location even when GPS is spotty.
Shopkeepers won't get the data, even if the phone companies would be allowed to sell location data cause there is no ROI: not enough people will have such a chip to even make it worthwhile. Neither do they need data that detailed. As some other poster already wrote: they'd rather know how much money the customer has, not where he is right now. Both, the have not and the billionaire can watch the same Mercedes 600SL or Smart car with their phone in their pocket. Doesn't tell the shopowner who can actually afford the luxury car.

What can happen is that the government subpoenas the telco location data for a subscribe just like they do now and that the better accuracy helps them to pinpoint the location of the subscribe better. This can be used for "OMG evil gubmint!" or it can be used, probably a lot less of course, for finding a missing person e.g. inside an avalanche.

Of course without deliberately wrong sensationalism like this, the pagehits aren't coming.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Sued By Belgian Consumer Association For Not Applying EU Warranty Laws

klingens Re:EU wide? (290 comments)

They do. Consumer protection associations all over the EU are working on it in pretty much every member country.
However, the EU only decides on directives, to put these into law, each member country has to write their own law to comply with their own constitution and other legal principles separately. Therefore to stop such an infringement, every country has to have its own lawsuit or other compliance process to rectify transgressions against a EU decision.

more than 2 years ago

Details of Initial "Disc to Digital" Program Emerge

klingens Re:Sounds good to me (201 comments)

No TV series. Only movies from selected Studios which are part of Ultraviolet.

more than 2 years ago

Valve Reportedly Working On 'Steam Box' Gaming Console

klingens Re:Game neutering (233 comments)

The specs are not respectable: the Alienware X51 has a MOBILE i7, which is a very different thing from a desktop one. It also has a mobile GPU which is the equivalent of a nvidia GT530. Not exactly a gaming card. Faster than a xbox360, yes but definitely not a gaming card.

more than 2 years ago

GPL, Copyleft On the Rise

klingens Re:Cherrypicking sources (277 comments)

Debian packages are not really projects. There are projects which are divided into many smaller packages, like Xorg or Libreoffice, and there are packages which contain many small projects in aggregate, e.g. kdeapps. I'd take both of these studies with large bovine portions of salt.

more than 2 years ago

"Liberated" Tunisia Still Censoring Websites

klingens Re:Why "Fundamental Human Right?" (108 comments)

From the universal declaration of human rights:
"Article 19.
        Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."

So according to this, people apparently have the right to create pornography and the right to seek out/receive pornography.

more than 2 years ago

"Liberated" Tunisia Still Censoring Websites

klingens Let's test the censorship of the US (108 comments)

Yes, censoring shouldn't exist. Like censoring when someone calls for the assassination of the president, and maybe all the rest of Washington's elected officials, of all abortion doctors you can think of, of all Jews, of all right wing americans who start wars, against all drug dealers and everything else I've forgotten. For good measure this should be done from a CBSABCFOX broadcast at 8 in the evening in a nationwide program with lots of "fuck", "piss", "cunt" and "barf" thrown in to a standing picture of the goatse man.

I mean, there is no child pornography in there and it shouldn't be censored, right.
Face it: EVERY society censors. No exceptions. First Amendment is a nice little bit of paper, but nothing more.

more than 2 years ago

Defendant Ordered To Decrypt Laptop Claims She Had Forgotten Password

klingens Re:5th Amendment? (1009 comments)

How do courts deal with an encrypted printout? I'm sure at least one prohibition bootlegger has encrypted his ledger of booze sales to avoid giving the g-men legal ammunition. Aren't there precedents from that time?

more than 2 years ago


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