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UK Men Get 4 Years For Trying to Incite Riots Via Facebook

xnpu Re:No sense at all (400 comments)

"40% illiterate". Don't be a prick. These people have no idea why their lives are so miserable, how to express that properly or what to do about it. You can't treat people like commodity pigs and then expect them to behave like a college professor. If you push people to the point where they have nothing to lose, they will act accordingly. Also keep in mind that the more literate from these areas have been protesting for years and that things have gone up in flames before (on a smaller scale) in the last two years. Sure, there are opportunists in these riots (the government being one of them), but to completely write this off as a non-political issue is doing everyone a disservice.

about 2 years ago
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$80 Android Phone Sells Like Hotcakes In Kenya

xnpu Re:Next up -- Revolution ! (205 comments)

Maybe, but it would be a fluke. Kenya is not on the "5 years, 7 countries" list of the US.

more than 2 years ago
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China Praises UK Internet Censorship Plan

xnpu Re:Hyperbole (355 comments)

Of course it's political. Sure, no society can provide for 100% of it's people to live the good life. But when large numbers of people end up uneducated, unemployed and with barely anything to lose you can be damn sure it's political, even if they themselves can't express it that way. How do you expect people to express themselves when you don't even take the trouble to teach them proper ways of expression?

more than 2 years ago
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Drug Companies Lose Special Protection On Facebook

xnpu Re:What 'Special Protection'? (181 comments)

Wonder why you're so pessimistic about both the public as well as the pharma's or governments reaction to the public. Do you have any examples of this?

more than 2 years ago
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Dutch Government To Tax Drivers Based On Car Use

xnpu Re:A No Brainer (500 comments)

You misunderstand the idea. There will be large areas when the system will not bill you while your normal car tax is lowered. If anything, this encourages more people to buy and use cars in those areas. Again, it's not an environmental issue. It's just about getting traffic to stay away from congested areas/hours.

more than 2 years ago
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Dutch Government To Tax Drivers Based On Car Use

xnpu Re:Movement won't be a reliable measure (500 comments)

It's not about the environment. Not sure why that was thrown in. It's more about traffic management, e.g. if you drive outside of rush hours you will be less than during rush hour. Also KM's within congested areas will be more costly than elsewhere.

more than 2 years ago
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Dutch Government To Tax Drivers Based On Car Use

xnpu Re:Fuel tax? (500 comments)

The promise is that the amount money flowing to the government remains the same as it is now (or does not increase more that it would without the system). Supposedly people who already drive less will end up paying less tax, while long distance/frequent drivers will end up paying more.

Of course we all know these promises are rarely kept.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Files Suit Against Motorola Xoom In EU

xnpu Re:Why just 10" Tablets? (181 comments)

In one of the keynote speeches Steve said (in different words) that 7" is just a bad choice. Who knows, maybe they expect customers to regret 7" purchase choices and decide that Samsung suck for selling it to them.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Self-Hosted Gmail Alternatives?

xnpu Re:why? (554 comments)

They will hold it, try a few times, and then delay before trying again. A 1 hour upgrade suddenly means all your e-mail is 4-24 hours delayed. So no, he's not trying to get it up again. It's already up, and he wants to read his email, but it's not there.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Combat IP-Based Censorship?

xnpu Re:Turkey and EU? (103 comments)

That's why it will be the EU joining Turkey instead.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Combat IP-Based Censorship?

xnpu Re:Request Assistance from Garden Networks? (103 comments)

This is pretty poor advice. For one, the software is quite crappy (I can't get it to work here in China). More importantly, by using their software you associate with them. Which may already be risky. Then you go as far as to say the OP should help fund this NGO. Enough for the government to classify him as a danger to national security / terrorist / whatever.

IMHO it's much better to get that $2.99 VPN (I've seen them even cheaper) and claim you just wanted to talk to your Facebook friends abroad than to get involved with these type of NGO's.

more than 2 years ago
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Breaking the Codes In Oslo Terrorist's Manifesto

xnpu Re:The project appears to be in good hands. (231 comments)

Not that sharp. Anyone who can use Google will find that "Ducky" comes with some Adobe file format, not some mysterious company editing these pictures.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does SSL Validation Matter?

xnpu Re:Honesty Box Security (243 comments)

This is so true. As we were blocked by DNS poisoning we had to send 10.000+ users a direct IP link using an SSL certificate. This throws up all sorts of browser warnings. Of the 10.000+ less than 100 complained, and not because a trust issue, but just because they didn't know how to get past the error. People. Do. Not. Care.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does SSL Validation Matter?

xnpu Re:Like all One-Size-Fits-All approaches.. (243 comments)

Apply for a validated cert, you'll see that they all use the exact same procedure (which is to check some well-known company registry) - they don't do actual validation themselves. Having it done twice won't change anything, except more money in more pockets.

more than 2 years ago
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United States Loses S&P AAA Credit Rating

xnpu These rating companies (1239 comments)

Regardless of their rating being just or not - isn't it "interesting" how much power these few rating companies have?

more than 2 years ago
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Telex Would Work, But Is It Overkill?

xnpu Don't forget who runs the country (92 comments)

There's no reason why these governments wouldn't require all traffic to go through a "transparent proxy". All they have to do is make a government CA in your browser mandatory (which many have already actually) and re-encrypt all connections while filtering them. Without it your connection simply gets blocked. Yes this costs a lot of resources but you're talking about something that would receive military-style budgets given it's purpose. In the end it's Cisco eating two sides of the pie and everybody else just wasting more money.

more than 2 years ago
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Telex Would Work, But Is It Overkill?

xnpu Is Telex business? (92 comments)

Proxy's and VPN's are businesses. They make a profit. Our VPN and that of our closest competitors alone serve 100.000+ users in censored countries. This is quite an incentive to keep things running, and cost really isn't an issue. At all.

Who will pay for Telex?

more than 2 years ago
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Google Announces Google CDN

xnpu Re:But what about non-static pages? (205 comments)

If it's recommended to work around this browser limit, why is the limit there in the first place? What's the trade off here?

more than 2 years ago
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Fake Apple Stores Mushrooming In China

xnpu Re:What's the problem? (241 comments)

I've actually bought my Macbook Air in a "fake" Apple store. It's a real MacBook Air, it came with the 20 minutes of free lessons in OS/X, setup assistance, etc.

What the fake store did not have was 30-minute waiting time, unfriendly bouncers, an army of scalpers and other unpleasantness found at the real Apple stores here in Beijing.

more than 2 years ago

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