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Was Watch Dogs For PC Handicapped On Purpose?

xvan Re: Controversy? (215 comments)

But GTA3 suck's by today's standards. I might be wrong but can't think of a better game with a similar game play that's older than the GTA3.

about a month ago

Interviews: Bruce Perens Answers Your Questions

xvan Re:I really dig the Obamacare comments Bruce made (224 comments)

Don't know about the US, but lot's of countries actually do that. They provide Food / Money intending to put all their population above the indigence line.
Ofcourse, from these other countries it's really hard to understand why you're against public health, but allow your police to purchase military vehicles.
On the other hand, the US has been more successfull than most of these other countries, so we might be wrong.

about a month and a half ago

Interviews: Ask Andrew "bunnie" Huang About Hardware and Hacking

xvan Re:Why "bunnie"? (58 comments)

What makes you think that he chose it himself?

about a month and a half ago

UK Ballistics Scientists: 3D-Printed Guns Are 'of No Use To Anyone'

xvan Re:Good (490 comments)

Wasn't in that conditions that the first mac was made, or am I mistaken?

about 2 months ago

NYC Councilman (and Open Source Developer) Submits Bill Establishing Open Source Preference

xvan Re:This is bullshit. (105 comments)

Well, almost all government documents are written with LateX (Academic papers) or XML (docx).

about a month ago

Imparting Malware Resistance With a Randomizing Compiler

xvan Re:Would cause major debugging headaches (125 comments)

Not whit NOOPs, It's been already used and marks your code as "suspicious". But the same obfuscation techniques used for anit-piracy, can be (and are) used by virus makers.

about a month ago

Become a Linux Kernel Hacker and Write Your Own Module

xvan Re:just because (143 comments)

Do you pine for the nice days of minix-1.1, when men were men and wrote their own device drivers?

Allways sounded like a hacking invitation to me.

about 2 months ago
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xvan Re:Criminal scum (226 comments)

How many times did you cross child porn indexed by google?
How many times did you cross with torrents indexed by google?

Do you really believe that google isn't able to block torrents? It's just not worth the money... DMCA safe harbour rules are on their side, and they'd only loose eyeballs + money tightening their filters.

Have you also questioned why if its legal to stream media from youtube / spotify. And It's legal to record it for personal purposes. Why It's illegal to aquire it from "alternative ways".

about 2 months ago
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xvan Re:Mod parent interesting (226 comments)

I see no irony... PGP Can be used for authentication for users.
So you have descentralized authetication: PGP (to authenthicate users and files origin).
Descentralized File sharing: Torrents
What's lacking is a descentralized scoring system and a descentralized universal index system (I have no Idea what's the best way to implement that).

Another issue is a descentralized way to track torrents health...

about 2 months ago

Wikipedia Medical Articles Found To Have High Error Rate

xvan Re:It's not just medical information.... (200 comments)

The main issues with wikipedia are:
a) Truth is not a democracy.
b) It lack's a scoring system to measure the trustworthy of its references.

about 2 months ago

Bug In DOS-Based Voting Machines Disrupts Belgian Election

xvan Re:Paper trail (193 comments)

The paper version is not cheap. It's as repeatable as any other election method.
It's easy to rig it on small scale, and enough small rigs can alter the election results.
It's extremely susceptible to human errors, an they are not minimized as the vote count is not performed by auditing trained people.

Paper version presents other issues in places without bipartisan systems.
You can have more than 10 ballots for an election, and some ballots are "missed", depriving the possibility of choose. It's important because a significant number of persons don't decide until the last moment.

I was really surprised by Venezuela's voting system. I believe that a mixed electronic/paper system is the most auditable way.
It'd be better if you were provided with a ticket with a vote ID and a random key pair, to be able to validate your own vote online without violating the secrecy principle.

about 2 months ago

German Court Rules That You Can't Keep Compromising Photos After a Break-Up

xvan Re:Ramifications (334 comments)

If your "Anglo" culture includes the US...
1) They treat freedom of speech by caging it in "free speech zones".
2) They treat privacy by bugging the whole world in the name of security.

Yes, it could be a lot worse than that... but I see no evidence showing that the Anglo culture takes freedom nor privacy as core values.

about 2 months ago

Robbery Suspect Tracked By GPS and Killed

xvan Re:Decoy Pill Bottle (450 comments)

The real villains all push their drugs across our borders while Americans pay the price of those drugs.
FTFY. And remember that mexican cartels get their weapons from the US

about 2 months ago

Richard Stallman Answers Your Questions

xvan Re:Perhaps you miss the point. (394 comments)

To be fair, today I have no fucking idea about what are people refering to when they talk about "the cloud", and what makes it different/new from what we had 10 years ago.
So I could understand that RMS's deffinition of "the cloud" would be different from the "expected" deffinition.

about 3 months ago

Brazil Approves Internet Bill of Rights

xvan Re:Rights are not things that are given (132 comments)

That's why Freedom of Speech is central to how the US operates politically

From the outside, with you Free Speech Zones, it doesn't look like that.

about 3 months ago

Groove Basin: Quest For the Ultimate Music Player

xvan Re:Foobar2000 for Linux (87 comments)

For each music player "news" on /. someone complains about Foobar2000 on Linux...
Can you tell me what makes it superior to MPD?

about 3 months ago

Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

xvan Re:OpenOffice? (285 comments)

AND excluding Libre Office.

about 3 months ago

44% of Twitter Users Have Never Tweeted

xvan Re:Probably typical (121 comments)

Good one, mod this guy up!

about 3 months ago

Can Web-Based Protests Be a Force for Change?

xvan Re:Online protests work? Nope! Live one? Nope! (76 comments)

In the particular case of Argentina, protests have done something...

2001 Riots took down the president.
Kosteki & Santillan deaths lead to early elections call.
125 Protest lead to the congress tie, the law wasn't passed.
Last year the (illegal) police strike and subsequent riot.

Similar events can be found through all latam

I believe that the main difference between US and latam is:

a) Latin Amerca has strong presidential systems. US has a strong party system.
So in Latin America presidents have more political capital to spend. In US the political capital isn't theirs but the party's.

b) From the outside, the US seems to have a really fucked up concept of free speech. Just the concept of "Free speech zones" is ludicrous to me. If there is no economical / social impact produced by the protest, no one is going to give a fuck about it.

c) Like anywhere else in the world, US media lies, but unlike anywhere else in the world, the US media AND the US government are both pro status quo, so the protest news are minimized or hidden.

d) The subsets of 'People that have the balls' and 'People that protest' don't seem to intersect frequently in the US.

about 4 months ago


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