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Comment If businesses are not interested... (Score 1) 313

It would be funny if Russians would buy it. Taking into account the role of Twitter in all the "colored" revolutions and how Russia and her allies are annoyed with it, they could buy it to turn the weapon in the opposite direction.

Frankly, I think that even the role of Twitter in revolts is exaggerated and it's not a valuable asset even for that. Do Chinese think the same?

Comment Re:WOW, this is fucked (Score 1) 469

Seriously, for Chinese being Chinese means more than being American citizen. And that is so for many other ethnic groups. Russian will stay Russian, Japanese will stay Japanese. American passport is nice to have.

For most people their family means more than their country. And for some ethnic groups Fatherland (or Motherland, since we mentioned Russians) could mean more than you think, even generations after relocation. Don't hire Russian to attack Russia. Don't hire Chinese to investigate Chinese state hackers. It's plain stupid.

Comment Re:Ethnic divisions b/w countries (Score 1) 103

Indeed, Soviets created many artificial republics that didn't exist before - Ukraine, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus and mentioned Asian republics. They also created Finland, which gave us Nokia and Linux. So I don't think that their "attempts" were laughable at all.
All of these countries were carved from Russia on grounds of ethnicity. However, I wouldn't say that it's only Soviet experiment, but rather Russian - they always tried to make ethnic groups within Empire content, same as they do now, and there are over 195 ethnic groups in Russia. They created few languages for those who had no written language (Latvians, for example, had no written language before joining the Empire), and invested into developing of languages that could be otherwise simply replaced by Russian.

Comment Re:Turkey is due for some DEMOCRACY (Score 1) 103

Perhaps you miss some education. Pyramids of Egypt are over 4700 years old. At that time Egyptians had developed writing, architecture, agriculture, art of war and it obviously wasn't given by God in one day. The history of China was written since over 3500 years ago, and Mycenaean phase of Greek history started over 3200 years ago. The Stonehenge is over 5000 years old... I hope you know what it is and where it is located, and that people didn't appear there, but came from Africa.

Oh, and have you ever heard about hebrew years? Well, jews think it's year 5776 now.

Comment Re: Hypocrisy (Score 2) 149

Watch Windows Phone losing more apps from 1st of October this year. Since many, if not most, developers have abandoned the sinking ship (because, you know, good developers are writing software for money, and there's no money in WM), Microsoft added some policies for app certification to make the market alive. However, not everyone cares about that and failure to re-certify the app till the end of September will un-publish these apps.

And, indeed, there is enough bloatware in Windows Phone too, both Nokia (RIP) and HTC. Well, especially HTC.

Comment Here comes the AV for monitors! (Score 1) 157

How about that - you will buy my antivirus for monitors and it will guarantee that your monitor is free from viruses?
From creators of Monitor Antivirus - the ubiquitous Mouse Antivirus! Works with all types of mice - from 20th century Genius to latest Razor.

Do you think $20 would be a reasonable price tag? Also, how about some USB gadgets like USB fans - I am pretty sure hackers will target them very soon, so I should focus on a sophisticated solution that would build up the synergy of security, peace of mind and performance.

The brand name is still a question - any ideas?

Comment OMG (Score 1) 211

From TFA: "Frequent password changes do little to improve security and very possibly make security worse by encouraging the use of passwords that are more susceptible to cracking."

Let's imagine, that my old password was C/6)dLj^,FZ\>|UZ and now I changed it to +X.?450Dx$f^6v6H. How did it make things less secure?

If that's password for my online account, then learning in 2016 that someone in 2015 was selling users database of that online resource is different whether I did change passwords every X days, or not. In latter case my password would still be active and most likely used by script kiddies.

On the other hand, professor needs publicity, too.

Comment Re:What Slashdot didn't say is ... (Score 2) 47

Oh, and before we go any further, here is the official reply from Telegram:

"Certain people checked whether some Iranian numbers were registered on Telegram and were able to confirm this for 15 million accounts. As a result, only publicly available data was collected and the accounts themselves were not accessed. Such mass checks are no longer possible since we introduced some limitations into our API this year.

However, since Telegram is based on phone contacts, any party can potentially check whether a phone number is registered in the system. This is also true for any other contact-based messaging app (WhatsApp, Messenger, etc.)."


Comment What Slashdot didn't say is ... (Score 4, Informative) 47

It's about Telegram, not Instagram. And all 15 million users were from Iran. Hence the problem was in SMS provider in Iran, not just in Telegram. Could be even the government. That is - IF such hack indeed happened. NSA hates Telegram, so I wouldn't be surprised if it's early April fools.

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