* Posts by Mephistro

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Euro Patent Office prez 'a disgrace to France'

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Re: Not unusual

"Under the unusual make-up of the EPO, it has legal immunity from the laws of the countries in which it operates"

There's a lot to chew in this paragraph! I wonder how long till King Battisteli starts using slave workers.

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Trump's FCC will soak net neutrality in gas and toss in a lit match

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By pure chance...

... the companies owned by Trump will receive lots of big fat contracts from telcos in the next few years.

Seriously now: Sorry to tell you, Americans, but your country has been pwned.

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Clients say they'll take their money and run if service hacked – poll

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"switching to a new provider means that you're jumping to a provider who's not been breached and most likely will be in the future."

The problem with that approach is that if everybody follows it and remains with the breached providers, there will be absolutely zero reasons for providers to improve their security. "See? No consequences. And it's cheaper! Moar bonuses!!!"

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UCam247 tells El Reg most of its cams aren't vulnerable to GET vuln

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Good...

With that letter he has gained lots more respect and confidence from the public than those companies whose strategy in similar cases consists in:

a) Deny everything.

b) Sue whoever found the bug.

c) If that fails, blame the user.

d) Grumpily recognize the issue.

e) Take a year to fix the bug.

f) State that "Lessons have been learned".

g) Wash, rinse, repeat.

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Hackers crack Liechtenstein banks, demand ransoms

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Same thing here.

For me, the ideal outcome of this would be:

- Some of the account holders pay the blackmail and some don't.

- Some sue the bank for lack of due diligence.

- The bank is investigated by all the relevant authorities and the account data is available for all tax agencies in the world.

- The account data is leaked to the public. Everyone involved -bank and customers- is named an shamed, and prosecuted/heavily fined for tax evasion. Politicians involved get the boot.

- After a time the hackers get caught and... Screw that! The hackers earn several million € and get scot-free and either retire and live in luxury or start their own (honest) business. All in all, they've made something good for society and they should get some reward.

I'll keep on dreaming. Sigh.

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Re: Who's responsible?

"Is the sub-editor on holiday?"

Yes, he is. His temporary replacement, Mr. Yoda, is taking care of things now.

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'Mirai bots' cyber-blitz 1m German broadband routers – and your ISP could be next

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Re: Soulhand (@ diodesign)

Totally agreed. A proof of the ISPs nuttiness in the following paragraph from the link:

"Back in the days when Eir were Eircom and they used Netopia modems, port 7547 was blocked to every IP address except those assigned to Eir’s management servers. This meant even though the Netopia modems had bugs, they could not be exploited. Inexplicably, Eir do not do this for their newer modems. If they did, these bugs would not have been exploitable."

ISPs know -mostly- how to do things right, but they just don't bother, as any breach in the service will have little consequence in their baseline. This won't change till ISPs and router makers become legally liable for lack of due diligence regarding security of the products they sell/hire/install. Yeah, I know, pigs breaking the sound barrier over the snowy landscapes of hell in a month with six Sundays etcetera etcetera.

By the way, I tried to create a free Shodan account without success. My guess is that either your article "slashdotted" them or they are being DDOSed. :-D

Such a marvellous time to be alive!

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Meet the Loughborough 'emo' boffins who predicted Trump's victory

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Re: Recount in Wisconsin?

From the link you provided:

"There is a deadline for any candidates to demand a recount, and they need to pay fees to file a request."

Holy shit! So the system was designed from the start to never have to do a recount. Two millions and a half per recount per state? With a deadline? It's nuts.

The icon is for whoever made/approved this law. For you, a thumbs up for providing the link.

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Airbus flies new plane for the first time

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"Airbus flies new plane for the first time"

The article's title is wrong! Airbus has flown new planes many times!!!

Yes, yes, I'm leaving already.

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Pre-Trump FCC – get a grip on mobe data caps, racist Stingray spying, urge Dem senators

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Re: The cheek!

"So what DID Jamison mean by 'original motivations' anyway?"

Don't know what he meant, but IMO the original motivations for the creation of the FCC were to protect communications from things like spectrum land grabs, interference, monopolies gouging the consumers and similar crap, in such a way that society as a whole profits from these improved communications. These motivations remain today and are even more important today than 82 years ago.

"The intarwebs best serves the world by remaining an ANARCHY"

That depends on the definition of anarchy. Wild West style anarchy is when the big guys are either fighting among themselves -and usually harming/killing lots innocent bystanders in the process- or conspiring to rob, enslave or murder the general public. In the real world, to prevent this kind of situations, you need some government regulation, oversight and enforcement. Where it not for governments regulation and the FCC and similar entities, we'd probably be having this discussion in a BBS accessed through an eye-wateringly expensive 14,400 bauds connection.

If you don't agree with this, please try to replace the word "intarwebs" in your comment with "banking", "industries", "army", "hospitals", "food production", "firefighting" or "law enforcement" and see where that takes you.

Not saying that the FCC and comms regulations are perfect. My point is that without the FCC and regulation the situation would be far far worse than what is now.

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The cheek!

"Most of the original motivations for having an FCC have gone away."

If this Mark Jamison was Pinocchio, the tip of his nose would have crossed Pluto's orbit a short while ago.

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Reg man 0: Japanese electronic toilet 1

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Re: A question for connoisseurs...

Thanks for the info! With this knowledge, I'll re-activate my plans to visit Japan one of these years. :-)

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"...it's normally a fire and forget device."

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A question for connoisseurs...

Given that the 'tap' that produces the water jets and the air vents are in a place that is extremely likely to be in frequent contact with faeces and urine, and given that said vents and water jets have mobile parts and (ehemm) orifices -where bacteria and organic matter can accumulate and reproduce- ...

...Are these Japanese toilets really more hygienic than standard crappers? To me these high-tech toilets sound a bit like the stick in a water bucket that the ancient Romans used and shared in public toilets instead of loo roll. As other fellow commentards suggested, a bidet or even a fast shower would be far better than these Japanese technological wonders.

IMO -though I could be wrong- these toilets are a solution in search of a problem, that -as is usually the case- can/will cause more problems, like, e.g. having your eggs parboiled and your "old cigar clipper" *slightly burnt.

*The icon is for the whole article, but I'd like to add two or three more "thumbs up" for this expression. :-D

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Three CEO confirms hack, 133,827 customers were exposed

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"...it is believed that the information was only used for the phone upgrade schemes and there have been no reports of other attempts to use or sell the lifted customer information"

If the data hasn't been offered for sale or already sold to other miscreants, it'll probably be soon.

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AI can now tell if you're a criminal or not

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How dare these Chinese boffins dare to criminalize Yoghurts? They're delicious!!!

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AI gives porn peddlers a helping hand

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"And by pull the plug, you mean..."

PLOP!

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Antivirus tools are a useless box-ticking exercise says Google security chap

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"Did Google say who should be in charge of whitelisting? Was it them, by any chance?"

I came here to say that same thing. Thanks for saving me the effort!.

Also, I seem to recall MS trying the same trick many moons ago, though a fast search didn't find anything.

Whitelisting performed by an interested party that is creating/trying to create several monopolies. What could possibly go wrong?

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'Pavement power' - The bad idea that never seems to die

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"Members will pay me for a work-out regime that involves digging holes and carrying bricks."

That sounds like The Donald's B-plan, in case the Mexicans don't want to cough up for "Da Wall".

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Pythons Idle and Cleese pen anti-selfie screed

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There's even an exhortation for those who wield selfie sticks to store them where the sun don't shine.

"And make sure you store them sideways!"

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Facebook agrees to dial back 'racial affinity' ads

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Re: Both this Frankfurt School cultural sabotage and corporate abuses are evil (@ Infernoz)

The fact that most social platforms are too damn friendly to "PR firms" (read this as textbots, paid shrills & grass roots campaigns) is a good reason to never trust data from those platforms, and also to never trust said platforms with your -or your friends- personal data.

And this is only the beginning. Every political party, every company with image issues, every religion , every sect and every vested interests group are getting into the game, with their own paid/voluntary shrills and textbots or hiring a "PR firm" for these tasks.

Thanks to this "Social Media" we can expect many more stampedes like Brexit and Trump. Because masses_of_cattle+wolves=stampede!

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Spain's Prime Minister wants to ban internet memes. No, really

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Re: Vive en otro puto planeta

Thank you , I didn't know that one!

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¡A la mierda!

Ahhh, our dear political class. The biggest pile of cnuts, fools and noobs I've ever seen. May God smite their stupid souls!

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Mark Zuckerberg is dead – Facebook confirmed

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Re: For a moment...

Yep! Same thing happened to me!.

I'll put the Champagne back in the fridge.

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Britain must send its F-35s to Italy for heavy overhauls, decrees US

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Re: Erm (@ Doctor Syntax)

"Who gets to plug the engine into the wiring harness?"

The interns, of course!

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Re: I don't get it... (@ Ivan 4)

"but are you sure that it's not more advantageous to Russia to watch us demolish our own military capability than to throw them a few million here and there?"

It depends. If the state-of-the-art in politics and government procurement contracts is pure clientelism and corruption, the Russians can have both the -not so few- millions and the comic show, plus some political leverage.

On the other hand, if politics and procurement were based on the best interests of the country and...

Pfftttt... [gasps] sorry, I can't go on...

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Re: Oooh. Italian maintenance! (@ Voland's right hand)

"Produced versus maintained"

Nowadays we can see maintenance failing everywhere. In the case of private enterprises, it's seen as a cost centre, so everybody and his brother are skimping maintenance costs.

Ditto in the case of government. Nobody is going to win an election saying "We maintained our roads in perfect condition, thus preventing many accidents"*.

But regarding Italian Mechanics and Engineers, mechanics at Lamborghini or Ferrari aren't too shaggy, are they?

* But they should've. Educating the public on these kind of matters in the schools would make fuck-ups like the elections of Donald and Adolf, to give just two examples, far scarcer. ;-)

If we don't teach kids about critical thinking, logic, complexity, negotiation and such, we can't expect them to elect good leadership in the future. It's not just presidents or prime ministers, but many/most politicians, who will be spilling seven hues of bullshit for weeks instead of confessing to a SNAFU, even a small one.

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Re: I don't get it... (@ Ivan 4)

"Or even buy some from Russia"

The Russians seem to be OK with allowing other countries that have purchased their planes to produce the spare parts, so it would make sense to buy from them PAK-FAs -lovely planes, by the way- together with the permits and designs to produce every part needed locally. And we could probably buy half a dozen PAK-FAs for the cost of a single F35. And the PAK-FA avionics and electronics are simple, sturdy and don't use 'The Cloud". ;-)

The obvious downside is that by doing this, we would be supporting Putin, Steven Seagal and Gerard Depardieu! :-D

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Re: What a clusterfrack (@ IsJustabloke)

"And what has the EU got to do with using NATO allies to service equipment?"

Red tape and customs, mainly. Which IMHO is bad enough.

And given The Rug's statements regarding NATO and Russia during the Presidential Campaign...

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Re: Oooh. Italian maintenance!

Careful with those stereotypes. Italy has produced lots of outstanding engineering, including what is considered by many as the first desktop/personal computer -(the Olivetti Programma 101), many terrific cars and several outstanding airplanes.

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GoPro drone moan brings more bad Karma

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Re: Mature market

Agreeing with most of your comment, but with a small correction:

"...once they have a camera they don't need another one, until they have their old camera lost, stolen, smashed or taken by a wild animal."

Have you seen all those videos in Youtube of people finding GoPros in the bottom of a river? In some rivers there seem to be more GoPros than fish! ;-)

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Re: Karma?

Yes, they should change the GoPro drone's name to GoProne.

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Japanese cops arrest serial 'foot licker'

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Re: "When she sat down, however, Nishiyama sprung at her right ankle"

"Could never happen in Blighty."

Nor in Japan*! Unless the victim sat in the copilot's seat, of course.

* In Japan they also drive on the left.

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Twitter trolls are destroying democracy, warn eggheads

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Re: It is a sytemic problem (@ AC)

Yes! Before the net, before telephone and telegraph, there was this huge social networks, whose nodes were lots of curtain twisters with several degrees of curtain twisterness.

The old lady in the veranda with the binoculars is the ancient equivalent of a big local node! :-)

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Google makes it to third base with Home digital assistant

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I'm buying three dozens of these

"PERFORMING ELECTRONIC LOBOTOMY ON NEW GOOGLE HOME DEVICE...

[BZZZZZTT....]

DONE"

I can earn some bucks afterwards adding a Dr.Dre sticker and selling them in eBay as iPhone sound bases for twice what I paid!

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Dark matter? More like diet matter: Super-light axions may solve universe's mass riddle

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Re: To paraphrase Red Dwarf (@ mr.K)

Yes! It was the chicken!

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Re: To paraphrase Red Dwarf

WHO THE FUCK DOWNVOTED THAT???

And why?

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Twitterstorm erupts over suspected murder of record-breaking earthworm

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I'm glad to watch, once again...

...the social media users focusing on the really serious problems mankind faces, and trying to solve said problems.

God bless them!

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Hell Desk's 800 number was perfect for horrible heavy-breathing harassment calls

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Re: Flasher Season

Thanks for the heads up! This song was hilarious, and I haven't heard it in a long, long time.

Regarding the censored videos in Google, I found this one, that doesn't seem to be too censored. :-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQDwhAK95ds

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Anecdote: (tl;dr)

Back in 89 our secretaries started receiving perv calls on a daily basis, all seemingly coming from the same guy, according to said secretaries. They were quite upset about it, of course, and we had discussed the issue in several occasions. One day, when I was in front of their desk, one of them received one of these calls and made frantic signals to me, including the 'perv' signal we had previously agreed on*.

So I took the following steps:

1- I 'loaded' in my head a script we had previously discussed half jokingly regarding the issue..

2- Lowered my already basso voice an octave or so, making it sound a little bit like a foghorn.

3- Prepared my best voice impersonation of Count Vladimir Harkonnen as depicted in the film Dune. You know, mellifluous tones mixed with lots of menace, that kind of crap.

4- Took the phone and started the conversation with an Spanish equivalent of "Hello sweetie!" and continued with a list of things "I"** would like to do with/to him, that I won´t reproduce here 'cos there could be children or elderly ladies reading this discussion.

5- Kept talking for two minutes or so till the fuckwit hanged on me! How rude!

6- Told the secretaries to stop guffawing and went about my business. The girls suffered random bouts of giggling for several days, but were otherwise OK with my handling of the matter.

The guy never called again. He probably committed suicide. Not missing him though. ^_^`

And for a decade and a half, every time we had an employees + ex-employees party -something we did every few years, someone would ask "Remember when Mephistro...?", the whole story would be re-told (with some exaggeration added) by the incumbents an I'd be invariably asked to repeat my performance, something that I did only when I was very, very drunk.

Ahhh, those were the days!

note*: The signal was the gesture of opening a raincoat with both hands, for obvious reasons. :-)

note**: Here, "I" means the role I played for the pervert. I'm not gay, I'm not a sadist, I'm not into scat or golden showers and I'm not into bestiality***.

note***: I think the part about the electric eel was pure genius, if I may say so myself.

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Windows 10 market share stalls after free upgrade offer ends

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Re: It's still free

This is a quite obvious attempt by MS at being cunning. They'll probably trick some ignorants/halfwits to believe they're "fleecing Microsoft" by posing as disabled persons.

IMHO it's a pathetic last ditch measure by Microsoft in order to obtain a few more market share percent points.

A pox on them!

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Re: Genuine curiosity...

"...what makes people so anti-MS (for this specific thing) yet merrily give their lives away to the others?"

Easy peasy: You can choose what you send to Twitter or Facebook and what you search with Google. There are less "spookey" alternatives to those programs -e.g. DuckDuckGo and OSS social networking apps- but you can't block/evade spyware bundled with the OS, more so when you can't trust MS upgrades. It's like the difference between a turnpike and a band of roaming highwaymen.

To put it short, everything you do with the OS - usually including personal data/intellectual property/sensible information - can be sent to MS to be "monetized", i.e. sold to the highest bidder.

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Boffins coax non-superconductive stuff into dropping the 'non'

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Re: Sort of an self-hyped report (@ Andy The Hat)

"... so where's the much heralded breakthrough?"

I guess that the breakthrough is proving the hypothesis "...that superconductivity could be induced at the interface between two non-superconductive materials..." instead of the superconductive properties of this particular material.

Basically, a proof of concept, and -potentially at least- a very useful one!

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Enhanced XP7 plumps up flash while slimming dedupe

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Nice name!

Far better than, say, Vista10!

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Vatican and musicians at odds over appropriate use of crematorium leftovers

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Re: Final resting place

A similar incident is also depicted in one of Iain Banks* novels. Not sure whether it's in "The crow road" or "Whit".

* The "M." in the author's name was intentionally omitted.

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Re: Who the hell...(@ Dan 55)

"...they're rumoured to get an amount off the government every year for every person on their books but nobody knows for sure because the accounts are opaque"

My guess is that the Catholic Church is playing a long term game here. While they don't actually negotiate the amount they receive from the Spanish State based on these figures, they might foresee a future in which a large number of 'apostates' would lower their ability to put pressure on the government, which would be 'a bad thing' for the Church (and IMO a good thing for the Spanish people), so they're just stonewalling the whole thing.

The saddest part here is -aside from the opaque negotiations- that to this date all Spanish democratic governments, Left, Right or Centre, have signed the Concordat with the CC and paid this blackmailtithe to the Church. What a bunch of nincompoops! :-(

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NSA, GCHQ and even Donald Trump are all after your data

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The NSA must be practically living in the "Wargame" player's forums nowadays!

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Re: M I 6 pence worth

KNOCK! KNOCK!

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Re: Waste their time (@ Duncan Macdonald)

Great idea!

I'd only like to add two suggestions:

- In the part about goading the ferals into decripting the other files, let those files contain mostly-random bytes only, and don't use an extension in the file name, as to force them to try all known -and unknown- encryption formats . A file named "Allah_Akbar_dd/mm/yyyy" where the date is a few days in the future would probably have your files being inspected by actual humans in less than a minute! And it'll keep them busy for weeks! :-D

- And use the Tor network, for obvious reasons.

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Basic income after automation? That’s not how capitalism works

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Re: Basic Income - some other attractive aspects

" If you regularly swing cats, you'll have to buy a 'luxury' house whose walls are far-enough apart to avoid killing them on a regular basis."

In my experience, most people with a tendency to swing cats live either in very small homes or in big mansions.

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