* Posts by Daniel B.

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Microsoft: Oh, go on, Xbox Live user. Show us your spammer

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Re: "But for now friends/my profile/privacy/custom and check friends only"

It's probably because we're smack in the middle of the weekend, and the usual commentards are probably somewhere else. The MS shilltards are however always here, in full force.

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Re: Simple solution...

Don't buy or use an inferior console. I have had ZERO spam messages on my Playstation. Not a single one.

This is also true for PS3. I simply haven't seen any spam in the 7 years I've owned a PS3. It's probably because PSN accounts are created from the PS3/PS4 devices, so that probably cuts back on spammers' ability to create fake accounts.

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In praise of China’s CROONING censors: Company songs NOW!

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The company song!

The company song/hymn is pretty much alive and well. The difference seems to be on the company itself promoting it or not. Back when I worked at a certain bank, the "hold music" was an instrumental version of that song... in my country. If you had the "pleasure" of calling a certain South American branch, the hold music was the actual anthem, sung by an actual singer and in some other country it even had a kid chorus singing it as well!

Forget suffering your corporate song during company events; some people in South America hear it every time they're put on hold!

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ARM grabs Dutch 'SSL of Things' biz Offspark

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Re: Not too happy about this :/

I don't think they are going to implement the entire PolarSSL stack on hardware; they're probably just adding hardware acceleration on the specific ciphers like AES.

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City broadband ISPs: PLEEEEASE don't do 'Title II' net neutrality

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Legislation

The problem with legislation on this topic is that both legislative bodies are now controlled by the GOP. GOPsters hate Net Neutrality and thus won't bring up any new legislation that would enshrine that. So the only option seems to be Title II, even if it does suck as a solution.

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You'll NEVER guess who has bought I Taught Taylor Swift How To Give Head dot-com

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Re: Asking for trouble...

No, they haven't thought it out well. I have found at least two possible trollish domains. Hell, maybe someone will buy 'em just for shits and giggles...

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Re: Taylor Swift?

I was actually going to ask, "who's she?" but it seems it's one of those dudes with a girl's name...

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Net neutrality: Someone WILL sue. So will the FCC's rules hold up?

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Re: FCC is Not The Answer

Actually, most of the internet has been for this regulation ever since ISPs started engaging in bad practices. It does seem that this started around the time when ISPs started collapsing into only a handful of companies, many which have a monopoly in their coverage area. ISPs must be forced to give the level of service they are offering (do nt lie to your customers) and they must only charge for transfer rates asked by the client. No double-dipping allowed. And that requires regulation!

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LOOK OUT - it's a GOOBER! Google's über-Uber robo apptaxi ploy

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Re: I'd be more shocked

Actually I'm surprised trucks aren't an area they're exploring more directly. It seems like a specific scenario especially well suited to automation, with pre-planned routes predominantly on 'easy' roads.

Ahhhh, instead of Stephen King's Christine, you're going for "Trucks"?

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Enough is ENOUGH: It's time to flush Flash back to where it came from – Hell

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Java

Java is probably the one language/platform that should (theoretically) be ready for distributed application deployments. They have all the stuff for clientside, serverside, and client/server support with a robust middleware tier for complex stuff. The problem has been that for many years, Java was seen as "slow" and "unsexy", so many web devs have jumped into other stuff, or use JS to fill the gaps. So we probably will need something as good as Java, but without the security issue stigma that Java got. Ideally I'd propose Java, but I doubt people will want it as the main option for this, given its reputation.

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Re: Plugins are actually the symptom, not the root problem

Indeed. People advocating for the ultimate quash of plugins are missing the point: the WWW itself was not intended to carry dynamic content at all. HTML has had a lot of stuff hacked in, from the hideous JavaScript to CSS and a lot of bloatware on top of that (AJAX! JSON!) to the point where JavaScript stuff has grown into being the same kind of bloatware that plugins have been anyway. There are sites which will make my smartphone hot just because of the crappy JavaScript stuff running in the background.

Plugins were made to add native programming functionality into websites, which can be good (Java), can be iffy (Flash), or can be downright hideous (ActiveX). The needs aren't going to go away just by banning plugins. Ideally we would have something better replace the WWW itself for "web app" stuff, but at the moment we have to work with what we have.

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BYOD is NOT the Next Biggest Thing™: Bring me Ye Olde Lappetoppe

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Re: "secure" WiFi, "greynet"? It depends.

Keep it simple: 1) Mandate VPN connections for all External access; 2) Define WiFi as External.

If I had complete control over IT infrastructure, that would be exactly how I would define WiFi. In fact, one of the bigger banks I've worked at had this policy, and in addition to this they have their WiFi restricted to "authorized users only". It's kind of funny, because you have to jump over far more hoops just to get WiFi access, and it still requires VPN access to the real good stuff, while Ethernet access is only a matter of raising a support ticket. You get plugged in in 24 hours, tops. WiFi access there will require C-level signatures, it's incredibly stupid!

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It depends.

It depends on what the WiFi at the organization is. Any company with a competent IT Security Division that actually listens to their Security bods will have the WiFi network separated from the main network. WiFi is for guests, mobile devices, and will have unrestricted access to the Internet. Only company-issued devices should have WiFi access to the "secure" network, and even then the "secure" WiFi should be a separate "greynet". If possible, have the secure devices connect to the main network via VPN to avoid wifi sniffing.

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Does your mate send smut vids on Facebook? 1. That's a bit weird. 2. It may be malware

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Ah yes

This thing has been spamming FB everywhere. It spams about some "breaking news" involving some smut video. It's annoying, as it spams FB groups as well.

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Cuddly robots, whipsmart laughs and plenty of heart in Big Hero 6

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Re: 2problematic4me

To be honest, Japanese anime also has all their characters round-eyed. San Fransokyo is probably inspired out of some cyberpunk works where Japan takes over San Francisco and the resulting cultural merge. Maybe the author of that particular article is reading too much into it?

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'Revenge porn' bully told not to post people's nude pics online. That's it. That's his punishment

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Re: What I do not understand..

He hasn't been charged with extortion ... yet.

That's why they're saying that even after the out-of-court settlement with the FTC, he's still open to legal action from the victims themselves. It's entirely possible that each of his victims will bring up blackmail charges against him. Hell, it might even fall under RICO. And I'm betting that at least one of them will do it, especially the ones that were asked for the $$$ to take down those pics. They might even do it just for the lulz ... or at least, as a warning to others.

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FCC hits pause on Comcast-TWC gobble AGAIN

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Everyone knows the answer, FCC.

Don't allow it. Cable co's are already awful as it is.

Or do allow it, but impose the common carrier requirement upon their data pipes if they merge.

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FCC sexes up, er, sextuples 'broadband' speed to 25Mbps in US

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It doesn't matter what word they use...

You're missing the point about redefining broadband. The real meat is in this:

The FCC is obliged to produce an annual report on broadband deployment and is authorized to take "immediate action" if it feels that is not happening "in a reasonable and timely fashion."

This means that even if Verizon, Comcast/TWC or MegaShaft Internet Services decides to call their inferior options "narrowband" or whatever, if they still don't meet the FCC broadband standards, the FCC can actually intervene and speed up things. By doing things like breaking municipal monopoly contracts or challenging those iffy laws banning municipal broadband efforts.

Eventually, either the big telcos or cable companies crank up their broadband speeds, or they let someone else do it.

It's awesome. The FCC seems to have grown a pair.

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Five years of Sun software under Oracle: Were the critics right?

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Re: Chalk and cheese

Yes, it is sad but true. One of my previous jobs was at a consulting company where pretty much everyone was an ex-Sun employee. All of them left after the Oracle takeover, and they all left for the same reason: once Oracle took over, they were relegated to second-class citizens in the corporate ladder.

Sad, because for what they've told me, Sun was a place where I would've loved working. Alas, it's long dead.

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Re: Solaris is long gone.....

Solaris is still alive and well in the financial and telecoms sector. However, I will concede that they aren't buying as much Solaris iron as they used to, Oracle's support has skyrocketed. And sadly, price hikes have meant that not all sold Solaris boxes are using SPARC, with a sizeable chunk using crappy x86 instead.

But Solaris being dead? I don't think so.

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Oracle will 'kill MySQL' and steal its users? Ha ha, haha, ha. Seriously, we won't – Oracle exec

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Re: Meaningless statistics

MySQL is only fast for queries that don't involve JOINs. The optimiser seems to have a love-hate relationship with foreign keys.

Monty hates transactions and FKs. That's why the initial releases of MySQL supported neither, and were only added first by hacking BDB as a new engine type for MySQL, and later via InnoDB. But the anti-transaction stuff is part of the basic MySQL stack, and it shows because anything transactional is always pushed into the InnoDB engine.

So it isn't really surprising that those features are lacking in MySQL...

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Buggy? Angry? LET IT ALL OUT says Linus Torvalds

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Re: "on the darknet"

The premise is false. I have no idea what "darknet" is supposed to mean, beyond "ooh, scary people have network connections".

It usually refers to hidden networks that allow connected users to remain anonymous, like Tor or Darknet (yes, there's an actual "darknet" called Darknet).

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Elon Musk SNOWED UNDER with Googley DOLLARS for Space Internet

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Re: People who live outside the US just don't understand @DougS

In rural areas, there is no cable or telco internet AT ALL. That's true in probably 50% of the continental US landmass, if not more.

I really, really have to agree with that. I've been surprised by some people I know from the US who have commented on these woes. They barely get phone service on their landlines; cellphone coverage is "maybe Verizon", the luckier ones might get a femtocell for their home ... which only works if they also have some kind of broadband connection.

Thus why I thought "rural USA" as a potential satellite internet customer.

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Re: Sat Comms.

Probably a good idea to have competition in the US rural areas where cableco monopolies like Comcast own the internet. And it could be a good option for airlines that offer inflight WiFi access.

Alternatively, it's a good way to get uncensored internet in some countries like China ;)

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Re: could be worse...

Microsoft on SpaceX would be more like "bluescreen on launch", wouldn't it?

BOOM!

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2015: The year of MAD TV science, but who can keep up?

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Re: That sound you can hear ...

You forgot the word 'console' :-) The main reason I'm cheering 4k is I can see the horrible drawn out "1080p is good enough" era coming to an end.

Point taken. I've been annoyed by that as well, but for other reasons: PCs not only have better resolution capabilities, the freaking monitors were perfectly OK with a 4:3 format! 16:9 is horrible for daily work; fortunately some laptop vendors do 16:10 which is at least bearable.

I will usually crank up resolution on whatever monitor I'm using, up to the maximum limit. I remember my jump from Windows XP to Windows 7 being very annoying because the whole UI would no longer scale along with the resolution, instead keeping its big, fat arse the same as if I were using 800x600, all icons would also look gigantic compared to Windows XP. Yeech!

Still, I can't really find a use for a 4k TV. A 4k monitor, however, would be awesome. :)

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Re: That sound you can hear ...

Not only that; TVs are increasingly being used as "output display for gaming console" and thus all that fancy-schmancy tech is useless. Hell, even 4k is ignored, as the new gen can't do 4K at all!

So for people like me, who mostly use their TVs for gaming, all these Smart TV thingies are only uberexpensive monitors. It's bad for TV vendors, as the gaming community is usually the one that pushes for higher-res stuff, but we're already OK with 1080p. Hell, we don't even need 120Hz! So no mad gaming push like there was for 1080p when the PS3 came out.

And casual TV users care even less about their TV sets. I've seen far too many people watching shows in Stretch-O-Vision (when you forcibly show 4:3 content as 16:9), I doubt they even care about 1080p. 4k? Not a chance. 4k is the new "3D".

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Re: Here's an article suggestion for you

Yes. Now is the time to get a 1080p set. I got my own waaay back in 2010, substituting my dying CRT mostly because the 3DTV fad meant that non-3D 1080p were now being heavily discounted. By now, I guess 1080p is now a standard feature. :)

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Microsoft just saved Windows Phone... Now stop whining

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Maemo

Nokia's Maemo looked promising. Maybe if they had kept on pushing that (sans the MeeGo fusion thingy) they could've had a viable replacement for Symbian instead of the Elopocalypse.

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Re: More Windows Phone Landfill

Windows Phone will continue it's slide into obscurity hand in hand with Blackberry.

Actually Windows Phone is in a dire situation even compared with BlackBerry. At least the latter still has a good standing with security bods (it's the one with FIPS 140-2 and the DoD's authority to operate certs) while WP is a joke.

If anything, the only market-changing move WP has caused is Nokia falling from the #1 smartphone spot to "I barely made it above Other in piecharts".

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2014 in infosec: Spammers sneak small botnets under the wire, Java is dull

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Java

The main difference being that Java is actually still used in a lot of stuff. Some tax revenue services in several countries require client-side Java, thus you will see a lot of Java everywhere. That's good, as there's also an incentive to plug Java holes. Meanwhile, Silverlight is dying and not even MS can be arsed on fixing that. Reminds me of that other dying tech, ActiveX.

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So Java no longer the main attack vector?

Interesting. It seems that Oracle's focus on fixing Java's security is finally working. Meanwhile, it's now "secure" .NET the one growing holes. Okay, maybe they're targeting Silverlight because that one's suffering a slow, silent death these days...

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Facebook is MORE IMPORTANT to humanity than PORTUGAL

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Not surprised

After all, we already had people thinking "the web" == Internet back in 1998.

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Re: Self Importance?

Can't remember what Vasco de Gama did, but there are quite some main avenues named after him, so I guess he is important.

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Microsoft Outlook PENETRATED by Chinese 'man-in-the-middle'

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So...

I guess anyone not wanting their email intercepted is using PGP anyway and won't be affected by this?

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'80s hacker turned journo, IT crime ace Steve Gold logs off

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Oh dear, another legend kicks the bucket.

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OK

ATH0

NO CARRIER

You will be missed.

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Google v Oracle: US Supreme Court turns to Obama in Java copyright war

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Re: Oracle has a loaded gun, pointed right at their own foot.

I'll bet you never heard of Xamarin. Or Mono. It's the only explanation for being so stupendously wrong.

Mono requires a commercial license for Android or iOS development. And even the full Mono stack still lacks a full .NET implementation. It just doesn't make sense to use Mono for mobile applications, straight Java or C++ do a better job on Android, and ObjC or the other new bling-bling language Apple made do a better job on iOS.

Generated code will usually fare worse than native code, and it seems that Android-targeted stuff will be compiled JIT instead of natively.

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Re: Oracle has a loaded gun, pointed right at their own foot.

And how important is Java in the mobile units over all? How much Cross-Platform uses C(++) instead or variants of .NET

C/C++ is credible. .NET? I'd bet there are more apps made for BlackBerry than mobile .NET stuff, given that .NET is only used in the least used mobile OS ever: Windows Phone. At least BlackBerry gets more support due to its former place in the top 3 OSes.

And Java itself is still useful as Java ME MIDlets still cover a wide range of smartphones.

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Windows 7 MARKED for DEATH by Microsoft as of NOW

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Re: WTF?

Banks lol - was at a cashpoint the other week -- the one next to me then crashed and rebooted something called OS2 Warp?

Consider yourself lucky. The upgrade path for those ATMs over here has been Windows NT. Yes, I didn't say XP or Vista or 7. I said "Windows NT". I fear those ATMs...

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Hawking and friends: Artificial Intelligence 'must do what we want it to do'

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Oh, interesting

Morgan Freeman having been cast with Skeptical Scientist roles, with at least one movie specifically dealing with A.I. (Trascendence). Maybe he knows something we don't?

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Microsoft has made excellent software, you pack of fibbers

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Re: T-SQL

T-SQL, and SQL Server as a whole is basically a fork from Sybase.

Most of the "awesome" MS stuff is actually the product of some other company's work, or a "collaborative" project where MS broke the collaboration and poached the code (i.e. OS/2, which morphed into WinNT).

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Re: The LAST PIECE of MS software here at work is (wait for it)...

Ah yes, FoxPro. But even that was not made by MS but by Fox Technologies, which was acquired by MS. Fox had already finished 2.5 so the FoxPro 2.5 for DOS, Windows, UNIX and Mac was basically Fox Tech code with MS branding.

It's noticeable because the next FoxPro release basically hobbled a lot of things, turned it into "Visual" FoxPro, the Distribution Kit was gone as well as the non-Windows versions. A sad end for the DB that obsoleted dBase.

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Re: Microsoft's good software

Word 5 for DOS was pretty decent, too.

Pretty much all the applications that later were integrated into a big Office package were very decent in their original conception as Macintosh apps. Of course, once MS turned evil they proceeded to ruin the Mac versions by force-feeding it the Windows-style UI when the Mac-centric one was pretty good by itself.

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French Google fund to pay for 1 million print run of Charlie Hebdo next week

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I worry a bit that this will provoke a backlash against innocent people. There is the Pegida movement in Germany and it's hard to forget Anders Breivik and his motives. This won't help.

Indeed, but if anything this should work against such groups. Religious zealots from any side are a threat to any nation's security and should be dealt with.

Fortunately, it seems that the worst groups aren't grabbing the JeSuisCharlie flag and are instead saying "they deserved it for mocking religion". Probably because Charlie Hebdo didn't just mock Muslims; if you check their Twitter account you'll see that their avatar is a mockery of Christmas (Le Petit Jesus).

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Re: I don't for a second believe the 'Charlie' murderers were acting as Muslims.

Partly because it's the past and not in the present.

There are some in the present, but they don't seem to stick that much.

Anders Behring Breivik.

That one is too recent to be overlooked.

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Indeed. I was actually saying that yesterday; this could be the darkest instance of the Streisand effect ever. It's also a special case, as most people who were originally slamming Charlie Hebdo for those cartoons now stand besides them because freedom of speech and not getting killed for it is more important now.

Je suis Charlie

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Re: I don't for a second believe the 'Charlie' murderers were acting as Muslims.

Every religious and political group has a lunatic fringe.

Indeed. While Islam gets its bad rap these days, most media (especially the rightwinger ones) conveniently sidestep the nasty incidents commited by Christian or Catholic terrorists.

The late 1920s Cristero uprising, with many despicable things commited in the name of the Catholic Church. If you swapped "Catholics" for "Muslims", you'd think you were reading about the Taliban.

The 1977 Atocha massacre in Spain, made by a fringe far-right group called the Apostolic Anticommunist Alliance, linked to the religious fascist Franco regime that had collapsed just two years earlier.

The Olympic Park bomber, who for some weird reason isn't labeled as a terrorist.

Yet no one judges all Catholics, or Christians based on these nasty people. And they shouldn't. Now, why is that so hard to follow up with Muslims?

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Buses? PAH. Begone with your filthy peasant-wagons

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Re: The best urban transport

Actually, the best urban transport would be a motorbike. You have the advantage of taking less space on the road and less parking space, the ability to filter through stopped traffic and using far less petrol on your trip (cars usually do 12 km/L, my 150cc does 32 km/L). It can also do higher speeds, which means you are actually matching everyone else's speed and thus having a less frightening commute than the bicycle experience.

It's also far better for longer distances: if your daily commute involves 10 km or more each way, you're bound to end up sweating on a bicycle. A bicycle is better suited for short distances.

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White hats do an NSA, figure out LIVE PHONE TRACKING via protocol vuln

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Re: What about VoLTE?

Crypto will set you free.

Landline stuff can be made secure with end-to-end crypto, if you have that it doesn't matter if you have SS7 vulns leaking your voicestream somewhere else. Of course, the SS7 metadata itself is still vulnerable and will still "talk" about you.

I'm guessing that for telephone convos to be truly safe, you would need VoIP over IPSec.

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