930 posts • joined 22 Oct 2007
Re: False feeling of control
There is an important line between officially sanctioned and not officially sanctioned acts of the secret service. The spies can get into deep shit if they overstep the boundaries and embarrass their superiors, so they have to be careful what they do and will probably show some restraint.
The problem is that nowadays anything seems to be sanctioned via some secret court or administrative memo (the memorandum seems to be the modern letter of marque and reprisal). The government handed over the keys to the lunatic bin and tries not to look what is going on.
Location of the Microsoft/Crypto folder depends on the Windows version
I went to look for the Application Data > Application Data > Microsoft > Crypto > RSA folder to find out what might hide there. But this folder resides in a different location on Windows 8: C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Crypto\RSA. Just in case somebody was looking for it ...
Re: xenophobic turf protection
More probably, the Chinese blocked the NSA back-door and somebody got nervous about having incomplete access to the intertubes.
You seem to live in a world of black an white...
but maybe I can interest you in a few million shades of grey.
One might imagine a country with a modest secret service, reasonably secure, democratic and with a very limited number of secrets. Actually, almost all true democracies are such countries and the US used to be the same before they started pumping billions of dollars into black ops.
Re: NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett: Go To Jail. Go Directly To Jail…
I thought the fundamental idea of having a free and democratic society is that it does lead to more security and a better world in the long term. This concept was heavily propagated by the US in the time of the cold war and Nazi Germany. Alternatively you can try to gain some extra security today -- just lock away all those political / religious / ethnic troublemakers. But the resulting regimes usually become violently unstable after a while. North Korea is the big exception, China might go either way.
So the NSA doesn't do intrusive spying, they are just looking for the terrorists. And the people who are in contact with terrorists. And the people who live in the same house, city, country, or world as those terrorists. But it's OK, because they only collect metadata. And all your emails, telephone calls, and video. In public, private and, in particular, if you try to turn off your computer/smartphone microphone or camera.
Now why they can't catch any terrorist when they already subverted all of humanity is a bit of a mystery? Clearly time for some 'enhanced' data collection to fix that. Everybody please make an appointment with your local secret service office and don't forget your bathing suit and towel. And remember, you have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide. Nobody innocent was ever harmed by a few questions and only guilty witches ever drown when submerged.
Skynet already alive?
When I read the statement from the British intelligence agency: "All of GCHQ's work is carried out in accordance with a strict legal and policy framework which ensures that our activities are authorized, necessary and proportionate, and that there is rigorous oversight," I could swear I heard that exact statement before. Must be the AI robot answering the phone.
But if the AI network is truly intelligent, it would surely do a better job pretending to be human?! My head hurts!
Re: Democratic oversight won't work...
Democratic oversight can only work if the sovereign (The People) is informed. Don't expect the anything magic from the people's representatives, they just follow their job description (win election ... prepare winning the next election).
Read the pentagon papers Ellsberg if you want to get a feel about corrupting power.
"Close the loophole"?
If you create a new law for every idiot doing idiotic things, you end up in a police state. The officials should give Mr Peeping Tom a stern warning about proper behavior in the public and everybody should get back to whatever they were doing. Or better, Mrs. Peeped-Upon should have accidentally stepped on said phone and the toes of Mr Peep. I am also sure that there are other laws that can be applied to chronic cases of misbehavior.
Don't need a law for everything. It's the land of the free!
Re: London's a pain in the arse to get to
If you ever get around the globe, feel free to call on me for the beer. Make that 'beer'.
"whipped back in line"
Cut the budget. Problem solved.
The whole concept of creating a revenue from people using adblock is a bit stupid. Ads make money when people buy things. People install adblock because they made a conscious decision that they do not want see ir buy advertised wares. Forcing them to see ads generated zero income. (more views maybe, but less value per view)
Lewis Page: Active spreading of ignorance
This article is a major fail. Yes, Lewis page, the radiation effects on the public health in Japan are small. But this is due to timely evacuation. The central claim of your story, namely that there is no radiation risk, was no radiation risk, and will never be a radiation risk due to Fukushima is just 100 % made up and has no connection to the scientific study at all!
The study investigated the radiation in 3 regions, 20-50 km away from the Fukushima plant, which were never evacuated, due to relatively low radiation doses. I cite: "The Kawauchi and Haramachi areas are located in former evacuation prepared areas in case of emergency and the Tamano area has never been designated in any evacuation category. Whereas these areas neighbor the restricted areas and the deliberate-evacuation area (red and yellow areas in Fig. 1, Left), residents generally live as they did before the nuclear accident."
--> these areas were little affected by fallout, whereas other (evacuated) areas were quite heavily affected. Indeed, the paper shows a map with areas out to >30km where "where it is expected that the residents have difficulties in returning for a long time (>50 mSv/y)"
The study investigated the radiation levels one year after the accident So the irradiation due to short-lived radionuclides (e.g., Iodine) is not accounted for. the study is quite clear about it: "This assessment was derived from short-term observation with uncertainties and did not evaluate the first year dose and radioiodine exposure. Would it be so hard to refer to those things when you report on the study, Lewis? I guess it would distract from your agenda. Can't have that, so better write a piece of biased sh*** that doesn't contribute a penny to the discussion of atomic plant safety.
Lewis Page: trying to spread scientific ignorance to the IT professional. FAIL
The magic hockey stick like growth may not show up in the EUV laser power output -- but maybe Moore's curve will perform a little hockey-stick magic to wait for the arrival of EUV technology.
One way or another, hockey rules!
Does the ultra-power-saving mode allow incoming phone calls and does the alarm work? If yes, then this might be my perfect phone. I don't care for my phone to burn its battery while I am not looking.
Some tricks up his sleeve?!
Timo Boll should win this one using street smarts. An orange T-Shirt might work wonders against the robot eyes. If there are multiple cameras involved, he should make sure to shake out his very very dusty clothes before the match. Oh, does that robot wear rule-conforming shoes? And I didn't see it serving from an open hand.
I expect the upgradable 239.99 tablet coming soon. It'll contain the operating system and an extra few dollar will make it a full-fledged desktop/notebook/whatever computer.
Re: Activated magnets...
Electromagnet have the tiny disadvantage that they eat electricity. I am not aware of any portable device (portable as 'in my pocket') using an electromagnet. To get to the magnetic field strength trivially available with a permanent magnet, you need some serious power. Unless you got some superconductor at hand and then you have to think about liquid nitrogen cooling.
I like the idea of activated magnets. Maybe they really invented some kind of switchable permanent magnet -- that would be cool! It would also be very very improbable, but who knows what those lawyers came up with!
I am a little disappointed with the limitation to i-things with "a first side, [and] a second side opposite the first side". Does this mean that any type of Moebius object will circumvent this patent? Let me then be the first to suggest a magnetically attached galaxy device with a single side parallel _and_ opposite to the first side and all the required magnets to hold it to another galaxy device, blablabla. I described it first, no one can patent that now (you're welcome, unnamed producer of galaxy devices).
No National Security Letter? Somebody didn't they get the memo, apparently.
The concept of untrackable internet payments seems to be here for good. Lets call it 'cash' payment for it may fill the same role as cash payment in real life and the fact that it is anonymous doesn't make it inherently good or bad.
We all trust in the value of the colored slips of paper in out pocket. Not because of any inherent guarantee of value (inflation comes and goes and sometimes currencies even cease to exist). It's more of a habitual thing: we simply got used to the idea of bills being valuable based on past experiences. We even trust banks when they tell us that the money is still in our accounts. I am sure that the experience can be re-created on the internet. It won't be smooth -- the history of real money surely was not -- but I am sure we'll get used to it eventually.
Bad description of the process
"In the sense where we are with this is we've assembled the stick of dynamite with the fuse and can light the fuse – all we need to do now is get that fuse to light all the way down to the stick of dynamite," Hurricane explained.
No, they built this immense hammer to explode their stick of fusion-dynamite. It takes lots of energy to lift the hammer, and the hammer blow blows the dynamite all over the place with a very little bang. But they hope that if they fiddle with the hammer a bit, they can get a few more dynamite grains to explode.
'For the same price in South Korea, you get a fibre link to your home'
The statement is plain wrong. For $65 I get 3 month of fibre link in my home.
Jealous? You should be :).
MS Office for serious work? Seriously?
Davidoff: "if you do more than writing the occasional letter or doing a simple spreadsheet then there is nothing else than MS Office."
I use office exactly (and exclusively) for writing the occasional letter and for filling forms that arrive in my inbox in the wrong format. For serious work, there is Latex.
I also just migrated my better half from the stupid 'evaluation' MS office to libreoffice. That cut down my service calls greatly, the LO menu bloat seems to be much easier to navigate than the ribbons.
Windows 8 a solid host OS?
I thought Windows 8 to be quite solid until it completely crapped out on me after some 1/2 year of use while traveling. The second, separate installation on another HD did the same thing a day later and I had to do a quick Linux installation to remain functional.
I never had any Linux installation do anything like that and I would definitely prefer Linux as the host.
He has a point
Unfortunately, he has a point. I am writing this in a Chrome browser and I had been on Opera for more than a decade.
Leafy statements from the Netherlands
According to somewhat reliable sources (Wikipedia),the Netherland demands "20.0% for the first € 275,000 and above that a corporate tax rate of 25.5%" How again do they get by on a 15% corporate tax rate?
And with the double-Dutch-Irish Sandwich, the Netherlands allow foreign companies to get an effective tax rate of 0% on large parts of their income. Try to finance a government with that!
There is a major problem in the realm of taxation, namely that big business pays their lawyers much better than governments do and those high-payed lawyers seem to be worth their money.
"the stock market provides higher returns on your investment than Social Security"
Except where your pension is involved. As your pension sits in a big anonymous pool of money, usually administered by some financial institution with some duty to maximize their own profits, you can rest assured that returns accruing in your pensions account are quite modest.
My favourite example is the German Riester Rente, which was labeled "as valuable as stuffing money into an old sock" by a major German weekly paper. And this is after accounting for some major tax benefit and government contributions.
Want a comfortable retirement? Don't throw your money at the giant vampire squids.
Re: The huge difference...
Bill Gates might make a difference simply because he is a Very Important Person at MS and if he proclaims that something is shit people will listen (even if he won't use expletives, etc.). This may be important to overcome inertia and committee indecision.
If he works far enough below the visionary management types (those who think that Metro and ribbons are good things if you only torture the consumer long enough), then maybe MS products might become more usable / valuable again.
Lets face it, most of us just want something that works effortlessly and doesn't break the bank. MS used to offer such products.
I thought a recent court case went the other way
I remember reading about HP loosing a lawsuit against some third party ink supplier in Germany recently. Either my memory turns bad, or it's the typical case of HP publicising the cases where it "closes ... lawsuits" without an actual legal review to distract from a not-so-clear legal situation.
"Replace the Ashas with dirt cheap windows phones"?
Surely not, MS must hold on to some kind of brand image if they want to continue milking the OS gravy train.
Snowden [...] can say pretty much anything he wants and pass it of for truth
There is a reason for this: He said a lot of things in the last months and they all turned out to be true. Contrast that with the average statement from the NSA or government officials on the topic.
They should offer him a position reviewing and supervising the NSA. He seems to have a good idea about what is going on and is brave enough to advocate for change. Just the right person to shut down the ineffective, expensive and unconstitutional programs at the NSA. Pretty much everybody else involved with the NSA seems to attached to their comfortable paycheck or maybe to scared about possible retribution to utter any critique.
Many measurements --> more classical physics
A weak measurement will never determine whether Schroedinger's cat is alive. It can only determine the average probability of cats in Copenhagen (or at some large cat-containing place of your choice) being black or white. Spoiler alert: the answer is grey, unless you prepared the cats to be spotted, in which case the answer may be white with 17 grey spots.
"Taxes need to be levied where the money is"
You can also wait and tax inheritances. That may be easier than trying to establish whether / when someone may have earned capital gains. (Did you earn money if the value of your stocks / house went up but you didn't sell?)
The US authorities can "can meet high expectations"
Is anybody left with high expectations?
The size of the secret programs is the most scary thing for me. They clearly outspend China in their snooping efforts -- how is that as a comparison!?
So that's what Google glasses look like...
I never saw them in the wild and somehow the PR picture made the wearer look much cooler.
I personally consider the Office Ribbon a greater sin than all the Win8 shenanigans. Most Win8 shortcomings were easily fixed with third-party software. But the lock-in to upgrade office seems to be stronger than that to upgrade the OS, so MS is getting away with it for now.
Nothing wrong with lifetime plans?
Except, that the company might have a little incentive to be profitable now and out of business later. (This beats the alternative "unprofitable forever" business-plan that might be offered at the same price point.)
If the NSA is as evil as they are made out to be, then they surely started spreading FUD about non-american network kit by now. Hard for us to tell the difference between news and FUD unless we get proper documents from reliable sources (i.e. Snowden).
Re: Not sure about this
The fuel savings are probably due weight reductions: the electronic systems can replace a lot of hydraulics. But you need quite some electrical power to drive all those systems and the power should still be there if the turbines and connected generators fail. Hence the need for big batteries.
Mozilla CTO Eich: If your browser isn't open source (ahem, ahem, IE, Chrome, Safari), DON'T TRUST IT
Open source [...] makes everything more secure
The possibility that a back door can be found does act as a deterrent. This does no guarantee absolute security (you gotta smoke something heavy if you want to feel absolutely secure), but it is better than nothing.
Even the NSA will be careful when there is a risk of exposure.
"Universal sync tools"
I'd just be happy if Opera would give me back the sync tools they used to have in the good old times.
IoT = connecting sensors
In the case of Bosch the Internet of things is probably about connecting sensors. There will be more and more sensors around and whoever defines the standards of making them talk to one another / the controller has a lot of clout.
Let's hope it'll be as easy as the classic i2c communication.
Paris Hilton angle
She likes to talk up her assets too.
As the old saying goes...
First he had the experience and I had the money. Then I had the experience and he had the money.
"everyone" did not necessarily include the plaintiffs
To the US govt., the plaintiffs are just a bunch of nobodies. Clearly, nobody is not part of everybody.
See, it's simple.
I didn't encounter any Blackout, my account was down due to "scheduled maintenance" those last days. I guess they did some very quick scheduling there :).
Re: Making money is one thing...
Your statement "generating a steady revenue, that's the real challenge" is surely true, but even the best manager can't maintain a monopolistic revenue stream forever.
The only way forward is to hold on to the monopoly as long as possible -- and that is something Ballmer did quite well (see 1st comment for the sentiment he earned for this). Once the monopoly is gone, the extraordinary earnings will be replaced with quite ordinary earnings. The big question is whether the company can survive without the monopoly.
"when you're a challenger, you do have to pick and choose and be more focused"
And I thought you'd have to be more innovative and take risks.