* Posts by DavCrav

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Now India probes Google, threatens $1bn fine over 'biased' search

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Re: A tenth of annual profit?

"But good luck to the Indian Supreme Court if it thinks it can enforce a fine upon the global profits of a foreign company."

I don't see why not. A jurisdiction can level a fine of any amount they want. For example, the US government frequently levels fines on foreign companies well above 10% of global profit.

The EU has a similar law.

"Thought experiment: what if ten other legal systems imposed a "10% of global profits" fine - would they decide who misses out with quick game of "rock, scissors, paper"?"

The company wouldn't make profit that year?

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US trade watchdog deep-sixes patent infringement claim against Microsoft

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Re: Lawyers: Failure is success!

"However I will stick my neck out and opine that no Italian from the Napoli region (at least) is capable of owning a car without at least one dent in its body work. On reflection, I may stretch that to include most, if not all of Italia."

And Marseille.

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Drum roll, please .... Results are in for the collective noun for security vulns

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Re: Wait, more than one collective noun?

""So what is the collective noun for collective nouns?"

A set"

Absolutely not. It is a proper class. A set cannot be a member of itself.

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Google watchers react furiously to ad flinger’s competition case defence

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Re: Simple solution

"The default would obviously be google but a simple drop down for other providers would mean they were still offering choice."

Still abuse of dominant position. See Microsoft and browser choice screens.

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"because everyone wanted to go to http://www.foundem.co.uk/"

Sorry, but Google Shopping is shit. Completely shit. The only way it could get to the top of the rankings is if someone manipulated it. Google cannot really expect us to believe that Google Shopping is at the top of its rankings naturally. So they are favouring their own other parts of the business, and therefore abusing their domination of search.

Job done.

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Another chance to win a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive

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As seen on a t-shirt:

http://www.snorgtees.com/the-only-thing-we-have-to-fear

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Google: Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am – stuck in the middle of EU

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Re: Why does Google have such a dominant position in Europe, anyway?

" It's not Google's fault that everybody in Europe chooses to use their software and services."

Nope. What is Google's fault, for the 100th time on articles like this, is when they look around and say "ooh, we have a monopoly. I wonder how we can abuse that fact to get market share in other sectors."

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Glaring flaw in Apple car hype-gasm: The iGiant likes to make money

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Re: This analyst is stupid

"Are you talking gross margin on the cars, or overall margin after all the overhead is accounted for?"

From another Internet search, Apple's gross profit margin on all activities is around 40%, Daimler's is 20%. It's clear that manufacturing cars has a lot of overhead, and significant R&D costs, more than being an assembler like Apple.

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Re: This analyst is stupid

"One, if you build a higher end car you probably can get 40% margins quite easily. What's the margin on a BMW 5 series, or a Mercedes S class? Those are certainly over 40%.

Two, even if you target a bit closer to the mainstream market (let's say $40K-$50K) and make only 20% margins, that's up to $10K profit on each car sold."

A cursory Internet search suggests that margins at the German luxury manufacturers are about 10%. So try plugging those figures back in.

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The most tragic thing about the Ashley Madison hack? It was really 1% actual women

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Re: Source?

"There are some confusing stats in that article though, e.g.: "Roughly 11 million men had engaged in chat, but only 2400 women had"

So most of the 11m men were chatting amongst themselves while seeking women? Or the few women on there were really, really busy....?"

Two factors might help clear up the confusion:

1) Fake profiles staffed by paid AM employees to continue the scam?

2) 11m men engaged in chat. Were they engaged back?

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Re: Why the percentage shock?

"Speak for yourself, dipshit. I'm a human being, not a computer, and I'm not programmed to do anything. I may have certain drives, but they influence my behavior, they don't govern it."

You have drives? Sounds like a computer to me, so far.

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Re: No Dick Left Behind Act of 2015

"Merely, that milions of men were unfaithful, willingly subscribing to an idea that "life's too short, have an affair", seeking (seldom finding) that shag on the side."

Of course, this is using the less traditional definition of unfaithful, which is "does not succeed in having an affair".

More seriously, since there were essentially no women on AM, does that mean that use of AM cannot be used in court as grounds for divorce, since it's way below the threshold for even suspicion of having an affair, never mind proof?

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Ads watchdog slams Mind Candy for upselling subscriptions to kids

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Re: Good to read that they are considering...

"Good to read that they are considering...

... to remove the word "now" from the ads. Now the world is safe again."

I think you mean "The world is safe again".

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Net neutrality: How to spot an arts graduate in a tech debate

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Re: @DavCrav - take the road network for the UK.

"You miss the point."

Did you read past my analogy, to where I make the same point as you?

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"It is possible to have network infrastructure that has more bandwidth than the consumers can use. Every Ethernet switch worth the box it came in manages it just fine."

Since we talking about networks by analogy, how about this as a arts-graduate friendly analogy: take the road network for the UK. It definitely had traffic management. How about we make that network neutral, by removing all rules for right of way, so that all road users are treated equally all the time. You want that lane and there's somebody already there? Not fair! Just move over anyway.

OK, so we've decided that *some* traffic management is essential. The ethernet switch that you mention engages in traffic management. The question is, does more traffic management make things better or worse?

The thing is, this is not about neutrality or management or anything. What this is about is people worried that ISPs will charge differential pricing to access certain parts of the net, or deliberately degrade access to those websites that don't cough up. A solution to this is to demand that all networks treat all packets equally, a legal solution to a technical problem that would make network switches illegal, since they clearly engage in packet management, holding on to one packet until it has cleared the last, etc.

I don't know what the legal or technical solution to this is, but it helps to know why people are bothered about net neutrality.

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"How you spot spot an arts graduate in tech?"

How you spot spot a tech graduate using English?

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Win8 inventory glut? Yep, it's all Microsoft's fault, says HP

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Never never never Windows 10

You offered it me for free and I still didn't want it. This tells you just how much you gone fucked up.

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Spotify now officially even worse than the NSA

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Re: New T&Cs

"Maybe this will resolve itself as the cards expire, but as the number stays the same, maybe not."

I was under the impression that renewed cards had different numbers. They do for me.

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Re: New T&Cs

"If you don't consent then they are exercising their option to terminate the contract."

Except, they continue to charge you unless you separately cancel it yourself. So they are not terminating the contract, they are changing the contract unilaterally.

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And it begins: Ashley Madison bonk-seekers urged to lawyer up

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"What would happen with subscrtibers to AM that live in states or countries where adultery is illegal ?

Please go directly to jail, do not collect 200$ ?"

I don't know, what is the penalty for joining a website where the members almost certainly didn't commit adultery, since it was 90+% men? Guns are illegal in this country, but if I join a website for gun owners that doesn't mean I have one.

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Oi, Google! Remove links to that removed story, yells forceful ICO

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Re: Please remove the link...

"Please remove the link...

To the article about removing the link to the article about removing the link to the article about removing the link to the article about removing the link to the article... etc...etc..."

Yes, good joke. But this is talking about removing the link when searching for the person's name. Of course Google was going to get slapped down for this. It's like being told to move a massive sign from the front lawn of your house, and putting it on the other side of the lawn, and saying "I've moved it".

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"who did something that normal libel rules can't remove because it's true

That wants *you* not to know about it"

For example, someone who gets their head stuck in railings when they were a teenager and the news got on television, and this is the only thing that appears when people search for their name?

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Enjoy vaping while you still can, warns Public Health England

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Stupid, stupid people. (The lawyers, not the vapers.)

That is all.

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Ashley Madison keeps calm, carries on after hackers expose lives of millions of its users

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"Dr Chenxi Wang, VP of cloud security & strategy at CipherCloud, criticized ALM for not drawing down the shutters on the site."

Aha, so victims of blackmail should just do whatever the criminal says? Victims should always pay ransoms to kidnappers? And so on.

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Conference Wi-Fi biz fined $750k for jamming personal hotspots

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Re: Please DavCrav

"Go piss off you simpering witless dolt. It's twits like you that divide this world and make it difficult to have any civil discourse. Ignorant fearmongering seems to be your only "Stock in trade". Please take your "blankie" and go back to kindergarten where you belong."

For fuck's sake, that whooshing sound is the point of what I said flying past. My point was, this guy is saying "I can buy something whose functionality, if used, is probably a crime. That's ridiculous." A gun was the most obvious example of an object that has a pretty clear out-of-the-box functionality that, if used, results in a crime. See also, cars that can do 250mph, chainsaws, etc.

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"We have always acted in good faith, and we had no prior notice that the FCC considered the use of this standardized, 'available-out-of-the-box' technology to be a violation of its rules"

I don't even understand how someone living in a country that sells guns can enunciate such a sentence.

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Why do driverless car makers have this insatiable need for speed?

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"It's been said that the Motorcycle is a sign of freedom of spirit. Most likely it'll become a sign of freedom from automatic control. I've been pining after a motorbike for a while and driverless cars should, theoretically, be safer to ride around. How much is a CBT course these days and a 125..."

Of course, if driverless technology is mandatory on a road, motorcycles wouldn't be allowed on them.

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Re: Decisions

"Suppose the car is driving along a road and a pedestrian suddenly steps out into the road. Now the car would normally react by slamming on the brakes and coming to a stop. But what happends if the car calculates that it's not going to stop in time to avoid hitting the pedestrian? It could then also swerve to avoid hitting them. But if there also happens to be a car coming the other way and swerving would mean hitting the other car in a head on collision then what's the "best" option. How does a driverless car some the ethical dilemma of either breaking but still hitting the pedestrian or swerving and crashing into the other car? Either way someone gets hurt."

This question has been asked before, but as you start to think about it, it leads to an obvious conclusion, which in some sense negates what Tim is talking about. Namely, corporations will not be running self-driving cars.

In your example above, the obvious thing to do is to slow down, swerve, and tell the oncoming car to also slow down and maneouvre to get out of the way. Notice that this means the oncoming car would need to be self-driving, or at least be able to communicate to apply brakes, and would need to be able to predict what path the first car will take. The easiest way for all this to play out is for all cars to run the same software. In such a situation, no one company is going to be allowed to control all the cars in a country, so it will be owned, or at least regulated, by the government.

That's one scenario, which could unfold in Europe, at least. The US would probably be fine with a company owning it. But also, expect the car insurance industry to no longer really exist. Insurance risk would be passed back to the manufacturers of the vehicles/software, and they are big enough to self-insure, or they would go through Lloyds of London, not Norwich Union or Budget.

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PALE, MALE AND STALE: Apple reveals it has just ONE black exec

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"But Microsoft should've asked themselves why no women were applying?"

Because fifteen years previously girls weren't interested, and so there is no pool of applicants today? The lead time for skills can be measured in decades.

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Re: I don't like Apple...

"And it just so happened that the best people for the job turned out to be white men for the 250th year running."

Pretty much, yeah. Amazing what being in the large majority, coupled with significantly better education and employment opportunities does for you. What? You wanted the easy way out for altering inequality, a nice quick fix? Rather than accepting that it takes 100 years to educate an entire population.

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Hey, folks. Meet the economics 'genius' behind Jeremy Corbyn

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Re: Bonds

"Use the QE is buy bonds in (say) the new Northern electrified train line or a new Housing Corporation - after all that is part of the way the Channel Tunnel was financed.

Worstall has his bonds and Corbyn has his infrastructure"

With what money? Either it's printed or borrowed. If it's borrowed that Keynesianism as was said by the previous poster, if it's printed you are doing exactly what People QE (Quickly in Excrement) is.

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US appeals court: Yes, Samsung ... sigh … you still have to pay Apple

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Re: Better lawyers

"But, they did it too late, after the discovery phase, so the judge invalidated it."

How, exactly, does that work in a developed-world legal system? "We have proof that no crime has taken place." "Sorry, you are too late, so we now will proceed assuming that the crime did take place." There's no confusing the terms "legal system" and "justice system", is there?

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Data centre disk use is spinning down – Wikibon report

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Re: Useless graph

"This graph needs a log scale on the vertical axis.

Everything looks the same if it all looks like zero. But maybe flash will still be 10 times as expensive as disk - and maybe that will still matter, since the volume of data we store will have gone up by a correspondingly huge factor as well."

I read that graph as saying "Look! A graph to prove my point! Since I have graphs I can't be wrong!"

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Labour Party website DDoS'd by ruly democratic mob

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"I do hope your friends meant "different perspective" rather than unbiased."

A different perspective is one thing. But if all the perspective has going for it is that it's "different", then that's not really great.

It's rather like people in the United States who defend their opinions by citing the First Amendment. I cannot remember who said this, but he said "if the only thing going for your argument is that it is literally not illegal to speak it, then it isn't a good argument".

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Re: As for the other candidates 'clubbing together'

">He simply isn't electable to the public.

That's what they said about Syriza."

That turned out well.

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Re: swing voters

"Swing voters like yourself are now vastly outnumbered by people who have either never voted, or who have recently stopped voting, in either case "because there's no one worthing [sic] voting for because they're all the same"."

Whereas statistics say that turnout this year was the highest for 18 years, at 66%. In 2005 when turnout was 61%, or in 2001 where it was 59%, you would have had more of an argument. But, around a third of the electorate were officially undecided in this election, making it the highest number for years as well.

Luvvie, self-aggrandizing moment: I appeared on BBC News shortly before the election to make exactly this point.

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Re: @DavCrav - Can someone answer this question?

"So there already *is* what you want?

So what exactly do you want him to say he's going to do which is different???"

Country-by-country reporting is not an international agreement to close loopholes and amend treaties. In other words, Mr Corbyn has said nothing more than "I'll give it a go" as to *how* he's going to collect £100bn or more from corporations, most of which I would guess don't want to give him that money. It's rather like saying "I will catch more criminals if elected to office". How?

As far as I can tell, My Corbyn is exactly like anyone else on the Left, which is to say, all talk no trousers. When it comes down to it, there's never any detail as to how exactly all this will come about. It's just like the Greens, with their manifesto pledge to outlaw lending not done by the government.

Edit: And another thing, while I'm on my soapbox. You are the one who brought up country-by-country reporting, as something he suggested, not me. I pointed out that it's already done. In this case, Mr Corbyn needs to do something *different* to what is already being done. As a member of the electorate, it is not up to me to make suggestions as to what he will do, but up to me to decide whether his policies are sound.

The only explicit, cogent policies of his I have heard are: renationalize the railways, which might make sense, but he's hardly the only one saying it, and buy up the energy sector, to solve his perceived problem of high energy prices (energy prices in the UK are about average in the EU). It is not quite clear how, with energy companies' profits per household being about £40, spending £120bn or more renationalizing it would be of any use at all. And let's not forget People's QE, the inflationary debt cancellation mechanism that throws the BoE's independence under a bus so that the Government can make ill-advised investments with the money.

Edit 2: One last thing. I couldn't help but notice this: "The introduction of a proper anti-avoidance rule into UK tax law." as a Corbyn policy. That's idle talk unless he can miraculously write the perfect tax law. Note: no other country has managed it yet.

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Re: Can someone answer this question?

""The aim of country-by-country reporting for multinational corporations"

I think "country-by-country reporting" sounds like he's doing exactly what you say."

You mean like this?

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/country-by-country-reporting

Or do you mean a different country-by-country reporting?

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Re: Can someone answer this question?

"Obviously Big Business will say "Well if you do that we'll leave the country". This wouldn't actually happen though, because like all bad relationships the abuser makes empty threats expecting the abused to cower to the demands."

But this is obviously ridiculous. If you really did successfully clamp down on tax avoidance, and somehow got the international tax treaties changed, then in the intervening years where major corporations are staring down the barrel of multi-billion pound tax bills, and they would need to be to fund Mr Corbyn's massive spending spree (or else he turns on so-called People's QE, i.e., an actual magic money tree from which inflation-proof spending can be plucked), and corporations make the decision as whether London's various pluses are worth the considerable costs. For some companies, they will decide yes, but many will run away quickly, especially those like HSBC, which makes most of its money abroad anyway.

And this is the problem with expecting the most mobile and cunning sector of the population (the ultra-rich and multinationals) to furnish you with all your tax receipts. They often refuse, and can afford to do so. Mr Corbyn and his policies are simply not suitable for the modern world. At no point have I heard him say that he would gather international support to change tax agreements, which he would need in order to do any of the things he promises, however vaguely he does this promising. To go after a multinational company you need a multinational attack.

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Two weeks of Windows 10: Just how is Microsoft doing?

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Re: “Windows as a service”

"You may be suckered now with your free upgrade and it's not as bad as Win 8.1 shit but if 10 is the last version of Windows which will be made less (or as likely more) shit over time you will be on a meter while it happens."

This. If Microsoft really don't produce another Windows, then one of three things has to happen, for thenm to be profitable:

1) You have to rent it in future;

2) All your data are sold by them;

3) Both of the previous two.

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'Sunspots drive climate change' theory is result of ancient error

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Re: @JustaKOS WTF

"If you're adjusting the number down, for a decent scientific reason, you CAN put it into terms that technically proficient laymen can understand."

I don't know anything about you, but have people ever thought that, just perhaps, statistics and analysing experimental data is complicated, and you might not be able to understand it? Some things are hard, and there isn't a dumbed down version for us all to understand. This is why we have experts in the first place.

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Another death in Apple's 'Mordor' – its Foxconn Chinese assembly plant

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Re: "employees aren't statistics"

"Someone decided to take their own life. That is ALWAYS a story, and so it should be. It does not merit casual treatment."

Unfortunately it is not. If, every time someone in the world commits suicide, it were a story, then you would have about forty seconds to read that story before you got a different story. A million people kill themselves a year, which works out to about one every forty seconds.

A suicide is tragic, of course, and each represents a troubled life, but there are simply so many people in the world that lots of bad things happen to lots of people, just statistically.

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Death to DRM, we'll kill it in a decade, chants EFF

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Re: Not going to happen

"I know kids that have hundreds of GB of films and music, none of it paid for. They are too stupid to work out that if nobody buys, nobody can afford to make the content.

They whinge about one direction and how crap movies are, but rip everything off and can't see they are part of the peoblem"

Hundreds of GBs of films and music is many thousands of pounds in cost. Where exactly do children get this sort of money?

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Hack a garage and the car inside with a child's toy and a few chips

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Re: Driving the car

"Wouldn't a far simpler solution be if the door detected say 1000 open attempts that it is switches off the receiver for 5 minutes. Make brute forcing impractical."

What about in a car park with lots of cars being opened? Don't they all use roughly the same frequency?

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Apple, Google should give FBI every last drop of user information, says ex-HP CEO and wannabe US prez Carly Fiorina

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Re: trust the maths...

"Ok bear with me as I am far from an expert but I thought that integer factorization (which encryption is based on) hasn't been proven to be as hard to solve as we assume today for sure (talking number theory not technology speed up for brute forcing)."

Correct. It is NP, clearly, but I do not believe it is known to be NP-hard. Although it almost certainly is. But then the same was sometimes said about primality testing, which is known to be in P now.

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Bitcoin can't be owned, says Japanese court, as Karpeles sweats in cell

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Re: Japanese banks are going to be so happy !

"Now they can just steal everyone's money from their bank accounts because it's "not tangible"..."

Right, right. Bitcoin is either a currency or it is not. If it is a currency then it must be subject to all the standard restrictions that currency transactions face, and then you can sue for theft. If it is not a currency, then you are on your own.

Bitcoin enthusiasts/pump-and-dumpers want the Wild West with regards taxes and regulation, but when things go wrong they go running crying to their government to put it right. Maybe he should have spent some Bitcoin on the book Quantum cake: a guide to having and eating.

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"Digital piracy is not legally possible in Japan, then?"

No, copyright infringement is not theft. Therefore cannot be pursued as theft of goods. You might try copyright infringement on the ownership of the Bitcoin, since it is a number, and this stands more chance than theft.

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STOP! You – away from the keyboard. There's no free speech in our China

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Re: Don't be fooled...

"...they are going to nationalise all those shares the super-rich scumbag bankers and asshat Westerners think they own."

Two problems with that:

1) Collapsing the global economy is only not certain doom for yourself if you can wall yourself off from everyone else. And as long as everyone else has nuclear missiles, you can't;

2) Chinese companies, most of which are government related, own a lot of stuff outside China. One word: reciprocity.

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Re: At least the Chinese are being "open" about this.

" It would be so easy to alter data packets such as forum comments (like this one) to say the opposite or at least make it look ridiculous. There, did I/they succeed?"

Is there the slightest shred of evidence that that has ever occurred, ever? I'm not sure I accept as evidence the mere existence of ridiculous comments, although some are so horrendous that they can surely only be a false flag.

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Wait, STOP: Are you installing Windows 10 or RANSOMWARE?

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""Williams told the Reg that it also demonstrates its efficacy by showing a complete list of encrypted files and offering to decrypt five of them for free."

Could this be used to determine the decryption key?"

Sort answer: no. If it could, then anyone with both the plaintext and the cyphertext could be able to work out the key. But since this is public key encryption essentially, anyone can generate cyphertext using their own plaintexts. So no real help I'm afraid.

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