239 posts • joined 29 Jun 2011
Re: "Foxconn make very little on Apple kit"
"You might find these companies are less likely to do business in your country after this"
I've never understood this, so I'll just put out why I don't quite understand and someone can inform me.
If there's a profit to be made in Australia from selling Apple stuff, then aren't Apple going to be wanting to get their gre... hands on that profit?
Does Apple having to actually pay tax in Australia mean that the demand for Apple hardware will suddenly go down? Does it mean Apple will increase prices (presumably only to the extent the market will support)?
I might - as an individual - have a really bad doing trade somewhere (aka that cashier was really rude and the floor was dirty) and decide not to conduct business there, but will a big corporation like Apple really shut down their Australia operation because they are being forced to pay tax? Or will they continue? Surely even 10% of profits are better than 0%?
Now I'm far from knowledgeable in the field of encryption - I still can't fathom how a public key can work. . .
But provided whatever magic makes the work is legit, could it not be feasible to have a public key as our phone number?
There are of course the problem of communicating said key, but such things could be solved with a bluetooth connection (or similar) for close proximity exchanging of numbers, or with a QR-code (or similar) if you have a website or add which needs to include your number.
Then when you wish to communicate you chose a person, and anything you write or speak (And once again my lack of knowledge is revealed, but I'm just guessing that speech-data should be just as encryptable - though that might introduce a lag) is encrypted before it's sent out.
Sure there's still meta-data available, but any content is now encrypted. Even if it can be unencrypted at least it's no longer feasible (I hope) to gather all data (except in it's encrypted form)
So my question: Is it feasible to use public encryption keys as a phone number? If not, where did my lack of knowledge show its hideous face the most, and could any issues perhaps not be solvable?
Re: DEATH to in-app-purchases!!
You are right! It's not easy to make money from apps, especially when they're easily pirated.
All in-app purchases aren't bad of course. Mainly it's the pay-to-win kind that's bad, or the insanely priced ones. Personally I don't see a big problem with cosmetic microtransactions, to give your character a hat or whatever, since at least it lets you play the game in a working order but just ads neat additional touches.
I take it ad-supported versions of android games also get pirated and have the ads removed?`Just a question that popped in to my head that I don't know the answer to :)
Re: DEATH to in-app-purchases!!
Pay-to-win in app stuff is horrific, I agree!
I think the problem is that the core market for mobile games apparently are people daft enough to think 69.99 is great value! Finally I can remove those 10 tiles.
Let's face it; people who play - besides mobile - wouldn't mind paying, but they'll also rather play on a bigger system, bigger games. People who don't really play, don't want to spend money on a game... well until that game needs a few bugs for that little thing that'll really help.
The worst thing is how in-game purchases are coming into non-mobile gaming. Because now suddenly this is the standard way to game - as everyone know from mobile.
Default will become pay-to-win - the market will dwindle - the indies will gain power - revolution - meteor hits - mankind is dead... Might have gotten off track
Re: "Please don't be creepy or rude with our product"
"Well the idea is that they'd be used by the masses, after this BETA period. (Although, they may keep it on Perpetual BETA phase for ever to give responsibilities a miss)."
That's correct, but the guidelines helpfully instructing people to not be creepy is meant for current Glass Explorers (or whatever fancy word is used), therefore the message was related to current users thus my joke might be weakened, but should still work...
Re: "Please don't be creepy or rude with our product"
"This is a very odd statement to make. Do Google expect the glasses to mainly appeal to social misfit numpties who will go out of their way to annoy people?"
Well the idea is that they'd be used by developers...
@Adam 1 If you make the url something I can make work, I promise I'll also upvote your new comment
That's an even better idea, if feasible.
Could also word for businesses I imagine - depending on how big the small file would need to be. One local server, the rest in a cloud.
I second the question: Is there any program that already does something like that?
Re: I'll bet they'd have a harder time hacking into one in China
Fragment your data and store one useless and encrypted half (in tiny bits) on various US servers and one useless and encrypted half (in tiny bits) on various Chinese servers. Total security.
As is mentioned in the end of the article, there's no reason to believe anything a US company says about what it does and does not do to and with data, because we know that they could be required by law to lie about it.
What we don't know - and seemingly have no plausible way of finding out - is how often and to what extent such orders are given. As it seems they aren't hard to come by though, one would assume that more than a couple of those orders have been handed out (National Security Letter is the name, right?)
Re: Tinfoil Hattery...
I thought of this as well, but WhatsApp was already based in the US, so surely such things would already be installed.
Unless of course they were worried that such a relatively small team might do a Lavabit and suspend/shut down their company.
“If, after multiple measurements with this experimental setup, scientists found that the measurements of the particles were correlated more than predicted by the laws of classical physics, Kaiser says, then the universe as we see it must be based instead on quantum mechanics.”
I feel as if that last part is quite absolute: "must be based" - perhaps "must be presumed to be based" - or "is very much more likely based" - or "is as far as we can tell based"
I know it probably relates to press releases and such things, but I never really like it when scientists speak with absolute certainty, especially about such cutting edge stuff.
In Denmark - and I am guessing other places, surely? - the postal service has established 24-hour pick up boxes. You can sign up for them, and then if you get a package it's delivered there (if you're not home) and you get a note saying "Go pick it up at the store", so next time you need some cereal and a toaster, you can pick up your package.
Is the advantage of this, that I can have the postman put it in my car instead, so I don't have to walk that far? (presumably I'd drive to the store, if I had a car)
If the price of "favourite gewgaws" could be higher, surely it would be? Otherwise someone is doing bad business!?
Or did a board meeting go:
Woman1: "You know, we're paying less taxes than we sorta should, so let's put the price for our products lower than we could do!"
Man1: "That's a brilliant idea"
Idiot1: "But, shouldn't we be maximizing profit? Aren't we obligated to do so, for our stockholders and what not?"
Woman1 & Man1: "Naah, don't worry about it!"
The story to develop from this is one where the people travelling to Mars slowly but surely have their religion meshed into a new religion for the Mars dwellers.
First the original planet of Earth will be seen as the cradle of their existence, but eventually a change will happen, and Earth will be seen as the hell hole from which only the worthy managed to escape.
Eventually the Martians will develop technology sufficient for them to begin their holy mission of saving Earth - via destruction of course.
I imagine some asteroid aiming of the like, since it is forbidden to set foot on Earth!
Re: A small window
I would add on point to the list
Off-line mode. I want a model that is unable to connect to any form of internet. Give it space for some data so that I can include a map of the area I plan to walk and can put any video/photo I record on to the glass. Then I hook it up to my computer/tablet/phone and retrieve the data I want. Sure it's a bit more of a hassle, but it's a hassle I for one would happily be burdened with
I have a question.
The argument has been raised that one feature isn't what makes people buy the phone/tv/car whatever, but if that is actually true, why are the companies spending so much money advertising the feature? You could say it's because the feature is part of the reason someone would buy something, but that also means that the feature could be the deciding factor. I'm just looking for a satisfactory answer, so please inform me :)
Re: A few points
Just feel that it needs mentioning: Dannebrog is the national flag of Denmark, not Norway. So unless we're talking of either a really long past war, or some future in which Norway has once again come under Danish rule, I don't think Dannebrog would be involved in your scenario.
He'll continue to make up one thing or another to complain about from time to time. He can't stand being slowly forgotten, but he will be. This is simply him wanting to be in the press, and it's working.
There really isn't any news value to this thing, except that it's him saying anything. The sooner that also loses its news value the better.
Re: If the CNIL demand goes ahead ...
I recall a UK judge not being very agreeable to Apple tinkering with the intent of his order, so doing a rebuttal would have to be extremely well worded. Avoiding any implicit "we didn't actually break the law" type words, because according to the ruling they must've done?
Re: Other countries seem to get better quality MEP's than the UK
Something something America, something something historical relationships, you know the drill.
Re: I don't get it
I tried it.
1: Wikipedia on Black Death,
2: IMDB for Black Death (2010),
3: eyewitnesstohistory.com on the Black Death,
1: Wikipedia on Black Death,
2: eyewitnesstohistory.com on the Black Death,
3: historylearningsite.co.uk on the Black Death,
I don't know about you, but to me those are pretty similar results, hell the Bing results even throw in a movie... Probably not historically accurate of course, but that's not really Bings fault.
I couldn't even find any link to buy the Black Death on the first two pages (and then I stopped checking, cause honestly I'd probably just end up spilling it on myself).
So yeah, Bing is totally horrible if by Bing you mean that abstract entity you've created that is just a compilation of everything you can think of that could be wrong with a search engine.
If you mean the search engine made by microsoft, then it's really not all that bad.
I personally use a variety of search engines, because I prefer to get some varied results and surprises instead of just whatever "fits me". If I want quick answers I go wikipedia, and if it requires a little more solid reasoning I check the sources, or I go to already known websites.
Somehow I feel like he needs a walking stick or perhaps some other form of hand held accessory (and no - I'm not saying he needs a purse or a stethoscope or anything silly like that), I just feel like it'd fit with the outfit.
Perhaps it'll be better when I see him with a screwdriver...
Re: Eguro Loopy Wankinmasta Martin Gregorie Anon Cluetard Boston Marathon Bombing
I might be unable to think, but you seem to be unable to answer the main point of replies, that being why you are in a position to question the findings of the "The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board" - namely that
"Based on the information provided to the board, including classified briefings and documentation, we have not identified a single instance involving a threat to the United States in which the program made a concrete difference in the outcome of a counterterrorism investigation,"
If they have made no concrete difference in the outcome, are we just keeping them around so that the terrorists feel the paranoia of potentially being watched? Because I thought it was about keeping people safe - aka providing intelligence that make "concrete difference[s]" to "outcome[s] of counterterrorism investigation[s]"
And if we really are just keeping them around so their presence is somehow perceived, then is that really a price we - even you?! - are willing to pay? Because it seems rather steep!
Re: Loopy Wankinmasta Martin Gregorie Anon Cluetard Boston Marathon Bombing
Well if it hadn't been for incompetent terrorists there would have been a few attacks that were not prevented by the NSA.
Off the top of my head there's the underwear bomber and the guy with the car in Times Square (which if I recall correctly was discovered because a citizen saw suspicious behaviour and acted).
Now you can argue all you want, that the lack of terrorist attacks on US soil is a result of Mass Surveillance from the NSA, but that's not just arguing something that's hard too prove, it's also arguing against the result of the US appointed "The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board" which just stated such claims are dubious if not downright false.
If you have access to some documentation as to why this board would lie about the NSA effectiveness then I'd love to hear it - and presumably so would the board, the NSA and tons of other US institutions and citizens.
Re: Google worse than NSA
So you pose a question, and then proceed to answer it yourself
[I.E.: "The NSA is different because we don't really have a choice there, but we do have the freedom to choose whether or not we use Google, Facebook, etc."]
Did you just feel a distinct lack of Google talk in this thread?
And to answer your question in more earnest: Some of the things Google does probably should be (and likely are) illegal, but some of it is free choice because people aren't quite sure what exactly their personal information is worth [Looking @ Google I'd say at least a couple of bucks considering their worth divided by number of people they spy o... I mean assist in getting a better web experience]
About National Security Letters: "Obama said that these would no longer be open-ended gagging orders and companies would be able to disclose their use after a limited time – unless there's a real government need for secrecy."
Does that last sentence imply that these letters are currently not - at least not always - used for a real need? Because that's somewhat a confirmation of current suspicions, right?
As far as the spying only being done for counter-terrorism etc. that could be/is code for anything that hurts US interests which also include the success of foreign businesses - ergo economic espionage is likely to continue... Provided it was ever going on of course, which of course it wasn't! I certainly wouldn't say something like that at least!
(I somehow feel that the black helicopter logo should be changed to some picture version of "Told ya so")
Re: Suing, a career enhancing move?
You're right! We shouldn't hold people accountable; not when they have power.
We should really just give up and say "Please Sirs, don't do it again, pretty please"
Sue the fuckers and the take your collective smart-arses and start a company of your own (with the millions from the lawsuit). Going from this article, that'll be pretty much every senior employee from 4-6 companies. Surely they should be able to compete, what with knowing all about their competitors
Best thing about publishing under EA
I think I see one upside for developers who publish under EA - you (almost) never get any blame!
Anything that goes wrong with an EA published game = EA rushed it, EA doesn't care - etc. etc.
And the best/worst part is, I don't even think it's wrong!
I personally swore off EA after they managed to take the grand potential of Mass Effect and slowly but surely ruin it - culminating in the infamous ending. And I do believe that was the greatest gaming related decision I've ever made.
Now whenever I hear of EA troubles, I can slowly shake my head and laugh.
I do belive Ubisoft is making a bid to join the ranks of EA soon, but they still have a chance to save themselves.
The only bad thing I've experienced from my EA boycott is when there's a Bullfrog sale on gog.com. I really want to buy it, but I really don't want to give money to EA, and I also don't want to start down a slippery slope to buying some new EA game.
Wow this comment sorta got away from me - in conclusion; I think it's peculiar, though perhaps not undeserved, that Maxim is almost getting away without criticism, because they work for EA.
Re: New year's resolutions
Fair enough. For me it's typing "w potato" to get to the wiki page on potato
Now granted it might not work as well for stock prices or calculator stuff
Re: New year's resolutions
That was difficult! All those dietary clubs I had to join! At least now I'm a life time member of the Wiki-diet-watchers monthly club. . .
Re: Ban dragnet surveillance data for use in domestic law enforcement
That's an easy one. "If you're not with us, you're against us". We have to identify terrorists and the only way to do that is to record everything, everyone says!
If you're not speaking for American interests (more accurately: the interests of the few Americans in control), then you are against those interests - as per the previously mentioned mantra, this means you are against US. If you are against US you are a terrorist!
So it's only through monitoring of all communications that we'll be able to discover the identity of the more clever terrorists - you know the ones who act completely unlike the normal perception of a terrorist and isn't actually going to commit acts of terror - those are the hard ones to catch!
As for economic espionage that's something I can't comment on, but obviously if I had any information that could benefit an American corporation and I didn't pass it along, then I'd be acting against that American corporation and therefore against America, thereby making myself a terrorist... Just sayin'
To be fair...
He doesn't really seem to be comfortable in front of the camera. You can argue that he is (has become) incompetent behind it, but it seems the limelight is only his cup of tea if it's nice and scripted.
One could've hoped he would be stellar - winging it to marvellous degrees, earning Samsung billions instantly! With his new infomercial job he'd be too busy to direct movies... right?
Re: What I don't get...
Sure there's a group that primarily uses it to push boundaries of social conduct.
For others it is more used as a way of easily and quickly make mostly non-committal communications.
It's like talking to someone; It's a social action, but mostly it's small less meaningful things being said. Something you might not think much about. Snapchat offers a similar thing, but with pictures. If you could save the images you'd have to put more care in to them, because they'd be around to reflect upon your character. But because they're quickly deleted (and somewhat forgotten - like a conversation), they can serve a more lax function.
"Hey - thinking about you" - "Hey, I just had this donut, and rememberd our conversation" - "Look at this dog, it's hilarious".
It might even serve as a conversation starter next time you meet up. "What the hell was with that dog? Why was is stuck in honey?"
Re: @ obnoxiousGit
Did I miss something?
Wasn't Marketing Hack agreeing with Mr. Obnoxious?
I only ask because of the weird asymmetry in up/down votes...
Re: He's right about one thing...
I read the article and came here to post this!
You had already taken the words out of my mouth, before they had even started to form!
I like a good expansion and explanation!
So thank you.
As far as a second prong goes, I'd say they could probably find use in feminism and women's rights. Pornography has been argued to degrade women and be a cause of sexist behaviour. That plus children will become perverts must surely equal "win".
It'll be interesting to see how far they'll be allowed to take this censorship business before the majority of people actually wake up to this. I'd love to see such a day, but I think they'll be wise enough to push it to the limit and then rest for a while to let things settle into a rhythm, before potentially pushing further.
But if I listened to people campaigning I'd also believe that guns both do and don't kill people.
I could see that maybe watching porn and having a tug in the middle of a McDonalds or whatever maybe should be banned, but watching porn and having a tug at home shouldn't be, much like smoking a fag at a McDonals or whatever should be banned, but smoking one at home shouldn't be.
Unless of course McDonalds were to open separated "Have a tug" or "Smoking" areas in their restaurants.
The filters - if they must exist - should be opt-in, they should follow publicly available lists, and there should be clear ways of complaining about being on a list when inappropriate.
But to compare this to a ban on smoking is simply strange.
The difference between smoking and internet filtering is causing harm.
Someone smoking near me has been proven to be harmful to me. Now I agree that smoking laws have gone too far, but that's another debate (private business should be more or less free to decide)
Me watching whatever the hell I want to (exceptions being very few things) harms nobody else. Being offended cannot count as being harmed.
Concluding: I reject your analogy
Re: slippery slope
Well... not quite though is it.
Slippery Slope arguments might be invalid because they don't hold deductively, this however doesn't mean that there is no such thing as slippery slope developments or that any argument claiming that one thing will lead to another to another to another - is automatically fallacious and can just be dismissed.
It doesn't follow that the consequences will necessarily be as described - I.E. the government making lists of porn-using deviants, the internet slowly being censored to 1984-ish states - but it is nevertheless a valid point to raise.
This could easily escalate - as it apparently already has (who said anything about proxies earlier?) - so such things should be considered
Let's get paranoid!
I think we can all see where this is heading!
"you can't have access unless you have the ability to access any lawful network"
Key word being "lawful" - essentially this could (will?) end up with internet censorship on a massive scale! Just look at the UK currently - slowly but surely the internet is being divided into the good and the bad. Next step is to make the bad illegal!
[Please see title and this sentence for a hint that this post might contain a little sarcasm, but not too much I should hope]
J. S. Mill time!
There is a book - currently (though perhaps not for long) freely available on the internet - called On Liberty.
It was published in 1859 and it was written by British philosopher John Stuart Mill.
It would be quite good - I think - if all people desiring to hold office, were to read and understand it.
In it we find grand gems of wisdom, such as:
"If a person possesses any tolerable amount of common sense and experience, his own mode of laying out his existence is the best, not because it is the best in itself, but because it is his own mode. Human beings are not like sheep; and even sheep are not undistinguishably alike. A man cannot get a coat or a pair of boots to fit him, unless they are either made to his measure, or he has a whole warehouseful to choose from: and is it easier to fit him with a life than with a coat, or are human beings more like one another in their whole physical and spiritual conformation than in the shape of their feet?"
As far as extremism and the silencing of opinions is concerned:
"But the peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error."
We do no one any favours by blocking out opinions and views. Instead we (our "extremist" counterparts) should clash those opinions in an effort to find truth or a common ground. If views are never tested then we are never given the chance of exchanging them for other views or of spreading the views because they've been tested.
Quotes taken from: http://www.billstclair.com/Serendipity/on_lib.html
Coat icon because a coat is apparently more complex than a human life in the view of some people.
Re: Poor Gotfridd
Wait, are you saying that because the Swedish courts found him guilty, people shouldn't be saying that he's guilty?
The hacking done to Danish system had nothing to do with banks, so there's no real similarities, except it's both charges of hacking. It'd be like saying a robber who robbed a jewellery store and was found guilty, shouldn't be extradited to the country in which he robbed a liquor store because it's basically the exact same scenario.
Also it's hardly the responsibility of the Swedish courts to prove that he's guilty beyond reasonable doubt (a term I'm not even sure is used in Swedish law -are you?), it's the prosecutor who has to do that. The Swedish courts would've given a guilty verdict if they thought the prosecution had done its job, without the defence mounting a counter-argument.
But since you seem quite sure that he was wrongly convicted and that the things he are charged for in Denmark more of the same (I.E wrongful conviction coming up), then how about you stop being AC and start posting some sources other than the spewing of said AC?
Because honestly, I would be interested
Re: What could possibly go wrong?
One could maybe argue that a company complaining that a comment is libellous - which is then proven to not be so, has actually cause harm to the original commentator by attacking his reputation as a good source for knowledge? Counter-suit?
Re: So, while we can...
Except that a comment being posted by a random anonymous person will have a hard time convincing anyone - and so will likely not cause economic harm. Once that comment is suddenly identified with "well known person" or someone actual - Professor of X - the comment can now suddenly be believed.
So the revelation of the author can cause the comment to become libellous.
Re: Writers can use this
So you're saying Google is getting a monopoly on the book marketing market?
Re: Historical Google Books
"without Google scanning these rare books."
Except if perhaps the library had scanned its books?
Wait wait wait...
Does this mean that an individual author can't write Google and tell them to pretty please remove the excerpts from his book?
Or does it just mean that an individual author can do that, it just cannot (and should not) be done by default?
Also individual author is my term of choice here, because I couldn't care less about "the publishing industry"
And Paris - cause like her, I am in need of guidance
Re: Somebody doesn't get the concept of preorders
You get them before they would become available in your country, not necessarily before it becomes available at all.
It's like pre-screenings at a cinema.
The film might have opened in the US, but your pre-screening is still taking place a week before the national opening.
AFAIK there was a pre-order which was exclusive for Fins too, those pre-orders will hopefully ship before the phone is made available in the Finnish stores.
Maybe the increase in USA requests is because more of them are made within the public legal framework. This might mean that the NSA is attempting to make more transparent its requests.
Or it could mean that the public laws are slowly transmuting so that it doesn't matter if things are done secretly or not.
Maybe it's because Google has unified its account system and there's now plenty more info to pilfer.
Or maybe - and most likely I think - the world governments are just more and more nosy about the common man. I mean, I guess I'm flattered, but I'm just not that type of guy.
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