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Govt control? Hah! It's IMPOSSIBLE to have a successful command economy

Harri Koppel

Re: Inefficiency

Sorry for the late reply, but I think my assertion still stands. Assuming the actuality of the scenario proposed in the article, one would also assume that the described system would actually be able to tell what part of it are doing, since these parts would be a part of the system. Quality of the information, obviously, is open to dispute.

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Harri Koppel

Inefficiency

To be honest, lots of complexity in the economy is due to the inefficiencies in the system. Modeling these inefficiencies into your hypothetical program to run the economy is not necessary. Said command and control system would know perfectly what all of its hands are doing.

Not that I think that said command economy would be a good idea, just saying that your estimate of the complexity of the system is way off.

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Will.i.am gets CUFFED as he announces his new wristjob, the PULS

Harri Koppel

Correction

Only thing that, will i am is releasing, is gas and hot air. Tech is released by his current corporate owner, his name is just marketing tool.

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4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

Harri Koppel
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Remember the HD craze and what it did to monitor resolutions.

Don't really care about TV resolution, but this is a good thing for laptop and standalone monitors. Remember, when HD appeared for TV-s, then the availability of higher monitor resolutions actually dropped since HD was considered good enough. This 4K fad in the TV world is likely to revive the resolution growth in the PC world.

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Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?

Harri Koppel

trolls are like onions

So, I started correcting the spelling of "Crises" and almost submitted before I saw through the second layer.

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What happens in Europe, doesn't stay in Europe: US giants accused of breaking EU privacy pact

Harri Koppel

I am surprised that anyone is actually surprised about this

So called "safe harbour" laws were never intended to actually protect EU customers' data. They were enacted only so that US companies could claim with a straight face, that they are adhering to EU data protection laws and the local politicians could pretend that they are actually protecting their voters data. There never was an intent to actually protect the data in the first place.

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London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

Harri Koppel

Re: No "real" crime...

1) Ask a friend in 3rd country where smut is not illegal to send porn to various MPs.

2) Anonymously report the MPs to the police for being in possession of illegal porn

3) Profit.

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Microsoft swings axe at 18,000 bods in its largest ever round of layoffs

Harri Koppel

Re: Told you so

Lies. Symbian was doing well and Meego was almost out, Nokia was in profit and cash positive. It went down when Elop started his sabotage.

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BOFH: You can take our lives, but you'll never take OUR MACROS

Harri Koppel

Re: Single user PC database might be OK

The Access solution wouldn't be a problem if it actually stayed on one PC, but these "temporary" solutions are well known for their longevity and tendency to eventually jailbreak to company-wide solution, inflicting untold mayhem when it inevitably breaks.

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Google: OK world, make our 'End-to-End' crypto tool SPOOK PROOF

Harri Koppel

It actually makes sense for Google and its users

Google does mine messages for ad sales, but it doesn't need ALL the messages for meaningful analysis.

Messages with political content, for instance, don't hold much value to google - it probably could be monetized at a stretch, but it's unlikely. Personal e-mails are more valuable, but you won't get/want most of your contacts to subscribe into the encryption scheme.

Much more valuable are order receipts, account statements - all the commercial fluff - that stuff won't be encrypted since the end-to-end encryption would need engagement from both sides.

So, if users would use this in conjunction with Gmail, Google would lose a small percentage data of rather dubious value and users (products on sale) would have an option to hide some of the important messages from the mining and other scrutiny, when it suits their privacy needs. Google would retain the user, who need the extra privacy. Everyone's happy.

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Snowden never blew a whistle, US spy boss claims

Harri Koppel

Re: Nothing is true until it is officially denied.

I thought the original saying was "You shouldn't believe anything before it has been officially denied". It's even better put in the Pilger's law: 'If it's been officially denied, then it’s probably true'.

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US DoJ to appeals court: Haha, no, seriously – Apple totally inflated ebook prices

Harri Koppel

Corporations are persons

Since corporations are now actually persons, shouldn't they face the similar punishments as people, who are guilty of similar crime? Should a private individual face a jail time or even death penalty, then a same punishment should apply to all the direct and indirect shareholders of a corporation:)

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Fancy joining Reg hack on quid-a-day challenge?

Harri Koppel

Re: having to take a teapot to work

Well, it's obvious that you attempted to use a coffee pot for brewing tea. Make sure that you use the correct device and protocol (HTTPCP instead of HTCPCP).

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Revoke, reissue, invalidate: Stat! Security bods scramble to plug up Heartbleed

Harri Koppel

Re: thanks citrix

People forced to use citrix have bigger problems than a piddly OpenSSL vulnerability. Ability to remain sane, for instance.

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Dropbox erects sueball shield with new T&C and privacy legalese

Harri Koppel

Re: Law is a mystery to me

It should cut both ways - if business are people as well they should also be subject to criminal prosecution. Shareholders to electric chair?

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Amazon's 'schizophrenic' open source selfishness scares off potential talent, say insiders

Harri Koppel

few bruised egos vs the bottom line

Author is getting it waay wrong. There is damage, but not due to egos of the developers. Not many people give a toss, if their improvement to a random OSS project, ever ends up int the original, as long as Amazon comes up with a paycheck.

Things that actually matter to Amazon as a business are:

1) Amazon would have to maintain their patches to OSS pieces and apply/test these every time they decide to update to a new version of any given piece. Add in the integration of all these pieces, and soon we're talking real money here.

2) Amazon changes will not get a major OSS benefit - more eyballs on the code - what could possibly go wrong? *cough* Oauth *cough*

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Wow, gamers on YouTube really love the Xbox One. It's like they were paid to say that (Hint: they are)

Harri Koppel

Re: Honestly...

There is one and only trustworthy review site left in the whole internet - www.videogamessuck.com

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Apple badmouthing of court's monitor proves it NEEDS him - judge

Harri Koppel

How would one know if the staff in question isn't involved with publisher agreements? Only one way to found out - ask them. You make it sound like they were subjected to torture or something...

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Shambolic search for new head of EU privacy watchdog halted

Harri Koppel

suitability

Any details on what grounds did they find the candidates unsuitable? Not commited enough to the idea of Pax Europe? Not pink/brown/green enough?

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Salesforce's data-center design: 'Go for web scale, and build it out of s**t!'

Harri Koppel

I'll just leave this out here:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/08/15/salesforce_data_outage/

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Only a merciful BULLET can really save a RHINO, say Texas hunters

Harri Koppel
Boffin

"Getting rid of murderously aggressive bulls can help with higher survival rates for the population as a whole."

bass-ackwards, it is - so, essentially they are killing off the most virile member of the species so the weaker ones could survive, subverting the evolution..

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Microsoft buys Nokia's mobile business

Harri Koppel

I am not a trojan horse

14 February 2011

Stephen Elop: "I am not a trojan horse"

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US Department of Defense throws lifeline to beleaguered BlackBerry

Harri Koppel
Megaphone

glaring error in the article

"With foreign entities – governmental and criminal – ramping up attacks on electronic communications and information systems,

- should actually read -

With criminal entities - governmental and freelance ....

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Sleek Nokia Lumia details EXPOSED ahead of Thursday's disrobing

Harri Koppel
FAIL

Re: No expandable storage

32gb is pure lunacy - one was actually entertaining a thought of upgrading one's N9 to a new Nokrosoft phone, but 32gb is not nearly enough for music/photos/videos/thumbdrive replacement etc. You are not using your phone for photos exclusively - so please spare us from the pic size calculations - should you DO use your phone for pics only - STFU and get yerself a camera:D

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Wanna be a ROBOT OVERLORD? Boffins pave way with mind-controlled cursor

Harri Koppel
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Where can I pick mine up

Good job. Where can I pick up mine with full bluetooth interface?

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A woman in IT is like a dog who speaks: Rare. A woman in IT security?

Harri Koppel
Happy

Re: Ma ütlen, ma ütlen, ma ütlen ...

Kas tõesti?

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Indonesia to build crack IT-trained military unit to deflect attacks

Harri Koppel
Boffin

Suggestion to Indonesia

Step 1 - Permanently exclude anyone, who actually uses the word "cyber", from this project or anything IT-related.

Fee for this piece of advice is a small one-off payment of 1M squid - it will save you much more in the long run:D

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United Nations: 'Overpopulated Earth? Time to EAT BUGS'

Harri Koppel
Boffin

Re: Nutritional

Upvote for having your textbook at hand and taking notes when it mattered:)

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BSkyB punters drown in MASSIVE MYSTERY Yahoo! mail! migration!

Harri Koppel
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ISP box

Anyone stupid enough to use ISP mailbox desevers everything coming to them - c'mon - why'd anyone lock their e-mail to an account that they'll lose access to once they change the provider?

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Perfect sex minx calculated from 'deep' probe of X-rated flicks

Harri Koppel
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Re: "...dedicated six months of his life..."

...dedicated six months of his life - while getting paid...

This.

Corrected that for you.

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Sony promises PC-based PlayStation 4 for Christmas

Harri Koppel
Flame

Obsolete tech

So, the thing is not even released yet, but it's already inferior to my current PC. Decline!

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Alibaba takes ANOTHER swing at Google with search engine launch

Harri Koppel
Facepalm

Re: Ah yes, Alibaba...

To be fair - both of these frames are most likely made on the same production line - expensive one on the day shift, the other one on the night shift:)

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Firm moves to trademark 'Python' name out from under the language

Harri Koppel
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...python smython

Good. Meaningful whitespace is just plain wrong:)

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Intel's new TV box to point creepy spy camera at YOUR FACE

Harri Koppel
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Comes with a FREE! shock-collar

Device will come with a shock-collar (free installation) - jolts will be administered if the FOV of the device is interfered in any way.

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Here we go again: Critical flaw found in just-patched Java

Harri Koppel
Meh

Re: Thanks Larry...

Change your bank.

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UK: 'We're legally bound to arrest Mr Assange'

Harri Koppel
Boffin

Sweden can offer assurances

1) Swedish court can allow or disallow extraditions

2) All extraditions are confirmed by Swedish current regime. Regime has a final say if the extradition should proceed. Regime cannot order extradition disallowed by the court.

3) Swedish regime can use a legal option of "temporary surrender" where subject can be extradited without the courts.

So, it's perfectly legal and possible for Swedish regime to guarantee that Assange does not get sent to US.

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Disable Java NOW, users told, as 0-day exploit hits web

Harri Koppel
Facepalm

This is old news

Java has been disabled on all my boxes for years now.

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Police mistake reveals plan for Assange's Embassy capture

Harri Koppel
Holmes

Re: Get him out!

This is untrue. Courts can agree or block extradition. Government has a final say if the extradition should be allowed. Swedish government can allow/disallow extradition, they can't order one against court decision. So it's perfectly legal for the Swedish regime to offer these assurances.

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Harri Koppel
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Re: Security checks and diplomatic bags

Can't they write something on Assange's skin and stamp him with ambassadors official seal, making him a diplomatic document:)

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Oooh-la-la! 'iPhone 5' bares all, strokes tiny nano-SIM in pics

Harri Koppel
Trollface

@fixed that for you

Rival phone makers including Nokia, who came up with its own nano-SIM design, thwarted Apple's nefarious plan to patent its nano-SIM blueprint and claim royalties from everyone using the standard by successfully lobbying ETSI to set up an official standard for the nano-SIM.

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Storing punters' till receipts? UK.gov wants you to hand it over

Harri Koppel
Happy

Re: TALKING ABOUT information in "an intelligible form" ...

Have you considered that mandate has already been issued? Just not the way you wanted it;)

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Washington State to allow voter registration via Facebook

Harri Koppel
Happy

Why stop there?

They could use the poll feature for actual voting.

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BSkyB punches Virgin Media in ads watchdog fist fight

Harri Koppel
Meh

People living in glass houses should not throw stones..

VM has lots of issues on its own - one of the most galling ones is selling more broadband connections than they can physically service - they classify the issue as "Oversubscription" fault(sic!) with so-called "fix" time that could take months.

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London's Lambeth council vows: We'll share ALL the data we have

Harri Koppel
Happy

Sheriff of Nottingham

Could the sheriff of Nottingham please elaborate on the "confusing an unhelpful" nature of the data? Would there be evidence unexplained write-offs and details or sweetheart deals? Would people be confused why the hell did they elect anybody currently in the council? Do they mean that released numbers would be unhelpful because good people of Nottingham find doing sums difficult and would only get a headache?

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Retina MacBook Pro nukes Apple's green credentials

Harri Koppel
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problem?

EPEAT tests are not realistic. Let's face it - these laptops will be eventually disassembled by the slave children from the 3rd world, whose deft and experienced fingers won't have any problems removing the said battery.

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Ex-Nokia staffers team up to revive MeeGo

Harri Koppel
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Re: Meego

Seriously? I am using it daily and it's a generation ahead of iOS, android or any version of WP.

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Computer error triggers mass rocket launch

Harri Koppel
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Re: Bah!

Statements by people without a clue are even more insulting, so this is not an excuse - it only makes things worse.

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Forget Ultrabooks and Win 8 - only fondleslabs can save us now

Harri Koppel
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Re: The problem with Fondleslabs (of all types) is

- No copies of norton etc

Surely, this is not a problem? Last "Norton" that was actually useful was "Norton Commander", everything else after that has been a steaming pile of shit.

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