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Hard-pressed Juicero boss defends $400 IoT juicer after squeezing $120m from investors

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Re: "people have been squeezing fruit for juice at home for a very long time."

a bucket and an old laundry mangle. How primitive...

The most sold household item on the Balkans (including what was Yugoslavia) in my childhood was the Eureka washing machine. This contraption has separate washing and centrifuge compartments with top loading for both and easily disabled safety.

Here is a modern version of the same appliance: https://iak.olx.ph/images_olxph/824890925_4_1000x700.jpg?rev=001&bucket=04

As you can see - the design has remained virtually unchanged for 40 years despite it being large, ungainly and double the size of a normal washing machine. There is a reason for this - it has an alternative application in addition to washing - Grapes into the centrifuge, output hose into the cask, power, let's rolllllllll.... As the centrifuge is top loaded you can just dump them with a bucket. There is no drain pump - it is 100% gravity drained so there is nothing to go wrong too.

By the way - it costs less than 1/3rd of the contraption discussed here too.

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Re: Juicing is bad

Sugar released is not particularly relevant as you will get it anyway.

The "bad tirade" of instant juicing are:

1. Removal of Fiber

2. Oxidation

3. Increased damage to teeth from acids and sugar

Juice it only if it is a real PITA to eat otherwise - grapefruit, wild apples and pears, etc. Otherwise just eat it. Much better for you.

As far as "sugar from 3 oranges" your burn rate at max "brain revs" is > 250 calories per hour. An orange is only 50 calories. If you get proper breakfast, lunch and dinner you are still looking at 1-2 oranges an hour to keep the thinking machine going (brain wants sugar, it could not care less about other forms of energy. If you are not getting a proper lunch as is the case in most modern offices, you are looking at cranking that up to >2 oranges per hour (either that or the cookie/choc jar which is much much worse).

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Not the droids you're looking for – worst handsets to resell

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Re: Same as with cars

Unfortunately for iPhones "use until dead", or in practice "use until battery dies" is about 2 years.

Again same as with cars. Just think of it as the extortionate amount of money the local VW garage will charge you for a timing belt chain after 75K miles. While it may be extortionate, it is still a service item you have to include in the model. I generally consider 1-2 battery changes for all devices (even the ones which need using the wife's hair-drier as a tool to open them) in the modeling. As long as the battery cost is not 50% of the cost of a new device (hello Kindle) it usually works out correctly in the cost and depreciation model.

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Same as with cars

This goes to show that "use until it is dead" model is significantly better financially than "change shiny-shiny every 2 years". The fact that it sucks marginally less for an iPhone is just that - "sucks marginally less".

So if you run the same model till full depreciation which for a phone now stands at around 4 years you get that you have a net gain compared to selling old and getting new every 2 years.

That is not news - it is well known from other goods - cars, white goods, etc. Just there the depreciation periods are longer (up to a decade).

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Nuh-uh, Google, you WILL hand over emails stored on foreign servers, says US judge

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Re: Yeah, but...

What do you do?

You do not execute an illegal order. I have done it more than once. It is quite difficult, but usually all it takes to explain the US company the legal liability. That is a language they understand quite well.

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Re: Yeah, but...

Hmm, the two places with the highest number of wiretaps as a percent of the population

Targeted court wiretap of a person vs blanket surveillance of the entire population.

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Drunk user blow-dried laptop after dog lifted its leg over the keyboard

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Re: Back in the day...

They don't make keyboards like that any more...

They do not make fanta like that any more either. The fanta or coke of old was all sugar. It dried to a "crisp". It took time, but it happened (eventually). At that point you could just bash on the keys a bit and hoover it all up.

The obesity nectars of today do not dry - they all remain a sticky goo because it is nasty mix of sucrose and glucose/fructose. A keyboard of old will be as f*** as a modern one if it cops a cup of "become a Wall-E character" juice.

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Web celeb product whores told to put on the red light – or else

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The only solution to this is to educate your kid that the celebuwhores are NOT a role model. If your kid is following and trying to copy what a celebuwhore does, you have failed as a parent.

For example, my kids do not give a damn if something has an endorsement and are aware that "Rabid Rat" or "SpiderMoron" characters stickered over something usually mean that it is lower quality and is specifically made as bait for other kids.

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Trump's self-imposed cybersecurity deadline is up: What we got?

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Quick clue: President Snowflake is a compulsive liar

That is not news. However, I would suggest not to call it lies. Call it post-truth.

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Flaws found in Linksys routers that could be used to create a botnet

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Re: Don't hold your breath

You did check to make sure one of LEDE, OpenWRT, Gargoyle, DD-WRT, Tomato,

Do not hold your breath ^2. Linksys is the wrong router if you want any of these and has been for a very long time. The proportion of the models that are supported (since the days of the venerable WRT54) is extremely low.

You are much better off with TP Link or Buffalo.

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Silicon Valley tech CEO admits beating software engineer wife, offered just 13 days in the clink

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Re: Re:Stone Age customs

Sir, You are casting aspersions on the behaviour of dear (deceased) Queen Victoria

Search youtube for the "Queen is Indian".

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Re: Cuberon

Indeed. Compare with the Drupal case where a developer got dumped because of consensual BSDM roleplay, yet for the real, violent, thing this guy gets 13 days jail & apparently keeps his job?

Spot the difference or I will spot it for you:

Drupal - developer

Cuberon - CEO.

Do you have any more questions?

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I think you're too quick to condemn the woman here

Whoa, where the hell did you draw this conclusion? The people to be condemned are the parents who arranged it in the first place. The victim of their choice should not be condemned. She should be helped and assisted in getting OUT of the arrangement.

In this context, the lightness of the judgement and sentencing is simply unbelievable and ought to prompt an investigation in itself IMHO. Something is at play here in the background.

I believe it. I suspect that the lawyer was similarly arranged and had an extra brief from the in-laws and parents. Seen it before too. Anything and everything but to avoid a stain on the family honor.

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Who is the better judge of a suitable partner: hormone riddled Romeo and Juliette, or their level-headed parents with 20 years of marriage experience in their backpocket?

You are mistaking parental advice with parents trading their children like objects or domestic animals - without their consent and agreement. Do not even get me started on choosing a cousin as a preference - I actually used to do mol biol and medical genetics in my past lives and I KNOW the frequency of Thallassemia and other recessives in South West asia populations.

Parent advice is sometimes a good idea. Sometimes not - try to convince an older generation Eastern European parent that a Black or Asian bride is OK. I will sell tickets.

Arranged marriage, however, in all of its forms as an idea belongs in one place - amidst criminal offenses. It is a form of trading in humans as goods and should be punished accordingly.

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It was an arranged marriage

That is the point where I stopped reading. Stone Age customs result in Neanderthal behaviour and should stay firmly in the caves along with the in-laws and parents which promote them.

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No middle ground, no compromise: VMware blocks Cisco's SDN play

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Vmware behaving like Vmware

Vmware is behaving like Vmware. Nothing new to see here - move along.

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Can you make a warzone delivery drone? UK.gov wants to give you cash

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My exact thought

There is no way in hell you can even sketch out the designs for anything even remotely innovative with that amount of money.

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Apple's zippy silicon leaves Android rivals choking on dust

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My exact thought

Java VM with specific optimizations towards footprint/multi-instance instead of performance vs Objective C compiled using a next-get compiler.

Should there be a contest in the first place?

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Opportunity rover gets bored of spot it's explored since 2014

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Obligatory xkcd reference

https://xkcd.com/1504/

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30,000 London gun owners hit by Met Police 'data breach'

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Out of a suitable caliber firearm if possible. Unfortunately, the ones on the HMS Belfast are probably in a state of disrepair so not fit for this particular use case. They are also a bit too narrow (only 6 inch - a peashooter even by WW2 standards), so some preliminary chopping of the extremities to fit into the breach may be required.

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Trump signs exec order signaling foreign H-1B visa techie crackdown

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Re: If he slammed the lottery

That might freeze out some academics

Either that or make their pay adequate. The foreign postdoc/assistant prof is treated like a modern slave in both USA and UK and paid accordingly. You can earn more in Pret or Starbucks than the pay for one of the lab bench jobs which require an MSc if not a PhD.

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

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Oh well, if you're citing the Graun, we have to believe you!

Sure, it is slanted. Graunidad is, you have to read them with a pinch of salt even if you are paying them some support money (like I do).

So it is probably not 4 million. It is likely to be less. However, even a million, even a fecking half a million are something that a G7 economy should be ashamed of. And it is definitely in the 500k+ range.

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Re: Poor alternatives

vote for destruction & loss of privacy, or vote for total chaos.

I do not see any order in the Brownian motion of Boris and Co and the rest of UK negotiation related staff. So frankly it is: vote for destruction & loss of privacy, and vote for total chaos. That is valid for both major parties.

I somewhat envy Scotland and Northern Ireland now - they at least have some resemblance of choice.

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Re: Typical party political move

Close but no cigar.

Realize you have fucked up, ensure that you get the longest cleptocratic run possible before everyone else has realized you have fucked up.

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Re: So...

http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/politics/politics-headlines/theresa-may-announces-last-election-20170418126203

Nuff said.

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Re: This goes to show one thing

You actually think Labour could get it's **** together by 2020?

It is not so much a matter of getting their shit together, it is a matter of people starting to hate Tory's guts to "Poll Tax Level" of hate once more. Elections can be won on the positive and on the negative. She foresees a high likelihood that she will lose that election on the negative, otherwise she would not need to call a snap one.

Tories may get a mandate, but it will do nothing to unite the country - Scotland will go more nationalist and liberal. Cities which voted remain will all swing back to Liberal and countryside will swing even further back to Leave - all courtesy of "first past the pole".

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That apple.com link you clicked on? Yeah, it's actually Russian

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AFAIK mozilla had URL checking code

That decision was criminal in its stupidity. Example: НSВС.com - that is Russian N, S Russian V, Russian S, .com.

You can create a mixed encoding homophone for nearly anything and it will be virtually indistinguishable from the real thing. Now throw in a certificate and voila - phishing, here it comes.

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Back to the future: Honda's new electric car can go an incredible 80 miles!

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Re: 80 miles

That car is American sized. In Japan you need a certification that you have where to park it before you can buy it. You need to drop it to half the size to get anywhere near Japanese market reqs and that spot is practically taken by the Mistubishi MiEV. It has most of that market licked.

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Re: 80mile range?

40A @ 240V (9600KW), 48A @ 240V (11520KW), 72A @ 240V (17280KW).

The first two are 80% of the "budget" on a normal UK household install which is 65A fuse at delivery point. So you cannot run them and an electric shower or stove safely at the same time. The last one is above the normal UK electric supply. Other Eu countries are not much different. Depending on where you go domestic supply is standardized at 50-65A as well.

Perhaps you need to raise your standards for your domestic electrical infrastructure?

Maybe. If you buy a Tesla for most households in Europe you will need a new feed. You will need to order a proper 2 or 3 phase supply instead of the standard domestic single phase one.

Thankfully Tesla is rare and is likely to remain such for the time being. If it stops being such, the grid will need a massive upgrade.

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Drupal sci-fi sex scandal deepens: Now devs spank Dries over Gor bloke's banishment

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Re: Buytaert opened pandora's box, and doesn't know how to close it...

Even nasty little boys playing with themselves needing to be restrained by devices

That is inherited from Judaism. So is most of the other stuff.

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Google fumes after US Dept of Labor accuses ad giant of lowballing pay for women

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Slightly more complicated

USA government contracts for the time being are subject to equal opportunity compliance.

You fail compliance, you lose the contract. Plain and simple. So on that front the shareholders will not allow Google to outwait anyone.

What may change, however, is that the department of Labour can be put into line by the Great Orange Baboon to enforce all of this significantly less strictly.

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Shadow Brokers crack open NSA hacking tool cache for world+dog

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Re: "wake of a chemical weapons attack on civilians"

On the planet of unproven allegations.

The correct response by Trump and Nato would have been to put a small team of boots on the ground, collect irrefutable evidence, dare Assad to try to bomb while it is being done and work based on irrefutable evidence. If the evidence was right, Russia would have had no choice but to back off from protecting him.

Hard to do? Not really - there are US special forces in Syria already, there are advisors from other countries too. Probably in the neighbouring village - Turkish tanks are like an hour drive from Idlib inside Syrian territory and some of the forces in question are there today.

So, instead of that what do we get: amateurs collecting unverified soil samples and fragments from something which is unclear what it is. So if that was Assad, we just lost the perfect opportunity to get his head on a plate as he violated the 2013 agreement.

The important thing here is "if". There has been a multiple number of occasions when rebel fractions have lobbed weapons (including chlorine) at each other in parallel with Assad and Russian bombing runs in order to "combine the pleasant with the useful" - kill a few of the "wrong shade of black" and get the International community to react in horror at how nasty the common enemy is. If Assad did it, then a "scraped bottom of the barrel" selection of Chlorine, Zarin and several other chemicals would have been less likely.

The sad part is that we will neither know, nor be able to properly bring Assad (if it was him) to justice for this now. All of this because of a trigger happy idiot orange baboon and a totally screwed up first response (suspiciously inadequate in fact).

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TP-Link 3G/Wi-Fi modem spills credentials to an evil text message

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TP Link is OK

Once you have reflashed it with OpenWRT.

The original software is a manifestation of incompetence of pangalactic proportions. A good example is the complete idiocy of the incompetent muppet who designed the interface for the TP108 "smart switch". You can configure vlans. You cannot disable the "default" vlan on a port. So any port always remains in the default vlan making the whole vlan separation unusable. That is apparently how VLANs should work according to TP Link. It is not dumb, it is not dumber, it is dumbest.

Their other software is in the same league. The hardware however is fine and makes a fine choice once you reflash it.

I have ~ 10 of them doing various things including some primitive IoT apps predating the wide availability of the Razzie.

All are flashed with OpenWRT including two of the 3G router ones. No stupid security bugs. No stability issues. Just works (TM) - some have uptime in the hundreds of days.

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US border cops must get warrants to search citizens' gadgets – draft bipartisan law emerges

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Re: As someone who experienced Soviet Bloc border controls

Not border control, the visa process. Border control in USSR and most of the soviet block was mostly harmless. It was never anywhere close to the lunacy at USA borders.

What we are observing is applying the rules and principles of pre-Gorbachev Soviet Union for issuing an exit visa, just this time for entrance. Anyone who has dealt with one of those 20 pages of questions exit visa questionnaires will probably recognize it immediately. It is history repeating, just in a mirror image.

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Free Range Routing project takes aim at Cisco with server-as-router project

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Did they fix the threading and the timers?

Quagga uses DIY threading and a DIY timers implementation. Without fixing that we are not going anywhere.

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Head of US military kit-testing slams F-35, says it's scarcely fit to fly

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Re: There have been planes like this before. -De Havilland Mosquito

Well, that's sort-of true, but it's like saying the sniper rifle is a very cost effective weapon so all our soldiers should carry them.

Very valid point and really unfair to be modded down.

£ per damage the best WW2 plane was Po2 - cost nothing, did a hell lot of damage (especially if you account for the psychological too). Mosquito and Pe2 closely followed (funny - Pe2 was also designed as a heavy fighter first and re-purposed as a bomber). On this metric the B17, Lanc and the B29 sucked bricks sidewize through a thin straw. They could, however, hit stuff which the Mosquito could not hit. Ever. Each of them had their function and replacing one of them with the other would have not worked at all.

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Re: The largest and most successful Russian covert hacking campaign is continuing as planned, then.

Model C uses licensed Russian technology. So you may be not that far off.

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US ATM fraud surges despite EMV

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Re: Speed

Another problem is the chip&pin readers are SSSLLLLOOOOOWWWW

The retard who rolled it out bought individual dialer card readers instead of rolling out a proper connection to the upstream bank via the shop network.

We do get slow in Europe too - it is inevitable that some cretin has done that too.

It is somewhat dependent on how advanced your dominant telco is. If it is someone who is "with the times" like the one in Austria even the small coffee shops will use terminals that talks over WiFi using TLS to the bank and authenticate the transaction in a second or less.

If the incumbent telco is still in the Jurassic swamp exchanging farts with the brontosaurs like BT in the UK, all the small shops will all be using a modem dialer so you will have to wait for the authorization. By the way - it is regardless of are you using chip and pin or magstripe.

A big grocery chain, however is nearly guaranteed to have a proper network connection to its bank. Anywhere in Eu.

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Trump sets sights on net neutrality

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Re: I'd equate Trump to Hitler but...

Frankly, he looks more like Mussolini. A presumptuous, incompetent buffoon.

No. You missed one important adjective. Vindictive.

Mussolini did not hold multi-year grudges. That was Joseph Stalin's speciality.

As an example, he waited for the whole war to end to pay back to Admiral Kuznetsov who told him to f*ck off on the 21st of June. Kuznetsov put the fleet and fleet aviation on red alert resulting in them taking virtually no losses when the war broke out and giving the Luftwaffe a nice bloody nose above the sky of both Odessa and Riga which were under fleet, not central command. Their performance was the only bright spot in the first 3 months of the war. Stalin did nothing to him for breaking rank. For 5 years. Then after the war he demoted him and terminated the whole fleet renovation program.

That is just one example - one can write a whole book of them.

That type of personality is closer to what we see in the Orange One.

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Re: I'd equate Trump to Hitler but...

Attila the Hun had a firm grasp of military strategy, and a clear plan of action when it came to what he wanted to achieve.

Took the words out of my mouth.

The next one is Koba. Иосиф Виссарионович Джугашвилли. Joseph Stalin.

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Reminds me of one of our old VPs

In one of my previous jobs we used to have a SVP (who has done a round of being some sort of "innovation person" in half of the Silly Valley and beyond). He used to say: "It is not important what you do, it is important what you blog about".

The modern version of this looks like "It is not important what you do, it is important what you tweet about".

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BMW chief: Big auto will stay in the driving seat with autonomous cars

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Re: Well...

Someone is full of himself.

In a BMW context that is always an oxymoron. It would have been more surprising if he wasn't.

The point that the Auto industry will not allow anybody else on its turf is quite valid though. If you think that the current train crash with patents in software engineering is bad, you have not seen the IPR around cars and driving. 99% of it is surprise, surprise in the name of the usual suspects.

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Forget robot overlords, humankind will get finished off by IoT

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Pint

Priceless last line

Concur.

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Europe to push new laws to access encrypted apps data

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But creating legislation that bans the use of crypto would be within her powers.

Actually - no. Crypto nowdays is math, an Eu commissioner is not the Indiana legilsative, it cannot decree that Pi 3.00.

What she can decree and what she can refine the requirements towards providers for legal intercept to make Telegram, iMessage and Facebook chat in its current form illegal. That is perfectly achievable technically and that is something a politico can and should do.

She may try to also specify reqs to commercial software, but that is going to die on technical grounds long before it gets anywhere near becoming law.

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Yes she can. That's the big advantage to controlling the Police force and a having access to an army

Shall I refer you to the priceless clip from Shrek 1 - "You and what army?" or you will peruse it without referral. She is an Eu commissioner - she has no army and whatever she does requires a consensus of member states.

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tech companies and security experts say that if an encryption backdoor is created it will be impossible to ensure that only the "good guys" use it, and so effectively undermines the whole system.

Correct for an end-to-end encrypted system. Incorrect for a store and forward encrypt-to-provider, encrypt-from-provider system.

She cannot do anything against physical persons and corporations using end-to-end crypto themselves. That horse has bolted 20 years ago when Phil Zimmerman gave PGP to the world.

Now, provider assisted is a different story. She can do that TODAY.

The law as it stands is an ass and being a dumb ass it does not give a flying f*** about the application design disallowing legal intercept. It insists that legal intercept is provided and the way it is formulated in half of the Eu allows the law to take a big hatchet to any provider-run end-to-end encrypted messaging (once again - it cannot do anything about private persons today). By the way, by disallowing USA corporations to take any cases with them to California, Eu has already done half of the work on this one. The remaining half is a court case which will happen sooner or later (when someone finally explains the retarded politicos that the law has already taken care of this).

So all it takes is ONE court case to prove that legal intercept requirements apply to Facebook, Google, Telegram and friends. We will be back to using PGP in email on the next day after that.

So, in fact, she does not even need to legislate. She just needs to pick one of the Eu countries to start the court case.

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Silicon Valley staffing agency boss charged with H‑1B visa fraud

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Re: Don't be naive

Size matters. They look the right size for a scapegoat. Infosys is a bit big for that.

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Russian mega-telco exec: 'No business case' for 5G

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Latsanych told an investor conference in London: "There is no finalized technology, no network equipment available, no frequency allocation in any of our countries,

Spot on. It is standards and a specific subtype of university people looking for w*nkfest junkets at present. There is no substance.

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One in five mobile phones shipped abroad are phoney – report

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If the shop is not Kosher, chose a Halal one. Failing that a Vegan (warning, new "Dr Who Money" printed by the Royal Bank of England may not be legal tender), Beef-free, dog-free, gluten-free or something else free.

Humor aside, I tend to agree with you - even the stuff marked as Prime on Amazon is quite often of fairly dubious origin nowdays. If you stray outside that into the marketplace or go on Ebay it is almost like Kapalı Çarşı (Grand Bazaar) in Istanbul.

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Home Office accused of blocking UK public's scrutiny of Snoopers' Charter

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Re: Stand aside Plebes. I am on Imperial business...

Well spotted.

Do you expect anything different from a government that is openly considering Henry VIIIs powers to bypass parliament and enact legislation and is planning to set those powers in stone in a "Great Repeal Bill"?

Just in case they need it again to deploy the troops once the discontent at 10% inflation in a few years hits the streets.

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