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  • Apr 23rd, 2015 @ 5:48pm

    Re: We need to get rid of the "Biggest Grossing Movie" list

    That would actually be pretty cool. Or alternatively all of the "highest grossing" lists need an "net earnings" column.

  • Apr 21st, 2015 @ 7:40pm

    Re: Typo: "Goldilock's"

    If you want to be that picky, it should then be either the Goldilocks's Zone or the Goldilocks' Zone - both with the same pronounciation. The former is arguably more correct, the latter is arguably more acceptable; if only they were the same thing.

    See, rules 1a, 1b, 1c.

  • Apr 19th, 2015 @ 9:43pm

    Re: Re:

    Maybe I lack imagination, but there isn't really any way to prevent something from being copied from your phone and used on their phone to open your car. At best, the phone's IMEI would be part of the key, which would require an attacker to need to spoof your phone's IMEI as well as stealing the key file.

    Even the car sharing seems like an easier problem to solve than the key copying.

  • Apr 16th, 2015 @ 6:54pm

    (untitled comment)

    In other words, he totally h4x0red that chess tournament, ya'll!
    I can't believe you botched the yo to a ya'll!

    who knows how many other of our revered grandmasters are big, steaming, salty cheat-burgers?
    ... but at least you made it up with this.

  • Apr 15th, 2015 @ 10:27pm

    Re: "Notice you don't see a lot of Singaporeans around in other countries. They have no reason to leave."

    Interesting juxtaposition with unexpected parallels.

    My instant response to this was: "North Koreans don't have an option to leave; Singaporeans do". Then I remembered that the Singaporean government actually makes it quite difficult for Singaporeans to work in other countries - all Singaporeans within a certain age range are required to spend a few weeks a year (I think 2? I forget) on national service... regardless of their current domicile.

    There are local laws that require workplaces to support national service for local staff, but it's difficult for Singaporeans to find long-term work in other countries that doesn't require them to spend significant chunks of their annual leave to go and work for the Singaporean government.

    So other than those not eligible for NS (elderly) or with permission to waive their obligations (sick, students), you really don't see many Singaporeans working abroad.

    But not because they don't want to.

    ETA - actually, it looks like foreign employment is possibly grounds for "disrupting" your NS obligations, though I'm not sure how hard that is to do. r-disruption-for-overseas-employment

  • Apr 15th, 2015 @ 6:16pm

    Re: Ignorant

    If he's as ignorant about his country as he is about Christianity, then I would venture to say he doesn't know what he's talking about.

    I'm sorry, but you sound a lot like you have never been to Singapore, or possibly only as a tourist.

    Notice you don't see a lot of Singaporeans around in other countries. They have no reason to leave, because it's a good situation there.

    You're not looking in the right places, or you're not looking, or you don't know what you're looking for. When I was living in Singapore, it seemed like there were less Singaporeans that hadn't been to Australia than those who had. Singaporeans are also often found all over south-east asia, since it's so ridiculously cheap to get to so many countries from Singapore.

    Notwithstanding the desire for many Singaporeans to send their kids to college overseas - Australian universities hold huge numbers of students from Singapore, and they go to the UK and USA as well.

    Maybe the people actually voted for him so many times because they actually think he has done a good job bringing Singapore into the modern era and they wanted more of the same.

    10 years ago, it was a pretty safe bet that whenever you got into a taxi in Singapore, the driver would spend 90% of the trip complaining about the government (the other 10% was trying to understand your pronounciation of where you want to go).

    Yes, LKY and his party took Singapore from a muddy backwater that was kicked out of Malaya into a bustling, thriving shipping, banking and shopping hub with clean streets and low major crime rates. And if you are a member of the middle class, then you probably don't mind government policy all that much.

    If you're one of the many Indian or Bangladeshi construction workers, or Malaysian, Indonesian or Phillipino maids... then you may well have issues with the sheer lack of human rights available to you. If you're a third generation Indian immigrant with middle class aspirations, but you're denied a HDB loan or pushed out to a further suburb because of racial quotas, then you might get a little upset.

    If you're unable to afford a cheap car to drive your sick mother to the hospital when she needs it because the vehicle license costs one or more year's salary on top of the cost of the car, then you might take issue with some policies.

    Like most countries, there's good and there's bad.

    Also keep in mind that racial quotas also keep the Singaporean Chinese in the majority, and they tend to get the best treatment from the Singaporean government. Just because they vote the People's Action Party back in, doesn't mean everyone does. In the 2011 general elections, the PAP vote slipped from 66% down to 60%, so people aren't necessarily after "more of the same".

    As I've seen on many documentaries, private health care in Singapore is very cheap and world class, so why should the government spend a lot of money on something that is cheap anyway?

    As I've experienced in my shoulder surgery in Raffles General Hospital, this is probably only true in relation to countries with very expensive private health care (USA?). Certainly, health care in Australia, the UK and Thailand are all cheaper and just as good.

    Also, that's just talking about hospital care. General practice in Singapore is pretty much a case of prescribing antibiotics whenever you visit, thank you, come again.

    Different countries have different rules. Since he was arrested for disparaging religion, perhaps he could have made his arguments without it respectfully and maybe it would have been OK.

    Different countries have different rules; doesn't mean we can't point out when those rules seem capricious or unwarranted.

    Also, remember that we're talking about a teenager. Were you respectful, unfailingly, all the time, to everyone as a teenager? Even in private? Yes, this is YouTube not in private, but a video like that in your own house feels like being in private and talking to your friends, even if it's not.

  • Apr 14th, 2015 @ 9:29pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: I'm surprised they use computers for the drawing

    It also taught us that if people want to actually look for the weaknesses and flaws, they can

    It also taught us that people actually don't want to look for weaknesses and flaws.

    I agree that it's better to be able to than not to be able to... but for most of the world it's an academic distinction.

    Notwitstanding, it seems that black box hacking is at least as common as source code inspection, which suggests that it's just as easy to find weaknesses and flaws in proprietary code as OSS code. The only benefit is that OSS code allows the possibility (but not the certainty) of a fork if the current developers aren't interested in working on a fix for any found weaknesses and flaws.

    Then again, patch and pray is a bit of a broken system to start with. The gordian knot needs to be cut.

  • Apr 14th, 2015 @ 9:13pm

    Re: Re: And "seizing" domains with infringing links is nothing like censorship!

    Hang on... you're saying that when I copy... err that is a friend copies one of your programs, you're not forced to sit back down at a computer and rewrite all those bits that I took?

    Mind. Blown.

  • Apr 14th, 2015 @ 1:16am

    Re: Re: The thing is...

    Which can be used to hide messages in any noise, as long as the noise is sufficient to hide your signal. Such as uninitialised sectors of a drive (in very controlled circumstances which probably don't exist in modern hardware, but that's a different problem)

  • Apr 14th, 2015 @ 12:58am

    Re: Controlling the key holders is equivalent to being the sole holder of keys

    So what you're suggesting is that the key parts should be distributed to different countries? Part to the USA, part to the UK, part to the EU, part to Russia, part to China, part to North Korea... no wait, that's two parts to China. Where's my map gone?

  • Apr 14th, 2015 @ 12:40am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Well sure, but that because nobody actually watches the ads!

  • Apr 13th, 2015 @ 8:54pm

    Re: This is why

    And how does that help the users of the Xeround service?

    FOSS is a beautiful concept, but is neither a silver bullet, nor remotely related to the topic of the article which is abandoned services.

  • Mar 27th, 2015 @ 12:48am


    Since Comey's point is to keep your phones unencrypted so that they can violate your rights whenever they want, likely even against your will, for any reason, I wonder how well his please will fly for our other rights:

    I'm more interested in which of my rights can be violated in accordance with my will? :-)

  • Mar 27th, 2015 @ 12:37am

    Re: Though, sometimes investment /= innovation

    The actions of the entertainment industry are unambiguously bad, but the results seem to be mixed. The MPAA and RIAA act like they're slowly losing a game of whack a mole partly because their opposition to innovation has spurred so many varied efforts to work at the problem from different directions.

    Survivorship bias. If they hadn't been opposed to innovation at every step, how much better would the services we have today be?

    Investment does not directly lead to innovation, but lack of investment absolutely prevents innovative ideas from taking off.

  • Mar 26th, 2015 @ 9:50pm

    Re: Re: Super l33t hax0r!!!1!!11!

    Not any more!

  • Mar 25th, 2015 @ 10:46pm

    Re: Firing Squad? Waste Of Taxpayer Money!

    In a firing squad, it's not about competency. It's more about minimising the odds that every single shooter hates the executee enough to miss any vital organs.

  • Mar 25th, 2015 @ 9:34pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Brick?

    We still disagree on expected functionality vs advertised functionality.

    In those cases, the device is unable to perform one or more advertised features of the product[1]. In this case, the device is unable to perform an unofficial feature.

    Again, not saying that removing the feature isn't wrong, but a device that still does everything it's advertised to do really isn't "bricked". It may be useless to you, but that's a different thing.

    FWIW, if you were to say that it's now as useful to you as a brick for what you purchased it for, that's completely accurate and understandable. Bricking means that the device is as functional (as opposed to useful) as a brick.

    [1] - and is still IMHO a dramatic misappopriation of the term "bricked". Damaged, impaired, restricted, even broken - all better words.

  • Mar 25th, 2015 @ 8:52pm


    There's no end to the bs. Copyright needs to be scrapped exactly because that bottomless greed.

    I'd say lobbying needs to be scrapped. Copyright just needs to be fixed.

  • Mar 25th, 2015 @ 8:50pm


    The purpose of VPNs is not to hide illegal activity. As you say, there are a variety of methods to attempt to do that.

    The purpose of VPNs in this instance is to enable legal activity. For example, getting access to content that is geo-blocked, the practice of which was declared uncompetitive in Australia.

  • Mar 25th, 2015 @ 6:16pm

    Re: Re: Re: Brick?

    You do realise that the very reference you cited for bricking lists two types of bricking:

    Soft bricked devices[2] are generally those devices which show some signs of life. A soft bricked device usually boots unsuccessfully and generally gets stuck on vendor logo or reboots endlessly.
    Hard bricked devices[2] are generally those who show little to no signs of life. A hard bricked device doesn't power up or show any vendor logo, basically the screen remains turned off.

    Removing unofficial features and limiting the device to just the advertised functions may be a shitty thing to do, but calling it "bricking" is overdramatic. Words have power precisely because they have agreed meanings. Co-opting a word to give it your own definition for use in a discussion does nothing to further the discussion.

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