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Comment: Re:Dude was checking in on his kid at home one las (Score 1) 1431

by AC5398 (#46002855) Attached to: Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

Ok, you and the wife are at the theatres. You are texting the babysitter who is posing as your three year old daughter. You do this, in a rare moment of 'I never do this during the previews but my three year old is being very funny', during the previews.

An older gentlemen behind you tells you to turn the cellphone off. You note he is angry.

At what point do you think to yourself, "I can take this old geriatric in my sleep", and tell him to frak off?

Geriatric goes to find a manager. He comes back managerless.

At what point do you think to yourself, "I'm going to take this old geriatric outside," and ask grandpa if he told tales to management on you?

At what point do you throw your bag of popcorn at him?

Me, I think you'd probably tell the geriatric you were sorry, it is your three year old daughter, possibly make like you were worried about her, and put the phone away.

This doesn't excuse the geriatric bringing a gun to a theatre and shooting someone to death, I just think you'd behave better than the dead gentleman did.

Comment: Re:Double bind (Score 1) 1431

by AC5398 (#46002603) Attached to: Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

You've got one jerk, oblivious to the danger he's in as he texts on his cellphone, versus another jerk who in a dementia-filled rage thinks he entitled to shoot someone.

The ex-cop stalked another texting patron a week earlier; he's a menace to society and needs to be locked up permanently.

But this is also another case of someone being oblivious to all else around them as their focus is solely on their mini-computer. You don't throw a bag of popcorn at someone or ask them if they told management on them if the other person is in a rage. Neither gentlemen did anything to de-escalate the situation.

Thank God there was another cop in the theatre to stop anyone else from getting shot.

Comment: Re:As a mere "User" (Score 1) 417

by AC5398 (#38421204) Attached to: How To Thwart the High Priests In IT

This is why I like my iphone. Everything I need personally from a laptop I can get from the iphone (I don't bank via computer as I don't trust my machines to be 100% secure (working assumption: if it is connected to the internet it is already insecure)). Plus the iphone is lightweight so it can be tucked into a pocket.

Comment: Re:How did they get control of the servers? (Score 1) 624

by AC5398 (#29082483) Attached to: Arizona Judge Tells Sheriff "Reveal Password Or Face Contempt"

Seizing servers means *nothing* if proper backups are made, with tapes archived offsite. Offsite, archived tapes means the servers can be recreated at will.

Which means there probably aren't any tapes. And if there are, relocate them out of the State, make backups of them, then relocate the backups.

You can tell how far we have to go, when FORTRAN is the language of supercomputers. -- Steven Feiner

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