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Comment: Re:Why would I buy it when... (Score 1, Interesting) 263

by smooth wombat (#48682131) Attached to: The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea
Pirates don't buy.

Of course they don't. They're too cheap to pay for something someone has produced and believe they are entitled to take what they want.

They're never a missed sale, they're simply a no-sale.

Hardly. They obviously believe the product has some value or they wouldn't have stolen it. Whether every single pirate would have paid for the product is another story.

If one doesn't believe something have value, why steal it in the first place?

Comment: Re: This is MY suggestion on how to start to fix (Score 1) 139

by causality (#48681541) Attached to: 13,000 Passwords, Usernames Leaked For Major Commerce, Porn Sites

Instead of passing harsher laws, maybe we should require that you (and people like you) should be only allowed to use the internet under the supervision of a caretaker.

Of course, if you seriously advocate that people take responsibility for their networks, their equipment, and their decisions and realize the part they play in enabling the problems they complain about, you'll be accused of "blaming the victim".

Still, unlike the harsher laws that vary by jurisdiction (of which some have no extradition treaties), this actually stands a chance of working. On a hostile network like the Internet, nothing other than hardening the targets is going to actually improve security. It would also be nice for the rest of us not to have to contend with botnets and other problems made possible entirely by the clueless who want all the benefits of a general-purpose global network but don't want to put forth the effort to learn how it works and how to use it responsibly.

They strongly resemble the child who wants a pet cat but doesn't want to feed it and change its litter box because that part isn't fun.

Comment: Re:Cards are safer than cash. (Score 2) 139

by causality (#48681451) Attached to: 13,000 Passwords, Usernames Leaked For Major Commerce, Porn Sites

Dependency: Of course the people who can't afford to keep their CC balance at zero end up paying for my peace of mind via increased interest rates. Ultimately CC's are an unfair burden on the "working poor" and become "just another bill" when they inevitably hit their limit (been there, done that). The sad fact is that if everyone at every point in their life could afford to keep the balance at zero nobody would pay interest and CCs would not exist.

That last sentence is false and shows you don't fully understand what you're discussing. The merchant is charged a fee, usually a small percentage of the transaction, each time you use your credit card. Even if you never personally pay interest because you pay in full each month, the bank issuing the credit card is making money from your use of that card.

Incidentally, this is also why some small, local, mom-and-pop stores won't accept a credit card unless your total purchase exceeds a certain amount. The fee they must pay isn't worthwhile to them if the transaction is too small. Larger stores are better able to absorb it and just consider it a cost of doing business.

Comment: The more interesting part (Score 5, Insightful) 361

by smooth wombat (#48667011) Attached to: Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force
and reports against officers dropped by 87%

While most people on here are focusing on the police portion, the civilian portion is more damning. It shows the amount of crap police have to put up with by people who think they'll file a brutality report so they can not be held responsible for their actions.

I don't have the link, but some on here will remember the video of the woman who was in the back of a police car yelling and screaming for the police to stop hitting her without realizing a camera was recording the whole thing. When she claimed police brutality, the video was shown and the charges were thrown out.

While there is certainly some police abuse going on, there are much more claims by people of police abuse where none exists. Just like dashboard cameras, it works both ways so when people claim they weren't doing anything when they were shot, the camera will show them reaching for their gun (see the most recent shooting in Missouri though we don't have video of the incident).

Comment: Re:Duck & Cover? (Score 2) 69

by smooth wombat (#48660501) Attached to: ESA Carries Out Asteroid Impact Drill
Because cowering under your desk will protect you from a nuclear blast!

It wasn't so much protection from the blast but from falling debris. If we assume one was far enough away from the blast to not be fried, getting under a desk would offer some protection from ceiling tiles and such which might fall, similar to how standing in a doorway during an earthquake offers some protection if you can't immediately get out.

This idea is still orders of magnitude better than former head of Homeland Security (and former Governor of my state who got the pension crisis rolling) Tom Ridge telling people to use duct tape to seal their windows and doors to protect them from chemical or biological attacks.

Comment: Can this be disabled? (Score 1) 115

by smooth wombat (#48660439) Attached to: Apple Pushes First Automated OS X Security Update

How many times have we seen people who set their updates to Automatic in a Windows environment get in trouble when an update mangles their system? I know people who say, "I always get every update as soon as they come out" then bitch when an update did something to their system.

Can this auto-update be turned off or changed to manual?

Comment: Re:sigh (Score 1) 188

by smooth wombat (#48660371) Attached to: An Automated Cat Litter Box With DRM

Before I had to put my best bud to sleep, I had bought a small piece of carpeting (2' x 1'?) with a moderate pile and put it in front of the litter box. When he walked over it after taking care of business the litter would fall on to this and every so often I would take this carpet outside and give it a good shake and a few smacks.

Took care of 95% of litter trackage.

As to covered litter boxes, I have never had an issue with any cat using a covered box. I just made sure there was plenty of light shining into the front.

Comment: Re:Public land closures (Score 1) 48

As someone who goes to caves, you should be aware more than most of the cross-contamination you are unwittingly causing. One of the leading thoughts on white nose disease in bats is it is caused by the transportation of bacteria and such from one cave to another.

A family member works for the Bureau of Land Management and has seen firsthand what happens when people randomly go in and out of caves. Once a single bat has a white nose, the entire colony is on a death march, not to mention the general trash spelunkers leave behind or the damage they can cause.

Comment: What a horrible first world problem (Score 0, Troll) 291

by smooth wombat (#48651877) Attached to: Amazon "Suppresses" Book With Too Many Hyphens

"Your book, that I downloaded in digital format rather than the bulky dead wood format, is unreadable as I sit on the subway/bus on my way to work. This is an outrage!"

Apparently the person(s) who complained have such perfect lives and no other issues to worry about, they had to find something to complain about.

Comment: Re:Perspective (Score 1) 74

by smooth wombat (#48640825) Attached to: NASA Video Shows What It's Like To Reenter the Earth's Atmosphere
Since asshats like to take vertical movies with their phones,

Or maybe phone makers shouldn't make shitty products which create the sidebars in the first place. You never had this problem when shooting analog movies, it has only occurred when we "upgraded" to digital.

The world doesn't exist only left to right. It also goes up.

It's hard to think of you as the end result of millions of years of evolution.