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Comment Re:as the saying goes (Score 0) 412 412

But the record profits won't come from the Slashdot community, and that's really all you can do. Therecord profits will come from people who have no idea what a rootkit is or even remember anything before iTunes and DVD players. What you're trying to do is save those people from themselves, and they don't want to be saved.

Comment Re:Cleary also suffers from agoraphobia (Score 0) 279 279

You could only protect sociey effectively by locking up even minor criminals for life.

Part of the idea of the prison system is that the punishment reforms people. When you go out and do a crime, then get thrown in prison for a couple years, the idea is that on release you say to yourself "I sure don't want to sit in prison again. I'll turn over a new leaf and stop doing crime".

Comment Re:Just goes to show the lunacy of the conservativ (Score 1) 638 638

Third link: completely valid, and a non-issue. Suicide should be a right.

Preach it, brother! Even if a person is dirt-poor and has no posessions to his/her name, they still own their life, and I too believe no government should be able to tell them that they cannot have control of ending it.

Comment Re:Encrypt it then (Score 1) 241 241

You save yourself well in your last sentence. It is unreasonable to expect that Google as a legal business will attempt to block investigations by any legal authority to investigate your use of their services, unless somewhere in their privacy agreement they explicitly agree to do so. If you're doing something illegal online, it's on you to cover yourself. After all, anyone who assists you is aiding a criminal (at least in the US).

Comment Re:Two account passwords (Score 1) 284 284

It's interesting to me that people are going crazy in response to this article about how they demand RSA tokens and retina scans and shit, and you come along and say "I wish there was an app (which may or may not be secure) that you'd locally store usernames/passwords in (while everyone is screaming about how bad an idea it is) and then upload them to mint.com (a process which can be intercepted)". I'm not knocking what you're saying; I'm not a security nazi and I've never used mint.com or even know what it is. It's just interesting to me that one of these uber-security people hasn't exploded just from reading your post.

Comment Re:Any other motives? (Score 1) 185 185

Can you give me at least one example of a turned hacker receiving death threats from former compatriots? You make it sound like they were all hip-deep in organized crime, and all hitmen they used to chill with can smell the fed on them when they come walking into the brothel they hang out in. A lot of these guys choose to live mostly online, that's where the basement-dweller sterotype came from.

Comment Re:In my experience... (Score 1) 260 260

Did you read where the OP stated his level of skill with IT? He's a guy who was voted "pretty smart" so he gets the job of being IT guy; he's ungodly fortunate that he knows just how little he knows and goes to someone more experienced for advice. As for the Mac server, OP didn't say he advocated for the purchase of Mac stuff; it's just what the business has and it's what he has to work with. If the company grows big enough that they need REAL IT support, hopefully OP will throw his hand up at the next meeting and say "I'm really not qualified to do this". At that point, the company will have a real IT guy who can reinvent the wheel. Until then, the dozen people with their Mac server and their google-fu black belt are puttering along happily. "Good enough is good enough, but perfect is a pain in the ass and often not worth the effort anyway".

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