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Comment Re: There are always options. (Score 1) 627 627

Lucky fucking you. I've twice had updates screw the pooch. One when it replaced the CURRENT driver for the motherboard with a GENERIC and incompabtilbe one resulting in a bludescreen. The other was an IE update that blocked all access to the internet. You could CONNECT but NOT access with ANY program. Which is a good reason why IE should NEVER have been INTEGRATED with Windows. MY FUCKING COMPUTER MY FUCKING DECISIONS ON WHO CONTROLLS IT! Namely ME damnit!

Comment Re:What is your solution? (Score 1) 510 510

Back in the 20s and 30s in the US, the mob ran roughshod over the land. The only way devised to corral them-- because of massive corruption on local, state, and federal levels-- was to invoke tax laws. It worked. It got Capone, and a bunch of the mob.

What really ended that era of gangsterism? Prohibition was repealed. We didn't see the return of that type of gangsterism until the war on drugs.

The war on drugs doesn't stop or restrict drug use it creates wealthy powerful gangsters.

This type of privacy violating law needs to go. If you are suspected of a crime the cops should need to get a warrant to have the banks show them your transactions. Monitoring your finances without a warrant is not fundamentally different than tapping your phone or planting a GPS on your car without one.

Comment Address errors, hacking (Score 1) 615 615

I've already encountered address errors where due to the GPS having erroneous data the driver was unwilling to accept he was not at the right place. How do you handle a robot that KNOWS it is droppng its load on you and it is wrong? A human can have the sign on the bulding and the street sign pointed out to them to prove they are wrong. How do you reason with the software?

How many loads redirected by hackers before they need men to "ride shotgun" on the load?

Comment Re:Bill Gates is a benevolent philanthropist (Score 3, Insightful) 165 165

He SAYS he is giving away 90% of his wealth. Most of what he has "given" away so far is in his charity - which he controls. Tax free and growing. Much of what he gives away is to promote his own interests like when the Indian province had its education system going Linux till he gave them money to buy Microsoft stuff. His charity has also lobbied in support of patent laws that Microsoft likes and against those that would allow cheaper drugs for places like Africa. When you still control it and use it for your own benefit it hasn't been given away.

Comment Re:But *are* there enough eyes? (Score 1) 255 255

You would submit a problem ticket. If enough people submit them, it becomes a priority for a paid developer to address the issue.

It becomes a priority to fix for the next paid for release. For a patch to the current release? Only if they must.

Comment Re:catholics actually do contracept (Score 2) 289 289

Indeed - the page actually mentions the rhythm method, the Catholic's favoured method.

Someone please help me understand. How is the rhythm method not a form of contraception and as such just as much a sin as any other method of contraception?

Because they have faith that it isn't. Facts don't matter when you have faith.

Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 271 271

A search is not unreasonable if it yields evidence of a crime. This case, if any, is a shining beacon for why we need ubiquitous surveillance, including private property. If it saves just one life, it's worth the effort.

Incomplete

A search is not unreasonable if there are FACTS known that make it PROBABLE that it will yield evidence of a crime AND that judgement is made by a judge not by the one advocating the search.

Read 1984 by Orwell for a view of where "ubiquitous surveillance" leads. Note that novel is not a "How to manual" though it seems politicians disagree.

Comment Re:Discover life? (Score 1) 221 221

Plants do have respiration and excretion.

Only if you creatively redefine both of the terms to mean something they don't in a colloquial usage. Which, in turn, would make the great-grandparent's definition of life useless — because it did not contain the necessary (re)definitions of the terms it used.

Since the terms are used here in a scientific context colloquial definitions do not apply but scientific ones do.

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