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Comment Re:Simple solution (Score 1) 593

Any time something like this happens everyone from the first manager with the authority to do something that refuses all the way up the chain gets held responsible for whatever happens as a result of their refusal to act.

Guy dies, they get held responsible for murder because they chose to not assist the police knowing full well that their actions would cause the death of another human being.

Yay! Then we get the phone companies coöperating with warrantless wire-tapping, because, if they don't, someone might die, and then they'd all be held accountable! Sounds like a great outcome to me! (Yeah, sure, they coöperate anyway, but I thought that most of us here thought that that was a bad thing .)

Comment Re:First post flag! (Score 1) 630

Only the iuck-lcikers in the rcord companis, game cmpanies, and book sotress think it;s perfectly acceptable to FORCE customers to keep a product they don't want.

What in the world does this mean? It looks like lots of vowels were sacrificed, but I just can't make any sense out of 'iuck-lcikers' (except assuming that it's something-lickers).

Comment Re:Wow... (Score 1) 629

The unfair ticketing comes in when cities start tweaking the yellow light timing to generate more revenue. I think it would be more productive to outlaw this practice than to outlaw red light cameras.

As pointed out in the article linked at, many cities simply ignore such laws. It's a lot easier for even a casual observer to detect violations of a ban on traffic cameras than of a ban on yellow-light timing.

Comment Re:Not Hackable (Score 1) 370

Amazon could easily disable TTS in an un-hackable way. Assuming these books are PDFs, Amazon could replace every other word with a picture of that word; it would look identical to the original, but would kill TTS.

This seems eminently hackable. After all, how's Amazon going to get the pictures to replace the words? Most likely, it would be one picture per word, in which case you'd just need a pre-processor that knew which picture corresponded to which words. Even if the pictures were programmatically generated with some sort of random skew/background fuzz, it couldn't be very much, or no-one would ever read the books.

Comment Re:Just using VIM (Score 1) 702

Sigh. I'm sure I'm not the only one here... I distinctly remember purchasing my first 9600bps modem. (A real Hayes, no less! I sent them a large manilla SASE and they shipped me the AT command manual for no charge.) I spent a few months mowing every lawn I could to raise the funds for it. Exactly a week after I got it installed and found a couple local BBSes I could connect to at 9600, Hayes shipped the very first 14400bps modem.

No, no, surely we don't get geek credit for starting with a 9600 baud modem. My first was a 2400 baud (US Robotics, maybe?), and I even used (but never owned) a 300 baud modem. I remember how blazing fast 14400 baud seemed when I first got my hands on it.

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