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Comment: Re:Appropriate action ? (Score 1) 259

by JohnFen (#49340069) Attached to: RadioShack Puts Customer Data Up For Sale In Bankruptcy Auction

They've been crap for a bit longer than that. Back in the stone-age days when they were the 7/11 of electronic parts stores, they were OK. Once they seriously branched out into consumer electronics (a few years before the TRS-80), their nosedive began.

I am among the people who have been amazed they didn't go under decades ago. Good riddance to a terrible company.

Comment: This is a perfect example (Score 1) 259

by JohnFen (#49340017) Attached to: RadioShack Puts Customer Data Up For Sale In Bankruptcy Auction

This is a perfect example of why we should not be giving personal information to anyone without a VERY good reason. Even if the company you're giving it to has the best privacy policy in the world and is completely hack-proof, if that company ever goes under then you're screwed.

Comment: Re:Hmmm (Score 4, Insightful) 259

by JohnFen (#49339987) Attached to: RadioShack Puts Customer Data Up For Sale In Bankruptcy Auction

You may not have a signed a contract, but it's implied when you walk into a store that they have the right to protect their stuff (security cameras or whatever else).

But they don't have the legal, moral, or ethical right to search me.

You're just being a dick and making the security guard's job more difficult

It's hard to believe that the guard's life more difficult to hear "no thank you" as I stroll by, but if it does... then tough. They're being dicks by asking me to submit to a search. Fair's fair.

Comment: Re:Hmmm (Score 1) 259

by JohnFen (#49339967) Attached to: RadioShack Puts Customer Data Up For Sale In Bankruptcy Auction

At least at Fry's, it truly is a customer service initiative.

Baloney. It's "loss prevention" aka "treating your customers like criminals". That it might catch a mistake in the customer's favor is purely a nice side-effect, but doesn't take away from the fact that it is belligerent and powerfully offensive.

I have never, and will never, submit to exit searches like that.

Comment: Re:You are the problem (Score 1) 224

by JohnFen (#49331779) Attached to: $1B TSA Behavioral Screening Program Slammed As "Junk Science"

Sorry, but I do feel a little better knowing that some asshole can't walk in straight off of the street and get on the plane without some form of identification and property checks.

You couldn't do that even before the TSA bullshit started. I think the last time that was possible was the early 1970s.

Comment: Re:Security theater (Score 1) 224

by JohnFen (#49331741) Attached to: $1B TSA Behavioral Screening Program Slammed As "Junk Science"

If you travel that often, why haven't you signed up for the PreCheck program? It lets you go back to the pre 9/11 security screening procedure.

No, it doesn't. It just moves a lot of the intrusive, unnecessary searching into the electronic realm instead of the physical. Personally, I think this is the worst possible option. I won't touch precheck with a ten foot pole.

Comment: Re:Trojan horse (Score 1) 322

by JohnFen (#49284947) Attached to: Microsoft Offers Pirates Amnesty and Free Windows 10 Upgrades

So yes, it is FUD. It is FUD to tell people not to believe what Microsoft is saying now because you have imagined a future where they will suddenly force people to pay for their free product retrospectively. That really is the very definition of FUD.

This is correct, but it's FUD of Microsoft's own doing. Microsoft has a long and storied history of being less than honest, so it's entirely understandable that people will be looking for the "gotcha" in anything they say.

Comment: Meh (Score 1) 322

by JohnFen (#49284771) Attached to: Microsoft Offers Pirates Amnesty and Free Windows 10 Upgrades

I've been playing with Windows 10 for a while now, and it is pretty underwhelming in the sense that it is not significantly better than Windows 7. The only thing 10 really brings to the table is a handful of new "features" that don't benefit me (Cortana, etc.).

I won't be bothering to upgrade my Windows machines even for free.

Comment: Re:Somebody, perhaps, but not the NSA. (Score 1) 107

Vital systems should never, ever be connected to the internet in the first place. If the people running such systems would stop being complete idiots and disconnect from the internet, there would be no need for anything like a military-style response to "cyber" attacks.

Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.

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