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Comment: Re:Dear Michael Rogers, (Score 1) 406

by Kasar (#49124485) Attached to: NSA Director Wants Legal Right To Snoop On Encrypted Data
Barring having billions to "donate" to a campaign, there isn't a lot that can be done. I voted for Johnson last time, I didn't vote for Barr the time before because he came across as a GOP washout just looking for a home to me so I skipped that ballot choice since NOTA is not there.

I voted against every incumbent in other national races, with the belief that whatever those in office were doing now was wrong or at least not enough to change anything and it was time for something different.

Comment: Re:Bad idea (Score 1) 385

by Kasar (#48862819) Attached to: FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN
In the old Wired article about the NSA archives and eventual decryption of everything they could gather, they mentioned seeing every stock trade and business deal. Lots of insider information to be had by public employees. If they get their way as they have with server access, they could watch everything without even logging their presence, leaving no trail to explain their futures market or stock trade wizardry.

Comment: Re:Nostalgic for Windows 7? (Score 1) 640

by Kasar (#48848437) Attached to: Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7
Mac administration is different, since the network administration you refer to isn't there, but they have their upsides.
Nothing beats target booting and other simple functions like just copying a system drive from one machine to another without needing other software. In a lab, one machine down can be reimaged with just a firewire cable connected to a working Mac.

I found it pretty easy to maintain several hundred, though they were still the minority of the workstations and I didn't like them so much as to buy one myself.

Comment: Re: Math author dies rich... (Score 3, Informative) 170

by Kasar (#48639727) Attached to: Calculus Textbook Author James Stewart Has Died
You wouldn't want people studying Calculus in 2014 from a 1998 book. It would obviously be outdated with all that has changed.
I mean there was the... umm.. and the...

Really though, the last ethics class I took required an e-book with a 3 use license and six month expiration that cost $130. So, after six months, there is no access to the material at all, like a returned library book without even the value of a paper-bound book that could be burned for warmth.

Comment: Re:I understand the FAA's position... (Score 1) 222

by Kasar (#47843925) Attached to: FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters
Border patrol in Washington has been using 10,000-pound Predator-B unmanned aircraft with 950-mile coverage ranges for a while, perhaps they don't need to be certified like the insignificant masses. The northern border patrolled from Washington to North Dakota was the claim in Congress in 2012. I only remembered because of a story that farmers were getting annoyed by the low-flying drones with lights and noises disturbing their cattle at night.

Comment: Re:We Are All Under Suspicion Now (Score 1) 232

by Kasar (#47669401) Attached to: Fugitive Child Sex Abuser Caught By Face-Recognition Technology
The presumption of guilt is valid, with an unnumbered quantity of federal laws on the books it is commonly posed that every person over 18 years of age in the US is guilty of some federal crime. As has been the case in many totalitarian nations, someone just needs to point someone out and let the federal police figure out what they can be charged with.

Comment: Re:Do you have any hands-on experience ? (Score 1) 667

by Kasar (#47498071) Attached to: Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17
You don't really expect people who are flying internationally on holiday to accept delays due to some poor people fighting over something. There are the people who get involved in such things, then there are those who fly over them and are supposed to be untouched.
Perhaps if conflicts and wars interrupted flight schedules and inconvenienced more people there would be less of them.

"Mr. Watson, come here, I want you." -- Alexander Graham Bell