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Comment: Re:Security Rehash Part Deux (Score 1) 82

Did the number of "users" drop because of the switch in tactics by the police, or did it drop along with the overall drop in crime? And did prostitution really drop at all, or did it just migrate from the street corner to escort services, craigslist and twitter? Not as black and white as you think.

Comment: Re:The Betrayal (Score 1) 364

by Dunbal (#49750699) Attached to: How Java Changed Programming Forever

While I only code as a hobby, I started with TRS-80's running BASIC (yeah I was the guy hogging the computers on demo at the Radio Shack near you!), did an official BASIC course at my high school before PC's went mainstream. Then I got into ASM, COBOL, Pascal and C, all self taught. After that I got a life.

But if you think about it languages are just different ways of doing exactly the same thing. If you know how what your code is doing to the machine, then you can program in any language - it's just a case of learning the new syntax. Unfortunately too many people think a language is like some arcane spell where the words have to be said just right or the Computer God gets angry.

Comment: Re:Security Rehash Part Deux (Score 1) 82

Remember when they stopped arresting prostitutes and targeted the John's ?

Yes that put a stop to prostitution all right. Er wait, what? What do you mean there's still prostitution?

It's one thing to try to come up with solutions. It's another to come up with solutions that actually work.

Comment: Re:Criminal liability ... (Score 2) 82

Agree 100% with your post. But it will never happen. No one wants to be the prosecutor/judge who put 10,000 people out of work. So we get slaps on the wrist and miniscule fines, and corporations just go on doing what they feel like doing with lipservice to laws that would easily have any one of us in jail serving consecutive sentences.

Comment: The lawyer? (Score 3, Insightful) 80

by Dunbal (#49744619) Attached to: Take Two Sues BBC Over Drama About GTA Development
From TFA: "The 90 minute feature will focus on the real life conflict between Rockstar President Sam Houser and the US lawyer ... Jack Thompson." Surely they mean the disbarred lawyer. He can't practice no mo'. While I agree he still has his JD even if he isn't allowed to use it at all, lawyer usually refers to someone who can actually practice law. It's not a title like say "doctor" is. While plenty of people go around calling themselves Dr. so and so, I don't remember anyone introducing himself as Laywer so and so. It's usually So and so, esquire...

Comment: Re:Backdoors for truth and justice! (Score 4, Insightful) 42

by Dunbal (#49740489) Attached to: How 1990s Encryption Backdoors Put Today's Internet In Jeopardy
Anyone using a back door is not a good guy in my book. Even if law enforcement thought this was a good idea - there are already established procedures and methods of putting someone in jail. Cops aren't allowed to break into your house when you're not home and search your stuff. Why should they be allowed to use a back door? Unless of course they have something to hide...

Comment: Re:Facebook is a honeypot (Score 1) 144

No, I have an account with facebook. The only problem is that it's a dog. None of my personal information is there. Only a picture of my dog, and a few stories about my dog. So all the data collected by the account, browsing history, tracking, etc, is all well and good. How the plan to market this however... how old am I? Where do I work? Why do I have a penchant for liking doggy things? Heck, what sex am I? Sure they can probably extrapolate that through my history. But at the end of the day if they want to sell my data, all they can show is that they have data on a dog, who they THINK is actually a person. Now, how much you do say you want to pay for that?

Of course they can always come after me for violating their TOS and close the account. Awww. And if they try any legal action I'm sure my lawyer will explain to them that dogs can't be expected to read and understand a TOS click-through...

Never buy what you do not want because it is cheap; it will be dear to you. -- Thomas Jefferson