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Comment: Re: 65536 (Score 1) 245

Actually, Rolex and a lot of others care deeply about that. In Italy, the Guardia Finanzia has units financed by Gucci, D&G, et al. that go after counterfeiters from the top on down to chasing street peddlers. It's all about how much you care about your reputation.

Comment: Re:Oh rearery? (Score 1) 236

>That said, reprisals are a terrible idea.

Who needs reprisals? They're stuck in North Korea. What could be worse? The Dear Leader is a bat-shit crazy reincarnation of Stalin. Half the country is starving to death. Even if your are relatively well off, you could be taken out and shot any minute, and every known relative of yours hauled off to a camp for generations.

Comment: Re:What are they going to do? (Score 1) 230

Yes, because the terrifying North Korean hit squads will nuke the theatre in Whitefish, Montana as soon as the movie starts. They will also hit every other theatre in the US at the same time. Since there are maybe two movie theaters in all of PRNK, they probably think it's the same here.

Comment: Re:Knowledge is the solution (Score 5, Informative) 1051

You do not have a personal freedom to infect others with Yellow Fever, Tuberculosis, Typhoid, or Cholera. Isolation of infectious or potentially infectious individuals has long been the duty of government pubic health programs. The fact that these and others have largely been controlled through vaccination programs and/or improved public sanitation (also a government program) has let people forget the dangers that exist. I am old enough to remember when public places like swimming pools and libraries were closed in the summer due to polio outbreaks (thank you Jonas Salk.) So, while you have a right to risk your children's lives by not vaccinating them, you do not have a right to risk my grandchildren's lives by sending them to public school.

Comment: Won't Last (Score 1) 184

by Kozar_The_Malignant (#48578577) Attached to: Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?
I remember when this was fairly common in the late 90s. It got dropped, because it slowed the line to a crawl. "Turn it on" meant waiting for Windows and the usual overhead of HP or Dell bloatware to load before you could shut it off. Few people would hibernate one of those things, because it usually locked up and/or crashed. These days, I get pre-check about 75% of the time, and never even open my computer bag.

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