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Comment: Re:the government is kind of large (Score 1) 159

by Leekle2ManE (#36478362) Attached to: The Government's Gadget Habit
When I was stationed at a base in Kuwait back in '98, the recreation center had a number PS's and Nintendo 64's. There were also several computer games accessible through the base network (nothing like fragging the base commander in Quake 2 to lift your spirits) and a surprisingly extensive video library (though all VHS). Updating the systems to PS3s and XBoxes just makes sense in my book. I'm just a little surprised they haven't purchased more Zunes as this would give each remote base a virtual library soldiers could access without having to move a ton of books to each base.

Comment: Umm... (Score 1) 645

by Leekle2ManE (#36108042) Attached to: Sergey Brin: Windows Is "Torturing Users"
"But Chrome OS, by putting most of a user's applications and data on the Web with some offline capabilities... "

In the wake of the PSN/SOE hack (antiquity of security noted), wouldn't this be a huge red flag for ANY business?

"In tonight's news, hackers managed to infiltrate Google's network and copied hundreds of databases. Some of these databases are already showing up on Wikileaks."

--

"Simmons, where's our payroll report?"

"Sorry sir, but the Google network is still down from the hacker attack."

"That was two weeks ago!"

"Yes sir, they're still rebuilding their security systems. No ETA yet on when the network will be back up."

Comment: Re:reducing the BSA would generate the most jobs (Score 1) 361

by Leekle2ManE (#36107112) Attached to: BSA 2010 Piracy Report: $58.8 Billion
If it were possible for me to completely copy the entire recipe of that loaf of bread, replicate it and then give away the bread with minimal effort and at absolutely no cost to me thus putting the bakery that originally made the bread out of business, then yes, I would consider it wrong.

Comment: Re:Look at your own actions and stop justifying (Score 2) 361

by Leekle2ManE (#36107012) Attached to: BSA 2010 Piracy Report: $58.8 Billion
Uh oh. I think you made a mistake trying to bring morality into this. Not that I disagree with you. In fact, I do agree with you. But it's becoming more and more apparent that the idea of morals is waxing among today's generations. Especially among those in the online community. The moral compass of the average teen/20-something these days seems to work like Capt. Sparrow's, "Ooh, look. My moral compass points to what I want. So it must be right."

The idea of morality seems to be lumped as something that society deems how we should act, even though morality was in-part brought about by people who stood outside of early societies. And obviously, if society wants us to act a certain way, we must rage and resist and rebel without thought of whether what we're doing is morally right. Because, "Morality? Psh. Keep your moralities to yourself."

You can point your finger and call someone gutless for their baseless and thin justifications, but the simple fact is they don't and won't care. They're not going to take a deep, hard look at themselves in the mirror and question what they're doing. They're not going to make changes to their lives tonight, tomorrow or anytime in any foreseeable future. They feel justified and will continue to do so until they are actually held accountable. Which is not going to happen in an online environment.

Comment: Re:Not buying it the propoganda... (Score 2) 300

by Leekle2ManE (#35860984) Attached to: Iran Says Siemens Helped US, Israel Build Stuxnet
I find the claim that they traced it to Texas dubious as well. From what I recall of our (US) military/gov't comms, the most that Iran would have discovered is that the data trail led to a European or Arabian (Israel?) location where we have assets before the trail disappeared when it started bouncing off of secure (about three layers of cryptography) comm satellites. If they were able to trace the data trail through all the satellite jumps it would have led them to Virginia, SC, La or a number of other places other than... Texas. Granted, it's been over twelve years since I was involved in gov't comms, but I would think they would have made things easier since then.

Having said that, if there was a data trail to Texas, I wouldn't put it past some nutjobs in Texas trying something like this and thinking they were being patriotic. But the folks I have in mind wouldn't be working hand in hand with Israel either.

Comment: Re:Easy (Score 1) 316

by Leekle2ManE (#35752532) Attached to: Which Comic Character Is the Greatest Engineer?
Same here. TFA (or TFB? [blog]) states that Forge can make anything he can imagine and then says he only built a few things. Made me think the blogger just did a quick google search of Forge Inventions and left it at that. It's been ages since I collected, but I seem to recall Forge building items from practically nothing in a matter of moments to provide anything from simple structural supports to weaponry.

Comment: Re:Wrong power (Score 5, Funny) 284

by Leekle2ManE (#35443540) Attached to: DIY Laser Pistol Shoot 1MW Blasts
What he's saying is that at 1MW, it wouldn't shoot through just a razor, but probably through the wood behind the razor. And the bricks behind the wood. And the cinderblock wall behind the bricks. And the lead statue across the quad and the sign over the diner across the campus. Where he would stop for a burger.

Comment: Re:Copyright thugs rejoice! Bottom lines improved! (Score 1) 131

by Leekle2ManE (#35315608) Attached to: Australian Court Gives Green Light To Disconnect Pirates
I would have to disagree here. What you're saying is that Internet Service Providers should not be held accountable in any way, shape or form for how their service is used? Every service provider from Electrical to Transportation to Gas stations are responsible for monitoring how their services are used and reporting any illegal activities. But you're suggesting that not only should ISPs not have to monitor their services, but they should be rewarded if they allow their services to be used illegally.

I'm all for our internet freedoms. I don't think certain things on the internet should necessarily be illegal (God I miss acquiring old, hard-to-get singles via old Napster). I want our freedoms to remain intact. But I'm also aware of my responsibilities to keep it that way. And I think ISPs should hold some of that responsibility. If an ISP is willing to blindly allow their customers to use their services however they want, then that ISP should be willing to lose that customer if the service is used irresponsibly.

Comment: Re:Comodo Internet Security (Score 1) 896

by Leekle2ManE (#31526894) Attached to: What Free Antivirus Do You Install On Windows?
I would also suggest Comodo. I've been using it non-stop for almost 2 years now and I've been quite pleased with it. I have installed it on friends'/family's computers that had Norton or some other paid subscription AV and they're always amazed when Comodo picks up on a virus on their computer that their AV missed.

And every time it's been NAV, NAV has piped up AFTER Comodo found a virus, like it was saying "Oh yeah, I knew about that virus all along, I just didn't think you wanted to know about it."

Comment: Re:This is still no remedy... (Score 1) 311

by Leekle2ManE (#31521352) Attached to: Professor Ditches Grades For XP System
How long until the first spoiler sites show up with all the quest info?

And while this sounds rather inventive, if WoW quests (and those doing them) have shown me anything, this will only help to dumb down

"Travel along the road to the north tower and deliver this package the dwarf at the tower."

"Newb tells general, 'Where can I find the dwarf for this quest?'"
"Newb tells LocalDefense, 'Where can I find the dwarf for this quest?'"
"Newb whispers you, 'Do you know where I can find the dwarf for this quest?'"
"You whisper Newb, 'It's in the quest info, plain as day.'"
"Newb whispers you, 'Can you take me?'"
(The above hypothetical conversation was cleaned up for legibility. Actual conversations would require heavy deciphering.)

Comment: Re:Suicide? (Score 1) 1343

by Leekle2ManE (#31439436) Attached to: Accidental Wii Suicide
I'm all for stiff punishments. Heck, I think some of our punishments need to be stiffer. But this isn't a case where one is required. Punishment should be used not only to convict a single person of something but also as a deterrent to others.

Putting this guy in prison will do nothing but punish a guy and his family who are already being punished. And _IF_ he was convicted, it wouldn't make any difference in our society. It would not prevent one single accidental shooting in the future. This case and the results will be largely forgotten in a month's time when our next celebrity is making headlines over some scandal or another. Cases like this are "Oh, it would never happen in MY house". And no matter how severe you make the punishment for what has happened here, people will still live their lives with that thought in the head. "Oh, it would never happen in my house. Never." Blaming this guy for the accidental shooting would be just as effective as blaming Nintendo for making guns seem appealing to little 3 yr olds.

That being said, I think there should be an investigation into this. My kids are 4 and 6 and I think either one of them would have a a difficult time squeezing a trigger. In fact, I know my 6 yr old would since she had to have help squeezing the trigger of an unloaded .22 at a firing range. Judge me if you want, but I believe in education over avoidance.

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