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Comment: Re:older generation is totally clueless about tech (Score 4, Interesting) 135

by Dunbal (#49757711) Attached to: NSA-Reform Bill Fails In US Senate

The poster thinks that being knowledgeable about tech is knowing your memes and posting selfies of yourself regularly. I could ask my 20 year old millenial daughters how they think their phones/laptops work if you want an example of "clueless". Being a crack addict does not confer knowledge of plant alkaloids or even botany.

On the other hand people who aren't clueless about tech (and the disturbing direction it's headed in) will voluntarily use as little tech as possible...

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) 380

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) 81

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...

"You're a creature of the night, Michael. Wait'll Mom hears about this." -- from the movie "The Lost Boys"