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Comment The enabling technology, itself, is ridiculous. (Score 5, Insightful) 94

Of course the bug is worrisome, but then, I consider the setting that allows it—leaving AirDrop open to everyone—to be a pretty ridiculous personal security flaw. Making one’s phone readily available to connections from random sources for the sole purpose of file drops doesn’t sound like something that should make the least bit of sense to even the average user.

Comment Re:There are good reasons for gvt bureaucracy, rem (Score 1) 275

Wait a second. I don't mind paperwork.

In this case, Sergeant what's-his-name could look up prices for HDDs on Amazon, fill a form asking for 100 dollars to buy a larger HDD and 50 dollars to pay for installation services and be done with it.

Yeah, let that non-IT guy do the procurement process. I mean, how much worse can it get than what they’ve already done (implementing a critical system to run on a desktop) anyway?

Comment Re:For an alternative (Score 2) 581

But when someone wants to kick the soapbox out from under you and sell it for a profit because you have used it to attract a lot of attention there is no problem at all?

If you want your own soapbox, then buy your own soapbox. You seem to be writing about someone else’s soapbox, to which you have no actual right.

Comment Re:On the heels of the recent eBay data breach... (Score 1) 76

It exists. It's called a credit card

Ah, yes, a credit card, which I'll give to yet another vendor, which will then be responsible for securing my account data. That's certainly one idea, but I prefer to make my financial data readily available to as few vendors as possible. I much prefer to allow a trusted third party to take responsibility for assuring that my account data is protected— fewer potential points of risk, not more.

Comment Re:Books aren't special (Score 1) 211

affect: to act on; produce an effect or change
effect: to produce as an effect; bring about; accomplish; make happen

If you had bothered to read the definitions you referenced before posting the links, you would have realized that as defined, the first is a verb; the second, a noun.

If you'd bothered to read the links the AC posted (or, y'know, cracked open a dictionary sometime), you'd know that you're actually wrong. To be more specific:

verb (used with object)
to produce as an effect; bring about; accomplish; make happen

It would appear that reading really is fundamental.

Comment Re:That's too bad (Score 1) 107

It's all faux outrage for political expediency.

Absolutely. German politicos don't really care about this, because the existence of this particular type of spying is something they've always understood. For decades, all diplomats everywhere, if wise, have made the presumption that their unsecured lines are under surveillance by any number of different nations. The only reason they're pretending to care is because their naïve constituents apparently didn't know. They can't simply let the rabble go unanswered.

Comment Re:So when will the taxi drivers start protesting? (Score 1) 583

An example: The train you're on is running 30 minutes late, and you need a cab to get you to the day's last ferry, or you will have to wait until morning. That's when you'll really appreciate what a skilled cabdriver can do for you.

I fully understand what you mean by "skilled cabdriver." I have to walk/drive on the same roads as the aforementioned "skilled cabdrivers," and thus I direct you back to my previous post.

Comment Re:So when will the taxi drivers start protesting? (Score 2) 583

I have a perfect record getting people to the stations, sometimes needing to cut off a departing bus, or running up to a train to keep the doors from closing. An autonomous cab cannot do that (yet?).

God, I hope not. What the world really needs is less of that, not more.

Nonsense. Space is blue and birds fly through it. -- Heisenberg