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Comment: Re:I think the reason is a misunderstanding (Score 1) 257

by OzPeter (#48947087) Attached to: The NSA Is Viewed Favorably By Most Young People

What they meant is that they like casual sex. "No Strings Attached", usually abbreviated "nsa", is, at least according to wikipedia, "an expression for casual sex often used in personal ads."

Well given that the NSA is fucking the country over with NSA like behaviors, then confusing the NSA with NSA is appropriate.

The end result of too much NSA NSA is that other countries look at businesses in the USA and say "eeewe .. I'm not going to bed with you now .. look at all that NSA history you have".

Comment: Re:VMWare is worth the money (Score 0) 269

by OzPeter (#48941031) Attached to: VirtualBox Development At a Standstill

After struggling with VirtualBox for a while, I broke down and bought VMWare.

I've never had any real problems with running VBox under OSX. I used to run VMware workstation on a windows laptop, but I always felt that the VMware OSX offerings were a lot less featured than the windows products. That, the VMware workstation licensing costs and the fact that the VBox application is basically the same on Windows and OSX drove me to VBox.

If I had the money lying around I would use VMware, but VBox does the minimum of what I need it to do.

Comment: Re:My best guess... (Score 1) 473

by OzPeter (#48934443) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When and How Did Europe Leapfrog the US For Internet Access?

From an economics viewpoint, I'd agree with the wacko talk show host. I don't think the national government shouldn't be in the Telco business.

If the telcos are national, then you need a national level body that can deal with their shit. A bunch of jumped up states aren't going to able to protect the interests of the th national population.

Comment: Re:My best guess... (Score 4, Insightful) 473

by OzPeter (#48934185) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When and How Did Europe Leapfrog the US For Internet Access?

For a lot of stuff, we just get angry if the government spends money to build/repair a bridge.

Yesterday I was listening to a right wing talk show host on the radio who was letting us all know what he thought government should be for, and how the US government was so crap. The first bullet point on his list was "starting wars", the second was "Protecting us from bad guys".

Comment: Re:Population Densi.. stop asking dumb questions! (Score 4, Insightful) 473

by OzPeter (#48934081) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When and How Did Europe Leapfrog the US For Internet Access?

the economies of scale due to the US population density distribution and having to lay new mediums to connect made it not economical.

This is just total ignorant BS. I have pointed out before that Tokyo has a way smaller population density that NYC, yet Tokyo shits all over NYC for access speed. The market in NYC has a need that is not being fulfilled and lack of population density is not the reason why.

Comment: Re:For all of you USA haters out there: (Score 4, Interesting) 368

by OzPeter (#48931033) Attached to: Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

Not requiring an "encryption chip" itself shouldn't be something we're proud of

The funny thing is that last year I my latest Amex card came with a chip, and so far the only place that I have actually used it is at Walmart of all places.

And when I did use it, the attendant came running over and tried to convince me that I needed to swipe the card rather than poke into the chip-reading hole - even though when I first swiped it, the POS terminal recognized that I had a chipped card and told me that I needed to poke the card into the chip-reading hole.

Comment: Re:I see what you did there. (Score 1) 152

by OzPeter (#48913561) Attached to: DEA Cameras Tracking Hundreds of Millions of Car Journeys Across the US

And any pretense of the 4th amendment no longer being completely shat upon is pretty much gone.

This was already establish by the 100 mile border zone - which conveniently also covers pretty well all of the US population.

The Constitution in the 100-Mile Border Zone

Comment: And in other news drug smugglers fight back (Score 3, Interesting) 152

by OzPeter (#48913233) Attached to: DEA Cameras Tracking Hundreds of Millions of Car Journeys Across the US

You can get "trusted traveler" status in order to reduce the time it takes to cross the border. Less checks, faster throughput - what's not to love? Even the drug smugglers love it as they have been targeting such travelers and attaching packets of drugs via magnets to the bottoms of said travelers cars. And to make it really helpful for the smugglers, the DEA used to issue decals for the windshield - thus making it really easy to target the travelers.

Smugglers using unwitting drivers to carry drugs from Mexico

Comment: Re: There are still contingency plans (Score 1) 308

I see your M-1 Tank and raise you asymmetrical warfare.

The out-gunned side takes more casualties but always wins in the end...

It all depends if the non-outgunned side cares about pacifying or wiping out the outgunned side. Why did the japs surrender when only a comparatively small number died at Hiroshima and Nagasaki? They were outgunned and could have taken on asymmetrical warfare and cause all kinds of hell for the allies.

Anyway, the M-1 was a facetious reference to the fact that the military has an assorted range of larger and more deadly toys than an AR-15

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