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Comment: This guy is priceless (Score 5, Insightful) 404

by Rigel47 (#49121009) Attached to: NSA Director Wants Legal Right To Snoop On Encrypted Data

I mean, there are going to be some areas where we’re going to have different perspectives. That doesn’t bother me at all. One of the reasons why, quite frankly, I believe in doing things like this is that when I do that, I say, “Look, there are no restrictions on questions. You can ask me anything.”

Welcome to the new Amerika. Your possessions and money may be seized at any time via civil asset forfeiture, your communications are under constant surveillance, and now they want to make sure absolutely nothing can be kept private.

But, hey, so long as we're having "dialogue" (you'll do what you want anyways) and we have your permission to ask questions then it's all good.

Who really won the cold war?

Comment: Cost of business (Score 1) 247

by Rigel47 (#48884967) Attached to: Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times
As someone who gets 2-4 pre-recorded calls a day on his cell phone (that has been registered on DoNotCall) I have nothing but contempt and disdain for the FCC. If you look through their settlements page you'll see that in the rare instance they prosecute a case they invariably settle for whatever profits were made by the criminal. No jail time, no seizing of all personal assets. This is akin to making a thief put back what they stole as punishment. It's no wonder these robo-calling scum keep doing what they do.

What's galling is that the FCC prosecutors have their cases made for them. Hundreds if not thousands of people attest to having received calls from x number on x date promising x services by filing complaints at FCC.gov. It's a slam dunk. Yet the useless fucks are so ineffectual that the crooks have no reason not to keep trying.

Comment: Re:I live in Montgomery County, MD... (Score 1) 784

by Rigel47 (#48831023) Attached to: Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone
Were I in MD I would seriously start calling CPS every single time I saw a child by itself. Put up a public website with a log of reports made, including photo, and whether the CPS responded in time. Seriously, fuck these guys and their power trip. I'm surprised some of them haven't been shot given their intent to take people's children away.

Comment: Re:Apparently Not (Score 1) 59

by Rigel47 (#48819719) Attached to: Samsung In Talks To Acquire Troubled BlackBerry For $7.5 Billion
You may well just be a troll (your sig indicates such) but you're without a clue. BlackBerry is "close to death" with $3 billion in cash in the bank and positive cash flow in the last quarter? Yeah, revenue is taking a hit as Chen said it would but the guy is calmly executing on his plan.

Have you even tried a new BB10 phone? If you're more interested in productivity than Angry Birds it is the best phone out there bar none.

Comment: Can't say I bother anymore (Score 1) 41

by Rigel47 (#48741811) Attached to: FCC Revamps Customer Complaint System
I used to file complaints regularly with the FCC when I got bogus pre-recorded calls to my cell phone promising a free cruise or whatever. After years of doing this I've concluded the FCC straight up sucks at enforcement.

I'm sure if you ran an illegal 15 watt FM transmitter they'd spare no expense to find you but as to stopping these robo-calling dirtbags? Seems like they couldn't care less.

Comment: Tripe.. (Score 3, Informative) 180

by Rigel47 (#48714247) Attached to: 65% of Cancers Caused by Bad Luck, Not Genetics or Environment
Sure, anyone can get cancer no matter how healthily they live. But modern medicine is so absurdly and willfully blind to the role of nutrition that these conclusions can be largely dismissed by anyone who thinks for themselves.

Oh, hey, trace arsenic cuts breast cancer by FIFTY PERCENT.

What's that? Lithium in drinking water is also associated with a host of benefits? Say it ain't so..

Gee, getting some sunshine / vitamin D can lower risk of pancreatic cancer??

I could go on and on but what would be the point.. supplementation and the like is at best psuedo-science in the eyes of western medicine.. it's much more profitable to engage in "sick care" than to actually equip our bodies with the things it needs at some single percent of the cost.

Comment: Same tired old line (Score 3, Insightful) 33

by Rigel47 (#48551339) Attached to: The Rise of the Global Surveillance Profiteers

“There is a real question here about the public’s need for privacy and our need for security. If we come down 100 percent on the side of privacy, which seems to be in vogue in tech right now, we are putting ourselves at very legitimate risk. And to ignore that is foolhardy. I think, by and large, we and the other people who are protecting this software are working to keep people safe.”

Translation - STFU or the big bad terr'sts will come get you. We know what's best.

Same as Obama's mealy-mouthed "we need to balance civil liberties with our security." No, in point of fact, we don't. A whole lot of men died in the Revolutionary War specifically to give us independence and the bill of rights. Now the very same would-be guarantors of our "freedom" (as such) will trot out the "balance" argument to do whatever the fuck they want. And sadly we've become such a nation of distracted pussies we go along with it.

Comment: More than cash and cc (Score 4, Insightful) 375

by Rigel47 (#48502081) Attached to: The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming
Let's see.. things that won't be digitized anytime soon:
- drivers license
- gym card
- business card
- all those proximity reader entry cards for everything from zipcar to work
- work ID card
- subway / bus card
- discount / membership cards


Not to mention that my wallet never runs out of power or is otherwise rendered inoperable. Nor is my wallet susceptible to malware. As a bonus I can keep a stash of backup meds in my wallet in a little plastic container. It has a pleasant all-natural leather makeup that wears beautifully with time. And frankly it's a lot more dignified to have your amex clatter onto the bill at a fancy restaurant than it is to pull out your phone and beep-boop-beep up some app. As a side bonus at least some part of my life isn't under the NSA's review when I use cash.

Comment: Re:Bah hah hah (Score 1) 120

by Rigel47 (#48470975) Attached to: BlackBerry Will Buy Your iPhone For $550
So your argument boils down to "blackberries can be hacked if only anyone cared to." Which speaks nothing to the various government agencies that have given it the highest security certifications (pretty much all heads of state use blackberries) nor the reality that blackberry stakes its reputation on security whereas the other two contenders are "best effort" when it comes to security.

I agree that no systems is perfectly secure but your argument is specious at best.

Comment: If the FCC actually did its job (Score 2) 67

and weren't a complete waste of taxpayer money these robo calls would never happen. I have for YEARS been getting the same pre-recorded message call to my cell phone promising me to lower my credit card payment. Searching the internet shows hundreds of folks complaining about the same -- down to the very spoofed caller ID number. I've filed numerous complaints online at the FTC and yet fuck all happens.

I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning. -- Plato

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