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Comment: Re:Someone actually is using a printing press? (Score 1) 398

by RoTNCoRE (#46140789) Attached to: Press Used To Print Millions of US Banknotes Seized In Quebec

The real danger is the refugee flow, which would be very destabilizing for the whole region. You do not want a war in North Korea, and NEVER trust anyone who tells you a war will be over in a matter of weeks and will change the government structure seamlessly. You should know how that went last time.

Comment: Digitize and make free (Score 1) 168

by RoTNCoRE (#46025281) Attached to: Canadian Health Scientists Resort To Sneaker Net After Funding Slashed

This is why all of this needs to be digitized and made freely available online - so it cannot be controlled or contained. Information is power. How big would the torrent for all of it? The scientists should band together, home build book scanners, and seed away. All the tools for information freedom are now at hand, use them!

Comment: Re:Come to the UK and learn about real journalism (Score 1) 376

by RoTNCoRE (#45601257) Attached to: Fearing Government Surveillance, US Journalists Are Self-Censoring

But you still posted AC. And he may have chosen a British paper, the journalist lives in Brazil - incidentally a target country for NSA and CSEC spies. Let's not forget that the British press has ongoing trials for phone hacking. And the sheer number of cameras in public places. And what happened to Jean Charles de Menezes after 7/7/2005. And that the British government is trying very hard to go after journalists for publishing Snowden leaks, pursuing terrorism charges, and Cameron has been publicly warning the press. And there's the whole smashing Guardian hard drives incident. Not quite my flavour of freedom...

Comment: Re:Futility of certain laws (Score 1) 550

Number of major hijacking or jumbo jets flown into a building since locked cabin doors and passengers knew new protocol was fight to the death (and TSA if you are failing with correlation = causation): 0
Number of hijackings that happenED when private industry did airport security WITHOUT LOCKED CABINS: 0

Amount of rights violated, colostomy bags spilled, breast milk consumed under threat, tax dollars wasted, spouses and children groped, passengers and staff irradiated, ex-Homeland Security Secretaries enriched, porno scanners bought and scrapped, planes successfully boarded with explosives or weapons since TSA inception?: Far >0.

Comment: Re:Best Buy (Score 1) 385

by RoTNCoRE (#45412553) Attached to: How Blockbuster Could Have Owned Netflix

But for how long? Technology retailers and manufacturers have a huge money sink in the inventory required to support brick and mortar retail operations. One store sells out, another has 10 units that they can't move for whatever reason (demographics, poor location, the minimum wage employee couldn't be bothered to find it etc.). Amazon can consolidate all the supply in their warehouses, cross ship between them for little cost based on economies of scale in shipping, and all the inventory is available to all customers. Couple that with the fast life cycle of tech - laptops as an example are 3 lines annually - and consider that all the unsold stock needs to be cleared out. Discounts are challenged by the same inefficiencies in retail, BB and their ilk need to discount deeper to sell the outgoing stock to counter the inefficiencies, and further discount demo models and pay for signage changes, etc.

This is exactly why you are seeing manufacturers opening branded showroom stores - Apple, Microsoft, Sony, (Tesla in the car world) - because they can execute better than the traditional retailers/dealers, and most often aren't willing to invest in the same caliber of displays in stores like BB where they don't have full control. The retailers can't, because the margins are too tight. The multi-brand house bricks and mortar retailer for tech is being squeezed out as the middle man - matching Amazon pricing they will be losing money from all the background costs. Unless they can sell enough warranty extensions to cover the difference, they are circling the drain - and Apple squeezed them out there too!

Comment: Re:Towel for that egg, Barry? (Score 1) 499

by RoTNCoRE (#45400909) Attached to: How 3 Young Coders Built a Better Portal To

Bang on. CGI hasn't been looked at closely enough on this. Peel back the curtain on the level of lobbying they do or have done for this.

In Canada, they were responsible for our now cancelled (although Quebec - CGI's home province - keeps fighting in court to reinstate their own) gun registry database and systems contract. It was promised to us by our government to cost $2 million. Later audit determined the true cost to be closer to $2 Billion, with an upkeep of $2M annually. That is for a country with a smaller population than California, or with a generously estimated 10M guns, a taxpayer paid cost of $200 per gun, with additional upkeep costs annually. Amid all this, they donated generously to the Canadian Association of Police Chiefs, who were some of the loudest public supporters of the registry, despite being unable to give an example of one crime that the registry had prevented.

I can only imagine the cost overruns for a program like the one that the US is trying to build with a partner like CGI.

Comment: Re:Blame it on the Kiwis. (Score 1) 165

by RoTNCoRE (#45289859) Attached to: Spy Expert Says Australia Operating As "Listening Post" For US Agencies

My alternative - read the Constitution. Follow it. Tear up the Patriot Act. Shift all NSA funding into infrastructure. Have a national, single payer health care system. All government employees earning more than 6 figures at any point in their career sign an agreement similar to a non-compete, where they cannot move into a private sector job that in any way is awarded contracts or funds, or else their new employer will suffer hefty conflict of interest fines. Enforce it.

You don't have to know where you are going to know you can't stay on the road you are on, and astroturfing someone who is rightly angry because they don't have all the alternatives for you is intellectually lazy.

Comment: Re:Well that's new (Score 2) 242

by RoTNCoRE (#45188859) Attached to: NSA Hacked Email Account of Mexican President

Why does censorship have to be official? When it becomes well known that all communications are being sucked up, self censorship quite quickly happens, sources and journalists have to go to extremes most people cannot (recent examples demonstrate this, Snowden fleeing to Russia) to remain safe. What we have now is far more insidious and intractable than an overt war. That you see the current situation as demonstrating liberty winning is perfect example of the double speak and mental gymnastics required to continue the charade.

The other difference between a conventional war and the civil liberty limitations are that victory and an endpoint were defined. The threat from the outside enemy was bigger than the restrictions on liberties. Now, victory is undefined: terrorism isn't going to stop, I am far more likely to be impacted directly and negatively by pervasive spying than a terrorist attack. If you asked me if I would prefer a little more risk of terrorism vs. the spying, I'd take the terrorism, thanks, and maybe some of the funding from the NSA applied to health care and poverty mitigation initiatives to really save lives. Stop being an apologist for the growing police state.

Comment: Re:British police rarely carry weapons (Score 1) 292

by RoTNCoRE (#45136657) Attached to: British Police Foil Alleged Mall Massacre Copycat Plot

No, criminals acquire guns because they cannot dial law enforcement when someone commits what would be a crime against the law abiding section of society against them, so a black market version of law enforcement is needed within their world to fill the void.

Handguns by their nature are concealable, so it is highly unlikely that you will see them unless you or someone near you is in immediate danger. Hiking in the Rockies I haven't seen a mountain lion or a Grizzly, but I don't delude myself by thinking they must not be there.

The issue is much more complex than availability of guns to legal owners. The US has a border on the north and south with major illicit drug exporters (Canada - synthetics and pot, and Mexico). They have a huge demand partially driven by socioeconomic factors. The government treats illicit drugs like a war (rather than treating addiction as a disease/symptom), so the opposition gears up for one. The cops roll around in tanks and paramilitary gear, so the other side tries to do the same. There is no safety net. Drug addicts don't get health care access like they do in single payer systems, and better addiction therapy is only for paying clients.

"Life sucks, but it's better than the alternative." -- Peter da Silva