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Comment: Re:I'm shocked! (Score 3, Insightful) 235

I'm not.

This isn't McCarthyism, this is the what you get when you're "tough on crime."

Ironically, being "tough on crime" means having a lot of counter productive law enforcement policies and having the law enforcement organizations themselves turn into basically rogue agencies with zero accountability.

It's the effect of the Willie Horton ad to hyperbolic degrees.

No one wants to be known as the Guy Who Let Bad Things Happen.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 468

Which is why I couched my comment with YMMV.

Some onboard sound aren't rigged to do digital audio. In which case, sure, spend a few bucks and get a cheap 30 dollar USB or Firewire sound card and get a digital audio out.

For most people who listen to some music, maybe watch some(or a lot) of netflix/YouTube, etc.? Most on board solutions will be fine.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 468

If you don't care about audiophile level audio quality, and if you're not a DJ, audio engineer or other professional who relies on excellent sound support, then yes, onboard audio is Good Enough*. Most people won't even notice odd lag or drops. They just want to listen to music or watch Netflix or YouTube and get on with their days.

* Again, YMMV. Crappy drivers not withstanding though; that's an extremely good point. However, I haven't lived in the Windows world in almost 10 years so, I really don't know what that's like anymore. </smugMacBastard>

Comment: Re:Bitcoin isn't money but it's still a financial (Score 1) 132

also if you're pulling out tens of thousands of dollars of cash out of the bank, that gets flagged as suspicious. or cashing extremely large checks. or doing business in straight cash transactions for large(ish, relative to individual use) sums...

Comment: Re:Failsafe? (Score 1) 464

The Failsafe? Don't release it as a real product.

In *concept* this sounds really stupidly cool. Everyone on /. has pointed out why it's not so great in reality.

However, if anyone were stupid enough to do this in reality, they're also now looking to pay for the patent licensing rights...

Remember everyone, this is a *patent filing*. Not a product announcement. Then again no one pays attention to that warning when it turns out Apple has patented some kind of solid aluminium time travel device and iPhone case so why should we start now?

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