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Comment: From the Ask Zelda column: (Score 4, Funny) 77

by SailorSpork (#46440069) Attached to: The NSA Has an Advice Columnist

You and your co-workers could ask [the supervisor] for a team meeting and lay out the issue as you see it: “We feel like you don’t trust us and we aren’t comfortable making small talk anymore for fear of having our desks moved if we’re seen as being too chummy.” (Leave out the part about the snitches.) Tell him how this is hampering collaboration and affecting the work, ask him if he has a problem with the team’s behavior, and see what he says. Encourage him to come directly to the employee in question if he has a concern (rather than ask a third party to gather intel for him).

Trust is hard to rebuild once it has been broken. Your work center may take time to heal after this deplorable practice has been discontinued, but give it time and hopefully the open cooperation you once enjoyed will return.

Ironic, Big Brother.

Comment: Oh, Facebook (Score 1) 462

by SailorSpork (#46245363) Attached to: Facebook Debuts New Gender Options, Pronoun Choices
If you can make it this easy for people to share who they share their gender preferences with, why can't you let me customize which advertisers and apps can and can't see what portions of my data, my friends list, and can post on my behalf? I guess I will continue to not like anything on Facebook and not use apps.

Comment: Re:I've always wondered that about antihistamines (Score 5, Interesting) 351

by SailorSpork (#46035153) Attached to: Fighting the Flu May Hurt Those Around You

Yes, but sometimes it's over responsive. In this case, allergies. The only true long-term healthy solution to allergies is to physically move somewhere else; even if that means another city/state/country.

Or allergy tolerance shots. I get injected every week with a dose of what I am allergic to, in order to slowly build up my allergen tolerance and lower the amount of drugs I need to control my symptoms. It's to the point where I can now have pets!

Comment: And how will they impose this tax? (Score 4, Informative) 59

by SailorSpork (#45951873) Attached to: Japan To Tax Online Sales Of Foreign-Made Content
The reason consumers are buying digital merch from other countries is because it is cheaper. Entertainment moguls have an even tighter stranglehold on Japan's entertainment business and pricing than even the RIAA in the US and prices for music, movies, games, etc are all much higher, on the order of 50-100% higher. If you try buying a song in the Japan iTunes store for instance, a song that is 99 cents or $1.29 in the US app store is ~$2 in Japan.

So I'm sure what the Japanese people are doing, as an example, is switching their iTunes "home" location to another country and buying iTunes cards from those countries, saving costs and getting equivalent merchandise.

This scheme does not make for easy tracking and taxation on the Japanese side...

Comment: Re:Harder than killing him... (Score 3, Informative) 520

by SailorSpork (#45304759) Attached to: Gunman Opens Fire At LAX
According to TFA, he was shot in the chest multiple times before being taken into custody. I don't think bringing him in alive was their top priority, but I agree that it is unusual and will be interesting to hear what he claims his motives were rather than piecing it together by scraping it off of his Facebook page and his Guns 'R Us receipts.

Comment: Story leaves out important bits (Score 5, Informative) 771

by SailorSpork (#44513835) Attached to: Encrypted Email Provider Lavabit Shuts Down, Blames US Gov't
Also from the front page:

What’s going to happen now? We’ve already started preparing the paperwork needed to continue to fight for the Constitution in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. A favorable decision would allow me resurrect Lavabit as an American company.

This experience has taught me one very important lesson: without congressional action or a strong judicial precedent, I would _strongly_ recommend against anyone trusting their private data to a company with physical ties to the United States.

Ladar Levison
Owner and Operator, Lavabit LLC

Defending the constitution is expensive! Help us by donating to the Lavabit Legal Defense Fund here.

He leaves a link to donote to their legal defense fund. In other words, he's still fighting it, but in secret shadow court.

Comment: Re:What about games (Score 1) 373

by SailorSpork (#44510097) Attached to: Hybrid Hard Drives Just Need 8GB of NAND
What this means is that "Gamers are not normal users," and they can cost-save their standard line by going from 7200 to 5400 and charge the same, and create a new Gamer/High Performance line and charge a lot more for it, if they aren't already doing that, while eliminating the lower-tier 7200 line that was doing "good enough" for most Gamers or high end users.

In other words, if you like 7200 cheap drives, buy one now or hope that competition won't follow suit.

Money is the root of all wealth.