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Comment: Re: Disgusting. (Score 1) 669

by Steve B (#49537081) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

Is the world safer?

Yes. The revelations, and public reactions to them (the real public reaction as expressed in the marketplace, not whatever jaw-flapping occurs in response to some inane telemarkepollster call) have led to security improvements. The fact that it has also led to the entertaining spectacle of useless bureaucrats running around pissing and moaning and whining and generally making fools of themselves in public is just a bonus.

Comment: Re:Disgusting. (Score 1) 669

by Steve B (#49536949) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

You make it sound like it's a good thing. I hate that stuff, and I personnaly don't think that legalizing a substance that distorts reality, that can make you a veggie and slowly destroys your ability to have fun without it is just a way to make a whole generation less intelligent than the one before.

Maybe so, but having a dozen Al Capones and a legion of Al Capone wannabes slinging lead willy-nilly turned out to be a greater evil.

Comment: Re:That's his job! (Score 1) 228

by Steve B (#49527583) Attached to: UK Police Chief: Some Tech Companies Are 'Friendly To Terrorists'
The problem is that I don't believe his implicit statement about what exactly his job is. He wants us to think that it's all about catching Bad People who are pretty much universally recognized as such; the reality is that it keeps extending to personal and political opponents of the people in power.

Comment: I'm Sorry That I Got Caught (Score 1) 228

by Steve B (#49527417) Attached to: UK Police Chief: Some Tech Companies Are 'Friendly To Terrorists'

Snowden has created an environment where some technology companies are less comfortable working with law reinforcement

No, dickweed, YOU created an environment where some technology companies are less comfortable working with law reinforcement by abusing your privileges.

Comment: Re: For work I use really bad passwords (Score 1) 136

by Steve B (#49479567) Attached to: Cracking Passwords With Statistics
If you have a global auto-type key set (Ctrl-Alt-A by default), you can get KeePass to autotype your username and password. The details can be fiddly (especially for site where they have some weird notion that forcing you to load a new page between entering username and entering password enhances security somehow), but it generally works if you have the URL field filled out in the individual KeePass entries.

Comment: Re:Hero? (Score 1) 489

by Steve B (#49437877) Attached to: The Courage of Bystanders Who Press "Record"

Holding a camera and recording video while in no direct danger does not make someone a hero. I don't think it means what you think it means.

Under these circumstances, it certainly does. The perpetrator cop showed by his behavior that for him the police uniform is just another set of gang colors. Photographing a gang-banger doing something the gang-banger would prefer to be kept secret is dangerous for obvious reasons.

Comment: Re:Systemic and widespread? (Score 1) 489

by Steve B (#49437767) Attached to: The Courage of Bystanders Who Press "Record"

I know what the groupthink around here is, but "...now, because of videos, we are seeing just how systemic and widespread it is" is an expression of a preconceived notion, not a valid inference from data.

It's an inference derived from newly available evidence, which is the exact opposite of a preconceived notion.

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