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Comment: Worked for me. (Score 1) 36

When Virtual Happy Fun Ball suddenly accelerated toward my virtual child under 10 and my pregnant virtual wife, I nearly soiled myself. Fortunately, the virtual child absorbed most of the blow, otherwise the collision with my virtual would've caused a virtual miscarriage for sure. It's reaction with virtual concrete was, while beautiful, ultimately tragic, and led to Virtual Happy Fun Ball emitting large quantities of smoke from its exposed core. Mesmerized as I was by the display, I did not heed the warning to look away, seek shelter, and cover my head, and I paid the virtual price (lost all of my items and some experience.)

When I taunted Virtual Happy Fun Ball, well, let's just say that I'll never make that mistake again. Woe be unto any who taunt Virtual Happy Fun Ball.

Comment: Not one to call names (Score 5, Insightful) 201

by StikyPad (#49530401) Attached to: McConnell Introduces Bill To Extend NSA Surveillance

I'm not generally one to call people names, but Mitch "The Bitch" McConnell needs to sack up or shut up. I will admit, it takes a lot of bravery to willfully ignore potential surveillance information on principle when the costs could be high. Nobody's saying that surveillance can't work. But we're supposed to be the land of the brave, not the land of the Chicken Littles engaging in surreptitious and unconstitutional spying because we're worried that a couple of jihadists might attack us in what amounts to the existential equivalent of a stubbed toe.

Besides, I don't trust anything that hides inside it's own shell at the first sign of trouble. And God help us if he gets stuck on his back again.

Comment: Re:narcissistic spectrum personality disorder (Score 3, Insightful) 205

And has absolutely no disincentive for "number of convictions of people who are actually innocent."

That's the crux of the problem with our "justice" system -- neither side has an incentive to seek a just outcome. Judges basically just make sure everyone's name is on their paper and that nobody colors outside the lines.

Comment: Re:narcissistic spectrum personality disorder (Score 1) 205

Six months is a long time to be behind bars. Most people couldn't survive that financially. Some wouldn't survive it physically. We should be using community service far more than we do, especially for nonviolent crimes. It's not a "slap on the wrist," it's literally making the person compensate society, as opposed to using society's resources to exact sadistic revenge by putting someone in prison.

Comment: IANAL (Score 1) 205

But this only seems superficially better to me, and possibly worse.

"The proposed definition for âoeaccess without authorizationâ is: to obtain information on a computer that the accessor lacks authorization to obtain, knowingly circumventing technological or physical measures designed to prevent unauthorized individuals from obtaining that information."

The problem is with the word "knowingly," to say nothing of the lack of any standard for a technological authorization method. "Knowingly," is mens rea -- a criminal mind -- and SCOTUS is currently wrestling with two other terrible laws on this very subject. There's an excellent article on this subject over at The Atlantic. The problem is that these laws are vague, probably unconstitutionally so. It's legislative laziness and hand-waving. "Don't do that thing we can't exactly define but you know what we mean!"

If we want a dividing line for criminally accessing a device, and I would argue that we do, then it needs to be directly proportional to damages. Accessing a device is just trespassing, and that's a misdemeanor, and hardly ever worth prosecuting. Taking something of no value from a device is likewise a misdemeanor. Making a copy of something is speculative damages, but probably risks felony levels of damage. Destroying data, or a network, or hardware should definitely be a felony. The circumvention clause is totally irrelevant, and shouldn't even be there.

Comment: In other news... (Score 1) 228

by StikyPad (#49527487) Attached to: UK Police Chief: Some Tech Companies Are 'Friendly To Terrorists'

Some grocery stores are friendly to terrorists. These institutions are BLITHELY keeping these monsters alive, with no regard for the horrible acts they commit on a full stomach, or with what appears to be a full stomach. If not for these bastions of sin, we could weed out all of these evildoers without firing a single bullet, but for some reason, these nourishment dealers continue to peddle their wares to anyone who will show them a little green.

It's time we stand up and say ENOUGH! Think of the children, and God Bless the Greatest United Great States of Excellent America, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all, light on a hill, best. country. evar. Amen.

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