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Comment: Re:Why the FBI thinks it's North Korea (Score 0) 317

credibility of a US TLA?

hang on...


(wait, you were serious??)

at this point, I would not trust any US TLA as far as I could throw them. they are all rotton to the core (or is that, corp?).

they have their own sets of laws, their own agendas, cannot be monitored by the citizens, have private budgets that we can't see (entirely) and, again, they are all above the law. they convince themselves that they are fighting the good fight, but power corrupts and they have too much power to be trusted.

the fbi says this or says that- yeah, right. they say things for their own reasons. this is not to be confused with The Truth.

I wish this was not the case. it would be so nice if we could trust our own enforcers. but as we have seen over the last few decades, they are as trustworthy as the thieves and bandits they are supposedly trying to stop.

its at the point where I can't tell the bad guys from the really bad guys ;(

but I'll never take the fbi (or cia, or nsa) word at face value. its like a salesman: how do you tell they are lying? their lips are moving.

Comment: Re:Sure... (Score 1) 317

Security IS a profit center, because it's part and parcel of actually doing everything that generates profit.

go look up (learn!) what profit center really means. clearly, you don't know, and you should not be acting like you know, either.

profit center is when you DIRECTLY generate revenue. security only does that for security vendors (firewall boxes, etc). your security team is a COST.

Comment: Re:Arrest increase because they're looking for it? (Score 1) 462

by TheGratefulNet (#48633873) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

it was all over the evening news

oh! so it must be true, then.

the evening news would not lie to us. they don't have an agenda. they don't keep 'in good' with the politicians and cops and judges and jailers and (and and and...). no, they report honestly and without fear. they expose bad actions of our government.

(wakes up).

wow, what a dream I just had.

Comment: Re:Enforcing pot laws is big business (Score 1) 462

by TheGratefulNet (#48633745) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

all of your post assumes that cops play fair and by the rules.

so, lets stop right here and call a spade a spade. cops break laws AT WILL. there's a famous meme, "I'm going to kick your ass... and get away with it!" and its more true than false, these days.

even if you are innocent, they can 'drop' whatever they want on you and make it stick. they can claim 'you went for a gun and I feared for my life' and kill you. a dead man makes no lawsuits.

they can steal your money and say 'we THINK it may have been used for drug deals' and now its up to you to prove a negative. GLWT.

Comment: Re:12 hour factory shifts? (Score 4, Informative) 191

by TheGratefulNet (#48630985) Attached to: Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

AFTER unions got torn apart, in the US, perhaps.

but in my grandfather's day (turn of the 1900's), they fought for better working conditions and this is where the 5-day work week came from, time and a half (or more!) for overtime and I remember my GF telling me that 'every 4 hours, they are required to let us eat'. even today, at my 'cushy IT job' I don't get a food break every 4 hours. not that I need it, but its a thing that we once had and lost due to 'those evil unions' (sigh).

so, conditions were horrible in the US, we fought to make them more human-like and we won.

then, we lost them ALL. pretty much all of it.

cops and other groups have unions and no one says a word about it. but if IT guys or factory guys want to have a union, its 'hey, why do you hate america' and shit like that.

if my GF was still alive, he'd be furious for the things he and his peers fought for and yet we let drift away over the years.

Comment: Re:The joke could be on them (Score 1) 580

by TheGratefulNet (#48623279) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

it would KILL the uber capitalism company known as sony to give ANYTHING away for free.

they'd go out of business first.

(well, lets all hope...)

but waiting for sony to do anything good for anyone BUT sony is like waiting for the 2nd coming of jesus. neither is gonna happen.

Comment: Re:black DNS? (Score 2) 378

by TheGratefulNet (#48617595) Attached to: Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

uhm, regular old dotted quads (ip addrs) work fine and cannot be 'taken down' since they are not lookup based but topology based.

and even with ip alias and redirects, a dotted quad can be just about as good as a dns name. better, in some ways, since it cant' be faked like a name can, and does not require another fetch for the name->ipaddr lookup.

Comment: Re:If you point the camera on a politician.. (Score 4, Insightful) 440

by TheGratefulNet (#48609281) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

if you point a camera or mic at any of us, sooner or later we'll all be guilty of some crime on the books.

its by-design, too. have so many laws that, if 'the man' wants to come after you, there is always a reason he can find.

THIS is why it should not be allowed. plus, well, its NOT the kind of world we would want to live in. we get the world we want, and do we (as a people, human beings) want to live in a world where this is allowed to happen?

we better stop this invasive spying shit. its already gone on more than it should. will we, as a people, have the wisdom and forsight to stop this before we truly become an orwellian society, in every literal sense of the word?

Comment: Re:If "Steps" are Facebook Privacy Controls... (Score 2) 53

there's a lot more to 'the internet' than port 80 and 443, my friend.

most of us don't care so much about port 80.

we DO care about email and voip, though. there used to be the concept of privacy and security there (more or less) but now, the cat is out of the bag and all data is now sniffable and loggable.

(I wonder if you are done with your childish laughing attack?)

Comment: Re:The Pirate Bay (Score 5, Insightful) 302

by TheGratefulNet (#48606515) Attached to: The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

other shoe: the 'content' owners think that they should get a forever return on the sale/rental of the content.

the duration started out reasonable but they decided to BREAK THE COVENANT and since they feel they can break rules at-will and pay to have custom laws made for them, I concluded they are acting in bad faith and any contract where the other party is in bad faith is nullified.


so, they get what they wanted. a content 'war'. one that they can't possibly win.

fuck, THEY started it. they escalated it. we're just trying to give them a bit of their own medicine. maybe next time they'll respect the rule of law and not mickeymouse around with the protected duration (see what I did there?)

to have a law respected, both sides have to respect it. since that doesn't happen, well, we have what we have today.

aka "what goes around, comes around'.

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