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Comment: Re:"Accidentally" (Score 4, Informative) 455

by TheReaperD (#47777377) Attached to: Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

Though I can see your point, there are becoming more incidences either in fact or just in reporting of police officers behaving badly and lying to cover it up. I'm referring in general, not any specific case at the moment. One police department that has the mandatory cameras for officers and the police chief actually enforces it had a huge drop (88%) in citizen complaints and incidents where violence was used (60%). This makes a iron clad case for police cameras.

Plus sadly, this is where Google is correct. Privacy is dead. Any illusion of privacy we still have is just that, and illusion.

Comment: Re:"Accidentally" (Score 1) 455

by TheReaperD (#47777291) Attached to: Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

One of the simple ways to deal with this is have backup cameras and let the officers know that if their camera is off they are not on duty (and not getting paid!) and do not have the authority of a police officer. Exemptions need to be made for events where the officer was engaged in a struggle, vehicle accident, etc. where failure of the camera is expected, of course.

Comment: Re:Mandatory panic! (Score 1) 421

by TheReaperD (#47738375) Attached to: South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

No kidding, they would have locked up my writing partner and me in high school and thrown away the key! Our english teacher lovingly referred to us as the Jeffery Dahmer society. ...and our papers were no longer read aloud in the class. But, we still got high grades on them for creativity so I had to give the teacher a lot of respect. Plus, he didn't do anything stupid like this idiot teacher did.

Comment: Re:Fleeing abusive companies? (Score 1) 257

by TheReaperD (#47735537) Attached to: When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

What's ironic about this is Stalinist "communism" and modern American "capitalism" are identical in this respect (only). The common people are allowed to vote but, they are only allowed to vote on options that do not challenge the currently accepted system. It's wrong no matter what label you put on it. If people are not allowed to vote at the polls for real change then eventually they'll vote for change with their weapons of choice.

Comment: Just until the news cycle moves on... (Score 4, Informative) 274

by TheReaperD (#47540263) Attached to: Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

This is just until the news cycle finds its next shinny bloodbath and moves on. Once that happens, then Verizon will slap the bandwidth cap on all the time in every place. They're just trying to find a way to annoy these people into changing plans or switching to another provider without it making front page news.

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 4, Insightful) 195

by TheReaperD (#46201387) Attached to: Is Whitelisting the Answer To the Rise In Data Breaches?

Though most, if not all of us, know what whitelisting is, I do prefer they explain it rather than assuming we know it. I've ran across too many articles in the past that assumed I knew some piece of information when I didn't. Sure, I can look it up but, that's annoying when your just trying to read "news." Though this is a site for "nerds", that is a broad term. There's computer nerds, science nerds, comic nerds, etc. Now, the passing it off as new... I've got nothing; that's just lame.

Comment: Re:Do it in ROM (Score 3, Insightful) 195

by TheReaperD (#46201365) Attached to: Is Whitelisting the Answer To the Rise In Data Breaches?

Sadly, the worst problem for system security is humans. If you required the flipping of a physical switch then malware would simply tell the user to flip the switch to see your choice of free porn, music, movies, games, etc. and the human will flip the switch (or any other method that requires human action). Humans are stupid... sad but, true.

Comment: Re: Wine (Score 1) 417

One half of the reason businesses use Windows is Outlook, which can't be ported. Even by Microsoft. The other half is Excel which isn't half as bad to port but no one's been willing to spend the $$$ to do it. All this leaves three options, leave these pacifier applications (which is hard to do for anyone), spend the money to upgrade (which if they haven't done already, they're not going to do until they have a gun to their head), or stick their fingers in their ears and go la-la-la until they see the gun. Now, if they're like my parents and don't use the internet, than they can use it until the hardware dies and there's no issue. But, if they're using IE 6 for in house web apps like a lot of these companies, than the gun is going to go off sooner than they think and they deserve anything they get because of it.

Measure twice, cut once.