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Comment This story has really saddened and angered me (Score 2) 956

That was me in 1975 onward through high school. I used to cut or etch my own circuit boards, and made everything from (yes) digital clocks to power supplies to radio receivers. The fact that 95 IQ cops and brain dead school administrators can ruin a bright child's life just infuriates me. Stick a fork in it, 'Murica, you're dead.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 403

I give it ten years max before the whole thing collapses. I luckily found a job two years ago outside the US, and should be a permanent resident of my adopted country soon, and a citizen shortly afterward.

The stubbornness of the US is like the old "keep doing what we're doing, just do more of it".

Comment Couldn't it be said . . . (Score 2) 887

Strictly speaking, couldn't it be said that the data in an encrypted volume technically exists only in your mind?

I possess a hard drive full of meaningless bits, that reasonably can never be brute forced. There are no documents there, no .jpg files, no audio, no video.

The 30+ character key to reconstitute those bits into something readable resides only in my mind.

Therefore the act of decrypting the volume technically involves the creation of those files anew.

Submission + - Death of the Desktop (networkworld.com)

stinkymountain writes: The corporate desktop has looked the same for decades: computer, keyboard, mouse, desk phone, maybe a printer. But do these tools dominate because they're the perfect combination of technology needed for work today, or is the enterprise workplace due for an extreme makeover? According to industry analysts, hardware vendors, architects and futurists, the odds that major changes will revamp the standard corporate cubicle, technology tools and even buildings, rise every day.

Submission + - Developers Defecting From BlackBerry (itworld.com)

jfruhlinger writes: "Mobile app developers with multiple platforms to build for need to figure out how to conserve their resources somehow, and many are choosing to do so by not bothering to build apps for BlackBerry phones. It's a combination of declining market share and the general difficulty of building apps for the BlackBerry platform, one developer told Bloomberg: "RIM brought in a touchscreen and mixed it with a thumbwheel, a keyboard and shortcut keys, it made it really difficult and expensive to develop across devices.""

How many Bavarian Illuminati does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Three: one to screw it in, and one to confuse the issue.