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Comment: Re:Fear Mongering, does it ever go out of style? (Score 1) 437

by Trailer Trash (#48268547) Attached to: Imagining the Future History of Climate Change

I'm old enough to remember them saying that the worlds rainforests would be gone by 2010. That the water would be so polluted by 2000 that we wouldn't have anything to drink. That north america would be a desert by 2012, and southern canada would be semi-tropical by 2015. Fear mongering is the way money grubbers make money.

Oh, and those predictions? They came out while I was in grade school...in the 1980's, still got the pamphlets and handouts somewhere for them.

You also forgot about civilization ending on 9/9/1999, 12/31/1999, and then again on 2/29/2000.

Comment: Re: This is silly (Score 1) 714

We're headed straight into a wall where we'll have people without any skills we need and who are unable, financially or otherwise, to gain desirable skills, as well as higher unemployment across the board. We can't wish them away and they deserve decency as much as the next person.

So, what do we do? Give them spoons and pay them to dig holes?

Comment: Re:This is silly (Score 1) 714

I'm still waiting for my FREE iPhone from the government that Republicans always talk about but can never provide a link to the sign-up page.

http://www.obamaphone.com/get-...

That was hard.

Do you think the free cell phone program doesn't exist? That it's made up by Republicans? The program originated in 1984 - so, yes, it was made up by Republicans. Tricked you.

Anyway, it exists, although it's not exactly a iPhone that people get. But they do have some value:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Comment: could be? (Score 5, Insightful) 164

Government plans that mean computer users deemed to have damaged national security, the economy or the environment will face a life sentence have been criticised by experts who warn that the new law could be used to target legitimate whistleblowers.

Could be? Come on - targeting whistleblowers is the point. It's not about damaging national security, the economy or the environment - it's about damaging somebody's political career.

Comment: Re:I've said that, but Master lock and demolition (Score 1) 123

I've said that same thing before. I happen to BE competent professional in certain security matters, so that affects my point of view.

On the other hand, the most popular locks, Kwikset and Master lock, are obviously not designed to be secure against a knowledgeable or determined advesary. They are designed to discourage your neighbor from casually getting into your stuff, and that's pretty clear from looking at the product and feeling how lightweight it is. Maybe that's what people want most of the time - a lock sufficient to make it rather inconvenient for the average person to walk in, not something that's going to keep the locksmith out when you lose your key.

My front door has a pretty decent kwikset lock that I can personally pick. But the door also has a window large enough to walk through in addition to a window on each side.

Unless you have a solid steel door the lock isn't relevant.

Comment: Re:Mod up the Archangel bitch slap! (Score 1) 228

by Trailer Trash (#48150877) Attached to: Pentagon Unveils Plan For Military's Response To Climate Change

I've done a little bit of standup and improv. In improv, the cardinal rule is you always agree with whatever was just said, never disagree. You then expand on that last line and keep the bit rolling.

Hecklers are best dealt with in the exact same way, at least when you can't ignore them. Make them part of the act and it totally disarms their only weapon.

A better response would have been something along the lines of "I'm sorry, was it getting lonely in the shelter without me?"

Comment: Re:Local Backups (Score 1) 150

by Trailer Trash (#48149251) Attached to: If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

I find that local backups are better than cloud backups.

I do both. As far as I'm concerned it's simply stupid to not have local copies of everything that's important to my business, particularly given that hard drives cost something like $40/TB at this point. I keep stuff in "the cloud" for easy access, but I insist on keeping local copies of everything.

I make my customers do this, too. Their music is in the cloud for one purpose only: to ease distribution. They have to keep local copies of everything. They bitch and moan but it sure as hell beats losing everything.

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