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Comment: too sensitive (Score 1) 374

by Venik (#35651924) Attached to: The Simpsons Reviewed For Unsuitable Nuclear Jokes
We got way too sensitive. If we don't nip this thing in the bud quickly, the next thing you know, people on the street will be smiling at you for no reason and asking "how are you", like they do in America. And the next thing you know, there will be large men wearing heels, carrying tampons in their purses, like they do in America...

Comment: Re:Get a life (Score 1) 131

by Venik (#35400080) Attached to: A Spamming Attorney Gets Sentenced To 40 Months
Spamming is a technical problem with a technical solution. On a personal level, I feel deeply suspicious of people who take it upon themselves to act in what they assume might as well be my best interests. There are laws controlling spam and there are law enforcement agencies (God knows the US has no shortage of those). Silverstein should find a new hobby, like suing his neighbors for not trimming their lawns on time or failing to scoop dog shit.

Comment: Re:FBI (Score 1) 221

by Venik (#35038708) Attached to: FBI Executes 40 Search Warrants For 'Anonymous'

Err...they didn't look the other way. They were willing to do whatever it takes to rescue Goldman Sachs too.

If they didn't rescue Goldman Sachs, who would have given Facebook the billion dollars? Thanks to the prompt response by the Federal government, I may finally get a working Facebook app for my iPhone. So think before you talk!

Comment: Re:Welcome to 1994... (Score 1) 179

by Venik (#34870194) Attached to: First Ceiling Light Internet Systems Installed
So, security-wise, how is this LED transceiver different from a regular WiFi access point? You know they both use EM waves. Just different frequencies. It should be more secure because it is more directional and short-range. And you can always close the curtains if you need privacy. And there is no interference from a hundred other WiFi systems in your office building.

Comment: What's an oregon? (Score 2) 235

by Venik (#34634482) Attached to: Oregon To Let Students Use Spell Check on State Exams
Really, who cares how they spell things in Oregon? Personally, I find all this talk about improving our education system quite unpatriotic. How would the US survive if its population became well-educated? Who would fight wars? Who would overpay taxes? Who would bother to vote? Who would watch TV, do Christmas shopping, eat fast food, or shop at Walmart? Oregon can't sustain our entire economy, you know. We all need to pitch in. Good education is a privilege, not a right.

Comment: Re:Common sense says... (Score 1) 417

by Venik (#34634236) Attached to: Woman Sues Google Over Street View Shots of Her Underwear

I happen to have something put up to block your view into my bedroom... are you familiar with the concept of curtains or blinds?

So you are advocating doing away with windows as a concept?

Would I be upset if you used some sort of technology (i.e. the night vision) to help you see more than a reasonable person would expect someone to see?

And what would a reasonable person expect to see in a photo of your bedroom or backyard online?

Comment: Re:Common sense says... (Score 1) 417

by Venik (#34634124) Attached to: Woman Sues Google Over Street View Shots of Her Underwear

There's quite a difference between going out of your way to photograph something, or semi-randomly from the middle of a public road.

You mean it is OK to photograph everything, but not OK to photograph something? And what do you mean by "going out of my way"? I just happen to have a night vision camera, so it's no trouble at all.

Comment: Re:Common sense says... (Score 0) 417

by Venik (#34634004) Attached to: Woman Sues Google Over Street View Shots of Her Underwear

with no attempt made to shield said location from the public view

Let's say your girlfriend's naked ass showering in your bathroom is visible to my naked eye from a public place (at the end of your driveway, where I parked my cherry picker). I just happen to have brought a pair of Celestron SkyMaster zoom binoculars for no particular reason. Perhaps I am an amateur asstronomer.

Comment: Re:Common sense says... (Score 1) 417

by Venik (#34632044) Attached to: Woman Sues Google Over Street View Shots of Her Underwear

Common sense says taking a picture from a publically accessable location is fair game.

You'd be surprised how much of your private life can be glimpsed from a public place. Would you get upset if I used a telephoto lens with night vision to film you shagging in your bedroom and posted it online along with your address? Naturally, I would only be filming you from a publicly accessible location. Or will you now expand your "common sense" point of view to include a limitation on equipment and intent?

Comment: Re:Makes the rest of us suffer... (Score 1) 347

by Venik (#34519664) Attached to: IT Worker's Revenge Lands Her In Jail
By "good" sysadmin I don't mean a doormat. Sysadmins are also people, but not all managers treat them as such. Sometimes they confuse "servers" with "servants". So, yes, it is entirely conceivable that even a mistreated good sysadmin, upon departure, may want to enhance his former employer's systems even more. This is why no employer should ever fire his last good sysadmin. Otherwise there will be nobody left to appreciate all this hard work.

To err is human -- to blame it on a computer is even more so.