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Comment Re:Unbelievable (Score 1) 593

Everyone knows it is against the Constitution and will never become a law.

Warrentless surveillance is also unconstitutional, and yet the Patriot Act is a law. 14 years later we are still living with this abomination.

Bad laws can and do get implemented, and until they are struck down we all suffer the consequences.

Comment First Amendment, anyone? (Score 1) 275

Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech. That's true whether I choose to encrypt my communications or not. I care not a whit if politicians don't like it, there's nothing they can do about it without violating my First Amendment rights.

Some of us still take the Constitution seriously.

Comment Re:pop3 to local machine, then backup (Score 1) 74

All that said, why are you keeping it all?

I keep every email sent and received (excluding spam) on a local Dovecot server. It's a wonderful resource. Every event important to me ends up in an email to somebody. I use the archived emails in lieu of a journal or diary as an effortless way to record my personal history.

Comment Re:Let's be honest... (Score 1) 309

Neither the Democrats nor Republicans have anything to offer; which is why I believe Trump will earn both the nomination and the presidency. This is not a joke.

I don't know about that. Women are predominantly going to vote for Hilary. I don't think you realize the vitriol that many women have for Mr. Trump. My own mom surprised me by calling him an "asshole" when his face popped up on TV. Minorities are not going to vote for him due to his views on immigration.

Trump, at least, for all of the negative, has character, backbone, and is too arrogant to lie.

Let's just agree to disagree on that. The lying, not the arrogance.

Comment Re:The real issue (Score 1) 363

It's worth noting since we're on the subject, that there is a huge conflict of interest here with all of the appearance of being heavily exploited. I see two ways that could be eliminated:

I see a third possibility. They could use the Internet for its intended purpose of inexpensively distributing information and put the materials online for free. I realize how unthinkable that option is to some, but it is a possibility that no one else here seems to be considering.

Comment Re:incorrect final sentence (Score 2) 157

correction, senators dont pass bills that dont help them politically. they dont really care what is in the bill as long as its politically worth it to them

In a representative democracy the people elect representatives to enact laws on their behalf. At least theoretically. In practice, once elected, representatives don't have any obligation other than to enact laws to benefit themselves. If you need legislation in your favor there is a price to pay.

Comment Re:Sharing is a good thing (Score 3, Interesting) 157

On the one hand information wants to be expensive, because it's so valuable. The right information in the right place just changes your life. On the other hand, information wants to be free, because the cost of getting it out is getting lower and lower all the time. So you have these two fighting against each other.

Somehow Stewart Brand's original statement got morphed into "information wants to be free."

Comment Re:Here is what works. (Score 1) 310

My personal favorite home remedy for congestion is a Tom Yum Soup paste imported from Thailand I found one day at my local Asian food store. Just add hot water (and if you want to get fancy shrimp, mushrooms, green onions) and it makes a fiery hot soup. It's delicious and instantly clears up any nasal or chest congestion.

Comment Re:Is there a list of IP ranges for this anywhere? (Score 2) 125

I suspect they don't know or care the function of your machine. It's just a blanket "attack everything and see what happens".

That's what it looks like in my logs, too. When I was running an open http port I would see not targeted attacks, but what looked like scripts looking for an insecure/misconfigured server.

I found it amusing that since switching to https with self-signed certificates, the number of attacks dropped to zero. Even hackers won't accept my certificate :/

You don't have to know how the computer works, just how to work the computer.