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Comment: Re:No collection happens until examination (Score 2) 119

by dcollins117 (#48034937) Attached to: The Executive Order That Redefines Data Collection

So if I download lots of copyrighted music and films, but never listen to them -- then I'm apparently okay right?

Let's turn this idea on it's head. Since NSA is scooping up everything, they most assuredly are "collecting", lots of copyrighted material. All we need is for some enterprising entertainment industry lawyer to see how much money can be made by suing NSA for copyright infringement.

Comment: Re:What does obtuse mean? (Score 1) 353

by dcollins117 (#48000307) Attached to: FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

Does he really think it's about people placing themselves beyond the law? Is he so dense that he can't see this in the context of recent history?

No, he knows damn well what he's saying is complete and utter bullshit. Judging from the comments, everyone here realizes that he's full of it too.

Comment: Re:Exploited in real life? (Score 1) 93

by dcollins117 (#47990871) Attached to: Apple Allegedly Knew of iCloud Brute-Force Vulnerability Since March

I would not be surprised non-technical people and not that smart people have fallen for such schemes.

A well-crafted phishing attack like this appears to be is going to snare a certain amount of people regardless of their intelligence or computer expertise. It's impossible to be viligant 100% of the time at any task, much less security.

Also I think the overuse of notifications and popup alerts actively condition users to respond without really giving it a whole lot of concious thought. I've caught myself clicking these alerts with "how do I get rid of this annoyance" rather than "what are the security implications of this" in the forefront of my mind.

Comment: Re:Everything is an excuse for more security theat (Score 1) 221

by dcollins117 (#47958663) Attached to: Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

Oh, and the president is just a man. His family is just a family. He is an important man serving the country and deserves to be protected by said country, but if he bites the dust he'll be replaced...

... by Joe Biden. That's as compelling a reason as any to keep President Obama healthy.

Comment: Re:This again? (Score 1) 184

by dcollins117 (#47953927) Attached to: KDE's UI To Bend Toward Simplicity

Conceptually, an email client is simple affair but the KMail devs have managed to take this seemingly straight-forward task and create a huge pile of shit. I switched to Thunderbird after the fourth time I had to manually recover my emails after a KMail crash or "upgrade" and from what I gather I'm not alone in abandoning that time wasting, file corrupting POS.

Comment: Re:5 Ridiculous Myths You Probably Believe (Score 1) 222

by dcollins117 (#47916337) Attached to: Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

My definition of "cure "is when people stop dying of these diseases. My point was that medical doctors and psychiatrists in particular have but a tenuous grasp on the actual workings of the human body. Many doctors contend if you have a mental illness that it is not a medical problem. You have to go see a psychiatrist for that. As if the brain weren't part of the human body.

If you want to cherry-pick cases where where medical science reigns supreme, I'm all in favor of antibiotics. I will gladly join you in celebrating that success. However....

Remember Ted Kennedy? Great guy, guzzled Chivas and often pulled his pants down during parties on Martha's Vineyard? He's dead. Got glioblastoma, didn't last much more than a year despite having the best doctors in the world.

How about Randy Pausch? He was fully aware how well and truly fucked he was by pancreatic cancer, even made a video about it. He's now six feet under.

Let's not forget Richard Feynman, being blessed with two forms of cancer, liposarcoma and WaldenstrÃm's macroglobulinemia. Suffice to say it didn't end well.

Then there's Patrick Swayze, Farrah Fawcet, Gilda Radner, Peter Jennings, Sydney Pollack - I don't see much point in continuing this particular litany, having abundantly made my point already.

Comment: Re:5 Ridiculous Myths You Probably Believe (Score 4, Insightful) 222

by dcollins117 (#47915421) Attached to: Schizophrenia Is Not a Single Disease

The problem with meds is that they aren't a treatment, they are at best a bandage.

For the majority of medical afflictions being treated today there is no cure, so the best doctors can do is offer palliative care.

There is no cure for cancer, heart disease, athsma, arthritis, or even the common cold. So little is known about the human brain that zero percent of psychological disorders are effectively treated. Whenever I hear a doctor brag about how much they know about the human body or worse a psychologist remark about how much is known about the brain I always remind them how much there is they don't know.

Comment: Re:it's a great idea with one major flaw (Score 1) 174

by dcollins117 (#47803785) Attached to: Tox, a Skype Replacement Built On 'Privacy First'

Do you think a single one of those celebrities will move to such a system?

I really think they will if it's the easiest option. It's up to developers to make encrypted, decentralized storage the default and easy to use. Build it and they willl come (pun half-heartedly intended.)

Comment: Re:it's a great idea with one major flaw (Score 4, Insightful) 174

by dcollins117 (#47803167) Attached to: Tox, a Skype Replacement Built On 'Privacy First'

Decentralized services are a great idea, but there is one big flaw. Not enough people care about it to get a critical mass of users.

There's a group of Hollywood celebrities that have just been made aware of the need for decentralized and more private internet services. I think people will care, albeit only after a problem has occured.

Comment: Re:Wow! That's a huge breakthrough! (Score 1) 217

by dcollins117 (#47793663) Attached to: States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

Listen, we all know what the pro-pot movement is about. It's not medical. Medical usage is being used like a crowbar to pry open the gate on the path to legalization, but we all know the real reason people are behind it.

Yes, we all know what's going on. "Medical usage is being used like a crowbar" because that's the only thing that has worked so far. It also has the added benefit of being a factual and legitimate use that people can understand. No one who has experienced pain (everyone has at some point) will question why someone else does not want to be in pain.

I don't happen to have a problem with being a bit disingenuous if that's what it takes. I personally want to see recreational marijuana use legalized in every state.

Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.

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