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Comment Re:Poor guy never answered the complaint (Score 1) 389 389

Regardless, you fail to show up, it shows you don't care about the results and you hand a default judgment to the other side, because you couldn't be bothered to show up. And yes if that's how you choose to show up, pulling on your sneakers and driving to the court room is better than not showing up at all.

Comment Re:Poor guy never answered the complaint (Score 1) 389 389

If not for this provision anyone who knows they are going to lose would just fail to show up. If sued sorry but you have to make your case if you want to win. Trying to ignore it will just hand the victory to the side that bothers to show up, as in this case It makes no sense to do it any other way. Don't show and the judge only has the opposition's side to go off of. And thus has no choice but to rule for the side that showed up.

Comment Re:Even if it has been cracked... (Score 1) 222 222

It depends on what those agents are getting access to, and where the greater value lies. With Enigma the far greater value was in not letting the Germans know we'd cracked the code. But had an Enigma message revealed an agent with access to a critical program, site or persons, then the value would have been re-evaluated.

If the Russkies decide the potential damage is greater if those agents remain in place then they will arrest the agents. If they decide knowing who the agents are grants the greater benefit then the agents are allowed to remain unmolested. Neither choice is guaranteed, to arrest or to protect depends on a variety of variables.

Comment Re:Of course the majority will be from Android (Score 1) 344 344

And how many Android users had an iOS device as a prior smart phone. I know many former iPhone users who are now happy Android fans, and many former Android users who are happily enjoying the iOS realm now.

I never had an iPhone, but I had an iPod Touch before I had my first smart phone, so I'm not totally clueless to the Apple experience. I still have and use that touch, but also am on my third Android phone and have multiple android tablets.

Comment So My kids don't express themselves with chalk? (Score 1) 387 387

So what are the creative drawings that cover my driveway several times a week? What are the drawings and stories they are starting to write. I will acknowledge that similar to myself, my oldest does not like writing by hand (minor learning disability diagnosed in me in middle school) so he does better with a keyboard, but the others like writing and as they are getting older they are expressing themselves. My middle child will play on computers but I doubt they will be his primary outlet for energy and expression. It's just not in his personality, he gets bored staring at a screen.

Anyone who tries to push a monolithic educational style is trying to harm our educational system and our kids. There are many different learning styles, a competent teacher knows how to find and engage the learning styles of all her students, not just the ones that do well with keyboards.

Kids express themselves in many media and forms.

Comment Re:The simpsons are still on? (Score 1) 214 214

They "literally" jumped the shark in season 2. (homer jumped a shark tank) Groening was around for quite a while after that.. It's how it has lasted so long. As soon as they had a deal for more than just the original season they jumped the shark to get that out of the way.

Comment Re:Please explain (Score 1) 158 158

Every Cell phone sold in the US since 2003 or so has had a receiver chip built in, not always active, and for years not user accessible but mandated by law to facilitate 911 calls (but for years most 911 systems were/are unable to access the data). How many cell phones in your house? Let alone Tablets actual GPS devices and so on.

Comment Re:The problem isn't the FBI ... (Score 5, Insightful) 174 174

<quote><p> The mind-set of most people joining the police and similar (like the FBI) is not compatible with a free society, .</p></quote>

I would beg to differ on this. The mind set of most people joining these agencies is actually a love of country and law and order. But then they get drawn into the task of investigating crimes and continually run into the brick wall of the constitution in their well meaning efforts to root out criminals. That and the continual push from above to arrest the bad guys leads to them trying to make their jobs easier and more effective, thus looking for back-doors or to get them added to crypto software, or other work-arounds to the challenges on collecting information/evidence/intelligence without alerting the suspect(s). These limits and road blocks are good and absolutely necessary to a free society, but that doesn't mean these well meaning officers and agents don't get frustrated and try to seek other ways on occasion.

But that desire comes from a desire to capture and see the guilty punished, yes it can, has and will in the future lead to overstepping bounds (occasionally egregiously), but that does not mean they joined for want of power or control. (Okay some may become police officers for such but not the FBI.)

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