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Comment Re:Why is FTDI the villan? (Score 1) 700 700

Your example falls down because the devices being bricked are in the hands of the end-users, not the store that sold them. To follow your analogy, the FBI should be going to each customer who bought a counterfeit jersey and setting it on fire in their front room.

Comment Re:STEM is the new liberal arts degree (Score 1) 174 174

Liberal Arts education long ago stopped being about becoming a well-rounded, intelligent individual and became an indoctrination in fitting in to the social machine. STEM degrees are going the same way, churning out cogs for the machine, willing to take whatever they can get to pay off the indentured bond.

Comment Re:Don't. (Score 1) 408 408

Pretty much any German music will do the job, Polka, Techno, Glockenspiel Rap...all effective 'person with a sense of hearing' deterrents.

Except for repelling Germans obviously but then Germans aren't really a demographic known for committing burglaries.

Burglaries, no? Invasions, on the other hand....

Comment Re:Call me paranoid... (Score 1) 305 305

Why not simply have that option in the car? This is all those fancy new cars with video displays, right? You just get an option that says, "There are updates available for this vehicle." Just like most software these days.

I wouldn't want this tied to smartphones, because many people do not have them. My next car will probably have some of these new 'features' , because you won't be able to buy a car without them. But I don't have a smart phone anymore, and I won't be getting one.

Comment Re:Yay, another Bitcoin story! (Score 2, Interesting) 207 207

It's only an increase if you convert it to something useful, like real currency before the market crashes. Which it will. Bitcoin wasn't "designed" to do anything useful. It's a science fair experiment. As with many other prototypes, it got rolled into production without any thought whatsoever, and it is causing chaos. I wish the experiment well. Perhaps the lessons learned after the inevitable crash and burn will inform the next digital currency, which may actually succeed.

Comment Re:...On a mattress stuffed with $100s (Score 4, Interesting) 430 430

Then again, maybe the politicians just don't even bother trying to have a cover story anymore, because they know we already consider them all nothing but self-serving asshats, yet the majority will still vote them back into office again and again and again.

The only way things will change is to always vote out the incumbent. Every time. Even if you agree with 100% of their positions and votes. Lets spend a few election cycles churning up the sludge. Maybe some of them will get the hint, and maybe some better people will see that they have a shot at getting in, once the old-boy network has been rattled to pieces.

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