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Comment: Re:Children. (Score 5, Interesting) 88

by geekmux (#48194361) Attached to: Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

But but but, think of the CHILDREN.

Ah, considering the police used images of this woman's son and niece on the Facebook profile to try and make it authentic, thereby putting very young children in harms way (they were trying to lure in criminals), I'd say someone was actually thinking of the children in this case.

And had her children been targeted and harmed or killed because of this irresponsible bullshit, the DEA would be singing a hell of a different tune.

Comment: Re:Really pisses me off! (Score 1) 122

Next time they threaten you, shove the Telecommunications Act of 1996 in their face and go "I can take you to court over this, if you want to talk about some billing issues, assholes. We gave you billions in taxpayer dollars for a product you didn't deliver. Guess who owes who right now?"

Oh, you mean the same Telecommunciations Act that promised to ensure that CLECs would actually be able to thrive and compete?

Yeah, uh where are they now? Oh yeah, I forgot, even the LECs own CLECs were driven out of business.

Please knock if off with this bullshit. The time for any individual or even a small group to go against a major carrier is long over with. Threaten all you want.

They will ALWAYS have enough customers no matter how many you might convince to get off their ass and walk away.

They will ALWAYS have apathy on their side to guarantee people don't give a shit enough to get off their ass and do anything.

And until someone in government stops smearing over the anti-monopoly laws with LEC-certified palm grease, there's not a fucking thing you can do to stop them.

Oh, and those "billions" are long gone, paid out in executive bonuses.

Comment: When this effort totally fails... (Score 1) 122

...perhaps then people will finally wake up and realize just how much your government supports the concept of monopolies.

In the meantime, enjoy playing in the kiddie pool while you still can. I'm sure they're already greasing palms to ensure kiddie pools are outlawed soon.

Comment: Re:Overly broad? (Score 1) 408

by geekmux (#48185815) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

Can they be a little more specific as to what it is that's in the soda that is causing this?

Can you tell me why you care when there's a good chance any proposed alternative won't be any safer?

As if aspartame is some kind of natural herbal replacement for white sugar or HFCS that's completely safe. Please.

What cracks me up is people labeling this as a "hidden" cost, as if we don't have mountains of evidence that already says consuming sugary drinks every day is not good for you, regardless of brand, flavor, or number of calories.

Comment: Re:I don't follow (Score 2) 360

by geekmux (#48180123) Attached to: Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

So what's so "tomorrow" about change from Lucida to Helvetica, which impedes legibility, requires more screen space, and makes the GUI appear fuzzy? Is that the definition of "tomorrow" now?

Yes. By this logic, we're but one illogical decision away from Comic Sans being default.

(Yeah, I know, I just threw up in my mouth a little too.)

On top of the fact that Steve Jobs is likely rolling in his grave. The man had a flair for aesthetics that seem to be dying in the face of "futurethink".

Comment: Ringknockers (Score 1) 127

"f you're in a position to actually hire new graduates, how much do you care about applicants' alma maters?

Let's put this another way. If that is a priority, I doubt I'm going to be interested in working for them.

Clearly they're focusing on the wrong thing, usually brought on by elitism.

Skills are what is important after college, and I'm not talking about how you earned your way into the Kegga-Chugga-Puk frat house.

Comment: Re:Not until they're sentient. (Score 1) 82

by geekmux (#48178223) Attached to: Robot SmackDowns Wants To Bring Robot Death Matches To an Arena Near You

Robot death matches won't really be interesting until they become self-aware, and they realize we're having them kill each other for our amusement.

If by interesting you mean a self-aware state that results in them realizing we humans are much more entertaining of a target, well...yeah, have fun.

Comment: Re:I don't trust it (Score 1) 281

by geekmux (#48167759) Attached to: FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

Couple of things

a) A national security letter is not a "warrant". It is not even close to the same thing

b) Even a national security letter can't be used to tell Apple or anyone else to install some kind of backdoor on a device. The most a national security letter could do is authorize a wiretap on the device and all it's communication flows inbound and outbound. This is not even close to the same thing. An NSL can be sent to Apple telling it to give the FBI all information it has. If Apple does not have any information, that is the end of the scope of an NSL.

It's funny how you want to sit here and paint succinct lines around definitions, all the while your new updates to your smart phone make it a sieve.

I guess you've never heard of iCloud before. Or any other service that pretty much syncs every fucking thing from your phone to corporate cloud land somewhere, you know because so many consumers got pissed when they were losing data due to smartphones dying or getting stolen.

And yet again, when the NSL comes marching in, you have no idea just how much of that cloud data or the rest of the "inbound and outbound" flows will contain about you.

Stop thinking a smartphone needs a backdoor ON the damn device to get 80% of what you need on someone. Put simply, it doesn't.

Comment: Re:Well (Score 1) 180

by geekmux (#48167681) Attached to: The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

I am unconcerned if facebook computers are trying to determine if I want to buy Pampers or Depends so computers can sell electrons to other computers to shove electrons in front of my face.

But claiming you have privacy from...just what now? Government, when you are feeding it back to government because government demands it?

What. The. Fuck.

That is the historical abuser of privacy we should be afraid of. Even privacy apps collapse immediately with just a wink from the onrushing government computerized panopticon juggernaut?

It's time for some kind of constitutional amendment to extend and require warrants to virtual property and locations online, to get around the loophole that it's "on some company's server somewhere, so you 'have no expectation of privacy.' "

And keep an eye on the weasel politicians who would water it down.

Government has little to do with it when 99% of app users merrily hand over their privacy when agreeing to the corporate EULA.

Consumer data is valuable. The Government is merely a rude customer of the corporations.

A Constitutional Amendment is likely needed, alright. But ensure you are targeting the right people.

Comment: Re:Don't trust any app these days (Score 0) 180

by geekmux (#48167479) Attached to: The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

Mod parent up into the sky, please. As a European, I am watching at the sideline, with ever-growing incredulity, how US Americans take all this, and worse, and more, from their so-called "government", from their unbelievably brutal "law enforcement", from what once was their state. What do you people need for an incentive to kick off a revolution ? Maybe if the US government put almost 1% of your population into prison, you would finally protest. Oh no, shit, wait....

Ironically you're asking when we might revolt against our own Government when yours disarmed you long ago, removing your capability altogether.

Guess you better hope these US polices don't start bleeding over to your countr...oh. Nevermind.

Yeah, good luck to you.

Comment: Re:I don't trust it (Score 1) 281

by geekmux (#48164137) Attached to: FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

No matter how strong the encryption algorithms are themselves, there's nothing to stop the FBI from planting a malicious app (a keylogger for instance). They could even serve Apple with a warrant to require them to install this app as a software update.

Umm... you need to learn how warrants work.

This comment got modded to 3???

Perhaps you need to learn how NSLs work.

Then get back to me as to how the fuck you'll even know about it.

"They" don't come knocking on you front door anymore to search your effects. They just crack your cell phone in half from 1,000 miles away with nothing more than a hint of terrorism splashed on you from 2-3 degrees of separation.

Comment: Re:Public safety is not the issue (Score 1) 281

by geekmux (#48164047) Attached to: FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

The issue is the balance between public safety and personal privacy.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches is not just a nice idea, it is codified by the founding fathers as a fundamental principle differentiating this country from others..

The only "issue" is whether you agree with this principle, or not.

Ah no, not quite. The only issue at stake here is watching our (s)elected lawmakers sworn to protect said "nice idea" who are not upholding that promise.

I don't give a shit whether you agree or not. Judges likely don't agree with 100% of the laws they have to go by. They are there to uphold the Constitution. If you or they don't like it, that's what Amendments are for.

Comment: Re:It only takes one ... (Score 4, Insightful) 381

by geekmux (#48157499) Attached to: How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

It only takes one stupid uncooperative idiot ( maybe from a certain news station) to spread the disease.

Oh, you mean when the CDC themselves clears a caregiver known to be in direct contact with Eric Duncan to fly on a commercial airline with a low-grade fever?

Yeah, you're right, it only takes one. Too bad that "one" is the CDC fucking up in the worst way possible.

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