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Comment Using logic on a drunk? Good luck with that. (Score 1) 209 209

"...The paint is designed to repel the urine and soil the offender's pants. "It's supposed to, when people urinate, bounce back and hit them on the pants and get them wet. Hopefully that will discourage them"

Discourage? You're expecting to fight a drunk with logic? Clearly you've never had to deal with the logic of an alcoholic, which is generally the type of person you're dealing with who has a problem of urinating in public.

You've got about as much of a chance of "discouraging" drunks with this as you do stopping ISIS by saying "pretty please".

Comment Re:Sounds like he was arrested for shooting. (Score 1) 1167 1167

The FAA is saying it's not safe but there's no law about shooting one down. The man was arrested because city ordinance against discharging firearms in the city. Should have used a paintball gun.

Litmus test to validate civilian response here. Let me know how many police agencies would reach for their standard-issue paintball gun after you start flying drones over police headquarters that sits within city limits.

Yeah, I fucking thought so.

Comment Spyware for Spyware (Score 3, Interesting) 79 79

Is it just me, or did anyone else get a chuckle over the irony that spyware is being considered to deploy spyware.

Unfortunately regardless of stated end-use, damn near every drone deployed in the future will be gathering intel of some kind that offers far more benefit to the organization deploying it than the target. It's merely the world we live in, and people gladly give up that privacy in exchange for convenience or "security".

It will be interesting walking down to the corner of Liability Ave and Lawsuit St where all the action will be when more and more data mines are created while security around those data mines takes a backseat with predictable results. You thought your credit card number getting hacked was inconvenient..

Comment Re:Maybe... (Score 1, Interesting) 334 334

It's not about not being able to make an educated guess she'd bet on, but getting the official reason. At that point, it's possible to make a case that the reason is unconstitutional.

Wow, what a laugh, as if this is a reason to get those in authority to respond with answers, or even respond at all.

In other words, take a number and get in fucking line. Most of the police-state actions our government takes these days is blatantly unconstitutional.

And there's not a fucking thing you can do about it. Those days are long gone.

Comment Re:This is really simple... (Score 1) 267 267

Stop blocking access at all.

Just fucking trust your employees. An environment in which people are overtly not trusted to do their jobs just breeds resentment and in fact employees that can't be trusted. People who feel like they're being treated unreasonably tend to act unreasonably in return.

I don't trust malware. I don't trust spyware. And I rather despise it when users don't get the fact that filtering internet access these days has FAR more to do with security and liability than it does trusting users. Users have access to the internal network pretty much at all times. File servers, ERP systems, web servers. They should probably not be employed with that kind of access if trust were really that much of a concern. It's not.

Comment Re:Correct (Score 1) 267 267

The boss's plan of allowing users to override the web page filter is absolutely the CORRECT plan. You have a rare boss who understands that the most important thing is that workers be able to work without interference from know-it-alls. Please get with the program!

I'm curious how well work will go on without "interference" when the malware creeps across the company, sucking them dry of their IP, or worse yet, locking them out of their own data (like we've never heard of strong encryption being used for nefarious purposes before..)

There are reasons for filters. There are reasons for exceptions. Asking for a 45-minute waiver around the web filters is likely NOT going to be used for work, so let's just be real for a moment and drop the work interference excuse.

You want to blow off steam at work? Pull out your damn cell phone. When almost every single employee these days has high-speed unfettered internet access in their pocket I have little sympathy for those who want to dismantle corporate security policy.

Comment I'll take one hipster latte please... (Score 1) 80 80

...while I wait for the carbon footprint report of the other side of this equation, also known as a billion Facebook addicts sucking up a metric fuckton of energy abusing this latte-powered data center.

Their energy claims is like presenting a single flower sticking out of a cow pie as a gift.

Comment Re:First Thinkpad (Score 1) 219 219

Lighter and thinner is NOT fashion over function. It is function in itself. Lighter, thinner also means goes more places, and is more practical to use in many scenarios.

This isn't about identical twins, or marketing. What it is about what people have been wanting for many years. Also very few phones bend, but most phones are thin and light.

Lighter and thinner have their place when it comes to selling Navy SEALs tactical hardware in titanium instead of steel. In those situations, you're not having to compromise the strength and reliability of the hardware.

They do not have as much of a place when it comes to something as fragile as a laptop, especially when us humans got rather used to companies like IBM making a serious fucking piece of hardware that was damn near unbreakable.

It didn't get that reputation because it looked like the thin-ass shit we have today that can break by looking at it wrong. And in our disposable society, we sure as hell can't count on vendors to give a shit anymore about hardware longevity. Their answer every time is to sell you more hardware.

Comment Re:First Thinkpad (Score 1) 219 219

"Forget the warranty issue, defending those fashion choices says it all." -geekmux

Being able to fit into skinny jeans isn't so much a "fashion choice" as it a triumph over the stereotypical IT lifestyle of Doritos and Dew. Enjoy your cinder block Quasimoto.

I cycle and do yoga multiple times a week, so I'm afraid I fall way short of your assumptions.

And at least Quasimoto is understood and even somewhat explainable in IT given the job. Me being able to see your ballsack from 20 yards away isn't and never will be. Enjoy sterility.

Comment Re:First Thinkpad (Score 1) 219 219

"It's also rather impractical to slide your brand new cell phone in your pocket only to watch it bend." -geekmux

Better than becoming a hunchback from lugging around a Thinkbrick. I'll let my phone's warranty deal with the cost of being able to wear skinny jeans.

Forget the warranty issue, defending those fashion choices says it all.

Comment Re:First Thinkpad (Score 4, Insightful) 219 219

That's exactly the reason I would hesitate with this throwback thinkpad, and haven't owned one in almost 2 decades. I just don't have the time nor desire to carry around a cinder block with me everywhere I go anymore. Back then it was cute because people would notice I'm a geek who could afford nice tech. Today a ThinkBrick is just too impractical.

It's also rather impractical to slide your brand new cell phone in your pocket only to watch it bend.

Presumably this is the result of two identical twins who entered the marketing arena about five years ago. One of them stood in a corner and started screaming "LIGHTER! LIGHTER!" while the other one ran to another corner and started screaming "THINNER! THINNER!". They haven't fucking shut up since.

Of course common sense tried to talk them off the ledge, but got trampled by the consumer mob of idiots who now put fashion over function every time, hence the reason Lenovo execs are drooling over something as superficial as a blue enter key.

16 cores and the latest 3D memory you say? Yeah, fuck all that, I'm just here for the rubberized paint.

Comment Re:Just doing their job. (Score 1) 136 136

The job of the NSA is to spy and if they don't spy on everything spyable they aren't doing their job. Can't even figure out why this would worthy of a ./ headline.

Maybe it is. But I'm pretty sure if the USA found out that the French had our Presidents office/phone bugged, we'd (the USA) would have a shit about it.

We would have a shit about it? Well I hope we wouldn't be totally shocked over it. That would be rather ignorant.

I'll refer back to the parents comments regarding the NSAs main job. It's kind of the main job of every other agency too.

"There is nothing new under the sun, but there are lots of old things we don't know yet." -Ambrose Bierce