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Comment: Re:How many computers can you buy for $128k? (Score 1) 140

by OrangeTide (#49347637) Attached to: NJ School District Hit With Ransomware-For-Bitcoins Scheme

So their only copy of the student roster is gone? they can't even take attendance? they don't have back-ups?

Surely this is a problem that can be solved with money, and significantly less than $128K. (the point of my original post, I wasn't suggesting we actually replace all the computers, just that the ransom seemed a bit high)

Comment: How many computers can you buy for $128k? (Score 2, Insightful) 140

by OrangeTide (#49347251) Attached to: NJ School District Hit With Ransomware-For-Bitcoins Scheme

Maybe 200-500 computers. Is the ransom higher than what it would cost to replace everything? (maybe not enough to replace them with Macs, but Linux and Chromebooks are possible). How many computers does a district with 1700 students really need to get the basics done?

Just seems like a steep ransom to me. Especially since if I replaced all the computers, the old equipment is worth something and I could probably auction it off.

The data is gone if you don't pay the ransom (or crack the encryption). Sadly I don't have a way to resolve that problem, other than to start over again and hopefully anything important has backups. (ideally in a form that doesn't spread infection)

Comment: $100k astroturf (Score 3, Interesting) 51

This $100k astroturf project was money well spent in that their effort got me to watch 5 minutes of it. The film is crap obviously, and it's only viral because of the media attention it received. (does that make it not really viral?)

I wish the behind the scenes video covered how the PR campaign worked and how journalists were contacted, I would have found that level of detail very useful indeed.

Comment: Re:Pursuit of Happiness (Score 1) 807

by OrangeTide (#49340839) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

I will take my business elsewhere, and so will a lot of other people.

We don't have to operate our society as a free market experiment if we don't want to. We're not really setup to live some kind of libertarian utopia, so what you suggest isn't going to work well without an overhaul of our system. Luckily there is already a system in place that has mostly worked well for modern society, so maybe we should use it.

We operate a representative democracy that [theoretically] answers to the people, and has a long history of actively preventing a tyranny of the majority by offering some protection to minority view points. (minority in the most general sense of the word). A community can assert certain standards of behavior from individuals if those standards do not illegal and ideally are not unethical.

You can interpret this as the government taking away your "rights", and get upset about the restriction. I prefer to view this as all of us collectively agreeing to some limitations on individuals in order to operate a desirable society. (agreeing, but not unanimously, and not necessarily formally)

I'm not sure how we romanticized each of us living as a rugged individual that answers to no one. King of our castle, and master of our domain.

I choose to live among other human beings and seek ways to coexist with them.

Comment: Re:World War III (Score 1) 54

Is there not room for multiple viewpoints, or is there only one right answer?

If we choose freedom and liberty, but can see the potential to trigger for a major escalation of armed conflict are we remiss in discussing alternatives or in failing to choose to discuss those alternatives?

Comment: Re:Leave then (Score 1) 807

by OrangeTide (#49338757) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

For that matter a gay baker shouldn't have to bake a cake for a real marriage.

Only marriages performed by the Roman Catholic Church are real. Protestant marriages aren't real.

But I'll make your kids a birthday cake, I mean assuming they've been baptized.

Jehovah's Witnesses would have a real tough time as a baker, not being able to celebrate birthdays and all. We should probably make a law to offset the amount of money they lost not being able to be competitive in the birthday cake business. Would be easy to structure it as a tax on all baked goods that is split among Jehovah's Witnesses.

You can be replaced by this computer.