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Comment: This is great news (Score 1) 506

This is the strongest rebuttal yet to the government assertions that people do not have an expectation of privacy in emails. If the Whitehouse and State Department staffs think that a private email account if secure enough for government business, then clearly the government expects that emails are private.

This the the best rebuttal to claims that the government has the right to root through people's emails (even just the metadata) without a warrant.

Comment: That cost is in what it takes (Score 1) 64

by rsilvergun (#49178127) Attached to: Games Workshop At 40: How They Brought D&D To Britain
to bring the cheese. Most competitive tournaments are chock fully of expensive as hell lists. It's not like League of Legends where cheap unites are competitive. You'll get blown off the table by $150 Knight Titans and $90 Riptides if you bring an elcheapo army built from the starter sets.

Comment: Re: Morale of the Story (Score 4, Insightful) 210

Or, maybeæ you knowæ crowfund it just because traditional investors are too scared to do new things

Stop right there. People don't "invest" on kickstarter. They have no ownership interest in the business. The people who fund in kickstarter take all the risk, while having no possible upside beyond the products that they buy.

I could make a political point about how kickstarter and its kin are a response to laws that limit risky investments by all except the wealthy and the effect of "the closure" in Venice in the 14th centuary.

Comment: Re:Can you actually buy it? (Score 1) 43

by whoever57 (#49168283) Attached to: Google Prepares To Enter Wireless Market As an MVNO

every 5th text was silently dropped :

Every 5th? Wow, that's good. With my T-Mobile service, most texts from AT&T are dropped. I suspect it is because my number was originally a Pacific Bell number and somewhere within AT&T is a database that still shows my number as one that is with AT&T.

Comment: Re:Just damn (Score 1) 407

by Duhavid (#49164967) Attached to: Leonard Nimoy Dies At 83

In the late 1800's sure.
But they were still bloodletting then.
And just discovering that keeping germs out of wounds/surgical sites/people would help them heal better/faster.
So, I don't know how much Doctors prescribing tobacco in that era means. :-)

My mom had a Dr recommend cigarettes to her. ( 1950's when she was a teen. )
So she would be "cool" and less anxious.
So, basically, irrational.

Comment: Re:Last straw? (Score 2) 520

The reason we have ISIS is because we defeated Saddam Hussein without thinking much about what would come next.

I heard one theory that ISIS is really a creation of Bashar al-Assad. Before ISIS was around, the West was all for regime change in Syria. Now we are effectively supporting the dictatorship in Syria.

Comment: Um... that's not the problem I predicted (Score 1) 186

by rsilvergun (#49161613) Attached to: Foxconn Factories' Future: Fewer Humans, More Robots
I didn't say humanity was going away. I said that a substantial amount of the population was going to be stuck living in abject poverty for 50/60 years until our economy somehow catches up and finds new jobs for them. This is what happened when the Industrial revolution hit. A whole lot of completely unnecessary Human suffering...

Comment: Re:Notify CTO, CFO & CEO offices (Score 1) 230

In my experience, it won't.

I reported to a small non-profit that their list of email addresses had leaked. I knew this because I used a unique address when registering with the site and I later started getting SPAM at that address. It might not have been a hack that caused my address to leak, but, irrespective of the means by which my email address had leaked, there should have been an investigation.

I reported it to the CEO, who passed it to the IT head, who basically could not get his head around the idea that there might be a problem.

Comment: Check your history (Score 1) 186

by rsilvergun (#49158323) Attached to: Foxconn Factories' Future: Fewer Humans, More Robots
it pretty much _did_ happen. There was a 60 year period during the industrial revolution when millions were put out of work and tossed to the wayside. There's a reason why Luddites existed. They weren't forward think people. They were Luddites for Pete's sake. They were living in the misery caused by a lack of jobs in their day.

The industrial revolution caused massive unemployment, and it took the economy 60 years to catch up and start creating new jobs. If you lived after that period things got better as new tech created new jobs. If you lived during that period and weren't born wealthy life was Nasty, Brutish and Short. I'd like to skip that cycle this time.

Oh and there's one other thing: we're better at automation this time. So there's a good time the cycle will last a _lot_ longer. e.g. instead of 60 years of poverty we might be looking at 100, 200 or more while we wait for Star Trek style replicators and massive population declines to fix things.

Q: How many IBM CPU's does it take to execute a job? A: Four; three to hold it down, and one to rip its head off.