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Comment: Re:Problems with the staff (Score 1) 141

by aliquis (#48952685) Attached to: The Pirate Bay Is Back Online, Properly

Since the TPB crew was sentenced to jail and for damages I'd say it was agreed upon what they did was illegal regardless of what I think of that.

And the downloaders may be in a situation regardless and more so if uploading is part of it.

For you people who divide the two breaches of laws into different categories I don't know where it counts but I also don't really see how it matters as long as you're sentenced.

Comment: Re:So what's the real story here? (Score 4, Insightful) 108

Yes there is. I consider the police lazy enough that they'd do it in good faith because aside of the idiots that may come to them to get arrested instead of them having to go out and catch them, they would probably also reduce the number of cases where someone actually gets mugged, robbed or otherwise becomes victim of a crime, which would be yet another reason to leave the box of donuts and go out into the world to interview the victim and do a search of the crime scene.

Even if you don't think there are any cops left that actually want to do what is allegedly their job, there's plenty of reason for them to establish something like that without resorting to paranoid surveillance conspiracies.

Comment: Re:If support calls you an A.., you probably are o (Score 1) 236

by Opportunist (#48949921) Attached to: Comcast Employees Change Customer Names To 'Dummy' and Other Insults

If you think that a customer service rep doesn't cancel your subscription because he likes to tick you off rather than because he gets told by the very same senior manager or boss you wish to complain to about it to make it as hard as possible for you to cancel your subscription, I can see where your depression is coming from.

Comment: Re:In other news... (Score 3, Insightful) 282

by Opportunist (#48949767) Attached to: The NSA Is Viewed Favorably By Most Young People

I tend to think that I can actually estimate the NSA's obligation and motivation. Mostly because they are mine, if only in a different area and a different part of this planet. I, too, am concerned with security. I'm responsible for the security of quite important and valuable assets that, if threatened or even harmed, could have a serious negative impact on various parts of the economy and maybe lives, depending on how important some people take their belongings.

I'm not responsible for the security of a country, but of a large enough corporation that maybe this allows me to speak in perspective here.

And there is one thing that is imperative when it comes to security: Your efforts must not threaten your own assets. When protecting my assets costs more than they are worth, the security is not even just useless, it's worse than useless. Because you just wasted more than what an incident could have costed.

Likewise, you cannot protect your assets by throwing them away. Of course you can avoid them being stolen by discarding them, but that doesn't accomplish anything either.

And the NSA is doing just that. What's it worth to defend the USA against terrorist attacks if those attacks would do less damage than the protection? What is it worth to defend the "American way of life" if that very way of life with its liberties and freedoms is discarded in favor of a security theater?

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