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Comment: Re:My experience working for the NSA... (Score 1) 164

by kuzb (#49384447) Attached to: NSA Worried About Recruitment, Post-Snowden

"The part of the NSA that does domestic surveillance is relatively small and not nearly as intrusive as the tinfoil hatters want to believe."

There's this guy named Snowden who showed us just how much complete bullshit this really is. Their domestic surveillance may not be as hardcore as their foreign, but it's still pretty damn hardcore. We don't really need tinfoil hats for this one - the evidence was provided.

Comment: Good. (Score 2) 164

by kuzb (#49384421) Attached to: NSA Worried About Recruitment, Post-Snowden

People didn't trust the government before Snowden either. The only difference here is that Snowden offered us definitive evidence that what we all suspected was going on really was going on. Fuck the NSA. It has strayed so far from its actual purpose I hope it drowns in its lack of educated help. At this point, even tech companies with a strict profit motive are more trustworthy than the US government.

Comment: Re: Is no one blaming Lucas? (Score 1) 196

by kuzb (#49383561) Attached to: Why More 'Star Wars' Actors Don't Become Stars

(George Lucas stumbles across the shielded containment room to press up against the glass in a strained effort where an emotional JJ Abrams is on his knees looking inward. A single tear streaks down the left side of his face, clinging to his chin)

George Lucas (wheezing, seeming exhausted): Franchise ... out of danger...?

Comment: Re:What the "doomsday" critics all have in common: (Score 1) 101

by kuzb (#49375501) Attached to: Robots4Us: DARPA's Response To Mounting Robophobia

I honestly think it's a topic worth pursuing, I just don't think it's a topic worth discussing if you have no background in it. It's like me offering up my concerned opinions about the Large Hadron Collider when the closest I've ever been to high energy particle collisions is high school physics. It bothers me that we place any stock at all in the uninformed opinions of famous people.

Comment: Re:Appropriate action ? (Score 1) 262

by kuzb (#49345879) Attached to: RadioShack Puts Customer Data Up For Sale In Bankruptcy Auction

It's odd that you should say that, because I was hired at a radio shack 10 years ago (which was now The Source by this point) under similar circumstances. I spent a lot of time servicing overpriced PCs and Laptops. The only difference is that I chose to leave for a development job 6 months later which paid better and allowed me to not have to feel guilty about every customer I served "the radio shack way".

Honestly, leaving them was the best thing I ever did for myself. I moved to a town that didn't suck, tripled my income, and furthered a career I've been with ever since. I look back on my days there as "necessary to achieve escape velocity from a shitty town". It was ultimately what gave me the incentive to leave that dead end place. Thanks Source!

Comment: Editorial judgement? Accuracy? (Score 1) 79

by kuzb (#49345671) Attached to: NY Times: "All the News That Mark Zuckerberg Sees Fit To Print"?

Not that I'm a fan of news meda slipping even further down the drain, but TFA talks about editorial judgement and accuracy like it's not already massively broken for all the reasons he states. There's nothing to suggest that Facebook would actually make the situation worse, or better, than it already is.

The problem is that we don't want anyone to control the news with money, and by proxy, control the integrity of the news. However, the money to keep it going has to come from somewhere and we don't seem to trust anyone. It will always be in peril until a neutral source for revenue can be found.

Comment: Re:Appropriate action ? (Score 4, Interesting) 262

by kuzb (#49339005) Attached to: RadioShack Puts Customer Data Up For Sale In Bankruptcy Auction

"Sorry to see the Shack gone"

I'm not. Radioshack was fucking horrible in the last 20 years. High pressure commission sales staff, shitty products, questionable sales practices all the while shutting down the sale of all the items that made the store a treasure for its electronics parts. They deserved to go under, and most of us are just wondering how the hell it didn't happen sooner.

Never worry about theory as long as the machinery does what it's supposed to do. -- R. A. Heinlein