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Comment: Wall St. is having a laugh this morning. (Score 1) 303

by lasermike026 (#46879633) Attached to: SEC Chair On HFT: 'The Markets Are Not Rigged'

No one on Wall St, except for the willingly deluded, believes that the markets are not rigged. Ever strategy takes into the account how the market is rigged and works to deal with it. You're either a whale (those that rigged the market) or remora (those work to siphon some value from the whales).

Comment: Cracking crypto and giving it to Exxon. (Score 1) 196

by lasermike026 (#46408637) Attached to: Computing a Winner, Fusion a Loser In US Science Budget

And the conversation goes something like this:

"We must make sure those little shits have no private communication and Exxon dominates energy production. If those dirty unwashed masses where every to gain political control and self sufficiency it would be the end for all of us."

Comment: Warrant? No. (Score 1) 137

by lasermike026 (#45629939) Attached to: Insight On FBI Hacking Ops

Warrant? No. Fire them yesterday.

"Even though investigators suspected that Mo was in Iran, the uncertainty around his identity and location complicated the case. Had he turned out to be a U.S. citizen or a foreigner living within the country, a search conducted without a warrant could have jeopardized his prosecution."

Comment: Is this story true? (Score 2) 276

by lasermike026 (#45372065) Attached to: Snowden Used Social Engineering To Get Classified Documents

Is this story true? I have no reason to believe this at all. Admins don't need users passwords. Admins "own" the systems that they work on and can become any user they want to be without passwords.

The NSA lies. If we are to believe anything that comes out of that agency they better have hard evidence verified by the third source if one exists. This is a claim, nothing else.

Comment: Windows 8.x is horrible! (Score 2, Interesting) 224

by lasermike026 (#45352725) Attached to: Microsoft Donates Windows 8.1 To Nonprofit Organizations

I wouldn't use it if it was free. Windows 8.x is the most horrible operating system I have ever experienced. I can't think of a worse OS. If this doesn't end the Windows OS I don't know what will. It was so frustrating I returned the laptop. The replacement system will be a Mac and not because it was my first choice. It will be a Mac because Windows 8.x is unusable.

Refreshed by a brief blackout, I got to my feet and went next door. -- Martin Amis, _Money_