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Comment: Re:Muslims? (Score 1) 880

by magarity (#48600595) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

And then there's the difference between when a Christian commits some terror act for whatever political or personal motivation but not specific to Christianity vs a Muslim who commits a terror act specifically in the name of Islam. Motive does count for something when trying to determine and work with mediating root causes.

Comment: Re:FUD and kneejerk reactions (Score 3) 209

by magarity (#48565807) Attached to: Feds Plan For 35 Agencies To Collect, Share, Use Health Records of Americans

Before we cower in fear because ZOMG EVERYONE KNOWS EVERYTHING ABOUT ME

The worst part is probably NOT going to be that they know the CORRECT things about your health; the worst part will be when they know INCORRECT things about you. People have absolutely horrible times getting off the secret no-fly list of terrorists and that's just run by one government agency. Can you imagine if you have to convince 30+ different government agencies that they have you down incorrectly as being a modern Typhoid Mary? And just after you convince one or two of them to correct your record, their system gets an update back from one of the others resetting you back to where you started?

Comment: Chinese computers come this way (Score 4, Informative) 268

At any house brand computer store in China the computers come windows installed and activated but no disks. If you insist on an install disk the price for it is, amazingly, the same as buying windows retail. The whole activation system is fundamentally flawed, but the question is, how to make it 1) less of a pain for legit users and 2) harder for pirates? These two goals seem exclusive, alas.

Comment: Re:No bigger than ... (Score 1) 325

by magarity (#48548503) Attached to: Heathrow Plane In Near Miss With Drone

Well, if they are radio-controlled then we can pinpoint the controller by radio

Yes, this! I envision a system where some radio seeking fully automated drones fly near the airport searching for hobbyists on the ground with radio transmitters. The drones can then fire beam-rider missiles at the drone operators before any passenger planes can run into the drones. Problem solved!

"Your stupidity, Allen, is simply not up to par." -- Dave Mack (mack@inco.UUCP) "Yours is." -- Allen Gwinn (, in alt.flame