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Comment Re: Idea stolen from nazi germany (Score 1) 572

I thought that tattooing was generally confined to Auschwitz, but you've got the general idea. It was a way to keep track of prisoners so that camp officials could monitor and report on process improvement. The process being the extermination of human beings. Just thinking about it makes me feel like vomiting.

Comment fidonet... (Score 1) 170

... for those who never used or heard of it, was a peer-to-peer messaging and file interchange network where a peer was a BBS accessed by dial-in modem. This was in the days before ubiquitious tubed internet access. For folks that didn't have access to usenet at school it was THE place to be.

Comment Obligatory bogachev (Score 1) 75

Your important files encryption produced on this computer: photos, videos, documents, etc. Here is a complete list of encrypted files, and you can personally verify this.

Encryption was produced using a unique public key RSA-2048 generated for this computer. To decrypt files you need to obtain a private key. The single copy of the private key, which will allow you to decrypt the files, located on a secret server on the Internet; the server will destroy the key after a time specified in this window. After that, nobody and never will be able to restore files.

To obtain the private key for this computer, which will automatically decrypt files, you need to pay 666 Bitcoin like similar amount in another country. Click >nezt> to select the method of payment and the currency. Any attempt to remove or damage this software will lead to the immediate destruction of the private key by server.

Comment No fun on the receiving end (Score 3, Insightful) 64

I had one (prostate biopsy) about 10 yrs ago. The doc that ordered it did so because of a single elevated PSA. No robots, no MRI, just a doctor and nurse with an ultrasound machine and a tube up my butt. They moved the tube guided by the ultrasound image. press a button and it shoots a hollow needle through the colon wall into the prostrate. Basically, core drilling into body parts. Hurts like hell. Retrieve the needle with sample, put new needle into machine, lather, rinse, repeat. Blood in my piss and come for a week. Diagnosis was BPH. I cant see how robots and being confined to an MRI will make it any more effective or painless; just more expensive.

Comment Re: Fuck off ... (Score 1) 46

personally, i would know an average year if it bit me on the medial central tendoncie. since my first RIF in 2009 it's been nonstop weird. the cat died. my wife has developed major health issues. and theres a third flaming fucking bush aiming for the white house. i'm moving the family to costa effin rica. you're on yer own.

Comment Re: Sharing is caring - sharing w/everyone is TMI (Score 1) 43

Anyone with an NFC will be able to monitor your vitals. Think of the advertising and sales possibilities! Does a certain musical passage raise or lower your BP or pulse rate? Does a certain image or video produce fear or give you a woodie? Now everyone will know and will be able to use that for advertising targeted to your autonomic responses. Resistance is futile.

Comment Re: Never assume that ALL your Chinese workers are (Score 1) 100

Apple and, to be fair, Google & others, want cheaper workers. That's ok. They want to keep costs down. Shareholders agree. They want to artifically control the labor market. That's less ok. They should realize the short-term costs (fines) and longer-term costs (loss of IP).

Comment Never assume that ALL your Chinese workers are in (Score 1) 100

Companies really like Chinese engineers. Many are highly degreed, many of those are highly educated, they work hard and they're cheap. Only a few are going to steal IP. If a dedicated Chinese engineer has family back in China there's no way to know what kind of pressure the Chinese govt is going to apply, and, IMHO, it's all about the Chinese govt. Ya pays yer money, ya takes yer chances. I would like to encourage Apple to hire lots of H1Bs from SE Asia.

Comment Re: Before reading TFA ... (Score 1) 245

Sounds like browser-native Flash + Actionscript. Multi-platform, no plugins and widely supported. I've never developed for Flash and know nothing about ease-of-use. In any case, capabilities deliverable to the end-user are (sad to say) more important than developer friendliness. If a technology delivers an amazing user experience or a marketing advantage, management will insist that it be used, even if it requires developers to be fitted with face-hugging alien brain-suckers.

A university faculty is 500 egotists with a common parking problem.