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Comment: Re:Credit cards? (Score 1) 77

by idontgno (#47949585) Attached to: Home Depot Says Breach Affected 56 Million Cards

Harvest their organs for the long organ donor list and they'll have contributed to society for once in their now terminated life.

Certain intelligent people have already explored where that idea ends up.

Executive summary: you better never get caught jaywalking, because there are dozens of people who think they have a claim on your vital organs thay you do.

Comment: Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (Score 1) 501

by anagama (#47938271) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

"forget answer to security question" --- a security question is usually used in the context of retrieving or resetting a password. If Apple can retrieve the password (from the device, its servers, iTunes, whatever) or can remotely reset the password and somehow make your data available to you, then it isn't secure. Secure would mean that forgetting a password is effectively the same (at least for the next 5 or 10 years) as tossing the storage into a raging furnace.

Comment: What is really happening here? (Score 1) 949

by Bruce Perens (#47930483) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children
We are in a War on Faith, because Faith justifies anything and ISIS takes it to extremes. But in the end they are just a bigger version of Christian-dominated school boards that mess with the teaching of Evolution, or Mormon sponsors of anti-gay-marriage measures, or my Hebrew school teacher, an adult who slapped me as a 12-year-old for some unremembered offense against his faith.

Comment: Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (Score 1) 949

by Bruce Perens (#47930331) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Hm. The covenant of Noah is about two paragraphs before this part (King James Version) which is used for various justifications of slavery and discrimination against all sorts of people because they are said to bear the Curse of Ham. If folks wanted to use the Bible to justify anything ISIS says is justified by God's words in the Koran, they could easily do so.

18 And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan.
19 These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.
20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:
21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.
23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness.
24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.
25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
26 And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

Comment: Re:KC-135 (Score 1) 110

by idontgno (#47928041) Attached to: A DC-10 Passenger Plane Is Perfect At Fighting Wildfires

You mean KC-10. The KC-135 platform is based on the ancient Boeing Dash 80 airliner prototype, the forebear of the 707.

The US Air Force is contemplating retiring the KC-10 as it takes on the new KC-46 (tankerized cargo Boeing 767) so that they can continue to maintain only two tanker types in the fleet.

Comment: Re:Not Hacked? (Score 0) 191

by idontgno (#47918713) Attached to: Tim Cook Says Apple Can't Read Users' Emails, That iCloud Wasn't Hacked

If you think like a cell in a Corporate Person, it's a critical distinction.

It's why you can't sentence a corporation to death, as much as it might be deserved.

So, yes. It's a distinction that makes no difference to the user, but every difference to the corporation.

And, at the end of the day, we all know whose interests the corporation is looking out for.

Comment: Re:Here's another idea... (Score 1) 239

by anagama (#47917503) Attached to: AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

I used to live in a city with about 80,000 people. My choices were cruddy comcast service or slower DSL. Netflix was always buffering.

I moved into the countryside about 10 miles out of town. Comcast doesn't provide service here but there is a small regional cable company. As a result, my service 2-3x faster, and costs 60% of what I used to pay Comcast.

The real issue is that cable companies are not considered common carriers. In the UK they do the common carrier thing and there is massive competition, better service, cheaper prices:

Now, about that "US is so big" bullshit. The US is like half a dozen regional Japans or Frances or Sweedens. In the middle of nowhere WY -- yeah, you aren't going to have fiber. But what about the I-5 corridor from Portland to Seattle? That's densely populated. Or WA DC to NY City -- that's major density. No reason you couldn't have 10x the speed at 1/10th the cost in any of those types of places.

Comment: Satre was an embittered multiplayer game player (Score 1) 291

by idontgno (#47917125) Attached to: The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

"Hell is other people."

My current game addiction is WoW. It's explicitly multiplayer, although you can pretend ("the illusion of single-player") that you're playing by yourself for a lot of the play. Until someone ganks you, or starts spamming inane bullshit in the yell channel, or you have to go into a pick-up raid to accomplish something (damn legendary cloak quests).

In that latter case, you run into the worst of people, all in a little 10-player or 25-player microcosm. Narcissistic douchbags, trolls (some of whom are actually trolls), lazy asses who expect you to carry them, clueless weiners who don't understand the fight and can't be troubled to learn...

Too bad for me I actually enjoy the game, except for the parts where the "multiplayer" part ruins the rest.

"The chain which can be yanked is not the eternal chain." -- G. Fitch