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Comment: Re:Storing plaintext passwords should be illegal (Score 1) 84

by prshaw (#43038557) Attached to: Australian Tax Office Stores Passwords In Clear Text

And who should write the law on this? Who enforces the law?
I don't think I want the 'International Internet Police' coming to my house to see if I have applied the correct level of security to the passwords stored on my computer.
Hell, I don't want the 'International Internet Police' coming to my house for anything!

Comment: Re:If this were Electricity, Water or Gas meters.. (Score 1) 114

by prshaw (#42828511) Attached to: Thumb On the Scale? Study Finds 5 of 7 Broadband Meters Inaccurate

Do you think anyone would know? How many people have real clue how to measure how many kw of electricty they use, or how many gallons of water flow through their house each month?
I have no idea how many gallons of water I actually use, my bill could be off by a factor of 10 and I wouldn't be able to tell.
And truthfully I wouldn't really care, what I care about is if my bill is in line with others that appear to use the same as me.
They can call the units anything they want to call them as long as I can get a reasonable estimate of how much more my bill will go up when I use twice as much..

Comment: Re:Please don't take-away my Free TV (Score 1) 99

by prshaw (#38795877) Attached to: How Much LTE Spectrum Do Big Carriers Have?

Replacing OTA with internet downloads will only be an option once everyone has an internet connection cabable of doing it.
Someday that will be the case, but it will not be any time soon. I still know a few people who can only get dialup internet today, and I do not have a cable option for my house (not even for tv).

Comment: Re:I'm honestly confused... (Score 1) 359

by prshaw (#38678452) Attached to: LG To Pay Licensing Fees To Microsoft For Using Android

>> That is the biggest issue I think, microsoft is hiding the details from the company that can actually fix it.

Google can't find out what MS is calling infringement? Can't they ask B&N? Or maybe do an internet search on it?

Microsoft may be hiding the details from the public, but they are not hiding them Google.

Comment: Re:If they were manned aircraft would it be an iss (Score 2) 405

by prshaw (#38666000) Attached to: Who's Flying Those Drones? FAA Won't Say

>> All at the expense of having very little privacy, and of course opening the door for massive abuse.

Except that in all the cases you describe they have always been able to be there and monitor us, it was just more manual and luck based.
It was easier for us to look around for a man in a uniform watching, or a marked patrol car following, or a plane in the air, but they could always be there.
We aren't giving up any private area, or any privacy, we are just giving up our odds of being viewed in what was always a public area that we could be watched in.

Comment: Re:Two party system is failing us (Score 3, Insightful) 792

by prshaw (#38644416) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Which Candidates For Geek Issues?

I don't think it the 2 party system that is the problem, more that we (voters/public/peons) expect to find someone that will take a position on all the issues that we agree with. We could have 20 parties and different canidates from each and still not find one that agreed with our views.

That and our 'if you are not with us you are against us' mentality.There is no bend in what we will tolorate anymore.

I don't have a problem with the $ from corporate and union donors, I have a problem with the either outright lying or badly distorting the facts with the money. Any money that is used for something that was proven to not be 100% factual should have a penality of 10x that much to be split up amoung the opposition.

Comment: Re:Police Ssurveillance (Score 1) 761

by prshaw (#37992472) Attached to: Two New Fed GPS Trackers Found On SUV
Or it could have been a parent trying to keep track of their kids. Since I would really have expected law enforcement to come get their equipment back when they were done with it. After all they would have known where it was. I guess another question on these things is are the ones people are finding normally wired into the cars wiring? Not sure why but I assumed they would have their own internal battery and a big magnet to make it easier to install.

Comment: Re:Court of Appeals is fracking retarded. (Score 2, Insightful) 87

by prshaw (#29238383) Attached to: Court of Appeals Rejects FCC's Cable Subscriber Cap

I live in St Louis and can say that I have DSL and a dish, but cannot get cable. They won't run a wire down my road.

Up until about 3 years ago I couldn't even get DSL, I paid for a dedicated dialup.

So there are still places in some largish cities without a full set of options.

Comment: Re:No deterrence, just a sign that the law is bad. (Score 1) 386

by prshaw (#29078661) Attached to: DoJ Defends $1.92 Million RIAA Verdict

Not sure I only want laws where how easily broken is the basis.

Speeding, how many cars won't go faster then the speed limit? How about the speed limit in front of your house, it is easy to spped there so should we change the law to make it legal to go as fast as my car will go?

Breaking into a house, pretty easy to go in and take anything you want. Let's make that legal too.

Murder, how hard is it to buy a gun and kill someone? Most places you may only have a short waiting period to get the gun, and pulling the trigger is easy. Since this is so easy to do should we make it legal?

Where are we drawing the line on how easy something is to do and making it legal?

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