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Comment: Re:The moment of truth (Score 2) 126

by q4Fry (#47766419) Attached to: GOG Introduces DRM-Free Movie Store
I was somewhat sympathetic to the "We pirate because there's no legal way to get it online" until I read an article yesterday that highlighted NetFlix piracy.

If NetFlix doesn't serve your country, fine. I am not talking to you. If, however, you're getting House of Cards on isohunt or whatever the kids do these days, you can't claim it as "no legal way" anymore. Admit that you just don't want to pay $8 a month to be entertained.

Comment: Re:Is it so hard to say "Dodecagon"? (Score 1) 202

by q4Fry (#47765925) Attached to: How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids
I was sorely disappointed when I went to tfa. I really wanted to see how someone thought Egyptians were packing rectangular stones of incredible mass into platonic solids** with pentagonal faces made of wood and then proposed to roll them.

**(I know. "Dodecahedron" doesn't imply "regular dodecahedron," but that's how I imagined it.)

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 264

Agreed on the reaction time trade-off for region size. What do you think about the National Guard for the rare cases? Each state has one, and the Governor can call "emergency" to bring them in.

(Full disclosure: I don't know much about what Guard duty and training these days beyond supplementing troops abroad, laying sandbags, and what I just read on Wikipedia.)

Comment: Re:Trojan Horse (Score 1) 82

by q4Fry (#47690907) Attached to: EFF's Cell Phone Guide For US Protesters
What do you think they will do to you after you've messed with their computer system? I am fairly certain that they can get you under CFAA, minimum, let alone find a way to put you under the anti-terror laws.

You may be harder skinned than I am, but malware-bombing "the man" just to make a point while they are as likely as not to have you in custody at the time is way too far on the cost:outcome ratio than I would be comfortable trying. Maybe if you can convince strangers on the internet to try it, you come out ahead... wait.

Comment: Re:No (Score 1) 264

I am completely with you on the "every police department" question. I am solidly against police militarization in general (and in any sort of local setting), but I think that there occasional situations that require a regional team to have some kind of SWAT capability. (How large a region is up for debate.)

With respect to BitZ, I am not saying this is typical, but his/her hypothetical has happened with a tank.

Comment: Re:Public servants don't give an arm and a leg (Score 1) 327

by q4Fry (#47671205) Attached to: Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office
I think painting broad strokes over all DMV offices is overgeneralizing. (The thing we all have in common is that no one is excited about going to the DMV.)

I lived in one state where I "didn't bring the right paperwork" despite calling specifically about the paperwork to ask whether the documentation I had was sufficient. I was told over the phone that it would be, but when I got there and waited in the giant line, they told me that it wasn't.

Fast forward to a different state: I showed up, got squared away, and left in under 30 minutes.

UNIX was half a billion (500000000) seconds old on Tue Nov 5 00:53:20 1985 GMT (measuring since the time(2) epoch). -- Andy Tannenbaum