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Comment: Re:And yet (Score 1) 212

This is just completely incorrect. I put up a 10 year old laptop on my local freecycle (a yahoo group for free items) overnight. I took the post down immediately the next morning because I had over a hundred emails from people who wanted it. I even mentioned in the post that the battery didn't work so it had to be plugged in to use. I've also been passing my used computers to my mother and other family members as I upgrade.

Anything that can get a person on the internet is pretty useful to someone who wouldn't normally afford it.

Comment: Re:Massive conspiracy (Score 1) 465

by rhazz (#47262339) Attached to: IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation
You realize that even backups degrade over time? This requirement would mean that every tape reaching a certain point in its life would then need to be backed up to a new tape to prevent data loss. Eventually the cost of backing up the backups would dwarf the cost of backing up your recent data. But hey, it's just taxpayer money...

Comment: Re:Lerner gave up that argument, you can too. IRS (Score 1) 465

by rhazz (#47262183) Attached to: IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

In that time, the IRS approved perhaps dozens of applications

Ok not that I'm really following this story, I'm sure there are better numbers elsewhere, but in this quote: "perhaps dozens"? What does that even mean? Perhaps thousands? Perhaps millions? Perhaps none? This implies they don't actually know any numbers.

Comment: Re:Massive conspiracy (Score 1) 465

by rhazz (#47262093) Attached to: IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation
Is every single piece of information automatically document that must be kept? If I choose to call someone in the next building instead of emailing them, am I responsible for transcribing the phone call to a text file to ensure the information exchange is preserved for X years?

Deleting emails once an issue is known is certainly dubious behaviour, but I'm sure 95% of internal mail is just people communicating about day-to-day work. In my office if an email has some kind of significance it must be transferred to our document repository, but that is mainly for things that act as a signature (e.g. approvals).

Comment: Re:Russia is invading eastern Ukraine (Score 1) 272

Until someone can prove that the referendum was done under duress, or the vote was rigged, why will no one accept the Crimean's decision?

I would consider my country's government being occupied by foreign military forces a pretty good sign of being "under duress". Also if the occupying force held a referendum where status-quo was not an option, it would be pretty easy to argue that I am being forced to go down one of two paths that I do not want.

Maybe things look different from the perspective of the Crimean populace, and maybe this really is what the overwhelming majority wanted. But from outside it certainly doesn't seem legit.

Comment: Re:if it's so advanced (Score 1) 1374

by rhazz (#46890565) Attached to: "Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

But what is the point of mandating that police use it? Nobody on the selling side of this product is advocating forcing this gun on the populace. This is a private company selling a particular product to a particular market. That market is probably gun owners who have young children.

Nobody is forcing anyone to buy electric cars today either.

Comment: Re:It Won't Work (Score 1) 353

by rhazz (#46622923) Attached to: If Ridesharing Is Banned, What About Ride-Trading?
Not to mention the whole idea is based on the silly assumption that a driver who give rides will use the service themselves to distribute their credit to other drivers. What is the use case where a person who give rides would need to use the service to get rides? I'm sure there are scenarios that fit but surely not enough to support this business model.

Comment: Re:Without her permission? (Score 1) 367

by rhazz (#46604465) Attached to: Minnesota Teen Wins Settlement After School Takes Facebook Password
I suggest you re-read my comment. You seem to have inferred that I am somehow defending the school's specific actions here. I was responding to the parent's suggestion that the only thing schools need to worry about is teaching.
1) Right, it NEVER happens... except it does. Maybe you're thinking of physical bullying?
2) As I said in the GP, I agree this incident was overreach. 3) As I said in the GP, I agree this incident was overreach. 4) As I said in the GP, I agree this incident was overreach. 5) As I said in the GP, I agree this incident was overreach. The only thing I said that was specific to this incident was that it was overreach, which you clearly ignored.

Comment: Re:Without her permission? (Score 1) 367

by rhazz (#46593833) Attached to: Minnesota Teen Wins Settlement After School Takes Facebook Password
Most school boards have a mandate to prevent bullying, and the facebook comments probably fall under this category since it was made by a student of the school about an employee of the school. That it occurred outside the school is irrelevant, because the school must provide a mentally healthy workplace for both the employee and the student. I agree that the specific incident is overreach and not a good way to resolve anything, but there is very likely some legal responsibility on the school's part to deal with the conflict.

Comment: Re:Here's how to secure your "Internet of things" (Score 1) 106

by rhazz (#46587925) Attached to: Security for the 'Internet of Things' (Video)

Fridge: Can track things like how old your milk is, and text you to bring some home.

I realize you're grasping, but why would the fridge need/want to do that? Unless your milk is somehow hooked up to sensors in the fridge that monitor its freshness, you are only getting texts based on some data you input into a system somewhere. In that case you might as well use an app on your phone to track it, and remove the risk of someone hacking your fridge and spoiling your food.

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