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Comment: This just shows that hacking should be legal (Score 1) 220

by rtconner (#48635407) Attached to: Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

This whole episode is evidence that computer hacking should be completely legalized. If hacking was legal, some white-hat script kiddie from Nebraska would have found the security flaws in Sony's system a long time ago. The flaws would have been reported and fixed and would have been a whole lot less damaging to the country as a whole. Probably it barely would have made the news.

Instead we have to wait around for some country who has no regard for out legal system to hack our systems and find our flaws. Now North Korea looks smart, while we all know that there are hundreds of 16 year old hackers out there who probably could have done the same thing --- if it was legal.

Way to go lawmakers.

Comment: Nope. That's not what happened here... (Score 4, Insightful) 158

by Schezar (#48625679) Attached to: To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

And, none of those reasons are why region locking was added to Steam.

Further, it's not region locking like you described and railed against. All Steam did is wall off a handful of regions where the local currencies are extremely volatile, and even then ONLY for accounts gifting games to one another between the rest of the world and these tiny regions.

Your butthurt is misguided here. Let the strawman go.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 2) 440

by CrankyFool (#48609733) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

Not to start an argument, but are you sure about the 2nd amendment?

I'm a documented permanent legal alien here (Green Card); I own numerous guns. While as a non-citizen I have to show one extra piece of ID when purchasing a firearm, even in California (known for restrictive gun laws) I have the ability to purchase every firearm that a citizen can. I've never seen any indication of permanent residents being treated differently in terms of the ability to own firearms compared to citizens, and it feels like if the 2nd amendment (which refers to "people," not "citizens") could be construed to not include residents, someone would have already passed a law taking that particular capability out of my hands.

Comment: Third category (Score -1) 176

by amightywind (#48589401) Attached to: U.S. Passenger Vehicle Fleet Dirtier After 2008 Recession
Given the way my woman purred this morning, must be a third category. Those who reject the leftist Malthusian environmental orthodoxy and seek to live the best life possible through technology and, yes, high energy consumption. If I need to haul rocks, I can do it. If I need to give 5 people a ride, and all their gear, that too. Try that with your Smart car!. Heck, I could put one of those in my truck's bed.

Riches: A gift from Heaven signifying, "This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased." -- John D. Rockefeller, (slander by Ambrose Bierce)