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Comment: Either.. (Score 1) 48

Either a sock puppet account trying to make sure people are getting messages about how "cool" the concept is. Or. Someone nerd raging and believing everything technology is cool. Or Finally. The person chose an offensive vocabulary to express their thoughts.

I'll lean toward the last thing, mixed with the middle.

I will state that the rating of "Troll" is wrong also, and it agrees with my thoughts (though I'd have expressed them differently). If "Fuck the CIA" can get modded insightful (in a thread yesterday), so can this.

Comment: Re:Have government go first. (Score 1) 229

by s.petry (#47579125) Attached to: UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

Could you please explain what govement employee financial records and private lives have to do with freedom of speech? It doesn't.

When they are trying to demand access to everyone else' private lives, it sure as hell does. You are going to have to do better than an elementary fallacy to sway people away from hsthompson69's point.

Comment: Bullshit! (Score 2) 48

TV, Phones, and Radio are not inherently bad. People originally saw broadcast media as a way of sharing knowledge. A voice with further range.

That said, just like speaking it also has the potential to be misused and harm the public. I'll argue that it has been used for exactly that purpose for decades as well, with the last couple of decades reaching an absurd level of hypnotizing the public and keeping them away from reality.

As we see with other forms of broadcast, the "Internet" has also been abused for the same purposes. You only need to look into why Wikimedia started blocking congressional IPs from anonymous edits to know that it's not just "conspiracy wackos" trying to mislead people. It should also be obvious that this media format has been used for more nefarious purposes than simply misleading or providing false information. Once again, you can point to government agencies as the largest culprits.

Given what we know about people abusing media and technology, why the hell would you want your toaster and fridge connected to the internet? In nearly every case, the risk drastically outweighs any potential benefit of having the device internet accessible in my opinion. Not only do you have to worry about an insurance company looking at your fridge and increasing your rates because you have too many high carb foods (which is on track to be 100% government controlled), but you also have to worry about a hacker turning up the temperature so your food spoils. Even better, automatically ordering food for you when that gets plugged in (already being touted as why you should have a fridge on the internet), because you can probably afford $68,000.00 worth of steak right?

Nobody cares what you do, but at least stop bullshitting people and using fallacy to make yourself look better than someone who has weighed the risks and does not want this type of technology invading their home.

Currently there is nothing from stopping you from rigging up your house and appliances in numerous fashions to have all your "stuff" shared on the internet. Do it up, just don't bitch when your "stuff" gets destroyed or stolen. More importantly, stop trying to imply it's a great idea and everyone should do it.

Comment: Re:So China is going to do (Score 1) 103

by s.petry (#47575959) Attached to: Chinese Government Probes Microsoft For Breaches of Monopoly Law
Which trial are you referring to exactly? As I stated, MS was found guilty numerous times ant there were several separate cases tried under Bush which were all successful. The first BIG trial was under Clinton, and Bush blocked (technically heavily influenced) more Federal trials.

Comment: Re:So! The game is rigged! (Score 1) 559

by s.petry (#47574923) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

While I agree this is possible, I will also submit that it's only a partial truth because not all banks and credit cards are the same. Many credit card companies will provide negative scoring for paying off a debt completely every month. I have had 2 credit cards cancelled for exactly that reason (years apart mind you, not simultaneous). The reason I got the cards was for the same reason you claimed worked, to build a score by making small purchases and paying it off each month. Except that credit card companies can cancel your cards for any reason, and in my case did after a few months of purchasing small goods and paying off the balance every month.

American Express has worked this way for as long as they have been in business, but you pay an annual fee to have the card so it's still not "free" and you are not being paid to have the card.

As the old saying goes, if something appears too good to be true it probably is. That said, I'd be interested in looking at your actual monthly statements to see how much you actually pay for credit card use. Call me cynical, but nobody rides for free. Perhaps if your "company" is contributing more, you would appear to pay less, etc...

I will grant you that big banks are worse than credit unions, and perhaps your credit cards are both through your credit union. Doubtful that you would get frequent flier miles that way, but surely possible.

Comment: Re:So China is going to do (Score 4, Insightful) 103

by s.petry (#47574019) Attached to: Chinese Government Probes Microsoft For Breaches of Monopoly Law

The DOJ did not fail to convict Microsoft of being an illegal monopoly, they failed to _PUNISH_ them after they were found guilty. Microsoft paid lobbyists to convince congress that breaking them apart (as was done with AT&T) would cause further economic collapse. Yeah yeah, so much for the separation of powers...

It was not just the DOJ that failed to punish MS. Several states had similar successful trials where MS was found guilty, and the payout from MS was "free MS products for Education and Government" for N years ( in some cases 5 years ). I wrote numerous articles and papers back then explaining how this was not a punishment, but obviously a method of further entrenching their monopoly.

Comment: What? (Score 1) 491

by s.petry (#47571635) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

Jackson and Sharpton both have livelihoods that depend on race issues. Both are known for race baiting, and have made careers doing just that. This is why even when no racial issues exist, they fabricate information to make them exist. These are not the only two that manipulate discrimination issues for cash. We saw recently that the NAACP will give bigots a lifetime achievement award, if the bigot gives enough money to the NAACP.

That statement should not imply that real issues of discrimination do not exist, but rather that real issues of discrimination are diminished because of these types of people.

It's not a shakedown for money, because that would only let you cash a check once. He wants constant racial issues, and instigates them when ever possible.

Comment: What? (Score 2) 160

by s.petry (#47571233) Attached to: The Problems With Drug Testing

You do realize that it takes money to sue someone correct? Well, technically you could file yourself but you will quickly lose because a laymen is not going to understand the required procedures even assuming they could figure out the correct paperwork to file to get the case started.

Very few lawyers work pro bono. If any risk at all existed in the case (including to their reputation) lawyers can and often do refuse cases.

No, it's not practical for a homeless person to sue anyone. In a criminal case a lawyer must be provided if the person can not afford one, but that is not true with civil cases.

Comment: Bad summary of two separate issues (Score 4, Insightful) 174

Why the summary munged Alexander's laughable salary request and a lawsuit by a journalist is a bit baffling.

First issue, the lawsuit. The NSA refused to provide under Federal Law. It should not come as a surprise to anyone that this agency is ignoring (or at least attempting to ignore) Federal Law. The right answer is to disband the NSA and hand SIGINT over to the Military which tends to follow the US Constitution a bit more closely. While we are disbanding things, we should also revamp the CIA, FBI, DHS, and TSA removing most of their powers and executives that also ignore the law.

Second issue is that Alexander thinks he's brilliant enough to make a million a month telling people what most IT Security professionals can do for a much better rate. I'd do better than he does at securing a company, and I'll do it for much less. In fact I can think of a few dozen people I'd recommend for much less, and for a million a month I'd have a full staff doing audits _and_ consulting. You don't need to be a former General to be intelligent about security, you need knowledge.

In other words, if Alexander can get a million a month for consulting it sure as hell is not for security. It would be for cronyism.

Comment: Re:So! The game is rigged! (Score 1) 559

by s.petry (#47565489) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Try being working or lower middle class and doing the same thing. When you can only save a few hundred a month for a house due to rent costing over 1.5 times a typical mortgage payment

I moved out of poverty and into the upper middle class over time. There is no silver spoon or handouts for the overwhelming majority of people that move out of poverty to a better income.

Being debt free gives me more cash than a person that has lots of debt. Their money goes to interest payments, mine stays in the bank. It's not being "rich", it's being debt free.

Comment: Re:So! The game is rigged! (Score 1) 559

by s.petry (#47562917) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

There is nothing wrong with using credit and loans as long as they are used responsibly.

Funny that you believe you should have to pay a bank money, just for the "privilege" of spending money. You already earned your pay, but you think you should pay a bank so that you can spend it? This is exactly what I was referring to about people not understanding the scam.

Comment: Re:So! The game is rigged! (Score 1) 559

by s.petry (#47562883) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

1. A credit history. That's not necessarily debt, it is a history of handling small debts that you've paid off.

This is what I said. If you pay your phone bill every month, you don't get extra points. If you pay your phone bill with a credit card, you will get extra points IF and only IF you pay just the minimum payment (mostly interest to prolong your debt). If you pay it off in full, you may receive negative points. If you don't pay your bill on time you can be reported for negative points as well. Doing the right thing and paying on time the full amount to the company will not help your credit.

Your item 2 has a hell of a lot to do with item 1. If people want you indebted longer, they will target you for additional debt. Banks can somehow take back any property you gained, get insurance money for losses, and receive handouts from the Government for doing just that.

Nobody can force you to go into debt.

True. At the same time if a bank forces you to have a particular credit score to get a loan (as most do) the only way to get the credit score is to live in constant debt paying interest payments. Go ahead and try buying a house with a low credit score. Even if you don't need to be in debt people use credit cards for this exact reason. Hence, why I claim it's a scam.

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