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Comment: no, they can't order that (Score 1) 424

by tacokill (#47939161) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police
In the US, we have this thing called the 5th amendment so no one can be compelled to provide a password which, if used, may incriminate them. The UK is a different story but here in the USA, we still have that protection.

I am not saying they won't TRY to get you to turn it over or trample your rights in the process. That will most certainly happen. What I am saying is that there isn't any legal precedent to compel you to turn it over.

Comment: hotbutton for me (Score 1) 532

by tacokill (#47929621) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9
Dear friendly helper person, please help me make Win 7 explorer look and act more like win2000 explorer. I gave this search up a long time ago but you have breathed some new life into my quest. I've been using Win7 for so long I kind of forgot how much I hated the new file explorer when I migrated from W2K.

Please share, my good man!

Comment: You grossly misunderstand the problem (Score 1) 710

by tacokill (#47457509) Attached to: People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use
We are not burning coal because of stupid jackassery. We are burning coal because we have to.

Or did you think we could just shut off 1/3 of the power production in this country with no negative effect? Believe me, we understand your argument about coal being bad. Ok, fine: what's the alternative? How do you replace ~33% of power production with something better without seriously disrupting the electricity supply which seriously disrupts civilized society?

Comment: wrong (Score 4, Insightful) 250

by tacokill (#47272925) Attached to: TrueCrypt Author Claims That Forking Is Impossible
When it comes to security, one must always error on the side of caution. There are very strong signs and signals that there is a problem with Truecrypt. Those that don't heed that warning are placing themselves at risk.

The default position of everything is: insecure until proven otherwise. If there's a good chance something is insecure, then we assume it is. We don't want to error in the other direction because the implications are too great if we are wrong. This is where we are with Truecrypt. Those throwing caution to the wind - at this point - are doing themselves a disservice.

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 465

by tacokill (#47262879) Attached to: IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation
Keep dreaming with your head in the sand. If you can't buck up and admit there's a problem here, there is no hope for you. You're a partisan and your opinion is rightly devalued.

The IRS itself has stated Lerner's emails from 2009 - 2011 have been lost. That is a problem no matter who's side you are on. It's not about "pinning" something on Obama, it's about keeping the IRS (and all government agencies) in check so they aren't abusing their power.

Comment: Re:Guard (Score 1) 332

by tacokill (#46808815) Attached to: Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All
That company was formed back in 1992. Are you suggesting they formed that company for the purposes of polluting the environment and escaping liability by declaring bankruptcy? They thought of this 31 years ago and only now are implementing their plan?

Two questions: a) Are you serious? b) why would they wait so long for the grand prize? Why not pollute and go bankrupt in year 2 and save the trouble of the other 29 years?

Comment: Where are they? (Score 1) 253

by tacokill (#46805369) Attached to: L.A. Science Teacher Suspended Over Student Science Fair Projects
Some non-owners are quite well informed and not hysterical.
Where are these people? We need their help bringing intelligence into this conversation. Unfortunately, I fear they are scared to speak up, lest they be tarred by the anti-gun proponents who revel in intimidation tactics.

In all seriousness, it would be nice to hear from non-gun owners who aren't hysterical and who do know the difference between a magazine and a bullet. They would be a welcome breath of fresh air into an otherwise tired debate.

Comment: NOT TRUE (Score 1) 253

by tacokill (#46805299) Attached to: L.A. Science Teacher Suspended Over Student Science Fair Projects
Progressives are *not* anti-gun, neither are environmentalists
THIS IS NOT TRUE. They are absolutely anti-gun and anyone claiming otherwise, isn't paying attention. Teddy Roosevelt has almost nothing in common with today's Democrats and their progressive/environmental constituency. The fact that you try to tie the two together only further proves the point.

Comment: Re:Guard (Score 2, Insightful) 332

by tacokill (#46805201) Attached to: Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All
Only in your fantasy land.

Great hyperbolic story about "evil corporation$" but not remotely close to what would really happen. If you tried to do what you claim, you would find the regulation, permitting, and legal requirements would far outstrip your ability to meet them. You want to build a plant by a river? Hah! The EPA says otherwise. You want to handle poisons? Hah! OSHA will be all over you before you start. You want to put water back into a river? Go see the EPA again. Wash, rinse, and repeat until all government bureaucrats for all government agencies are satisfied.

Translation: you wouldn't even get to step 1 of your diabolical scheme because the world does not work the way you describe, even though it sounds great

"Who cares if it doesn't do anything? It was made with our new Triple-Iso-Bifurcated-Krypton-Gate-MOS process ..."