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Comment: Re:It's what you do with it (Score 1) 176

Don't running gangs and smuggling phones have their own penalties? Does it matter (illegal activity) if it's done via FB, or via carrier pigeon, or via verbal whispering? It's the illegal activity that should be being prosecuted, not the online access. And doing it online just provides a neat "paper" trail - ask your friends in Utah for a dump of every I/O from your devices.

Comment: Re:Stronger regs ? Try a better radar (Score 1) 236

by tchdab1 (#48915205) Attached to: White House Drone Incident Exposes Key Security Gap

Macro-object anti-virus protection in 3 dimensions. Develop macrophages that identify, target, and dispose of invading objects with little to no collateral damage to surrounding areas (residential, for example), little to no disturbance to the area on an on-going basis. Not just for the White House, but for lots of other attractive targets (industry centers, nuke plants, famous attractions, etc.) A new industry becomes public as well as a new operational environment we'll all be getting used to.

Comment: Re:Please don't (Score 4, Insightful) 280

by tchdab1 (#48613045) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

Speaking of debts, after you find the STEM topic that interests you most (motivation should be key to choosing what to study), and identify the kind of program you want to apply for, get as much of the requirements done at inexpensive community college or other local institutions with transferrable credits. A few years ago my local community college offered classes at $70 a credit or less - books often cost more. To me that's almost free.
And vote to elect people who will fight for less profits made off student loans, and even for more subsidies for eduction.

Comment: Re:Hard to say (Score 4, Insightful) 346

Hard to believe 20% of the staff, including some senior writers, would all quit as an overreaction to some email. But as you say we don't know the details.
Imagine working for years at a small well-regarded tech company (assuming you're more familiar with tech companies) with 56 employees that gets bought out. What kind of actions would cause 12 of your long time valued employees to up and quit?

Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth. -- Nero Wolfe