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Comment Re:wan port (Score 1) 123

This is a terrible idea, and it's not something I'd trust even a little. This is all about locking you into Google, and making it easy for them to manage your home remotely.

I would put absolutely zero trust in this device.

People are dumb when it comes to technology. Maybe Google sees that there will be not only a need, but a requirement for a home network design/protocol/whatever that encapsulates the hardware we now get from our ISP of choice. We're entering the "internet access is a fundamental right" era. It's only logical to conclude that means highly regulated internet and, naturally, the need for a standard the government can leverage when they take over.

I'm not refuting that it can lead to Google being able to turn over your home network to the Feds; rather, that it isn't because someday they want to.

Comment Re:Did NOT rule the program constitutional. (Score 1) 150

It's a very problematic ruling, raises a lot of issues, and in my opinion should be reversed...

I am interested in why it is problematic, and what issues it raises. In the interest of saving this article's comments from the hordes of "oh my god we're gonna die the NSA will be able to name our children due to this ruling!" can you elaborate? Thanks.

Comment Re:When The Lunatics Take Over The Asylum (Score 0) 456

From TFA:

"Several people in the UK have been diagnosed with electrosensitivity and received help for the disability but any financial allowance usually refers to a different name for the condition or a related condition," it [the court] said in a statement.

I'll bet the judge decided she was so delusional as to be unfit to work, and gave her benefits based on that. The "different name for the condition" could be delusional thinking (or whatever the correct psychiatric term for that is - IANAP). Mental illness certainly can be debilitating.

Now that's insightful.

Comment Re:When The Lunatics Take Over The Asylum (Score 5, Insightful) 456

Subject says it all. It really is time to start taking lawyers and other bottom feeders to task. Mentally ill people should be treated for their paranoia, not have it confirmed.

I'm just happy to see it happen somewhere other than the US. Turns out other countries have nuts and greedy lawyers, too.

Comment Re:Comparison? (Score 1) 255

Like computer science...

Consider that most people I know who have an undergraduate degree in "computer science" are as close to a scientist as a blog is to journalism. Computer Science degrees can mean as little as "more computer credits than liberal arts credits." But maybe that is endemic to popular degree programs.

Comment Re:Yes (Score 1) 698

I don't understand your reaction to my comment. I'm not suggesting that training should be required; rather, that any responsible gun owner should fully understand how their gun operates and how to operate their gun. I mountain bike, and I know how my mountain bike works. I drive a car, and I know, for the most part, how a car works. I use a computer, and I know, for the most part, how a computer works. I'm a software developer, and even though the garbage collector will come along and clean up after me (eventually), I consider how my use of various objects and techniques will affect performance.

Comment Re:Yes (Score 1) 698

I believe people who own guns should train, either formally or at the range with friends. If one buys a gun and just carries it around, it isn't really that useful (and can be dangerous). One day at the range shooting plates in a timed drill is all it takes to realize how difficult it would be to handle a weapon in an active shooter situation.

Comment Re:Yes (Score 1) 698

The real question is, Would our troops accept the government telling them to mount an offensive against the populace? I was in the Air Force; my brother the Marines. As gung-ho and 'Merica shouting as some military folk are, the reality is that they aren't radically pro-government; instead, they are pro-liberty.

Fortunately, the radically pro-government types (Occupy *, et al), also tend to be radically against the military and violence by their own hands. Without an army, the best they can hope for is to vote in their party. But who will enforce the will of an overarching federal authority - should it ever come to that - if the military folks don't see eye-to-eye with that will?

Caveat - Admittedly hypothetical, and one of any number of ways such a thing could come about.

Comment Re: As much as possible (Score 1) 350

Go buy your own HDD (or SSD). Who cares how cheap your company is? They are all cheap, but the good devs spend their own money on tools / upgrades / etc.

Encrypted SSD drive. Public company dealing with PHI. I take care of having my favorite peripherals, but I don't mess with the computer hardware.

Comment Re:As much as possible (Score 2) 350

For comparison, I am a software developer on Core i7 Win 7 64 bit on a 3-year old Lenovo T520. I regularly use 6.5 GB or more of 8 GB of RAM with one instance of SSMS and three or 4 instances of VS2013 (plus Chrome, IE, Outlook, and often some Office programs). There must be a lot of system shit sucking RAM, too, because I have never counted more than 5 GB of my own programs. But still, I'd at least feel way better with 16 GB. (Also, the company bought laptops with 160 GB hard drives, so I regularly have to fight for every GBs (and even MBs) of space so I can compile projects.)

Comment Quantified Self (Score 1) 14

Because we don't spend enough time looking at our phones as it is. [Obviously, that doesn't apply to people need to quantify themselves in various ways due disease, etc. But JTFC, do you really need to track your steps at a music festival? Most of them were probably just you twirling in a circle while on e.]

Comment Re:I thought this was the only way SAP gets sold. (Score 3, Informative) 72

I thought this was how the wheels of bureaucracy were greased in Central America.

Friends of mine headed south from Belize to continue a trip we were on together, and they experienced it along the rest of their trip through Central America. Get to a border: Grease a palm. Get stopped randomly by the "police:" Grease a palm. Since money is paper, I guess you can call that "paperwork." Only, it is far more efficient than the other kind.

The reason computer chips are so small is computers don't eat much.