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Comment: Re:As if SMTP were ever secure... (Score 4, Insightful) 609

by tsqr (#49232835) Attached to: Clinton Regrets, But Defends, Use of Family Email Server

When you read science fiction, does the character with the smart phone carry two of them so that she can have access to her secure stuff and her regular stuff? Hell no.

Science fiction != real life. But that aside, what's up with the whole lame "two phones" argument? Most people who have smartphones know you can have two email clients connecting to two different accounts on two different services on a single device.

Comment: Re:Nobody gets to use the surprise face (Score 4, Informative) 131

by tsqr (#49080127) Attached to: US May Sell Armed Drones

Weapons, entertainment, and food are pretty much the bulk of American exports.

Actually, no. In 2013, the US was the second largest exporter of arms ($6.2 billion), after Russia ($8.3 billion). And because you probably won't read the linked article, I should mention that these numbers include the estimated value of arms given as foreign aid. But those numbers are dwarfed by the real heavyweights.

Top ten US exports in 2013:

  1. Machines, engines, pumps: US$219,566,232,000 (13.5% of total exports)
  2. Electronic equipment: $171,966,197,000 (10.6%)
  3. Oil: $157,213,437,000 (9.7%)
  4. Vehicles: $135,797,903,000 (8.4%)
  5. Aircraft, spacecraft: $124,831,567,000 (7.7%)
  6. Medical, technical equipment: $84,879,104,000 (5.2%)
  7. Gems, precious metals, coins: $65,522,480,000 (4.0%)
  8. Plastics: $63,025,216,000 (3.9%)
  9. Pharmaceuticals: $43,967,977,000 (2.7%)
  10. Organic chemicals: $42,255,264,000 (2.6%)

Comment: Re:Here's the problem (Score 1) 220

by tsqr (#49077443) Attached to: Obama Says He's 'A Strong Believer In Strong Encryption'

first time some attack (even 9/11 was utterly minor in terms of life vs, say, annual car accidents) happens, you have these dumb sheep throw the Constitution out the window and yell 'Murica while going full tilt behind a nearly decade long attack on a country that had nothing to do with it.

Dead is dead; what difference does the manner of death make, is that it? On the average day, 89 people die in automobile accidents. If that suddenly jumped to 3000 per day, you can bet your "dumb sheep" would react pretty much the same way.

Comment: Re:More useful than my high school options (Score 1) 259

by tsqr (#48993183) Attached to: Washington May Count CS As Foreign Language For College Admission

or even the more nonsensical "I could care less."

It isn't nonsensical. It's idiom. Sort of like "head over heels" (which started life in the 14th century as "heels over head") or "the exception that proves the rule" (depends on an archaic definition of the word, "prove", meaning "test"; we see the remnants of that today in terms such as "proof mass"). By the way, English is in no way unique in having illogical idiomatic expressions.

Comment: Re:problem (Score 1, Funny) 155

by tsqr (#48992809) Attached to: Apple Said To Be Working On a Pay TV Service

Everyone in America at this point knows if it says Apple, don't get into it in the first place. It's like a black hole. Once you're inside, you're stuck and that's that.

Which type of fallacy is this? Where you ways "everyone knows" when no such thing is true.

You're right, of course. He really should have said, "Everyone in America who's been paying attention knows ...". Much smaller number than "Everyone".

To downgrade the human mind is bad theology. - C. K. Chesterton