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Comment Of Course it is Unreasonable (Score 2) 146

As far as I am concerned, if the government has no specific and articulable facts that would lead a REASONABLE person to believe that you are involved in criminal activity, then the government has no right to even ask your name, let alone look you up in a database, run your license plate, or google you.

Comment None Specific - More General (Score 2) 484

Generally, I resent becoming a beta tester for literally everything. It seems like some time in the mid 90s, companies started doing away with in-house validation and decided that consumers would be the new quality control auditors, because almost every electronic/computer/software product I've bought since then has been utter shit, with a constant stream of patches, bug fixes, and other problems that should have been flushed out before the products were ever released.

Almost everything sold to day is chock full-o-glitches, gaping security holes, fatal errata, and other things that should never be shipped to consumers.

Comment Re:At McDonald's... (Score 1) 528

"Now what makes an Egg McMuffin so yummy in the tummy?

Is it the delicious cheese? The egg itself? The Canadian bacon (or optionally, the sausage patty)? Or is it the English Muffin?"

No, it's the 730mg of sodium and 6g of saturated fat, the combination of which can make even a slice of cardboard taste like something.

Comment TRS-80 Model I, with 16K and Extended BASIC (Score 2) 857

Ahhh yes, finally an article that belongs on Slashdot.

My very first computer was a TRS-80 Model I that my dad got for us back in 1980 or so. It had an external cassette recorder for saving programs - 600 baud AFSK encoding, IIRC.

That thing was fun to play with, although I got a lot of blank stares when I'd presented a program I wrote to my 3rd Grade show-n-tell in NYC in 1982. I think it was a sorting program or something like that.

I wish I could remember some of the games so I could perhaps find them today...

Submission + - Wikileaks Releases "NightSkies 1.2": Proof CIA Bugs "Factory Fresh" iPhones (

anonieuweling writes: Meet the CIA's "NightSkies 1.2" project, a "beacon/loader/implant tool" for the Apple iPhone "expressly designed to be physically installed onto factory fresh iPhones. i.e the CIA has been infecting the iPhone supply chain of its targets since at least 2008."
So yes, Is the deep state of the USA evil?

Submission + - WikiLeaks: CIA Has Been Infecting iPhones At the Factory Since 2008 (

An anonymous reader writes: Just when you thought the hole couldn't get any deeper:

Today, March 23rd 2017, WikiLeaks releases Vault 7 “Dark Matter”, which contains documentation for several CIA projects that infect Apple Mac Computer firmware (meaning the infection persists even if the operating system is re-installed) developed by the CIA’s Embedded Development Branch (EDB). These documents explain the techniques used by CIA to gain ‘persistence’ on Apple Mac devices, including Macs and iPhones and demonstrate their use of EFI/UEFI and firmware malware.

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