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Comment Re:Its pretty important... (Score 1) 307

>t you'd rather blame some river hacking for literally submerging Louisiana

Yes, because in this case you don't know what you're talking about. Flordia is built on rock (limestone in fact), when it see rises it stays the same level. Louisiana is not. The LA flood plain, if we allowed the natural flow of the river would take far longer than all the other land around it to be submerged by sea level rise. You should learn how river deltas work, and the fact they naturally compress over time.

Comment Re:And if the server authenticates the user (not o (Score 1) 245

>>Most servers, in turn, authenticate the sender of outgoing mail.

They do no such thing. They authenticate the 'username' and 'password' of an account. The sender could be anyone with that persons username, almost anywhere in the world. The amount of account compromises and password breaches we see every year pretty much guarantee that anyone who wants a 'fake' email can get one.

Comment Re:I feat they will put WiFi in every telephone ne (Score 1) 376

>The worst thing my TV can do if hacked is stop working completely and forever.

Or turn into part of a botnet attacking other peoples websites. Maybe you're on a metered connection and you'll go over your bandwidth quota.

Oh, and maybe you have one of those smart TVs that responds to voice commands and can be turned into a listening device.

Maybe the firmware settings like to reset themselves on the TV every 6 months so it starts looking for the nearest open wireless to connect to.

Comment Re:people are tired of recycled movie plots (Score 1) 189

Read those and you'll see why there is only a limited number of stories to be told. If you see 30 movies in your life they will all be pretty original. If you see 30 movies a year, the limited breadth of humanity will be apparent.

Comment Re:Makes sense. (Score 1) 189

If you pay to go to a movie, especially if you pay a lot to go to it (expensive ticket, expensive concessions), you will view it as being better than one you viewed cheaply or free. This is true for almost any product with price discrimination. People that pay more for a product feel better about the product in general even if it is the same product as the lower price choices.

Comment Re:hey, how about you don't do that (Score 1) 212

>Why, so that they get a guilty plea and don't have to actually find, assess and present evidence?

That's not 'completely' true. The DA has to present the plea deal to a judge (in theory the same judge that you would have your trial in front of) and the judge tell the DA the plea is not accepted because of lack of evidence and that it must be brought to trial.

Comment Re:As a European... (Score 3) 373

>To those of us whose parents or grandparents had to live and suffer through WW2

>That is very much what the rules on hate speech are about, preventing those very things to happen again.

I see you didn't learn from WW2. Hate speech didn't cause it. Hate speech caused the jews to be targeted in particular, yes, but the war itself was caused by terrible economic conditions as a result of WW1. Censorship will not prevent WW3.

Comment Re:I'm conflicted (Score 1) 99

>ALL autodialing systems should be illegal and a criminal offense.

What does that mean exactly? I manage auto dialing and notification systems for doctors offices that notify people they have appointments coming up. So I assume you mean unsolicited dialing. Of course in that case these groups will try to buy into existing lists so they aren't "unsolicited".

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