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Comment Re:I think this is a real good idea. (Score 1) 304

More parents need to learn from your parents' mistake.

His parents' mistake? Or his mistake? Who the hell ends up with half a million in debt and manages to blame his mom, if not a whiner? Sure, his mom is at fault for not giving him an allowance, but if you can't figure out that consistently using more money than what you get is going to cause you problems then what the hell do you want your brain for?

This is like saying because your parents never gave you a bicycle you never learned to manage speed so all these high speed crashes you've had with your car are your dad's fault. He should man up and get real! His mom could have done better, but he's the one who screwed up!

Comment Re:Too late, switched to Chrome (Score 2) 167

The first step to cutting web bloat is to disable JavaScript, but ironically Mozilla seems to be directly against this idea.

What world do you live in? I have to agree with the previous AC, it's a lost battle. Sure, for casual websites I can do without Javascript, and even opt to not look at blog X if it's done in such a crippled way that I'd need JS to read test. But my bank has such a web interface that I can't do without JS. Should I just start changing banks every time they do such a move? My time is more precious than that!

Hell, the nearest cinema has such a crippled webpage (recently upgraded to being a lot more JS-abuser) that I can't do anything (not even look at the schedule) without accepting a cookie for which is my preferred location (it's from a national chain of theaters). Almost feel like never going there again...

Comment This is worse than child porn (for the company) (Score 4, Insightful) 112

'I can't imagine a worse action, short of a company's CEO getting involved in child porn,' says Carr.

The CEO getting involved in child porn means his personal life is tainted and he goes to jail and hell and all that.
This is bad news for the company because people lose their trust on the company. No one needs to identify with the CEO of a company... but not trusting a company in the security field doesn't bode well for said company.

Comment Re:Why is "forgetting" such a problem apparently? (Score 1) 381

All he needs to do now is give the poem, but just the poem, to one person he trusts and these instructions he just posted to someone else. When he has amnesia, person 1 brings one side of the solution to his problem and person 2 brings the other side. Sure, they could look for the other, but they don't necessarily have to know each other. He can give the poem to a work colleague and the algorithm to a close friend. Both will know when he almost dies, but won't necessarily know how to find each other out.

Of course there is still the possibility of them being curious enough, but unless he has 1 billion dollars in his bank account (or something else super-interesting) it may simply be not worth the trouble (and since he knows the people around him, he can choose the ones most likely to not even bother with it). And it definitely beats my system... since I create random passwords, I cannot give anything but the actual key.

Comment Re:Double edged sword (Score 1) 103

When it is sent in the clear, at least you could sniff your traffic and see what Microsoft is getting. So with encrypted crash reports, you need to trust Microsoft more than now.

Sure, but when sent on the clear you need to trust everyone between you and Microsoft. I know this is Slashdot, but Microsoft may not be your worst enemy.

Comment Re:Discrimination could work against you (Score 1) 365

the ISPs will do whatever they want that works out best for their bottom line.

I don't even see why they won't go forward with screwing SSH and other low latency dependent applications, once this crap becomes acceptable: "Oh, you need your packets to arrive in less than 2 seconds? We have this extra-upgrade just for you."

Comment Re:It's Iron Maiden all again (Score 1) 244

But even the Iron Maiden story suggested no one makes money off of selling CDs. Sure, to make millions like Iron Maiden does, it's hard, no doubt about that. But if even them don't make any serious money out of selling CDs, why do we expect anyone else to do? How much money do Iron Maiden make out of Spotify? Is an indie artist seriously going to expect more?

Comment Re:Just wait until... (Score 1) 549

I wonder if a country could actually orbit a satellite with enough power and a spot beam to stop cars in an entire city... in the name of anti-terrorism, of course.

Sure... and in the process kill all other electronics. Use satellite to prevent a terrorist car from moving to its target in NY city. Leave the entire city to deal with the economic (and social) impacts of shutting it down for 10 minutes.

Comment Re:Kill pact (Score 1) 961

I am not sure what she'll do after but I am positive I'll commit suicide after killing her.

So, if you're wife gets in a car accident next week and you face this decision, are you sure you are willing to kill yourself? Or you're just telling us that in the remote future when you're a really old man and she is super-sick, etc., etc... Because you know, life often doesn't turn out how we planned it.

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