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Comment Could have done something more practical. (Score 1) 377

If you had remote access, you should have put BitLocker on it, or encrypted it with your Open OS version.

Or installed a dialler to call 911 repeatedly from the laptop. Eventually the police will go to their house and find oh wow, there's lots of stolen property here.

Comment Well shit, what do I do now? (Score 1) 113

Damn, I've been using CM nightlies on my phone for the last year. Now what am I supposed to do? I was actually going to spend my day redoing my phone with 14 so I could get Android 7.

What's a good alternative OS, given that I can not go back to stock? (No, really, there's a lock so I can't reflash the stock OS)

Comment Apple's one to talk. (Score 5, Interesting) 428

Apple's entire resurgence is based off MP3 piracy. Before they made their first smartphone, they made billions off their iPod sales, which were 100% filled with pirated MP3s. Nobody was paying 10k to fill an iPod. Nobody.

Then when they made their first billion, they started a music service and started charging for music and decried piracy, the very thing that made their entire corporate existence possible.

Comment Re:Well, duh (Score 1) 554


There are several levels of classified documents, and 5 minutes on wikipedia would tell you everything you'd ever want to know.

Protected A / B / C is stuff that's going to fuck up one person. So if we found out that, say, HC was actually a dude or had HIV or something, that would fuck up her life but America would not be damaged.

Secret / Top Secret (usually called level II or level III) is stuff that's damaging to the country. So III might be something like today's frequencies or the inner workings of the IFF system. II would be layouts for circuit boards in warship computers, etc.

On top of that you have Controlled Goods and ITAR stuff, but that's not really Classified.

Comment Re: Aww, poor babies (Score 2) 267

Born-again Christians believe that The End of The World is going to happen really soon and they get to go to Heaven with Jebus v.20. But the catch is that in order for that to happen, Jews have to be in charge of Jerusalem. That's why crazy religious people are adamant that we've got to be unwavering in our support of Israel.

You're not arguing against any kind of sane viewpoint w.r.t. politics, finances, etc. You're arguing against their religious beliefs.

Comment Re:John Oliver (Score 1) 954

Taking guns away from honest citizens helps them how? You seem to be under the mistaken assumption that somebody desiring to kill others would somehow obey gun laws.

The difference is in how it is to obtain them. For example, in Australia, you used to be able to buy the kind of gun used in their biggest massacre for about $1500. They're still available on the black market, but they run around 32 grand, so 20x the price. That's the difference.

Is it the guns? Maybe. Would banning guns in the US help? I don't know. I do know that your current system is fucked up, and it's up to you to decide whether it's worth it or not.

Comment Yes, they should be. (Score 1) 568

I am an Electrical Engineer (P.Eng., FEC) One of my friends has a B.Eng. in Software Engineering. Yes, you can get an engineering degree in software.

I've done a lot of programming and seen a lot of code and frankly, most of the people that say they can code are fucking awful at it. I've written a lot of embedded code, and the stuff I've worked on is still running more than ten years after the last set of human eyes looked at the repository. Realistically, every business that does programming should be required to have someone on staff to sign off on it.

Sure, we can make some exceptions for console gaming where it's not important. If you've got the potential to brick people's phones or banking machines, then someone should be taking professional responsibility for the work.

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