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Comment Re:!Revolution (Score 1) 268

The word revolution also contains the word evolution, and you might have noticed that we've evolved past the point of calling a paper printer a necessary component of computing today.

And the word "internet" contains the word "tern", so clearly it is built upon angry arctic birds with sharp beaks that dive bomb anyone who gets too close to their nesting grounds.

Well, that would explain the Angry Birds phenomenon of a few years ago.

Comment Re:It's always cost (Score 1) 268

Anybody successfully cloning appliance parts with a 3D printer at home could find professional work for a substantial amount more than they'll save making the occasional part for the refrigerator.

Likely as soon as you start making replacement parts commercially based on the original parts, you'll run into patent and design copyright issues.

Comment Re:Well what did you expect? (Score 1) 138

(Assuming you're not logged in at the time, of course!)

Well guess what?? You're logged in as SYSTEM while updates are installing!!! How else do you think updates even work???!

From what I understand, in Windows 10 home edition, you don't need to be logged in as system. Updates happen automatically and you can't easily turn them off. I could be wrong though.

Comment Re:Well what did you expect? (Score 5, Insightful) 138

Shift-F10 has existed for lots of years know. Requires physical access. Windows build updates require to decrypt the drive.

"Requires physical access"???? The WHOLE POINT of hard disk encryption is to protect you in the event someone gains physical access to your computer! (Assuming you're not logged in at the time, of course!)

Comment Re:VAT? (Score 2) 81

Value Added Tax is an acronym used in many, but not all countries. USA for instance, has no equivalent of the VAT, instead they have various state sales taxes. Canada has something called the HST (harmonized sales tax), but nothing called VAT. So, unless you do business with the UK, Australia, New Zealand, or other countries with something called VAT, there's no reason you'd know what it is.

Comment Re:If you don't want your computer hacked by FBI.. (Score 1) 90

Maybe you shouldn't do child porn?

Or better yet, harden your computer against hacking. As a side effect, it will also help when the bad guys try to hack your computer to get your bank account or credit card info as well. Seriously, the bigger story here shouldn't be the over broad warrant, but the fact that most people are using vulnerable computers. I'm less concerned about the FBI getting a warrant to hack my computer as I am concerned about the fact that my computer is vulnerable to hacking in the first place.

Comment Re:Legal search (Score 1) 80

This technique will soon be used by law enforcement to profile persons with encrypted phones, especially at the borders. I will be sure to stick mine up my ass before handing it to them.

But that technique, if I understand it, would work on just about anything regularly touched by the subject: wristwatch, glasses, pen, wallet... It doesn't seem this should be unique to a phone, encrypted or otherwise. The article seems to be making a big deal about hair products for instance: If you're interested in that, just take a strand of the subject's hair!

Comment Re:Ever walked on a trampoline? (Score 1) 86

Have you ever walked on trampoline or any other springed surface? It makes it harder to walk.

Actually, a springy surface is easy to walk on cause the springs return the energy back to you when you lift your feet. An energy absorbing material would be more like walking on sand, which is very difficult cause as you compress the sand when you walk, the energy is converted to heat and wasted. Try running on a sandy beach, and you'll see what I mean. I imagine walking on this sort of floor will be somewhat like walking on sand: very tiring.

Comment Is Tor still vulnerable? (Score 4, Interesting) 176

That NIT, which many security experts have dubbed as malware, used a Tor exploit of some kind to force the browser to return the user's actual IP address,

Does anyone know if that exploit has been fixed or is it still unpatched? If the FBI can use this exploit to catch child pornographers then other, possibly malicious, people can use the same exploit.

Comment Re:Basic fallacy of economics (Score 1) 382

And here is the basic fallacy of economics.

Our national economic health is measured by the total health of our companies. The welfare of the citizens is an afterthought in these calculations,

And there's the basic fallacy of liberal economics. It's corporations vs. people. I have news for you: the corporations are the people. Those citizens you speak of, for the most part have jobs. They work for corporations, or perhaps, help to run them. If the corporations leave the country, the jobs go with them, leaving behind unemployed citizens. How is that good for their welfare?

I don't particularly care what happens to Apple. The government shouldn't either. The government should look after its people.

Well you should care what happens to Apple and companies like it, because they are what make America unique. They are the reason we have the strongest economy in the world. Apple is the people, and the people are Apple (and companies like it.)

If the people benefit while Apple has to struggle in world markets, would that be a bad thing?

It will be a very bad thing if Apple leaves America to go elsewhere!

Comment Re:Says Greenwich Citizen (Score 1) 598

Easy to root for, as a citizen of Greenwich, England, where no changes will be made.

Not quite, we'd have to ditch British Summer Time. We are only on UTC in the winter months

Exactly. I noticed this problem in the article right away. Instead of saying that when it's noon in Greenwich, it should be noon everywhere, he should have said when it's noon in Reykjavik, it's noon everywhere as Iceland seems to be the only place that actually uses UTC as their local time and does not observe daylight saving time.

Comment Re:Cash is king... (Score 2) 177

Cash doesn't give you quite as much anonymity as you might expect. There was a famous case of an art thief who paid cash for a cell phone and was caught. The cell phone was used to make ransom demands, but the police were able to determine the serial number of the phone and trace it back to the store where it was purchased. In-store security cameras showed the thief buying the phone (with cash). With those surveillance photos, they were able to catch the thief. (He turned himself in after he was identified in the photo by friends.)

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