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Comment That's not what that word means (Score 3, Insightful) 238

The data further show that the majority of US adults (69%) know that piracy is illegal. Interestingly, this also means that a large chunk of the population believes that they're doing nothing wrong.

No. That means 31% of the population doesn't know the law, which is a little hard to believe.

Knowing that it's illegal and believing that you're doing something wrong are completely different issues.

Comment Re:Advertising and greed (Score 1) 145

Personally, I would be delighted if Netflix dumped all the shows from traditional networks.

Netflix probably won't do that because they'd be leaving a segment of the market unserved and that would open up a very large opportunity for a competitor.

They would be doing to themselves what Blockbuster and Hollywood did when they ignored the streaming content model.

Perhaps what they need is a better interface so that people like you, who aren't interested, don't have to see that content but people like me, who watch it, can find it easily.

LK

Comment Re:What an idiot (Score 1) 255

Has it ever crossed your mind what would happen if you got hit by a bus?

Every organization should have a "Won the powerball" or "Hit by a bus" insurance policy of some sort. Namely, a second or third person with the same level of access to every system.

Allowing one person to have the power to cripple your organization is a recipe for disaster.

LK

Comment Re: What an idiot (Score 3, Insightful) 255

Part of being competent at your job is loving your company and what you do.

What kind of Stockholm Syndrome bullshit is this?

I'm good at what I do. I enjoy what I do. I'm on good terms with my employer but I do not love it. It's misguided and unhealthy to love a company. A company won't love you back. A company can't love you back.

LK

Comment Re:So what. (Score 1) 301

It's clearly a generational thing. Many older individuals can't seem to understand that dvds are inconvenient.

It's more likely that the older individuals have already lived through the death of a service and don't want to experience that particular inconvenience again.

Do you remember when DIVX went belly up?

LK

Comment Re:Human brain is NOT a computer (Score 1) 150

That article does a lot of assertion without much in the way of persuasion or offering an alternative model. It's got an interesting premise - that describing the brain in terms and metaphors that come from computing may obscure rather than illuminate its functioning - but the few examples given weren't persuasive.

Comment Re:Price has other factors (Score 4, Informative) 91

Being outraged by imaginary problems and not bothering to confirm anything before seems to be the new norm. You'll fit right in.

No, the problem was the summary: "The phones are attractive because they contain no bloatware, competing services, and a lack of software and security updates"

Parallel construction grammar fail. That should have read, "The phones are attractive because they contain no bloatware, no competing services, and won't lack software and security updates." The summary meant to negate all three parts.

Comment Re:I'll go ahead and be that guy (Score 1) 179

firstly just because someone else got away with something doesn't mean you shouldn't punish someone who INTENTIONALLY broke the law for profit.

Straw man. You could just as easily read what I said to mean the bankers should have been punished. Which is what I meant.

secondly many of the people that lost their homes did so because of their own greed and stupidity

And many lost them because banks fraudulently filed paperwork that the homeowner wasn't aware of.

if you overleverage yourself without doing some basic research then you are at least partly responsible for the rod you created for your back.

And if the research you do is to ask the bank questions, and what they tell you is false, whose responsibility is that?

Many of those CEO's were definitely incompetent and should be sacked, being incompetent is not a criminal offense though.

Fraud is a criminal offense.

Submission + - Schneier: Obama Changes Rules, Allows NSA To Share Raw Data With 16 Agencies (schneier.com)

An anonymous reader writes: President Obama has changed the rules regarding raw intelligence, allowing the NSA to share raw data with the U.S.'s other 16 intelligence agencies. The new rules significantly relax longstanding limits on what the N.S.A. may do with the information gathered by its most powerful surveillance operations, which are largely unregulated by American wiretapping laws. These include collecting satellite transmissions, phone calls and emails that cross network switches abroad, and messages between people abroad that cross domestic network switches. The change means that far more officials will be searching through raw data. Essentially, the government is reducing the risk that the N.S.A. will fail to recognize that a piece of information would be valuable to another agency, but increasing the risk that officials will see private information about innocent people. Here are the new procedures. This rule change has been in the works for a while. Here are two blog posts from April discussing the then-proposed changes.

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