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Comment Re:365 = You pay for it 365 days of the year (Score 2, Funny) 46

I could argue (at least up to a point) that WordStar 5.5 had everything you need for, you know, writing.

Not at all. By far the hardest part of writing is thinking of something to say. Wordstar didn't help with that. But Bing-enhanced Word-365 can actually help you create the content. This is especially useful when you have no opinion or knowledge about the subject, such as writing a school term paper.

Comment Re: The basest, vilest (Score 1) 775

It appears that some of the emails may have been tampered with

I have been following the story, and this is the first time I have heard of the "tampering" accusation. Can you provide a citation? Anyway, the head of the DNC has already been forced to resign, so it seems pretty clear that enough of the emails were real.

and the timing of the release is clearly intended to interfere in the US democratic process.

Sure, if exposing the truth counts as "interfering".

Comment Re: One less idiot on the road (Score 1) 564

Some people appear more willing to make excuses for Tesla than accept they may have screwed up here.

Nobody is saying they didn't screw up. Obviously, they did. But that doesn't mean the answer is more bureaucracy and delay. I am sorry this guy is dead, but about 80 Americans die in traffic deaths EVERY DAY, and self-driving technology could likely prevent most of those. So we should be pushing this tech forward aggressively, and if there is a small bodycount along the way, we should be willing to accept that as the price we pay for the greater good. Many more lives will be saved in the long run.

I am sick of America's constant "can't do" attitude. I own a Tesla (actually, my wife owns it, but whatever), and part of the reason we bought it was to support a company that is actually getting shit done, and pushing things forward. I understand and accept that I am being used as a guinea pig.

Comment Re: The basest, vilest (Score 1) 775

Totally seems like a joke, tongue in cheek type of thing. "Oh the Russians can friggen find them I bet!"

Except that the Russians exposed the DNC corruption scandal just a few days ago. The exposure was perfectly timed to deflate Hillary's "convention bounce". Asking them to repeat something that they just did, doesn't seem like a joke to me.

Comment Re:One less idiot on the road (Score 5, Informative) 564

However, can we all agree that it is also incredible stupidity on Tesla's part to call this "Autopilot"?

As a Tesla owner, I do not agree. Tesla makes it abundantly clear what the capabilities and limitations are. Nobody that is actually using it has been misled.

Comment Re:Easy target for enemies... (Score -1) 79

Such a tunnel seems to be an even easier target for a Russian submarine or a well-equipped terrorist, than a regular bridge or a tunnel in solid soil.

You don't need a submarine, or even explosives. Just order several truckloads of bricks to be delivered simultaneously. The extra weight will cause the tunnel to sink and implode. Just make sure you set up a camera, so you can record the event and post in on Youtube to generate publicity for your group.

Comment Re:"there doesn't appear to be a way to actually f (Score 2) 82

Yes, there is.

No there isn't.

Simple encryption with a companion driver doing the decryption.

Nobody expects to install a driver to use a keyboard. So they will buy the unencrypted KB from a competitor that JUST WORKS.

It would take a fifty cent chip

Wireless keyboards are under $20 retail, about half that in bulk, and margins are thin. It is likely that the OEM isn't even making 50 cents per piece. Why should they incur that expense for near zero additional sales? Anyone that cares about security isn't using a wireless keyboard, encrypted or not.

Comment Re:Even better... (Score 1) 82

...use a laptop; it comes with a keyboard at no extra cost.

... except for the thousands of dollars in medical expenses and lost wages when you develop carpal tunnel syndrome. I use a keyboard about 10 hours per day. There is no way I am going to do that with the crappy chiclet keyboard that came with the laptop. Also, using a built in keyboard is awkward with my 43" 4k external display.

Comment Re:Breaking news: investors are idiots (Score 1) 192

To be honest, you don't need a time machine to know that Pokemon Go would be a hit among the masses.

Everything is obvious in hindsight. Instead of telling us which stocks were "obviously" going to go up yesterday, tell us which stocks will "obviously" go up tomorrow.

Comment Re:the phone may not always be in possession phone (Score 1) 147

Hasn't it been shown that you can take a fingerprint left by someone (say, on their phone) and use it to fool a fingerprint scanner?

It has been shown that this works for old, cheap or crappy fingerprint readers. Modern, state-of-the-art scanners can check for a pulse, or use other techniques to detect tampering. Anyway, the whole point of multi-factor is that each individual factor doesn't have to be perfect. Two layers that are each 90% secure are as good as one layer that is 99% secure.

Comment Re:Free time (Score 4, Informative) 343

Sounds like one of those entitled Baby Boomers.

As a BBer, I have had a "second job" for most of my life. I have stacked hay, renovated houses, and done lots and lots of contract programming. TFA offers no actual evidence that 2nd jobs are more common today. It is all just conjecture and opinion.

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