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Comment Re:i.e. I think I can ignore the law if I want to (Score 1) 159

The trolls appear. The reason the U.S. exists is because it got tired of being England's whipping boy and paying tax after tax but getting nothing in return.

The colonies then pursued peaceful means by sending protest letter after protest letter to the King outlining the usurpations they were enduring and even suggested remedies.

In the end the King ignored all peaceful attempts at resolving the underlying issues. Only then did the colonists take up arms against those they perceived as oppressors.

Hardly ignoring the law.

Comment Re:No authority (Score 1) 66

The Senate, in conjunction with the House, can write laws to affect Yahoo! including requirements on reporting data breaches.

Yes, the Senate does have authority over Yahoo! and every other business in the country, especially when it pertains to people's personal information being stolen/hacked/whatever because quite obviously private industry doesn't give a crap how you might be affected.

Your statement would be like saying the Senate has no authority over the paper industry which dumps millions of gallons of polluted water back into streams and rivers.

Comment Re:Private industry doing it better than governmen (Score 2) 126

The good thing about private industry is that there are laws penalizing them for this kind of behavior,

Hogwash. Target settled with a $10 million payout: $10K per affected person. $10 million is less than the compensation package for Brian Cornell, CEO of Target, in 2015. That "penalty" barely ranks as an itch on the Target balance sheet.

Home Depot settled for $19.5 million. A bit better but nothing to write home about.

Penalties are supposed to hurt. They are supposed to be designed to either force or encourage better behavior. The above two examples do not fall into the category and from the look of things, nor do other penalties for data breaches.

Comment Shouldn't surprise anyone (Score 0) 654

People having contradictory opinions are rampant on here. Look at those who say they should be paid X dollars for their work because they have Y years of experience, who then turn around and steal music and movies.

Because the artists who made those works don't need to be paid for their years of experience.

Comment No, not creepy or Big Brother at all (Score 3, Interesting) 68

"would in essence keep track of everything you type and interact with in the OS and stockpile it in real-time to data-dump into Bing."

Just what we need. A private company storing everything we type on their servers without our approval.

You know what I don't need? Someone telling me what they think I'm thinking. It's bad enough Microsoft has gotten people into the nastily bad habit of thinking they have to search for everything on their own system or network* rather than going to the source, now they want us to believe we're incapable of asking the questions we want.

Guess it's a good thing I won't be using W10 except at work where we can turn this crap off.

* Even after we show them how to use the command line to connect to a print server, people are still insistent on "searching" the network to find a printer then complain when they can't locate it. Stop searching! Go to the source.

Comment Aaaaand Krebs thrashes more people (Score 3, Insightful) 146

the situation is exacerbated by the failure of many ISPs to implement the BCP38 security standard to filter spoofed traffic,

Nothing like sticking your finger in the eyes of those who keep claiming they need to restrict bandwidth to their paying users while at the same time delivering slow speeds for exorbitant prices.

Apparently those hundreds of millions of free dollars generated every month by Comcast/Verizon/et al can't be used for anything useful such as implementing security filtering to slow/prevent this situation.

Comment Re:And What Will Come of It? (Score 2, Insightful) 115

but there is nothing intrinsically different about police officers that makes them honest.

You mean other than their training? Compare what an officer is trained to see to a recent shooting in my area. The call came into 911 that a person, the son, had a knife to his mother's throat, had locked her in a bedroom and said he was going to kill her.

When the police arrived they found, oddly, the son with a knife to his mother's throat. After repeated commands to drop the knife an officer fired a single shot at the criminal who later died.

After all that, not only is the mother defending the son who just tried to kill her, claiming her son had no knife and complaining the police didn't have to shoot him, but the girl who called 911 saying her uncle had a knife to his mother's throat later said there was no knife.

Interestingly, the mother also said: "We had a little fight, argument like families have arguments." Apparently in their world pulling out knives and threatening to kill one's mother is what happens in every family during arguments.

Yup, just another day in the city where the police are always wrong even when they witness the crime.

Comment Should not surprise anyone (Score 1, Troll) 199

As we all saw, Russia interfered with the free and open elections in Eastern Ukraine after the Putin lapdog Yanukovych fled into the arms of Putin when the people of Ukraine wanted closer, more open ties with the West.

Russia sent in its troops and armed its terrorist proxies who burned polling places, burned ballots, threatened anyone who tried to vote, tried to rig votes, and even bragged about doing all of the above by recording their goings on.

Considering the amount of groveling Trump is doing at Putin's feet for his own personal gain and has openly asked for the same foreign government to commit espionage on a U.S. citizen, it would be surprising if Russia wasn't trying to game the system. So long as Putin has been in power that has been the name of game in Russia: only those Putin approves are allowed to run for office.

That Russia is now trying to electronically influence U.S. elections only shows how desperate Putin is to have the sanctions lifted which are dragging his country down each day they are in place. As reported a week ago, Russia will literally run out of money by the middle of next year if sanctions aren't lifted. Supporting the terrorists in Eastern Ukraine and the Syrian regime is costing Russia money it can ill-afford to lose yet from all appearances, Putin is vowed and determined to drag Russia down with him. That is why they are attempting to interfere in U.S. elections.

Comment Re:elites pimping nostalgia (Score 0) 57

particularly Cold War nostalgia.

Since Putin is working on reconstituting the former Soviet Union by invading and attacking his neighbors and stealing their internationally recognized land, it would appear Putin is the one pining for the nostalgia of the Cold War.

This doesn't include his and his lackeys repeated comments about ready to use nuclear weapons or taking over the Baltic States since they were never "granted" their independence.

Don't stop the propaganda, comrade. You need to earn your daily vodka allotment since your economy is a wreck, the ruble is rubble and Putin and his oligarchs are stealing everything they can.

Comment This is what happens. . . (Score 4, Interesting) 207

when you're honest. Krebs doesn't pull his punches and the whiners of the world (i.e. those he lambasted for having low quality products or game play) don't like it and now they're being petulant two year olds.

Just goes to show the mentality of supposed adults. Especially the cowards who sit behind a keyboard and try to destroy the work of others because they didn't get their lollipop.

Comment Re:With all due respect to Mr. Hawking and us... (Score 1) 280

traveling 16 light years to catch some squirrels seems pretty expensive.

Maybe, as we humans have done on numerous occasions, they've eaten all the squirrels in their immediate area and have to search further afield.

Also, if they do have FTL, 16 light years might be the same as you or I taking a short trip to the grocery store.

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