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Comment Re:I still don't get it. (Score 1) 128

IANAL, but yeah. Installing software on my PC without permission should already be trespass or vandalism; encrypting my files and demanding money for the key should already meet the definition of extortion or blackmail. I guess the fact that these assumptions are apparently false just shows how non-intuitive the law is.

Comment Hoping for the best... (Score 1) 227

... but expecting the worst. Since this is on a non-premium channel, the abundant sex and nudity will have to be watered down, and since that's one of the central themes (the other being religion), I fear a bland, pale shadow of a sci-fi masterpiece. This concern is made greater by the fact that they're planning a "series," rather than a movie or miniseries. Stranger is a big book, and I could see source material for 6-8 episodes, but moving beyond that will be difficult without going on tangents or "extending the story."

Casting will be key, especially for Jubal Harshaw. The man is basically mentoring a god; if that character isn't larger-than-life enough, I fear the whole thing will fall flat.

I hope that I'm wrong, that the writers and producers truly grok what they're dealing with, and the whole thing is brilliant. But right now, I've got a bad feeling about this.

Comment Re:I'm going to make my vote count (Score 1) 857

I'm fortunate to live in Nevada where we have a way to clearly register our dissatisfaction without it possibly being reinterpreted as a vote for any particular mandate or third party: on each ballot, we have to option to vote for "None of these". That vote isn't tied to any particular candidate, it can't be misconstrued as someone who overlooked a ballot or couldn't decide. It sends the clear message that "I looked at this ballot, didn't like any of the choices presented, and chose NOT to hold my nose an pick the least evil option."

If "None of these" has the most votes, the "win" goes to whichever candidate came in second, just to keep the wheels of government lumbering along. But that person can claim no mandate, knowing they came in second to "Please, God, anybody else." This has happened five times in primaries, but never in a general election. But it has been a possible spoiler in some general elections, most notably in 1998 when Senator Harry Reid won by 428 votes over John Ensign, with 8,000+ going to "None of these."

Comment Re: Natural Born Citizens (Score 2) 375

It's worth noting that when questions regarding McCain's eligibility came up in 2008, the Senate passed a resolution recognizing that he is a"natural born citizen."

Two of the sponsors of that resolution: Senator Barack Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton.

It was a different time not so long ago...

Comment Re:from the five-days-too-late dept (Score 1) 42

Check the app store for your smart phone of choice - the same one that's going to receive the SMS message. There are at least a dozen SecurID-style token apps that are easy to set up and use, work with multiple sites, and free. Google Authenticator is my token of choice. It meets your criteria: universally compatible (or nearly so - I haven't found a place were I can't use it yet, but YMMV), and in my experience, handles user failures gracefully.

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