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Comment Anonymity protects from flaming poo (Score 3, Insightful) 241

The problem with real-name policies is their speech-chilling effect. Better that 1000 bogus sights hide under anonymity than one legitimate individual feels too intimidated to share his views. And before you get all "Don't you think the government can figure out who you are anyway?", I'm not referring to intimidation and reprisal from three-letter agencies. I'm talking about the guy with views on local building ordinances that may not agree with his next door neighbor but doesn't want that neighbor leaving flaming bags of poo on his doorstep if he voices them.

Comment I appreciate the sentiment (Score 2) 331

I know a lot of people don't like the theater, but I appreciate Cameron's sentiment: If you want people to give you money, give them something nobody else can. It's the same argument I make to people who call me a "bad consumer" for buying used cars. If car companies want me to buy a new car, they need to offer me something that I can't get out of a used car. Unfortunately, The car fundamentally hasn't changed much since Ford's time. Sure, they added fuel injection, A/C and newer sound systems, but there's really no innovation. I buy a new computer every few years, but that's because new computers do stuff my old one couldn't. If his recommendation for fighting piracy is "Offer something that pirates can't provide", I'm all in.

Comment No such thing as Apple-only backdoor (Score 3, Insightful) 254

If anyone other than the intended recipient can decrypt (including Apple), then everyone can. Apple having a back door into your stuff is a back door, even if the police don't have access to it. Unfortunately, the DA is going to sound very reasonable to anyone who doesn't understand encryption.

Comment Can't wait (Score 1) 184

I'm a resident of Ammon, and I can't wait for this rollout. The two options we have are both terrible (one cable and one DSL provider). Spotty service, ever increasing prices, and horribly restrictive data caps. I can't wait for the ability to shop for exactly what I need (which is fairly low speeds, but high data caps. If they offered something 1/3 my current speed but with 3 times the data, I could do anything I want and still never notice network lag). Here's hoping this model keeps this municipal fiber from being sued out of existence like has happened so many times before...

Comment It's to make you feel left out. (Score 1) 551

I'm pretty sure the point was not to validate the people who already buy every year. It's because they want to make the 5-year-old-computer users feel like they aren't part of the "in" crowd, because it's easier to make you want to be part of the group than to make a product that's sufficiently different from 5 year old technology to convince people to upgrade.

Comment Re:Relevant? (Score 1) 367

That's where the 5th amendment comes into play. FBI cannot sieze private property for public use without making just compensation. If they are willing to pay the hundreds of billions that iOS is thought to be worth by its investors, then 1) go ahead and 2) why, with so many other budget problems in the federal government, does the the FBI have hundreds of billions stashed away for something so trivial?

Comment Re:I support the telescope (Score 3, Insightful) 177

Pesky natives. I can't believe that after coercing them the U.S., transforming their homeland into an amusement park for tourists and virtually enslaving their people in the sugar plantations, they STILL feel like they have to be consulted before things happen on what little ground they have left. Didn't they get the message that they aren't valued? To think they want OUR MONEY when all we are trying to do is take over everything their culture remembers is preposterous. Honestly, we've been more than kind to them. They should look to the mainland and feel lucky we didn't treat them like we did the natives here.

Comment Re:So no word of the year this year? (Score 1) 151

What quality separates a series of lines that resemble something in the real world from a series of lines that represent abstract concepts that, when strung together, represent something in the real world? Emoji aren't words because they are more concrete than letters? Personally, I hate emoji. However, having codified meanings for the things that my coworkers use to fill the chat that I am obligated to watch since it occasionally contains work-related content would mean I would spend a lot less time with three of those abstract characters (W, T and F) running through my head.

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