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Comment Re: Incriminating evidence (Score 1) 126

In that case, I side with the cops, as unpopular as that may be.

Actually, it seems that the analogy would be the cops grabbing everyone's keys in the office, and then using the keys to go snoop through their homes. I don't believe that such a warrant would be granted or, if granted, would be constitutional, just like I don't think that this was constitutional, simply because of the broadness...

Comment Unable to configure that way (Score 1) 140

I was in Italy a few years ago, in a town in the south part of the main land, and helped a friend set up their national-telecom-provided Wifi router (which was surprisingly not difficult, even with not knowing the language, and no English-language option).

What was surprising was that there was not only no option to set the access point open, there wasn't even a way of specifying a passphrase -- only a cryptic one chosen by the router could be used. Which explained why I never saw an open access point the entire time that I was in the country...

Comment Re:A good reason not to use fingerprint unlocking (Score 1) 233

Is there any good reason to even use Touch ID or other fingerprint unlocks instead of just using a password or passcode?

Less chance of someone seeing you typing in your passcode.

When I used to use a passcode, I had the phone lock after an hour of not having been used. With the fingerprint sensor, it locks immediately when it goes to sleep, and then requires the code after not having been used for 8 hours. I'm comfortable with this, and consider it an improvement...

Comment Re:Human drivers are terrible (Score 2) 748

The idiot humans are hitting them at double the average rate; the same rate would likely apply to any slower, rule following human drivers.

I don't agree. I bet that I could get into an accident every day that wouldn't be my fault, without breaking any laws, but instead just by doing things that are unexpected by the other drivers.

A lot of people don't realize (or believe) that the biggest part of good driving is communication -- acting in a way that is predictable by other drivers, such not yielding the right-of-way when you should not, slowing unexpectedly, etc. I drive a lot, and have never had an accident, but have avoided a countless number of situations where I anticipated that a driver was about to do something stupid.

Comment Re:Anyone else think she could be a plant? (Score 1) 210

The bullshit meter just bent the needle. On what do you base this claim?

There was a story last week that, if you pick a month (October) where Apple didn't have any new tablet products, while Microsoft introduced a new line (Surface Pro 4), and if you ignored sales from and the like, then Microsoft shipped a greater number if measured in dollars (not units).

Comment Re:Where's "Scroll Lock"? (Score 1) 698

Command-C, command-V. It works in the terminal just like in the rest of your apps. It's one of the things that I actually prefer about the Mac that I'm working on nowadays.

And, since Command is used for shortcuts on the Mac, that leaves Control (mapped to be left of the "A" key, of course) available for emacs-style editing functions...

Comment Re:Can we hear from an IRS apologist? (Score 1) 334

Note that it's not possible for an honest person to have need of the 5th amendment.

That really isn't true...

incriminate: make (someone) appear guilty of a crime or wrongdoing; strongly imply the guilt of (someone).

Note the word "appear". There was a robbery down on Main Street last night. Where were you last night? If you were to answer that you were on Main Street, you could well be incriminating yourself, even if you were to know nothing about the robbery.

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