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Comment we = "civilization as we know it" (Score 2) 522

There is no reason whatsoever to think that a civilization of hunter gatherers cannot continue to survive on Earth for a long, long time to come. Even if the oceans rise several feet there will still be arable land somewhere. The people who say we are destroying the planet are full of sh*t. The only thing we can do is make it inhospitable for humans to exist. The *Earth* will continue and some kind of life will survive and even thrive. It just may not include homo sapiens.

Comment Re:maaaan (Score 2) 382

In his defense, he probably didn't think he was doing anything wrong by removing those files

Document retention regulations have been around for quite a while now. Any network engineer that isn't aware that there are rules in place about this, especially since he knew the identity of the VIP, isn't a very good systems manager. Back when I wore that hat, there were occasions when I made sure a request like this came from a supervisor and in writing.

Comment Re:Stargate Lesson (Score 5, Insightful) 304

Sometimes I'll just say "that movie SUCKED. But the visual effects were AWESOME!".

This is the reason that for the Academy Awards each category, save Best Picture, is voted on only by the members in that category. A movie can absolutely suck but have great music or amazing editing. The people who work in a field know for what to look when they watch and know good work when it happens.

Comment Re:Apple's new motto: We own what we sell you. (Score 1) 266

Making a device that lets other, non-governmental people stop me from using it is not a service, it's a theft.

Not if you agree to those terms. If the terms of attending a concert are "no recording, filming or photography" then you agree to be stopped by attending the concert. Don't like those terms? Don't go.

Comment Re:Of course, nothing prevents the owner from (Score 0) 266

if they're smuggled in, returning them after the concert.

Why stop there? Put up a sign stating that cellphones observed during the concert will be confiscated and turned over to authorities whereupon the owner will be charged with some minor crime/fined if they show up to retrieve it.

The performer has the right to set the conditions under which they perform and observers violating those terms deserve some kind of negative reinforcement.

Submission + - Stopping Facebook from tracking web activity (

es330td writes: ZDNet has published an article telling users which settings to use to prevent users from being tracked as they use the web. I don't understand why "Stop using the f*cking app and site!" isn't the first sentence. When are people going to figure out that Zuckerburgers' billions are the result of his selling his site's user's data to every bidder that comes along offering money?

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