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Comment Re:"We" are forcing quality down ... (Score 1) 65

Poor(er) people think that way. If you're rich, you have the luxury of getting what you want, and not having to have the cheaper stuff; of not having to choose between a good product or a good holiday/eating out more/clothing and feeding your kids. Poorer people don't have that choice. And it's not as if the elite/rich people are doing all they can to lift poor people out of poverty. I'd not blame "consumers" for trying to stretch their money as far as possible.

Comment Re:Self-incriminating password. (Score 1) 518

I believe the legal counter to this which is slowly starting to emerge is 'We're not ordering you to divulge your password. We're ordering you to decrypt the drive. We quite specifically don't want, or need, your password, nor do we care if the drive is encrypted with a passphrase, biometrics, physical token, whatever. We're just ordering you to decrypt it.'

Much like your 'papers' are immune to unreasonable search and seizure, but are subject to reasonable search and seizure, i.e. with a duly sworn out warrant and all that, so are your digital papers. I think this is the correct result.

I believe that, if the cops find a file in a locked file cabinet, said file being labelled 'Plans to murder my wife' and full of, well, plans to murder your wife, you don't get to have them declared inadmissible under the fifth; you get to refuse to answer questions like 'did you create these plans' and 'did you carry out these plans.' Seems to me that a directory full of documents, said directory being labelled 'plans to kill my wife' would be treated the same.

Comment Re:Opposite effect of that intended (Score 1) 319

And part of the modern tribalism problems are because Europeans drew some lines on a map and said 'This is now a country, surely you two tribes that have been in conflict for countless years can now just get along, yeah?'

Note that Europeans have done this to themselves; WW2 was a direct result of this sort of crap after WW1.

Comment Re:But the world is flat isn't it? (Score 1) 319

A few years back, I wrote a letter to a teacher who was teaching my daughter's public school class, I want to say around grade six, the whole Columbus fairy tale.

It was a lovely letter, full of references to Washington Irvine, Ancient Greek origins of geometry 'literally, earth measurement' and experiments demonstrating the globular nature of the Earth, and surprisingly accurate diameter calculations, the Catholic Church fully supporting and backing Columbus's journey, the whole nine yards.

I got back a terse reply that this was the curriculum, so shut it.

Did I mention that I live in Canada?

Comment Re:Plenty of precedent! (Score 1) 101

Well, there's a difference between a system where all the players a) are trained, b) are licensed, c) are insured, and d) are aware that they're assuming risk, and a system where some yahoo goes for a flight, in direct contravention of laws and custom, in a contrivance that is specifically uncontrollable and a hazard to navigation and safety, with the express intent of causing a disturbance.

Comment Re:Yes, let's build a walled garden (Score 1) 55

Yeah, sometimes you don't want to have to google apt-get, apt, dpkg etc. Sometimes you just want to install a fucking piece of software. That is, copy files from the download folder into some other folder so you can run them. I have no idea why handling dependencies is such a pain in the ass that involves needing to understand several tools. Sometimes the best answer to "it's always been that way" is "well, do it a newer, better way then".

Comment Re:GOOD. (Score 3, Insightful) 281

So how is Big Vax managing to hide all of the kids running around in polio braces? The walls full of iron lungs? All of the kids rendered sterile by mumps? All of the horrible pox scarring?

Measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, none of these are 'benign.' They're much more survivable, nowadays, due to much better palliative care, but it's also like saying that compound fractures or traumatic intestinal rupturing are 'benign' nowadays because they're not the instant death sentences they were a hundred years ago.

Comment Re:Why do you believe that? (Score 2) 456

Exactly. Nobody gives a shit about security, because nobody believes anyone's interested in their idle chit chat, and people are perfectly comfortable with the police (or whoever) trawling digital data to solve crime. Most people use facebook because other people use it. Even google couldn't get people to use google+ (which showed that "better" doesn't trump "everything else is using facebook". Firewalls etc aren't important because people use their phones/tablets to chat, typically over 4g. Fault tolerant? Facebook's usually up (to the point that it's news if it's down for more than a minute) and chitchat can wait.

Comment on his first day (Score 1) 513

> The Boston Globe reports that on his first day on the job, Davis explained that his wife had late-stage cancer.

Why did he wait until his first day? We all know the answer to this one. Had he thought it would have increased his chances of getting a job in the first place he'd have mentioned it in the interview. All things being equal, you're going to hire the guy who's going to be able to devote more of his time and attention to the job. How is this remotely controversial?

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