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Comment Thank god for facial recognition (Score 1) 142

Apparently even identical twins, maybe even identical twin babies, would fail this test. I'm so glad there's nobody out there who could fool a guy I've know literally since we were infants into walking right up to the wrong person before realizing he'd made a mistake.

I suspect they're unaware that actual humans (and probably most animals) don't necessarily use the same criteria to judge whether somebody is familiar to them.

Comment Re:Take off the tinfoil hat (Score 1) 212

Very impressive. You can't even stick with your own logic. Obviously you don't understand technology even a little bit, as demonstrated by your failure to grasp how trivially easy it is to assemble information using computers.

Go back to your fingers and toes for arithmetical operations. Anything more would be beyond you.

Poor li'l guy. Tech has eaten you, digested you and shit you out, and you don't have a clue any of it happened.

Comment Re:Nobody is opening your mail (Score 1) 212

Sigh... (facepalm)

To use your own silly analogy: Are you seriously unaware that the government now has the capability to look at the address on the outside of the package, then match it up with data concerning what you've bought recently that would fit in the package, where and when you mailed it, and the religion, sexual orientation and profession of the addressee?

You haven't yet grasped that this is a bit of a game-changer? Seriously?

Comment Re:I wish Seagate well... (Score 1) 224

I'll simply do a little research and go with the company that has, in my opinion, done the least harm to First World work forces. There's not that much difference between drives in quality and price. Also, I got over that pernicious "everybody's some degree of evil so you might as well do nothing" argument years ago. On fait c'q'on peut.

And I don't play games on my computers, so I don't need bleeding-edge tech.

Comment I wish Seagate well... (Score 1) 224

I use two computers regularly. I have two others that I employ occasionally, and am gradually being made the steward of quite a lot of others at work. I have another computer under construction. One of those boxes has a Seagate boot drive and a Seagate data drive. They have performed well.

I don't believe for one minute that Seagate's cuts will result in anything even close to the quality of those two drives I have not experienced the quality programs some have, and until this moment, I would have disputed them). So I have now taken Seagate off my list of potential hardware suppliers. Then can take a long, hard suck on my...whatever.

Comment Re:What if the Chinese make First Contact? (Score 1) 64

"What if the aliens end up being forced to work in factories, making shoes up to 18 hours a day?"

Perhaps the aliens have been programmed to love being slaves, and they will be transported to religious ecstasy by the knowledge that the fruits of their labour will be sold in Walmart to people who would rather save a couple of bucks than pay an extra dollar or two to provide a jobs for their fellow Americans.

Comment Given just a little more research... (Score 1) 354

We're talking about a couple of centuries in the future, right? Surely by then, it would be possible for a person to change their sexual orientation the way we change a shirt. So Sulu starts off gay, decides he doesn't like it, and takes some trivially easy treatment to become heterosexual.

Who knows, maybe he had to hide his new un-gayness from judgmental friends. Either way, he'd be in serious tribble.

Comment Re:Putin is not stupid (Score 2, Insightful) 296

Sorry, but you're 100% wrong. Mainstream news media have unfailingly supported the corporate viewpoint for years. The trend started when TV news brought the Vietnam War into America's living rooms, and the so-called "Silent Majority" turned on the corporate money machine and forced an end to that war. That would not be allowed to happen again. Concentration of ownership ensued, and we now have only a handful of major voices left...and they're all singing from the same songbook.

Anybody who believes ground-level journalists have any control over what they're allowed to report is utterly naive.

Comment Re:Which is worse? (Score 1) 1010

Beautiful straw man you've built yourself, there! Congratulations.

The people I know who believe Assange, Snowden and Manning did a great service for their country (and many others) generally believe going after political figures for stuff like this in the US is a mug's game. If they couldn't do better than a "no contest" plea against Spiro Agnew, they'll never get anybody.

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