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Comment Demetri Martin analogy (Score 1) 1469

This reminds me of a Demetri Martin joke. I believe it was on the Large Pad sequence.

There's a saying that goes "People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones." Okay. How about "Nobody should throw stones"? That's crappy behavior. My policy is: "No stone throwing regardless of housing situation."

Seriously, if you don't know anything, just shut up and refuse to comment further. How hard can it be? And how much are these blokes making to say things like this?

Comment Sonic Gun? (Score 2) 193

I guess they're trying to prevent the outbreak of that ridiculous Olympic Games series featuring a certain blue hedgehog.

Jokes aside, this is a good bit paranoid. At a certain point comes "too cautious" and this has probably reached that point. The balance of enjoyment vs safety is not safe in a world, nay, a country that has more countermeasures for a worldwide event than you can shake a stick at. Oh wait, they took my stick too. Darn it!

Comment John Mayer approved (Score 1) 195

Instantly thought of "Your Body is a Wonderland" with that title.

On a more relevant note, it's very apparent nowadays that privacy is becoming less and less of a guarantee and more of a perk in society today. I somewhat agree and disagree with this personal data trend. On the one hand, I'd like to think that this means people will be more willing to be themselves and be more honest and open with others (e.g., based on experience, we in America hardly even associate with our next-door neighbors). I personally would love to not have to be so cryptic and secretive about my information. However, on the other hand and being the cynic I am, I know this is only going to lead to even bigger identity and privacy problems.

Still, asking for a Facebook username and password is tantamount to invasion of privacy. If companies want to check someone's Facebook, there are plenty of options for allowing others to look at a specific profile without the need of a password or even a username. Digital personal information is still personal information, and this sounds like a "good vs service" kind of problem. Something tells me that this is only the beginning...

Comment Title vs summary (Score 2) 271

The title and summary seem to convey different things. "Job Seeking Hacker Gets 30 Months In Prison" sounds like a hacker was trying to get a hacking job somewhere, while the summary makes it clear that he hacked his way into getting said job. Just saying.

Nonetheless, blackmail is blackmail. Malicious hacking involving the exposure of private data to unwarranted eyes ought to be punished.

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