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Comment Re:While this is a very tacky response... (Score 1) 813

Well I could meet one of my Senators very easily and do nearly every year. She and my wife have something in common, having both lost loved ones to opiate pain addiction and so we attend the same charity event each year. $100 donation and wait for the event window and you easily can get 20 minutes of one-on-one time with a Senator. She also tends to bring the mayor of my city with as a guest because they're longtime friends, so I can get a 2-for-1.

That said, if I tried calling her office I'd never get past the intern.

Comment Re:She's 1/2 of the Valley's home senate team (Score 2) 813

She's also shown to be completely uninformed on technology, sponsored CISA and pushing a bill that makes encryption illegal

I really can't see how Silicon Valley would ever have voted her in, but if I recall correctly, she's been in office practically forever, so maybe being the perennial incumbent means change never happens. Probably also easily wins Hollywood voters since many studios are run by Jews like her (might be favoritism based on shared religion is all I mean).

Comment Re:H-1B abuse and Trump (Score 2) 813

Saying you're against depreciation doesn't mean much on its own - let me explain depreciating assets and then why. Say I buy a refrigerator for the office for $2000. The IRS has an enormous multi-volume set of books (and a smaller 2 volume one that covers most cases - and yes, they still print them, but there are software versions) that lists pretty much anything you can buy in its depreciation schedule. For the sake of simplicity, let's say the refrigerator was a 5 year depreciating asset (I think it's actually 7). We need to divide the value of the object by the depreciation schedule and you can take that much off on taxes each year, so in this case $400 for the next 5 years.

Now think about saying you're against depreciating assets - does that mean you shouldn't be able to deduct anything or do you mean the entire asset should be written off the year it is bought? As someone that owns a privately held business, the former I'd be completely against and the latter I'd love. The reason big public companies like it is because purchases result in a big dip in profitability followed by big gains (the depreciation schedule spreads it out). Since I don't answer to shareholders, I don't give a shit.

Comment Re: No? (Score 1) 375

To be fair, you violated the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act by posting here. In fact you committed a felony that has successfully been used to prosecute a girl for harassing another girl to commit suicide. That felony? Using an alias, which misrepresents yourself, which violates this pre-internet law for ATMs (and I did as well - if anyone goes after me for it, I'm going to see it to court and get the law thrown out, which was not done in the harassment case).

IMO, the Clinton thing was a failure at multiple levels not knowing the law - the people that set up the server, Clinton herself, the people that maintained the servers (because I guarantee Clinton did not), etc. I know not knowing the law is no excuse, but sometimes (like the case above), the law is ridiculously obscure and can be used to prosecute people for things in ways that weren't intended. AFAIK, Clinton was not aware she was committing a crime and I believe that is why no charges were pressed.

Comment Re:Need (Score 1) 222

This is part of the reason I got off of Verizon. First reason: I got 4x the data. Second reason: Mexico and Canada free calling. Third reason: I got an additional line for $80 less than what I was paying. I do miss Verizon's network, which has coverage in areas I sometimes go where nobody else has any coverage (such as my parent's home towns in South Dakota). Aside from that both AT&T and T-Mobile work great (I have one for home provider, one for my work phones - and yes, that's plural).

Comment Re:2,000 years of trying, none have lasted 20 year (Score 1) 66

RSA was tampered with by the NSA to allow for it to be easily cracked. While we'd known there was tampering with it, the extent of that tampering wasn't known until the Snowden leaks. That said, the flaw is only with dual elliptic curve and I don't think anybody uses that anymore. Also the only thing cracked this year was RSA 220, which is 729 bits and the next you'd logically expect to see broken. My secure emails use RSA-1024 (I didn't set that up, all I do is check a checkbox that says "Secure" and the recipient needs to use their key card and PIN to decrypt it - not sure how it works for out of office emails).

Not a surprise that the US government uses RSA for secure emails but AES (designed in Belgium away from NSA tampering) for both military and confidential secret and top secret encoded data. Confidential data needs to be at least AES-128 encrypted and Secret/Top Secret AES-256 if I recall correctly. We're insulated from that stuff (our software backend handles it), all we need to know is the classification.

Comment Re:Lack of QA in Redmond? (Score 1) 88

That wouldn't surprise me - I had two cousins testing for them for a long time (at least 20 and 16 years) and both got new jobs within the past two years without mentioning why. I also had a release critical defect for one of my company's products that only happens on Windows Anniversary, but that was deferred because we only support Windows Pro and it won't be forced onto Pro for 3 months (I tested it on my home machine that didn't have pro, as well as work machines with it - it is technically supposed to work everywhere, but until the bug moves to pro my company doesn't care).

Comment Re: Color me surprised (Score 2) 156

And to riff off an old tech support joke, they're called foot pedals, not mice.

If you've never heard that one, here it is with a few others. I literally got the "Press Any Key" one working tech support, so yes I believe them. Compaq offered free tech support in the early days and people would call them for all kinds of reasons without actually trying anything, so that doesn't surprise me at all. Note I didn't work for Compaq, I did tech support contracting work for Bell Atlantic and we had a business relationship with Compaq. Specifically what that was is something I signed a form not to disclose.

Comment Incredible... (Score 1) 367

... or rather, incredibly condescending. Given my occupation (and prior occupation in law enforcement), I am a huge advocate for catching criminals. I am also a huge advocate for the rule of law and respecting rights of people under law. By saying that the Bureau is collecting information so we can have an "adult" conversation, the clear implication is that those on the other side of the conversation from the Bureau have been having conversations that are immature or child-like. The tone of those comments is like that of a parent telling a child that it is time for the child to grow up. It indicates a lack of respect for the opposing views. The Bureau isn't doing itself any favors with that kind of approach.

Submission + - Malibu Media stay lifted, motion to quash denied

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: In the federal court for the Eastern District of New York, where all Malibu Media cases have been stayed for the past year, the Court has lifted the stay and denied the motion to quash in the lead case, thus permitting all 84 cases to move forward. In his 28-page decision (PDF), Magistrate Judge Steven I. Locke accepted the representations of Malibu's expert, one Michael Patzer from a company called Excipio, that in detecting BitTorrent infringement he relies on "direct detection" rather than "indirect detection", and that it is "not possible" for there to be misidentification.

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