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Comment Re:Only a fraction of US munitions... (Score 1, Informative) 129

Our Nobel Peace Prize President dropped 26,000 bombs (real bombs, not little hand grenades)

Probably a lot more than that. You're not understanding the usefulness of air strikes on this sort of combatant.

on various brown people

Right, right. It's because of their skin pigment! For reference, resorting to lazy race baiting doesn't really win arguments (see the most recent election results as an example)

(even though we are not at war).

Yes, I can see you're having some trouble grasping current events. Please don't do anything dangerous to other people in the future. Like, voting.

Comment Re:Top priority? Always? (Score 1) 138

If your companies top priority is to keep data secure, they how/why did you get hacked. They always say that, but clearly that is not the Top Priority

I see you're doing your part by not using dangerous apostrophes where they are needed!

Implicit in any company's statement that security is their top priority is the large bundle of compromises that don't go away whether or not that is your top priority. They could make the data perfectly secure by disconnecting the servers and putting them in a bank vault. They could make sure the data can't be breached by simply destroying all of it. See?

Security can be your Top Priority, but it has to be done in the context of things like still making it available to users across the internet. Doing it while not going bankrupt. Making the service competitively priced so that it can actually be afforded and put to work.

They could have said that the system could only be used on equipment they ship to their clients, connected to the back end through a hardware-based dedicated VPN with biometrics, dongles, and constant nagging by three-factor comms surrounding every time someone hits the enter key ... and of course nobody could or would want to use the system or pay the monthly fee needed to keep something like that alive.

They may very well put security at a higher priority than chipping away at a long list of UX updates, performance under load, documentation, multi-language support, and a thousand other things. Doesn't mean that doing so means they'll be perfect in their security results. Ever run a business like that? No? Give it a whirl. Make security your top priority, and then start paying attention to what that decision means in real life - including in your ability to get and retain customers during that balancing act.

Comment Re:Huge numbers! (Score 1) 268

What? Tens of millions of people routinely bitch, in public with their names attached, about every possible person, agency, posture, act, policy and purpose of government across the spectrum from the local PTA to city, county, state, federal, and international governance. There is nothing "brave" about parroting a lazy meme about freeing Snowden from prosecution for some very cut and dry real crimes. Your sense of drama is wildly disconnected from reality. Show me a single person, ever, who has been put into any sort of legal jeopardy for saying out loud, "Snowden should be pardoned." A single example. Specifically.

Comment Re:density problem (Score 1) 285

I don't know of any material with a density suitable for behaving properly as a projectile that doesn't contain toxic metals. The high-gravity-compound plastics have metal filler.

Many training rounds do NOT need to have the same ballistic behavior as the real thing - they just need to let the weapon cycle correctly. That's usually the whole point.

Comment Re:Who cares? (Score 2) 285

A bullet is a bullet is a bullet.

No, it's not.

I go to the bullet store

And then you sit down spend time reloading your spent brass with those bullets? Never mind. You have no idea what you're talking about.

I mean this literally

Oh, I get it now. Another person who doesn't understand what the word "literally" means.

Comment Re:Here's a crazy idea (Score -1, Offtopic) 285

couldn't we just not shoot people?

Good idea. We'll go back to longbows. You will personally assure all of our military folks that the people who routinely shoot at them will stop doing so, right? As soon as you've got all crazy Islamists signing a binding agreement that they will only slaughter people with scimitars from now on, that should help.

You do understand how defense works, don't you? Like how, for example, it took actual bullets fired from actual guns to stop a terrorist truck driver from running over and backing over them again just this past Saturday? Never mind. Get back with us when someone has violently attacked you, if you survive, and let us know what you think then.

Comment Re:Personal Favors (Score 1) 217

Now list and compare all of their contemporaries, so you have a true data set.

Why? I responded to someone who said:

I don't think there are many men over 60-ish who get major parts in movies barring Connery, Stallone & Arnie

It only took seconds to rattle off several obvious names to make that assertion silly on the face of it.

Comment Re:Personal Favors (Score 1) 217

Ask Anthony Hopkins, if you can get a call through to him in between gigs. Or Patrick Stewart. Or Ian McKellen. Or Bruce Willis. Or Pierce Brosnan. Or Denzel Washington. Or Michael Keaton. Or Liam Neeson. Or Kevin Costner. Or Richard Gere. And on and on.

You need to change channels once or twice along the way.

Comment Wish they'd use z-wave instead (Score 1) 376

It wouldn't hurt my feelings at all to be able to let some device or app in my world slurp up information about how much power the fridge is using, squawk if the door's been left open or something has failed, etc. If the compressor is running longer or harder than usual or the icemaker is reporting a jam or water flowing in an unusual way - getting an SMS message from my home network about something like that while I'm out of the house could actually head of a real mess. But all of that can be done via a well-supported, locked-down home controller (say, a Vera product) that chats with the stuff in the house over the meshed Z-Wave protocol and stays off of the wifi network. Z-Wave is great. You bind a device to your controller, and that's it - the war driving kid from next door with some Z-Wave sniffing widget might be able to see it's there, but he can't take it over without physical access. Our home controller is, itself, wired to one of our local network's DMZs and doesn't use wifi directly. So long as I run a decently maintained firewall and APs, the presence of Z-Wave based devices around the house (current count ... over 20, mostly lighting but also fire/CO-detectors, motion sensors, and some controlled outlets) isn't something I worry about. If my internet-facing network is compromised, I've got different, bigger worries.

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