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Comment Growing backlash against online... (Score 1) 70

At least here in the US there seems to be a growing backlash against online retailers, Amazon especially. A large part of this is due to counterfeit products being misrepresented. When you have a million products on your site it's very difficult to properly vet each product and each provider. This is damaging the Amazon brand and similar online sellers with all but the lowest of the consumer, those that shop strictly by price and treat every product as if it is a commodity.

Comment Re: Supply and Demand - where is the demand? (Score 3, Insightful) 421

Home invasion? We don't all live in pristine gated communities where these things never happen. If you listen to most people after they experience an home invasion they typically start by saying "we didn't think this could ever happen here". Be prepared, not a victim is the point.

Comment Re: Halfway There (Score 5, Insightful) 421

I don't know any gun owners who aren't also college educated professionals. Now that is just my personal experience, it by no means speaks for all legal gun owners. However your (anonymous) comment that gun owners aren't smart is likely just troll bait, but if it isn't then it is ignorant and part of the problem.

Comment Supply and Demand - where is the demand? (Score 5, Insightful) 421

Here in NJ they tried to pass a law to force gun shop owners to stock these "smart guns" and it failed. If people wanted these, they would stock them. For something as important as a firearm the added complexity of fingerprint readers simply increases the likelihood of failure when it is needed. These features aren't safe, they are dangerous and potentially deadly.

Comment Re:If the point was ... (Score 4, Insightful) 332

There's no proof that it has anything to do with Wikileaks, but in a world of IoT devices with no thought toward security, anyone who cares to do so can mount DDOS with the power of a national entity.

What's the point of doing what Assange and Wikileaks have been doing without any moral position? He isn't helping his own case.

Comment Re:Legal? (Score 2) 279

No, of course it is not legal to set a trap to intentionally hurt someone, even if you expect that the trap could only be activated by the person committing property theft or vandalism. Otherwise, you'd see shotguns built into burglar alarms.

Fire alarm stations sometimes shoot a blue dye which is difficult to remove or one which only shows under UV. Never stand in front of one when pulling the lever! But they are not supposed to hurt you.

And of course these booby traps generally are not as reliable as the so-called "inventor" thinks and tend to hurt the innocent.

Comment Re: Phone (Score 1) 241

I agree completely. His leaking what he's leaked has served the purposes for many of us Americans by providing evidence of a lot of the criminal,activity we knew was going on, especially in the Hillary camp. However this man is not a hero, he is a criminal trading in stolen goods - goods he stole from every American. We need to keep that in mind.

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