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Comment Re:NSA is part of "big government" after all (Score 1) 179

Crap. I have to burn this because I accidentally moderated you as insightful. You're right that big government is a failure. But Trump isn't going to do a blessed thing to downsize anything. That man's as much a totalitarian as Hillary and neither should have gotten as far as they have already. Twenty years ago, the scandals and missteps by both of them would have ruined their campaigns. Hell, Howard Dean torpedoed his run with a single howl only 12 years ago!

Comment Re:I hope they put in an external antenna port (Score 1) 124

The original Omega (I own two of them) doesn't have an external antenna either, and does quite nicely without it. I have connected to it as an AP with a laptop from up to 50 feet away even through walls. That's not in a metal case or anything, but I can't complain about it at all. Now the GPS add-on without the external antenna... that's a different story.

Comment Re:Writers decide who a character is (Score 1) 354

Really? In the Star Trek episode, "The Enemy Within", the writers wanted Spock to sneak up behind the evil Kirk and knock him out with a punch. Nimoy, the actor who played Spock, thought this was too violent for such a thoughtful character, and he and Shatner worked out an alternate idea that they then demonstrated to Gene Roddenberry. This was the creation of the famous "Vulcan Neck Pinch." In a later episode, there was a need for a Vulcan greeting. Once again, Nimoy came up with the solution, calling upon his own experiences in a synagogue when he was a kid. The actors bring a lot more to their characters than just playing their parts.

Comment Re:America is broken (Score 4, Interesting) 571

This is the Internet. The net is so wide here that you are literally quite likely to find a man that has bitten a dog.

Off-topic, but since you brought it up ...

I was four years old. My parents had an overly exuberant keeshond that delighted in nipping at me. It is possible the malevolent hound was only being playful and socializing, but to me it was behaving more like a competitive, overbearing sibling. For example, it never nipped at me when an adult was around. One winter day, after we were all outside in the snow, my mom went upstairs and this treacherous canine knocked me down from behind and nipped at my ears "playfully". Still in my one-piece snowsuit and wearing mittens, I'd had enough of this cantankerous pupstart's behavior, and I demonstrated the evolutionary advantages of an opposable thumb by grabbing his snout with both mittened hands, and finishing with a powerful argument delivered by human incisors directly upon his loathsome, black, wet nose!

Naturally, the little bitch shrieked and whined theatrically over the comeuppance, but I stood over him triumphant. "How do you like it?!"

Comment Maybecause of the aggressive Windows 10 push (Score 1, Flamebait) 383

I know I just dropped Windows in favor of Linux because of the aggressive (read -- "installed in the middle of the night without asking") push towards Windows 10. During the 8 days it was on my computer, the router caught it trying to upload my entire Documents directory to OneDrive, again, without asking.

If I wanted an O/S that was going to steal all my work, I'd install one. No thanks Microsoft, you burned your bridges here. Linux is not as smooth and not as easy to use, but I'll take that any day over having data such as my corporate records, source code, and even my tax returns getting uploaded to some uncontrolled cloud owned by Microsoft.

Comment Re: never heard of it (Score 4, Interesting) 264

Not sure when I started following Slashdot but it was back when your had a numerical karma score and it was a game to try to get it as high as possible. My Ars Technica account was created April of '99, so Slashdot would have been around the same time. I was quite familiar with Kuro5hin (pronounced like "Corrosion," for those not familiar with it, a sort of play on the name of Rusty, who was to Kuro5hin what Cmdr Taco was to /.) but it had a much wider focus than /., and I always felt it was a bit stuffier than here. It hasn't been relevant for a long time but it does make me feel old to know it's been taken off life support.

Submission + - Shoe Company: Obama Admin Pressured Us to Stay Quiet on TPP ( 1

schwit1 writes: The Boston Globe is reporting that U.S.-based shoe manufacturer New Balance has come out hard against the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal. The odd thing, though, is that "the Boston company had gone quiet [on TPP] last year."

Now, apparently, we know why:

New Balance officials say one big reason is that they were told the Department of Defense would give them serious consideration for a contract to outfit recruits with athletic shoes.

But no order has been placed, and New Balance officials say the Pentagon is intentionally delaying any purchase.

New Balance is reviving its fight against the trade deal, which would, in part, gradually phase out tariffs on shoes made in Vietnam. A loss of those tariffs, the company says, would make imports cheaper and jeopardize its factory jobs in New England.

Submission + - California Crypto Backdoor Bill Dies in Assembly

Trailrunner7 writes: A California bill that would require backdoors in phone encryption has died in the state assembly after failing to gain enough support to move out of committee.

The bill, proposed in January, would have required that device manufacturers have the capability of decrypting and unlocking any phone sold in California after Jan. 1, 2017. A similar bill proposed in New York is still making its way through that state’s legislature.

The California bill ran aground in the Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection, where it did not even go to a vote after failing to get a second from a committee member. Privacy advocates hailed the bill’s defeat as a key win for users and tech vendors.

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