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Comment Re:If you have "travel mode" on (Score 2) 134

Because Travel Mode is an indicator that you've got something to hide, and thus, must be using social media to send encoded terrorist messages.

Sometimes I think terrorists are just nature's way of weeding out the violent and stupid- especially suicide bombers.

For one thing, there has to be something for them to see, so they don't see a blank slate and, on that basis, assume you have something to hide and probe you ever more deeply.

Clearly if there were going to be a 'Travel Mode' it would have to be very very well hidden.

When I'm travelling I wipe the phone, factory reset it, and then set it up with my work account instead of personal. That way there are contacts and emails etc but its only work related. My work isn't sensitive so I don't care. But it looks like it has stuff on it so it gives the security guys a nice satisfying experience.

Comment Re:Bad for the economy (Score 1) 188

I'm a Canadian who I used to travel to the USA for vacations/tourism at least once a year for the past 10 years.
But I turned down a trip with friends to Pittsburgh last weekend, and plan on avoiding all future travel to the USA until I know my rights will be respected.
If I'm being honest, I don't really anticipate that happening, so i doubt I'll be returning to USA ever again.
I'll just take my vacations in Canada or the Caribbean instead.
I'm boycotting, and I'm white..... I imagine there are many non-white tourists who are rethinking their plans too.

Can you get from Canada to the Caribbean without traversing US airspace?

Comment Re:I gladly turn my phone and PW over! (Score 1) 188

I cannot stomach such a policy, but I'll turn over my recently wiped phone and my password "4thamendment" to them.

When I leave the airport, I'll have Google Play reload everything and plug-in my uSD card, and I'll be good to go.

Yes, it's an inconvenience, but I protect my privacy and the US Security Theater can continue it's performances.

When they discover that your phone 'has been wiped for the border' you can expect them to become much more interested in you. Because 'obviously you are hiding something'.

Comment Re: As a Canadian... (Score 1) 188

(Stupid touch screen)

All four of us are planning to spend 10 days in Nevada.

I'm coming with real money to spend on frivilous crap because I can.

Why make it difficult?

I'm white, of British and Scottish descent, with no religious affiliation. I dont really expect too many problems, but the idea that it might makes me reconsider this trip.

Don't take cash. The cops will steal it.

Comment Re:And for everyone else...? (Score 1) 188

Bullshit.

Not only do we have equal (or more) free speech in New Zealand (resident or visitor) we have far less corruption, far more financial freedom and far less regulation. We also don't have an onerous courts system.

Go look it up some time, check out the freedom indexes. The US population is positively oppressed by comparison.

The ACC system all by itself makes NZ trump the USA (no pun intended). NZers are far less risk averse than Americans and many services in NZ are far cheaper because theres less risk of litigation (being sued).

Healthcare can cost less in NZ because the health care providers in North America (Canada included) have to take out very very expensive malpractice insurance because they can get sued. This, in turn, pushes up the price of health insurance and at the end of the day there are two main profit making businesses; lawyers and insurers.

Comment Re:Most people are easily influenced anyhow (Score 1) 214

And Apple has been a great influencer itself.

Which is good, because there can't be any heretical truefacts about Apple. To believe so is a thoughtcrime and criminally unsocial.

Any facts about Apple which are in unpraiseful of Apple cannot be truefacts and must be properly edited as they are doubleplus ungood.

Comment Re:Headline doesn't really match actual news (Score 1) 170

Where in the article does it suggest that Apple is making a power play here to position Metal like the headline says? This really doesn't have a whole lot to do with Metal specifically, and is instead about leveraging the entire class of APIs that have been coming out that are closer to the (lowercase) metal. In fact, they specifically said so in the summary:

No way is Apple making this power play.

If they did then they'd take 3d graphics hardware more seriously. As it is Apples graphics offerings are a joke, both literally and figuratively.

Then why do you sound so nervous?

Because I know that my non-adoring comments on Apple products are going to be modded into oblivion.

Comment Re:Headline doesn't really match actual news (Score 1) 170

Where in the article does it suggest that Apple is making a power play here to position Metal like the headline says? This really doesn't have a whole lot to do with Metal specifically, and is instead about leveraging the entire class of APIs that have been coming out that are closer to the (lowercase) metal. In fact, they specifically said so in the summary:

No way is Apple making this power play.

If they did then they'd take 3d graphics hardware more seriously. As it is Apples graphics offerings are a joke, both literally and figuratively.

Comment Re:How it should be done. (Score 2) 55

Go to court specifically for each site and rule specifically for each site. Proof required of infringement. That is how it should be handled instead of blanket shutdowns upon simple requests.

Then the plaintiff should pay all legal costs of the ISP as well as execution costs.

I was thinking the ISP should reason like this
"Obviously the MPA think these movies are worth a lot of money. So they should be willing to PAY A LOT OF MONEY for us to block access to them. Ca-ching! $$$$$$$"

and then charge them the same amount the MPA claim to be losing to piracy.

Comment Re:Coding achieves the "expand your mind" objectiv (Score 0) 328

So, if you look at the foreign language requirement for what it is (an "expand your mind" requirement), then it is plainly obvious that coding achieves the same objective.

For the most part I agree. But foreign languages open up way more entertainment opportunities. Theres a strong cultural issue with this in the English speaking world.

One thing that I've noticed, being a primarily English speaker who has lived immersively in many, many non-English cultures; Monolingual English speakers tend to avoid music of other cultures with other languages far more than monolingual speakers of other languages who will very often happily listen to and appreciate music with vocals they don't understand.

Theres a snobbishness to native English speakers that you don't often find in other language groups.

Teaching, or at the very least, exposing native English speakers to other languages opens their minds in ways that programming does not.

I'll grant you that programming opens their minds in ways that foreign languages do not but at the end of the day, on balance, I'd say that getting people to be more social and more aware of other people and cultures has more overall net benefit to individuals and to society.

Comment Re:What's with this fixation? (Score 1) 328

Do companies and billionerds really think this "teach everyone to code" is going to produce a more capable workforce? What's their angle - drive wages down?

It's doubly confusing since all they want to do is outsource them once they've learned to code. It's fucking ridiculous.

If Disney cared so fucking much why did they outsource an entire department of competent IT workers to India? It's not like Disney is hurting for cash.

Maybe Disney want to make school even more boring so kids will crave more Disney produced entertainment at home?

Heres a clue for the programmers on /. honestly although you might not believe it nor understand it, programming is boring for most people.

Foreign languages open up a LOT more entertainment possibilities than programming; listening to music with vocals in other languages, literature and movies in other languages, being able to engage with other human beings in other languages. Even foreign language classrooms are more entertaining than in programming classrooms because its about HUMAN CONTACT. Social interaction drives almost all actual fun and entertainment for the majority of human beings ie people who are more or less heteronormative and not on the autism spectrum.

So yeah, Disney is being sneaky as fuck yet again and trying to make school even more boring to drive up their own revenues. I could believe it.

Comment Re: No (Score 1) 328

If they weren't teaching "reading, writing, and rithmetic" in the 1950s, what did they teach? Or are you talking about the 1850s?

The 'rithmetic' they taught in the 1950s hardly counts as mathematics, better described as numeracy; being numerically literate, being able to do long division and memorise multiplication tables ie skills that were often useful in everyday life.

Comment Re:To much IT hardware needs java for management (Score 3, Insightful) 163

The plugins were totally unsecurable already. Just use that browser for accessing those devices only, without internet access.

'Without internet access' isn't going to work when you are accessing KVM consoles on servers on the other side of the world which are at a hosting company where you don't have the option of a VPN. There are many thousands such sites perhaps millions. I deal with about a hundred personally.

Out in the real world people do need java, and often flash as well, in a browser, to be able to do their jobs. You can't just say "Well I'm not going to do my job if you don't upgrade the systems so I don't need java" because they'll just fire you and hire someone who will. Obviously.

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