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Comment Re:Funny..... (Score 3, Insightful) 305

Private citizens maybe but I think e-mail and cloud storage providers should be treated more as "common carriers" and only respond to legit legal requests for such data rather than enthusiastically embarking on witch hunts to do law enforcement dirty work. What you're sort of advocating would be like the post office reading all of your sealed mail in just in case you might be a pedophile and letting law enforcement know you might be a pothead.

Why shouldn't I expect the same rights that I enjoy (theoretically, not in practice) with telephones and snail mail to carry over into the digital realm? The USPS is govt run in name only these days and is more of a private organization. Would you be cool with UPS searching all of your packages because a computer said there could be pictures of underage titties in there somewhere?

What this boils down to is the government is using private companies to circumvent the constitution using the same old "think of the children" tripe that brought us the drug war with a double-dose of tyranny and it's sickening.

Comment Funny..... (Score 2, Insightful) 305

Funny.... I'd have PTSD from being forced to engage in warrantless surveillance. Splitting hairs because it's "Microsoft's server, since they aren't the feds they can do anything they want" doesn't make it a good thing to do. They are effectively acting as law enforcement and assisting the feds in sidestepping the 4th amendment. The few people they catch doesn't warrant the intrusion on many people who didn't deserve it. Much like the patriot act and butthole searches at airports. Especially if they report "other crimes" which may be victimless.

THAT would give me PTSD. If I wanted to be law enforcement and "catch bad guys" I would have gotten a criminal justice degree and worked in law enforcement where there's proper checks and balances.

Comment Gee I wonder why.... (Score 1) 228

- Only device you can get a touchscreen/active stylus with is an overpriced boutique internet appliance.

- Only hardware innovation in years is a goofy touch bar.

- Only major changes in hardware is to make things slightly thinner and remove any aspect of user upgrade/serviceability. Can't even swap SSD or upgrade RAM in PRO models.

- OSX is becoming increasingly locked down. Even installing something like TotalTerminal has become a pain in the ass.

- Increasing efforts to force everyone through a silly app store on desktop systems.

If Apple truly gave a shit about the OSX ecosystem they would either license it to other PC manufacturers or open source it. The mac division is slowly committing suicide. I would love something like an MS Surface with a better keyboard and OSX. They also need to bring back a mid-range tower with slots. The iMac is just not the end-all be-all of desktop machines and is far from affordable. The Mac Pro has even been left to rot.

There is just nothing appealing for the creatives/power users/engineers that evangelized for and made the platform great. It's just overpriced locked down Wintel trash that is disposable these days. I'm not paying $1,500+ for a disposable computer.

Comment Re:Good for SpaceX (Score 2) 75

You honestly think Boeing and Lockheed haven't blown anything up and we've never experienced rockets exploding upon launch before when overpaid pork-barrel contractors are involved? Remember the Navy's kaputnik? Remember Challenger? Remember many test pilots killed in experimental planes? How about combat pilots killed due to the P-38's issues in a dive?

Stop being a shill. Rockets explode sometimes, especially ones that are innovative and new.

Comment Re:One rule for them and another for us (Score 4, Insightful) 314

One rule for them and another for us.
Hillary using email doesn't sound so bad in comparison now does it?

Hillary using e-mail wasn't the problem. It was her setting up an insecure private MS Exchange server in order to avoid oversight from the government or public (via FOIA requests) and to make her willful destruction of evidence so much easier.

I love how people try to downplay this as if it was an "accidental" slip and a trivial oversight on her part. Flynn is obviously a douche as well who needs his ass kicked.

Oh.... almost forgot.... FUCK YOUR PARTISAN BULLSHIT!

Comment Re: Any still used? (Score 1) 74

Wrong, Voyager used a mutant custom architecture. The first real microprocessor in space was the RCA 1802 which flew on some MAGSAT, Galileo and even hubble. The 1802 was the first microprocessor built in a radiation hardened version. Kinda weird but it was a cool CPU and very power efficient but a bit slower than the 8080 or 6502.

Comment Re: "Civic Society" not a very impressive euphemis (Score 1) 805

I didn't support either of those ass-clowns. I'm not a Trump supporter in the least and I didn't vote for him. I don't support the leftists and I don't support Christian Nationalism. I'm just a simple Libertarian.

And yeah, I'm fairly old and experienced enough to realize the road to hell is paved with good intentions that are eventually used to inflict mass tyranny by the next guy. If you like anti-"hate speech", blasphemy laws and far left-leaning governments that coddle their citizens, I hear the EU is pretty nice.

You can feel that I'm "dumb" because I'm more than willing to let anyone "appropriate" any part of my culture that they like regardless of their race or class. You can feel that I'm an idiot for not identifying with a bunch of brats on an Ivy League campus I could never hope to attend screaming about "white privilege". You can think I'm an idiot for not giving a shit about "hate speech" because driving bigotry underground is dangerous. But you know what? That's your right and I won't stop you from being naive, young and stupid. After all, this is America.

Get a grip, not everyone in the tech industry is a left-leaning, over-sensitive cry-baby.

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