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Comment Re:No duh. (Score 1) 22

There's plenty of times where this would be lawful *and* appropriate.
e.g.:
there is reasonable cause to suspect a group is planning a bank robbery.
Turning on the On-Star tracking and mic in their getaway car is both lawful (assuming you get a warrant) and appropriate.

There are also (I suspect) vastly more inappropriate uses in those sealed dockets than there are appropriate ones.

Unsealing these as a mater of course would (IMHO) lower the inappropriate use only if when it's discovered it's followed up on with the individuals seeking and granting such use (fines, warning letters, dismissal).
-nb

Comment Re:Password fatigue (Score 2) 191

going to do a quick count of how many pwds I deal with at work: ...
49.
I have 49 separate pwds I need to know to do my job.
of those *several* are in a one-note file that is on a secure server so others with the same need to know can remain synchronized.
Three or four of these also require a SecurID or similar token.
Only two are committed to memory.

nb

Comment Re: sure! (Score 1) 303

some of my friends know me as "the chemist" :)
Those friends have guns (and are good with them).
There is a group of about 20 of us that, while we may not be best mates we recognize each other's value in certain situations. Guns with requisite skill, gardening, wood carving, food preservation, etc. Everyone would have value to the whole.

Comment Re:Saving Money (Score 5, Informative) 249

*if* you didn't already use those services.
I found that my kids and I almost never watched broadcast TV, but we used Netflix (and Amazon Prime to a much lesser extent) more than TV. It was so bad that we lost the remote control and no one cared. so I turned it all of, data only. Totally worth it. The only real difference is now when a series I really like hits one of the streaming services I don't get enough sleep because I binge, rather than DVR and watching (roughly) when it was broadcast.
-nb

Comment Re:Commodore engineers (Score 2) 288

While it took a while to come up with a better base chipset to replace OCS/ECS, the engineers were still belting out some fantastic designs, most of which were squished by upper management.

The above was a really good case study in business ecosystem dynamics.

When the Amiga 1000 came out, it was alien technology -- probably 10 years ahead of its time. The Amiga OCS chipset's graphics and sound hardware of its contemporary competitors look like historical artifacts, and it's OS was an actual pre-emptive multitasking operating system, not just a glorified disk loader.

However, any company in the world could design, build, and sell a new PC sound card or a new PC graphics card, any many of them did. The PC sound and graphics cards continued to suck (relative to the Amiga) for quite a while, but simply due to the fact that so many different companies had hired so many engineers to work on developing them, they improved every year, and eventually surpassed the capabilities of the Amiga sometime in the mid-90's.

Amiga's engineers were undoubtedly some of the most talented on the planet, but their small team eventually couldn't compete with the sheer numbers of PC-based engineers. By the time AGA came out, the writing was on the wall: An open system that gains traction will eventually outgrow and out-innovate a small, closed system, no matter how awesome the skills of the closed systems' engineers.

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