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Comment Re:Why "I" shouldn't trust Geek Squad? (Score 1) 389

First off... Geek Squad are IT professionals in the same way a burger flipper at Micky D's is a chef. They aren't.

They are no less IT professionals than, say, a senior network engineer at Google. Why?

Because nobody will be an "IT professional" until there exists a licensing organization to enforce ethical standards.

Comment Re:hey, how about you don't do that (Score 1) 212

I didn't say black burglars weren't getting treated more harshly (i.e., unfairly) than white burglars, just that they were getting time served and probation instead of three years in prison. It's hard to tell though, because there aren't any white burglars around here to begin with (or maybe there are, but they don't even get arrested).

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 160

What we have here is sort of an international prisoner's dilemma: from each country's perspective, it is against their interest to allow any other country to make their citizens subject to that country's laws... but it is in their interest to make every other country subject to their own laws. So, all things being equal you either end up in a situation where multinational corporations are subject to no laws, or one in which they are subject to the union [in the set theory sense] of every country's laws. Since some country is probably going to assert that position and the other countries will follow suit in retaliation, "union of every country's laws" is the dominant outcome.

Comment Re: Australian "conservatives" don't understand (Score 1) 160

On the whole they probably came closer to the center than most people would care or like to admit

The NAZIs were authoritarian centrist. As a libertarian centrist I'm perfectly happy to use the word "centrist" to describe NAZIs as long as people understand that their ideology and mine are opposites along the other (i.e., up/down) axis.

Comment Re:bit3h (Score 1) 183

I've been curious about those troll posts and their odd pattern of l33t-speak / typos for some time now. I wonder if it's some kind of coded message or something.

Comment Re:hey, how about you don't do that (Score 1) 212

I'm just saying if you are going to give a black teenager 3 years for felony burglary, give a white teenager the same sentence for felony computer hacking. Or decide neither is worth that.

In my jurisdiction, at least, they don't. Black teenage burglars get time served and probation. We've got some local criminals who've gotten arrested literally ninety-plus times, and still can't get the judge to put them in actual prison for any significant length of time.

Comment Re:Improve consumer firewalls (Score 1) 149

Heck, I would go so far as to put everything on the LAN side in its own DMZ. If you want your PC to talk to your media player, punch a specific hole in the firewall.

LOLWTF? Does nobody use hubs or switches anymore? It seems to me the best way to keep my LAN data from leaking out my WAN is for the router to not be involved in transmitting it at all...

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