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Comment Re:They Could Get The Pope To Assure Him (Score 1) 488

There is no such thing as a fair trial when the US Govt. is involved. They will hang you, shoot you, or put you to sleep.

Any examples? I'd be willing to accept that They make obscure people disappear, but a notable guy like Snowden disappearing in US custody would be unbelievable to me. Maybe a little waterboarding and an extra IRS audit of his parents. Martyring him would only ensure the general public becomes fixated on his revelations and corruptions of the system.

Unless they offer to make you president, just stay in Russia.

I think he's in more danger of execution outside the states where he could be declared an enemy combatant and assassinated as such. Some US ally could be found responsible for the act.

Comment Re:So let me get this straight... (Score 1) 109

You're mastercard requires a fingerprint? All my master card requires from me, after a number, is a "signature." I frequently spend several hundred dollars on my card and leave a small squiggle, assuming the touchscreen worked that day, to confirm it was definitely me who made the purchase.

Instead of having just a number (which has been taken from me at least twice before), this person needs to spoof my phone and have acquired pictures of me. It's not perfectly secure, but this is orders of security above the security systems that are currently in place around my cards.

I even better liked the suggestion of using a dick pick, very few people have my dick pick on file. You can't pull that off of my facebook profile either (like mugshots and my phone number if you're a friend.

Comment Re:Millennials (Score 1) 91

The cheapness and ease of control of drones, I think, makes it reasonable that they've had their recent explosion in popularity and have generated a much larger following than the old RC flying clubs.

I've seen big RC helicopters, kinda wanted one, but never got around to spending the time to do the research such a big purchase would require, nor learn how to to hover and deal with the pendulum effect, etc. The ones I was looking at were gas powered and had metal rotor blades though I know they come in some less dangerous varieties.

On the other hand I recently went down to the toy shop and for $40 bought something I could easily fly around my house and have no problems letting friends children fly around my pets.

Note that I also have a couple tiny plastic RC helicopters, but I've seen few other people with the patience to build skill at flying them around the house.

Comment Re:Sensationlist click bait again (Score 1) 540

It's like he gave his son key to the gun cabinet and later blame the gun manufacturer when the kid hurts himself.

Well, if that gun manufacturer advertised guns as "great toys for kids!" and didn't tell you or your kid much, if anything, about gun safety, then I'd see that blame as entirely justified.

Apple did reimburse him all the money what else is left to grunge about

They've been doing this for years (google has too), and many people either didn't know they could be reimbursed or felt it was their fault for not reading to the end of every 300page EULA and checking back frequently for changes. The companies know this, and (I believe) they leave this loop hole open on purpose because it's so lucrative.

Comment Re:more guns needed (Score 1) 1134

Actually, California CCPs are by governed by the county, so experiences will differ wildly based on where you are in California. My understanding is that San Bernandino was pretty liberal with CCPs.

Not that the law matters though; I Lived in the bay area for a few years and I know my dad and a couple of my friends, regularly wandered around with concealed carry there*. I'm actually pretty surprised no one returned fire in this situation, though the shooters were wearing body armor, so I'm not sure how much it would have helped.

*All white guys, i.e. they've never worried about being unreasonably searched by the cops. I had a black friend there who was tackled at gun point by the cops, for carrying what was basically a chair leg.

Comment Re:method to test your dice (Score 1) 247

I don't have any on hand, but I thought plastic dice floated. If not, use oil. But the dice should settle at the surface with the heaviest end down and the lightest end up and therefore show the side that they are most likely to when rolled.

However this method assumes that all the faces are even, some might be stickyer or wider than others, and therefore the only way to tell if they are fair/blessed/cursed will be to roll them on a hard surface or however you actually roll them.

Comment Re:Do-it-themselves (Score 1) 202

Excellent points.

I don't think sanity is an objective measurement. If I thought someone needed to be put to death for their actions, I'd think you're insane for not killing them. Your (in)actions in this case, would, to me, seem irrational, and to use the contested word, insane.

For this particular case, we might love to see a good Linux install for perfect encrypted communication, but for someone about to die in a blaze of glory in a couple days, this probably isn't their biggest concern. I think most people around here would call them crazy for not at least researching a good technical solution like we would have, but they'd call us crazy for playing with tech in the face of the coming apocalypse.

Comment Re:Do-it-themselves (Score 1) 202

Why would any sane terrorist

Ha!

Geesh, I think government officials have been reading too many best-seller spy novels and listening to too few tech geeks.

Tech Geeks aren't terrorists; as geeks, we can tell you how to set up a perfect system, but the terrorists will use what they use, and maybe for their purposes, their system works better. It's quite likely the terrorists are also reading spy novels instead of consulting with the nerds.

Comment Re:for the love of god (Score 1) 202

First, he didn't say it was useless, but to address your logic argument: if doctors just collected medical knowledge, but never helped helped anyone, then I'd consider them useless. If police logged all crime in a big data center but did nothing to stop it, then I'd consider them useless. Same for mass surveillance. If you collect terabytes of crap in a big data warehouse, but can only find information that would stop attacks in retrospect, that's useless.

I don't know how useful mass surveillance is, but from what limited information about it I'm allowed to see, we are a lot better at collecting it and storing it than we are on acting on it. Instead of focusing on how many terabytes of data we can vacuum up on our citizens, we should instead focus on the effectiveness of how that data can be used to save lives.

Comment Re:The Amazon AppStore Auto-consent (Score 1) 137

Because in the 70s you had to take bills from your parents (who had like $40 laying around) and you have to take that money to someone, who can clearly see that you are too young to be making any sort of financial decisions. If you can execute that transaction, you clearly know what money is and that you are doing something wrong.

Now you click the wrong buttons in a game, which your parents said you could play, and you've spent hundreds of dollars. You don't have to have any idea what money is to click a button.

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