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Comment Re:Impeach Obummer! (Score 3, Insightful) 524

The U.S. military will never be deployed against the U.S. citizenry. That would cause serious civil unrest problems immediately, and they know it. Also, they don't need to. They've been selling surplus military equipment to the police for years, who are licensed to operate on U.S. soil. The police are already here, and they're not grumbling about it - if anything, they tend to see ordinary citizens like the enemy already.

Comment Re:3% velocity (Score 1) 285

If you check out their website, the muzzle velocity is 42 m/s, or about 137 ft/s (93 miles per hour). Yes, still much slower than a 22. It's the muzzle energy that's 3% of the .22 LR cartridge, owing to a much lighter projectile. Still well below the muzzle velocity of your average Airsoft rifle - but it clocks in at 10x the muzzle energy of those toys. Really wouldn't wanna get hit with it anywhere I didn't have some kind of protection over.

Comment Re:Privelege (Score 1) 482

I'll take "what is 42 USC 1983?" for three thousand, Alex!

Yeah, uhm... that pretty much explicitly says, "CIVIL actions for depredation of rights." (Emphasis mine.) It's not a criminal offense, it's a civil offense. Just because it's in the USC doesn't mean it's automatically criminal law.

Comment Don't Fret (Score 2) 635

The only DRM you need is: Make sure that your users have a valid serial number before you start providing support for the product.

You're trying to compete with 'free'. The solution is to make the version you're selling for $10,000 worth that much. Add more features, innovate, and provide support to the users who have paid you.

Also, most of the people yanking your software off of the Pirate Bay are not your customers now - they either can't afford it, or they're not even sure if your software will meet your needs. In the future, they might have that same need AND the money to pay you, and at that point they'll know your name.

Comment Re:I call bullshit. (Score 1) 455

It's the lazy people that cant be bothered to actually cook, and use fast food as the convenient scapegoat.

It's not that they're lazy - it's that they can either spend that hour getting / keeping another part-time job, or they can spend it cooking. Working at a part-time job will pay their rent. Spending an hour cooking will not. Remember that $50 (minimum wage for 8 hours after taxes) is a BIG DEAL to these people.

Comment Re:Is your medical data safe now? (Score 4, Interesting) 332

It's hard to imagine that putting data "in the cloud", whatever that happens to mean in the particular case under discussion, could be any less secure than where they're already storing your data.

Exactly. The amount of risk that is introduced by putting your data into the cloud is infinitesimal compared to the risk that already exists in your network due to your company's cultural lack of top-down focus on security. If your CEO has domain admin privileges to the network and does not actively manage the active directory structure, you probably have more serious security issues to worry about.

I am a current security expert, working at a security-conscious company. So far, I haven't seen any hypervisor exploits, so the largest source of failure from hosting your business in the cloud probably rests on being unable to access data because of your ISP or network outages. Shop around by comparing SLAs.

When hypervisor exploits do become known (and they will), the PCI council will likely put the hypervisor into scope - they're waffly about it right now. As soon as that happens, kiss your PCI-compliant cloud goodbye - the third-party compatibility for security tools used for PCI compliance in the cloud are abysmal. It will become very difficult for any cloud-based application to live up to the PCI standards. That's your real risk.

Comment Re:So both and get it done! (Score 1) 954

If buy 'a lot of money' you mean making more then 50K, or own a home.

Pretty much - if you're making $50k by yourself then with both parents working your household income should be around $80-90k. That's quite a hunk of change and well above the median household income.

If you own a house and you're being reasonable about your debt limits (no more than 25% of your monthly income after taxes going to your house) then your household income should be at least $50k. If you're not making that much money, you should be living in an apartment.

Comment Re:So both and get it done! (Score 1) 954

The best they could do was a tax plan that effectively lowered the tax rates on the richest people while eliminating many itemized deductions that benefited the rest of us!

Generally speaking, poor folk and even most of the middle class do not itemize their deductions. First, it takes too much of their time they need to be out making money with, and second, they get more money taking the standard deduction.

Itemized deductions are for people with a lot of money, or those running their own business with lots of business expenses.

Comment Re:As a US Citizen, (Score 4, Informative) 477

I wrote my senators and representative, and told them I oppose SOPA and PIPA. It may not be much, but it is worth it and it is ridiculously easy now that they have websites that accept messages.

Have you voiced your opinion, other than on some website that the policy makes never see?

You mean like their website that accepts messages, which they never read? No, not really. That would require effort.

I swear, I've sent one of my state senators an email saying how opposed I was to a bill and I got a form letter back saying, 'Thank you, I agree that that this issue is of vital national importance and will do everything in my power to see this legislation passed.'

They don't read those. Nobody in the senate actually reads their email. Go out and vote for third party candidates. They pay attention to polls.

Comment Re:Oh good an online petition (Score 1) 302

Because obviously people who have worked all their life and finally retired are in no position to call someone else 'lazy'?

Now hang on, later the same infographics say that the Tea Party makes more money per year? How can you make more money while being unemployed?

When all is said and done, though, I think the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street will agree on one basic principle: The people who committed vast amounts of financial fraud should be in jail, and we are not doing enough to find them.

Comment Re:Wow. (Score 1) 578

Then band together with other citizens who believe the same as you. Build organizations with these other people. Go out and meet your community and fight for what your community believes in. Get enough people together, take donations, and start putting up the billboards and TV ads you need to implement the change you want.

Comment Rampant Piracy (Score 2) 114

Given the vast disconnect between society's common opinion on data piracy and the large fines and penalties being pursued in the legal system by copyright holders, do you think the 'unlocking' argument could lead towards more leniency in civil cases involving copyright violations, or will that be confined to purely criminal violations?

Comment ... but you can't use it (Score 2) 239

With the latest bandwidth caps I'm seeing on my provider (AT&T U-verse), I can download data at a rate of 250 GB per month. So it'll take me 45 YEARS to fill up that 135 TB array. Something tells me they'll have better storage solutions by then.

In the meantime, I'm just waiting for Google to roll out the high-speed internet in my locale next year - maybe then I'll have a chance at filling up my current file server.

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