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Comment Odd (Score 4, Interesting) 282

I was under the impression that Birth, Death, and marriage information was publically available in California.


It would seem that this law is in violation of the existing laws, but IANAL, nor am I a rich 'celebrity'. Hollywood folks seem generally above most laws, or at least shielded from them.

Comment Re:Internet of (some) Things (Score 1) 114

Or you could say, just give the kid a key to the front door like everyone has for years and years. My car is connected to the internet, and I get an email report monthly regarding fuel and engine performance, tire air pressure and other generally simplistic things that anyone who maintains a car should know how to do. I have numerous automated things in the house, lights, auto watering systems, a proximity opening pet door and the only one that really needs or benefits from internet connectivity are the cameras on my alarm system, and I can never be sure it is really secure, though I've checked it out thoroughly and monitor the firewall closely. When I am home I disable the cameras and leave the exterior sensors on.

Comment Re:The U.S. ain't perfect, but... (Score 1) 526

the ME was stabilizing quite well when bush finished his term, after spending 8 years getting shit on for cleaning up the mess Clinton had let fester, then Obummer and SHillery fucked everything up again by ignoring the threat of ISIS and sending weapons to the Syrian rebels without any concern for where those weapons would end up going, or what would happen when syria turned into the inevitable shit-show.

we need a strong Republican to deal with the middle east because democrats are categorically not up to the job, every time they do anything in the ME it's a mess.

Comment Re:The U.S. ain't perfect, but... (Score 1) 526

Comment Re:With all due respect to Mr. Hawking and us... (Score 1) 280

unless they are degenerates and just want to rape/torture/eat us for entertainment. less close encounters aliens more Firefly Reavers. They didn't even have to start out that way, take a few thousand beings, set out on a mission for peace, suspended animation systems fail critically and they go stir crazy, after a while food storage and production falters because it was only meant for the awake rotation not for everyone, and so the overtaxed systems start failing in ways that take too long to fix so the food runs low and they end up eating each other for a while before either the population stabilizes or technicians get additional food production jerry-rigged from spare parts. after 90 years of this (ship time) they arrive, nearly totally mad and full of hate for the squirrels they were sent out to greet, and they know they can never go back, because they aren't from a society where that behavior is accepted, they would all be imprisoned or executed, so they take out their frustrations on us earthlings.

Comment They are right (Score 5, Insightful) 278

Snowden did do our government a disservice when he posted those documents online. What the report didn't state was that our government did the US people a HUGE disservice when they acted as they did to force his hand. Torture of POW's ? The violation of US laws to support US interests. The means does not justify the end and just because they chose to take the acts out of the US doesn't absolve them of the guilt.

Comment Re:Do want jitter, latency, or stuttering bandwidt (Score 1) 199

None of the above ? I'd like a steady stream with low latency at the bandwidth I was advertised, instead of the bait and switch the low down dirty scoundrels generally offer. During mid day and primetime TWC(Spectrum) fails to even resolve addresses reliably. Their DNS is configured on sequential IP's on the same subnet, forcing me to configure alternate DNS solutions e.g. Opendns, and Google DNS. My Amazon delivers a nice throughput but DirecTV on demand is jittery and pauses often.

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