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Comment Re:"they'd be back if it happened again" (Score 1) 240

"The police told me they'd be back if it happened again." For what crime? Is it normal for police in Canada to threaten to invade an innocent couple's home for doing something legal?

As someone else pointed out, Seattle WA; not Canada.

Anyway, there are a couple of other points to make here:

  1. Knocking on the door and executing a legal search warrant is not what most reasonable people think of when they see words like 'raid' and 'invasion'.
  2. If the couple keep operating the exit node and the police trace another child porn upload to them, they risk being prosecuted for facilitating a crime. It's a bit of a stretch, but still a real risk.

Comment Re:Bad math... (Score 2) 75

Honestly, 56k ? Does that still exist in any country also featuring Fiber ?

Best Buy lists a 56k dial-up modem priced at $50. 133 reviews, 4/5 stars. So yeah, that still exists. Gotta say, though, that some of the customer questions are pretty hilarious (or maybe just sad): "Will this connect DSL line to a cable modem router?" "Can we use this for a USB port on the router to use as a phone line?" And the winner: "Can I connect it to a led flat screen TV to surf the internet. By the way, the TV has Roku streaming connected to it."

Comment Re:criteria for advanced technology? (Score 1) 137

...is number of websites a good criteria to judge level of technology?

When 28 websites represents an entire fucking country in the year 2016, yes. Yes, it does.

Well, that, and an entire generation of shitty haircuts.

On the upside, with only 28 websites they don't really need domain name services, right?

Comment Re:Lame (Score 1) 91

In your eagerness to dismiss my comment, you may have missed the part where the TSA is already engaged in behavioral profiling despite not having any previous baselines to compare people's behavior to. Of course this means it's useless for detecting the emotions of random people in a TSA screening line, but that hasn't stopped the TSA from putting it in place.

Profiling based upon observable behaviors is not remotely similar to detecting emotions base upon RF detection. One requires calibration of an individual's "signature"; the other does not. This is not to claim that the TSA's method of behavioral screening is effective compare to, say, the methods used by El Al airline screeners; in fact, the TSA's general approach to providing security theatre as opposed to genuine security pretty much predicts that it won't be effective at all.

Comment Re:Lame (Score 1) 91

Ultimately this will just be another augment to automated monitoring, for use in any place where there is benefit to knowing people's emotions but a cost associated with having a human watch them all the time.

Like the TSA security check points at airports?

The TSA already tries to do behavioral profiling. I could see them jumping all over this as the latest magic cure-all to make up for the incompetence of their screeners who miss 95% of the things they're supposed to be watching for.

In your eagerness to point out the ineptness of the TSA, you may have missed the part where each individual's emotional responses have to be measured before subsequent emotional responses can be identified. Of course, this means it's useless for detecting the emotions of people who haven't been previously baselined, e.g., random people in a TSA screening line.

Comment Re:Nobody knows yet (Score 1) 165

it is very easy, freedom of movement is fundamental for the tech companies which relies on recruiting labour from the whole continent. This is unlikely to be possible without having to go through a lot of red tape.

Last time we recruited from outside the EU, the red tape took close to 6 months to go through.

The Schengen area and the EU are different things. Does Brexit mean the UK is backing out of the Schengen treaty?

Comment Re:New form of measurement? (Score 2) 209

This, folks, is why you should pay attention to who runs for state attorney general.

Or maybe this is why you should learn to advocate effectively for yourself. Verizon tried to bill me for a data overage a little over a year ago. I called them, told the representative that I thought the bill was in error, and asked him to look at my data usage history over the previous two years. He did, and then not only reversed the overage charge, but gave me a "bonus" package that tripled my monthly data allocation for the next year to compensate me for my inconvenience.

I've gone through similar exercises quite a few times with cable providers, insurance companies, and other businesses that have reputations for always wanting to screw over the customer, and I've found that a calm but resolute approach, in combination with a little data, works wonders.

Comment Re:A defect is a defect (Score 1) 204

So, you don't consider cancer or diabetes to be diseases? Non-communicable diseases cause far more deaths worldwide than communicable ones.

First of all I NEVER said any of that. Second, a phone is not a biological entity. It can't get a disease. It suffers from a defect.

Oh, please. Use of the word "disease" in describing a fairly widespread issue with a non-biological entity is an example of a class of very commonly used metaphorical devices; see, for example, the term "bit rot" for a situation in which ones and zeros clearly do not suffer biological decomposition, and "virus" for a hunk of software that "infects" a computer. Get it?

What you said was, "Seriously why call it a disease? That implies that an iPhone could get it from another iPhone, you not washing your hands, etc." That pretty clearly says "A disease is something communicated from an outside source."

Comment Re:Crybabies = Apple fanboys (Score 1) 204

Apple is not responsible for damage caused by individuals that bent their phone. This isn't a flaw in engineering, it is user caused damage.

From TFA: “It’s absolutely a problem in the design. End users are not doing anything to cause this besides using the phone normally,” Mark Shaffer of independent repair company iPad Rehab told me.

Comment Re:A defect is a defect (Score 4, Insightful) 204

Seriously why call it a disease? That implies that an iPhone could get it from another iPhone, you not washing your hands, etc.

So, you don't consider cancer or diabetes to be diseases? Non-communicable diseases cause far more deaths worldwide than communicable ones.

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