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Comment Re:B-b-b-but GUNZ is SKEEERY!! (Score 1) 331

Though you look to be good at trolling...

I gave you your own words and an honest opinion. Are you really crying I'm "trolling" you with your own words or is it the idea of people with a differing opinion that disturbs you so?

...and calling anyone who calls you on it an ad hominem thrower.

The word you used was "idiot". I even gave you the definition of "ad hominem" to be sure you understood what I said. Piss off.

Comment Re:B-b-b-but GUNZ is SKEEERY!! (Score 1) 331

You just make a fundamental change in your argument.
Initially, you said "And the root cause of people being scared of guns is guns killing so many people.". In that statement you are clearly intimating the "root cause" is "guns".
Now you've said it's "people killing so many people with guns" so the cause is now "people".
I'm glad you agree with my point now. Maybe next time I can teach you how ad hominem does not help you win an argument.

Comment Re:Try again. (Score 1) 94

you and I and 99.9% of the world have zero insight into this.

So let's review what we know of the situation and make our decisions based on the facts available?
BB: It's our responsibility as a responsible company to let TLA's and LEO's in on our customer's data if they have a good reason.
Apple: Was publicly sued to compel cooperation in unlocking a phone.

As far as I can see we can't definitively say who is doing what, but which company would you say has a better chance of giving a shit about keeping customer data secure?

Comment Re: Mall shooting in Germany (Score 2) 193

...which prevents us from making reasonable changes.

There is also a segment of the population for which the actions constituting "reasonable changes" can not be honestly applied to the phrase "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.". There is just not a lot of wiggle room in how that amendment is written.

Comment Re:snowden gives me some hope (Score 5, Insightful) 52

The "secret" spy programs were only a secret to those who have not been paying a bit of attention...

We now have mainstream acceptance of things that were previously tinfoil-hat-only territory.

All he accomplished was to give Putin a propaganda victory...

The US revoked his visa. He happened to be in Russia at the time. There he stays.

OMG you just keep going on and on. Let's sum it up.
The US was (is) violating its own laws and Snowden made that public.
Rather than fixing the problems thus exposed, the US has chosen to try to persecute him for exposing gov't malfeasance.
Lets not call this something other than what it is.

Comment Re:Save often, make backups (Score 1) 465

doesn't Google have millisecond backups... wondering if his lost data could be restored from one of those.

Almost certainly it could, but just try getting the support number to the engineer who could do it. For being such a high-tech company, their contact page is remarkably bereft of any way to, you know, actually contact someone who works there.

Comment Re:pen and paper (Score 1) 286

...transcribe my notes to electronic format...

If you use OneNote and sync your "notes" notebook on OneDrive, you can take a picture of your notes with Office Lens (free) and save it straight into your notebook. I've been surprised how well searching for text in a picture works with this method.

Somewhat OT but if your organize your notebook with year labeled tabs, month labeled pages and a subpage for each day your notes become really easy to browse through.

Comment Re: Why is Obama more like to pardon? (Score 1, Insightful) 383

I really don't grasp why people think that Obama wants to pardon Snowden in any fashion.

Because it's the right thing to do and this is his best opportunity to do it with the fewest repercussions?
And the argument about pissing off the TLA's, maybe they cold follow the spirit (and letter) of the law in the first place!
They made their bed, they should be made to lie in it.

Comment Re:BACKUPS PEOPLE! (Score 4, Insightful) 58

But... But... There was a backup! The files were on the laptop, and on the cloud (everything's safe and secure in the cloud, just ask a cloud services provider salesman), and on everyone else's computer that used that Dropbox account.

All snark aside, you wanna know what's really awesome? If just ONE computer that used that Dropbox account had good backups going, they could have restored the whole mess from there. Restore for only $500? They should have offered to take those scammers out to dinner as well.

Comment Re:What? (Score 1) 621

Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?

As I understand it, when they seize the money / valuables (yeah, they're not constrained to just cash) they then charge they money / stuff that was seized. While this leads to amusing case names (US vs. diamond ring and $35) it seems the items being sued generally have no rights at all and are terrible at representing themselves. If you can't prove you deserve to have them, they become no longer yours.

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