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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

DaHat Re:Too late ... (352 comments)

I'm sure Blackberry used to say the same about the various upstarts that tried to dethrown them... and we know how well that worked out.

about a week ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

DaHat Re:Wrong Title (499 comments)

You know, the really pathetic thing about what you just said is that I've never illegally downloaded music or movies, and never cheated on my partner.

Care to cite where I accused you of any such thing?

And you're seriously saying that will get flagged as a lie and make me untrustworthy?

Depends on what else they know... either based on their own info or that which is said about you by others and the credibility of those statements.

Let me tell you this right now ... the people screening based on those things are morons unless they actually have proof to the contrary.

Oh? And you've been on the receiving end of such Q's and know their mental processes? I haven't... so I can't say either way.

Because unless you have evidence, assuming everyone who answers no to those questions is lying is completely idiotic. Because, not everybody has done those things, and if you have no evidence suggesting otherwise is just being an asshole.

No where did I say answering no would get you flagged as a liar... I said that depending on the circumstances they it will raising a flag that they may not be the most trustworthy. Key word in that sentence *may*. Further investigation may be required. Maybe they've honestly never used Napster back in the day and instead has a rather lengthy iTunes purchase history?

A broader thing is you seem to thinks such a background check has the same level of evidence & burden of proof as a court does in a criminal trial. It does not.

I increasingly believe the people who do security screenings don't give an actual damn about the truth, just their own interpretations of reality.

Very true at the airport, when it comes to security clearances... it depends on who is doing the vetting and to what degree they are doing it (based on the degree of clearance being sought).

about a week ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

DaHat Re:Wrong Title (499 comments)

It's not about answering yes or no. It's about disclosure.

Exactly, but let me add... these background checks aren't so much about checking as to if you've lead a boring and uncompromised life... but more about gauging your integrity with regards to honesty and ability to be blackmailed.

Example: An old college of mine is now a feeder to a couple of government agencies which give out a few scholarships each year... which in turn require a background check. One of the questions that screws up most kids is "Have you ever illegally downloaded any music or movies from the internet?" (or something to that effect).

Most kids put "no"... not wanting to admit wrong doing... but by doing so end up raising a flag that they may not be the most trustworthy as it's rather unlikely given their age and background (those applying for these scholarships).

Ditto for Q's regarding fidelity. If you've been unfaithful and your spouse doesn't know, it can be used against you (ie "Give me a copy of the blueprints or... I'll tell your wife and the rest of your family that you cheated on them... with another man."

about a week ago
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Microsoft Agrees To Contempt Order So It Can Appeal Email Privacy Case

DaHat Re:I don't see how MS can comply (122 comments)

You can't deliberate engage in activities to make it more expensive or complex for law enforcement to search subpoenaed records.

That's not quite accurate.

If the intent is to make it more difficult... then you best not have any evidence that it was done deliberately then you will be in for a world of pain.

If however it is part of your normal business processes and as a side effect it makes law enforcement's job harder... that is still perfectly legal.

about a week ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

DaHat Re:QUESTION? (448 comments)

No they've been very clear... just like Al-Qaeda was in the 90's.

Hopefully this time around it doesn't take a few buildings getting knocked down down for us to respond properly.

about two weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

DaHat Re:QUESTION? (448 comments)

True, but don't forget that Germany did declare war on the US first and that the US was more or less obligated to respond in some way... which we did with our own declaration later on the same day.

about two weeks ago
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Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

DaHat Re:Photographic law precedence (200 comments)

You can't climb a ladder and take pics of some girl sunbathing in her backyard legally if she is behind a privacy fence that you had to go out of your way to see over, that includes using a drone to do so.

Who said a ladder is required? From the second floor of a house you can often see much of a neighbors yard when there is only a man sized fence.

Sometimes a bigger fence is required, just ask Todd Palin: http://xfinity.comcast.net/blo...

about a month ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

DaHat Re:Customer service? (928 comments)

You assume that security being called on me would have allowed me to board my flight as I had planned.

That being said, I am not saying both situations are the same, my point was and is that I expect that this story is not unique and that only a portion of them do we ever hear about.

about 2 months ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

DaHat Re:Is there an SWA Twitter police? (928 comments)

Someone probably relayed the 'threat' of the tweet to someone on the flight crew who raised the 'is this a passenger a threat?' flag.

about 2 months ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

DaHat Re:Customer service? (928 comments)

Remember that for a threat to be effective it need only be believed by the target... even if there is no actual plan to make good on it.

In a world where after going through a laughable but invasive search by TSA screeners and about to board an aircraft where you are legally required to obey all instructions of the flight crew in order to return to your home many miles away... is it any wonder that even the threat of the police being called might make someone comply?

about 2 months ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

DaHat Re: name and location tweeted... (928 comments)

Why do you assume her consent would be required?

The airport is a public place and there is little right to privacy or anonymity when in public... doubly so when you are wearing a name tag.

about 2 months ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

DaHat Re:Customer service? (928 comments)

Did the agent think the whole thing would be erased from everyone's memory and it would be as if nobody complained?

To play devils advocate... maybe.

While from time to time we hear stories like this of some employee who acts in a rather bad way PR wise... how often do you think similar events happen and that we never hear about them? Probably a lot more.

The morning after a canceled connection flight I had a gate agent threaten to call security on me for using the word 'safety' with regards to my knees being impacted against the seat in front of me on the upcoming flight.

Granted... it was an excuse for her as she didn't like my attitude (I didn't like having to employ it), I didn't call the media or tweet about the incident, I just pledged to avoid that airline in future... and later upgraded it to a blanket ban after the next time I used the airline (4 years later) a similar event happened where my connecting flight was cancelled and trapping me in the same airport.

about 2 months ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

DaHat Re:name and location tweeted... (928 comments)

Using publically visible information (nametag & gate sign) to state an opinion constitutes harassment?

God help the reviewers on Yelp or Angie'sList who give their opinions on different businesses.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

DaHat Re:Best Wishes ! (322 comments)

Unifying the UI is less important and desirable than unifying the underlying OS.

Which has already been done IIRC.

While Windows Phone 7 had the underpinnings of Windows CE... Windows Phone 8 had an NT kernel under the hood... ditto for the Xbox One.

about 2 months ago
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Russian Government Edits Wikipedia On Flight MH17

DaHat Re:I don't see the problem. (667 comments)

Oh shut your mouth stupid Americans, ask Kiev to release the confiscated ATC record and explain why MH17 deviated over 500km from its usual flight path? And why was is requested to drop from 35000ft to 33000ft before it got hit?

Vladimir, is that you? Would you care to offer any sort of citation for the claims you have made?

about 2 months ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

DaHat Re:He cant or wont? (382 comments)

Still, legally a separate distinction from a "Declaration of War" or other incidents of just "Going to War".

Semantics, I know,

Explain please then how what you call a 'semantics' difference is also 'legally a separate distinction'.

We aren't talking the difference between murder & manslaughter (both legally defined in law as well as their conditions that must be).

Care to point out which section of the US Constitution or other bit of international law which legally shows the difference?

about 2 months ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

DaHat Re:Will this affect overseas profits tax evasion? (749 comments)

It's always fun when someone forgets about the difference between the 'rule of law' vs 'rule of man'.

We live in a rule of law society, the kid you are likening things likely lives in a mixed mode household... where the parents can ground the child at any time and for any reason... but can't kill him for talking back.

about 2 months ago
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Tired of Playing Cyber Cop, Microsoft Looks For Partners In Crime Fighting

DaHat Re:Bad programming (113 comments)

Microsoft does a lot of its programming in India.

How much is 'a lot'? What %?

We all know that Indian programming is of poor quality, and the reason is not because Indian programmers are much less competent. It has more to do with the fact that in programming if two parties can't communicate completely unambiguously in one language then they have no hope of writing good software.

So that's a problem only with Indians? Not Chinese? Australians? Romanians? Turks? Russians? Nigerians?

If you hire those who can communicate well, where they came from is unimportant.

about 2 months ago

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