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CCTV Hack Takes Casino For $33 Million

FooRat Re:Backdoors Will be Used (308 comments)

When you build backdoors into systems you weaken security.

Are you really honestly claiming that, based on this one rare and isolated incident, that casinos all do good to improve their overall security by getting rid of their cameras? I suggest you think about what you're saying again.

This is like those morons who think you shouldn't wear seatbelts because in 1 in 10,000 accidents they hurt you instead of help save you.

about a year and a half ago
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CCTV Hack Takes Casino For $33 Million

FooRat Re:Turnabout is fair play. (308 comments)

Don't really see a problem here. Casinos expolits players

"Exploit" is one of those fuzzy words you use when you don't really have a word for any real wrong-doing to put in its place. Try replace the word with something more concrete, like "steal from", and the argument falls flat.

It's a stretch to equate what casinos do, with blatant stealing.

Also, since you are literally trying to justifying stealing, then on the face of it, it seems to be your morals that are in doubt here. You are a person who admits he "doesn't see a problem with stealing", but you go around attempting to morally criticize others who are not stealing, but providing an entertainment service that is entered into on a mutually voluntary basis.

about a year and a half ago
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DHS Can Seize Your Electronics Within 100 Mi.of US Border, Says DHS

FooRat Re:2nd as last resort (597 comments)

If one opens a history book, one thing one learns is that NEVER in the history of oppressed peoples, ever, did the oppressed people entirely stop fighting for their freedom. Ever. It's never happened. So it might seem like Americans have turned into a bunch of couch potatoes, but those eager to destroy the Bill of Rights should not get too excited thinking that it's about to happen now for the first time in history that the victims just roll over. Not gonna happen. As long as there are infringers of freedom, there will be freedom fighters - it is in human nature.

about a year and a half ago
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DHS Can Seize Your Electronics Within 100 Mi.of US Border, Says DHS

FooRat Re:How about the US-Canadian/US-Mexico border? (597 comments)

The 2nd Amendment is not going anywhere, so just get over it ... as long as there are fascists like you trying to violate the rights of others, there will be people fighting for freedom.

about a year and a half ago
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In 2011, Fracking Was #2 In Causing Greenhouse Gas In US

FooRat Re:Mother Jones?! (210 comments)

Don't you think it's a bigger problem that the major media conglomerates are basically just operating wings of the two major political parties in the first place?

about a year and a half ago
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In 2011, Fracking Was #2 In Causing Greenhouse Gas In US

FooRat Re:Left out the important qualifier... (210 comments)

Given the whole purpose of fracking is to release natural gas (which is primarily methane), this amazing revelation amounts to, "Fracking works!" Thanks for telling us that, /.

Lol .. in other news radtea poured gasoline onto the ground and then tried to start his car, puzzled that it wouldn't start.

about a year and a half ago
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Curiosity Rover Collects First Martian Bedrock Sample

FooRat Re:Article (51 comments)

That'll turn out to be the tip of an old statue of liberty, weathering in the sand

about a year and a half ago
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Printable AR-15 Mag Gets More Reliable; YouTube Pulls Video of Demo

FooRat Re:Lords Forbid us to be on equal footing (450 comments)

Actually a small armed resistance can be very effective against an oppressive tyrannical government - that is exactly how the Apartheid government was defeated, for example. Study some history.

about a year and a half ago
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Smart Guns To Stop Mass Killings

FooRat Skynet (1388 comments)

"... could be required to submit each network related action to a central clearing authority for approval"

Yes, we should hook all of humanity's weapons into a giant central AI for real-time arbitration of all firing decisions. We could call it "Skynet", perhaps. What could go wrong.

about a year and a half ago
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Smart Guns To Stop Mass Killings

FooRat Re:Dead kids are the price of freedom (1388 comments)

And another adjacent memorial could list those whose lives were lost because they had been disarmed and could not defend themselves, both from criminal attackers and criminal governments. That memorial would be at least 6 orders of magnitude larger than the first.

about a year and a half ago
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UK To Use "Risk-Profiling Software" To Screen All Airline Passengers and Cargo

FooRat Re:It Believes (222 comments)

So why do they keep going after aircraft

They don't "keep going after aircraft" .. check the stats in my other comment next to that one. Aircraft hijacking attempts are less than 1 fifth of 1 percent of terrorist attacks. In other words over 99.8% of terrorist attacks are not targeted at aircraft, and over 99.3% are not targeted at aircraft or airports or anything airline-related. Please do yourself a favor, go to the Global Terrorism Database that I linked, download the stats, and open them yourself.

about 2 years ago
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Schoolboy Shoots His Bully

FooRat Mistake (1 comments)

First link should have been: http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Pupils-relieved-bully-is-dead-20121122 (resubmitted with fix)

about 2 years ago
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UK To Use "Risk-Profiling Software" To Screen All Airline Passengers and Cargo

FooRat Re:I could have worked for one of these outfits (222 comments)

It was rather shocking actually and has permanently destroyed my acceptance of capitalism ... someone needs to legislate this out of existence because we're fucked if society ends up at the hands of nutjobs like them

A minor detail you probably failed to notice is that the primary demand for systems like this is driven by government-mandated legislation-driven compulsory security requirements. Society is already being controlled by nutjobs like them, they're called 'Congress'.

about 2 years ago
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UK To Use "Risk-Profiling Software" To Screen All Airline Passengers and Cargo

FooRat Re:It Believes (222 comments)

Islamic terrorists want to die in the attack so they can become martyrs and collect their 72 virgins

It is because of this that terrorists mostly prefer not to target airlines ... because airline security is so tight, they tend to end up just getting caught and rot in jail. But it's trivial to blow up e.g. a cafe in Tel Aviv for example and collect your virgins.

about 2 years ago
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UK To Use "Risk-Profiling Software" To Screen All Airline Passengers and Cargo

FooRat Re:It Believes (222 comments)

Because terrorists are dumb and they do keep trying to target aircraft. ... That is why they always go for the big targets like aircraft

False and false - a quick check of the Global Terrorism Database reveals that less than 0.2% of all terrorist attacks since 1991 were aircraft hijackings, and in fact less than 0.7% were targeted at any kind of airline-related infrastructure at all. Over 99% of terrorist attacks do not involve airlines or airports. (Anyone can download the database, and confirm these figures.)

about 2 years ago
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Congresswoman and Staff Gunned Down

FooRat Re:Ban guns (2166 comments)

Their only reason is to kill people.

Tell that to a woman walking home alone from work in a dark street. And imagine that woman might be, say, your daughter or sister or another loved one. You don't have a right to render them defenseless.

more than 3 years ago
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Congresswoman and Staff Gunned Down

FooRat Here is your reason (2166 comments)

Yet USA has almost 6 times the murder rate (the same goes for all the scandinavian countries) Why?

Here is your reason, but you're not going to like it, and I'll probably be modded down, even though the following is 100% factual - anyone here can confirm it by just plugging the census data and crime statistics into Excel:

http://comfortabletruth.blogspot.com/2011/01/fun-chart-of-day.html

If you normalize for demographics, the USA is just as safe as Europe. It really is that straightforward. Don't hate me for pointing it out, I'm not biased, the facts are biased, I'm just the messenger. Like I said, anyone can confirm this with Excel and a few minutes of research. We can argue endlessly about the reasons for this incredibly strong correlation, sure, but we cannot deny the story the numbers tell us.

more than 3 years ago
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Jobs Says No Tethering iPad To iPhone

FooRat 'Tersely worded' (423 comments)

I know Apple has a reputation for sometimes seeming a bit on the benevolent side, but I think they're making just a bit much of the "tone" being read into the message from its "terseness", and making too much of the message itself; I know a few people who run software companies and they're generally extremely busy people who deal with large volumes of e-mail and other queries continuously for years ... this leads to the habit, out of necessity, of cutting to the chase quickly and replying to things quickly and briefly. Add to that they "identified themselves as" a random Apple customer and not anyone particularly important, and it was just a short question, what did they expect? Also they didn't ask "officially, are you stating it will never support this" --- they just, having identified themselves as an 'Apple customer', asked "Will the wifi-only version somehow support tethering thru my iPhone?", which any reasonable person would've concluded was a customer asking not "Will the wifi-only ..." but "Does the wifi-only ...".

more than 4 years ago
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NSA Still Ahead In Crypto, But Not By Much

FooRat Sure (208 comments)

"Snow replied that when technologies are developed separately in parallel, the developers don't necessarily use the same terms for them."

Sure, and I invented cars 200 years ago, but I didn't call it a car so someone else got the credit.

The NSA may have a "deep staff of Ph.D. mathematicians and other cryptographic experts who work on securing traffic and breaking codes" but let's face it, government departments are not exactly known for being the most motivated of the various sectors, and that's further exacerbated if you know you aren't going to get credit for your work as opposed to being kept secret ... I mean, in academia, one of the major motivations for leading scientists is that they get widespread recognition for their work. I suspect the funding to maintain that "deep staff" of experts probably serves more to keep those experts from being more productive 'elsewhere'. And of course they have to maintain that they are 'ahead' if they want to keep getting funded year after year, so I'd take it with a pinch of salt.

more than 4 years ago
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In a structure of N stories, I'd prefer my office be ...

FooRat Re:Between the 5th and 17th floors (467 comments)

And yet your odds of dying falling down a flight of stairs are thousands of times higher than being killed by a suicide bomber --- why aren't you more terrified of stairs?

more than 4 years ago

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Schoolboy Shoots His Bully

FooRat FooRat writes  |  about 2 years ago

FooRat (182725) writes ""A South African schoolboy could no longer take the abuse, brought a firearm to school and shot and killed his abuser. Other kids at the school are reportedly relieved the bully is dead. If women can suffer Battered Wife Syndrome for suffering years of abuse, are there not parallels with a child at school who also suffers years of abuse, while schools do nothing? This killing may not be justified, but surely by continuing to condone bullying we are failing our children, and can expect more of this in future.""
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Schoolboy Shoots His Bully

FooRat FooRat writes  |  about 2 years ago

FooRat (182725) writes "A South African schoolboy could no longer take the abuse, brought a firearm to school and shot and killed his abuser. Other kids at the school are reportedly relieved the bully is dead. If women can suffer Battered Wife Syndrome for suffering years of abuse, are there not parallels with a child at school who also suffers years of abuse, while schools do nothing? This killing may not be justified, but surely by continuing to condone bullying we are failing our children, and can expect more of this in future."
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