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Russia Wants To Replace US Computer Chips With Local Processors

Froggels Re:Good luck with that (340 comments)

their entire economy revolves around selling things they can find on the ground.

We are so much better because our economy revolves around moving money between accounts.

about a month ago
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U-2 Caused Widespread Shutdown of US Flights Out of LAX

Froggels Paranoia (128 comments)

In and of itself this incident is not all that remarkable, but it is an interesting indicator of just how paranoid our government has become.

about 3 months ago
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European Parliament Votes For Net Neutrality, Forbids Mobile Roaming Costs

Froggels Also Ban Mandatory TV Licensing (148 comments)

It's nice to see Brussels actually making itself useful. Next they should work at banning mandatory TV licensing which is obnoxious and should not exist in the 21st century.

about 4 months ago
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WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever

Froggels Re:Spoken like an American; come to Europe instead (449 comments)

Do you have any idea of the massive uproar which would occur in the UK if a supermarket (like Tesco) was stupid enough to try that over here ?

Do you have any idea of the massive uproar which would occur in the US if the major TV networks tried to implement a TV licence?

about 4 months ago
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The Era of Facebook Is an Anomaly

Froggels The Internet Changes Everything (260 comments)

It wasn't all that long ago when the only way people were able to "come together" was to actually meet face to face. Before the likes to Facebook and Myspace... the only way to have any contact with lost former acquaintances was to do a lot or research or travel "back home" to find them. With services such as Facebook what would have been long lost acquaintances now bombard our news feeds with useless information 24-7. Fragmentation may have been the norm in the past, and Facebook may be a fad today, but social networking is here to stay. And I am over 45 years old. Now get off my lawn.

about 5 months ago
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Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast

Froggels Re:If they don't like it... (286 comments)

I sense derision in your comment. If you are so fond of the BBC then YOU can give them money, but as for the rest of us we shouldn't be FORCED to pay for a license for the simple act of owning a television set. We no longer live in the 1950s. If the BBC is so worried that people will receive their signal without paying then they should encrypt the bloody thing and make it only available to subscribers.

about 4 months ago
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Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

Froggels Don't Comply (506 comments)

Too many people equate "The Law" with morality and consider it a forgone conclusion that whatever "The Law" states must be adhered to, and if violated must be enforced at all costs. Unfortunately there exist just too many unjust, absurd, horrific, ridiculous, and outdated laws such as, Jim Crow, Apartheid, FATCA, the Patriot Act, FATCA, the Nuremberg Laws, .....compulsory TV licensing *even if you don't have a TV*.... Most people who are negatively affected by such laws are usually met with derision and marginalized and told to suck it up by the majority of society simply because "It's the law!". It's a shame that we all live in societies that have placed "the Law" above justice and common decency.

about 5 months ago
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German Domain Registrar Liable For Copyright Infringement

Froggels Re:Crucial information (164 comments)

Imagine you're selling someone fertilizer. Now if that person is using that fertilizer to build a bomb, you should of course not be responsible. Also it's unreasonable that you should have to check what they do with this fertilizer. But if you check, find out they build bombs with it, and continue to sell them the fertilizer knowing that they use it for building bombs you are of course also responsible for the deaths those bombs cause.

A more accurate analogy would be this: Imagine that your company maintains an independent telephone directory service. A fertilizer company whose number happens to be listed in your directory (un)knowingly sells "illegal bomb-making materials" to "terrorists" who happened to your directory service to find the fertilizer company's number. After a bombing attack your telephone directory service company is then held liable because you didn't happen to scrutinise your publicly accessible database close enough to weed out any potential bad guys who might receive calls as a result of you having listed their telephone numbers.

about 6 months ago
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Even After NSA Leaks, Government Still Trusted Over Private Firms

Froggels We're Doomed (234 comments)

This cannot be good.

about 7 months ago
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MEPs Vote To Suspend Data Sharing With US

Froggels FATCA Repercussions (180 comments)

I wonder what repercussions this may have regarding EU countries' compliance with FATCA?

about 9 months ago
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TSA Airport Screenings Now Start Before You Arrive At the Airport

Froggels Re:Personal ID policy (437 comments)

Maybe you do not have a US pilot certificate but US ones do not have photographs. http://www.aopa.org/Advocacy/Regulatory-,-a-,-Certification-Policy/Regulatory-Brief-Photo-Pilot-Certificates.aspx "The terrorist acts in 2001 prompted passage of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act (ATSA), enacted on Nov. 19, 2001, which called for the under secretary of Transportation to consider a requirement for a photo ID pilot certificate. In order to provide a simple, inexpensive, timely means to positively identify pilots, AOPA asked the FAA to change the rules to require pilots to carry a government-issued photo ID along with their pilot certificate. As a result, the FAA changed 14 CFR 61.3(a): Requirement for Certificates, Ratings, and Authorizations, which requires all flight crewmembers of an aircraft to carry a pilot certificate and government-issued photo identification."

about 9 months ago
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TSA Airport Screenings Now Start Before You Arrive At the Airport

Froggels Re:Coming to a Soviet state near you (437 comments)

Effectively we do have "national ID cards" even though we don't call them that. Our state issued driver licenses (or non-driver's ID) are linked to our federally issued social security numbers which serves the same purpose. Try getting a driver license or non-driver's ID without a social security number.

about 9 months ago
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TSA Airport Screenings Now Start Before You Arrive At the Airport

Froggels This is Outrageous (437 comments)

It used to be that every time news like this came out I would think that things couldn't get much worse, but recently I have come to the conclusion that things can and will continue to get a lot worse. I now wonder just how much worse will it get? What's going to be next and when will the madness stop?

about 9 months ago
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German Government Warns Windows 8 Is an Unacceptable Security Risk

Froggels Trusted Hardware (373 comments)

How long might it be before "trusted hardware" renders even [semi]-trusted operating systems such as Linux untrustworthy? Is this even an issue?

about a year ago
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Fifth Circuit Upholds Warrantless Cellphone Location Tracking

Froggels Re:Fourth Amendment (149 comments)

Unfortunately the SCOTUS would in all likelihood agree with federal appeals court decision, ripping open the already gaping hole in the Constitution even further. The concept of checks and balances cannot work as intended in the current US system where the legislative executive and judicial branches of government are all serving the same greedy corporate interests. The current system is rotten at every level all the way to the core and there is nothing that anyone can do about it until it's too late. In the meanwhile it's probably best to just sit back and enjoy the partisan bickering.

1 year,13 hours
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CNET: Feds Put Heat On Web Firms For Master Encryption Keys

Froggels Re:Two parties my ass. (148 comments)

True. It doesn't matter whether one is a communist liberal leaning leftwing moonbat pro-choice Democrat or a right wing neo-con facist Tea Party gun toting pro-life Republican: Both are circling the same drain, yet neither side seems to recognise what's happening.

1 year,6 days
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Describe Any Location On Earth In 3 Words

Froggels A word by any other name (478 comments)

Three 64 bit DWORD values should be enough for anyone

1 year,15 days
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Some States Dropping GED Tests Due To Price Spikes

Froggels A Challenging Task (224 comments)

State administrators must come up with an equivalent equivalency test.

about a year ago
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Should Congress Telecommute?

Froggels This Could Be a Good Thing (213 comments)

It would be beneficial to force these politicians to actually use the technology, of which so many of them are so proudly ignorant. Most of them know less (and that's no exaggeration) about computers and the Internet than an average 8 year old child, yet in their hubris they feel that they are qualified to enact legislation to regulate it.

We would all benefit if they understood what the Internet is and actually used it in the course of their jobs. On Youtube I watched (or rather listened to) the entire congressional SOPA Hearing from 12/15/11 and was shocked at the general profound level ignorance of technology in general. It reminded me of a bunch of drunk blind people discussing a photograph of an elephant.

These people flat out dismiss any expert opinion regarding technology as "technical Jargon" and feel that there is no need for them to understand any of it, but they are nevertheless hell-bent on trying to control it. I think having them work virtually as well as maintain their own computers would be an excellent start.

about a year ago

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