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The Rise of the Global Surveillance Profiteers

Rigel47 Same tired old line (33 comments)

“There is a real question here about the public’s need for privacy and our need for security. If we come down 100 percent on the side of privacy, which seems to be in vogue in tech right now, we are putting ourselves at very legitimate risk. And to ignore that is foolhardy. I think, by and large, we and the other people who are protecting this software are working to keep people safe.”

Translation - STFU or the big bad terr'sts will come get you. We know what's best.

Same as Obama's mealy-mouthed "we need to balance civil liberties with our security." No, in point of fact, we don't. A whole lot of men died in the Revolutionary War specifically to give us independence and the bill of rights. Now the very same would-be guarantors of our "freedom" (as such) will trot out the "balance" argument to do whatever the fuck they want. And sadly we've become such a nation of distracted pussies we go along with it.

about two weeks ago
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The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

Rigel47 Re:More than cash and cc (375 comments)

You're absolutely right. The e-ticket thing for airline travel is a great example. Everyone with a paper ticket just breezes by while those with their tickets on their phones usually have to fiddle around with the size of the image before it can be read.

about two weeks ago
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The Cashless Society? It's Already Coming

Rigel47 More than cash and cc (375 comments)

Let's see.. things that won't be digitized anytime soon:
- drivers license
- gym card
- business card
- all those proximity reader entry cards for everything from zipcar to work
- work ID card
- subway / bus card
- discount / membership cards


Not to mention that my wallet never runs out of power or is otherwise rendered inoperable. Nor is my wallet susceptible to malware. As a bonus I can keep a stash of backup meds in my wallet in a little plastic container. It has a pleasant all-natural leather makeup that wears beautifully with time. And frankly it's a lot more dignified to have your amex clatter onto the bill at a fancy restaurant than it is to pull out your phone and beep-boop-beep up some app. As a side bonus at least some part of my life isn't under the NSA's review when I use cash.

about two weeks ago
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BlackBerry Will Buy Your iPhone For $550

Rigel47 Re:Bah hah hah (120 comments)

So your argument boils down to "blackberries can be hacked if only anyone cared to." Which speaks nothing to the various government agencies that have given it the highest security certifications (pretty much all heads of state use blackberries) nor the reality that blackberry stakes its reputation on security whereas the other two contenders are "best effort" when it comes to security.

I agree that no systems is perfectly secure but your argument is specious at best.

about three weeks ago
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Class-Action Suit Claims Copyright Enforcement Company Made Harassing Robo-calls

Rigel47 If the FCC actually did its job (67 comments)

and weren't a complete waste of taxpayer money these robo calls would never happen. I have for YEARS been getting the same pre-recorded message call to my cell phone promising me to lower my credit card payment. Searching the internet shows hundreds of folks complaining about the same -- down to the very spoofed caller ID number. I've filed numerous complaints online at the FTC and yet fuck all happens.

about three weeks ago
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Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

Rigel47 Re:How many really make $140k ? (198 comments)

That's a bad metric.. $20k of that would immediately get eaten by health insurance and other things companies usually provide.

about 2 months ago
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Developers, IT Still Racking Up (Mostly) High Salaries

Rigel47 How many really make $140k ? (198 comments)

It seems like there are a slew of jobs for people making $80 - $120k with a small sprinkling of jobs between $120 and $140k for very senior and skilled people. But how many true "developers" make more than $140k?

about 2 months ago
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Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

Rigel47 Re:No one EVER thanks a whistleblower (224 comments)

Not true. I'm thankful for Edward Snowden lifting the veil on the NSA's illegal programs. I'd buy the guy a beer if I could.

about 3 months ago
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BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

Rigel47 Re:Awful awful timing of launch (189 comments)

Nobody's sitting on the phones. The issue affected people putting the phone in their front pocket. As to the million of phones sold, yes, Apple has a lot of lemmings.

about 3 months ago
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BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

Rigel47 Biased reviews.. (189 comments)

"it requires no less than three taps on different install buttons, at least two loading bars, and a fair amount of patience before you can actually use the app you're trying to install."

Heaven forfend.. installing apps is exactly how much time spent on a phone? 0.1%?

about 3 months ago
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BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

Rigel47 Re:Awful awful timing of launch (189 comments)

Um, you're aware the iPhone6 is getting huge negative press for literally deforming while inside a front pocket? The blackberry passport, by contrast, has a stainless steel frame.

about 3 months ago
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

Rigel47 Re:Endemic would be really bad.. (280 comments)

and if you had the common sense to wear a condom, AIDS would be contained "without much trouble."

about 3 months ago
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

Rigel47 Endemic would be really bad.. (280 comments)

Because that just means the virus has a longer horizon to hop somewhere else.. like Mumbai.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

Rigel47 Re:Alright smart guy (504 comments)

Or with my BlackBerry I continue to get all new OS releases that by and far have improved battery life, stability, and performance while adding new features left and right.

You don't have to pick the blue or red pill. Oh, and it runs all Android apps.

about 3 months ago
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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

Rigel47 Re:Maybe we if stopped giving Africa food (326 comments)

>My impression is that most of Africa's problems are cultural, like for example the response to Ebola.

That's more education than culture. Heck, it was a tradition for a while in the West to take dead relatives, dress them up, and pose for photos with them.

about 3 months ago
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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

Rigel47 Re:Maybe we if stopped giving Africa food (326 comments)

>> Africans would've been infinitely better off left completely to their own devices. Would they still be living in stone age primitive societies? Yes. Would it be preferable to what they have now? Yes. Cute. You speak for all of Africa. Change your nic to Shakazulu Ghost or something.

Why don't you travel to Africa and advise them to turn their back on all Western things because, y'know, they'll always be incapable of self governance without whitey. Call the movement something catchy.. Boko Haram maybe.

about 3 months ago
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New Study Projects World Population of 11B by 2100

Rigel47 Re:Maybe we if stopped giving Africa food (326 comments)

Do tell how "the west" is responsible for most of Africa's ills. Last I checked they've mostly been governing themselves for a few generations (exception SA). Shall we blame the Brits for Sunni and Shiia slaughtering each other for hundreds of years too?

about 2 months ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

Rigel47 Re:In other words....Don't look like a drug traffi (462 comments)

Cool.. what if I don't want the police digging through my possessions at will? I assume you'd be cool with them rummaging around in your house too, yeah?

about 3 months ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

Rigel47 Re:In other words....Don't look like a drug traffi (462 comments)

Did you even RTFA? Shall I avoid wearing designer clothes and having an air freshener? Drinking energy drinks is now a mark of being a drug dealer? Please send me a list of approved attire, standards of car cleanliness, and any other requirements for not appearing like a drug dealer.

Your naivete is mind blowing.

about 3 months ago

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