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Bitcoin To Be Regulated Under US Money Laundering Laws

Samalie Bitcoin value (439 comments)

And watch the value of bitcoins collapse if/when this goes into effect.

about a year and a half ago
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Do Kiosks and IVRs Threaten Human Interaction?

Samalie Re:Speed and cost (294 comments)

Definitely agreed.

I'm not an anti-social asshole (as some have suggested). In this exact scenario, I want to skip any potential lineup, talk, generalized bullshit, and get to sleep.

I hope I have a great human concierge service, and even just a front desk/bellhop that I can talk to about the area, or any issues I may have. I even love meeting the housekeeper responsible for my room...more towels :)

I guess I came off harsh...I don't want no humans at all, but anything that gets me in my room, comfortable & resting faster is a good thing in my book :)

about a year and a half ago
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Do Kiosks and IVRs Threaten Human Interaction?

Samalie Re:Speed and cost (294 comments)

This really is everything.

Imagine for a second I'm a poor bastard that has been travelling for the last 30 hours. Between flights, security, check-in-delays, etc...I'm fucking BEAT.

I just want to get in my fucking hotel room as fast as is humanly possible.

People are (generally) slow. Inefficient. Worse..talkative.

Bring on the machine!

about a year and a half ago
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Using Technology To Make Guns Safer

Samalie Re:Computers in Guns? (1013 comments)

Because some idiots can't be responsible, then those of us who can must suffer having our rights reduced?

Yes.

Look, I'm a gun nut myself. I grew up around guns, I know guns, I have guns, I use guns.

Shit, I'm even smart enough to know that "freedom isn't free" - that our freedoms have been paid throughout history in blood.

But shit...massacre after massacre...children, families, lives ruined...84 gun-related deaths a day. How much blood must be shed? How many innocent people have to die before we realize that our willingness to kill each other is the fucking problem?

You said above you have no problem with an intruder dying. Honestly...think about this for a second. You come home, find someone robbing your home, and shoot the fucker. He's a 15 year old unarmed kid stealing shit. Or a 40-year-old unarmed asshole robbing your place. Yeah, he made some shitty choices obviously, but does he deserve to die? Are you really prepared to live with that choice? What about cases like Zimmerman - regardless of the circumstances and the actual facts surrounding it, he killed an unarmed teenager.

I don't hate guns at all. As I said somewhere in this thread, if its him or me (or my family) about to die, I'll pull the trigger. I'll protect my family, and I'll kill or be killed to see them safe from harm. But honestly, if you see this as anything but a last resort, then you're a part of the problem, not the solution.

about 2 years ago
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Taking Sense Away: Confessions of a Former TSA Screener

Samalie Re:TSA, terrorism, gun control, and mass shootings (354 comments)

OK, I realize this is a slippery slope argument I'm making, but really?

I should have nukes then. The government does! Grenades, flame throwers, unmanned drones, full-auto weapons. Your argument poses no restriction other than "If the government has it, so should I".

And people think I'm crazy.

about 2 years ago
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Taking Sense Away: Confessions of a Former TSA Screener

Samalie Re:TSA, terrorism, gun control, and mass shootings (354 comments)

This is a fucking retarded argument.

Please...rise up against the government. I dares ya.

Your converted .223 to full-auto will hold you out against the US Military for...wait, who the fuck are we kidding? You'd be dead before you saw someone to shoot at.

Realistically, if someone wants you dead....actually dead...its the same thing. One legally-purchased .50 sniper rifle and you're a corpse before you even hear the report of the weapon. Shit, I bust your window, set off your alarm, and wait crouched in the window till I see you. One shot, blam, you're dead without ever laying eyes on your attacker.

Its as much security theatre as the TSA.

about 2 years ago
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Taking Sense Away: Confessions of a Former TSA Screener

Samalie Re:TSA, terrorism, gun control, and mass shootings (354 comments)

And keep in mind that the readily available firearms at the time were single-shot muzzleload rifles. I'd really be curious what the founders would think of the 2nd in the semi-auto hi-cap magazine world we live in today?

about 2 years ago
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Using Technology To Make Guns Safer

Samalie Re:Computers in Guns? (1013 comments)

Here, let me tell you a story.

I bought a house. 2 weeks in, I'm watching TV with my wife in the basement. We're going up to bed (upstairs, 2nd floor), when on the main floor I find a strange guy in my kitchen.

What. The. Fuck.

Now, seriously, before you continue this story...what do you do? There's a stranger in my house, in my shit. I don't know if he's dangerous. I don't know if he's armed. What DO you do?

If your answer is "There's a fucker in my house, shoot!" - you just killed the former homeowner's 18 year old son. Seems he got all kinds of fucked up at the bar, and walked "home" - forgetting where home now was. The doors were locked, new keys cut, but apparently there was a window that doesn't latch properly that he knew about and he got in that way just thinking he got locked out of his house.

Honestly, in my own opinion, if you're discharging your firearm to kill before your life is actually in danger, you deserve the same punishment as if the guy had actually killed you. You're no better than the fucking criminal...you're just another asshole with a gun.

about 2 years ago
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Using Technology To Make Guns Safer

Samalie Re:Computers in Guns? (1013 comments)

I guess that's where we have to agree to disagree. Look...if its some asshole who intends me or my family death vs the assholes life, I'll take the asshole's life. But honestly...discharging my weapon at another human being is my absolutle LAST fucking resort. Quite bluntly, I'm VERY bothered by how many gun nuts seem to think that killing some asshat that wants to steal their shit is somehow acceptable.

I have guns....I have kids. I've taught them well...they know the proper safe use of a firearm, they know the rules, etc. And still - all my weapons are in locked gun safes with triggerlocks on the weapons themselves. You know why? Because they're fucking kids, and kids sometimes make stupid fucking decisions.

Its not just us gun owners being good parents...what about the friend fo the kid that comes over to play & finds one of those guns you have stashed in your house? Has he been trained? Is he responsible? Or is he going to play around and accidentially shoot your kid in the face? What about your teenager raiding your booze, getting fucked up, coming accross your stashed guns & being stupid. What about your kid getting bullied at school, getting depressed, taking your "hidden" gun to school and killing 6 of his classmates? What about your autistic adult child that takes that .223 semi-auto rifle under your bed to a shchool and killing 20 Grade 1 students & 6 adults?

That's the problem...WE are responsible people. WE teach our kids gun safety. WE make sure our families know how to use a firearm. WE make sure safety is drilled into their fucking heads. Because WE know just how fucking dangerous guns can be. WE are responsible gun owners.

But WE are not the only gun owners out there. "You can take my gun when you pry it from my cold dead hands". Bitch, please do the world a favor and just fucking blow your own brains out with it before you take out an innocent.

On average, 84 people die daily accross the USA in gun-related deaths. Every. Single. Day. This is the blood price of the 2nd Amendment. May god have mercy on our souls.

about 2 years ago
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Using Technology To Make Guns Safer

Samalie Re:Computers in Guns? (1013 comments)

You want a better way to protect yourself, where nobody will likely die?

Buy a fucking alarm for your house.

Everything else...you're fucking stupid. Your gun doesn't make you safer...if anything, it makes your and anyone in your household's lives more at risk. If you've got your guns properly locked in a safe, then they're worthless "in an emergency"...you'll never get to them in time. If they're not properly stored, than you're opening your family up to one of the thousands of accidential deaths and suicides that happen every year.

about 2 years ago
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Hostess To Close; No More Twinkies

Samalie Re:GO UNIONS! (674 comments)

What it comes down to, is you're both right.

Executive pay has gone fucking apeshit in comparison to worker pay. Its fucking pathetic. BUT...executive pay is NOT really a reason why companies fail. In the overall scheme of things, it amounts to dick/year in expenses.

BUT - if management was expecting everyone to eat a 20% pay cut, they should eat the same dick too.

That said, Hostess is a clusterfuck of a company. Their sales are shit, AND they were pillaged by a pair of VC firms to the tune of somewhere around $700 Million. That asspile of debt IS a contributing factor, although bluntly nobody is really buying that processed shit anymore either.

The union...well, their blame is they ended up with 0% of their original pay instead of 80% of it. I can't say I blame the staff for not wanting to take a pay cut, but I'd also rather have a job.

about 2 years ago
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Samsung Smartphones Vulnerable To Remote Wipe Hack

Samalie Re:Manufacturer's Android (151 comments)

Because this is what the average person does when they buy a driod?

You have to realize...the greatest strength of Andriod is also its greatest failing. Sure, you CAN load a custom firmware...but outside of the tech circles, who the fuck actually DOES it?

about 2 years ago
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Apple Confirms iPhone 5 Preorders Top 2 Million In 24 Hours

Samalie Re:Wow. (428 comments)

What fucking braindead shit is this?

I have music I purchased on Amazon. Unlocked MP3, DRM free.

I have music I purchased on iTunes. Unlocked AAC, DRM free, convertable to MP3 in 1 in-program operation.

Audible - fucking IRRELIVANT. 3rd party company. DRM'd to shit. Not applicable to the argument on either side.

Now - WAS Apple always this permissive with music on iTunes? No. Who's fault was that? THE FUCKING MUSIC COMPANIES DEMANDING DRM'D TO FUCKING SHIT MUSIC.

For fuck's sake people...its one thing to be loyal to a product. Its another to be a blind fanatic. And its another entirely to lie your fucking balls off to score a point for "your team".

about 2 years ago
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Samsung Expected To Sue Apple Over iPhone 5 LTE Networking

Samalie Re:Frand? (283 comments)

I'm not sure the 4G LTE patents in question are FRAND-based.

If they are....well then Samsung is just being an asshole, and while their claims would be held up in court, it is of minimal effect to Apple - they just pay the proper FRAND terms.

If they're not....then Apple is going to get faceraped, and justly so.

about 2 years ago
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Bring On the Decentralized Social Networking

Samalie Re:One question (238 comments)

You mean like Google+?

about 2 years ago
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Bring On the Decentralized Social Networking

Samalie Re:One question (238 comments)

We couldn't even move the masses from FB to Google+.

What in the fuck makes these guys think people will move to Diasporia?

about 2 years ago
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Google Distances Android From Samsung Patent Verdict

Samalie Re:Google should worry, but not about rectangles.. (404 comments)

Honestly...I think if Apple loses on the Motorola patents, they'd almost rather strip out the offending functionality from iOS than cross-license.

Realistically, Siri would be by far the biggest hit to Apple if Moto wins (assuming they win on all). The rest are, well, fairly benign or mandated for FRAND licensing if I recall correctly.

about 2 years ago
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Victory for Apple in "the Patent Trial of the Century"

Samalie Re:Liveblogs available with list of devices. (2 comments)

All I can say is....holy fuck. I was not expecting anything this strongly against Samsung.

I mean, I always thought that Samsung was infringing one some....but I expected some of Apple against Samsung too. While still ongoing, so far a big resounding No there too.

Wow.

about 2 years ago
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Windows 8 Tells Microsoft About Everything You Install

Samalie Re:Does Windows 8 have an opt-out feature? (489 comments)

IIRC, Downgrade Rights only apply on volume licensing.

I do know, 100% for certain, that OEM copies of Windows do NOT have downgrade rights at all.

about 2 years ago
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Radio Royalty Legislation Described As 'RIAA Bailout'

Samalie Re:Clearance; promotion (272 comments)

A) You can't. There's nothing you can do. And the RIAA, the associated labels, or even indie labels can't protect you.
B) You can't. There's nothing you can do. And the RIAA, the associated labels, or even indie labels can't protect you.

The only thing you can do to prevent yourself from getting sued for infringement is to not release an album. Period, that's it, end of fucking list.

Now, one suggestion I did see above...and IANAL, but form a LLC & release the album under the LLC banner. Worst case, all they can get is your profit to date.

You cannot stop some asshole from suing you, whether they are correct or not in suing you. You cannot prevent a so-called "jury of your peers" and/or a Judge from making an incorrect decision.

There is nothing you can do. Let me drill this again. There is nothing you can do. Nothing.

about 2 years ago

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Facebook reports molestation of teen

Samalie Samalie writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Samalie (1016193) writes "From the someone thought of the children files... Facebook staff were central in the capture of a Winnipeg, Canada man for (innocent until proven guilty) molesting a 13-year old teen. From the article:

Police allege he began communicating with a 13-year-old girl on the social networking site in mid-July and the messages turned sexual. Facebook contacted Winnipeg police near the end of July and passed along the information. Detectives got on the case, and on Wednesday, police arrested the man.

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Canada Re-tables DMCA Style Copyright Reform Bill

Samalie Samalie writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Samalie (1016193) writes "The conservative Canadian Government have once again tabled a bill to reform Canada's copyright laws, taking a firm stance on the side of the copyright owners in a US DMCA-style bill presented to parliament today.

While it will be theoretically legal to make copies of anything you legitimately own for your own non-commercial purposes, it will be illegal to circumvent any DRM to do it.

This bill will also force ISP's to pass along any notices they receive from copyright holders, and makes them liable for civil damages if they don't keep records of it all.

Time to blast our MP's with letters again. Not that it does any good."

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"A Memory of Light" to be split into 3 boo

Samalie Samalie writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Samalie (1016193) writes "it appears the Jordan money-grabbing machine continues after his death. Tor fantasy today announced that "A Memory of Light", the long-anticipated 12th book in the Wheel of Time series, will be split into three volumes. The first, "The Gathering Storm" is set for release on November 3, 2009.

The remaining two volumes are intended to be published November 2010 and 2011, finally bringing the conclusion to the fantasy series first published January 15, 1990.

More information, as well as links to Brandon Sanderson's blog, can be found here."

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Remote Access Policies

Samalie Samalie writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Samalie writes "My company is considering implementing a formal remote access policy (and agreement for staff to sign) for users who access our network from home via VPN.

Does anyone out there have any suggestions as to what this policy/agreement should contain? Anyone have their own corporate policy that I can "borrow" from? :)

This is the first time I've come accross anyone wanting a formal policy for this & online searches haven't been very helpful.

My thanks oh great /. readers :)"
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Border Agents or Copyright Cops?

Samalie Samalie writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Samalie (1016193) writes "A new proposal, called the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is being negotiated between the USA, Canada & the EU would effectively turn customs agents into copyright cops. From the article:

The deal would create a international regulator that could turn border guards and other public security personnel into copyright police. The security officials would be charged with checking laptops, iPods and even cellular phones for content that "infringes" on copyright laws, such as ripped CDs and movies. The guards would also be responsible for determining what is infringing content and what is not. The agreement proposes any content that may have been copied from a DVD or digital video recorder would be open for scrutiny by officials — even if the content was copied legally.

Read the full article here
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Blizzard Taking It To Gold Sellers and Buyers

Samalie Samalie writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Samalie (1016193) writes "It appears Blizzard may finally be taking a fatal shot at IGE, providers of WoW Gold & Powerleveling.

The State of Florida has issued a subponea demanding pretty much everything IGE has on their own operations, as well as account/player names for everyone they've ever sold gold or services to.

Looks like the lamighty banstick may be coming out at Blizzard....but estimates are that upwards of 25% of their monthly paying customers have at one time bought gold. Will Blizzard really chop out 1/4 of their subscriber base?

Read the subponea here, and the full article here."
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Anti-piracy tactics futile

Samalie Samalie writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Samalie (1016193) writes "Canadian newspaper "The Sun" columnist Darryl Sterdan has written a blazing piece on how anti-piracy tactics are hurting the music reviewer. FTA:


This isn't one of those stories about how gangster-rap lyrics or Satanic metal make me want to kill. This is the story of something more ridiculous: How the music industry's anti-piracy tactics are so absurdly counterproductive, they practically encourage me to steal music to do my job.

Read the full story here."

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