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Tor Usage More Than Doubles In August

bartosek Re:..or (186 comments)

No it was the TSA that confiscated them. The NSA just downloaded everything from your phone while it was passing through the X-ray machine

about a year ago

Stratfor Hacker Could Be Sentenced to Life, Says Judge

bartosek Re:Life? (388 comments)

Well now you know what the judicial system thinks.

about 2 years ago

Ethiopia Criminalizes VoIP Services

bartosek Re:National Security (255 comments)

My kingdom for a mod point

more than 2 years ago

The Average Consumer Thinks Data Privacy Is Worth Around 65 Cents

bartosek $26.95 (128 comments)

Well I just tried to buy a Minecraft license online. I went through their payment page, put in my name and credit card info and got declined because their payment processor, Moneybookers, said I needed to sign up for an account and scan my drivers license and send it to them.

I kinda would have liked to have played the full version of Minecraft but I am sure as hell not giving out that kind of information for it.

more than 2 years ago

Indian Gov't Uses Special Powers To Slash Cancer Drug Price By 97%

bartosek Re:Just keep in mind the tradeoff (556 comments)

Again somewhat true. Academic research is largely funded by private companies, in exchange for exclusive rights to the fruits of the research.

more than 2 years ago

School District Sued By ACLU Over Student's Free Speech Rights

bartosek Re:What about the parents? (466 comments)

This. A thousand times this.

At my son's school they have a student code of conduct regarding technology which both the children and their parents are supposed to sign. One of the more egregious clauses gives the school permission to seize and search through students cell phones, laptops, MP3 players, etc, if they believe there is some incriminating evidence contained within. I struck that clause out and wrote a note saying if they had any problems with that to contact me, not a peep.

If the school has any concerns or suspicions about what my son is doing they should contact me and have me search through his stuff. If we give the school that power it just desensitises our children against invasive privacy abuse.

more than 2 years ago

Women Arrested For Refusing TSA Search of Children

bartosek Re:Interesting.... (1017 comments)

This is exactly what needs to happen.

A locked door to the cockpit prevents anyone from hijacking the plane and crashing it into a building. An armed guard deters (but doesn't entirely prevent) someone from taking hostages. There is no way to prevent every misdeed, but this seems like a fair compromise between security and liberty to me.

more than 3 years ago

Surveillance Robot That is Programmed To Hide

bartosek Re:Degrees of definition (148 comments)

I believe that under all kinds of conditions paper beats rock.

more than 3 years ago

Increase In Xbox 360 E74 Problems

bartosek Re:Heh, figures. (346 comments)

Speaking from personal experience that 1 in 6 set of odds is only for the first 360 you buy. If you have to send it in for warranty repair/work then you get a refurbished unit which has a significantly higher rate of failure. In my case I went through 3 refurbs which each arrived DOA before I sold my 360 and all my games and went and bought a PS3.

I went against my conscience and bought a 360 because it had some cool games, but it wasn't worth it, and that's the last dime of my money that M$ gets.

more than 5 years ago

$1,000 Spray Makes Gadgets Waterproof

bartosek Re:Awesome. (278 comments)

Hate to say it but 3G (1900MHz) is microwave.

more than 6 years ago

Tech's 10 Worst Entry-Level Jobs

bartosek Re:Chiming in (312 comments)

Using a 14400 baud modem, my job was uploading large Microsoft Access DB files to non-networked

So, now, were they networked or weren't they? Because a modem connection still is a network connection. A slow one, over POTS, but still a network connection.

It's really a shame there's no -1 Pedantic mod option

more than 5 years ago


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