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Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

david_thornley Re:Pied piper of minor convenience (182 comments)

There's a lot of my life that I have no qualms about being observed. For this, I can use any convenient technology, no matter how trackable. The important thing is that, when I want to do something and not have it be observed, I can.

20 minutes ago
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Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

david_thornley Re: As much as I hate Apple (182 comments)

What's the dangerous insecurity of using a Visa card in the US? Sure, it's more likely to get to people it shouldn't, but there are millions of credit card numbers out there, and not a whole lot of problems. You simply can't go around using an account everywhere without letting people know what the account number is.

Legally, I'm liable for $50 of any fradulent charges on my account. Practically, I'm liable for $0.

So, while the EU might be a whole lot more secure, from my point of view a US Visa card is secure, as long as I go over the bill monthly.

39 minutes ago
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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

david_thornley Re:If the Grand Ayatollah's against it.... (498 comments)

Around 1992, there were warez sites and plenty of pornographic images going around. There were plenty of garbage Usenet groups. Usenet was monitored by Holocaust deniers, and of course the Turkish guy who would post long rants about the 1919 genocide of the Turks by the Armenians (although all the history I've read has claimed the reverse). Sometime around then, there was a debate going on about how much the Internet could be commercialized, since lots of it ran on government sites that weren't supposed to support commercial activity. Serious spam didn't start until 1994, though.

about an hour ago
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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

david_thornley Re:If the Grand Ayatollah's against it.... (498 comments)

If you have expertise, you're not likely to get on the jury. Typically, one or both lawyers will want to present things their way, and will reject somebody. (At least in the jury duty I've served, each side is allowed to kick two people off the sixteen empanelled, and of course anybody can be dismissed for cause if the judge OKs it.)

Of course, if you do know something about a subject, and do wind up on the jury, you can say whatever you want in jury deliberations.

1 hour ago
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XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller For 5 Months

david_thornley Re:Ummm.... (167 comments)

Those are the most expressive stick figures I've ever seen. Draw ordinary stick figures all you want, and nobody who doesn't know you will care.

When I went to a Monet exhibit, I was able to observe his technique closely. He painted with little arches of color, so there were no fine details. You saw the colors and the placement to create a painting of something. It struck me that Monet's style forced me to see things as he wanted me to, by removing other things I might concentrate on. Similarly, Munroe's stick figures show body attitude very well while removing other details.

1 hour ago
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XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller For 5 Months

david_thornley Re:Ummm.... (167 comments)

Putting something familiar into an unexpected context can be funny, particularly in the "twist at the end" sense of humor. If you don't get it, that's unfortunate, but lots of people do find that sort of thing funny.

1 hour ago
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XKCD Author's Unpublished Book Remains a Best-Seller For 5 Months

david_thornley Re:Ummm.... (167 comments)

SMBC varies in quality. Some of them I've found really funny, others, meh. I find it worth reading. The only way you're going to get consistent quality is mediocrity. Similarly, much as I like XKCD, there's times that just don't grab me. I think Munroe keeps trying different things, which is generally good, but if you know something's going to work it's hardly an experiment.

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Battle of the Heavy Lift Rockets

david_thornley Re:Competition is good. (200 comments)

What developing a relatively expensive launch vehicle can accomplish is to funnel Federal funds to the right states and congressional districts. This has been NASA's main problem for much of my lifetime.

It's also a good idea to have more than one heavy launch vehicle under development. Space-X has done some really impressive things, but they could fail to develop their heavy launch vehicle for any number of reasons. (I assume they can get one in service eventually, if it's not too expensive, but rocket engineering is really difficult.) There's much to be said for parallel development when you really want something.

2 hours ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

david_thornley Re:However... (403 comments)

Why shouldn't a US judge demand that Microsoft US issue an order to Microsoft Ireland that would violate Irish law? In that case, Microsoft Ireland can refuse, citing the appropriate laws, and Microsoft US can show that to the US judge. A US judge should not have to know all relevant law everywhere in the world.

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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

david_thornley Re:customer-centric (403 comments)

Sure. A US court cannot force an Irish citizen in Ireland to do anything. That's not the issue here.

The issue is that Microsoft US apparently has full access to that data. A US court can order somebody in the US to do something in the US.

I believe the important part here is not where the servers are, but where they are controlled from. If the data is directly available to Microsoft US, then it is subject to US jurisdiction. If this violates Irish or EU law, then Microsoft should not have set things up that way. If Microsoft Ireland has full control over the data, well, a US court can't make them do anything.

2 hours ago
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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

david_thornley Re:customer-centric (403 comments)

I think this is the crucial point. Can Microsoft's US employees access the data the court demanded, without going through Microsoft's Irish employees?

If so, they have no business refusing a legitimate US court order. If this violates EU or Irish law, then Microsoft is at fault for setting that situation up. Any information directly accessible from country X cannot be considered protected from the government of X.

If not, then they need to order their Irish employees to cooperate, and see what happens. If Microsoft US can't get the information, then it can't. The judge may be unreasonable, but that's always a danger.

2 hours ago
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States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

david_thornley Re:Painkillers, HA! (213 comments)

Of course people can breed for high THC. That's hardly new technology (although we can do a lot more genetic engineering nowadays). I'd think people have been breeding for high THC for centuries now.

In other words, the possibility of selective breeding has nothing to do with whether THC content has gone up over the decades.

3 hours ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

david_thornley Re:Apparently the trolls are out here, too (1227 comments)

As a man, I'm not that keen on threats of murder or felony assault. I expect women in public life to be able to handle hurtful comments, but credible death threats are wrong and anybody, regardless of race, sex, or planet of origin, needs to take them seriously.

3 days ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

david_thornley Re:Just proves the point (1227 comments)

Kids effectively have no rights. At least in recent memory (I haven't been following this, and it may have changed), many juvenile courts and similar institutions were assumed to be working for the benefit of the kids, which removed all sorts of protections. If I go to court, it is understood that the judge isn't on my side, and if I get convicted the sentence won't be to my benefit. Therefore, I get such things as the right to counsel and the presumption of innocence. Juvenile "justice" tended to dispense with such inconveniences.

So, yes, if I write violent fiction (and I do sometimes, never published though), or fiction about acts of terrorism, no problem. If my son had done that while in K-12 school, he could have been in serious trouble.

3 days ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

david_thornley Re:*Dons asbestos suit* (1227 comments)

What makes you think people haven't attacked the film/TV industry, the music industry, or various religious groups as being misogynist? I've seen all three being accused. If you haven't, well, you must follow gaming news a lot more than other news. Nothing wrong with that, but you're making statements out of ignorance.

Sarkeesian has chosen to attack what she sees as misogyny in video games, much as others have attacked it in various other art forms and religions and other sorts of groups. She's specializing, which is a reasonable thing to do. She herself doesn't need to concentrate on misogyny everywhere, particularly when many other people are attacking perceived misogyny all over.

Corporate policies? You think corporate policies on women haven't been attacked? Do you read Slashdot articles that aren't about games? Have you missed all the articles on allegations of sexism and misogynist behavior in the tech industry? They attracted a lot of comments. Gamers aren't being singled out in any way, shape, or form here.

3 days ago
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

david_thornley Re: Her work (1227 comments)

Why is this modded Flamebait? It's a blunt expression of opinions on her work, which is not objectionable, with some insults, which aren't that bad. It also insists that she should be safe from threats of violence, and that those who make them should be punished. Seems perfectly legit to me.

3 days ago
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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

david_thornley Re:Can the executive branch be held in contempt? (247 comments)

Impeachment of a President is a fundamentally political act, not a law enforcement act. I suppose judges could rule the no-fly list illegal, and then allow lawsuits against either the government or individuals enforcing it.

3 days ago
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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

david_thornley Re:this would expose an enormous state secret. (247 comments)

Which normal? Reagan normal? Bush I normal? Bush II normal? They're not the same, you know. I miss Republicans that actually thought balancing the budget was a worthy goal. Nobody's done it in a long time except Clinton.

3 days ago
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US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

david_thornley Re:Loose Lips Sinik Ships (247 comments)

The Feds have legitimate authority to regulate interstate flights. This tends to cover intrastate flights, on the usual improbably stretch of the interstate commerce clause, but arguably they have authority to regulate airports that are used for interstate flights.

3 days ago

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Apple makes iBricks

david_thornley david_thornley writes  |  more than 6 years ago

david_thornley (598059) writes "Adrian Kingsley-Hughes at ZDNet has some early reports on Apple turning iPhones into iBricks. Apparently it's happening not only to unlocked iPhones, but to standard locked iPhones where the customer hasn't done anything out of the ordinary. Once bricked, it may be possible to return it to factory settings, losing all photos, mail, contacts, and other things. This isn't good, folks. If you have iPhones of any description, except newly purchased, don't sync with the new update."

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