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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

laing Re:Tough Luck (284 comments)

I submitted before my final point. Sorry.

The LACK of encryption hurts public safety more than the PRESENSE of it because the unencrypted devices fall prey to criminal enterprises or foriegn governments. Thus the argument Comey makes is completely backward.

about a week ago
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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

laing Tough Luck (284 comments)

These government employees have taken an oath to uphold the constitution. Many in government seem to have lost sight of who they serve. Citizens should not accept the argument that it is easier for them to do their job by collecting and analyzing the communications of US citizens without a warrant. Encryption protects US citizens against criminal activity by making it harder for the criminals to do THEIR job. The FBI can always get a warrant when they need one.

about a week ago
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Journalists Route Around White House Press Office

laing Re:Most Open & Transparent System? (111 comments)

Yes, this administration has prosecuted more "leakers" than any before. This administration has ignored more FOIA requests than any before. This administration has delayed or ignored more congressional subpoenas than ever before. It's obvious that the Obama administration is more "transparent" than prior adminisrations. What is not obvious is the definition of transparency being referred to. I am seeing right through them.

about a week ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

laing Will you have the same answer.... (478 comments)

...when you are 74 years old? Many people live healthy lives well into their 80's (and beyond). There is no single correct answer for everyone when it comes to how long you will live before you become a burden to someone, or lose the capacity to decide for yourself. Perspective is everything. Having recently crossed the half century mark, in my youth I figured I wouldn't make it to 30. I probably have fewer brain cells today than I did back then, but I also have more synaptic development and more "wisdom". Try it! You'll see that there is life after 75.

about a month ago
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SpaceX To Present Manned Dragon Capsule

laing How was it not private before? (128 comments)

NASA is helping SpaceX. Is Boeing a branch of the Federal Government? How is now different from before?

about 5 months ago
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"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

laing Wrongly Placed Blame (742 comments)

Instead of blaming capitalism, why not place the blame on the responsible individuals? Other economic systems have had exactly the same problems with people who have behaved exactly like Gates and Balmer.

Only time will tell if things will be any different under Nadella. Right now it's too early to say that Microsoft has changed it's ways.

about 8 months ago
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Customer: Dell Denies Speaker Repair Under Warranty, Blames VLC

laing You may be on to something (526 comments)

Dell went private with a lot of help from Microsoft ($2G). Perhaps this all comes down to an anti-OSS policy mandate.

about 8 months ago
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HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers

laing At least they're being more honest about it now (385 comments)

HP is not the same company it was before the Compaq merger, but I see this as an improvement over some of their recent past underhanded tactics. One example that comes to mind is the time that I had to pay >$1k for a "refurbished" tape drive (rather than forking out over twice that for a new one) after a firmware "upgrade" caused the drive to self destruct by adding a useless and stressing servo limit test at power up.
HP isn't the best at anything anymore, but they certainly still rake in the profits (largely from ink jet refill cartridges).
Save yourself some money and a future headache by buying a Xerox printer, a Fujitsu scanner, or a Dell computer.

about 9 months ago
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Watch Steve Jobs Demo the Mac, In 1984

laing Try this (129 comments)

Link: here

about 9 months ago
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Watch Steve Jobs Demo the Mac, In 1984

laing My favorite quote (129 comments)

"We think Unix is a pretty lousy operating system to put inside a workstation. It's old technology and it's really big and you need a Winchester so you can never make the workstations cheap..."
I'm glad that Jobs was open minded enough to recognize the value of Unix, and to eventually migrate MacOS to BSD Unix.
(I watched the video and typed this post from a laptop running Linux.)

about 9 months ago
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Scientists Say Climate Change Is Damaging Iowa Agriculture

laing Climate Change is the new Witchcraft (444 comments)

As recently as a few hundred years ago, farmers turned to witchcraft while seeking blame for similar problems. People haven't changed very much. Science and education have improved over the past few hundred years. Science and big government now fulfil part of the role the church did in those days. Overall there isn't much difference between what happened then and what is happening now. When do the human sacrifices begin?

See: How a Bad Rye Crop Might Have Caused the Salem Witch Trials.

1 year,3 days
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The Linux Backdoor Attempt of 2003

laing Thank You! (360 comments)

I remembered this incident when it occurred. Last month I spent an hour searching the Internet for any trace of it and came up empty. At the time I was taking an IT security course and I wanted to share the details of the incident with my classmates. Given recent events within the IT security community, this story seemed very relevant. I couldn't find anything at all so I eventually gave up.
Thank you for bringing this incident back to light.

1 year,14 days
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Court Declares Google Must Face Wiretap Charges For Wi-Fi Snooping

laing Re:Judges untrained in comms technology, that's ho (214 comments)

Analog cellular phone calls are covered by a separate law (The Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986). It not only makes it illegal to record them, it makes it illegal to sell a radio that can receive them (or be easily modified to receive them). Thankfully all mobile phones are digital now. Unfortunately that law is still on the books.
Another court case conflicts with the Google ruling. Back when they were in popular use, the police sometimes recorded wireless phone calls from 46/49 MHz cordless phones (without a warrant). The police used these recordings in court to convict a drug dealer and the drug dealer argued that the communications were private. The courts ruled that they were not. Here is the court ruling from this case:

about a year ago
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Court Declares Google Must Face Wiretap Charges For Wi-Fi Snooping

laing Terrible Ruling (214 comments)

Unencrypted RF communications should be fair game for anyone to receive and record. The fact that it's digital seems to be what swayed the judges in this case. I can't for the life of me understand how this could have happened. I'm not in favor Google's actions, but they were not illegal. Now the law has been twisted and there will be unintended consequences.

about a year ago
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Microsoft YouTube App Strips Ads; Adds Download

laing Google will block it (381 comments)

Give them a day. I'll bet it stops working tomorrow.

about a year and a half ago
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FSF Certifies Atheros-Based ThinkPenguin 802.11 N USB Adapter

laing Re:Master Mode (85 comments)

Whether or not it supports master mode is the first thing I looked for on the product page. It doesn't say whether it does or not anywhere. If it did, I would buy one today.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Getting Apps To Use Phones' Full Power?

laing On the other side (184 comments)

My poor old Nexus One struggles with memory usage. Every time some app is updated for Android 4 I lose more space (both storage and run-time).

I only use that phone about 9 days per month, but it is becoming less and less useful as time goes by because of this memory usage issue.

A few months ago I moved the Dalvik cache onto an Ext3 partition and it helped somewhat. I still have over half of my apps moved to the SD card because everything will not fit.

Developers, please continue to try to optimize your applications for older phones.

Thank you.

about a year and a half ago

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