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Australian Tax Office Stores Passwords In Clear Text

prshaw Re:Storing plaintext passwords should be illegal (84 comments)

And who should write the law on this? Who enforces the law?
I don't think I want the 'International Internet Police' coming to my house to see if I have applied the correct level of security to the passwords stored on my computer.
Hell, I don't want the 'International Internet Police' coming to my house for anything!

about a year and a half ago
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Windows 7 Still Being Sold On Up To 93% of British PCs

prshaw Re:XP was rubbish until SP2 or 3. (295 comments)

I think you might have slightly better hardware now than some years ago.
Load XP today on the same hardware you had years ago and it will run the same as it did back then. The XP bits didn't change to be smaller and faster, your hardware got much faster.

about a year and a half ago
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Thumb On the Scale? Study Finds 5 of 7 Broadband Meters Inaccurate

prshaw Re:If this were Electricity, Water or Gas meters.. (114 comments)

Do you think anyone would know? How many people have real clue how to measure how many kw of electricty they use, or how many gallons of water flow through their house each month?
I have no idea how many gallons of water I actually use, my bill could be off by a factor of 10 and I wouldn't be able to tell.
And truthfully I wouldn't really care, what I care about is if my bill is in line with others that appear to use the same as me.
They can call the units anything they want to call them as long as I can get a reasonable estimate of how much more my bill will go up when I use twice as much..

about a year and a half ago
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Tenative Ruling Against Kaleidescape in DVD CCA Case

prshaw Re:Obviously (150 comments)

>>Judges shouldn't be accountable to anything but the law

Unless we don't like the law. And then they should ignore it and pass judgement the way we all know it should be.
And if they don't rule the way we want then we can vote them out of the office!
Or... wait. Wrong argument. Sorry.

more than 2 years ago
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How Much LTE Spectrum Do Big Carriers Have?

prshaw Re:Please don't take-away my Free TV (99 comments)

Replacing OTA with internet downloads will only be an option once everyone has an internet connection cabable of doing it.
Someday that will be the case, but it will not be any time soon. I still know a few people who can only get dialup internet today, and I do not have a cable option for my house (not even for tv).

more than 2 years ago
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LG To Pay Licensing Fees To Microsoft For Using Android

prshaw Re:I'm honestly confused... (359 comments)

>> That is the biggest issue I think, microsoft is hiding the details from the company that can actually fix it.

Google can't find out what MS is calling infringement? Can't they ask B&N? Or maybe do an internet search on it?

Microsoft may be hiding the details from the public, but they are not hiding them Google.

more than 2 years ago
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Who's Flying Those Drones? FAA Won't Say

prshaw Re:If they were manned aircraft would it be an iss (405 comments)

>> All at the expense of having very little privacy, and of course opening the door for massive abuse.

Except that in all the cases you describe they have always been able to be there and monitor us, it was just more manual and luck based.
It was easier for us to look around for a man in a uniform watching, or a marked patrol car following, or a plane in the air, but they could always be there.
We aren't giving up any private area, or any privacy, we are just giving up our odds of being viewed in what was always a public area that we could be watched in.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which Candidates For Geek Issues?

prshaw Re:Two party system is failing us (792 comments)

I don't think it the 2 party system that is the problem, more that we (voters/public/peons) expect to find someone that will take a position on all the issues that we agree with. We could have 20 parties and different canidates from each and still not find one that agreed with our views.

That and our 'if you are not with us you are against us' mentality.There is no bend in what we will tolorate anymore.

I don't have a problem with the $ from corporate and union donors, I have a problem with the either outright lying or badly distorting the facts with the money. Any money that is used for something that was proven to not be 100% factual should have a penality of 10x that much to be split up amoung the opposition.

more than 2 years ago
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NTSB Recommends Cell Phone Ban For Drivers

prshaw Re:Good! (938 comments)

But we all know two wrongs make it right :)

more than 2 years ago
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Two New Fed GPS Trackers Found On SUV

prshaw Re:Police Ssurveillance (761 comments)

Or it could have been a parent trying to keep track of their kids. Since I would really have expected law enforcement to come get their equipment back when they were done with it. After all they would have known where it was. I guess another question on these things is are the ones people are finding normally wired into the cars wiring? Not sure why but I assumed they would have their own internal battery and a big magnet to make it easier to install.

more than 2 years ago
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One Million Sites Infected With Malware In Q2

prshaw Re:Less and less active... (42 comments)

>> The only thing I can think of is that IE7 and beyond stepped up security enough to make a major impact

Or maybe, just maybe, Norton/McAfee is actually doing something usefull?

more than 4 years ago
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Court of Appeals Rejects FCC's Cable Subscriber Cap

prshaw Re:Court of Appeals is fracking retarded. (87 comments)

I live in St Louis and can say that I have DSL and a dish, but cannot get cable. They won't run a wire down my road.

Up until about 3 years ago I couldn't even get DSL, I paid for a dedicated dialup.

So there are still places in some largish cities without a full set of options.

more than 5 years ago
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DoJ Defends $1.92 Million RIAA Verdict

prshaw Re:No deterrence, just a sign that the law is bad. (386 comments)

Not sure I only want laws where how easily broken is the basis.

Speeding, how many cars won't go faster then the speed limit? How about the speed limit in front of your house, it is easy to spped there so should we change the law to make it legal to go as fast as my car will go?

Breaking into a house, pretty easy to go in and take anything you want. Let's make that legal too.

Murder, how hard is it to buy a gun and kill someone? Most places you may only have a short waiting period to get the gun, and pulling the trigger is easy. Since this is so easy to do should we make it legal?

Where are we drawing the line on how easy something is to do and making it legal?

more than 5 years ago
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How To Argue That Open Source Software Is Secure?

prshaw Re:Use The Logic Provided By The Naysayers: (674 comments)

>> Actually, since one can safely assume that there are far more good people out there than bad

What internet do you use? That sure isn't true of the one that I use.

more than 5 years ago
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Why Your Pop-Up Blocker Doesn't Work Anymore

prshaw Re:Solution (653 comments)

And when was that?

more than 5 years ago
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RIAA Sues 19-Year-Old Transplant Patient

prshaw Re:Did the RIAA know that she was disabled? (663 comments)

>> Were the RIAA attorneys aware of the defendant's illness when they filed the suit?

And what difference does that really make? I would be more upset if people were looking at things other then the actual case when they file or defend these cases.

Saying the person is poor so they don't have to follow the rules, or they are sick so they are forgiven, or they had a hard life so they have an excuse, and all these other defenses just make me cringe.

The RIAA says she broke the rules and should present their proof of it. She says she didn't and should present her proof. The judge should decide who has the best proof. The state of her health should have nothing to do with the judgement.

more than 5 years ago
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Study Confirms Mobile Phones Distract Drivers

prshaw Re:Banning cell phones wont make people safer. (439 comments)

>> Let people do what they want and if they don't take precautions to be safe about it *then* you can ticket them.

Is that before or after you bury the person they killed?

more than 5 years ago
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AT&T Begins a Trial To Cap, Meter Internet Usage

prshaw Re:What to do? (421 comments)

If you don't want a cap you can always get that. Just get business class service.

What is hard about that?

more than 5 years ago

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