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Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

rastoboy29 Re:Umm.. just as Europe moves beyond chip and pin. (731 comments)

Because biometrics is a terrible idea.

How do you change your password?  You can't.  That's why.

Ultimately you have to have something that is only in the brain of the user.

about 8 months ago
top Hosts Massive Collection of MAME ROMs

rastoboy29 Re:There is no way this is legal. (193 comments)

Nobody's making any money from them any more.  Legal or not, someone has to give a shit.

about 10 months ago

Protesters Block Apple and Google Buses In California

rastoboy29 Re:Hmm. (653 comments)

bullshit story?  brother, you need to get out the house more.  millions live that way, and it's not because they are irresponsible people.


about 10 months ago

Swedish Man Fined $650,000 For Sharing 1 Movie, Charged Extra For Low Quality

rastoboy29 Re:What the hell is the point of these huge number (366 comments)

They have no *right* to "keep other people from stealing it."  That is madness--that means they can shut down the internet.

The only "right" creators have to themselves is to try and make money off their work.  *Try*.  That's it.

about 10 months ago

Disney Pulls a Reverse Santa, Takes Back Christmas Shows From Amazon Customers

rastoboy29 Re:Can someone explain (418 comments)

Is it?

about 10 months ago

Disney Pulls a Reverse Santa, Takes Back Christmas Shows From Amazon Customers

rastoboy29 Re:Reverse Santa? (418 comments)

Your blu-rays are designed to be revocable too, you know.  They update the keys on the players from time to time when they can...

about 10 months ago

NSA Planned To Discredit Radicals Based On Web-Browsing Habits

rastoboy29 Re:Porn browsing? (415 comments)

Some people.  Many people.  Not "people".

about a year ago

Microsoft May Finally Put Windows RT Out To Pasture

rastoboy29 Re:The real reason for RT? (293 comments)

i think you're giving them too much credit for machiavellian intelligence.  intel was already working on that, balls to the wall.  not worth the fiasco...

about a year ago

Boston Cops Outraged Over Plans to Watch Their Movements Using GPS

rastoboy29 Re:They are right. (409 comments)

except that's not going to happen.  also, the cops are out of control in this country.

about a year ago

GCHQ, European Spy Agencies Cooperate On Surveillance

rastoboy29 Re:Encrypt everything. (145 comments)

Encryption is not the only answer, because it's hardly the answer at all.

The metadata they collect would still be exactly the same in most cases.

We have to disguise source and destination as well, or it's all almost for naught.

about a year ago

German Report: Obama Aware of Merkel Spying Since 2010

rastoboy29 Re:Wutend (280 comments)

I don't think we're near that point, yet.  Bear in mind, the existence of the EU is due to a continent that had finally had enough after millennia of warfare.

That being said, this is bad.  But I'm glad it's happened.  We do need to do whatever it takes to make them happy though.

about a year ago

David Cameron Wants the Guardian Investigated Over Snowden Files

rastoboy29 Re:Great quote from Ron Paul sums this up: (279 comments)

Bitch please:

â€oeDuring times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act† - George Orwell

Better said, and more original.

1 year,8 days

Snapchat Search Warrants Emphasize Data Vulnerability

rastoboy29 Re:The wrong approach? (105 comments)

While we definitely must do this, it is a basic rule of security not to trust any part of a system.  We should have gotten serious about that a long time ago.

1 year,8 days

Buried In the Source: "No Expectation of Privacy"

rastoboy29 Re:designed to obfuscate actual prices of plans (365 comments)

Yes, exactly.  That being said, I'm quite disturbed that the credit reporting "agencies" are involved in this setup at all.  Isn't the IRS real enough?

1 year,9 days

HP CEO Meg Whitman To Employees: No More Telecommuting For You

rastoboy29 Re:I've been telecommuting full time for over 7 ye (477 comments)

On the other hand, I clearly see the advantages of being in the same room with people when communicating with them.  Face to face is far faster and more effective than any other form.  You can just turn around in your chair and ask Bob something.

I'm not anti-telecommuting, but for *creative* work in particular nothing beats face to face.

1 year,15 days



OMG sanity--cyberwar not so bad, says OECD

rastoboy29 rastoboy29 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rastoboy29 (807168) writes "The OECD has issued a report stating that the concerns about "cyberwar" are overblown, and that indeed, a real cyberwar is probably more or less impossible. I can't believe a quasi governmental organization is uttering sensible things!"
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How would you convince Obama about copyright?

rastoboy29 rastoboy29 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rastoboy29 writes "I was thinking about who might be appointed Copyright Czar after Biden's assurance to the RIAA and friends that we would get "the right guy" in there. It occurs to me that this could actually happen, if, say, Obama appointed Larry Lessig, for example. That would be cool. But the fact is, Obama is not tuned in to the geek generation. There is no reason to believe he "gets it". So I was wondering how I would go about convincing him if the Secret Service called me up and said, "you're request for ten minutes of the President's time has been granted. He'll be there at 4pm". And even though I've been thinking about this issue for many years, I just can't figure out how to condense it down into a six minute talk, leaving time for questions. I guess what I'm asking Slashdot is what is the ultimate essence of this argument, that makes it so very important that he not blindly follow the will of his West Coast constituency on matters like international copyright treaties, and our own laws?"
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