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Comment Re:A new golden age (Score 1, Informative) 322

Trump's Taiwan excursion was heavily planned after months of lobbying by Bob Dole and other registered foreign agents of Taiwan. Oh, and the Trump Organization sent someone to investigate a potential billion dollar deal to develop land in Taiwan while this was going on. But no conflict of interest there!

Comment Can't Use Google Allo As Default SMS App (Score 1) 98

What is Google thinking? Google Allo cannot be used as a default SMS app. If a text message is sent from Allo to a non-Allo user, the recipient would get a relay message asking him or her to join Allo. Google now has Hangouts (which can be used as a default SMS app), Allo (?), Duo (video messaging), Voice (?), and Messenger. What is the need for these apps?!

Comment Re:Underwater cables (Score 2) 177

We have been doing this since the 1970s. Look up Operation Ivy Bells and you can read the book Blind Man's Bluff. The subs would install espionage devices that wouldn't require the cable to be cut. Or you would cut the cable at some shallow point pretending it was a trawler that made the cut accidentally, then you tap the deep water portion of the cable while the cable is down, then when the guys repair the cable, the characteristics would have been expected to change.

Comment Re:About time, overpaid lawyers (Score 1) 49

Lawyers make their living explaining things to judges once. You get one shot as a lawyer in presenting your case. And we also have to make sure you're not lying, or at least test your story to make sure it'll stand up to inquisition by the other side. So, yeah, we make you repeat yourself multiple times to make sure your details are consistent. We also want to make sure that we understand the details PERFECTLY. You lived through the experience so you know what's going on but the lawyer has to learn perfectly what you were experiencing for a long time. And I'm betting the attorney prepared for the court appearance before.

So, yeah, I know it sucks. But your attorney wasn't (completely) shafting you. The worse thing you can do is find an attorney who says yes to everything you say, tells that to the judge, who then pokes holes in it and then mocks you as he throws your case out.

Comment Re:here's why it's a crock (Score 1) 293

You're one of the few posters who recognize the real problem: government compulsion to work as their agent! That's why the Thirteenth Amendment may bar this action, not amorphous claims about security. Note that the owner of this phone was the county, and they consented to the search. There is no Fourth Amendment issue here as a result. I mean, the FBI is laughing their balls off because everyone's freaking out over encryption and backdoors while no one realizes that Apple is an innocent third party in this case! It's like stealing a wheel barrel by filling it up with sand and walking it by security.

Comment Re:A good thing? (Score 1) 160

Android supports monthly updates; it's the carriers that don't give a crap. The Google Nexus devices get monthly Android security updates pushed over the air, so it's possible. However, carriers want a few months to "certify" the devices to run on their own networks, i.e., cram that shit full of their "value-added" software. If you give a shit, buy a Google Nexus device.

Comment Re:Let's make some assumptions... (Score 1) 163

I would bet that the second stage would be recovered somewhere else, not near the launch site. By the time the second stage booster completes its burn, it's already very, very far away and going very, very fast. It would make more sense to try to land it in Africa or Europe or the Pacific rather than to make it fly back to the launch site.

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