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Comment Re:YEEE-HAW! (Score 1, Insightful) 205

Compared to western leaders, he's pretty sane and is no bullshit. If you're crying about clandestine operations, the west is far more guilty *cough*clintonfoundation*cough*. That and the west blames Russia for all the problems when its their policy that is enslaving the poor.

You are so right! Putin makes Obama look like a raving lunatic. Mr. Putin always looks quite dignified, especially posing bare-chested on a horse. And that crooked Clinton Foundation! How are they allowed to get away with selling access to the Clintons, then using that money for black-bag operations like buying AIDS medicine, or books, (books!), for poor people? Lock her up, I say! What if all politicians gave access to big donors, and instead of using the money to fund their campaigns, used it help people? Wouldn't that be awful? Yes it would - it's un-American. Why can't they be more like the Trump Foundation and fund nice things - like paintings, or bailing out certain deserving job-creators in need? Sad.

Comment Re:YEEE-HAW! (Score 1) 205 stupid is this Jester? (S)he should be taking down IoT manufacturer's websites instead, because we *know* those are involved...

Right. There's no evidence it has anything to do with Russia. What is certain is that these companies - Qualcomm, Broadcom, Marvell, et al - knowingly put out insecure, and un-securable devices. Or rather, made the parts for manufacturers, who knowingly put out insecure, and un-securable devices. Incidentally, the person who published Mirai seems to be, at least, a fan of Japanese culture, if not Japanese herself. But, it's not known who launched the attack at this point.

That said, if you want to give the Russkies payback, there are plenty of real grievances to choose from.

Comment Re:You are wrong. Elon is right. (Score 1) 269

So-called second-hand smoke is a bad example, considering that it's unproven at best. It's killed zero people, obviously, and the media credulously reported everything the anti-tobacco lobby published. I mean, that's where you got the idea, right?

I'm always amazed when otherwise intelligent people believe that one. It doesn't even pass the common-sense test. Haven't you ever wondered how a whiff of smoke is going to hurt someone when smokers are filling their lungs all day, everyday, for decades on end? And even then, only seventy-percent of smokers are killed by it. You'd have to be a believer of homeopathy theory not to see that as suspect. But that's only cigarettes. Pipe smokers have the same mortality rate as non-smokers, (actually, they live a little longer on average), and cigar smokers don't do that much worse - yet they are surrounded by tobacco smoke. How can that be? That, my friend, is the kind of boring news the media ignores. They pounced on ridiculous figures like "42,000 Non-Smokers Killed by Second-Hand Smoke Each Year". Seriously. Google it.

Comment Re:You are wrong. Elon is right. (Score 1) 269

Aside from this, anyone who watches local TV news sees frequent stories along the lines of "Entire family wiped out in car crash." This type of reporting is extremely common.

Yeah, I was wondering where the guy gets his news from because I see almost nothing but glowing reports of how autonomous cars are going to save us. Of course any autonomous car crashes are going to get covered, just because of the unusualness factor, but every report of the Tesla crash made a point of saying it was the driver's own fault.

Comment Re:Oh brother (Score 1) 90

First there was Snowden, now this.

50TB of data stolen? OK, so they caught the guy, but, if he had been a bit less greedy, perhaps he would have gotten away with it.

He's nothing like Snowden. I heard on the radio that this guy was some kind of obsessive hoarder, hence the massive amount of stuff. He never shared any data with anybody, he just "wanted it". Could be bullshit from his lawyer, but then again, we all know people who are like this, to one degree or another.

Comment Re:Phone (Score 1) 242

...surely he's not THAT stupid that he'd just blindly trust some rando hotspot.

I'm sure Mr. Assange is sophisticated enough to use an encrypted tunnel. Otherwise, the embassy's connection would be no more (or less) secure than any "rando hotspot". Regardless, I doubt he's going to find these dopes standing around with cell phones very helpful for any real work.

Comment Re:This is dumb (Score 1) 199

The rights holders are the problem and will never allow this.

That's what they said about iTunes, and Apple found a way. So I wouldn't count them out here...

Sort of. But you remember how long it took just to get where we got? Something will have to change though. A lot of people are sick of cable TV, and the way they do business. People have gotten used to having anything they want when they want it, and it's no secret that you can have things your way, and for free.

I don't have cable TV, but I do have cable internet. I think that the constant barrage of "deal offers" they send me, trying to get me to sign-up, indicate that they're feeling it. The only question is, how long will it take them to come around to doing things right?

Comment Re:Denouncing Surveilance (Score 1) 277

Speaking as a leftist and a liberal, there is much hypocrisy on the left, particularly on the gun issue, but also on many others. After all, the last thing many so-called liberals want are liberal gun laws. The urge to ban and prohibit is essentially a conservative urge, and antithetical to liberalism. And indeed, gun rights had been a liberal cause since the first gun laws were passed, right after the American Civil War. Now we live in a kind of Reverse-World, where conservatives champion the expansion of rights, and liberals want to curtail liberties, but only for their respective pet causes.

For a number of years now, we've see many so-called liberals calling for bans and restrictions, or advocating the use of taxation as a form of coercion, when it comes to the particular items they don't approve of - everything from soda pop, to tobacco, to guns. And, of course, many liberal lawmakers have been at the forefront of the drug war. Incidentally, the first anti-marijuana laws in the US used taxation in an attempt to make marijuana prohibitively expensive, (because an outright ban would be unconstitutional).

Comment Re:Hook, line, and sinker (Score 3, Insightful) 99

The point the OP was trying to make is that many, perhaps most, of these attacks are perpetrated by mentally unbalanced individuals, and are not planned attacks by an organization. Yet, the media and the politicians love to play up the, at one time, Al Qeada, and now, ISIS angle because it's good for the terrorism industry. Or they're stupid - it's not always easy to tell. But the reason for the American public's gullibility is clear. If there were any doubts about the intelligence of the American electorate before, this election has settled the matter.

Comment Re:No they aren't denying it (Score 1) 680

It's not a religious issue, but it's the same process that allows people to accept religion, to "believe". That's why it's mostly the same people, and why it's so hard to shake them from their beliefs - because that's all it is, a belief. And just as "science" doesn't matter to some religious believers, science doesn't matter to climate change deniers.

Comment Re:Legal (Score 1) 211

Why do you think you have to "Agree" everytime you do an update?

But the woman's lawsuit claims she wouldn't have bought the device if she'd known that while using it, the manufacturer "would monitor, collect and transmit her usage information."

News flash, lady: There are few phone apps that don't collect personal information on you, and try to hide that fact by burying it behind a wall of legalese. Always assume that's the primary purpose of any new app.

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