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Comment Re:Taxes = theft (Score 1) 579

All the things you described are examples of local services which most people I know are willing to pay for via taxes, but keep in mind, those things existed long before the outrageous taxes we have now. What most people object to are federal income taxes, but the simple slogan taxes = theft doesn't fully articulate the core issue. Yes, we should have a military and other things proscribed by the constitution, but again, prior to 1913, those things were all funded without income tax. We could have a vastly smaller federal government and not see any real decrease in essential services. And that smaller government would be less corrupt because with less funding/spending there would be a lot less pork to bribe folks over.

Comment Re:Ugh, Sometimes I hate people (Score 1) 308

USB and most other ports already have some ESD/current protection. Without knowing the details of the device hard to say if current standards are enough protection. Someone else pointed out that a bad actor could just as easily hit the device with a hammer if they want to break it, so hard to say if anyone will really need to do anything about it.

Comment Re:Others To Sue (Score 3, Insightful) 83

Except it is not up to LEO to say what is illegal. They can only suggest to the court that something is illegal. Innocent until proven guilty. Also, piratebay is breaking no laws in this country as they are not a legal entity of this country. So in these cases, US companies are trying to extend legal reach beyond US borders and that not be legal.

Comment F*ck this (Score 0) 61

I was one of the foolish who subscribed to the free trial. Then like many others, the jackwagons deleted all my music collection. Luckily I had most of it on backup, but it took many days to even figure out what the heck was going on, and another day or two to fix it all on my pc, then reload to my phone and whatnot. Another reason to get an Android device. Would never trust these fools again.

Comment Re:combination lock (Score 1) 293

totally agree it's not a core feature, just an accessory. it's certainly not a replacement for a key or fob as I said. but I see you're thinking now about how it might be used. cool. My main way of thinking is that locks and keys and so forth are there to keep honest people honest. They don't really stop the determined criminal so that's not what they are really for in the end.

Comment Not a good replacement, but a good companion (Score 2) 293

For reasons others mentioned (dead battery, etc) it's likely not a total replacement for a key or fob. However, it could be a great extension or companion to a key or fob. E.G. if you lost your fob, or you want to grant access to a friend, to either drive the car, or retrieve items from the car, that part is cool. Even if the bluetooth raises a security concern (and I doubt current key fobs are much if any better), at least with a smart phone app there is the possibility to update the app and fix security issues unlike key fobs.

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