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Comment Re:Hmm, marketing dept confusion on the value add? (Score 1) 81

I'd bet data mining a business would be different from data mining an individual. Imagine what you'd get if you data mined email to a company that made commercials. How about a reseller or an importer? Then comes the question of how do you know who in a company to advertise to. And of course you've just shit all over your own brand by abusing it. I'm not saying it couldn't be done and I'm by no means defending MS, but wouldn't it be easier for them to just charge a reasonable price for their service and leave all the data mining to the free / nearly free stuff?

Comment Missed something important (Score 3, Insightful) 150

For example, law enforcement could host properly signed DRM-protected files on sites pretending to host child pornography.

Apparently it's no longer even worth noting that representatives of the US government will run a child porn site offering downloads!
Yes, "pretending". So a honeypot without honey. That'll get real far now won't it?

Comment Re:secret rules (Score 1) 189

In a healthy democracy there shouldn't be such a thing as "secret rules".

This. A thousand times this. If the voters don't know what's going on how are we supposed to make reasonable and informed decisions? A vote from an uninformed electorate is like participating in a kayak race without a kayak. You're just pretending to go through the motions.

Comment Re:So who do we blame (Score 1) 189

Assuming you're one of the class of "voters", do you recall when you approved of this? I don't think I do. Does the fact that they were classified so the public can't see them mean anything to you? Click on the "heavily redacted form" link in TFA if you haven't already. Does that look like an agency that's interested in coming clean to the public about what they're doing?
You can blame "voters" all you want, but in the interest of being fair about this, consider exactly how much effort has gone into keeping the voters ignorant of what's going on.

Comment Re:OK, help me out... (Score 2) 834

"A good faith effort is the same as keeping their campaign promises,..." Except that in one case the promise is kept and fulfilled while in the other it is not kept and not fulfilled. Before you explain to me again that he can't unilaterally make changes (see: executive order), I have a question for you. Was he really unaware of the situation he might be facing when it came time to make good on his promises? Surely someone who has attained the political rank of "President" should know he may get pushback on the things he wants to do. We may even expect him to have the foresight to take that resistance into account and keep his promises in spite of it.

Comment Re:Stop randomly searching minorities. (Score 1) 59

The world is made up of shades of grey.
Cops need to start respecting the people and their rights again. The average person is not a (serious) criminal* so stop treating us as such. Police are supposed to serve the public. Demanding we respect you when you act like thugs is not a good approach.
Some minority communities have enormous problems. Black communities seem to produce way too many criminals and they keep murdering each other. Ignoring these problems is not resolving them.
It's possible we all need to get our shit together.

* Completely unrelated problem, nobody actually knows all the laws.

Comment Re: these new companies trying to get around old l (Score 2) 261

If by "compelling reasons" you mean a strongly entrenched and well funded lobby of dealers who already own the politicians then yes, there are indeed compelling reasons. Did you ever wonder why dealerships are so often inherited? The story of how dealerships got their near monopoly status enforced by law is quite interesting.

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