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  • Apr 16th, 2014 @ 7:29am

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    Tax games based off their metacritic score.
    What could go wrong!

  • Apr 14th, 2014 @ 1:56pm

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    Why do several people claim this somehow will lead to school shootings?
    Everybody works differently(hell the Columbine shooters were described AS bullies, not the bullied party).
    If any of this shows tendency towards school shootings it comes from the negligence of the teachers/principals.
    You always hear about these kids and "we had no idea of any problems". Well obviously they DON'T have any idea about their students if this level of bullying happens and they apparently know nothing about it.
    Ultimately the buck is on those people for royally screwing this up, but let "us" accept some responsibility for instituting the zero tolerance/out for blood process into schools across the country in the first place.
    This is yet another in a countless sea of "zero tolerance = zero intelligence"

  • Apr 3rd, 2014 @ 9:08am

    The forgot to check a box

    As a person to generates forms I am betting somebody just didn't check a box somewhere.
    Based off the "because%20." I would take a good bet that is actually a form where it is supposed to read "because [reason]." where the reason is an open field box or auto-generated based off a group of check boxes.
    This in no way invalidates the point of this being ridiculous, just shines a little light on how it ended up saying simply "because ."
    yay government transparency!

  • Mar 31st, 2014 @ 11:22am

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    Google - "Do no Evil*"



    *To the public

  • Mar 31st, 2014 @ 11:20am

    What were they thinking?

    Even IF, which it is a big if, the NSA didn't have "malicious" intent it would be an absolutely terrible idea to put a backdoor into the crypto.
    I mean it only takes one clever person(or a jaded ex-NSA contractor...) to bring that whole house of cards down. Then not only did you just shoot your company in the foot but you also compromised EVERYBODY else.
    At this point I don't know why anybody in their right mind would use any RSA products if they could go somewhere else, and RSA has nobody to blame for it than themselves.

  • Mar 28th, 2014 @ 6:04am

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    Figuring out what content is legal against what content is infringing is too hard for us poor lawyers and judges!
    Lets just pass that task onto the ISP guys, they surely know more about content infringement since they are the ones who run the internet. What could go wrong?

  • Mar 27th, 2014 @ 1:29pm

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    Everybody wants MORE power. Power to control lives and mold them to "their" vision. You see it at almost every level. Schools, College(free speech zone!), work place(Sally worked 20 hours overtime but you didn't, she is better than you).
    Everybody wants to rule their world...

  • Mar 20th, 2014 @ 5:51am

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    If a complaint results in disciplinary charges against an officer, records from that process may still be kept secret, the appellate court noted.

    So basically this ruling has no teeth then. We will be able to read all the bullshit complaints("The officer wouldn't let me go with a warning!") but any REAL major abuse will just be hidden still. If anything this should be the exact opposite. Keep the stupid records of idiots who complain about them not fining their neighbor for noise and publicly shame the officers who shoot somebody's dog!

  • Mar 13th, 2014 @ 1:44pm

    Re: Re: Re: Cinavia

    Who the hell runs Cyberlink PowerDVD?
    unless they start forcing VLC or something to incorporate that Cinavia, it really isn't a big deal.
    Even then if they did start that, I would bet people would just stop using it and find a new player.
    People would just rather break the law than be inconvenienced.

  • Mar 13th, 2014 @ 10:25am

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    This is exactly why I am a "pirate".
    Built my own NAS and XBMC media box to stream to for less than half the cost of this machine. Then just DL ripped versions of all the physical media and throw them on the NAS.
    No disc switching, access to any device that can touch the NAS.
    Why the hell would I pay more(an obscene amount more) for less features just because opening it up might enable piracy?
    HELLO! PIRATES ALREADY CAN DO ALL THOSE THINGS AND MORE!

    *sigh*

  • Mar 12th, 2014 @ 8:43am

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    I am still waiting for the leak that shows the GCHQ has actually been actively using those same strats against US entities.
    Can you imagine the feign outrage they will have over it?

  • Mar 12th, 2014 @ 6:34am

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    a few of my friends have taken to Calling the baby boomer generation the "bridge burners".
    Works part time job to pay for college? Why can't you do the same?
    Could afford a house right out of high school with unskilled labor positions? Why kids are just lazy today!
    Baby boomers never even fathom how much better they had it when they were young, where labor was valued and just having a job was considered good enough.
    If they got stuck working for peanuts with no obvious path to a better life except getting saddled with $50+k in debt maybe they would change their tune...





    As for the data retention, they want it to essentially track drug dealers or potential child abductors.
    The former they can find a known car of a dealer, then go back and track where he tends to go in and out of. Once they establish a pattern they could start surveillance of more specific locations.
    For the later they could get a partial hit off a plate or even a whole hit and try to narrow down where the suspected criminal could be. OR alternatively know when a child was taken and pool a list of plates from the time it happened.
    For the former you could argue it would be helpful, but ultimately it is a shortcut to field work that needs to be done anyway. For the later there is NO reason to hold data that long(IE longer than say 30 days) other than sheer incompetence of taking the time out of your day to search through the system.

  • Mar 10th, 2014 @ 5:58am

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    Free advertising for myself and my restaurant? Well maybe 0.1% of the people who view photos of my food might try to steal it, and I can't have that!

  • Mar 6th, 2014 @ 6:04am

    That doesn't look right...

    Why, exactly, are "Public Data" and "User Generated Content" completely separated from "consumers"?
    Hell some of the most popular sites on the internet are where the sites themselves are nothing but platforms for the consumers to post their own content and share it around(facebook, youtube, tumblr, ect, ect). Excluding any other mistakes that mistake alone is egregious enough to make this "chart" have no credibility because it shows no understanding of how the current internet world works.

  • Feb 14th, 2014 @ 7:38am

    I automatic Fine should be removed

    I honestly believe it is not in the tax payer's best interest to automatically fine the Department for misuse of the database by cops. Think of the abuse one cop could do if they purposefully tried to get the department fined.
    No, the REAL answer is to automatically fine the OFFICERS directly who willfully pull somebody's records.
    Most of those cops who get said written reprimand won't care, but if you suddenly slap them with a $2.5-5k fine coming directly out of THEIR pockets...that is wake up call that they will remember and share back around to others.

  • Feb 10th, 2014 @ 12:24pm

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    if GoldieBlox had straight taken the original source music, added a word to the front, THEN sold it as a new song it would be a very different story than them completely remaking the song to sell a product not in the same market as the parody.
    I mean, please explain to me how GoldieBlox's commercial would possibly cause "brand confusion" for people looking to buy a beastie boys album.

  • Feb 10th, 2014 @ 12:21pm

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    Hard to defend "parody" art when your own FAQ basically admits right off the bat you are ripping off another company wholesale for basically free marketing.

    For everybody's sake I hope this is a joke. Otherwise it will just end up wasting money and time for everybody.

  • Feb 10th, 2014 @ 10:27am

    Who gets what money?

    Lets even give him his $300 per phone.
    Who decides where that money goes?
    Music industry, movie industry, video game industry, book industry...ect ect
    I mean who and how do they decide whom gets said money?
    Do we randomly assign money to the big players and then the artists get basically nothing?
    Do you spread it out evenly based on general popularity so each artist gets a fraction of a penny per phone?
    Or do you want to go NSA style and root through people's phones to see what media they have on it?
    Did this bozo even think his plan all the way through to see what the real world implications were?

  • Feb 5th, 2014 @ 8:40am

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    After some more thinking, exactly how did these "rouge" IT groups ever exist?
    If you go to any of our network ports you can't just plug in a computer and have it connect to the network. You MUST be on the domain with all the right proxy settings and other items.

    They IT staff really must have been incompetent for the shadow IT groups to even have a capability to get off the ground.

  • Feb 4th, 2014 @ 1:41pm

    How Secure are the Armed Forces?

    I worked for the Air Force for a while, and I never once saw anything remotely this bad at the base I worked at. They actually did a good job of security.
    We had card keys that MUST be plugged into the machine to work, and when you unplugged them the computers auto-locked. Not to mention to open basically any door you also needed said key card, so very very few computers were ever left unlocked.
    I just wonder how the Armed Forces fared for said IT audit.

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