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  • Arizona Legislators Approve Bill That Would Allow Government To Seize Assets From Protesters

    Machin Shin ( profile ), 24 Feb, 2017 @ 10:13am


    Well you see, that is what insurance is for. They pay for your window, or building (You know, if your looking to remodel you just break the window with a Molotov instead of a rock.)

    Then you also get all the money and any nice things the protesters have on them. Who knows, you might get lucky and find some nice furniture in the protestors offices.

  • Another 'Terrorist' Swept Up By The FBI, Which Had To Purchase $20 Of 'Terrorist' Supplies To Keep The 'Plan' In Motion

    Machin Shin ( profile ), 23 Feb, 2017 @ 12:36pm

    Re: Re: hmmm

    "Thinking/talking about doing harm and having the will and ability to do it are totally different things."

    For someone who "continued smoking marijuana despite professing to be a devout Muslim." I'm guessing that having the will do do much of anything more than hunt down a bag of potato chips was probably asking a lot of him.

  • Mashable Says You Shouldn't Own What You Buy Because You Might Hurt Yourself

    Machin Shin ( profile ), 22 Feb, 2017 @ 10:35am

    Re: The problem is the opposite

    Even better than tearing it down and guessing, most of this stuff is made in China. You really think the people at those production plants won't help you out for a fee? A lot of Chinese companies are known for running "ghost shifts" where they run some extra off the books parts.

  • Cogent Accidentally Blocks Websites In Global Ham-Fisted Piracy Filtering Effort

    Machin Shin ( profile ), 21 Feb, 2017 @ 11:26am

    These are times where if I ran a company like that I would resort to "malicious obedience".

    They come and start talking about things they don't understand and giving stupid demands, instead of trying to explain things you just follow their demands EXACTLY.

    Then toss up a nice big splash page explaining to the millions of customers why a large chunk of the internet took a dive.

    Odds are the massive backlash from millions of customers against those idiots will do much better at teaching them then you ever could.

  • Freshman Representative Serves Up Immigration Bill That Would Make The DHS Do Things It Already Does

    Machin Shin ( profile ), 17 Feb, 2017 @ 11:34am

    Things like this really make me wonder, what about those people who don't use social media? We are quickly headed in a crazy direction. Am I going to end up in jail someday because I refuse to hand over my non-existent facebook login?

  • Apple Wants To Stop You Fixing Your iPhone And iPad: Source Says It Will Testify Against 'Right To Repair' Legislation

    Machin Shin ( profile ), 15 Feb, 2017 @ 12:14pm


    Sad but true, many of these companies have set the bar so low you need a shovel just to find it.

  • Upset About Border Patrol Cruelty? It Didn't Start Under Trump

    Machin Shin ( profile ), 15 Feb, 2017 @ 06:52am

    Re: Re: A raging pitbull is a raging pitbull.

    Because while a lot of pitbulls are cuddly teddy bears, once you manage to get one seriously pissed and raging.... it is a terrifying force to be deal with. I love pitbulls, but I never want to deal with one that is truly pissed off.

  • Confirmed: TSA's Behavioral Detection Program Is Useless, Biased, And Based On Junk Science

    Machin Shin ( profile ), 10 Feb, 2017 @ 10:28am

    Well, with lists like that they are certain that any terrorist who goes through an airport will "fit the profile". After all, hard to miss with "Everyone is a terrorist".

  • Funcom Responds Well To Mixup Over Denuvo DRM Resulting In Piracy Of Conan Exiles Game

    Machin Shin ( profile ), 09 Feb, 2017 @ 06:22am

    Re: "Jump to the official version"

    What is really great too is that they released the DRM free version, then quickly released a patch that put DRM back.

    This should make it much much easier for cracking teams to yank the DRM from later builds because a simple compare on these two versions should show you exactly where the DRM is hooked into on the game.

  • Ransomware Attack Left DC Police Surveillance Blind Shortly Before The Innauguration

    Machin Shin ( profile ), 06 Feb, 2017 @ 07:11pm

    Re: I have a question:

    Bitcoin is hard to track even normally. To make things even more fun there are services on the darknet where you put coins in and they get mixed with everyone else's coins. Then when you pull coins out your new coins are nice and clean.

  • Ransomware Attack Left DC Police Surveillance Blind Shortly Before The Innauguration

    Machin Shin ( profile ), 06 Feb, 2017 @ 01:51pm

    Coming soon to a car near you.

    Please pay 1 Bitcoin to regain control of your car. Failure to comply will result in you being delivered to us where we will extract payment in other forms. If you attempt to contact the police your car will be involved in a very tragic crash.

  • The Codification Of Web DRM As A Censorship Tool

    Machin Shin ( profile ), 02 Feb, 2017 @ 02:09pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Blu-Ray DRM is actually what made me totally loose all respect for these systems. Years ago I had figured I am going 100% legal.

    I jumped over and started using Linux and mostly open software. Following all the licensing and everything. Then I pop my brand new Blu-Ray into the disk drive to watch my movie and it wouldn't play.

    Ok, I figured it was just me missing some software or codec. So off I go in search of how to play my movie. After good bit of digging I find that there was no way to play the stupid thing off the disk. In fact, the only way to play it was to RIP THE MOVIE.

    So in the end the stupid DRM that is supposed to prevent me from making a copy would not let me watch my move UNLESS I COPIED IT.

    Pretty much been all down hill from there. I tried to play by their stupid rules and they responded by locking me out of my legally purchased movie. Now I just enjoy content on my own terms.

  • The Codification Of Web DRM As A Censorship Tool

    Machin Shin ( profile ), 02 Feb, 2017 @ 01:11pm


    I have seen some great videos of Doctorow giving presentations where he points out how stupid DRM is.

    You can use encryption to keep communication between two people secure from a 3rd person. DRM though is encryption where your sending the data to someone and giving them the key to open it but hoping they don't find the key.

    Encryption does not work if you give the attacker the key. As a result DRM does not and cannot work.

  • Bad Idea Or The Worst Idea? Having The FTC Regulate 'Fake News'

    Machin Shin ( profile ), 02 Feb, 2017 @ 11:46am

    I'm sure there are a fair number of people in the government that really wish they had a law like this years ago.

    Just imagine how handy it would have been if they could have just deleted that horrible "fake news" about these documents leaked by some Snowden guy. I mean, all that was totally fake right?

  • Trump Advisor Pens Almost Totally Clueless Piece About 'Intellectual Property Theft'

    Machin Shin ( profile ), 01 Feb, 2017 @ 11:33am

    "But when China, for example, can make book publishers in Hong Kong disappear because it disagrees with the content of the books, it can certainly close down the fake Apple stores."

    I must say, sure makes me feel all warm and fuzzy to know people in our government are looking up to China and their ability to make people vanish.....

    What the hell has happened to this country? We are supposed to be a shining example of freedom, not some twisted country drooling over the wonderful power of an authoritarian country.

    It really sickens me to see what this country has become. Instead of the land of the free and home of the brave we have a bunch of cowering morons trashing all our freedoms. I would much rather live free and risk being killed from a terrorist attack than live under an oppressive government that is promising me a false safety.

  • California Man Brings Class Action Lawsuit Against Apple For Not Preventing Drivers From Doing Stupid Stuff

    Machin Shin ( profile ), 23 Jan, 2017 @ 09:25am

    So using this same kind of logic. Can I sue Apple next time there is a wreck and it involves an Android?

    After all, Apple has a patent on this technology preventing Android from implementing this life saving feature.

    Really does make you wonder just where all this stops.

  • Verizon Won't Complete Calls For Galaxy Note 7 Owners Who Refuse To Return The Flawed Device

    Machin Shin ( profile ), 19 Jan, 2017 @ 07:52am

    "while Galaxy Note 7 owners apparently believe they have every right to be stupid"

    Well, don't they have the right to be stupid? As far as I know companies still do not have the power to legally require you to return something you bought, even for a recall. Keeping something that might randomly explode might be stupid, but if they chose to do so that is their right.

    I also wonder though, how many of these non-returned phones are actually in use? I am sure there are a few people who love the phone and still use it. I also bet there are some that are holding onto the phone strictly as a collectors item.

  • Game Developer Tried Threatening Game Reviewer And Posting Fake Steam Reviews To Be Successful; It Didn't Work

    Machin Shin ( profile ), 19 Jan, 2017 @ 06:09am

    Wow, just for chuckles I went to look at this on steam. I see seven positive reviews. These reviews though do a good job of showing what an idiot the developer was. One of the great examples has this to say:

    "This is quite an enjoyable game.
    I spent a good time on this game. LOVE the survival scenes.
    One thing I don't like about this game is the fact that some missions are very difficult
    Honestly a decent enough game, worth the money"

    Thing is, the moronic developer forgot that steam reviews post the users play time. In this case it was 0.4 hours.

    Of the seven positive reviews NONE had even a single hour of game time on record. This is really pathetic considering all they would have needed to do is let the game idle at the menu over night to rack up some hours, but they were too stupid to even do that.

  • Turkey Is Building Domestic Replacements For Gmail and Google

    Machin Shin ( profile ), 10 Jan, 2017 @ 06:11am

    Re: Why is encrypted email so hard still?

    You seriously don't know the answer to this?

    Yes, it would be easy for them to setup such a system. The issue is that if they encrypt your e-mail then they can't scan them to place "more relevant ads". They need to be able to read your e-mail for their business model to work. These services are not "free" you pay for it with the contents of your e-mails.

  • Microsoft Finally Admits Its Malware-Style Windows 10 Upgrade Sales Pitch Went Too Far

    Machin Shin ( profile ), 29 Dec, 2016 @ 09:07am

    Re: Re: Re: Win 10

    Then there are those of us like me. I don't trust Microsoft at all and have stopped using their systems.

    I STILL want to see some proof of this stuff being tossed around. Bold accusations like that need some proof to back them up or you just look like an idiot. I'm not saying I trust Microsoft isn't doing these things. I am saying that before you publicly accuse them of it you need more than just your say so.

    Of course, if you want to be lumped in with the tin foil hat "aliens are coming for us" group then please, go ahead spouting out junk with zero proof. (of course, hey, those guys with the fancy tin foil hats might be right too.)

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