theFu's past comments

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    theFu

    Windows 10 is full of privacy sucking "features."
    If you've read the license, your computer can turn you into police if it thinks you've done something illegal. By default, it has a keystroke recorder active and appears to send everything to Microsoft every 30 minutes. By default, it sends every search query to microsoft every 30 minutes.

    The real issue for me is that some of these elements have been pushed out to Windows 7 and later as "critical updates" - I'm forced to keep track of about 10 updates and remove them over and over and over for the remaining life of Windows7.

    Apple isn't much better, sadly.

    Ubuntu isn't much better. By default, Canoncial has been sharing all searches with 3rd parties since 12.04 with Unity-lense.

    Smart phones are even worse for all this stuff. Do you have a Faraday bag for yours?

    I've been moving to debian for all my computers the last 5 yrs. They respect my privacy. Most debian people are even more paranoid than I am, which is good.

    Every year, there are fewer and few things I need MSFT for - down to just 2 now and neither need any networking.

    Windows10 - not likely. I did run the preview for a few weeks in a lab to see what it did. It really didn't like not being able to connect to the internet to "phone home."

    Posted in: Windows 10 spreads to more than 75 million devices

  • -3

    theFu

    Not very Presidential, Mr. Trump. Statements like this make you even more unelectable than Mrs. Clinton.

    I suppose I should call over 50 yr old white men with comb-overs pedophiles too? That would be just as valid as describing Mexican immigrants in the U.S. illegally as “criminals” and “rapists.” It is true for a few people in both populations, so to Mr. Trump, that makes it true 100%.

    I do agree that people in the USA illegally are criminals - that is what someone who violates a law is called - a criminal. Right?

    Posted in: Trump starts new media feud with Spanish-language anchor

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    theFu

    The lack of morality of two consenting adults is none of my business. That is between them and their dog.

    Posted in: What do you think of adulterous dating sites like Ashley Madison?

  • 3

    theFu

    So the story has changed FROM "marines" TO "national guard" and "in the air force." They were young and fit - which probably mattered most. Heck - sounds like they probably played football together and those skills were more important than anything else. Football teaches how to "hit" - tackle - someone.

    We've all been on trains like this - not sure I would have noticed anything, but I tend to sit and read on those trips.

    In the next few days, we'll learn their training, jobs and postings. The national guard guy probably had the most combat training, unless the AF guy was in military police. Sure they all take "basic" but if you are loading aircraft correctly to avoid crashing the vehicle, hand-to-hand combat isn't really a training focus.

    Regardless, **good job guys - that includes everyone - the Brit and actor too! ** We all need to work together to handle this. It is impossible to stop all violence everywhere in the world and trying is just stupid. A smile and pleasant conversation might have stopped this - probably not, but who knows?

    Posted in: 3 Americans praised for subduing train gunman in France

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    theFu

    Good job to those marines. Right place to stop this from being worse. Way to make the folks back home proud! It took real control not to end the troublemaker, I'm certain.

    Part of the reason I like to travel by train in Europe is the ease of getting on/off the trains with all my stuff and not having to take a 45 min taxi into town. However, the top bunk in the sleepers isn't very comfortable. There is always a down-side.

    Posted in: 3 Americans praised for subduing train gunman in France

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    theFu

    I've been here too. There are many interesting sites all around Thailand, which are worth a visit as well.

    I will always have a warm place in my heart for Thailand and the Thai people.

    During our visit a few years ago, the Red party decided to kill a few people and Thai security was heightened. There were daily protests with people driving around Bangkok in trucks with armed men in the truck beds. We watched one of these from an over-walk between two malls standing next to some Thai military who seemed disinterested.

    I'm sure my view of Thailand is warped. I remember friendly, kind people and fun tourists from around the world all getting along. Any internal issues didn't impact our stay much beyond extra traffic in a few places. The locals we spoke with didn't really share political views, but they seemed to love the King.

    While it seems like a free society, they do extensive internet blocking. I know this first hand, since a few of my websites are blocked from Thailand, but are not from other countries in the region. Just the websites, not the IPs. It is definitely national blocking - tried from many different locations and internet providers. All blocked these few sites, but not all of them.

    Posted in: Backpacker in yellow shirt is focus of Bangkok bombing probe

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    theFu

    Either the world makes these unsafe places "safe" for the people there, or we need to help them migrate their families to places that are safe so they don't loose hope, don't get forced into killing others and don't leave hoodlums in power. This is a world-wide responsibility - including Japan, the USA, China, and Europe. Southern Europe will be bearing the most of these costs, which will be a drag on their economics for the next 30 yrs with all the unskilled people arriving.

    No matter how much it costs, solving the problem where it is will be cheaper.

    Posted in: Migrants from Turkey flood into Greece

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    theFu

    A new level of 'sell out' is on the way! Every time I visit these parks, I feel ripped off. The value/price just isn't there anymore. OTOH, as a space and aircraft freak, I don't feel ripped off by visits to KSC, JSC, MSFC, USAF Museum, Royal AF Museum, ...

    Plus we need to get used to the idea that Star Wars DVDs/Blurays may be withdrawn for 10 yrs to build up demand again - like Disney does with their other classics.

    Posted in: Disney eyes 'Star Wars' theme parks

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    theFu

    How did the eyes-only emails get there?

    Don't worry, President Obama will pardon her on his way out of office, "just in case."

    Posted in: Clinton reaffirms she didn't send, receive classified emails

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    theFu

    I've met brilliant people from tiny colleges and near idiots from "name brand" universities and vice versa. The name brand might have recognition and might open some click-ish doors, but it doesn't replace hard work and persistence. I'll never understand the desire for parents to send their children to "Ivy League" schools unless they want to work in NYC at a brokerage company.

    A link http://www.shanghairanking.com/ to the article. For engineering, my University is in the top 5 (top 40 overall). Guess I should ask for a raise at work, even if I don't believe these rankings.

    Posted in: U.S. institutions dominate ranking of top universities

  • -1

    theFu

    Japan needs to teach her children the honest truth about the terrible things their forefathers did to their neighbors.

    Not the watered down versions, but the parts where 15M+ people were needlessly killed by their aggression throughout the region.

    The 3000+ people killed in the USA is nothing compared to the millions in China, Korea, Indonesia, and other places.

    Teach the real truth.

    Posted in: Abe: Japan must face history, but future generations should not have to keep apologizing

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    theFu

    Perhaps she will run to Russia to avoid prosecution?

    Posted in: Clinton relents and gives up possession of private email server

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    theFu

    But the rules don't apply to Ms. Clinton and more than they apply to Pres. Obama or Pres. Bush (W or Orig).

    Posted in: Clinton relents and gives up possession of private email server

  • 0

    theFu

    The problems with Trump and Republican party are many. They are out of touch with people historically aligned with them: * Owned by the far right religious wackos! Separation of church and state, remember that? * Lost their fiscal conservative roots. Time to privatize the TSA, cut the NSA by 80% and shutdown the DHS. * Belief in personal rights and personal freedoms. Stop voting for government surveillance programs. * Abortion rights are important to everyone under 50! Why are medical practitioners in this field being harassed and local laws banning these services allowed? * Anti-Gay marriage - I don't see how 2 people, in love, living together in a legal bond harms our society or their family. * Realistic Immigration solution - I'm thinking seasonal worker visas. After all, we need the workers and they don't want to be stuck here all the time either. Need to prevent anchor babies, somehow. That will probably require an Constitutional Amendment. * H-1B Visa limits need to be lower. Only the best of the best should be allowed in. Average workers, which is what I've seen just aren't needed. Supply/demand should set the market rates, not allowing foreign workers with false credentials in for 50% less pay. * Law enforcement misconduct must end. Any misconduct needs a lifetime ban on any security related work - guards, TSA, firearm ownership, etc. Training of our peace officers needs to go back to the Andy Griffith methods without automatic escalation.

    Since I don't get CATV, couldn't watch the debates. Good job providing open access for all voters.

    Posted in: Trump's Republican support holds strong post-debate

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    theFu

    I'll be voting for anyone beside Mr. Trump ... except any democrat.
    Just can't do it. I'm a business owner. Hopefully a better republican choice will rise up. Mr. Trump is an embarrassment to himself, his family, his city, his state and his country. He is a car wreck - we cannot help but watch, but that doesn't mean we want him in control of anything.

    Clearly, he cannot even control his own mouth.

    Posted in: Trump says he can't recall using insults; then attacks Kelly

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    theFu

    BTW - in the USA, we do not remember these a-bomb days with celebrations. They are sad days for us too.

    Posted in: Peace

  • 0

    theFu

    Remember. Never again.

    Posted in: Japan marks 70th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing

  • -1

    theFu

    Oh - almost forgot - who killed 10,000,000-20,00,000 of the Chinese people in WW2? It wasn't the USA or Germany or Russia. 12M Chinese civilian deaths is the number from multiple sources.

    2.5M Koreans dead too.

    Who should have answered for those lives? What would have been an "appropriate" response for all those dead people? How should any country willing to do that much killing be treated?

    Posted in: Seventy years on, few Americans regret Enola Gay's mission

  • -2

    theFu

    The Japanese people have only their government to blame for all those deaths.

    Japan shot first. USA ended it.

    Sorry. Don't start no trouble and there won't be no trouble.

    War is ugly. Fighting a reserved war never works. We've seen that in the later "actions" - Korea, Vietnam, Iraq-1, Iraq-2, Afghanistan, ISIS. Either you are all in with everything you have or you will loose, especially for evenly matched opponents. Politically, the leadership of America didn't have any choice except to use these weapons. Back home in the USA the deaths of sons and fathers needed to be answered. I was taught in a US college history course that Japan would never have surrendered - even if their people were left with farm tools, they would fight until dead. On some of the islands held by Japan, that level of ferocity was seen.

    Until the Japanese government had ZERO hope of continuing to fight, there was no way they'd stop. The military leaders there wouldn't allow it.

    Whether any of this is true or not - doesn't matter. All we can do to day is learn, teach, and try to make certain no conflict anywhere in our world gets to that point again. Weapons are the tools of small minded people.

    Posted in: Seventy years on, few Americans regret Enola Gay's mission

  • 0

    theFu

    I believe that US spying is different from that of other countries. It is used for national security, NOT provided to corporations trying to win contracts. It is also used for treaty negotiations - to try and prevent the US from being screwed - which happens very often. Remember those vegetable imports being blocked waiting a month for inspection?

    This is vastly different from what Japan, France, China, India and many others have been caught doing. Their government spying is passed onto friendly corporations immediately to provide an edge in negotiations.

    I would like to live in a world were every country could be trusted and was "honorable." That just isn't the current situation with friends or enemies.

    Posted in: US tries to reassure Japan after documents reveal spying

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