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Comment: You can't believe the defectors (Score 1) 160

by 7-Vodka (#48673947) Attached to: North Korean Defector Spills Details On the Country's Elite Hacking Force

Learn from the past. Iraqui defectors swore up and down that there were massive nuclear programs. They were physicists, they were believable, they testified in secret, in public, on TV. None of it mattered, they were proven liars after we invaded.

Claims from defectors require extraordinary evidence, especially when what's coming out of their mouths is what the government or the intel agencies want to hear.

Comment: Re:Perception is a tool ... (Score 1) 328

by 7-Vodka (#48395567) Attached to: Former Police Officer Indicted For Teaching How To Pass a Polygraph Test
You could say the ends justify the means.

However in this case you're not even bothering to judge their ends.

You have no problem with fear, intimidation, lies and fraud. Really. Coming from the people in the gang with the guns, who can lock you up or execute you.

Specifically in case you didn't know, government officials are corrupt and are quite frequently the bad guys. They hold a monopoly on the initiation of force and that's what they always use to back up their threats. Just do a search for asset forfeiture sometime, or swat raids, free speech zones, constitution free zones, no-fly list, patriot act, NDAA, federal reserve etc.

By the way, the ends don't justify the means.

Comment: And then the positive thinkers go on to win. (Score 1) 158

by 7-Vodka (#48231837) Attached to: The Problem With Positive Thinking

The negative thinkers can turn into over-achievers. Thinking that if they're really productive, they will get promoted.

Unfortunately for them, once they realize this is not the case, they get angry, frustrated, cynical.

Meanwhile the positive thinkers become high performers, who achieve less individually and in any given week and realize that working as a group and motivating people is more important than individual contributions. They stay in the game longer and turn into good leaders. They get promoted while the negative thinkers leave in search of the recognition they've earned but don't seem to get anywhere.

Comment: Re:Most Linux users just want Unix ... (Score 3, Interesting) 303

by 7-Vodka (#48099995) Attached to: What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

FreeBSD is not Linux though.

Which isn't really much of a problem. Many, if not most, Linux users just want Unix functionality and don't care about the Linux brand itself, don't care about the GPL and its politics, etc. Hence the popularity of Mac OS X for many *nix users. It just so happens that for commodity PC hardware Linux is one of the more convenient *nix offerings.

Speak for yourself. I don't buy your claims to be able to speak for others.

Sigmund Freud is alleged to have said that in the last analysis the entire field of psychology may reduce to biological electrochemistry.