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Comment: Well-deserved shame (Score 5, Interesting) 841

by Aboroth (#45635145) Attached to: Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA
You know what this sounds like? "Aw shucks, people don't like me because they caught me peeping in their windows and jerking off. Don't they know I'm helping to keep them safe? What's wrong with them?"
It sounds like a lot of them are sad people don't like them, not that they were unwittingly helping to ruin America. They need a big ol' whack across the head with a cluebat.

However maybe some of them actually have souls. I'd feel like crap too if I was a party to trampling all over the constitution and promoting a police state. Maybe we'll see another one with a brain and a conscience grow a pair and do something about it. It's hard to do when you have people you love who depend on you but that's life. Life isn't fair. Shit needs to get better and it requires sacrifice. If you can't handle that then you're a crappy patriot.

Comment: Re: Related question re: Women's Chess (Score 1) 284

by Aboroth (#45343541) Attached to: Why There Shouldn't Be a Chess World Champion
My idea is, that one of the qualifications required to be a UN delegate, is to have a demonstrated ability at logic, proven by a demonstratable chess ability, maybe an ELO of above 1600.

It isn't often that I physically roll my eyes when reading, but you managed to get me to do it.

Clearly a better metric is who can win at "Guess Who?" without asking if they're wearing glasses.

Comment: Re:I love to read (Score 1) 264

by Aboroth (#45251613) Attached to: France Moves To Protect Independent Booksellers From Amazon
Every library I've ever known is a member of an inter-library loan program, giving you access to the collections of many other libraries. All you need to do is ask for it. This has been very widespread and common for a few decades now. Even if they didn't have that, you can always ask them to purchase the book for their collection, so you can read it. They have a portion of their yearly budget dedicated to buying new books, and librarians are happy to help you get what you want if you ask. It even makes part of their job a little easier since they have to figure out new books to buy anyway. You could see a good book in a bookstore, then ask your library to get it for their collection.

Comment: Re: What is really going on? (Score 3, Interesting) 247

by Aboroth (#45114481) Attached to: Could Snowden Have Been Stopped In 2009?
The secrets revealed this far are already incredibly damning and terrible. They show out own government has contempt for our ideals and laws and treats it's own citizens as enemies. Let's assume those secrets were allowed to be released as a smokescreen for other, more damning secrets. I shudder to think of what they might be, as they would have to be truly nightmarish indeed. In that case, we need to stop our own government with greater urgency than otherwise. If the untold secrets aren't as bad, who cares? We still need to solve the problem of our government treating everybody as enemies.

Comment: Re: What is really going on? (Score 4, Interesting) 247

by Aboroth (#45113823) Attached to: Could Snowden Have Been Stopped In 2009?
Sure, because instead of just quietly going to Russia and getting the big payday by handing over all of the secrets, he instead decides to make all of the information much less valuable to his "employer" by telling everyone at once, and at the same time letting everyone in the US government know what he took and how he did it, making further infiltration more difficult in the future. Sounds like the most idiotic spy plan ever, and since you say he did this with Russian backing, that must mean the Russians are idiots. What is more likely is that you are having problems accepting that one man can so deeply affect an all-powerful entity such as the U.S. government, so you invent crazy theories that involve another powerful entity since that is comforting to you.

Polymer physicists are into chains.