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Comment Re:A govt employee charged with a crime? Shock!!! (Score 1) 78

> More like "mostly NOT quite dangerous". LEO doesn't even make the top 10 in most deadly professions.

I'm afraid I've had this discussion before, on Slashdot. Please note that I did not say "deadly". I said "dangerous". And not being on the top 10 most fatal list does not mean a profession is safe, anymore than not being on the New York Times bestseller list means a novel is bad. Fatalities among police are continuing to drop, in the last few decades, partly due to better training, better equipment for most departments, and a rush of funding for police in the wake of 9/11. I think it's also partly due to even faster and more effective responses by emergency crews to injuries that would have previously proven fatal. But they're still at profound risk of traffic injuries, injuries from being the first effective rescue personnel on the scene and vulnerable to bruises, breaks, and burns while trying to help, and most especially to handling domestic violence.

>> It's why it's so important that police, prosecution, courts, and lawmakers are kept at odds, so they can and do limit each other's power.

> When did that start in the US?

Part of it was built into the Constitution, with federal lawmakers, courts, and military or enforcement powers kept deliberately separate. The theory is that if any one department runs amok, the others can collaborate to overwhelm them. The same principal applies to the Army, Navy, Marines, and in the last 100 years the Air Force. The frequent collaboration among the departments is _supposed_ to be about mutual benefits to the people as a while:

There is _nothing_ unique to the modern law enforcement or to the USA in wanting to appear "tough on crime", and the abuses that can result. The novel "Les Miserable" includes precisely this in the wake of the French Revolution.

Comment Re:A govt employee charged with a crime? Shock!!! (Score 3, Insightful) 78

It's a big country: there are a _lot_ of local police doing good work, and it's hard, usually dull, sometimes quite dangerous work. The local officers with their boots on the ground doing the real day-to-day work are worth their weight in BitCoins.

But yes, corruption and brutal enforcement with the public as "the enemy" are terrible, easy habits to fall into for individuals and for whole departments. Some corruption is inherent in _having_ a culture large enough to require law enforcement. It's why it's so important that police, prosecution, courts, and lawmakers are kept at odds, so they can and do limit each other's power.

Comment Re:How can you "steal" a bitcoiin? (Score 1) 78

Since patent and copyright violations, and even theft of trade secrets can be prosecuted as theft, yes, it could certainly be considered theft. Whether Bitcoins are considered currency or not, they're considered valuable trade goods by the owners of the Bitcoins, and they have a pretty clear market value. The extortion and obstruction of justice engaged in by this agent hopefully make it even easier to prosecute.

Comment Re:A govt employee charged with a crime? Shock!!! (Score 4, Insightful) 78

> He's a government employee, a

_Former_ government employee. The courts don't provide anywhere near as much lenience for former employees as for active employees of law enforcement agencies.

And if you are convinced that the US government and its courts will not turn a blind eye to criminal acts by federal employees, please review the revelations about NSA criminal and unconstitutional activities published by Edward Snowden for a recent striking example. www.wikileaks.com is filled with criminal activity by many governments: the USA is not immune. Turning a blind eye to colleague abuses is a common problem.

Comment Re:pros and cons (Score 3, Insightful) 466

> IF the F-35 does four different roles

But it can't do _any_ of the roles well. The tradeoffs made to accommodate all different military branches needs have played havoc with doing _any_ role well. The repair and upkeep costs are astronomical, it's a fuel glutton, it's fragile, and it's clumsy.

Comment Re:su (Score 1) 742

The settings of what to keep and preserve are optional, set in the "/etc/sudoers" file and modified heavily by the use of "sudo -s", "sudo -s -H", and "sudo -i" command line options. I recently walked through this with someone who was surprised that their ssh-agent access was lost when they used "sudo -i -u appname". to edit files as an application owner.

Comment Sudo did this better 15 years ago (Score 0) 742

"su" was replaced for almost use by "sudo" shortly after its first release in 1999, as a lightweight thorough, and fine grained replacement. Sudo's only flaw is the ability to sanity check and reject individual "included" files from /etc/sudoers.d, which makes editing them somewhat dangerous.

Mr. Pottering is, I'm afraid, insistent on replacing the entire UNIX and Linux infrastructure with a proprietary, Linux-only, sprawling and destabilized octopus that persists in breaking stable environments and stable tools.

Comment Re:Cannot scale anyway (Score 1) 394

The article you point to is very interesting, but quite sketchy: I assume they're breeding tritium from Lithium-6? That's an exothermic reaction as well, so _in theory_ it might be sustainable and address the need for fission based sources of tritium.. But since it's not actually been demonstrated anywhere, I'll remain sceptical about its practicality and scalability. In addition, this research and most other fusion leave out the energy costs of refining the _deuterium_ fuel. That's another cost in the energy budget for fusion reactors that is often left out.

Please excuse me if I seem to be presenting moving targets by raising other efficiency and cost concerns than the original: There are so _many_ places the optimistic hopes for fusion energy break down that even if several are addressed, it doesn't resolve the other factors that limit practicality and scalability of fusion based power.

"But this one goes to eleven." -- Nigel Tufnel