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Comment Re: Violence! (Score 4, Insightful) 364

> Why don't you list the fucking real atrocities that are going in Syria, or in Africa, or in 100 other places where there is conflict in the world.

Because they're not lobbying Google to censor Youtube uploads of their atrocities. Also, after the atrocities suffered by the Jewish people, we should expect better from Israel. And also, because don't give Syria privileged access to US funding, military hardware, and intelligence reports.

Comment Re:All Israel would need to do is reference TOS? (Score 1) 364

> Or tell terrorists to stop dressing up like Israeli Soldiers and staging 'execution style killings' for the camera.

It's one of the problems with cellphone videos of police stops in the USA. They're invaluable, especially the raw footage. But it takes very little manipulation to creatively edit them to tell a very different story than the actual events.

Comment Re:Nurses or teachers? (Score 1) 186

> I must be getting old but this has started to bother me more and more. Median is an average.

In well defined math, "median" is not an average. It is a midpoint. Where income is strongly skewed by particular categores, such as a few practicioners at the top of the income range making far, far more than the ordinary worker, the "average" is quite misleading about the field as a whole And I'm afraid we see this for teachers: the administrators, the top of the school bureaucracies, often make several times the income of the part time staff or the non-tenured who form the majority of teaching staff.

Comment Re:Smearing? (Score 1) 293

Without Wikileaks, which Julian Assange helped found and maintain despite various forms of illegal political and economic abuse, many people like Edward Snowden would have far less safety reporting abuse and criminal activity. Snowden is a hero, but he's a one-shot hero. He's very unlikely to have another opportunity to reveal such abuses. As much as I may detest Assange's personal habits, and especially his treatment of women, Wikileaks has earned its reputation for verifying stories, protecting sources like Edward Snowden, and publishing genuinely shocking material that deserves exposition. And it is an ongoing effort.

Assange is a flawed hero, but Wikileaks has been a heroic enterprise.

Comment Re:Bigger problems (Score 2) 90

>> "Masking one's origin is often the entire purpose of a VPN, at least from a consumer standpoint."

> Uhhh... nope, why should that be the case?

To avoid a subpoena for the records of the connecting IP address, or to fool geo-IP based content restrictions from blocking people outside the UK from watching BBC programs, or to evade the "Great Firewall" of China, or to avoid tracking a command control center for a botnet, or to avoid detection of the "amazing offer" as coming from Nigeria, or simply to send spam from IP addresses which are not in public blacklists.

Comment Re:Smearing? (Score 5, Informative) 293

> No relation to encryption isn't an issue. He attacked his country's intelligence services, at a bad time it turns out.

He exposed criminal behavior, both in the US and worldwide, and the waste of millions if not billions of dollars of intelligence efforts aimed at completely innocent people. Because it's proven so very fruitless, it was and remains a good idea to expose it.

Comment Re:Laws Without Borders (Score 1) 66

> Recently a nursing home was pushed by an advocate to hire a woman from a halfway house.

That's a problem. Nursing facilities are _desperate_ for staff as the baby boomers are retiring or getting more medical issues as they age. The pay in many facilities is very low and good staff tend to burn out very quickly.

> Without being able to get a detailed history of the applicant

That's what references are for. If the HR person cannot be bothered to look anywhere but online, then there is a very different problem in that nursing home's staffing practices.

I'm afraid that there is also a profound danger in high staff turnover in nursing care, child care, and other service work with long shifts. Staff who commit abuses are very, very rarely criminally charged. They are usually given a chance to resign, even for sexual or physical abuse, in order to protect the care facility from lawsuit or loss of funding or accreditation. It is also usually _much_ faster to tell someone to resign or face firing for reasons that such a business may prefer not to have to put in writing or in any public document. The result is high turnover among abusive staff, but it also leaves a clean employment record. And it can be very difficult to separate from normal burnout or turnover, or normal layoffs in nursing care as funding changes.

The key to detecting this seems to be checking personal contacts, outside the list of references an applicant may provide. But that takes far more time than a simple Google search. It often takes getting your own staff to reach out to private contacts at the other facilities, and _that_ leads to HR being concerned about their own jobs, and about staff asking questions or judging candidates based on ethnicity, sexuality, race, or religion which HR personnel are specifically forbidden from using to evaluate candidates.

For hiring technology people, or providing references, _of course_ I reach out to acquaintances who may know a contact to get information that is not on their resume. I'll also have to admit that I've evaluated candidates in the basis of age, gender, marital status, and medical status in ways that are specifically prohibited by law but are nonetheless valid for work performance. The most interesting such case I ran into was someone changing gender: it wasn't on their resume, and they hadn't realized that I'd been present when their parents first met. While gender was not a legal basis for job discrimination, their medical needs for the next few years made them a poor candidate for the role, and they were quite surprised when I discussed it with them. I encouraged them to apply for, and helped them get an offer for, a role better suited to their needs for scheduled hormonal treatment and expected surgery. They were quite alarmed when I brought up their gender change myself in their interview, and a new employee in HR tried to raise concerns about my mentioning it.

Comment Re:Easy solution (Score 2) 471

> i had a great experience at a mazda dealership.

Saturn used to be like this. I had very positive experiences with them, for new car sales and used car sales, and for vehicle service. They did try to upsell, but gracefully, and took "no, thank you" for an answer. I found it sad that GM elected to sell off this division, rather than their other divisions, and the division closed when the sale fell through.

Comment Re:Horrible English Makes for Bad Math (Score 1) 75

> English is a natural language,

From Wikipedia:

        In 1990, in the Usenet group rec.arts.sf-lovers, Nicoll wrote the following epigram on the English language:

        The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and riffle their pockets for new vocabulary

Comment Re:Duh (Score 2) 752

> Yes, it is too hard for the actual whiners we have, but it would be easy, beyond simply "trivial," for any Jr Sysadmin or even a Jr Software Developer if they've ever used make

I'm afraid that's not true. Take a look at the Fedora work going on right now to try to segregate systemd components, described at .These are components that should never have been integrated into an over sized and aggressive systemd in the first place. I've taken a few stabs at segregating systemd components myself, and it's a very large octopus of dependent code.

You don't have to know how the computer works, just how to work the computer.