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Comment: Re: Let's just cover the earth with nuclear react (Score 1) 53

by dbIII (#48679091) Attached to: South Korea Says Nuclear Reactors Safe After Cyberattacks
Hmm, three of my posts on different stories all modded down within minutes, including this one on a relatively old story well past the date when most readers have moved on. It appears that I've annoyed someone who is very petty and has decided to list my comments then downmod them. Is that person going to be a childish coward or own up?

Comment: Re: This is why .... (Score 2) 112

by dbIII (#48679083) Attached to: NSA Reveals More Than a Decade of Improper Surveillance

Snowden turned both whistle blower and traitor.

I mostly agree with you, but I don't see how giving information to American journalists could be considered treason. The rest of the world did not hear it direct from Snowden. We've been manipulated into thinking he's a traitor when he was really the enemy of powerful bureaucrats instead of the USA.

Comment: Re: This is why .... (Score 1) 112

by dbIII (#48679075) Attached to: NSA Reveals More Than a Decade of Improper Surveillance
Yes but none of them actually had time to read it did they?
Even the name was a very low trick, since it implied that anyone rejecting it was not a patriot. In the political climate of the time voting against it looked like a career ending move, and career is what seatwarmers on both sides saw as important above all else.

Comment: Re: This is why .... (Score 1) 112

by dbIII (#48679071) Attached to: NSA Reveals More Than a Decade of Improper Surveillance
Because the part that changed is a very small part of the structure of government. When there's a mess dating back to Edgar Hoover it's not going to be cleaned up by a single administration no matter who is in charge. I wrote something similar here when Baby Bush got in, but he didn't even attempt to touch the Clinton era mess since it would have cut into his vacation time.

Comment: Re:But wait,there's more (Score 1) 134

by dbIII (#48679001) Attached to: Donald Knuth Worried About the "Dumbing Down" of Computer Science History

My brain melts when I watch the Discovery Channel

Offtopic, but I decided to watch a "documentary" made by those guys on Charles Manson. They made him look like some evil genius instead of some loser that tried to kill people out of spite when things went wrong with his music career, got the wrong ones and was caught by Park Rangers for vandalism.

Comment: Re:Jobs is Jesus (Score 1) 134

by dbIII (#48678995) Attached to: Donald Knuth Worried About the "Dumbing Down" of Computer Science History
Toaster: Howdy doodly do. How's it going? I'm Talkie, Talkie Toaster, your chirpy breakfast companion. Talkie's the name, toasting's the game. Anyone like any toast?
Lister: Look, I don't want any toast, and he doesn't want any toast. In fact, no one around here wants any toast. Not now, not ever. No toast.
Toaster: How 'bout a muffin?
Lister: Or muffins. Or muffins. We don't like muffins around here. We want no muffins, no toast, no teacakes, no buns, baps, baguettes or bagels, no croissants, no crumpets, no pancakes, no potato cakes and no hot-cross buns and definitely no smegging flapjacks.
Toaster: Aah, so you're a waffle man.

Comment: Re: Let's just cover the earth with nuclear react (Score 0) 53

by dbIII (#48678913) Attached to: South Korea Says Nuclear Reactors Safe After Cyberattacks
A civilian reactor, to a tried and tested design, with the control systems built by Germans versus a one off secret enrichment plant built by local contractors.
I'd back the former as more secure versus the latter just about everywhere, probably even in the USA given some massive fuckups in defence industry electronics at times.

Comment: They were always there and are in any *ism (Score 0) 112

by dbIII (#48678899) Attached to: NSA Reveals More Than a Decade of Improper Surveillance
Tyranny is seen as the "easy way out" by the unprincipled in any *ism. As the "gene pool" of any group shrinks you end up with less people that see concentrations of power as dangerous, and whatever values the group is supposed to represent become irrelevant in the face of increasing personal power.
In far too many situations "cutting red tape" is code for "I want to be a tyrant", and we need to especially beware of those that know little about how society runs that push simple, blanket solutions.
There's one near me whose solution to stopping crime was to lock up all the bikers. Of course that didn't stop crime such as one of his own government attempting to shake down two supermarket chains for money, funny how that one was initially hidden and is still free while the bikers don't get bail for merely meeting.

Comment: Re:Clickbaiting Bullshit Works (Score 1) 217

by dbIII (#48678879) Attached to: Tech's Gender Gap Started At Stanford

And do not mistake me for a conservative or a traditionalist, I am neither.

So, do we have here - a whiney little gay woman hater or a whiney little virgin that thinks he should get a free girl without doing anything to make one think he's worthwhile to be with? Or is there some other reason for the sheer poison above that even people in their 70's would think is too fucking medieval?

Comment: Re:Yet it works for me - and you if you try (Score 0) 159

by dbIII (#48678857) Attached to: Xbox Live and PlayStation Networks Downed By Apparent Attack
However you wrote:

the only way to get into Offline Mode is to first be online. Apparently you're supposed to know ahead of time when your Internet connection will die for a week.

That is both deliberate misinformation and calling me a liar over my account of how it behaved above.

Comment: Re:Mod parent up. (Score 1) 481

by Ungrounded Lightning (#48678647) Attached to: Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

... the companies pushing for more visas are NOT doing it because they're looking for the best and the brightest from around the world. They're doing it to drive the price of programming

They're also creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. The depressed prices for programmers and refusal of employers to hire Americans (for any but a few top-level jobs requiring rare or broad-ranging talents and experience), while importing H1Bs from several countries for any position short of startup principals and early-hires, has not been missed by the Millenials. The latter are, entirely rationally, avoiding computer science degree programs in droves.

There is no shortage of US computer scientists now. But if this keeps up, in another 20 years there WILL be a shortage of YOUNG US computer scientists.

Comment: Re:Call me when.. (Score 0) 115

by AK Marc (#48677901) Attached to: Tesla Roadster Update Extends Range
When that happens, you'll still complain about how much you think the battery pack will cost to replace (though you'll use numbers in direct contradiction of the manufacturers estimates). Oh, and you'll complain about the space, size, shape, look, colors, and name of it as well.

We've seen too many "if only" complainers. Every complaint met just creates a new complaint.

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