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Comment: Re:He still plead guilty to something ... (Score 1) 172

by NormalVisual (#48472367) Attached to: Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor
That's not good enough. That's the way the system works now, and what we have now provably doesn't do enough to curb the abuses often seen in either group. Both groups need to be personally accountable for their actions, beyond the lip service to accountability that they already have, but for all practical purposes doesn't exist.

Comment: Re:Government abuse unpunished. (Score 1) 172

by NormalVisual (#48471671) Attached to: Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor
It all stems from the fact that the government never actually is held responsible for its mistakes.

I would argue that it's not the government itself, but the guilty people within the government that should be held accountable. If a cop beats someone up, the department/city gets sued and pays, not the cop himself. Nothing's going to change until those individuals that are willing to go outside the law have some real skin in the game.

Comment: Re:Duh ... (Score 2) 172

by NormalVisual (#48471535) Attached to: Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor
IMNSHO, that's about when everything took a major wrong turn, with the neo-cons coming to the forefront.

I think you can pin it down even more accurately to on or about September 12, 2001, when the American public collectively lost their critical thinking skills and bought into practically everything the government told them.

Comment: Re:He still plead guilty to something ... (Score 1) 172

by NormalVisual (#48471479) Attached to: Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor
For a justice system to function guilty people need to have reason to confess their guilt and engage in a process of reconciliation with the community.

This would need to apply to law enforcement and the prosecution as well. Not going to happen here.

Comment: Re:He still plead guilty to something ... (Score 1) 172

by NormalVisual (#48471457) Attached to: Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor
If the crime you're charged with carries a maximum month sentence, you should be out on bail after the month automatically.

If you're still in jail after a month waiting for trial on a charge that only carries a 30 day sentence, you've got a good argument for a Sixth Amendment civil rights case IMO.

Comment: Why I read this article (Score 3, Interesting) 141

by NormalVisual (#48471399) Attached to: Clarificiation on the IP Address Security in Dropbox Case
I have little respect for Bennett's excessive, often not carefully considered, and mostly useless prose, so I don't come to Bennett threads to actually read what spews forth from his keyboard. I read them because I find the new and different ways he gets panned by the Slashdot readership to be entertaining. He's like the Slashdot Punching Bag - you punch him, and he invariably swings back again a little later for more.

Comment: I Like Ike (Score 1) 387

by TiggertheMad (#48470957) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

For all you Republicans out there, there will NEVER be another Ronald Reagan.

I find this to be rather Ironic, as RR wasn't that great of a republican leader. If people are going to idolize a former conservative president, why aim low? Ike was the last great conservative. Reagan with a numb witted twit in comparison. If you look at the republican presidents since Ike, it has been a steady slide into the gutter.

Comment: Big Brother 2.0 (Score 1) 387

by TiggertheMad (#48470317) Attached to: Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run

; if I did think that someone "official" would take note, I would click that box.

Why bother? Do you really think that if the federal government wanted to scoop you up, they couldn't? The NSA has spent billions on their Internet Big Brother project, and has every message your IP address has sent or received cataloged. Don't delude yourself into thinking that posting AC does anything but keep your karma from being hammered when you are posting dickish comments.

Comment: Re:Shyeah, right. (Score 1) 271

by dgatwood (#48469499) Attached to: Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

Tapes aren't really archival, either, unless you have several copies. I've done batch recapture off of DV after a few years, and swore when I found serious dropouts. That's relatively low density data compared with LTO (though admittedly with less redundancy and error correction). After that, I dug around and found a copy of the captured files on some old hard drives, which unlike the tape, were intact.

So basically, from what I've seen, nothing is truly archival unless you have multiple copies, and if you have multiple copies, just about everything is archival, so the difference between tape and hard drives is that tape drives require a large up-front investment in a drive in exchange for cheaper per-TB costs for the media and higher physical density (because you don't have redundant electronics going along for the ride). If the per-TB costs aren't less and the density isn't higher, then tape offers no real advantage over spinning disks, IMO, unless your data storage needs are so massive that you have automatic libraries, and even then, only if you can't find a company willing to build a hard-disk-based librarian robot.

Comment: Re:Technically correct?? (Score 2) 141

by dgatwood (#48469369) Attached to: Clarificiation on the IP Address Security in Dropbox Case

For home users, it is not a useful identifier because it usually changes regularly. For government users and business users, it is a fairly robust identifier, because most of those folks have static IPs (or at least fixed IPs assigned by a DHCP server).

Of course, there's not a 1:1 mapping between user and IP. So it would be more accurate to describe it as familially identifying information.

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