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Comment Re:Of course it is. (Score 1) 274

The Space Shuttle did not directly use any military components, but the design was informed by the capabilities of the military-industrial complex.

And looking at the whole shuttle system, not just the launch system, the shuttle's design was driven by military requirements (wouldn't have had the same wing area without them), and there were several classified missions flown. So overall, while it can't be claimed to be a "military product" it wasn't as "civilian" as one might think, instead clearly in the "dual use" category by purpose. (Even though the US Air Force as you say, largely abandoned it after Challenger).

Comment Re:The end (Score 1) 173

And that's completely ignoring the many positive signs, and our documented ability to deal with similar problems. (I'm old enough to have first hand experience of the last two major ones, and we came out of both smelling like roses. Compared to e.g. the US, which seem to be fundamentally incapable to deal with their deficit no matter what.).

You're also completely ignoring the many positive signs towards dealing with our current problems.

So, you've committed the classic problem of foretelling doom and gloom, on par with Stellan LundstrÃm. ("Exports seems to be ... will be reduced ... if reduced ... seems ..." etc. etc.) And it's funny. He never seems to be right, even though he's been at it for a very long time now. Even a broken clock and all that.

So of course, if you foretell doom and gloom you will of course be right eventually, but you're the kind of guy that says that "since we're producing record numbers right now, things will only get worse". While that's trivially true, that's all it is. Trivial.

Sweden has a robust and diversified export economy (as opposed to Norway), and there aren't any signs that's about to change. Current immigration is a challenge, but there are clear signs that problem will be dealt with (in many different ways) in fairly short order, so no long term threat there.

Submission + - Sen. Blumenthal demands lifting of IT 'gag' order (

dcblogs writes: U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the layoff and replacement of IT workers by foreign workers at a state energy utility. But he is also demanding that the utility, Eversource Energy, drop a particularly restrictive non-disparagement clause that laid off employees had to sign to receive their severance. This clause bars discussion "that would tend to disparage or discredit" the utility. [emphasis added] He wants the employees, who had to train foreign replacements, to be able to state "honestly what happened to them."

Comment Re:What about LGPL dynamic linking compliance?! (Score 2) 147

It isn't a problem, and the installer need take no special measures. The system's loader restricts the search path for dynamic libraries when it's running with elevated privileges so you don't accidentally run an infected library in some random location (for example, the download directory).

There are also techniques available to load libraries from a specific path after the program starts rather than at load time. You can use that to choose a specific full path to the exact library you want to load and it still counts as dynamic linking.

Comment Re:The end (Score 1) 173

Sweden is not doing great. Most of their GDP increase is fueled by migration related activities and financed by borrowed money.

Nope. Not even close. Sweden is doing exceptionally well right now, and our government spending is well within bounds, the current refugee crisis notwithstanding. Our economy is as always driven by export, with the manufacturing industry again having retaken the export crown. No "migration" in sight, and our economy is most certainly em not driven by housing costs. (In fact it's putting a damper on our economy as a whole). Borrowing to fund spending was many years ago.

That Norway is in deeper trouble long term is true, as its economy is much too dependent on oil. However, with so much money put away for a rainy day, those problems are far far away. Even the Norwegians should be able to plan ahead with that much warning. And as a result of the krona losing in value other exports are doing much better.

Really, where do you get this stuff from?

Submission + - How the Cloud Has Changed (Since Last You Looked)

snydeq writes: InfoWorld's Peter Wayner takes a look at the new services and pricing models that are making cloud computing more powerful, complex, and cheaper than it was a few short years ago. 'We get more, but using it isn’t always as simple as it could be. Sure, you still end up on root on some box that’s probably running Linux, but getting the right performance out of that machine is more complex,' Wayner writes. 'But the real fun comes when you try to figure out how to pay for your planned cloud deployment because there are more options than ever. ... In some cases, the cost engineering can be more complex than the software engineering.'

Comment Re:Man, I hate... (Score 1) 110

One should wake when one wakes. One should spend at least the 1st half hour wordlessly. Then, only after sitting in the sun for a few minutes should they begin purposeful activities such as preparing for work.

If you're using an alarm clock and/or lights in the morning to start your day at an unseemly hour, you too are using technology to warp the natural order of life.

Submission + - Another Cop Treats Sexting Teens Like Child Pornographers (

An anonymous reader writes: More sexting stupidity, this time in Michigan.

        A Three Rivers, Michigan, teenager is both the victim and perpetrator of a sex crime. He might land on the sex offender registry, and face criminal charges, all because he took an inappropriate photo—of himself.

        The boy is unnamed in local news reporters, which note that he is under 15 years of age. He allegedly took a nude photo of himself on a girl’s cell phone. That girl sent the picture to another girl, who sent it to another. Preliminary charges are pending for all three—the boy was charged with manufacturing child porn, and the girls with distributing it. A prosecutor is still weighing whether to pursue the charges.

Hopefully, the prosecutor will realize that pursuing the suggested charges could ruin a few teens' lives. The police detective working the case seems to want to destroy these kids' lives for the good of other teens, or something.

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