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Comment What idiocy (Score 3, Insightful) 302

Those who think they can skirt the law will find themselves facing some of the toughest penalties for firearms offences in this country," Grant said.

Indonesia executes people for simple drug trafficking.

Criminals don't really care about the law because there are two main types of criminals who commit serious crimes: the stupid ones who don't think about the consequences and the smart ones who are willing to take more extreme measures to stop people from holding them accountable.

The one consequence they do tend to fear is a swift death at the hands of a potential victim. That's why increasing the capacity of self-defense for the law-abiding is always a good thing. If an unarmed 6ft tall man gets gunned down trying to rob a 5"2 woman, who cares? He shouldn't have been trying to commit a violent felony. It's not that his life is worth less than her purse, but that when he chose to put her in fear of her life over her purse, he forfeited his right to live in that moment.

Comment So you prefer them to data mine the whole thing? (Score 1) 385

They have direct access to all these social media databases which Anonymous doesn't.

And so far, they're probably/hopefully, doing targeted investigations. The last thing we need is Anonymous to get so good at whack-a-mole that law enforcement just says "to hell with this" and starts data mining the entire database.

Comment If it weren't China, it'd be somewhere else (Score 1) 133

Odds are good that in most industrialized countries, feeding this sort of antibiotics to pigs to maximize profits would be highly illegal. On top of that, even many industrial farmers would maintain sufficiently high standards that they wouldn't need to resort to something that extreme. It's probably one of the few things they could do in the US that would have the federal government step in and kick their ass in court.

But the reality is that there is just nothing to stop a bunch of ignorant, short-sighted, greedy fools in some third world country from buying these antibiotics and doing it. With the global supply chain, there's even incentive to try to do it for the export market. Unless industrialized countries are prepared to treat such shenanigans and the failure to stop them by the authorities of poor countries as an act of war or one legitimizing sanctions, there's no credible threat powerful to stop it.

Comment Face repercussions? What a load of garbage! (Score 2) 399

Campus tribunals operate without even a pretense of being governed by anything resembling due process for the accused. They typically have no right to an attorney, right to question the accuser, heck sometimes they literally aren't even told what the formal charge is. Then when they lose, they face expulsion. Sure they can "just attend another university," but they have an expulsion on their record that they have to explain. If they are on student loans and no one else picks them up, that is a very costly matter as well.

Comment Donald Trump just got another point... (Score 2) 275

Half of his appeal comes from the principle that the open society is not a suicide pact. That means "our Bill of Rights is more important than your feelings." If that means we have to tell people from countries with known terrorism problems that they are categorically not welcome, then so be it. Their feelings are simply nothing when juxtaposed with defending the 4th amendment. I'd rather see 1M Syrians forced to stare down ISIS than see the status quo continue and help ensure a steady supply of potential excuses for abridging our rights.

Comment Yes, I absolutely do (Score 1) 259

ISIS would have access to their streets whether or not refugees were accepted; what, you think an ISIS terrorist is going to take his chances going across the Mediterranean in a swamped, sinking refugee boat? They've got the money, documents, and connections needed to take a plane and rent an apartment like any normal person. He'll be wearing a nice suit, carrying quality luggage, and probably show a student visa or EU passport or something.

And money, documents, connections, etc. don't scale if your goal is to move 1,000 fighters into Europe, not a squad's worth of men. It is far easier to take a battalion or two of fighters, tell them to put on dirty old clothes and mingle with a vast wave of refugees than make fake IDs, itineraries, money transfers, etc. for them. Not to mention it looks damn suspicious if you have 40 combat age arabic-speaking men milling around in an airport acting like they might or might not know each other.

Comment How do I explain it? (Score 0) 259

Citizenship is almost meaningless as a determining factor in affinity for the host society. We could rubber stamp all of our illegal immigrants and call them US citizens, and at the end of the day their loyalties would rightfully be primarily with the countries they came from and continue to send remittances to support.

Look at the attackers. None of them were native-born French whose ancestors were French for centuries. They're all the sons of recent arrivals or actual refugees by way of Greece. You can't pull this shit and expect it to fool anyone who is paying attention.

Comment Of course they'd blame technology (Score -1, Flamebait) 259

Because that is easier than blaming Merkel and like-minded leaders for self-righteously taking a position that they knew, beyond any reasonable doubt, would give ISIS incredibly easy access to their streets. The FBI director admitted that they have literally no meaningful body of information by which to screen our "refugees" for terrorist ties, and our president is likewise bringing them in anyway.

The NYT is not going to call these policies what they are: bordering on treason for the level that they endanger the host societies.

A handful of men did this attack in Europe. How many more "handfuls" of similarly capable men got through? Probably a lot. We know ISIS is threatening to do this in the US. ISIS isn't stupid. They're not going to go to the heart of Texas or Louisiana where half of the concert goers pack nothing smaller than 0.40. They're going to go to NYC, LA or Chicago. You know, "progressive" places where the average person thinks that no civilized person would "feel so inadequate" that they'd want to carry a gun. And when the police are 10 minutes away, there will be a body count identical to Paris or worse.

Comment 150 years ago... (Score 1, Interesting) 378

It was received wisdom that flying, let alone landing on the moon, was beyond the engineering capabilities of humanity. The most significant reason why scientists' input into the public sphere should be treated as no more than "probably good advice" is the complete lack of a historic perspective and humility so many seem to have. You'd think the number of times the consensus is one thing and one or two rebels make fools of the consensus would be a cause for open-mindedness in the current generation, but you'd be wrong.

Comment The talking heads bear a lot of the blame (Score 1) 116

The chattering classes were all "ooohhh portable electronic records" and this and that about the transformative impact of technology without any appreciation for the absolute, non-negotiable need for a security first posture. Of all private sector systems, hospitals are the closest (with a few other industries like utilities) to the use case for a classified government network on security.

This won't be fixed until the federal government and states get together and task the DNI with drafting guidelines derived from how they regulate Top Secret networks to be used by the medical industry. If left to the industry or DHHS, this won't get done until some hospital gets hacked and dozens of patients are murdered by some piece of shit in China, Russia or the Middle East.

Comment Two things come to mind (Score 1) 418

If they bend the knee and make country-specific images for the UK, it's over for them. Every country will expect them to be able to do a custom build for them too. The other is that we need the federal government to take an openly nationalist position such things. If you ban our legal products from your country for stuff like this, we'll ban yours without a hesitation. For the UK, that would mean the feds could tell Google and Apple to blacklist all apps produced by UK-based corporations from their stores; for China their handsets from vendors like ZTE couldn't be legally sold here.

Comment It has nothing to do with manners (Score 1) 358

Two examples:

“Microaggressions,” the small, subtle, often subconscious actions that marginalize people in oppressed groups.

Read: "your conscious actions may show manners and a firm attempt to be decent, but your Id is racist/sexist/whatever so you need to apologize for things that you don't even consciously realize you are doing."

Don't just aim to be technically unimpeachable, aim to be your best self.

        If someone takes issue with something you said or did, resist the urge to be defensive. Just stop doing what it was they complained about and apologize.

This actually came up in a Go discussion on Google Groups. The person who most firmly defended this point basically said that if you are offending someone, just stop. Period. There is no reasonable person standard, just stop and apologize.

That's not being your "best self" that is you being held hostage to the whims of every nutjob, asshole, etc. that wants to get their way. It's perfect cover for the hyper-sensitive to just flout the rules and then shriek "you are an ${VAL}ist" at you when you call them out.

So no, no company in their right mind would want to be involved with that. Heck, I explained the Joyent/Ben Noordhuis fiasco to my team and it's part of the reason we chose to minimize our use of Node. Why invest in a platform that has a strong representation of fanatical SJWs who go after core contributors over political minutia?

Java, .NET, C/C++ and many other mature platforms used for "real work" don't have these problems. It's mainly the platforms chosen by hipsters to do things like build the next great, overpriced web app that seem to find this worth fighting about.

You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements. -- Norman Douglas