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Comment Re:How is this legal? (Score 1) 310

It can be used so far as requesting a warrant for access to the actual software for the police to confirm these findings, which can then be used in a court as evidence - especially as the source of these leaks is obviously partial/biased against Ashley Madison. Remember when the hackers told them to cease operations immediately or have the data leaked?.

Yet another armchair asshole that doesn't realise that there are hundreds of major differences between a civil and a criminal case. Now granted, I'm no lawyer myself; but I've been involved in enough instances of both scenarios to know that you are completely wrong on every single point that you posted here. Fraud is a tort, that means it's a legal dispute between two private parties and the US government is not involved beyond impartial mediation and, if necessary, enforcement of the result. Private parties cannot request warrants but at the same time, they don't need them. Bias has no bearing in this kind of scenario unless you care to make the argument that it is necessary for a case like this to proceed.

Comment Re:Comparison? (Score 1) 255

The code is not the experiment, it's the tool that was used in the experiment; see the difference? You don't need the exact model beaker produced in the same year from the same manufacturer to prove a chemistry experiment true or false, similarly you don't need a line by line copy of the original code to test the theory.

Comment Re:Comparison? (Score 1) 255

What happens if the libraries have changed and the old code doesn't compile?

Then you read the f***ing error, and fix the f***ing code. This isn't like building IKEA furniture. A certain level of competency is required to compile software.

What if there is an error in a calculation that was introduced by a particular library version being used?

Let's ignore the fact that you're asking why changing the parameters of the experiment yields a different for a minute and address the obvious fact that an error is an error. If the results of an experiment are due to an error, then the conclusion of the experiment is invalid.

Comment Re:Judging by the story so far... (Score 1) 370

Please. I don't think there's very much that is immoral about taking money from people who want to give it to you.

There is when you don't actually provide the security and confidentiality that was promised as part of the service. Once that paper mache facade was dropped, this "service" turned out to be a glorified craigslist which is not how the brand was marketed. Selling any good or service under false pretenses most certainly is immoral.

Comment Re:USA! USA! USA! (Score 1) 253

Your car analogy falls to pieces when you compare the population densities of the US vs Switzerland. We may have many many more people, but in comparison we are drastically underpopulated. But I don't expect you to stop worshipping the Swiss just because of a silly thing like perspective, after all arbitrary measures of success on paper regardless of the circumstances are all that count right?

Regulation is a hurdle all right, but I would expect that a company like Comcast already has lobbyists in place so if they had any actual intention of doing this then it wouldn't be a problem for them.

Comment Re:If your job can be described by an algorithm... (Score 1) 319

Infact Coke mentioned they hardly make any money in America anymore. If they left the US they will only be down 12% profits or something silly.

I like how you left out the part where the lack of profit is because of Coke taking a nosedive in sales over the past decade in the US due to the obesity crisis. Were you not here last week or so when that article about Coca-Cola funding a research team to prove that sugary drinks don't cause obesity was put up? Also, a completely avoidable 12% drop in profit due to an arbitrary decision? The CEO would be out on his ass before he got back from lunch. You're talking millions of dollars a year. You don't pull out of industrialized markets while you're still in the black, especially if your product consists mostly of luxury "comfort foods". You're trolling to suggest otherwise

Unionization in against a company like Coca-Cola will only expedite automation in that sector which is what TFA alludes to.

Comment Re:USA! USA! USA! (Score 0) 253

The Swiss have gigabit fiber NOW

Switzerland is less than half the size of Pennsylvania. It probably took them a whole three weeks to run the lines and redundancies for their entire country, maybe four weeks because of the Alps. Lose the fedora and stop acting like these pint sized excuses for European countries are a relevant comparison in a discussion like this.

Comment Re:4/5 in favor (Score 0) 755

So kick out all private banks and insurance schemes and all the government can ensure safety in the event of loss or can lend money with force of law, both very reasonable propositions if you really think about it.

Are you kidding me? That is a fucking TERRIFYING proposition. Right now, if I default on a loan I can look forward to a few years of Ramen noodles, canned fruit and buying meat on the sell by date. Your proposition would potentially include prison time, indentured servitude or change in legal status (imagine having to tell every potential employer that you are a "debt defaulter" because some politician got it up his ass that it's no different from being a felon and your employer has a right to know). Right now, if I ever get so far underwater that I can't afford the lifestyle that I want than I have no qualms about leaving this country that I was born in and telling the lenders to go fuck themselves. But if my passport gets suspended, or I get extradited after I land just because the people I owe money to happen to be my government then that last option, that last refuge is off the table. These days money is synonymous with power and freedom which are both things that you never want to hand control of over to your government.

Taxation is a tried and proven system. If you want to tax the banks more then go right ahead. But what banks need, and what they sorely lack, these days isn't more regulation; it's more competition. We need to incentivize them to treat their customers better and circulate currency instead of hoarding it. The only way to do that is to have a new player in the game who is taking those customers away from them. Nationalization is the exact opposite direction that we should be moving.

Comment Re:Second job question (Score 1) 170

I've had two or three co-workers who have managed to do this. One of them did day trading during his "downtime", he was in charge of agent scheduling and call analytics at a call center so he probably had about 30 mins of actual work a day anyway. The other guy would grab contract work from Rent A Coder. He was in data entry and had scripted most of his job without telling anyone about it. The third guy had an addiction to on-line gambling. I wouldn't call that a job simply because he was so bad at it. In all three instances they were fired for it.

Comment Re:Don't use this stuff ... (Score 1) 66

So you're saying "if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear", and that we should all accept a surveillance society because you've already been arrested.

Not even close, I'm saying that the information that GP was trying to protect is likely to already be on record. I can't wish away that they already have my fingerprints, that's just a fact that I and many others need to live with.

Comment Re:Don't use this stuff ... (Score 2) 66

You should also assume they'll hand any of this crap over to governments if they demand it.

Due to that child abduction prevention database that came to my school when I was a kid, and my inherent inability to keep my mouth shut when interacting with the police; the government already has several copies of my full fingerprint sets on file. I can safely assume that I'm not the only one that falls into a similar category so, I'm not to saying that your concern is invalid, it's simply redundant.

The real question this brings up is "how secure is your fingerprint as a means of identification?". And the answer is half a million hits on Google for 'How to fake fingerprints'. This just goes to show the convenience is still inversely proportional to security.

Comment Erm, where did those textures come from? (Score 1) 57

Some of those textures, specifically the gravel roads, the sack skins and the cut stone, look like they were ripped from Skyrim. Now I know and understand why there will be some convergence of style regarding art assets, but looky here: the sandbag ontop of the pile right next to the ladder. Tell me that doesn't look just a little too familiar.

Comment Re:Poppycock! (Score 1) 77

Sunzi's idea of war was about coordination of multiple entities each doing their own thing to win a war.

Exactly, that text was fixated in bridging the gap from second to third generation warfare and was still focused on massed maneuvers of infantry against well defined targets. The world saw first hand the pinnacle of that during the German Blitzkrieg and by the time the Cold War between the US and the USSR set in the it was done with it. Traditional war between super power states had set the barrier to entry too high for new players to enter in and so the Maoist model of warfare has become predominant. Everyone from the Viet Cong to Iran and ISIL have been following the doctrine of fourth generation warfare since then and "cyber-warfare" fits that strategy better than any other. This article is stupid because TAOW, although interesting enough to read, is no longer applicable in today's world.

Comment Re:Uncontrollable? (Score 4, Insightful) 66

There is some practicality to be realised here. What if instead of carrying around ten prefab copies of every component that might get damaged during operation you just carried around a block of material and printed out what you needed for repair on an as needed basis? This would also reduce the amount of loss due to components being damaged, warped or what ever the hell else in transit. As a civilian I have not the slightest idea what cost savings this might provide, but as a taxpayer the the thought of the US Navy of all organizations saving money brings a smile to my face. I don't even care if every penny of that savings gets dumped back into the F-35, it's still a step in the right direction.

Whom computers would destroy, they must first drive mad.