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Comment Re:You Can't prove Nothing (Score 1) 147

That amendment doesn't address sovereign immunity numbnuts

LOL. No, it doesn't but it was used in a very early SCOTUS case as allowing citizens to sue the Federal government when their rights were violated, and it stands today. Back then, people were also trying to sue states based on that, so the Eleventh amendment was created to bar citizens from suing states (granting sovereign immunity to them). That has never applied to the Federal government, or federal employees, when Constitutional rights (even non-enumerated rights) were allegedly violated.

Comment Re:You Can't prove Nothing (Score 1) 147

That has nothing to do with it. Sovereign immunity is almost never invoked, because it is unnecessary with the system rigged the way it is. And besides, as long as you can show standing, suits involving Constitutional violations cannot be subject to sovereign immunity - it's part of the Ninth Amendment. Note that this particular suit names several federal agencies, executive officials (ALWAYS subject to torts for Constitutional rights violations), as well as the telecommunications and ISPs involved in the data collections.

Comment Re:You Can't prove Nothing (Score 4, Informative) 147

Weird isn't it? If I witness a crime and fail to report it, I can get in trouble. But this? WTF? I mean, if a witness has no standing, then his testimony should be worthless.

As a victim of the State, you must prove harm to have standing for redress court. However, the State has no obligation to prove ANY harm to ANYONE to have standing to prosecute YOU.

Seems fair.

Comment Re:That's messed up (Score 1) 203

I'm assuming you're talking about desalination.

There is that. The bigger issue is transportation. There's plenty of water, just not where we need it at the moment. And we have to restore contaminated water. Time to build some big-ass, nuclear powered tunnel boring machines, and pipe it around like oil, gas, and battery acid. And after bailing out the bankers, I don't want hear anybody crying that we don't have the money. There's plenty of that also, just not where we need it at the moment...

It's not like this is a new problem. Solutions were developed as far back as the 1960's, and many politicians promoted those plans as early as 1978 and warned of the dangers of doing nothing. But nobody listened. And it kept getting worse, and still nobody wanted to invest in it. There just wasn't enough corporate profit in it, politicians can succeed by ignoring it, and there is simply no stomach in the US electorate for taking on some pain to alleviate future problems.

So here we are. Carly Fiorina called out Jerry Brown for decades of needing infrastructure and the blockage of any progress by back-to-nature ideologically opposed to dams, canals, even reservoirs in California, so nothing got built and their paying for it now.

And no, it's not like "Climate change" where huge investments are maybe going to mitigate some warming, how much and whether any of it will work is questionable.

We have proven, practical solutions for storing and transporting water and, yes, even desalination where it's needed (just check out the projects in Dubai). But nothing happens. Worst drought ever in California, and what does the leadership say? Saving water for the future is "utter ignorance". Really? Seems I remember ancient Egyptians even knew enough to store food in case of famine.

Comment Re:That's messed up (Score 1) 203

There are serious geopolitical ramifications of male changes in rainfall patterns.

Look, I know it's popular among the social justice crowd to blame all kinds of ills on "the patriarchy", but, you're not really coming off as credible to blame the dominant gender for orchestrating where the rain falls.

Comment Re:Africa, corruption (Score 1) 203

You are right that the African *farmers* are screwed badly by the EU CAP, but their industry and resources are more fucked by the USA and their governmental stability invaded by most of the first world (EU, USA, Russia, mainly). A strong Africa is not so easy to pillage or make beholden to you and a de-facto satellite state.

Talked to anyone from an African country lately? Obviously not. They aren't complaining about western countries these days (or Russia either). Ask them about the Chinese. Sure there are some niches of western companies trying to compete, but mostly they can't. It's loaded with Chinese companies. And they don't bother trying to hire locals.

Comment Re:protection money from the mafia (Score 1) 316

even the press release cannot mention a single good reason for it except "we have been conned in the past and now must pay the price... for pagination!"

Yea, it actually sounds like they really failed at training. Yes, converting a document from one format to another, I've found, will often give you different page breaks. So... don't rely on the page breaks. You can use hard breaks, document sections, template formats, etc., and not deal with that issue.

Comment Re: Sounds like an ad (Score 1) 316

Which is fine, but if you're going to use such an edge case to make the claim that one suite of software is superior to the other, you're on thin ice.

But this is not the only edge case, there are lots of them. As the OP said, Libre is fine for most users, especially home users, but many people run into lots of edge cases, and even if their task is doable, it will take more effort and time. For businesses, that means it's costing them money.

Comment Re:It's a price rise (Score 1) 112

But here's where people stop thinking. You weren't actually paying for the phone, the phone company was. Because at the end of 24 months, you're still paying the same monthly rate, and you now own the phone.

And that's why about 2 years ago, AT&T changed their plans and offered a "bring your own phone" discount. Your smart phone rate dropped about $30 /mo. if you had or own phone, or bought it on their "next" plan (basically paying for the phone in installments). So under Next, your rate does drop after 24 months (or whatever your schedule was - some phones go to 30 months, some pay off in 18).

Comment Re: not shock (Score 1) 182

This is what unregulated industry looks like. Everybody remember this the next time some libertarian pops off about the market deciding such things, or how there's no such thing as externalities. Making super cheap stuff is easy if you don't have to pay all your costs but can dump them on other people to (in this case literally) suck up.

But.. but. Muh roads!!

Comment Re:B2B only (Score 1) 82


“It was an a-ha moment when we realized freemium was better-suited for consumer offerings or simplified business functionality for smaller needs.”

I recommend that investors stay away from this company. For the next experiment, they'll be offering taxi service in rural areas, and wondering why they can't sell coats at their beach stores.

Comment Re:Silly bogans... (Score 1) 148

Not necessarily. Stupid Synology NAS users fell victim of this.

FTFY. You don't leave it open for Internet access.

This. File system sharing protocols are inherently insecure. Doesn't matter if it's Samba, CIFS, NFS, and whatever Microsoft is calling the Windows version of SMB these days - they all have serious vulnerabilities that can be exploited from a public interface. Don't expose them to the world.

If you want to share files on the public Internet, there are better ways. Lots of ways to do it on a web-based platform. And share copies of stuff, and keep your system isolated. If you are using these Internet-based sharing things for traveling, use some kind of VPN instead.

"We learn from history that we learn nothing from history." -- George Bernard Shaw