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Comment: Re:False Falg? (Score 1) 196

I'm not sure that's good for North Korea.

Sure it is. NK's goal is not to "get" Sony. It is to maintain the reputation of their leader as a psychopathic kook. This will strengthen their hand in future negotiations over important issues. If you act reasonable, your adversaries will insist on an outcome that is "fair". But if act like an irrational psychopath, your adversaries will settle for any outcome that is even halfway sane. The Kim dynasty has been using this strategy since 1950, and it has worked well for them.

Worked for Nixon.

Comment: Re:Sure... (Score 1) 322

But you can mitigate the hell out of it, I suggest air gapping.

Yes. Lets air-gap the email system. That would work well.

I've long advocated, but never implemented, having a VM just for email. This wouldn't protect from social engineering via email but its better than having the email client on the desktop itself.

Comment: Re:Neville Chamberlin was not available for commen (Score 3, Insightful) 228

by myowntrueself (#48630137) Attached to: "Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

what a lot of people don't realise is that after he came back from placating hitler he increased military spending significantly. If not for him, when war broke out Britain would have been squashed.

This is whats called 'international diplomacy' and was actually pretty masterful; he delayed the start of the war and ensured that Britain was prepared for it.

Comment: Re:Papers please, comrade ... (Score 1) 440

by myowntrueself (#48610013) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

As an average american, I have no clue what laws are on the books. I know the big ones, don't steal, don't kill, pay your taxes. Apart from that there are 198,000 laws that at any given moment can be dropped on my head like a sack of feces. The act of going to court to defend myself would bankrupt my family and cost us our home.

This free speech you talk about, that is for the privileged and rich ruling class. a

The primary purpose of the law is to ensure that everyone is guilty of something.

Comment: Re:undocumented immigrant (Score 1) 440

by myowntrueself (#48609999) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

But our rights are endowed by our Creator, and apply to everyone, not just American citizens.

There is an obvious flaw in that argument, namely that there is no such thing as our Creator.

Am I to understand that you do not exist, having never been created?

By your argument, if your god wasn't created then it doesn't exist either. Do you believe your god was created? Because that opens up a whole can of logical worms...

Comment: Re:undocumented immigrant (Score 1) 440

by myowntrueself (#48609977) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

even if you dont believe in a god, there is still a creator, what exactly that is is up to you however

creator of what? If you are talking about a 'creator of the universe' then, no there doesn't have to be one of those. If you are talking about 'creator of me', ok thats part of biological reproduction.

Comment: Re:undocumented immigrant (Score 1) 440

by myowntrueself (#48609903) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

But our rights are endowed by our Creator, and apply to everyone, not just American citizens.

There is an obvious flaw in that argument, namely that there is no such thing as our Creator.

But our rights are endowed by our Creator, and apply to everyone, not just American citizens.

There is an obvious flaw in that argument, namely that there is no such thing as our Creator.

First, can you prove there is no Creator?

Second, if there is none then there is no reason to obey any laws other than because of the immediate consequences caused by man (get arrested), or by the actions themselves (die or be maimed from the impact due to a crash while speeding). That means the "might makes right" approach is logically the result. Is that what you believe and therefore how you live?

How about the case where there is a Creator who now doesn't care about what we do? Then there'd be a Creator and there'd also be no reason to "obey any laws etc".

Comment: Re:Head (Score 0) 130

by myowntrueself (#48591787) Attached to: No More Foamy Beer, Thanks To Magnets

Ok, I'm going to stop replying to myself soon. It used to be brewed in north London between 1936 and the mid 2000's. And I agree with AC above about its "real" beer credentials being a little dubious now.

Compared to home brew stout, Guinness is like drinking water. A friend and expert home brewer made a batch of stout once. I had a glass at his place, then went to the pub and had a pint of Guinness. I literally could not taste it.

Comment: Re:50 engineers (Score 0) 157

by myowntrueself (#48582179) Attached to: Google Closing Engineering Office In Russia

You are aware, of course, that the US does a significant amount of international trade... Right? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I...

Largest countries by international trade:
1 - China (largest overall, 43% of GDP)
2 - USA (second largest overall, 23% of GDP)
3 - Germany (71% of GDP)
4 - Japan (31.6% of GDP)
5 - Netherlands (147% of GDP)

No one in the US is saying "We don't need the world!". We import nearly 20% of our food, for God's sake!

(http://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/international-markets-trade/us-agricultural-trade/import-share-of-consumption.aspx)

How can Netherlands get more than 100% of its GDP from trade? You may as well say that income from trade accounts for 1.47x its GDP which makes it clear how absurd the statement is.

Comment: Re:How about a list for Australia ... (Score 1) 43

by myowntrueself (#48581977) Attached to: New Compilation of Banned Chinese Search-Terms Reveals Curiosities

There's a secret blacklist in the UK called Cleanfeed - it's supposed to be for child porn, but the contents of the list is a closely guarded secret, and it's already known from an incident where Wikipedia was briefly blocked by mistake that many ISPs will spoof a 404 message rather than reveal the reason for the block, so it's impossible to say how many non-child-porn pages are blocked.

Given the porno laws in the UK the very *words* in the blacklist would probably make the list itself child porn.

So thats why they can't show you the blacklist; they'd be distributing child porn!

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.

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