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Comment Really? That's All It Takes? (Score 1) 325

"Oh, sure! Suuuure! We'll stop trying to arrest you! Why don't you come out of that embassy there and... give it a try?" And for some reason I totally hear that in Brock Samson's voice.

And also, "You guys might want to think about, ah... febreezing that embassy of yours there... it smells like moldy pizza and... Assange crotch."

Comment Re: What a load of BS (Score 1) 571

Oh yes, they're very particular about that in the classified documents training program. If it's marked classified, it's still classified, even if it's public knowledge. You (the person taking the training) are not to read classified information unless you have a "need to know." You are not to read classified documents over your level of classification. If you suspect you have discovered or in possession of classified material, you are to secure that information and notify your security team at once.

Given all that, they made an effort to make the point that so much as reading a news article about, say, the wikileaks... leaks... could put you in violation of this policy. So, for (totally hypothetical and made up) example, if the New York Times were going "har har har" about the leaked document discussing the dick pics the NSA intercepted that were being sent between W and Chancellor Angela Merkel and I read that, I'd have to stop reading and notify my security team of the article. I'm not aware of any specific consequence the paper would face over it. They didn't cover that bit. Also, although I don't work for those guys anymore, I still have to do that.

Comment Re: What a load of BS (Score 1) 571

She's been very careful to say "marked classified". That leaves a very big hole of "Well this information SHOULD have been MARKED classified, but wasn't." That leaves a gaping hole where she could have read a bunch of classified documents, talked about shit IN those documents all day in emails she generated, but she never sent the actual documents where she learned that information. Information is marked classified by a classification authority, which it doesn't sound like she is.

It's the difference been discussing the secret laser death satellite program in a Starbucks and leaving the documents describing that program there. Some of those conversations should not have taken place on the open internet, whether it was a private E-Mail server or one of Google's.

Not that most people would understand the distinction unless they've been forced to sit through the classified documents handling training, which you HAVE to re-do every so often. So it very much still makes what she's saying pretty fucking weasely. I mean even if it didn't sound pretty fucking weasely if you've had to sit through that training. It sounds weasely to me because I know all the shit she's excluding and I can hear her have to remind herself to say those specific words, "*marked* classified," so she can claim she didn't lie whenever someone finds classified information on there. And she sounds weasely to regular people on the street because they don't understand the distinction between "marked classified" and "sensitive information that really should be marked classified."

Comment Re:Pipe Dream (Score 1) 293

Airplanes aren't as bad as you think. I'm not sure about commercial jets, but prop planes don't really care if one or both engines are out, as long as the plane has the air speed it needs for maneuvers. I've had a couple of one-engine-out landings on twin-engine skydiving planes. We weren't able to complete our climb to altitude, but we were able to go around and land on the runway just fine. It's a little dicier on a single engine plane, but losing an engine very rarely kills the pilot and pretty frequently doesn't even break the plane. (Admittedly the guy flying the plane in that video is one of the most exceptional pilots aviation has ever seen.)

Comment Re:Think? (Score 1) 521

It's kind of funny because I've done programming on a 56 bps paper teletype with an acoustic coupler. In the 90's, I was paying $250 a month for 128K ISDN. Oh, all the 8 bit pr0n you could download at 128K in the 90's, let me tell you! So on one hand, complaining about anything over a megabit should seem ridiculous to me. But my city dropped a 1 GBPS municipal fiber network in my neighborhood a few months ago and it's amazing what a difference it makes. The city's run the numbers and claims it can be profitable delivering the service to all the residents and any businesses that want to come to town for less than Comcast was charging me for 25M service before the city started talking about it. The more people start to realize this, the less tolerant they're going to be of state-supported monopolies. There are already several other cities in Colorado starting ballot initiatives to opt out of the state law forbidding cities from running municipal broadband services.

But as for those senators, perhaps they're just even older than I am and don't really use the internet that much. Maybe they just think that you should be able to download plenty of 8 bit pr0n and forward stupid jokes and chain letters to your grand children at 25 MBPS. That seems entirely plausible to me. So whenever they die of ass cancer (which should be any second now thanks to that atrocious government-run health care program they're forced to use) maybe we'll get a fresher crop with different ideas about the country's communications infrastructure.

Comment Re:"I'm tired of seeing pictures of boobs"... (Score 1) 225

Well maybe he just doesn't swing that way. Seeing as how gay marriage is now legal, the solution is clearly for gay guys to start sending him pictures of their junk, too! Maybe that'll widen the playing field in a way that he (and the various entities monitoring him) can appreciate!

... And somewhere in Russia he's probably reading this and saying "I... hate... you..." heh heh heh.

Comment Re:Java (Score 1) 414

C/C++ portability isn't as bad as it used to be. Nearly everyone uses gcc or clang now, and there aren't a dozen flavors of UNIX anymore. Boost provides portable abstraction of operating system level constructs (processes, threads, some I/O things) and QT makes a decent portable GUI library if you need one of those.

Portability always was a red herring anyway. Your servers were always some flavor of UNIX that you were more-or-less locked into and your clients were always a two-versions-behind-current version of Windows. But it's always been easier to find Java programmers than C++ programmers.

Comment Re:Fukkin... (Score 1) 117

I haven't talked to a telemarketer in years. While I was still on the landline, I set up an asterisk server with a sip gateway that plugged into the landline. Incoming calls were directed into a very simple voice menu system that asked you to press one button if you were a commercial/telemarketing call and another button otherwise. It'd play a canned bit about this number not accepting telemarketing calls to anyone who hit the first button and then hang up on them. Robodialers would just get stuck at the menu. I never had a telemarketer make it through the menu and they were calling two or three times a week for a while there.

I missed the functionality when I cut the cord and started using a cell phone, but I just run some android call blocker software that sends calls not on a whitelist directly to voicemail. I still prefer my asterisk solution, but it gets the job done and it hasn't ever caused a problem for me. I still get a notification if the caller actually left me a voicemail, so I can check to see if the call was important. It's also easy to disable the software if I'm expecting a call from an unknown number.

Comment Re:Lots of money (Score 3, Interesting) 117

I put a corporate death penalty up on the whitehouse.gov petitions a couple years ago. Got something like 3 signatures. It was even less popular than the one where I suggested that members of Congress should be required to use VA hospitals until the problems with VA hospitals are solved. A couple veterans I know were pretty gung-ho for that one.

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