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Comment: Re:So other than those ten (Score 1) 23

by Shakrai (#46775791) Attached to: FBI Drone Deployment Timeline

How many times do they do it a week without all that official authorization stuff?

If they use them in criminal investigations the usage eventually becomes part of the public record when entered into evidence. Using them for search and rescue ought to be non-controversial enough. "National Security" is of course the grey area, though there's a fair amount of overlap between National Security and criminal prosecutions, for offenses like espionage or terrorism, so a lot of that use would eventually make it into the public record as well.

Comment: Re:Simple problem, simple solution (Score 1) 334

by doom (#46767597) Attached to: San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

Google needs to find a way to move large numbers of people around, something to get the most of of the existing infrastructure.

Dirigibles! They need to invest in dirigible transit systems, and construct housing in floating geodesic spheres, then they could toe them around to venues with optimal tax policies.

And they could use Moffett Field as it was intended.

Comment: Re:Simple problem, simple solution (Score 1) 334

by doom (#46767537) Attached to: San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

Google builds offices where their employees want to live

It's hard to find people who want to live in Mountain View. [1]

Actually, it is a bit of a puzzle as to why Google can't figure out how to shake down Mountain View and get the zoning variations they want out of them. If they were a football team, they'd be making noises about moving the stadium to Fremont, but *nooo* they've got to come on with that "don't be evil" crap, so Mountain View just walks over them.

[1] Yeah, I know-- I like the Castro St area myself. If Silicon Valley could build some more of those I'd stop bitching about the place.

Comment: Re:Simple problem, simple solution (Score 1) 334

by doom (#46767485) Attached to: San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

The only way to fix the Bay Area housing crisis is to build more fucking housing.

If you read the fucking article, you'd see that the author concludes the Bay Area needs some centralized regional planning and unified tax codes.

But hey, simple problems for simple minds. Back to you're regular scheduled "da guvvamint is da problem" rants.

Comment: better than I expected( (Score 1) 334

by doom (#46767433) Attached to: San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained
To summarize where the article goes: the Bay Area needs regional planning and unified tax policies.

A respectable opinion at least, and better than I expected.

Like most such things, the author downplays esthetics and fashion-- why is New Urbanism winning? Demographics! Now me, I would say New Urbanism is winning because it's (1) it's right (2) it did a nerdy-to-sexy transistion.

This is the first I've seen of the Vida project, and that architech needs to be shot: "Everyone loves the wavy look of bay windows, I'll make the windows wavy in the *vertical* direction! I'm creative!"

No wonder no one wants to see any new construction.

One of the big reasons no one is excited about seeing big housing construction projects is that no one believes they're going to get it right: nearly everything in the US built since WWII is horrible.

Comment: Why not teach more with open source? (Score 1) 527

by hughk (#46764663) Attached to: How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?
The key issue with this is that many eyes did not check this code. One way to get many eyes is via university. Open source is great for learning about how existing code is written, including safe practices vs. "performance". Usually people are asked to review smaller pieces of code like kernel components as part of coursework. This demonstrates it is useful perhaps to consider other, less sexy bits. Note that changes are being committed over time so there is always new material.

Comment: Who are the pro-Russian commenters? (Score 1) 272

by quantaman (#46763697) Attached to: Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers

Everyone has noticed there are a lot of very pro-Russian people popping up on websites and I can't really understand them. The facts seem very apparent that Russia has done some extremely objectionable things, and threatens to do even more objectionable things, and the justifications for those actions seem extraordinarily weak.

Maybe some of the commenters are paid by Russia (I think that's been documented with some blogs), but a lot of them seem to be sincere westerners and I can't figure them out. Do they have Russian ancestry that makes them pro-Russia? Are they just really counter-cultural and suspicious of Western interference in the East?

Personally I'm fairly pro-West, anti-authoritarian, and have Ukrainian ancestry so I have strong feelings on the subject, but I still think I make a fairly impartial assessment of the situation. I just can't figure out the ideology that drives the Russian supporters.

Comment: Re:Original premise is false (Score 1) 527

by quantaman (#46761687) Attached to: How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

I don't think Heartbleed says anything fundamental about open source security, but it might alter the discussion of how certain low level packages are managed. By any measure OpenSSL is a very important package, but it's also a bit generic. It has a very defined role that everyone needs, but I'm not sure how many people really have a motive to work on it in specific. It might be that the community needs to find a way to devote more resources to maintaining and auditing those packages.

Comment: Re:How do you do your taxes? (Score 1) 380

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#46760757) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

As long as you aren't a victim of Tax Identity Fraud. My taxes are rather complex, my wife and I have used TurboTax for years to deal with them, until this year. When we went to file, we go the error "Spouse's Tax Identification Number has already been used". Yes, some idiot had used her SSN to already file before the first week of February.

So we had to file by paper, notify three other agencies, put a hold on her credit, and call the local cops to get a tax refund this year. NEVER tell me that identity theft is a victimless crime.

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