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Comment: Re:The protesters should brace themselves ... (Score 1) 445

by HangingChad (#46736121) Attached to: Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

I think what this boils down to is you want to punish DropBox for some things that Rice did 10 years ago that you disagree with.

Rice was part of criminal administration. We aren't talking about philosophical differences, they were crimes. Rice may not have been robbing the bank but she was still part of the gang.

Any company putting Bush, Cheney, Rove, Rumsfeld or Rice on their board is going to lose my business.

Maybe you missed it but she was also the National Security Advisor at the helm when the US was attacked on 9/11. If that represents the clarity and competence she brings to her job on the board, this is not a positive development for Dropbox.

Comment: Re:Is it not obvious? They have dirt on him! (Score 0, Troll) 312

by HangingChad (#46679555) Attached to: Why No Executive Order To Stop NSA Metadata Collection?

Or maybe he just doesn't want it to stop.

Or maybe he doesn't want to listen to the right wing scream and holler about him leaving America unprotected, how he's inviting another terrorist attack by hobbling the agencies trying to protect us. Frankly, given the piss poor treatment the president receives, I don't blame him one bit for not sticking his neck out.

I guarantee if did that by executive order Fox News would have Dick Cheney on the air every day grumbling about how he's playing right into the terrorists plans and Sarah Palin would be whining about how much the president hates America.

Don't like it, then give the president some cover by making it an issue with your Congressman. Oh, that's right, they don't actually work for you anymore. Too bad.

Comment: Re:A simpler cure (Score 1) 240

by HangingChad (#46617345) Attached to: Daylight Saving Time Linked To Heart Attacks

So, yes, if you fuck with the clocks like an inconsiderate fucking fucker, I'll lose an hour of sleep.

I don't have to set an alarm and I still hate that damn time change. There's no reason for it anymore. Thanks to lights on tractors and a GPS system that actually steers the harvester, farmers can work all night if necessary.

Stop the insanity.

Comment: Everyone is a potential criminal in L.A. (Score 5, Insightful) 405

by HangingChad (#46559727) Attached to: L.A. Police: <em>All</em> Cars In L.A. Are Under Investigation

I'm going to take a wild guess that claim is going to get bounced out of court. Sounds more like a stalling tactic than a real defense. Unless the L.A. PD is going to try and make the case that everyone in L.A. is suspicious, in which case they might have a point.

Comment: Re:So why is this here? (Score 1) 387

by HangingChad (#46384327) Attached to: Girl's Facebook Post Costs Her Dad $80,000

OK... then.... her daughter violated the terms of their settlement.

If the daughter's not 18, how can she be bound by the settlement? It doesn't seem reasonable that the father would be responsible for any thoughtless comment by a family member, regardless of the medium.

Seems this ruling seems overly broad.

Comment: An overlooked gem (Score 1) 176

by HangingChad (#46270789) Attached to: Book Review: Survival of the Nicest

and the amazingly effective Tit-for-Tat strategy...

In politics we have one party that spews whatever unscientific nonsense bubbles up to the surface of their collective consciousness on a particular day. The other party tries to the be adults in the room and, if we've learned one thing over the last 30 years, that doesn't work.

It's counter-intuitive but the way to deal with irrational people is to match crazy with crazy, with forgiveness. So, if they want to stop the crazy and work on something sane, you're also willing to do that. But also willing to match crazy statement with crazy statement.

Comment: Here's what happened when I tried (Score 1) 236

by HangingChad (#46250627) Attached to: Target's Internal Security Team Warned Management

I picked up maintenance of an application that had been built by one of the military business units. For the longest time I couldn't figure out how it was passing user credentials and session state, until I found it all contained in a 2,000 character URL string. That string included the administrator username and password, in plain text.

Instead of being grateful that I raised a red flag on the application security, they tried to insinuate that I was blaming the previous developer. They also insinuated I was being unethical.

That's what happens when you try to do the right thing.

Comment: Use Two-Factor Authentication On Gmail (Score 2) 448

by HangingChad (#46100975) Attached to: Developer Loses Single-Letter Twitter Handle Through Extortion

This story reminds me why I don't use GoDaddy and, if you haven't already done so, activate two-factor authentication on your Gmail account.

It's not bulletproof (what is?) but it's an extra layer of security that keeps a hacker from getting control of your email account.

Comment: They don't get out enough (Score 4, Insightful) 841

by HangingChad (#45635915) Attached to: Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA

'The agency, from top to bottom, leadership to rank and file, feels that it is had no support from the White House even though it's been carrying out publicly approved intelligence missions,' says Joel Brenner, NSA inspector general from 2002 to 2006.

Which "public" was that? Spying on foreign leaders, collecting unlimited data on US citizens, tracking cell phones...I think I'm seeing the problem. They know they're doing wrong and still feel justified. Now they want the president to make them feel better.

It's like the phone companies wanting retroactive immunity for cooperating with spying. They want Congress to pass new laws making everything they've done legal.

Nevermind all the spying didn't stop the Boston Marathon bombers or the Sandy Hook shooter or any of the more common threats.

Maybe they deserve to feel bad.

+ - Why is Google Funding Grover Norquist, Heritage Action and ALEC?->

Submitted by HangingChad
HangingChad (677530) writes "Google, the tech giant supposedly guided by its “don’t be evil” motto, has been funding a growing list of groups advancing the agenda of the Koch brothers. Voluntary disclosures indicate Google has given money to groups like the Cato Institute, Heritage Action and the Federalist Society among others."
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