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Comment: Re:Wrong goal (Score 1) 68

Actually the main purpose is to wound as many enemies as you can. Each wounded soldier takes 2-3 support people to care for them. The purpose of engaging in battle is to gain the specific objective (hill, town, city) as described by the mission objectives. A lot of killing takes place, yes, but it's actually the wounded that count the most from a tactical standpoint.

Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 1) 258

by Tablizer (#49363949) Attached to: Iowa's Governor Terry Branstad Thinks He Doesn't Use E-mail

State said they had none of it, nor any record of having seen any such correspondence

They also said their records are poor in general. "We don't have a record of X" thus does NOT rule out X having existed in the past.

Investigators say that what she provided has gaps of weeks and months missing.

I can only find Republicans claiming that, not objective (non-political) examiners. Do you have a better link?

Her smart lawyer says there's no point allowing anyone with any forensic skills to look at her server to see if she's lying or not because she's deleted everything off of it.

What's that have to do with points being discussed? I didn't dispute that they (eventually) deleted it from her server.

Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 1) 258

by Tablizer (#49363815) Attached to: Iowa's Governor Terry Branstad Thinks He Doesn't Use E-mail

She provided NONE of her email to State during her time there (required by the 2009 NARA)

You don't have any evidence of that.

in responding to FOIA requests, said they had 100% of nothing of hers to meet those requests.

Link? Like I said, the State Department servers happen to be in poor shape. That may be the reason the FOIA people didn't use it, NOT necessarily because H didn't follow proper notification steps. Or maybe FOIA is too lazy to sift for CC's etc.

her emails were not kept there, they were kept on her server at home.

It can be both.

She's said as much

No she didn't. Making sure a full set is available here and now is NOT the same as admitting past copies were not sent.

Making sure is simply making sure. If I make sure I've locked the car door that does NOT mean it was not locked.

Anyhow, let the smart lawyers work it out. You are not a lawyer with sufficient experience on this such that I cannot trust your judgement.

Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 1) 258

by Tablizer (#49363665) Attached to: Iowa's Governor Terry Branstad Thinks He Doesn't Use E-mail

Are you claiming the Blumenthal messages were never copied to the appropriate department persons? Do you have evidence of this? Note that even IF she did not CC'd them directly, that does not mean she didn't later send a copy.

If she held that position, then why did she (after the existence of her private stash had been discovered) agree to provide to State (long after she'd left office) 50,000+ printed out pages of emails

I don't know their reasoning, I cannot read their minds. I've heard the department archives are in poor shape, for whatever reason.

Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 1) 258

by Tablizer (#49363537) Attached to: Iowa's Governor Terry Branstad Thinks He Doesn't Use E-mail

If you mean "Agencies that allow employees to send and receive official electronic mail messages using a system not operated by the agency must ensure that Federal records sent or received on such systems are preserved in the appropriate agency recordkeeping system."

Then sending to or CC'ing a person using an agency system would be abiding by the law since it would be recorded under their account. I've seen no evidence that she failed to do such. Only heresy from political opponents.

Comment: Re:Welcome to the USA (Score 1) 169

by schnell (#49363535) Attached to: Commercial Flamethrower Successfully Crowdfunded

What was Churchill trying to communicate with Dresden?

I understand this comment is actually a rhetorical question to comment on the morality of the Allies in the Dresden firebombing. (BTW, Dresden was never intended to be "Dresden." It was an area bombing with incendiaries and was thus expected to cause indiscriminate damage to civilians alongside the military targets; but nobody involved had any clue it would turn out to be the indescribable charnel house it became.)

But in case anyone is interested in the actual question for purposes of historical context: there was a putative purpose for the Dresden bombing, and two actual audiences that were supposed to receive different messages.

  • The purported message of Dresden to the world was "Dresden has some military targets of benefit to the Wehrmacht, and we will show you that the Allies can always find and destroy them. This is part of an ongoing program where we will continue to find and destroy everything in Germany that has any military value. Please understand how fucked you are and save lives by surrendering."
  • The actual intended message of Dresden to Germany's leadership was "Yeah, you have figured out that our bombers can't attack from a safe altitude and hit the broad side of a barn. But that doesn't mean we will just give up. Instead, we can and will fuck your cities up to the maximum imaginable degree by bombing far and wide, even though we know lots of civilians will die. We claim that's against our principles, but you know what, Hitler? Given what you have done so far, we are not going to lose any sleep over any collateral damage in order to get you, so please leave some Earl Grey in Berchtesgaden for us."
  • The third message was from "Bomber Harris" and the RAF to SHAEF and Churchill - "Look, we are doing stuff to Germany that is visible and makes Allied civilians feel like Germans are feeling the pain of retribution. Oh, and by the way, look what a great job we're doing so after the war we should be a Very Important Branch of the Military." This, by the way, was pretty much the exact same message that Curtis LeMay's firebombings of Japan were intended to deliver to Roosevelt and then Truman.

Comment: Re: Just disable it... (Score 2) 177

POST (Power On Self Test). The time doesn't include bootstraping to the OS. For example, Dell OptiPlex machines boot very fast when compared with a 3rd party motherboard. Dell PowerEdge servers take a very long time. For those POST includes RAM, DRAC, PERC (raid card), and the IPMI bus.

He keeps differentiating, flying off on a tangent.