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Comment: Re:The cloud (Score 4, Insightful) 387

by Jhon (#47264097) Attached to: Code Spaces Hosting Shutting Down After Attacker Deletes All Data

"Much like the US president can only run for two terms, wouldn't it be grand if there was something similar for the politicians lower down the tree! Politicians _should_ be people who've been out in the real World."

Unintended consequences -- you don't have people in office long enough to be RESPONSIBLE for anything. All "bombs" get pushed off until the next election cycle when Councilman A is termed out and becomes State Senator A, or Assemblyman A.

Look to California for everything you need to fear.

Comment: Re:Massive conspiracy (Score 1) 465

by Jhon (#47262465) Attached to: IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

"Ahh yes the dreaded Oath. Nothing gets lying people to tell the truth more than a verbal agreement to tell the truth backed up by supernatural threats if they dont"

Do you understand how the legal system works? If I say on the public street "I didn't see the bank robber" and I'm lying, there's no problem. If I say "I didn't see the bank robber" to a police officer and I'm lying, there's some legal issues you may have to address (re: Martha Stuart).

You say that under oath to a prosecutor and are lying, and your whole life can change. Isn't that right Mr. Clinton?

Comment: Re:Doesn't this already happen? (Score 1) 248

by Jhon (#47258003) Attached to: Canadian Court Orders Google To Remove Websites From Its Global Index

"Yes. Because the right to be forgotten is not designed to destroy the evidence. Instead it is designed to make it just a little bit harder to destroy someone's life."

Particularly kids. Enter my daughter's name in google and POOF, you can read all about the horrors she and our family went through when she was kidnapped. I've ran around to a number of news outlets and for the most part they have been cooperative when I ask them to remove her name/image, but it's hardly perfect.

However, there's some nasty arse bloggers with ego's far bigger than Neptune...

Comment: Re: I believe it because.. (Score 1) 291

by Jhon (#47108997) Attached to: Parenting Rewires the Male Brain

"I'd be very, very, surprised to see a belief bred out of a population in a species with such (admittedly flawed at times) high levels of general-purpose cognition"

Why? It's a parents job to teach their children their beliefs and values. Even if they don't ACTIVELY try, kids will absorb much of it anyway. If you remove someone from the pool of "parents", those folks wouldn't be able to pass on those beliefs and values as readily.

Is it a "given"? No. But it certainly would lead to a decline and contribute to it being "bred out".

Comment: Re:Duh... (Score 1) 265

by Jhon (#47070643) Attached to: IT Pro Gets Prison Time For Sabotaging Ex-Employer's System

Friend, I had more police bodies on my property than any two "family gathering' bodies combined. And we have a big family. "What ever you need to do, do it. What ever you need to take, take it."

One thing you never think about -- finger print dust is a PITA to remove. We just painted our house a few weeks prior and that stuff just embedded itself in the paint. The windows of my 30 year old truck still have the "dust" sheen on them (old glass was pitted, I guess).

They parked two mobile crime labs on our block -- one IT specific, the other finger prints and other physical evidence related. When the police returned us home after being interviewed at the local station, the shear MAGNITUDE of what resources were being expended was humbling. Think that would have happened if we acted like "privacy nazis"? Feh.

"Don't talk to the police. Ever" is just crappy advice. Police come knocking on your door and say "a little girl is missing from next door -- did you see or hear anything" and if you have information you withhold, how can you NOT be seen as being in part responsible for what happened/happens to the little girl?

In the grand scheme of things, my wife and I would much rather have faced and continue to face the challenges such an event has wrought rather than the alternative. How many parents never find out what happened to their child? How many find out from a forensics report? We consider ourselves the luckiest parents on the face of the earth. We got to plan and enjoy our daughter's birthday rather than her memorial and burial.

What happened is bad -- it's part of the story of her life now. It's our job as parents to make sure it's just a footnote and not the plot. And our daughter has proven to be incredibly strong and resilient. How can we feel "poor me" or "poor us" when our daughter can smile and have fun after such a horrific ordeal? She gives *US* strength.

Comment: Re:Duh... (Score 1) 265

by Jhon (#47068099) Attached to: IT Pro Gets Prison Time For Sabotaging Ex-Employer's System

"A bit of helpful advice: If your daughter is kidnapped, call your lawyer BEFORE you call the police."

You must not be a parent and are probably incredibly young. The only response I have to offer this is: "What kind of fucking parent would do that?"

3am, your wife is in a panic, you daughter isn't in her bed and the side gate (which she can't possibly open) is open.

"Calm down, honey -- let me call Duey, Chetum and Howe".

Fuck you. I got "really really lucky" because the PD/FBI figured out REAL fast that we had nothing to do with this and had no reason to suspect us and tossed enormous resources to find our daughter.

Comment: Re:Duh... (Score 4, Interesting) 265

by Jhon (#47062655) Attached to: IT Pro Gets Prison Time For Sabotaging Ex-Employer's System

"Never talk to the police, ever! Lawyer or no lawyer."

I hear this often and take issue with it. Last year, my daughter was kidnapped from our home in the middle of the night. My wife, son and I talked to high-heaven answering every question, letting them look at every thing they wanted. FBI, too.

My goal was to let them rule us out as fast as humanly possible (which they did).

I understand your sentiment, but those words "never" and "ever" that makes it just wrong.

(Daughter was recovered. Monster is about to go on trial)

Comment: Re:Yes, totally (Score 1) 338

by Jhon (#46896367) Attached to: To Save the Internet We Need To Own the Means of Distribution


I live on this planet:

This is my planet. Glad you can make a cute statement and run away without any effort to back it up.

If TWC doesn't perform to my satisfaction, I go to ATT. If ATT botches it, I can jump to a number of cellular or satellite solutions. And if it's REALLY bad, I can make sure next time I move I'm in a better area with better coverage.

If you want YOUR local government to take over more stuff, bully for you. Don't even THINK about making it manditory. This is an effing HUGE country with countless different needs and functions. My town has "again and again to cost-cutting in the interest of short-term profits, the neglect of upkeep, and the failure to maintain sufficient overcapacity in order to deal with surges and failures" while private services and businesses who wish to survive need to keep up with client needs -- or at least be better then their competition.

Comment: Re:Yes, totally (Score 1) 338

by Jhon (#46874957) Attached to: To Save the Internet We Need To Own the Means of Distribution

The cause doesn't matter. Because it cannot be fixed. If it could, it would have been already.

The rule of thumb is to keep as much out of government control as possible. It should fix roads, put out fires and protect people from crime. Anything beyond that and you get exactly this result.

The government is a huge arse hammer. The majority of problems we have historically ask them to solve are *NOT* nails.

If you want different results, don't ask the government to solve problems.

Comment: Re:Yes, totally (Score 1) 338

by Jhon (#46869827) Attached to: To Save the Internet We Need To Own the Means of Distribution

"Regardless, I think you would find it much easier to complain to a local city alderman and getting them to take your phone call rather than trying to get some member of congress to help you out because the assets are owned by the federal government."

I currently find it easier to call up TWC and complain. And if they don't respond, I call up ATT and order DSL again. And if they dont respond, I move over a cellular solution for a while. All are less than $50/mo. Even the various cellular options out there are decent in my area. I live in an area where I have a few options.

It took me 5 weeks, numerous requests via the city's web interface and numerous phone calls before I FINALLY got my missing greens trashcan replaced. A process they CLAIM takes 2-5 days. My tax dollars at work. I logged the time I spent doing this. Took over 7 hours of my time. I've never been on the phone with twc more than 20 mins to get something resolved or scheduled. Or ATT (before I jumped ship to cable). Or any other service I subscribe.

Comment: Re:Yes, totally (Score 1) 338

by Jhon (#46869511) Attached to: To Save the Internet We Need To Own the Means of Distribution

Of course they do. The solution isn't to have the government take control.

Back in the day, ISPs would have usenet servers within their network and would update THAT rather than have users pull that kind of data across the peering connection. Let netflix or whoever is offering huge bandwidth service put hardware and pay for it within an ISPs network so high volume streams ("Walking Dead" for example) don't cross the peer.

Comment: Re:Yes, totally (Score 1) 338

by Jhon (#46869335) Attached to: To Save the Internet We Need To Own the Means of Distribution

"And please don't try to argue "government management BAD" in a municipal utility"

And why would you want to remove a valid argument from the discussion? Unless you have nothing to defend it.

"as a hole they are far better than their private counterparts".

I disagree.

DWP in LA is an example. Every year they kick back a ton of surplus cash to the city of LA that goes straight to the general fund. They keep demanding rate hikes due to increase costs. Yet they have money to kick back to the city?

One of the most overlooked advantages to computers is... If they do foul up, there's no law against whacking them around a little. -- Joe Martin