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Comment: Re:Not seeing the issue here (Score 1) 205

by sumdumass (#48682339) Attached to: Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

It would seem that you need the name also.

The context I posed the question in was specifically of the defendant's pov. If you cannot follow that, you need a lot more help than I do. If your intent was to expand above it, you would look a lot less ridiculous if you a: attempted to point that out while going there, and b: refrained yourself from trying to insult someone in order to elevate your own self worth while appearing to lack basic reading comprehension skills.

Comment: Re:"Could", (Score 1) 400

by sumdumass (#48682315) Attached to: The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

Sigh... I guess you do not know the CO2 reduction done in Europe the last 20 years and the increase of CO2 production in China over the last 20 years or you would have provided it. It is an indisputable fact that Europe, or the EU more specifically has drastically increased their imports since attempting to cope with Co2 reductions.

The amount of Co2 reduction verses increases is meaningless because it does not and never has to be a one for one trade. China has actually increaes their Co2 production over the same period of time well above any reductions in Europe. But the real magic sticking you in the eye is that I did not limit it to china as you pretend to want to.

The rest of your post(s) clearly shows you how sciense and research works ...

Why don't you take a deep breath, wait a few minutes, try to parse that into a constructive thought, maybe ask you mom to help or something and then repost it as a complete thought that everyone else can understand.

How exactly should a government do its own research? Paying funds to a private company? Or having its own research institutions competing with private companies?

How about all of the above? I mean if the problem is actually serious and needs attention, why not just address it. Crime is one of those all of the above situations and it is workign pretty damn well. We have government funded police, security guards (private companies), government paying security guards, and government institutions competing with private companies all in order to keep crime low. And yes, it is working fantastically as crime rates (more specifically violent crimes) are dropping huge amounts over the last 50 years. One thing they did not do though, was impose an enormous taxes and burdensome regulations on victims of crime in the hopes they could somehow figure out how to lower the crime rates on their own in some distant future.

Taxing what you don't want, like pollution, and leaving the rest to 'the market' workes quite fine if you leave the market otherwise alone.

Only if your goal is control and subjugation of the populace why expanding your own power. Otherwise it is destructive and overly burdensome and intentionally cruel to lower income people. It does little to nothing to advance any legitimate goals other that creating hardships for the population.

Why don't you open your eyes and look around a bit. Stop mindlessly repeating the shit you have been brainwashed with and actually apply some critical thinking skills if you have them. This nonsense you are spouting is really worthless drivel to anyone not advancing their own goals and will be resisted by the majority of the population all the way. If climate change really is a problem, then using the power that already exists within governments to explore the cures and fixes while implementing them is the proper solution. Not sitting on your thumbs and buying carbon credits from Al Gore or burdening the populous and hoping they come up with the cure. It's almost as if your understanding of economics is limited to a second grade level. This makes about as much sense as divesting from fossil fuels- which only makes the stock cheaper so others will purchase it and life goes on.

Comment: Re: FFS just keep the Warthog (Score 1) 234

Who the fuck cares about the hypothetical performance of the plane in some scenario that didn't come to be? What we have is a track record of A-10 performing a stellar job in the wars that have actually happened, from Iraq in 1991 onward. And with ISIS it looks like there will be more of that kind of thing in the future. Retiring a highly successful piece of military hardware when there's clear need for it now and in the future, and no suitable replacement, is just retarded.

Comment: Re:Wrong assumption (Score 1) 500

by shutdown -p now (#48681645) Attached to: Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

What about western Europe?

They don't really rely on skilled immigration to a significant extent. And for what they do, they have states in EU itself to cover it (Poland, Romania etc).

The US is the most populous developed country therefore in absolute terms will always have more jobs and more immigrants.

Even if you look at per capita numbers, US does beat Canada, which I would argue to be the most skilled immigration-friendly country.

However the quality of life is really debatable. Many people would prefer the quality of life of Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia. Personally I think oil rich Norway seems to offer the best quality of life.

The mistake that is often made when estimating said quality is looking at the averaged stats. Thing is, if you're immigrating for the sake of a good job, you need to look at what that job (and others like it) will give you, as opposed to the average or the median. In US, the average is indeed lower than most other western countries because of the wealth gap and piss-poor welfare policies. But people coming here for high-paid jobs (like IT) are getting a deal that's much better than average. And with enough money, you can absolutely have a great experience in US - a good house safe low-crime neighborhood, a great school for your kids in the same neighborhood, solid healthcare, and a private pension fund for retirement. And plenty of jobs to pick from.

Comment: Re: This is MY suggestion on how to start to fix (Score 1) 123

by causality (#48681541) Attached to: 13,000 Passwords, Usernames Leaked For Major Commerce, Porn Sites

Instead of passing harsher laws, maybe we should require that you (and people like you) should be only allowed to use the internet under the supervision of a caretaker.

Of course, if you seriously advocate that people take responsibility for their networks, their equipment, and their decisions and realize the part they play in enabling the problems they complain about, you'll be accused of "blaming the victim".

Still, unlike the harsher laws that vary by jurisdiction (of which some have no extradition treaties), this actually stands a chance of working. On a hostile network like the Internet, nothing other than hardening the targets is going to actually improve security. It would also be nice for the rest of us not to have to contend with botnets and other problems made possible entirely by the clueless who want all the benefits of a general-purpose global network but don't want to put forth the effort to learn how it works and how to use it responsibly.

They strongly resemble the child who wants a pet cat but doesn't want to feed it and change its litter box because that part isn't fun.

Comment: Re:Cards are safer than cash. (Score 2) 123

by causality (#48681451) Attached to: 13,000 Passwords, Usernames Leaked For Major Commerce, Porn Sites

Dependency: Of course the people who can't afford to keep their CC balance at zero end up paying for my peace of mind via increased interest rates. Ultimately CC's are an unfair burden on the "working poor" and become "just another bill" when they inevitably hit their limit (been there, done that). The sad fact is that if everyone at every point in their life could afford to keep the balance at zero nobody would pay interest and CCs would not exist.

That last sentence is false and shows you don't fully understand what you're discussing. The merchant is charged a fee, usually a small percentage of the transaction, each time you use your credit card. Even if you never personally pay interest because you pay in full each month, the bank issuing the credit card is making money from your use of that card.

Incidentally, this is also why some small, local, mom-and-pop stores won't accept a credit card unless your total purchase exceeds a certain amount. The fee they must pay isn't worthwhile to them if the transaction is too small. Larger stores are better able to absorb it and just consider it a cost of doing business.

Comment: Re:More Anti-Republican Prior Art (Score 1) 180

by Grishnakh (#48681337) Attached to: N. Korea Blames US For Internet Outage, Compares Obama to "a Monkey"

The monkey thing is only racist if a white person calls a black person a "monkey".

However, this incident has North Korea comparing Obama to a monkey, so it can't be racist. Many people here in the US believe it's impossible for non-white people to be racist.

Comment: Re:This is why we need a war (Score 1) 234

Not exactly. USA has grabbed all the top German scientists to design their space technology, USSR had only what was left - some engineers and skilled workers, also some prototype blueprints. This is why Soviet missile designs were very much native after R-2. German engineers have helped with the material sciences, though - an area where USSR was very much lacking.

The thing with the nuclear bomb was Stalin's paranoia. They had a design themselves, but Stalin insisted in building a copy of the American bomb because it was proven to work.

You are completely wrong about the B-29 engine, though. Tu-4 used a heavily modified licensed build of an earlier Wright engine (the one that was used in B-17, not B-29) so the engines of Tu-4 and B-29 share a common ancestor, but are not the same. The engine was, in fact, the largest difference between Tu-4 and B-29.

Comment: Re:Prediction: (Score 4, Insightful) 180

by daveschroeder (#48680051) Attached to: N. Korea Blames US For Internet Outage, Compares Obama to "a Monkey"

First of all, you say, "North Korea didn't hack Sony," as if it is an indisputable, known fact. It is not -- by any stretch of the imagination.

The fact is, it cannot be proven either way in a public forum, or without having independent access to evidence which proves -- from a social, not technical, standpoint -- how the attack originated. Since neither of those are possible, the MOST that can be accurate stated is that no one, in a public context, can definitively demonstrate for certain who hacked Sony.

Blameless in your scenario is the only entity actually responsible, which is that entity that attacked Sony in the first place.

Whether that is the DPRK, someone directed by the DPRK, someone else entirely, or a combination of the above, your larger point appears to be that somehow the US is to blame for a US subsidiary of a Japanese corporation getting hacked -- or perhaps simply for existing.

As a bonus, you could blame Sony for saying its security controls weren't strong enough, while still reserving enough blame for the US as the only "jackass".


Comment: Prediction: (Score 5, Insightful) 180

by daveschroeder (#48679895) Attached to: N. Korea Blames US For Internet Outage, Compares Obama to "a Monkey"

Many of the same slashdotters who accept "experts" who claim NK didn't hack Sony will readily accept as truth that it was "obviously" the US that attacked NK, even though there is even less objective proof of that, and could just as easily be some Anonymous offshoot, or any number of other organizations, or even North Korea itself.

See the logical disconnect, here?

For those now jumping on the "North Korea didn't hack Sony" bandwagon that some security "experts" are leading for their own political or ideological reasons, including using rationales as puzzling and pedestrian as source IP addresses of the attacks being elsewhere, some comments:

Attribution in cyber is hard, and the general public is never going to know the classified intelligence that went into making an attribution determination, and experts -- actual and self-appointed -- will make claims about what they think occurred.

With cyber, you could have nation-states, terrorists organizations, or even activist hacking groups attacking other nation-states, companies, or organizations, for any number of motives, and making it appear, from a social and technical standpoint, that the attack originated from and/or was ordered by another entity entirely.

That's a HUGE problem, but there are ways to mitigate it. A Sony "insider" may indeed -- wittingly or unwittingly -- have been key in pulling off this hack. That doesn't mean that DPRK wasn't involved. I am not making a formal statement one way or the other; just saying that the public won't be privy to the specific attribution rationale.

Also, any offensive cyber action that isn't totally worthless is going to attempt to mask or completely divert attention from its true origins (unless part of the strategic intent is to make it clear who did it), or at a minimum maintain some semblance of deniability.

At some point you have to apply Occam's razor and ask who benefits.

And for those riding the kooky "This is all a big marketing scam by Sony" train:

So, you're saying that Sony leaked thousands of extremely embarrassing and in some cases damaging internal documents and emails that will probably result in the CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment being ousted, including private and statutorily-protected personal health information of employees, and issued terroristic messages threatening 9/11-style attacks at US movie theaters, committing dozens to hundreds of federal felonies, while derailing any hopes for a mass release and instead having it end up on YouTube for rental, all to promote one of hundreds of second-rate movies?


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