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Comment Re:Lying scum (Score 1) 303

The documents were not classified at the time.

Im pretty sure the whole point of classifying a document after the fact is to indicate that it is not, from that point on, suitable for viewing by non-cleared / non-need-to-know parties.

It is irrelevant whether it was classified at the beginning, its classified now, and its classified for a reason.

Comment Re:Linux File Systems (Score 1) 168

How is it a kludge? You have the option in NTFS of having that everyone:traverse permission propogating through the directory heirarchy, but it isnt required. It sounds like Netware just assumes that traversal rights are implicit, where there may be scenarios where it is not desired.

Comment Re:Can't see any logical difference (Score 1) 687

I love corporations thrown in there as if it is relevant.

In the last 200 years of history, one has been far, far, far more likely to be killed by one's own government than by an external actor. That being the case, I wonder very much at the argument that we should therefore lay down arms and fully entrust ourselves to the loving kindness of those in power.

Comment Re:Can't see any logical difference (Score 1) 687

As noted in this thread, anything can be a lethal weapon. That includes sharpened sticks.

If we then apply your logic to sharpened sticks, we should probably ban them too because they are far more likely to be used than guns.

If we continue applying your logic consistently, we should also ban spoons: They can be used as weaponry, but are quite unlikely to be lethal and (as you argued) are therefore used extremely often.

Comment Re:Translations (Score 2, Insightful) 392

Translation: "Linux is free" often does not factor in real-world retraining and retooling costs.

Want to push OpenOffice / Linux as cheaper alternatives? Wonderful. Just dont pretend that theyre actually free when it comes to use in a business, especially with folks used to a different system.

Comment Re:Defending scoundrels (Score 2) 410

It blows my mind that someone would be able to read that paragraph without an ominous chill going down their spine. What hes really saying is, "some people have disgusting philosophies that are at the same time difficult to unseat. Therefore we should have the right to deem them outside the law so that such dangerous ideas do not proliferate."

The very notion that there are "dangerous ideas" that cannot be allowed is chilling, moreso because some apparently believe it.

Comment Re:My Plans for Firefox (Score 1) 208

In the old days everyone and their mother complained about the massive memory leaks in firefox, not to mention in all of the extensions you needed to come anywhere close to parity with what we have now. Tab improvement extensions particularly-- remember needing tab mix plus to get undo tab close?

Comment Re:My Plans for Firefox (Score 2) 208

In what way is it significantly bloated compared to 1,0?

I remember the days where to be usable you needed about 10-20 extensions, and THAT made it a bloated, leaky, hoggish mess; when javascript took the browser to a crawl; and when simple updates (like 1.0 - 1.5, which as I recall primarilly were visual updates and adding a new tab button) took something like a year to come to release. Trust me if you werent there, this is better.

Comment Re:Japanese Paradox (Score 1) 38

If this were true, then you could stimulate the economy by giving everyone a $10 tax break on the condition that they give that money to someone else.

The only way it works, is if rather than giving the money, they use it to purchase some good or service-- that is, value added to the economy. Simply moving money around doesnt cut it, there has to be something that you're exchanging the money for.

Otherwise, we would have our ditch diggers use spoons, and have workmen build highrises without the assistance of cranes. Sure, it would take them forever to put a building up, but think of the employment opportunities! Except that the actual goods produced by our economy would drastically fall if we approached industry in this way and we would cease to be economically competitive with other countries.

Maybe Computer Science should be in the College of Theology. -- R. S. Barton