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Comment: Re: Secrets (Score 1) 90

> Harris forces it's gov customers to sign an NDA that essentially says they're not customers of Harris.

I take extreme issue with your use of the word "Force".

A person "Forced" to do something cannot be considered responsible for his actions, so if they are being "forced" that is a pretty serious accusation. Unless you have evidence of some manner of blackmail or threat, then I don't see how it can be applied.

They always had the option of backing out and not buying the equipment. Nobody was forced, they were accomplices.

Comment: Re:Secrets (Score 1) 90

Well if you are actually a congressman the answer is write all laws that apply to you and people like you such that the law itself specifically requires your understanding of it in order to break it. Most laws that apply specifically to lawmakers almost always contain words like "knowingly".

If you are not a lawmaker or one of their clients who pays for the law to be made....then its irrelevant, nobody gives a shit about you.

Comment: Re:So... (Score 2, Interesting) 24

um of course they would, that is why so much protection is built around the process.

That was one of the things that Manning talked about with the snitch Adrian Lamo; that the process was designed to blind wikileaks themselves from direct knowledge of the leaker's identity; because it would be a liability to everyone involved.

By not knowing, they have to take other measures to carefully validate leaked information since they can't rely on the credentials of a source. Its obviously a series of trade offs.

However, its really the only viable way to operate, since they know they can never ensure total security, the best thing they can do to protect their sources is to actually not know themselves.

Comment: Re: Seriously?! (Score 1) 156

by Samantha Wright (#49607085) Attached to: Statues of Assange, Snowden and Manning Go Up In Berlin
Right, which is why I added the second sentence. My point is that it could've been phrased in a manner that avoids implying Moscow is a trap, e.g. "unable to return home." I'm sure there are schools of propaganda training that are more subtle and don't pooh-pooh that sort of structuring, but at the very least it implies some restraint on the parts of the authors away from being a proverbial anti-US slant.

Comment: Re:Why the surprise? (Score 1) 177

by TheCarp (#49604801) Attached to: When Enthusiasm For Free Software Turns Ugly

Its very true, however, it is avoidable if you are willing to make trade offs.

For example, some of the server distros like RHEL don't often have that issue. The thing is, they don't update often except for security. Most desktop users will not be happy running something based off Fedora core 12 today; but on the server end, lots of people are still deploying on it just for that reason.

For me, I tend to have little problem with either Ubuntu or Debian....until I find I want newer stuff and start running testing or unstable distributions break a lot more often than stable.

Comment: Re:Here _I_ come? (Score 1) 216

by TheCarp (#49603187) Attached to: US Successfully Tests Self-Steering Bullets

Your right, thats all blunt objects, and its the FBIs statistics I was looking at:

So "blunt objects" and "personal weapons" (including fists, etc), EACH are more than double that of rifles at 380.

But this is homicides, doesn't count intentional self wounding, since, that isn't really a useful statistic, being...intentional and consensual.

Comment: Re: I must be old (Score 1) 86

What does that really matter? Almost by definition, a demoscene prod involves clever choices in what to make and display on screen in order to achieve an effect. I'm pretty confident the winners of the competitions for the last few years (a) don't have the same flexibility for artists working with their demo engines as Square-Enix does and (b) would never be able to assemble enough assets and people to do the facial expression stuff with anywhere near the same quality (an area in which, AFAIK, Nvidia has been almost entirely pioneering.) The achievement of this video isn't diminished by the achievements of the scene, nor vice-versa.

Comment: Re: Yeah.... (Score 1) 192

by TheCarp (#49576509) Attached to: Massachusetts Governor Introduces Bill To Regulate Uber, Lyft

OTOH aside from existing regulations aimed at the business side, I don't see what is wrong from that persons perspective. In principle I have no issue with a service that allows people to, on a part time basis, give other people rides for a few bucks to make some spare income.

Why does everything need to be professional? I think the problem with amateurs providing services are mostly overblown.

Comment: Re:Yeah.... (Score 1) 192

by TheCarp (#49576353) Attached to: Massachusetts Governor Introduces Bill To Regulate Uber, Lyft

Believe it or not, and I know not everyone complies with this, but I believe external markers are required (here in MA) on ANY vehicle with commercial plates. Note, of course, that no Uber driver is going to have commercial plates, and really shouldn't, generally people don't need commercial plates when they supply their own personal vehicle for the job. (imagine what that would do to pizza delivery)

Comment: Re:Why the surprise? (Score 2) 177

by TheCarp (#49575947) Attached to: When Enthusiasm For Free Software Turns Ugly

Here is a nickle, kid, go tell someone who never had to go find another system to run a web browser on because the latest updated broke his XF86Config. (a version of which happened again recently when I wasn't paying attention and I allowed an update to uninstall the ati graphics driver packages....oops, always read those "to be removed" lists)

Every distro out there has managed some type of update breakage at some point, and if you run a full desktop you pretty much can't avoid it.

Though I did switch back to Debian myself because I didn't like the direction they were going with the Desktop and noticed Debian release cycles had shortened significantly since I switched.

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