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Comment The only major improvement you'd get (Score 1) 283

Is by firing most language teachers and making students do 1 hour Rosetta Stone. When I was growing up, I don't think I ever had a Spanish class that actually even attempted to teach Spanish at the level where you could converse fluently with a 4 year old. So based on my experience, there's probably not a damn thing technology could do to screw up those subjects at most public schools.

Comment Well with the firefighters... (Score 1) 165

How about you just make mere negligence sufficient to convict someone of illegal drone use. FFS, you're flying your drone into a wildfire area. If you aren't part of the fire team responding to it or authorized by them to help then Get. The. Fuck. Out. And if you don't, and anyone dies because you just had to nerd it up with your drone in the middle of a minor natural disaster then your ass should get charged with felony murder as well.

Comment They won't, but they may wish they had (Score 1) 174

If the rumors about the Wii U successor are true, it's going to usher in a huge flood of new marketshare for Android. Nintendo's internal studios are some of the best in the world and having them work for Android is going to be a major blow for iOS. In fact, it very well could be for Android and iOS what Final Fantasy 7 was between Sony and Nintendo. If the next Nintendo handheld also runs Android, the market is going to shift in a very bad direction for Apple, Microsoft and Sony in part because of the opportunities for Nintendo, but also because Nintendo will be able to replace their console very few years while saying "recycle the console, keep the games, nothing is obsolete anymore."

Comment Useless? (Score 1) 131

Yeah, but that hardware would have been useless for oppressing people, you could only use it for science

Within 20 years of us being able to regularly move back and forth between the moon and earth like we move personnel between military commands, we'd have the technology to give the USMC their very own ODST special forces unit. The military tech opportunities would be immense...

Comment At what point (Score 5, Interesting) 82

Does the "attempted murder" thing become just a case of entrapment? We have this admission here and the knowledge that the guy who planted the idea in Ulbricht's head and helped coax him down that road was a DEA agent.

In general, police should not allowed to do evil that good may come of it. One of the things that bothers me about these cases is that when the police merely create the appearance of evil, they're still coarsening society. When people think evil abounds, it increases their own temptations. That applies from here, to the knowledge that there are tons of cops online posing as underage girls to try to capture would-be lawbreakers there as well. Merely posing as an enabler of crime creates some serious moral hazards.

Comment Oh I believe it (Score 2, Interesting) 214

The auto industry is utterly clueless compared to most industries about just how important security is when you "computerize" something. It's a toss up as to whether they or the medical device companies will be the first to produce a product with such shoddy security that a script kiddy can actually kill someone with a kit.

And no, that's not sensationalism. You don't see any of them reacting to the news of hacked vehicles at various conferences with a bold corporate initiative to hire a Chief Security Architect to implement a security process for all of their engineering teams to ensure the reduced hackability of their vehicles. You see "meh."

Comment Unnecessary (Score 0, Troll) 576

Just prosecute the ones that violate their visas and if they violated them to make money, asset strip them. How many Mexicans do you think would come here illegally if CBP or local law enforcement had an explicit grant to use civil asset forfeiture to take everything they own?

Comment The elephant in the room (Score 4, Insightful) 176

Is that the main reason the black community struggles much harder today (proportionally) than it did in the 1950s and 1960s is the total collapse of the nuclear family in many areas. Every reputable study of marriage and family life has shown that kids from even semi-stable nuclear families tend to be significantly less prone to the pathologies common in the black lower class (where out of wedlock birth is the norm, not exception). Ever deal with white trash (not rednecks, white trash; there is a major difference)? It's the same sociological situation and even the same set of behavior problems and stunted options despite "white privilege."

A large part of the problem is that there is an active segment of society that doesn't want to deal with the moral issues that lead to this situation, denouncing that as "moralizing" and instead wants to focus purely on politics as though it's not all intertwined. Yet those issues are precisely the personal choices, enabled by public policy and culture, that lead to the destruction of the stable nuclear family in much of the black community. Blaming external factors for everything, which is the politically correct solution, is like Josh Duggar attempting to blame porn and Satan for why he graduated from molesting his sisters to serial adultery against his wife.

Comment She deserves to be in prison (Score 5, Insightful) 303

Even the average person who reads the news knows by now that TS/SCI materials can't legitimately end up in unclassified email systems. The very best she could argue is "I had no idea what it was and deleted it immediately" at which rate she's still guilty of not handing over the machine(s) to the federal government to verify that the data is actually gone.

She needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law because the alternative is that we live in a country where contractors and lower level civil servants go to Leavenworth while the elite gets to make cutesy jokes about destruction of evidence in a national security scandal.

Comment Not like here... (Score 2) 39

Such a mandatory registration would not pass the first amendment, and even if the courts were cowed into accepting it, the government would have to face a public that is armed to the teeth compared to what Malaysia faces. The US is one of the worst societies in human history for its political class to say "let's see how far we can push the public."

The reason why the Snowden thing worked for them is that Snowden went too far. He revealed a lot of information about how we deal with foreign targets, which a majority consider fair game. Had he stuck to the domestic programs, he'd have been hailed a hero by a majority.

Comment Depends (Score 1) 242

I know some older developers that have forgotten more than I've ever known and are still more knowledgeable than I am. We've also interviewed older candidates who seriously think that anything involving Struts is an acceptable answer for "how would you build a new web app if given the choice." If you're a business software developer, then you had better keep up with the trends.

Comment Just wait for round 3 (Score 1) 301

When the federal government didn't revoke the clearances of the users of AM that were cleared and one of them gets blackmailed by the Chinese into doing something illegal. I'd bet good money that the Chinese scrambled to get ahold of this data and cross reference it for some easy targets.

Funny thing is, this data isn't time sensitive. Most of the people on the list probably won't be caught by their spouse because it's unlikely that most spouses will think they need to check. That and the federal employee and contractor labor force is several million people and only a few tens of thousands of email addresses were implicated.

Comment No excuse for them to be "unemployed" (Score 2, Insightful) 755

I know some elderly people who barely worked an honest day in their life. Now they expect to live on Social Security because it's what a "civilized society does." When I've brought up the subject and suggested that they are morally obligated to give something back for the nearly $10k/year they get from a fund that they never felt the need to contribute to they freak out about how selfish that suggestion is.

And that's why it won't work in the long run. It'll acclimate people to the idea that they have a right to public money just because they showed up, not because they're part of society and it's part of a set of reciprocal rights and duties.

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