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Comment: Re:Sounds more a call for torches and pitchforks.. (Score 1) 533

"I can recall no instance in my time at the National Archives when a high-ranking official at an executive branch agency solely used a personal email account for the transaction of government business," said Mr. Baron, who worked at the agency from 2000 to 2013.

Someone else pointed out that Cheney used mostly personal email for government business, but not solely, so I guess that gets a pass.

Also I saw no rule that requires all official emails use government servers. That's what she is accused of actually breaching. At least according to the summary and posters here. There's very little fact into what she did wrong, and more a focus on blaming her for something, anything, so long as it's plausible.

Comment: Re:Politics aside for a moment. (Score 1) 533

She hasn't. At least based on the arguments here, I Haven't seen a single regulation that she breached. Just people that accuse her of things that are only backed by opinion, and unrelated to the topic of "is it illegal to use personal email for official business". Whether she used email, official or otherwise, to send classified documents to people not cleared to see them is unrelated to the question asked above.

Comment: Re:Politics aside for a moment. (Score 1) 533

She may have committed a security breach, but it's hard to tell, because of all the lies from the accusers, the answers get muddled. It's not illegal to exclusively use personal email for official work at the federal level (it is at the state level in Alaska, why Palin is held to a higher standard, as is continually pointed out by the Hillary haters). She broke no law simply by using email. Then the accusations move on to confidential information she "breached", but then, there are so many accusations that are guesses, that it's hard to tell which are based in fact.

And now your problem with her is on the level of "she made a single personal local call at no cost, from the government phone, and that's misuse of government equipment." The problem is, that everyone uses government equipment for personal business when it doesn't cause cost. The idea is that small amounts of "personal" use are "authorized" as under those rules.

Comment: Re:Politics aside for a moment. (Score 1) 533

I also saw where the existing security team said they didn't need it. You wouldn't find a group of marines that would hold up their hands and admit they can't hold an embassy. So who do you listen to, the trained security force, or a scared diplomat, who also wants more lobster shipped over.

Comment: Re:Science vs Belief. (Score 1) 403

by AK Marc (#49190777) Attached to: White House Threatens Veto Over EPA "Secret Science" Bills
EPA will have to prove reproducibility, not actually reproduce it. Read again, slower this time, and without the rabid frothing at the mouth.

The law requires it be reproducible. If someone claims it isn't. How do you think that would be settled in a lawsuit? I think the only way would be for the EPA to prove reproducibility of it. If you think that requires actually reproducing it, then that's your opinion, not mine, even if I were to agree with it, I hadn't said it.

Comment: Re:So if it's already published... (Score 2) 64

by AK Marc (#49190721) Attached to: US Marshals Service Refuses To Release Already-Published Stingray Info
File a FOIA request for what the head of the FBI had to eat yesterday. He replies that the FOIA request is denied, because National Security. You look and find he had lunch with the president, and that day's menu is on So you know what he had for lunch, but he's denying other related things for National Security, when it's provably not true because you know some of it from other sources that don't think it's National Security sensitive information. Sounds like lies to get out of FOIA requests. I think that's the point.

Comment: Re:Israel got a lot of heat for much lesser offens (Score 1) 251

If Canada sent him back, it's a deportation. Deporting your own citizen is called "exile" and is illegal under modern treaties and international law. He'd be deported again to Canada when he got back to DR, as he likely wouldn't have the right to stay there permanently.

Of course, to stop the bouncing like that, International law only allows deportation to a country you have a "right" to be in.

And most places (local, not international law) don't allow someone to flee after getting stopped for an "illegal" act. You can't get stopped by customs for smuggling, and choose to return to your previous country to avoid prosecution.

Comment: Re:Yes, I agree (Score 1) 557

by AK Marc (#49190461) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions
In Windows, with file extensions blocked, you look at the "file type" field to make that determination. One would be notepad, one wordpad, and one I don't know how windows would report it. They are all uniquely identifiable. If associated with different applications, the application would be identified.

Comment: Re:Insurance and registration (Score 1) 335

by AK Marc (#49190445) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?

In order for a computer driver to be a viable replacement for a real driver, it doesn't have to be perfect. It just has to be as good or better than a human driver.

I disagree. I see people calling for perfection, and I think that if every car was self-driving next year and the death toll in the USA was 20,000 dead people, that there'd be lots of lawsuits as the great macro-level reduction in deaths was objected to on a micro-level.

People are irrational about driving, and any decision that the computer makes that isn't provably perfect, will be challenged later by someone who lies and says they'd have taken the better action.

Comment: Re:Not in these activist's style (Score 1) 403

by AK Marc (#49190349) Attached to: White House Threatens Veto Over EPA "Secret Science" Bills
You are being obtuse. The equivalent is that the anti-environment crowd is asserting that gravity doesn't exist because Newton didn't publish the weight of the apple that fell from the tree.

And there's a consensus that gravity exists, and is roughly equal to the product of masses of the bodies and a constant, divided by the square od the distance between them.

Are you arguing that there's no scientific consensus about the Theory of Gravity? Remember, "It's just a theory", as that's the battle cry for Luddites that don't like any other scientific consensus or theory, like the Theory of Evolution.

Comment: Let's get some sunshine (Score 2) 251

It's amazing to read articles like this and nobody on the government side is named, just agencies and some "spokesperson". Name them. Somebody arrested this guy, and somebody is trying to prosecute him. Everybody involved in this needs to be named and publicly shamed. They need to be in a situation where they go home at night and their wife says "hey, why is everybody we know calling and asking why you're prosecuting some guy for not turning over a password? Is that even illegal? Why is this so important?"

Quit letting scum bags hide behind anonymity.

Comment: Re:Not in these activist's style (Score 1) 403

by AK Marc (#49190315) Attached to: White House Threatens Veto Over EPA "Secret Science" Bills
The science now is getting correlations that are quite tight, and there's been more looking into the effects of lead poisoning that show mechanisms for that. The science is leaning heavily on the lead being linked to the crime rises in the '70s and '80s that were, at the time, blamed on blacks and crack. The crime correlates with lead in the environment, not race or drug use (though the last two correlate with the first, as the lead smelter in Dallas was in the middle of the poor, black area, so segregated because at the time, in the '50s, when the area was built up, the pollution was known).

But the science may never get to 100%. And a high bar on such actions would have meant the rules would never have been enforceable.

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