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Comment Re: Litigious Much (Score 1) 805

Entrapment is when you solicit someone to break the law, and then arrest them for it.

There was no solicitation here. There was a certain behavior that violated the "norm", and, arguably, socially accepted standards, but not the law and not the spirit of the law. Even if it was done on purpose, there is no justification for handcuffing someone, let alone a kid.

And we do allow the police to pose temptations in order to apprehend criminals. We send undercover police women dressed in min-skirts to catch rapists and people soliciting for sex for money. That is far more "entrapment" than what this kid did.

The bottom line is this. This kid did nothing wrong, and was harassed, handcuffed and arrested. This means the police, for sure, and the school, probably, fucked up. If he was an activist fighting for his right to bring weird shaped electronics to school, and not an innocent kid (which, again, I am yet to see evidence of), the police and school still fucked up.


Comment Re: Litigious Much (Score 1) 805

While I agree 15M is overboard, I still wouldn't call what they're doing "terrorizing". Both the school and the police fucked up royally. There is no other way to look at it. Furthermore, they refused to acknowledge their fuckup. This is true even if he was coached to behave as he did (for which I'd love to see evidence). In the end, the way he behaved did not warrant the response he got.


Comment Re: Litigious Much (Score 4, Insightful) 805

That's because people are ignorant.

The learning process starts where he did. Take something apart, try to put it together. Hailing him as a genius was being carried away, but labelling him a terrorist was even worse. This is how children learn. It's how we want children to learn.

Anyone who expects a child that has never learned proper electronics to build an electronic clock from scratch on first attempt is simply ignorant.


Comment Re:Why (Score 1) 965

Actually, it just circles back to giving excuses to justify terrorism.

There are no reasons. Terrorism isn't an effective tool to achieve goals. No one converted their religion because of it (the general kind. I'm not talking about gun to head conversion).

Repeated terrorism does put economic pressure on countries suffering from it, but I am hard pressed to think of a single case where that produced any effect that was productive to terrorism.

Clearly aim directed terrorism might have some effect (Irish underground attacks on Britain comes to mind), but those are not the kind of terrorism we typically see today.

So asking "why" is claiming there is a rational reason. That is flawed to its core. Assuming this is an Islamic terrorist attack (we don't know yet, but it seems like a reasonable assumption), this is more likely a clash of cultures than an aim directed campaign.


Comment Re:BackupPC (Score 1) 118

This has an additional problem, the Windows backups aren't encrypted. Not good if you have sensitive information.

<plug>Throw rsyncrypto into the mix</plug>

This has the downside of being a preprocessing step (i.e. - you need local storage for the encrypted form of the files), but solves the encryption problem better than your suggestion (which encrypts the transit, but not the actual backup).


Comment Re:Doesn't matter (Score 1) 279

.... When you travel from China to Taiwan, Taiwan makes you go through customs as though you are coming from a foreign country. When you go back from Taiwan to China, you are treated as a domestic flight because you never left China.

The first statement is true, the second statement is absolutely false. In fact, even flying from Hong Kong or Macau, both recognized by all world governments as PRC owned, requires going through customs and immigration, so why would you think that traveling from Taiwan would not? I have personally experienced this multiple times, have you?

As an added bonus, and causing much cognitive dissonance upon the PRC individuals I have queried: Why, in every supermarket I have visited in every city I have visited (which is more than most Chinese), are Taiwanese foodstuffs always found in the imported food section? Hong Kong and Macau products may or may not be, but Taiwanese goods always are.

Comment Re:This was not a screw-up (Score 1) 410

I'll leave the hospital incident out of it, because I know absolutely nothing about it.

2) If someone bombed a civilian/military airport in Israel with that very justification, would the United States describe that as a terrorist attack?

So far, nobody ever did. Not really.

In the mean while, Hamas is targeting completely civilian settlements (which are on land that was Israel's since before 1948, so not even that lame excuse exists), without the need to provide any excuse at all, of any kind. In fact, the only ones providing this lame excuse are people like you, who will search for any excuse whatsoever to justify acts of terror, or to try and make two completely distinct and obviously different situation seem the same due to some marginal, often made up, point of similarity.

International law is phrased around intent. Not body count (which is what everyone seem to point out repeatedly, and often mindlessly). Intent. If you don't like it, feel free to try and get it changed. You will find that anyone who actually understands war will tell you that the definition of war crime you idealize is something that no country in the world can afford to live up to.

You might say this sucks, and I'll wholeheartedly agree with you. You can claim this is horrible, and I'll point out that there is a reason we don't like war. If you try to claim that war should be conducted a different way, the burden of proof to show it is possible is on you.


Comment Re:This was not a screw-up (Score 2) 410

yet puts their own military headquarters smack in the middle of Tel Aviv.

And yet, you know exactly where it is. It is not used for civilian purposes.

I realize you are trying to make the two sound the same, but they really are nothing alike. Placing a distinctly military base in some proximity to civilians is not the same as using some poor shmoe's house as a weapon storage, and then instructing him and his family at gun point not to leave, even when the IDF is phoning in telling them they are about to bomb it.


Comment Back to the future... (Score 2) 102

During my tenure at Motorola SPS, it was a written rule that all employees get 40 hours of training every year. In the late '80s my management spent quite a bit of money to send me to UNIX administration courses of questionable value (I was a CPU geek using mostly MVME systems with rarely more than a bootloader, much less a full System V installation) to get me my hours. A change in management found that training was the easiest budget to reallocate for other purposes, however, and so it always was. By the mid-90's, when I asked my boss if I could go attend a training session that was exactly in my area of responsibility and I needed to extend my knowledge, I was told that since I spent what he believed to be an hour a week reading EETimes and IEEE Spectrum (at home, on my own time), he had already credited me with 50 hours of training and since I was beyond the 40 hour requirement I should ask him again next year. I wouldn't be surprised if the managers today are tracking IP addresses to form a way of crediting training with no cost at Freescale, if the 40 hour requirement survived the spin-off.

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