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Comment Looking for suckers... (Score 1) 286

As some have pointed out, what is the value of extortion when the info is already public? It's value lies in looking for people who are willing to pay up, even a small amount. Once you find them, you can keep threatening and demanding more since you know they have given in and no have even more to hide; i.e. they paid to keep their spouse from finding out.

Comment Re:Could be an interesting decision (Score 1) 688

Chemical/Biological weapons are not arms. And they are prohibited to nations as well. Thus, the U.S. army is not supposed to have chemical or biological weapons. This would in fact be a case, where the logic of US vs MILLER actually applies.

Your argument is that the 2cd is not an absolute right but the extent of it is open to legislation and court decisions. The banking of use of some weapons by nations is different, however since that is a treaty obligation; the similarity to private gun ownership is that a private entity can chose to ban weapons from their property without infringing on anyone's 2cd amendment rights.

Comment Re:in the US, we have a right to all weapons (Score 1) 688

Or we should, considering how broadly we interpret the 2nd Amendment. If you go by the NRA's assessment, all US citizens have the right to have guns.

However, the 2nd Amendment says "arms"; which can also be interpreted as *any* type of weapon, including explosives.

However; explosives are prohibited because our corporate masters are more concerned about property damage than about the lives of people.

Consider what the TSA is really protecting; not the lives of people on the plane, but the plane itself, which is worth hundreds of millions.

And tehy NRA is protecting their corporate masters, the firearms producers, by ensuring citizens are afraid the "big gun grab" is just around the corner and so be sur to buy all you can before they are gone.

Comment Could be an interesting decision (Score 1) 688

How do you make it narrow enough to allow stun guns while not opening the door to all other types of arms, such as chemical and biological which an individual could and have created.It would be interesting to see how the justices rule, especially those that take a strict construction viewpoint.

Comment Re:It is also a poor replacement for Thunderbolt I (Score 1) 732

The F-35 may have impressive tech, stealth, electronics and advanced missiles, but the Thunderbolt II is literally a flying tank that is able to take a lot of abuse and still keep flying. It also delivers an incredible amount of damage and its operating history is stellar. It's a great morale booster for ground troops, but the US air force wants to get rid of it.

The backstory is the USAF said they were going to kill it, and army Aviation stepped up and said "we'll take the..." and started to ID Apache pilots to transition to the Warthog. The USAF decided they'd keep them after all rather than let the Army add to its air wing.

Comment Re:We need more carrot, not more stick (Score 4, Insightful) 170

The problem with what boils down to browbeating by analytics is that it's still too much stick

It also presumes you actually know what to analyze. Where your support staff really 'off task' for an hour because they did not close any tickets or draft any advisory documents or did they have an adhoc meeting where someone came up with a good idea for a process improvement that they can take to management later?

If you metric everything to the point the adhoc does not occur you might be missing out value you don't know how to measure.

You have hit the nail on the head: People confuse data with information and assume because they have more data they are making smarter decisions. It will be easy to flay the "5 minutes a day" but then counter with the "but I stayed an hour later on such and such days..." and simply spend more unproductive time arguing over the validity of the data and its relevance. In auditor, simply measuring activity doesn't tell what the results were. I might stare at the ceiling for 4 hours, visualizing actually what needs to be done in engagement, while apparently doing nothing and then sit down and write the 10 page proposal in 1 draft. Do I now need to randomly bang away at the keyboard, increasing the time to produce the product because my train of thought is interrupted? People think answers lie in more data and companies are glad to sell them that, when the real answer is more thoughtful analysis of what you had and not making it harder by adding more noise in the form of more data.

Comment Re:I call bullshit (Score 1) 676

That's bullshit too. Do you think a case officer's notes of a meeting with an agent aren't classified just because the case officer doesn't carry around a big red "CLASSIFIED" stamp? Information is classified based on the information and source, not the markings. Classified information not so marked isn't unclassified information, it's misidentified information and anyone with a security classification is trained to recognize and address that issue.

If they aren't marking material then if someone receives it they can reasonable assume it is not classified and not treat it as such. They certainly should report suspected material they believe should be classified and is not; but that does not mean they are guilty of mishandling classified information if it is later classified. If the case officer is creating classified material they should be delegated as an original classification authority or if not an OCA then make a derivative classification decision based on OCA guidance (the more likely scenario) and properly classify and mark all materials that are classified.

Comment Re:It still is (Score 1) 82

Freemium is alive and kicking. Especially with companies that don't have enough money for marketing. Maybe they cut back on features for the free offering. But a digital product that can be distributed over the internet is naturally suited for the freemium model.

/quoteWhile cloud based software may be easy to distribute on a freemium model, that's not the issue. The challenge is to convert enough of the free users to paid usr to sustain your business. Unless there is a compelling reason to pay many users will stick with the free version and when it ceases to exist simply move to the next free offering that is similar. If your are selling to businesses there is also a differing level of expectations relative to support; so you also must have sufficient support staff to provide support even if your paid user base is too small to maintain its viability long term.

Comment Re:Why are people going to jail for this? (Score 2) 664

Trespassing is also illegal, and since the drone's owner was not present to confront regarding the trespassing, the act of downing the drone may not be a problem, even if the means by which it was downed is.

Except that it is not clear if overflying property at low altitudes is trespassing; it's been established a property owner does not have exclusive control over the airspace above their property.

Comment Re:Solves part of the mystery. (Score 0) 272

That explains the first 2 alright...don't explain the third one that was over a block away they tried to claim some "burning debris" landing on top (which video showed really wasn't much at all) managed to drop it straight down. Again we are talking burning debris landing on top of the building and causing it to pancake straight down exactly like the first two....oh and that just so happened to be the building where all the evidence was being held for a major part of the Worldcom scandal involving federal officials...damned shame.

Even if you buy the first two, the third one not getting hit by shit and dropping? If that don't set off your bullshit-o-meter then you'll believe anything.

Yea, like we actually landed on the moon...

How many NASA managers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? "That's a known problem... don't worry about it."