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Comment: Re:wont last (Score 1) 266

by vux984 (#48437983) Attached to: Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

How about a legitimate offer - Playstation for $1, with $499 shipping?

I'll take 50, don't bother shipping them I'll send a van to pick them up.

If you can supply in bulk, I'll take 100,000 and will handle all arrangements to have a container and loading crew sent over.

Seriously, unless shipping is separately negotiable or there is an option to let me pick it up myself, how about we just recognize it as a legitimate offer to sell a playstation 4 for $500.

Comment: Re:Untie the bonuses from the schedule... (Score 1) 177

by david_thornley (#48437807) Attached to: It's Not Developers Slowing Things Down, It's the Process

Programming is not construction. Programming is design. It's always going to be fuzzier than actual production.

Manufacturing, in software, is trivial. This apparently leads people to think that software development is something like manufacturing, because they want a visible step there.

Comment: Re:We've been doing it for a long time (Score 1) 308

It's possible to explain it in a variety of ways, including simple and complex. It's entirely possible to explain atmospheric warming by listing one variable. Modeling is another matter, and all the halfway decent models have tons of variables.

Comment: Re:the NERVE of them swedes! (Score 1) 234

by david_thornley (#48437561) Attached to: Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

Is it your opinion that somebody should be immune from questioning until convicted? The Swedish courts have decided that there's enough of a case to go forward.

Nor do you give any shred of reason why it would be harder to get Assange from Sweden than the UK, if the US in fact has any plans concerning him, which seems to be baseless (if not entirely implausible) speculation.

Comment: Re:Argument (Score 4, Insightful) 106

by vux984 (#48437523) Attached to: Top NSA Official Raised Alarm About Metadata Program In 2009

I've heard the argument that this is what Snowden should have done. So... It would have meant us not knowing about the programs

Pretty much. This. Its just further vindication of Snowden's actions.

The NSA asserts he should have gone through channells. Snowden asserts he did... at the moment its he said/she said. But this really moots the argument entirely. Other people DID go through internal channels, and it didn't fix the problem.

Therefor leaking/whistle blowing really is the ONLY way that would have worked.

Comment: Re:Swedish Puppets (Score 1) 234

by david_thornley (#48437499) Attached to: Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

Do you really think a foreign embassy would keep the CIA out? They might try, but if the US wanted to do any extraordinary rendition they wouldn't let a little thing like that stop them. It's only Ecuador, after all, not a country the US has to respect. As far as extradition to the US goes, the US could have filed that while Assange was in the UK and before he headed for the embassy.

Comment: Re:Rape Apologetics Go Here (Score 1) 234

by david_thornley (#48437473) Attached to: Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

The impression I got was that both women were planning to have sex with him, but on their terms. This doesn't mean they can't be raped.

Rape and sexual assault victims vary widely in what they will do after the crime. Some victims in fact deny to themselves that the assault ever occurred, and try to go on precisely as before. I don't think this is a healthy reaction, but it happens.

As far as Assange goes, in what way is he being treated oddly? There were credible allegations of sex crimes, and he was undergoing due process through the Swedish justice system. They have asked for his extradition from Britain, and that has been granted. What's unusual about this, aside from Assange being somewhat notorious and having some extra resources to evade the legal process?

And why do you think there's a real threat of being imprisoned in a US gulag? Why do you think any such threat would be worse in Sweden than in that notorious US lapdog, the UK? If Assange was concerned about being extradited or special-renditioned, what would be the sense in going to the UK?