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Comment Re: When The Lunatics Take Over The Asylum (Score 1) 420

You're mostly right, but it has nothing much to do with Napoleon. France follows the inquisitorial tradition of courts procedure, while in the USA (and UK) the adversarial tradition is used. Germany has inquisitorial procedures, for example, and they have nothing to do with Napoleon.

Comment Re:I've submitted patches to snort too. (Score 1) 64

They were willing to share the data because Germany is an ally of the US.

True, but usually between allies it's a matter of courtesy and long-term mutual benefices, not a matter of bargain. I doubt French and German intelligence agencies traded something with the CIA in the summer of 2001 when they warned it that something big was afoot.

Comment Re:Where's the terrorist? (Score 1) 467

I tend to agree with you on many matters, Opportunist (not that you should care) but in that particular case I respectfully tell you that you're talking out of your ass. The assaliant has ties to islamic fundies, even past connections to the Kouachi brothers, among other things. He's an example of "low key terrorism". Not really a lone rabid wolf, but also not part of a very structured organisation. A particularly dangerous bunch, because those are uneasy to detect before it's too late, since they aren't into any very structured "cell", but have access to better means than lone activists.

And here it becomes "news for nerds": this guy wasn't completely off the radar, he'd been watched as a potential threat for years, just like the Kouachi brothers. The proposed new legislation in France wouldn't result in any progress on how this was handled, only additional human means would, without the need to change laws.

Comment Re:The real message is lost on you (Score 1) 467

The American man who was shot in the neck, Mark Moogalian, isn't a marine (none of the people involved are, by the way, but this has been covered by other comments), but a professor of English at La Sorbonne university in Paris. By the whay, he would probably have died if Airman Spencer Stone hadn't some medical training and hadn't know where to put his finger to stop the hemorrhaging. According to recent medical reports, he'll live, but he suffered nerve damage and may have lost some use of his left arm.

What the gods would destroy they first submit to an IEEE standards committee.