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Comment: Re:I read some of the comments to her (Score 1) 415

"And then what? Go on welfare? Be homeless? Beg on the street?"

At some point in your life you should learn not to be an asshole. If you made it to college without learning that shitting on other people is wrong, maybe a couple years of having someone else shit on you is a good place to start.

Comment: Re:Full blooded American here (Score 2, Insightful) 638

by Overzeetop (#49174499) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial

You are already guaranteed a right to a fair trial. It's not something that the AG can "add to" or deny. Compare a trial in the US to a trial in, say, North Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, or the territories controlled by ISIS/ISIL. Even some of the most egregious examples of non-impartial trials in the US seem fair in comparison to treatment of suspected anti-government persons in those states.

The problem is that Snowden's version of "Fair" and the general standard of "Fair" in the US are still probably fairly widely separated. He would probably like whistleblower status for everything, ignoring the parts of classified documents he released which were sensitive but not necessary to indicate the underlying problems he wanted to expose. He would probably like the damage he did to the US relationship with its allies to be inadmissible, along with the potential tactical advantage gained by other states as a result of the massive, unfiltered release of classified US intelligence documents.

I think he should really spend his effort working on his Russian and praying that Putin never grown tired of him.

Comment: Fair and impartial? (Score 1, Interesting) 638

by Overzeetop (#49174229) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial

What part of "releasing classified documents" doesn't he understand? It's pretty obvious he violated US law. Fair and impartial won't change that outcome.

You may argue that the law is bad, or that the purpose of his actions was noble. That same may be said of killing [insert bad guy]. It doesn't make the murder legal, it may only lessen the sentence. I'm not sure when facing the death penalty, that life without parole in a federal penitentiary is going to be that much more appealing if your goal is to live out your life in the United States without constantly being under the thumb of the government.

Comment: Re:Better idea (Score 1) 536

by Overzeetop (#49172161) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

Wait...TWO icons in one? How the fuck are users going to parse that? A picture and a gear - does that mean it automatically opens the file? A picture and a hamburger? A picture and a small bird? A document and two lines with a dot between them?

Users will screw things up no matter how you do it because there is no common language for executable, text file, picture, slide, pdf, rich text, etc. And with the propensity for UI designers to change the look of icons just to be "new and hip" with every other OS release (ex: settings icons), the users will never "catch up" before accidentally "executing" what they think is a picture file.

Comment: Re:Split on this. (Score 1) 521

Segregated emails annoying? Are you kidding me? I go out of my way to keep personal and business emails separate, to the point of having a stock"bounce" email I send to people who accidentally send to the wrong email address. Same with phone numbers - one personal, one business.

She's either lazy or evil. Given it's Hillary, I'm going to split the difference and call it both. Too lazy to have two emails, just evil enough to know that if she says something awful she can at least delete it from her end. (I mean, every email goes somewhere so it's not like you can delete all of the copies yourself.)

As a (mostly) Democrat, I sincerely hope she doesn't run for President. While I think she has been vilified by the right beyond her actual failings, I'm not a fan of her in general. More importantly, I might get stuck voting for her as a result of some nutjob who makes it through the GOP primaries. Either that or I'll have to write in Bill 'n' Opus.

Comment: Re:Measure badly, get bad measurements. (Score 1) 201

by Overzeetop (#49165487) Attached to: That U2 Apple Stunt Wasn't the Disaster You Might Think It Was

Sometimes the criteria for leaving it on is just it being acceptable enough that changing it isn't more important than whatever else I'm doing.

This is the part of the entire streaming service payout values which artists appear to entirely ignore. Many of my singer/songwriter friends complain about the value of a stream relative to a permanent digital download or CD track cost (50:1 to 400:1 depending on the service and the analysis) as if a "listen" is someone enjoying the track as their primary activity. I suspect it often is neither.

Comment: Re:So, how much do the labels get? (Score 1) 305

by Overzeetop (#49112389) Attached to: Pandora Pays Artists $0.001 Per Stream, Thinks This Is "Very Fair"

Payments are paid to the rights holders. Artists get what is in their contract unless they own the rights.

It's one reason the artists are so up in arms - they're getting shit because they have shit contracts. Well, that and they're just the performer. They think they should get all the money. But that would be like paying an architect $1,000,000 for your house and paying the builder and subcontractors nothing. It doesn't work that way.

Most public domain software is free, at least at first glance.