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Comment: Re:Suck it Millenials (Score 1) 396

by acoustix (#49353815) Attached to: Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground In US

If you really wanted to learn how computers work you should have gotten one of these as a kid:

The radio shack kits from the 80s were awesome. I had about 5 of them as a kid. I spend hours, days, weeks learning. It's sad that the kits aren't available anymore.

Comment: Re: In other news (Score 1) 609

by acoustix (#49234693) Attached to: Clinton Regrets, But Defends, Use of Family Email Server

As far as we know, ONLY Hillary Clinton used her family email server. The rest of her staff used government mail servers. Therefore any correspondents between her and her staff or the president is recorded on an official email server anyway.

But what if other people in her staff were using personal email too? We would have no record. That is where her whole "I complied with the law" bullshit doesn't stand up to reason.

I'm not saying that I agree with her using her own personal email server, but I also don't think this "controversy" rises to the level of me really giving a rat's ass about. Actually it rises to the level of "She should have known better... but meh".

If it's not a big deal then why did she terminate another state department employee for using personal email? You might want to check out our former ambassador Scott Gration.

What does concern me is that the right decided to use this low grade political material so early that it will be forgotten by the time the election season actually hits full stride. So the more important question is what's going on that requires the gullible media's distraction on something as trivial as email usage by a retired secretary of state?

So for you this is a party issue. Now we know why you don't care about this. For some of us, this is straight up legal matter. Hillary needs to follow the same laws as all of us.

Comment: Re:In other news (Score 3, Informative) 609

by acoustix (#49233277) Attached to: Clinton Regrets, But Defends, Use of Family Email Server

There is still no evidence that any federal laws were broken.

You must not know about the federal records act of 1950 and the national archives and records regulations of 1995. NARA (National Archives and Records Administration) adopted regulations in 1995 which required the preservation of official e-mails created on non-official accounts. The Archivist interpreted the Federal Records Act to apply to e-mail records and further provided that “[a]gencies with access to external electronic mail systems shall ensure that federal records sent or received on these systems are preserved in the appropriate recordkeeping system . . .” So as early as 1995, all federal agencies were required to preserve official e-mails, including those created or maintained on “external electronic mail systems.”

Later NARA regulations merely clarified this requirement. In 2009, after a Government Accountability Office report indicated that certain agencies had lax e-mail practices, the NARA adopted new regulations that provided that any emails created on private e-mail accounts must be preserved. But that regulation merely restated, in perhaps slightly different language, what the 1995 regulation had already mandated, requiring that “[a]gencies that allow employees to send and receive official electronic mail messages using a system not operated by the agency must ensure that Federal records sent or received on such systems are preserved in the appropriate agency record keeping system.”

Now just saying that the other employees with a .gov email address had the emails archived does not meet the criteria of the law. What if other government employees also used personal email? Then there would be no official government archive of the email. What about her official emails to foreign heads of state? Those were not archived either. What about official emails to non .gov addresses in the US? Just these questions show that she did not follow the laws and regulations that were established before and during her time in office.

Comment: Re:Blame bush! (Score 1) 538

Another Democrat blaming bush for Democratic shortcomings!

God damn, grow some adult pants and take responsibility for your decisions.

You mean that people shouldn't rationalize bad behavior by pointing out bad behavior?

Weird... My kids love to do that. Are we to expect more from the ruling class?

Comment: Re:B0ll0cks... (Score 1) 538

The same questions Scott Walker would face about county employees using personal email to run campaigns on taxpayer time.

Is there a law in the state of Wisconsin or in those counties forbidding the use of personal email by county employees?

Serious question. I don't know the answer.

Comment: Iomega Zip Drive (Score 1) 466

by acoustix (#49144235) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem

I used Iomega Zip drives back in the 90s to transfer large files between computers and backup data before I had a network. They made a parallel port drive, internal PATA, SCSI and USB version I think.

If I remember correctly, the drivers were for DOS and had to be loaded before 3.1 was launched. It would be fun to try it again.

Comment: I remember when Slashdot said they would *NEVER*.. (Score 1) 188

by acoustix (#49131817) Attached to: Google Now Automatically Converts Flash Ads To HTML5

...have flash ads. That promise lasted less than a year. Now the site is full of crappy flash ads. I called the owners out on it and they tried to pass the blame onto the ad network. There was a very easy fix for that...

Too many times crappy flash ads have crashed the flash plugin or spread malware/viruses.

Comment: Re:Obama vetoes jobs (Score 1) 437

by acoustix (#49126465) Attached to: Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

The XL pipeline would provide only temporary jobs for the construction of the pipeline. It might require a few dozen permanent jobs for maintenance and other costs associated with any ongoing concern. Then again, the US firms (if any) charged with maintaining the pipeline once it's built may not hire anyone new for these roles.

Not quite. This is from the US state department:

"The Keystone XL project, if built, would support 42,000 jobs over its two-year construction period. The report notes that building the pipeline would support approximately 42,100 direct and indirect jobs and contribute roughly $3.4 billion to the economy (that's about 0.02 percent of GDP).

About 3,900 of those jobs would be temporary construction jobs. After two years, once built, the pipeline would support 50 jobs."


"The State Department thinks blocking the Keystone XL pipeline would have only a small impact on tar-sands production and climate change. So what happens if Keystone XL gets blocked? Here the State Department seems pretty confident that the oil will find its way to market anyway — especially by rail."

"Transporting oil by rail carries more environmental risks than by pipeline. The report adds that, if the pipeline gets blocked and producers are forced to ship by rail or truck instead, overall transportation emissions for the oil in question could even increase by 28 to 42 percent. That's because there would be more trains and trucks burning diesel fuel and more rail terminals using electricity."

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