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Comment Re:What he should have done ... (Score 1) 263

The Constitution is quite clear on the matter. It outlines what the U.S. government is permitted to do. Anything not permitted in the Constitution is forbidden to the government. There is no clause that says outside of the U.S. anything goes.

Any weak excuses to the contrary are further damaged when the action is taken against a U.S. citizen.

And as a final death blow, are they trying to claim that if a wanted criminal was spotted in the international concourse of an airport, they would just watch as he boards a plane bound for Argentina because there was no jurisdiction there to arrest him? Or would the U.S. government suddenly assert territorial rights?

Comment Re:Paved with good intentions... (Score 1) 166

...or, you could just read those communications with Al'qaeda that you say are still on that computer. In fact, you most likely had, or you wouldn't be doing a home invasion on the American dream. And let's face it, if the bomb isn't in the place it was constructed, then it's 99% likely it's already been exploded at it's target location because real life isn't written by script writers trying to pad out a 42 minute long TV episode.

You're assuming that the actual communications were on the computer, rather than merely evidence that communication occurred (e.g. URLs of a known Al Qaeda chat room in the web browser's history). I was assuming the opposite. :-)

And yes, it's a big stretch—the sort of thing that makes for good TV, but that isn't very likely to happen IRL.

Comment Re:This was not a screw-up (Score 1) 288

not after having been made aware of their coordinates and location several times. Someone ordered this strike, believing there were "terrorists" treated at that facility, knowing very well it was a hospital and what the result would be, and giving no damn about it because they can get away with it. This is worse than all the other killings commited by U.S forces abroad, and people and governments must take a stand, or killings and murders like these will just continue.

I'm guessing they were told they did abortions at that hospital.

Comment Re:This was not a screw-up (Score 1) 288

If we take other decisions that will kill innocents for what we consider greater goals (for example, mandatory vaccinations, which kill a handful to save millions), we don't demand that the decision makers up their personal stake.

The decision makers are expected to get themselves and their kids vaccinated as well.

Comment Re:Socalim is organized psychopathy (Score 1) 263

The laborer agrees to a wage under the gun though. They can't afford to just withdraw from the job market nor can they import new employers from overseas if they don't like the jobs on offer. The playing field is consistently slanted through political manipulation.

Fundamentally, money attracts money, it's an unstable system that without correction tends to leave a few holding the bulk of it while the rest starve. The next step, of course is all the money loses it's value and the whole thing starts over. Really, that's not good for anyone concerned.

Comment Re:Socalim is organized psychopathy (Score 1) 263

Socialism focuses on giving "the rest of us" more of the benefits of our labor. It is more the people in opposition like you who seem interested in continuing to take away.

A few actors make boatloads of cash because they become stars. Most make very little. CEOs make a fortune because tyhey sit on each other's boards and vote each other raises on a quid pro quo basis. Same thing would happen if janitors were responsible for deciding what other janitors get paid.

As for the rest, it sounds a lot more like hipster cynicism than actual philosophy. Fair is actually hard wired into most people's brains.

Comment Or from Apple's perspective, mission accomplished (Score 1) 124

Apple gave fair warning to vendors that they wanted sandboxed applications to be the standard for the platform. Sandboxed applications do not run out of system directories, they are basically "jailed" in their own sandboxes. Microsoft, like most software vendors, ignored Apple. So now the vendors are reaping the rewards of what they sowed.

The bigger problem with El Capitan lies with virtualization and VPN software. These need to make changes to the system routing and interface tables to properly route packets between virtual machines and the Internet, or between the local host and the other end of a VPN tunnel. El Capitan breaks our VPN at work and I have advised our employees to not upgrade to El Capitan due to this fact until Apple and VPN vendors come up with a solution to this problem. I certainly am not going to advise employees on how to disable Apple's security system (SIP), that would be lunacy on my part akin to telling employees how to disable virus protection on their Windows laptops given the increasing threat level for Macs recently.

In the end, we need more secure systems, and Apple is providing one. The fact that it breaks existing applications and inconveniences users is unsurprising. It would have been surprising if that *hadn't* happened -- which is one reason why consumer operating systems are so insecure (because making them secure breaks so much stuff).

Comment Re:Socalim is organized psychopathy (Score 1) 263

It is clearly not already fair. Perhaps you have Stockholm syndrome.

Executive compensation isn't a matter of envy, it's a matter of fairness. If the CEO is worth a million a year for 6 hour days and a retirement package that can support him for life, even if he gets fired for non-performance, why isn't the guy putting in 60 hr/week designing the products that the company can't stay in business without? Why not the people actually making the products that the company cannot bring in even a penny without?

As for the bailouts and such, how many times has Trump folded the tent in bankruptcy? He doesn't look broke to me.

Al Dunlap has a net worth estimated at $100 million. That after a lifetime of fraud and corruption earning him the 'award' of 6th worst CEO of all time (not to mention a number of lawsuits and SEC fines).That is the norm. The many many people he 'chainsawed' didn't fare that well. I would not call a net worth of $100,000,000 'broke'.

Comment Re:The problem wth tyrants is they're friendly ... (Score 1) 166

Doesn't even have to by tyrants. EVERYONE honestly believes they are doing the right thing. Jesus thought he was doing the right thing. Pontius Pilate thoughr he was doing the right thing. Your mom thought she was doing the right thing. Elite German SS soldiers thought they were doing the right thing. Abortion clinics and the people who put down dogs and cats for the SPCA thought they did the right thing. Abortion clinic bombers thought they did the right thing. Suicide bombers thought they did the right thing. Al Qaida thought they put up a good struggle. Gay-bashers thought they did the right thing. Bigot bullies thought they did the right thing. Religious followers thought they did the right thing.

You know who else put up a good struggle?

No one wants to be wrong. And they'll go to any length not to have to face being wrong.

There are no good and evil people on this Earth. Even (especially!) serial killers, satan worshippers, rapists, drug addicts, tax cheats, tax collectors, lawyers, and murderers. They all are doing what they believe to be the right thing.

Who is good and evil in a chess match? Who is right and who is wrong? It's all in how you play the game.

Comment Re:Break The NDA (Score 1) 360

They may do so in order to comply with the law. I grant that mostly because I don't see where they should be ethically compelled to violate the law.

I am not aware of any law that allows for take down notices based on alleged violation of an NDA, are you?

If they would like to give it a try, they could seek a court order to take down the iFixit app on the basis of an NDA violation.

But them doing it on their own vs based on a court order is the difference between due process and vigilante justice.

Comment Re:Socalim is organized psychopathy (Score 1) 263

Actually, P/E is a terrible measure these days given the crazy valuations in the market. It would be fine with sane valuations. But I agree in principle that capital is worth more than 0.

But even minus a specific metric, it would stand to reason that pay should have scaled roughly with productivity in a fair system. But note that pay is stagnant for decades while productivity has risen steadily.

Another metric would be executive compensation to median wage. That has gone from 30 or so up into the hundreds.

Small business actually tends to be a bit closer to reasonable since the owner tends to also act as an employee (out of necessity).

It's funny you mention bubbles. We seem to have a lot of them. That would be capital sucking royally at it's job. What is supposed to happen when you suck royally at your job? When's the last time you saw a former investment banker asking "want fries with that?"?

Perhaps once the more egregious abuses are hammered out and the question can be discussed rationally and publically, we can settle on reasonable numbers. But first we need to get the thumbs off of the scale.

Comment Re:Paved with good intentions... (Score 1) 166

A computer system detects the delivery of large quantities of bomb-making materials to an address in the suburbs. You arrest the parents, and they seem completely baffled. You get a warrant and search their computers, only to find that their 13-year-old son has been in communication with Al Qaeda. You know that somewhere in the city, there is probably a bomb, and the only lead is a kid. The kid is uncooperative, and you realize that if you do not get the kid to spill his guts, thousands of people will die.

Comment Re:If that's how Pokemon Int'l treats its fans... (Score 1) 187

Hate to be a dick, but you DID charge admission using another company's IP.

But did he charge admission for the right to experience another company's IP? People didn't pay $2 apiece to see the posters. They paid $2 apiece to go to the party. So he didn't charge money for their IP in any meaningful sense. There's very little difference between this and suing some kid for printing out a picture of their IP and hanging it on his/her bedroom door.... It is, pedantically, a copyright violation, but it isn't the sort of way legitimate businesses behave. It's the way you'd expect a company trying to milk every last buck out of a dying franchise would behave.

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