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Comment: Re:How does that sit with you, Snowden? (Score 1) 122

by benjfowler (#46815379) Attached to: VK CEO Fired, Says Company Under Kremlin Control

Except Russians are stuck with the same band of crooks.

OTOH, power in the West is rotated between two different bands of crooks (or at least two factions of the same band of crooks).

Ostensibly, the benefit of 'democracy', is that when the corrupts/incompetents in charge get on the nose too much, they can be safely and quickly gotten rid of. Russians and Chinese don't have that luxury. With no pressure-release-value, tensions within the system will just build up until something explodes, like 1789.

Comment: Good. (Score 1, Insightful) 159

by benjfowler (#46813891) Attached to: GitHub Founder Resigns Following Harassment Investigation

It's 2014, but you wouldn't know it, by looking on here.

Male Slashdotters -- think of how you'd feel, if somebody powerful was sexually harassing your wife, (I know, alien concept for many Slashdotters, but bear with me), mother or sister, and could leverage that power to do what they like with impunity. Not a good feeling now, is it?

Criminal, bullying, and anti-social behaviour should always be caught out and punished. It's good to see somebody being made an example out of.

Comment: Re:Not sure about the recovery test (Score 3, Interesting) 125

by benjfowler (#46793823) Attached to: SpaceX Launches Load to ISS, Successfully Tests Falcon 9 Over Water

Even if there isn't much to reuse, there are tremendous advantages to recovering the engines, and having the engineers tear them down to the last nut and bolt. Merlin will end up becoming an incredibly reliable rocket engine -- even more than now.

Comment: Re:Useful Idiot (Score 0) 395

You've hit the nail on the head. The problem with leaking, even for the public interest, is that once the material is out there, you have little control over it. The information-wants-to-be-free crowd have all sorts of half-arsed claims about how responsible they are and how they can be trusted, but they cannot be trusted not to put massive amounts of blood and treasure in danger, because they simply don't have the necessary background to make sound judgements 100% of the time.

Snowden is an self-aggrandizing douche, just like Julian Assange; furthermore he runs with people like himself, like that compulsive Judas, Greenwald, and his Brazilian rent-boy. They cannot be trusted to do the right thing. They are dangerous, naive and fallible.

Stuff gets classified for a very good reason, NOT because they are on some kind of toddler-level power trip to keep stuff secret merely to annoy tin-foil-hatters and Internet libertarians. If certain secrets are leaked, huge amounts of taxpayers' money spent to keep ahead of our adversaries is wasted; and real people could die.

Comment: Re:Holy shit (Score 1) 464

by benjfowler (#46774887) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

Admirable. Prudence is a virtue that's underappreciated these days by society at large, and especially by our irresponsible, feckless leaders.

And we've been egged on by our wasteful, idiotic consumer-driven society to piss all our savings up the wall rather than save it; and have policymakers deliberately engineering the economy to strip the people of their savings (how else can we interpret ZIRP?). Besides the financial costs, there are the moral costs of breeding generations of feckless, impoverished spendthrifts who blow all their money on overpriced tat and live paycheque to paycheque.

The Fed and friends get a lot of hate (in places like Zero Hedge especially), but it's justified.

Comment: So... (Score 3, Insightful) 464

by benjfowler (#46774811) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

So, no different to the peculiarly American trait of considering poor people "temporarily embarrassed millionaires". No thanks to the self-serving ideology peddled by the rich, that we'd all be better off if we all worked harder, never mind the fact that the rich get rich by capturing the surplus value of your labour.

There's a degree of this everywhere (e.g. the hundreds of millions of retards out there who consider themselves "middle class", despite needing a paycheck each week/month to survive), but nowhere is this stronger, than in the US.

Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 2, Informative) 1608

by benjfowler (#46768543) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

As an Australian, I can confidently say that it was the best thing that otherwise complete waste of right-wing space, John Howard, ever did.

His confronting raving gun nuts at pro-gun rallies to face them down (in a flak jacket), was incredibly brave, and showed that an otherwise contemptible individual had at least a shred of moral fibre.

Fun fact: not only did the gun buyback slash gun crime, it also halved the suicide rate -- people go through dark times, but by raising the bar to people 'going postal', Howard saved countless lives. Credit where it's due.

Possessions increase to fill the space available for their storage. -- Ryan