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Comment Re:It can't. (Score 1) 85

"everyone was given equal opportunity" How would you go about doing this for 7 billion people? I guess one solution could be to wage world wide war until there is only a few thousand people left alive and they can restart the perfect society where everyone has equal opportunities. Since the beginning of human history civilizations and societies have been created by war and then eventually destroyed by war.

Comment Re: These companies keep giving us reasons (Score 1) 387

Dude I was generalizing over the past 15+ years of MS operating system releases and upgrades. Yes, there were numerous changes in the .NET framework between 4.0 and 4.5 and if you were not smart enough to realize that before updating to 4.5 any problems you encountered in your applications were all on you. And why did you need to upgrade from 4.0 to 4.5 in the first place? Was there some functionality you needed that only 4.5 could provide or did you see a new shiny and just updated .NET? And anecdotal references to driver complaints, office issues, or Xbox are usually from people who say "Look there is a new update I best install it immediately!".

Comment Re: These companies keep giving us reasons (Score 1) 387

"existing custom applications are going to require significant updates when migrating to the latest windows versions" If it is one thing MS does well it is backwards capability. The vast majority of existing custom applications developed under XP will run under Vista, Win7, Win8, and even Win10. Hell I still have a VB application developed on Win2000 that installs and runs on Win7.

Comment Re: These companies keep giving us reasons (Score 1) 387

The costs associated with purchasing Windows licenses is cheaper than moving to another platform. You will need to come up with one hell of a sales pitch to get a company to move off a platform they have sunk millions of dollars into for some possible costs savings 10 years into the future. And complaining about the "evils" of MS is really not a persuasive argument.

Comment Re: These companies keep giving us reasons (Score 1) 387

"indispensible apps " How about the millions of custom internal and intranet only business applications used by companies around the world. Companies have invested too much money and time developing these applications to suddenly want to port them over to a different platform. There are also quite a lot of business critical 3rd party software purchased by companies that offer no alternative platform support. Companies also face the exorbitant costs associated with retraining or re-staffing IT departments to handle another platform so why would someone want to go through all the bother just to move off Windows?

Comment Re:See, NSA? (Score 2) 54

"We can use big data mining to uncover YOUR secrets, too!"
Every individual, major corporation, and government agency is already under attack every day. And those perpetrating the attacks are after personal information capable of inflicting great harm to the individual. And the government not only has to deal with domestic attempts to breach their systems looking for information but also attempts from well funded and very capable foreign agents. The US government has had legal access to a citizens personal information since way before the Internet age. Tax records, personal property titles, drivers licenses, and marriage licenses are just some of the sources of personal information the government has access to. Your tax records alone can allow the government to profile you in great detail.Your phone call history, which has been compiled since the advent of the telephone for billing purposes, is fairly harmless in the grand scheme of things. And didn't Congress specifically revoke the US security agencies authority on bulk collection of this type of data a few months back?

Comment Re:invalid data (Score 1) 337

I won't brush aside the statement claiming the US was built on the backs of African Americans but the mainly white immigrants from Europe did a hell of a lot more. From the minute their ships docked and they were enlisted in the Union army which had a role in defeating the southern slave owners. And you do need to prove yourself if you wish to be successful in life. Standing around bemoaning the hardships your ancestors had to put up with will not get you very far. Without a doubt racism exists in the minds of individuals but there have been great strides in eliminating institutional level racism. There are laws and statutes in place to provide recourse if you feel you are being discriminated against because of the color of your skin. The "All men created equal..." declaration in the US Constitution was BS as soon as the ink dried. However I look at the Constitution as a work in progress were the goal is to eventually create a society where those types of declarations become more than words on a piece of paper.

Comment Re:invalid data (Score 1) 337

One of the underlying themes in analyzing race equality is the assumption that there are no economically disadvantaged white people. There are white people living in poverty with criminal records, poor educations, and very few opportunities to improve their situation. I cringe every time I hear someone making rash generalizations when describing and labeling the residents of the US. The US is the most diverse country in the world when it comes to race, ethnicity, and pretty much every religion known to man. The elimination of racial strife will never happen until people start taking personal responsibility for their decisions, Laws, statutes, and government legislation cannot make the problems go away unless the individual attempts to make their own opportunities. The screeching lunatics and hardliners on both the left and right drown out the vast majority of the population and create false perceptions. There is racism in the US today but there has been progress in fighting racism. Just imagine if you lived in the deep south 40 years ago and someone told you a black man would be elected President of the US. I imagine both black and whites could not even imagine such a thing. And you do not need a college degree to succeed in life. Gates, Jobs, and Zuckenburg didn't need a degree and look where they ended up. I have worked in the IT field for 28 years and have found it is pretty easy to evaluate someones technical skills during an interview. Their formal education credentials are really not that important to me when deciding who to hire.

Comment Re:invalid data (Score 1) 337

Define fair. Race should never be used to deny opportunities which is the text book definition of racism. There are plenty of laws on the books that provide recourse for anyone feeling discriminated against. However using race to increase opportunities for a particular group is also racism.

Comment Re:invalid data (Score 5, Insightful) 337

Race is the most meaningless metric of all when it comes to evaluating an ideal workforce. The last thing minority activists want is for competence to become the deciding factor when determining who to hire. If competence can be overridden by the color of someones skin than that only bolsters the idea that there are inferior races that need to be graded on a different scale. And justifying a bias based on race to make up for some historical wrongdoing just perpetuates injustice. Why should someone today accept reverse discrimination for the actions of others hundreds of years ago? And releasing data to be "fair" begs the question of who judges what is fair and what is not? Standing around waiting for the world to be fair will only guarantee failure propped up by an appalling entitlement complex.

Comment Re:Zero-days are not "back doors". (Score 1) 82

Every single OS currently being used has 0-day exploits just waiting to be found. So by your reckoning I guess all the developers involved in creating and maintaining these OS's are incompetent? The real incompetence is in all those companies calling themselves security experts. These deep-think groups of geniuses are always 2 steps behind those creating the exploits. They publish white papers containing postmortems on exploits that have already reeked havoc. And the vast majority of exploits today are caused by social engineering tricks, negligent system administration, lack of codified IT practices, and of course reckless and click happy users who have never seen a hyperlink they wouldn't click on.

Comment Re:Yeah, be a man! (Score 1) 608

Jury nullification is not a legal defense in any US court room. Jury nullification has been legally challenged at every court level in the US and each time declared illegal. Jury nullification would inject politics into the legal proceedings. Look closely at the trials involving white on black crimes in the south 40 years ago with all white jurors to see what jury nullification looks like. Snowden sealed his fate when he published information on foreign intelligence operations. He systematically violated the Espionage act. You don't walk away from this charge. Like it or not the US is not the only country that conducts intrusive foreign intelligence operations with little regard for other countries laws. As long as this fact holds true the government is going to treat breaches of national security in matters related to foreign operations very seriously and make sure the penalties are substantial.

Comment Re:Yeah, be a man! (Score 1) 608

Of course the verdict is decided because he has already admitted he performed illegal acts. There is no gray area on this point. Had he only released information related to domestic activities he could have used the remaining foreign related information as leverage to bargain with the government. The government would have taken that deal in a second and would settle on charging him with some minor misdemeanor related to the theft with no jail time. But he has a history of making bad decisions. His first bad decision was releasing the information BEFORE he was safely ensconced in some Latin American paradise. His second bad decision was thinking the material related to foreign intelligence operations was some how illegal and infringed on the rights of US citizens. Foreign intelligence operations outside of the US are not subject to the US Constitution or Bill of Rights. The only law that applies to foreign intelligence operations is don't get caught. He should resign himself to living in Russia under constant surveillance by the FSB. If he leaves Russia he will have to evade the US, English, Australian, German, French, and New Zealand security services because a lot of the information released also involved their security services operations.

Comment Re:Windows 10 has Secret Screen Recording Tool (Score 1) 203

The Constitution may be a little ambiguous in some areas but it doesn't place any restrictions on what state intelligence and clandestine security agencies can do outside of US sovereign territory in the name of national security.The only rule when it comes to conducting intelligence operations in foreign lands is don't get caught. That's why foreign embassies across the world are heavily staffed with intelligence operatives giving them diplomatic immunity if caught in a compromising situation.

"granted infinite power outside of US " The amount of power the US or any country has outside their own borders is ultimately decided by military and economic strength.

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