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Comment: Re: Haleluja ... (Score 1) 635

by cellocgw (#48261727) Attached to: Pope Francis Declares Evolution and Big Bang Theory Are Right

Because Catholics do not believe that everything a pope says is to be considered infallible.

That prompts two responses.
First, your sentence is a variant of "no true Scotsman." What's the point of having a pope if every Catholic gets to interpret matters religious on their own?

Second: on the bright side, unlike a certain other religion popular the world around, you can say something against the pope and not get assassinated by religious leaders for doing so.

Comment: Re:Honestly. (Score 1) 231

by cellocgw (#48251791) Attached to: Ex-CBS Reporter Claims Government Agency Bugged Her Computer

If they want to scare her they wake her up in the middle of the night with 4 people in her bedroom

That sort of thing leads to amusing (or tragic) tangles with armed professional law enforcement, and the toy soldiers do not cope well with such situations.

and here I thought it was the lead-in to a video about a woman and four pizza-delivery boys...

Comment: Re:By yourself you know others (Score 1) 582

by cellocgw (#48241753) Attached to: Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

This strikes me as arguing over whether or not Batman could beat Superman in a fight.

Depends: does Batman have access to some Green Kryptonite? Does the fight take place on a planet orbiting a red star?
Does Batman say (quite out of context), " You can't win, Darth^H^H^H^H Superman. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine."

Comment: He's avoiding the point (Score 3, Insightful) 421

by cellocgw (#48234689) Attached to: Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

Quote: "'They're going after people who are really not criminals,' said David Smith, a former federal prosecutor "

Ummm, hey Mr. Lawer Dude: why should they be allowed to impound ANY non-criminal item from ANYONE? It's one thing to remove, say, guns and illegal drugs when arriving with a warrant. It's another to say "hey, I bet that cash and those guns are illegal so let's take them " (and the car they're in -- the car is often taken as well) It's been pretty well established that local police depts use the forfeiture laws as a moneymaking operation. How about we take property the old-fashioned (joke) way: after conviction, or at the very least, grand-jury indictment?

Comment: Re: Snowden (Score 3, Interesting) 221

by cellocgw (#48233609) Attached to: When Snowden Speaks, Future Lawyers (and Judges) Listen

What he did was illegal, but I can't say that it was wrong.

I'm not in the least convinced that it was illegal. Revealing classified info which reveals the existence of criminal behavior is not necessarily illegal (at least as of one of my early briefings when having a clearance bestowed upon my august presence).

Comment: Re: Please Microsoft... (Score 1) 347

by cellocgw (#48215935) Attached to: The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

And you're offensively paternalistic in thinking I want to go thru 10 minutes of booting & reloading all my apps and active development docs every day (or even week) just to satisfy some IT god's paranoia. I repeat: load the patches and give the users a minimum of 5 day's warning before forcing a reboot.

Comment: Re: Please Microsoft... (Score 0) 347

by cellocgw (#48212657) Attached to: The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

You're entirely missing the point. Aside from the fact that viruses almost never penetrate the corporate firewalls, what I stressed was that system (and AV-software) updates can be pushed without executing a forced shutdown. There are better ways to achieve the same goal.
Call someone else a PEBCAC, 'mkay? I lost 2 days of work because some red flag went off and IT wasted 2 days doing their SuperSpecial scans only to find nothing at all -- and here I am with an 8-core machine but they wouldn't let me run their scans while simultaneously working.

Comment: Re: Please Microsoft... (Score 1) 347

by cellocgw (#48212145) Attached to: The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

Computers that aren't rebooted at least once a month are likely to miss a critical patch and present a serious risk to the network. If the users aren't willing to do their part to maintain network security, then the script needs to reboot the computers.

And, THAT is why we call IT workers total fuckwits. Until you figure out how to tell the users they must reboot without doing a forced shutdown of apps without so much as saving the work in process, we're going to do everything we can (e.g. pulling the ethernet plug every night before going home) to stop your idiocy. Granted Windows itself is largely to blame, as it's incapable of understanding that force-quitting apps should never be allowed sans local keyboard interaction (i,e. direct user approval), but the typical IT approach of nuking from orbit is unexcusable.

Comment: Re:I hate hardware (Score 1) 150

by cellocgw (#48151193) Attached to: If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

What if your cloud service provider goes down? How you going to get all your data if you get only 1 day, or a week notice? How about if you get no notice, the shit just stops working? The company goes poof! So does all your data.

Not the best analogy, but: in case of bankruptcy, shutdown, or death, a medical doctor's practice/office/heirs are required by law to store the patient records & provide them or transfer them upon request. Similar legislation is needed for data storage service companies. (Oh,wait-- intelligent legislative action in today's Congress? Putting a burden on the Job Creators? nevva mind)

To thine own self be true. (If not that, at least make some money.)