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Comment: Re:Old proverb (Score 1) 395

Face death (numerous people called for him to die) or life in prison returning to the US.
You can justify anything by making up BS like that. If he stayed in the US he would have a trial and he would have been able to make his case for doing what he did. In addition he has plenty of supporters and he would have had A LOT more, including myself, if he had not inflicted a mortal wound on his credibility by running to countries that are doing the exact things he complained about but 10 times worse and allowing himself to be used as a propaganda tool against the USA.

Comment: Re:Wat? (Score 2, Insightful) 582

by clarkkent09 (#46761391) Attached to: How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

True, but it is also easier for malicious people to find vulnerabilities when they have the source code. There are other disadvantages, a broad developer base allows vulnerabilities to be deliberately introduced more easily and it's harder to enforce standards etc.

I searched and couldn't find a good study or any reliable evidence either way. There is good and bad open source software and there is also good and bad commercial software. Posting with absolute certainty that open source is more secure will get you modded up around here but I would like to see some evidence.

Comment: Re:shenanigans (Score -1, Flamebait) 386

by clarkkent09 (#46721817) Attached to: UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

the public opinion in the USA is so against any efforts at improving the situation (better education. Health care for all, less inequality, gun control, all the things that have proven to work in the rest of the western world)

1. Better education - Any suggestions? US has the best university level education in the world by far. As for lower levels, we throw more money at it than most countries and get worse results so go figure. The fact that lower level education is one of the few things in the US that is entirely controlled by the government and also a rare case where almost entire workforce is unionized probably have something to do with it, as well as demographics.

2. Health care for all - Healthcare that produces the best results in the world (WHO report under Responsiveness category) is available for all. It does not come cheap and especially not free, which is the way it should be.

3. Less inequality - This can only be achieved by sacrificing economic liberty which is something Americans traditionally don't like to do even at the cost of performing worse as measured by some statistic.

4. Gun control - This is so stupid that it's hardly worth replying to. Plenty of countries that have widespread gun ownership have very low murder rate, and also plenty of countries where gun ownership is strictly controlled have 10 times or more the murder rate of US.

Comment: Re:Singapore (Score 5, Insightful) 386

by clarkkent09 (#46721707) Attached to: UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country

Draconian punishments for even minor offenses will make a place safe, doesn't mean that they are doing it right.

  If we were doing a 10th of what they do (mandatory capital punishment for possession of 15g of heroin, heavy whipping for graffiti, 3 months in prison plus whipping as a mandatory minimum sentence for foreigners overstaying their visa etc) the same people who admire their low crime rate would be calling it fascism.

Comment: Re:I May Not Agree (Score 5, Insightful) 1116

by clarkkent09 (#46698381) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

It is not gay marriage that bothers me but the false logic and dishonest tactics being used to promote it.

There are no rights being denied to gay people that are also not being denied to people who want group marriage, incestual marriage, or marriage for convenience (green card for example) etc.

If you want to propose to extend the definition of marriage (traditionally one man, one woman) to cover one man - one man, and one woman - one woman, fine, put it to a vote. I will vote for it. But don't talk about rights being denied and don't try to destroy everybody who disagrees with your proposal by personal attacks and accusations. Even liberals at this point (Bill Maher for example) are disgusted by the tactics of the gay lobby.

Comment: Re:Smart Cars = HiTech ??? (Score 1) 371

by clarkkent09 (#46695799) Attached to: Smart Car Tipping Trending In San Francisco

1. Car makers usually equip their cars with bigger engines and more features as standard for the US market. In case of Smart Car, the engine is tuned for faster acceleration instead of gas mileage.

2. UK uses imperial gallon which is bigger than US gallon so you have to be careful to compare like with like

3. Different testing standards. EU standards are surprisingly less strict than the US and allow manufacturers more room to cheat. Same car will show "considerably" better fuel economy when tested according to European standards -

The first version always gets thrown away.