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Comment: Re:Security is an embarassment (Score 1) 606

Great point, and who's to say that most intelligence agencies don't already have all this information? I think the people Wikileaks will be upsetting by this isn't the USA, but the nations that thought they were going to be able to use the information as a bargaining chip but now can not, because it's out in the open.

On the other hand, perhaps nations that already had this information couldn't act on it, because that would expose they had spies in certain places, but now they are free to publicly act out in defiance.

Comment: The system clearly isn't working. (Score 5, Insightful) 764

by d474 (#34126816) Attached to: Jammie Thomas Hit With $1.5 Million Verdict
Look at those dollar amounts. First trial: $220,000 Second: $1.92 million Third: $54,000 Fourth: $1.5 million

Something about the shear inconsistency of the outcomes tells me how broken this system of courts truly is. It's not based on anything real. It's based on appearances, fuzzy opinions, manipulated interpretations, etc. This woman shared some music over the internet, and they want to financially crucify her. $54,000 thousand would take a lot of people a long time to pay off, let alone $1.5 million. That amount would effectively end her financial life.

Comment: Well, it's important to be clear about this... (Score 1) 79

by d474 (#34117616) Attached to: Real-Time Holograms Beam Closer To Reality
We wouldn't want someone to confuse Star Wars (the classic sci-fi movie) with Star Wars (the contemporary adult-midget porno flick). Of course, the famous quote from the latter is "Penetrate me O-B-its-Long Ushorty, you are my only poke." How the two could be confused I have no idea.

Comment: This doesn't make sense at all. (Score 3, Insightful) 154

by d474 (#33656072) Attached to: Google Publishes Censorship Map
When the Government asks Google for information about a user, how is that "censorship"? It may be a violation of privacy, but it's not censorship unless Google admits that the government then used that information about the user to censor their online activities. Of course, I did not RTFA. I prefer to censor myself ;P

Comment: Not the worst ever... (Score 4, Funny) 157

by d474 (#33386870) Attached to: Pentagon Confirms 2008 Computer Breach — 'Worst Ever'
In 1983, a high school kid named David Lightman hacked his way into DOD computer @ Norad called the W.O.P.R. which almost resulted in an all out nuclear war between the U.S.A. and Russia. I believe they made a movie about it.

So until I hear a story that tops that, keep your "worst ever" superlatives to yourself. Oh, wait...

Comment: Re:Accountability (Score 2, Insightful) 1018

by d474 (#33083226) Attached to: High-Frequency Programmers Revolt Over Pay

And if said software screws up and costs a few hundred million, or otherwise causes other "bad things" to happen, what's the accountability of the programmer or the manager?

Nothing. CEO's wreck companies/cause damages all the time, and all that happens to them, personally/financially is NOTHING. Maybe they get fired and then receive a nice golden parachute. Why should it be any different for the programmers who are the architects of the entire groundwork allowing the company to exist in the first place?

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