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Comment: Re:Indeed, what bunch of assholes (Score 2) 211

by fredclown (#35831836) Attached to: Rivals Mock Microsoft's 'Native HTML5' Claims
That is because the Acid tests DO NOT test standards. They test fringe cases and in some cases test parts that have since been removed from the spec or nobody uses. It wastes time to develop solely to pass the Acid tests. What is more helpful is to build your browser to standards, which IE8 and IE9 are (they don't support all standards ... nobody does ... but what they do support is supported well), and one you get the standards built in all of these fringe case test will naturally fall into line. You could build IE to pass Acid 3 and still have a crappy browser that the only thing it can do well is pass the Acid test.

Comment: Re:110 Months (Score 3, Informative) 176

by fredclown (#35592670) Attached to: Hacker Posts His Crime On YouTube, Lands In Jail
Being in the medical IT field I can tell you that almost all medical software is written for Windows. And last I checked I don't think you can arrest anyone for developing for the windows platform. Just because the system is on Windows doesn't automatically make it insecure. There are a number of things that could have been done to mitigate this such as ... super-gluing the USB ports, securing door access, group policy to lock down what can be run. If best practice security was followed this guy would have hard a hard time doing it. If you leave a system wide open for attack it will be ... whether it be Unix, Mac, or Windows.

Comment: Re:Google Apps for your domain? (Score 1) 286

by fredclown (#35106112) Attached to: Hotmail Launches Accounts You Can Throw Away
There is a service called Otherinbox that uses this approach. They give you a domain @yourname.otherinbox.com. Then you turn on the catch all feature and you can create any number of throw away email addresses. Combine that with filters if you get tired of receiving emails from microsoft@blah.otherinbox.com you just create a filter to delete them. I use this for everything that is not a business that I trust.

Comment: Re:Uh, no (Score 1) 503

by fredclown (#27852717) Attached to: European Union Asks US To Free ICANN

Oh... But killing PoWs is the whole other crime of war. Torture does not need to end in death to be torture.

The point was that we are not doing anything like what the Japanese did. What they did is undeniably torture. What our CIA did is not even close to what the Japanese did such that they really cannot, in my view, be called the same thing. So, to make a sweeping statement that our version of water boarding is torture based off of what the Japanese did is a logical fallacy. Scaring the living daylight out of someone is not torture.

Besides the media is making it sound like this is a regular thing that the CIA does. It has only been used on three prisoners, and that was back in 2002. Furthermore, the session revealed significant information that saved many lives.

The prisoners were not harmed in any way and were water boarded under medical supervision. Do you hear that? We gave terrorists medical supervision. Do you think the terrorists would have provided medical support after their planned attacks that were thwarted because we water boarded these three individuals?

Comment: Re:Uh, no (Score 1) 503

by fredclown (#27849965) Attached to: European Union Asks US To Free ICANN

How about we strap you to a board and try it for 10-20 minutes and see if you still don't consider it torture?

According to CIA memos they were only allowed to do two sessions per day lasting no more than two hours each. And in those sessions they were only allowed to water board up to 40 seconds (which they say rarely happened). This could only be done a maximum of six times per two hour session. Meaning that at most the person was water boarded for four minutes out of two hours. Finally, in any 30 day period a prisoner was only allowed to be water boarded on five of those days.

I can hold my breath for forty seconds, and I can certainly do this six times in two hours. Can you?

Comment: Re:Uh, no (Score 1) 503

by fredclown (#27849803) Attached to: European Union Asks US To Free ICANN
The Japanese used salt water in their water boarding which in and of itself can cause death. http://hnn.us/roundup/entries/60549.html After that if the stomach of the individual became too full of water they would either beat water out of the stomach or jump on the victim. From Wikipedia In this version, interrogation continued during the torture, with the interrogators beating the victim if he did not reply and the victim swallowing water if he opened his mouth to answer or breathe. When the victim could ingest no more water, the interrogators would beat or jump on his distended stomach.

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