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Comment: Too focused on style instead of mission/reality (Score 1) 641

by ibsteve2u (#46671999) Attached to: Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer
The reality is that any human-made system will fail because of either fatal defects or accumulated non-fatal defects. Linus' mission is to keep Linux both running and flexible (to support improvement/new features) - and both goals require that no single developer diverts everybody else in the world away from maintenance and/or new feature development backwards to accommodating bugs/defects introduced by that single developer.

If you want to be treated with kid gloves, think back to high school: Resolve your petty differences/behavior problems before you get kicked up to the school principle (Linus, in this case). Merely being kicked up to that level indicates both that your behavior is causing significant problems and that everybody else has already given up on you

Comment: It ain't Netflix that is arrogant... (Score 1) 466

by ibsteve2u (#46576881) Attached to: AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality
It is AT&T that is "arrogant".

Comments such as this one make it plain that AT&T believes that they've bought enough members of Congress and enough of the FCC to be able to safely ignore those famous "free market" principles which would otherwise supposedly protect the American consumer from monopolistic practices - e.g., sending Netflix to the bottom of the priority stack on AT&T-controlled comm links.

The greatest arrogance lies in the fact that AT&T believes that they can publicly reveal - even boast of - the extent of the corruption that they've fostered without repercussion.

Comment: Did Greenwald just say... (Score 1) 347

by ibsteve2u (#46353517) Attached to: NSA and GHCQ Employing Shills To Poison Web Forum Discourse
Did Greenwald just say that if you disagree with him, Snowden, or Snowden's pals in the PRC and former USSR you're a "government shill"?

I'd note, by the way, that injecting misinformation into "stolen government documents" after the fact isn't only a piece of cake, it's old hat.

Comment: What about "shareholder value"??? (Score 1) 692

by ibsteve2u (#46047827) Attached to: Protesters Show Up At the Doorstep of Google Self-driving Car Engineer
Seems the solution is Google builds "dense urban housing" on their campus a la Foxconn. They save the money for the shuttles, their fuel, and the shuttle drivers and return it to the shareholders - and the rest of San Francisco doesn't have to worry about upward pressure on rents, the blasting of their neighborhoods with "dense urban housing", or the Congo.

Handy double-edged sword, that "shareholder value".

Comment: Re:lolll...is this question Bernie's idea? (Score 1) 363

by ibsteve2u (#45868917) Attached to: Senator Bernie Sanders Asks NSA If Agency Is Spying On Congress
(P.S. Note to personnel about to be bugged [NPI] by increasingly nervous politicians: Never tell a politician that they don't have "the need to know" - or cover something up so that they cannot see it especially if there is anybody in the vicinity who appears to be unaware of just how very important they are. Even though you, the politician, and the wall all know that the politician leaks for any reason from revenge to financial advantage to impressing that pretty young thing to free dinner on the WaPo, that just makes 'em mad and they'll take it out on you/the program/the nation's security.

Instead, pull an Alberto Gonzales and select one of the nearly infinite variations of "I forget." or "I don't know.". And remember: For anybody but a politician, those are just delay tactics. You will be expected to be capable of learning new tricks.)

Comment: Hayden's opinion... (Score 1) 572

I'd feel better about Hayden's opinion if I didn't get this visual of Hayden saying "This is the intelligence we have." and then nodding compliantly as Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld & PNAC, LLP said "Well, this is what we'll say we have - and this is what you'll say it means." And Voila! - we're in Iraq with too few, too under-armored, for too little justification...and consequently taking too many casualties for too long at too great of an expense in both dollars and world opinion.

There are many - to include me - who despise Snowden for turncoating...but the reality is when you must watch the very top of the food chain betraying the nation for purely selfish reasons - just to hurt "labor" a.k.a. the American people and further enrich the top of the energy and financial food chains - you don't have to be an analyst to project that others further down the food chain will follow that leadership example.

That is what leaders are for: To set the example. Sell-outs shouldn't bitch about other sell-outs.

Comment: "Tech industry concern" is B.S., anyway (Score 2) 312

The bottom line is "the tech industry" mines and sells your data (i.e., "every little thing you do"), so in order to keep their bottom line growing "the tech industry" must get the NSA's ability to mine for terrorist activity stopped before the American people force their (not "their" as in "the American people's", but "their" as in "the tech industry's") Representatives and Senators to again prioritize their Constitutional responsibilities above their bought-and-paid-for promises and outlaw all data mining as the invasion of privacy that it is.

Comment: Wonder how Doug Adams would have reacted (Score 1) 476

by ibsteve2u (#45316543) Attached to: Microsoft, Apple and Others Launch Huge Patent Strike at Android
I suspect that Doug Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy would have been worded slightly differently had this occurred before he finished his book; i.e., when the reason for the destruction of the Earth (the construction of a hyperspatial express bypass) was given, I suspect the sentence "Doesn't matter, anyway; they chose to self-obsolete with something called 'patents'." would have appeared shortly thereafter.

There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly. -- Publius Terentius Afer (Terence)

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