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Comment: Re:Disgusting. (Score 1) 677

by jafiwam (#49535879) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

This country is so damn rotten. I can't wait for grandpa to die already.

Note that

Americans overall say by plurality that Snowden has done "more to hurt" U.S. national security (43 percent) than help it (20 percent).

doesn't mean that grandpa thinks that Snowden is a terrorist or that Snowden did anything wrong. The problem with surveys like this is that any interpretation of them will be skewed. Without knowing how the person interpreted the question you can't say anything about the answer.

Say that you find a wallet containing $1000 on the street. You have the option to return the wallet to the owner, keep it or keep the money and return the wallet. If you ask someone if they will be financially better off if they keep the wallet/money compared to if they return it then the answer will be that they are better off if they keep the money. If you ask what they think is the right thing to do you get another answer. (Hopefully.)

Short term I can agree that Snowdens actions probably hurt national security and the revelation clearly damaged the U.S. image. Over a longer timespan it was the right thing to do and will in the long run help with creating a global stability based on mutual trust. The NSA idea of security is to strike first against the neighbor. The ideal scenario is to have a neighbor that you can ask to look after your house while you are on vacation.

No. The fuckers "running" the US damaged the US's image. The NSA has all kinds of support in looking at the OTHER GUY's citizens.

The toolbags in charge turned all that around and used the government AGAINST the citizens, 99.995% of whom were doing nothing wrong and who's rights were absolutely violated.

If Snowden didn't do what he did, somewhere, someone else, would have. And the thing is, if you aren't doing anything wrong when your shit gets revealed then you don't have a lot to worry about.

Comment: Re:ok but (Score 1) 399

In the case of a police officer when they interpret the law wrong there should be repercussions.


When a politician sponsors a bill and its found unconstitutional, there should be repercussions. When a DA files charges against someone and loses, there should be repercussions.

There already are repercussions. These are elected positions, no? You and your neighbours can decide to not vote for these people come next election. What's that? It's hard to remove corrupt public officials from office? Yeah, I'm well aware of this. Doesn't mean it's not, at least theoretically, possible. Yes, it will take lots of work, but then this is your country. And mine too. Hopefully we will eventually get enough critical mass to remove them. I just hope we can do it before they manage to completely shred what's left of the Constitution.

Bullshit there are repercussions. The voters actually vote for the corrupt, anti-constitutional politicians specifically BECAUSE they intend to violate the constitution. Diane Fiendstien has been trying to wipe out the 2nd Amendment for FOURTY YEARS and is still in office, simply because liberal Commifornians want to violate the rights of others.

Go ask your local liberal hippie if it thinks you should be allowed to own a gun. The answer is "no". And it votes that way.

Comment: Re:Patent Troll (Score 1) 74

by jafiwam (#49452297) Attached to: Amazon Gets Approval To Test New Delivery Drones

Amazon wants to patent a bunch of random "done with a drone" type stuff

Except SCOTUS invalidated those kind of combination patents in KSR v Teleflex. You cannot get a patent for doing an old thing in a new way, unless there is something truly innovative.

Except, the patent office is still approving and enforcing those types of patents. Maybe the courts and the guys over there should talk more.

Heck, on slashdot, RIGHT NOW, there is an article about a fight invalidating a patent for a brief sound recording "on the internet" in the form of a podcast having a patent fight.

That court ruling means nothing.

Comment: Re:Lets encrypt (Score 1) 104

by jafiwam (#49428133) Attached to: Google Let Root Certificate For Gmail Expire

That is the sort of Job description that's destined to fail and I would settle for some software that tracks domains, SSL certs etc and notifies (with an off switch when I want something to die) me when things need to be renewed. If you rely on the upstream provider, you end up renewing too much.

Perhaps it's time that SSL libraries provided warnings should the date of expiry come close - say 6 months. Then the SSL library will return a warning along the lines of "The target's SSL certificate will expire in less than 6 months (5 months 30 days 21 hours ...)". If users started getting messages about it they'd bring up a storm to get those certs renewed. And I think 6 months is probably plenty of time to account for someone in charge to notice and start a bureaucratic process to get it renewed.

And if browsers displayed it, well, users will report their browsers are displaying some yellow gobbledegook about the website.

Google is more interested in their browsers display some yellow gobbledygook about certificates not being on file at their preferred "Public Audit Records" authority. A new standard not meant to be implemented yet. Or, they'll just take the little lock symbol away in newer versions while everybody else follows the actual rules.

Google is big enough to be stupid, and arrogant at the same time. Congrats, assholes.

Comment: Re:Astronaut-booze (Score 1) 421

by jafiwam (#49410359) Attached to: Powdered Alcohol Banned In Six States

if you want to carry this, you end up carrying more weight. you need to carry this, the binder and water too. freeze dried is sort of a lie, that's not really what was done to it.

just carrying margarita mixer powder and vodka would get you easier and with less to carry.

basically the only advantage to palcohol is potentially eating it, because there is no weight saving. it's not like pure spirits get any lighter, they're already pure(everclear). vodka is pure with water and the water you need to carry to hiking probably anyways.

just take a plastic bottle of vodka. or a baggie of vodka.

You know, your "ideas" would carry more weight if you knew what kind of liquor goes into a margarita.

Here's a hint. WATER FILTER. --- see, if you inspect that closely, you can figure out where the error in your thinking is.

Comment: Re:DRTFA (Score 1) 143

Because there is clearly a high level and consistent level of loss each and every year as is quite clear from the graphs. So that ends your theory... Happy now? Thought not... But perhaps its time to advocate for doing something about it rather than trying to argue nothing MIGHT be wrong because of some infinitesimally small chance that the results are incorrect.... Like the GW deniers do...

Or, it could be now that people have realized that fires are natural part of forests, and stopped trying to stop all of them... i.e. managing the forests more like Ma Nature does and THAT means more fires happened recently.... thus less "forested" land exists due to it being properly managed.

Sorry dude, hippy bullshit is hippy bullshit. Let me guess, they want money and for all of us to get their magazine, and vote for their guy. Right? (rolls eyes)

Comment: Re:I hope this is a april fools. (Score 2) 187

by jafiwam (#49390449) Attached to: Amazon Moves "Buy Now" Into the Physical World, With the Dash Button

These have no reason to exist. They will just create more electronic wastes, not to mention the manufacturing cost. A simple app for smartphones would've done the same thing, and more.

But that's not the same. When you're reaching for the detergent and notice that it's almost empty, you may not have your smartphone with you, and even if you do, you probably don't want to stop and launch the app so you can order more detergent, you'll just try to remember to order it next time you're at your computer. Though if you had a button right there on the cabinet, then you'd probably hit it right while you have the empty detergent bottle in your hand.

Admittedly this seems like unnecessary overkill, but it is definitely difference than a smartphone app and I can see why some might find it useful.

They will just create more electronic wastes, not to mention the manufacturing cost

Many people would say the same about smartphones and their (mostly) 2 year obsolescence schedule.

If you are like me, you'd need a rack of these things in the shower. That seems to be the only place I think of certain tasks... always forgotten by the time I get out.

Comment: Re:Good Luck (Score 2) 331

by jafiwam (#49358039) Attached to: Amazon Requires Non-Compete Agreements.. For Warehouse Workers

In any case, you would need Amazon to actually enforce it. While they do have more money for legal fees, they would risk a big PR issue if they tried to prevent some guy from working at Walmart after quitting Amazon. Also, the first guy with such a problem wouldn't have a lot of trouble finding someone to help them with legal fees, if only for the publicity.

This is probably just a scare tactic, to discourage people from leaving them, it is unethical, but not really enforceable.

More likely, it's a case of megalomania of some middle manager somewhere. Some guy read the article about Facebook "stealing" methods for data centers and thinks the stuff "they invented" in the company is intellectual property worth billions and tries to "protect his ideas."

The non-competes I have experience with were always some big ego douchebag somewhere, not a real business need. It might be different in some industries, but random software consulting companies just don't need it. Yeah, you can be protective of client lists and such, but how to go about the job?

Comment: Re:Beware the incoming LART (Score 1) 122

by jafiwam (#49353187) Attached to: Amazon Announces Unlimited Cloud Storage Plans

Say 210 watts system power at the wall. 5000 watts a day. Say $0.20/kWh. That is $1/day. No biggie? That's almost $400 a year. Per server. You claim how many? Funny how one under states power/CPU use but over states the rest. Who you lying for?

Amazon gives you infinite store for $60 a year.

That is why America rulez! and the Greeks druelz!

And if he pays for electric heat, some of that comes back in the form of not needing to heat as much. Even in summer time, sin ome places the basement is too cold to use as living space without heating it.

As usual, do the math and decide for yourself it it works for you.

Comment: Re:Careful, they might shoot back (Score 1) 336

They obviously don't care if a person succeeds or not. They only want their name in the media. They share the PR school of Miley Cyrus. They want articles saying that they are attacking people on the mainland US. That will help them win or loss. They want to project international power.

They don't care about the past (destroying ancient Assyrian artifacts) and they obviously don't care about the future (declaring war on the world, killing huge chunks of the population in their area). They only live in the now. The question isn't if they will succeed in their goal. The question is, how long will they be around to annoy / terrorize / kill us all.

They quite literally think they are bringing on the end of days as is in their literature.

Why worry about a few petty details if your goal is "end of the world"?

Comment: Re:Fuck those guys (Score 1) 569

That makes a new loop hole: Cop wants someone dead. Cop makes an anonymously swatting call. Cop goes in knowing it's fake and kills the person he wants dead. Cop gets off free.

The police are the ones doing the shooting, not the caller. The cop always has final say if he should pull the trigger or not. Any cop shooting someone else should always be held accountable for that shooting. Most shootings are justified, some are not.

There are already laws against false reports. They should be strengthened.

Something similar to this actually played out recently.

The home owner ended up shooting and killing the right cop (the one with the grudge) and got off. Apparently the other cops didn't like the dead guy much so there wasn't a big rally to hang the innocent home owner.

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