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Comment: I would reinstate him at the NSA (Score 1) 822

by jbeach (#46082249) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Does Edward Snowden Deserve?
Just RTFA. All the way back to the original NY times article, it isn't specified what Snowden would plead guilty to. Presumably not treason - which he isn't guilty of in any event. He has done the US and even the world a great service.

Sure, there are "political realities" (which should be an oxymoron) dictating that Snowden receives some kind of punishment.

And I would consider letting him run it.

Alternately, and perhaps even better, I would "sentence" him to get together with some very smart people to put together a system which restricts the possibility of these sorts of abuses and the secret rules that make them possible. Then I might put him in charge of a board that oversees the NSA and other agencies, and their uses of their power.

Comment: Isn't this ketosis? (Score 3, Insightful) 440

by jbeach (#45408659) Attached to: Soylent: No Food For 30 Days
The early stage of wooziness and cloudiness, and then the later stage of alertness because his body has switched to burning fat cells? So the caloric intake doesn't matter, unless and until he hits more than 25g of carb a day?

I'm sure the product keeps him from starving to death; I'm just not seeing how his doctor saw the fat loss and other things as such a mystery. Is there something I'm missing here?

Comment: Re:Isn't the Android platform hobbyist-enough? (Score 1) 207

by jbeach (#44910463) Attached to: Time For a Hobbyist Smartphone?
I think intuiting the comment is fairly obvious - there are serious difficulties with Java as a language, as it has structural imperfections that encourage exploits.

If you think a comment is necessary, then consider the above.

Friends of mine who are very serious about information security are not interested in having Android smartphones for several reasons - but the fact that Android is built on top of Java is a main and important reason.

You can not like or agree with this if you choose.

Comment: Re:Isn't the Android platform hobbyist-enough? (Score 1) 207

by jbeach (#44906785) Attached to: Time For a Hobbyist Smartphone?

Well, those are the people who are too stupid to figure out Java, like OP stated.

Sure, except they're not. I'm talking specifically about people who's living is security, and who don't like the language itself. Whether or not that somehow gives you butthurt. http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2013/06/03/oracle-promises-secure-java/

Comment: Why so odd that people "don't like change"? (Score 1) 283

by jbeach (#44438551) Attached to: A Year of Linux Desktop At Westcliff High School
People are always down for a change that improve things - if they have a choice and they can refuse if they don't like it.

But how many people would like to sit behind the wheel to drive to work, and suddenly find their entire dashboard reorganized and the wheel moved to a different angle six inches to the left?

As only one example, it always amazes me when supposed computer professionals are surprised when users were just fine with things exactly how they were. I still don't like the stupid ribbon interface of MS Word, and I have yet to find a single office person who actually prefers it.

Comment: Re:start with kicking out Ballmer (Score 2) 387

by jbeach (#44251575) Attached to: Steve Ballmer Reorganizing Microsoft

It's only the legacy of the corporate purchases of the Windows OS and Office that keep the Microsoft going.

Everything else, but especially this. And the Windows OS has always been given away with little or no visible cost to the consumer, as a delivery system for MS Office. Which means that the MS Office division has ALL the clout, calls ALL the shots, and when something else interesting starts happening elsewhere in the company the MS Office division starts raiding to get control influence over that project, snag all the smart people, and end up scuttling the technology as a threat to their hegemony.

Probably the only reason Xbox did so well was that its market was in no way a threat to MS Office's power. As a game console, it was entirely unrelated and stepped on no toes, so it was able to actually organically develop.

Comment: Re:Not trutly bias, not punitive. More like profil (Score 1) 719

by jbeach (#43725293) Attached to: IRS Admits Targeting Conservative Groups During 2012 Election

Stamp the ground, plug your ears, jam your head down a hole! The fact is that the IRS abused (profiled as you say) people from a single political movement during, and in a way which did definitely affect, the election. Even the IRS admits this is a fact. Ignore this fact at your own peril.

Yep, that's exactly what you're doing.

I said FROM THE BEGINNING this was profiling. I NEVER SAID this was a good thing.

And it's absurd to state that this affected the election. That is, as I'm sure you would say if our roles were reversed, quite an extreme claim to show with no evidence. In fact, I demand that you show your evidence for that claim right now.

I mean, my God!

I guess you are still sticking with, "It was OK because Obama won."

Not only am I not "sticking with" that, that was never my position to begin with. I'm saying it's not conspiracy, because a conspiracy very specifically requires collusion from the top with malicious intent. Which YOU have NO EVIDENCE of. As I've said multiple times, just as police can profile kids as stoners without colluding across states and police departments or even WITHIN police departments, so this sort of profiling doesn't require a conspiracy either.

I hope this at last gets through this time. But if not, that's fine too. Cheers, and may all be well with you.

Comment: Re:Not trutly bias, not punitive. More like profil (Score 1) 719

by jbeach (#43712281) Attached to: IRS Admits Targeting Conservative Groups During 2012 Election

..which does not support the claim "MORE tea-partiers [are] completely anti-tax, than any other political groups even half their size"

No, the larger analysis of that, which you really shouldn't have needed but I still provided just to prove the point, is my *other* response to this question. Please go look at that. And then, if you like, provide your counter-analysis, and FIND a political group that has more anti-tax members.

This was a more common-sense answer, which I perhaps should have expected you to ignore. So, if it's numbers analysis you are requesting, go respond to that one, rather than ignore it.

Here is a hint: Something that supports a claim has to actually include the thing being claimed, rather than specifically exclude the thing being claimed.

You mean, like I did in the other comment you're now ignoring. Interesting.

As re: feeling is not thinking, physician heal thyself. Aso, consider that projection is a fascinating phenomenon.

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