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Comment: Illegal, and unlikely! (Score 1) 228

This would amount to surveillance of a US person (U.S.-owned corporation in this case), and would be quite illegal. Believe it or not, that does actually make it unlikely. There is a good deal of mindfulness of law within these agencies - it's usually the outsider appointees/elected officials that don't have the same respect for u.s. citizens/law.

In any event, 'moles' seem very unlikely, as Microsoft has a great relationship with U.S. intelligence agencies. There are patriots at MS who would likely be lining up to support the country's efforts.

Comment: Dell Latitude e6520 has an awesome NumPad (Score 1) 300

For work, I've been given a Dell Latitude e6520. It's not a gaming laptop, per se, but I was tickled to discover a full size numpad on the beast.
Can I express how happy I am about being able to play RogueLike games with my work laptop while on travel (although sometimes the vi keys are more fun)?

Check it out:
http://www.dell.com/us/enterprise/p/latitude-e6520/pd

Comment: Re:The word "cyber" (Score 1) 52

by kestryn (#40042427) Attached to: America's Cybersecurity Czar, Howard Schmidt, Steps Down

It might behoove you to get over that. The head of the US National Security Agency, a four-star general, is 'dual-hatted' as the head of United States Cyber Command. I'm pretty sure most of the 'serious' world takes his efforts seriously.

Facebook links for fun:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/United-States-Cyber-Command/117614808290017
http://www.facebook.com/pages/NSA/106066839432866?rf=113191532024730

Also, have you seen NSA's publicly-released documentation on UFO's? Hilarity.
Here's the general link full of frequently requested information that (retired crazy) people frequently request:
http://www.nsa.gov/public_info/declass/index.shtml
And the UFO stuff:
http://www.nsa.gov/public_info/declass/ufo/index.shtml

Comment: Re:Good for him (Score 1) 911

by kestryn (#40000949) Attached to: Facebook Co-Founder Saverin Gives Up U.S. Citizenship Before IPO

I appreciate your taking the time to post some resources, and I did review them. I do think that most of what you have supplied is full of rhetoric, and seems to be from sources quite biased in the direction of the concepts you seem to support.

Further, I don't see a lot about how effective, holistically, the difference was? You provide an example of the Lumbees, but there is no rationale as to why that example should always map to other scenarios with the same result.

If you want to begin to sway the minds of the opposition, try using neutral sources, dispense with the dualism. Maybe you are right, but I don't feel compelled to think so yet.

Comment: Re:Good for him (Score 1) 911

by kestryn (#39977145) Attached to: Facebook Co-Founder Saverin Gives Up U.S. Citizenship Before IPO

I am writing this with zero 'jab', I mean it sincerely and without anger:

Can you prove that America was a place with less collective suffering when "providing for the needy was handled by a vast number of private charities, churches, mutual aid societies, fraternal orders, service organizations, and the like"? If not, would you examine the possibility that it may be a convenient fantasy to support your current belief system?

Comment: Re:Good for him (Score 1) 911

by kestryn (#39975995) Attached to: Facebook Co-Founder Saverin Gives Up U.S. Citizenship Before IPO

And another person "goes galt" and escapes the looters.

Or...

This fellow benefitted greatly from the business culture and laws of the United States, was fortunate enough for his wealthy father to immigrate to America so that his son could attend Harvard and other schools of the United States, but when it comes to paying back into the system that made him, he pulls chocks. Who's the looter?

Now, perhaps he has plans to carefully spend his 'rescued' funds to improve American Society, but is this likely?

Let's have a few questions:

1) Should the people of an advanced civilization that includes core values of compassion and respect develop means to systematically decrease the suffering of its less fortunates?
    - I believe it should.

2) Can we rely on individuals, rather than systems, to reliably, and without discrimination, provide that means to decrease suffering?
    - I do not believe so, regrettably.

3) Am I willing to accept a certain degree of inefficiency in that process, based on the sheer scale of such an undertaking?
    - I am, having an understanding of the nature of complex systems.

4) Could a person with billions of dollars start a foundation to truly investigate advanced means to determine the genuine nature of neediness that is the first step in increasing the efficiency of compassionate societal aid systems?
    - I believe he could.

5) Will he?

Comment: Re:No Doomsday (Score 2) 185

by kestryn (#39963595) Attached to: Archaeologists Find Oldest Known Mayan Calendar

More importantly, the records they found at the site indicate that the Mayans viewed the calendar as CYCLICAL and just like our Bad Girls of Linux Wall Calendar, the world doesn't end when the last day of the Calendar is reached.

Notably absent was the Thirteenth Crystal Skull and ancient UFO instruction manual.

I was so terribly disappointed when I googled for the Bad Girls of Linux calendar and didn't find anything. Sadist.

I hate it when I forget to log in. Also, I narcissistically want credit for my (incredibly) clever comment, which I will never be able to truly have. Now my post becomes a zen exercise to focus on "not grasping". Also, if a post is never read by a human, does it make a point?

Logic is the chastity belt of the mind!

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