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Comment: Re:Dear DOJ (Score 1) 416

Your entire administration and the one before it has demonstrated that you have absolutely no intent of defending the constitution especially where privacy and due process are concerned.

There was ever an administration that actually defended the Constitution, privacy and due process? This shit has been happening since at least John Adams.

That may be true, but it doesn't mean we should stop speaking out for our ideals.

Comment: Re:I wonder... (Score 1) 94

by kilfarsnar (#48914337) Attached to: Researchers Tie Regin Malware To NSA, Five Eyes Intel Agencies

Revenge wouldn't be the point - the point would be to send a clear message to future patriots that might try a similar stunt. Revenge would just make it more satisfying to do so.

Yeah, maybe. I'd think that if they wanted to do that, they'd have done it already. But maybe they just haven't had the opportunity. Seems to me the horse is out of the barn.

Comment: Re:When will there be justice? (Score 3, Insightful) 94

by kilfarsnar (#48913959) Attached to: Researchers Tie Regin Malware To NSA, Five Eyes Intel Agencies

How long is it going to take before the American people get fed up with this. The NSA is obviously an out of control agency and has been for years. The people in charge need to start spending LONG prison sentences for their crimes against humanity. And before people start screaming "Think about the terrorists" remember that those in charge (both the NSA, FBI and others) have deliberately chosen to ignore gathered intell about actual terrorist threats (such as 911 and the Boston Marathon bombers). This should prove to everyone that the government considers their own citizens as more of a threat than foreign terrorists.

Yeah, but most people don't see it that way. They may not like what the government is doing, but they still buy the terrorism angle. This type of thing isn't what gets people fed up enough to really do something. That comes with hunger or widespread violence, and we should all hope it doesn't get that bad.

Comment: Re:I wonder... (Score 2) 94

by kilfarsnar (#48913905) Attached to: Researchers Tie Regin Malware To NSA, Five Eyes Intel Agencies

...when Snowden is going to wake up with a bullet in his head...

Edward Snowden has released all of his information to news agencies. They are the ones now releasing this information. Snowden could die tomorrow and it wouldn't make a difference. The US government likely knows this, so there is no point in going after him. They may be lawless, but I don't think they would try to get him just for revenge.

Comment: Re:Slashdot, byebye! (Score 1) 231

by kilfarsnar (#48875549) Attached to: The Paradoxes That Threaten To Tear Modern Cosmology Apart

OP says "paradox" but the issues discussed in the paper are not strictly paradoxes, just contradictions. There is a difference. If you say it's black and I say it's white, that's not a paradox but a contradiction. If one theory says it's red and another theory says it's green, again that's not paradox but mere contradiction.

But I'm here for an argument!

Comment: Re: Hos is the US any better? (Score 1) 191

by kilfarsnar (#48856351) Attached to: Japanese Nobel Laureate Blasts His Country's Treatment of Inventors

I don't think so. Elizabeth Warren is polling in single digits, and Republicans have just taken over the Senate. You are delusional if you think there is a groundswell of support for redistributive policies.


Eat the rich.

Comment: Re:Any experienced teacher already deals with this (Score 5, Insightful) 388

by kilfarsnar (#48804843) Attached to: UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

Quite to the contrary. Our teaching schools in the US are the degree mills for the B school dropouts. Simply put, those who can do math realize that teaching is a bad financial career choice.

This is another indication of how far out of whack our priorities are as a country. You make money based on how much money you make for someone else, or how hard your position is to fill. But we won't spend money just because something is important; like teachers or quality infrastructure or mitigating climate change or whatever.

The linked article talks about how hard it is to get good teachers for computing because anyone who's any good at it can make a lot more money elsewhere. Is anyone proposing paying a computing teacher $90,000 a year, or whatever is competitive, to compensate for that? Everyone seems to want to pay teachers less because they get summers off. Nobody wants to pay them more because for the vital function they serve in our society. Like I said, priorities out of whack.

Comment: Re:Consider the source (Score 1) 68

by kilfarsnar (#48754265) Attached to: Report: DHS Failing On Cybersecurity

Coburn's fixation on budget deficits is absolutely contrary to humanitarian compassion. Deficits don't matter, as Reagan proved. To cut food stamps and suicide prevention programs in the name of "pay-go" is morally, ethically, and economically wrong.


Ask Greece.

Or Detroit.

Unlike Greece or Detroit, the federal government can print its own currency. Thus it is not constrained by its ability to tax or borrow. It literally has all the money it needs all the time. So it is correct that deficits don't matter. We could pay off the entire national debt tomorrow if we chose to. I'm not saying we should; it would have other ramifications. But the idea that we just don't have the money for a given project or program is just not true. The US cannot go bankrupt and has all the money it needs.

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