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Comment: Ulterior motive (Score 1, Flamebait) 208

by nickmalthus (#46517131) Attached to: Microsoft Releases Free Edition of OneNote
Who wants to bet that if one carefully reads the EULA for the free edition of OneNote that Microsoft has buried a clause in there that they can data mine all information stored in their Cloud service? Providing the OneNote client and Cloud storage for free would be a bargain given the data bonanza they would have access to: personal contact information, shopping lists, todos, etc.

Comment: Re:Reinvention of RDF + SPARQL (Score 2) 68

by nickmalthus (#46510675) Attached to: OASIS Approves OData 4.0 Standards For an Open, Programmable Web
SPARQL 1.1 supports updates (insert/delete) and the SPARQL CONSTRUCT operator can be used to build query results in a nested graph format. Additionally SPARQL protocol defines a standard HTTP binding protocol that can generate output in CSV and JSON formats in addition to XML. To me it appears OData is a reimagining of W3C's Semantic Web efforts.

Comment: Reinvention of RDF + SPARQL (Score 1) 68

by nickmalthus (#46509871) Attached to: OASIS Approves OData 4.0 Standards For an Open, Programmable Web
Glancing over the specification it looks like a reincarnation of RDF plus SPARQL for updates. Perhaps a product of Not Invented Here syndrome? I am sure it will end up like most OASIS standards: developed in a bubble by company insiders, introduced as selling points in the next versions of said companies products, rejected by the marketplace due to complexity and lack of adoption, and then ultimately discarded in favor of the next technology fad that purportedly better solves the problem space.

Comment: Re:How are nuclear weapons going to help though? (Score 2) 498

by nickmalthus (#46449679) Attached to: Ukraine May Have To Rearm With Nuclear Weapons Says Ukrainian MP
Amen to that. All those who have wargasms whenever conflict arises have the opportunity to ship out and become foreign fighters. The jihadist do that in Libya, Syria, and Afghanistan. However it much more expedient to be a chicken hawk and send kids barely out of high school to be killed and maimed in war and after the fact complain about high taxes.

Comment: Re:US troops through Gitmo == invasion of Cuba? (Score 1) 498

by nickmalthus (#46449379) Attached to: Ukraine May Have To Rearm With Nuclear Weapons Says Ukrainian MP
Certainly Crimea is an import port for Russia and they don't wish it to fall under control of an oppositional government. For the past decade China has been courting many Latin American countries. When political change comes to Cuba and the US were to sense Chinese influence there is no question America would militarily intervene due to the significant geopolitical consequences. I think the best policy is to deescalate the situation and let the people of Ukraine and Crimea vote for their futures and let the world respect their choices.

Comment: Re:shocking (Score 1) 359

In a 45-page essay chronicling the collapse of a $2.5m deal for Assange’s autobiography, O’Hagan, an award-winning novelist and non-fiction author, recounts how he spent months with the Australian computer hacker in an attempt to extract material for the book.

I can think of 2.5m reasons O’Hagan would not paint a positive image of Assange after spending months of his life with only this article to show for it.

Comment: Jerry Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy (Score 2) 383

by nickmalthus (#46092127) Attached to: Congressmen Say Clapper Lied To Congress, Ask Obama To Remove Him

Not only that, isn't lying under oath to congress a criminal offense? If he lied, why don't they charge him?

James Clapper and Congress to a lesser extent are behaving exactly as predicted by the Iron Law of Bureaucracy which states:

"In any bureaucracy, the people devoted to the benefit of the bureaucracy itself always get in control and those dedicated to the goals the bureaucracy is supposed to accomplish have less and less influence, and sometimes are eliminated entirely."

If there is any merit to the adage "Knowledge is Power" then the usurpation by the NSA in totalitarian total access certainly empowers the federal bureaucracy that both Clapper and Congress work for. As it has always been since the beginning of our country it is the responsibility of the citizens to correct the government. Unfortunately due to the corruption of our election process accelerated by unfettered campaign finance most people do not vote for third party candidates and we end up with corporate sponsors instead of representatives. The next time you visit the ballot box remember to vote your conscious and not for who the corporate controlled media want you to believe will win. You have control over the former but not the later.

Comment: Toll Roads (Score 2) 734

In Texas all new highways will be privatized toll roads thanks to crony capitalism. Never mind that roads are natural monopolies the Republican lead Texas state legislature thinks it is a wonderful idea to confiscate private land and lease it corporations for 50-100 years who will then charge commuters per mile royalties with guaranteed profits backed by the government. In metropolitan areas the toll rolls will fluctuate based on traffic conditions. Near free energy for transportation would be wonderful but at least in Texas toll trolls will be there to extort their margins.

Comment: Ninth Amendment to the US Constitution (Score 0) 459

by nickmalthus (#45998699) Attached to: Stop Trying To 'Innovate' Keyboards, You're Just Making Them Worse

Our rights have been frozen for fifty years. Most every communication is electronic these days and the courts have always ruled in favor of warrantless access to this private data by authorities. The premise being that the Constitutional amendments only pertain to physical property of a person which is ridiculous. I would love to see some "Judicial Activism" on the ninth amendment:

"The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."

I believe the Supreme Court often neglects this important part of the Constitution.

"The Federalists were also concerned that any constitutional enumeration of liberties might imply that other rights, not enumerated by the Constitution, would be surrendered to the government. A Bill of Rights, they feared, would quickly become the exclusive means by which the American people could secure their freedom and stave off tyranny. Federalist James Madison argued that any attempt to enumerate fundamental liberties would be incomplete and might imperil other freedoms not listed. A "positive declaration of some essential rights could not be obtained in the requisite latitude," Madison said. "If an enumeration be made of all our rights," he queried, "will it not be implied that everything omitted is given to the general government?" source

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