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Comment Re:Your laws ignore my rights (Score 1) 41

I've watched 3 different people in different settings go off about this to others. They have half the facts and half the fallacy along with all the hyperbole.

The problem is a communications problem. It gets so technical that most people gloss over and ignore it until something strike their ears but then they only catch half. Most people are like the GP and when they attempt to communicate about it, they end up looking like a loon freshly dipped in dingbat shit and people ignore them again.

What is needed is a cartoonish but reasonably well articulated summery of the situation and most people would grab their pitchforks and join the mob. I don't see that happening. Probably because they have been invested so long that it in and of itself seems engagingly ridiculous.

Comment Re:Wait a day or two before passing judgment (Score 1) 399

Your problem is that you are assigning incompetence when it is nowhere found in the statement. Not knowing something does not mean incompetence, it means ignorant of all the facts if anything.

I am specifically stating that the fog of war makes things like the purpose behind specific buildings fluid and ever changing and it is not possible to know what every building is being used for when you do not control the territory they are located in. Presumably, the Afghans who called the air strike in were trusted enough to be able to do so and they were taken at their word that they were receiving fire from the building. There is no incompetence there at all.

Take a read at this snippet from CNN. It's basically the same as I said and he calls it a mistake. If you consider that incompetence, I consider you looney and too unintelligent to continue.

Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen Mark Hertling said it was common for facilities such as hospitals to give combatants their coordinates.

"The coalition air forces will put something called a no-fly area on that GPS coordinate, so you have a pinpoint dot on a map, where you say something is there ... don't hit it," Hertling said.

"But when the fluidness of the battlefield takes place and you have engagements with troops on the ground, sometimes there are mistakes," he said.

Comment Re:In other news (Score 1) 399

Evidence was offered, it just wasn't good enough for them.

But that is neither here nor there, The Taliban knew of Bin Laden's admission to being behind Mogadishu. He publically admitted it to Peter Bergen in a taped interview. They knew he was involved with Kenya and Tanzania embassy bombings because there is a video tape of him taking credit that he himself released. Ahmed Ressam proudly proclaimed he was trained and supported by Bin Laden when he plead guilty to the plot to bomb LA airport in 2000 or so. All of this was known and admitted to by either Bin laden himself in various outlets or by people involved giving testimony.

But more importantly, the Taliban never offered to hand Bin Laden over until after the invasion and bombing which makes your entire premise moot. It's like saying that they offered to surrender after they were captured.

Comment Re: In three years ... (Score 0) 173

Someone has to set the educational standards for the entire country. ..and you're willing to leave that up to the whims of politicians?

We can't have 50 states marching to a different drummer, especially when we have a political culture that values ignorance over intelligence.

I think it's hilarious that you believe central authority is a remedy to this problem.


Comment Re: In three years ... (Score 2) 173

I remember the push back in the late '70s and early '80s when the educrats were tossing around the term "computer literacy" to try to scare the politicians into giving them more money. A lot of kids who didn't give a shit about coding were forced to waste time writing BASIC programs to shit out multiplication tables and biorhythms.

Rahm Emmanuel should STFU about things he doesn't know shit about. Shame on anyone in Chicago who ever voted for that asshole.


Comment Bingo (Score 1) 366

the San Francisco and Silicon Valley communities have gotten themselves into a trap where preservationists and local politics

The housing bubble in the bay area is a direct result of government interference in the housing market. Every local government around here is extremely hostile to new construction, especially to increasing housing density.

A plot of land with a five million dollar single-family house on it would be worth far more if you put a ten-story apartment building on it, and it would make homes available at far lower cost for far more people.


Comment Re: ZFS is nice... (Score 1) 269

But it's combined by the user at runtime, not by canocal. The GPL allows an end users to do this.

This is a way that people kid themselves about the GPL. If the user were really porting ZFS on their own, combining the work and never distributing it, that would work. But the user isn't combining it. The Ubuntu developer is creating instructions which explicitly load the driver into the kernel. These instructions are either a link script that references the kernel, or a pre-linked dynamic module. Creating those instructions and distributing them to the user is tantamount to performing the act on the user's system, under your control rather than the user's.

To show this with an analogy, suppose you placed a bomb in the user's system which would go off when they loaded the ZFS module. But Judge, you might say, I am innocent because the victim is actually the person who set off the bomb. All I did was distribute a harmless unexploded bomb.

So, it's clear that you can perform actions that have effects later in time and at a different place that are your action rather than the user's. That is what building a dynamic module or linking scripts does.

There is also the problem that the pieces, Linux and ZFS, are probably distributed together. There is specific language in the GPL to catch that.

A lot of people don't realize what they get charged with when they violate the GPL (or any license). They don't get charged with violating the license terms. They are charged with copyright infringement, and their defense is that they have a license. So, the defense has to prove that they were in conformance with every license term.

This is another situation where I would have a pretty easy time making the programmer look bad when they are deposed.

Comment Re:Easy to do when backed by the PRC (Score -1) 202

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!

China is getting rid of the foreign reserves at some speed after it decoupled itself from the USD a month and a half ago as I mentioned more than once here. China is now on the path of rejecting the inflation that is imposed by the USA Federal reserve, Treasury (should be called Debtory instead, it has no treasure, only debt) and the rest of the USA government.

Chinese economy is the strongest economy in the world today, manufacturing and producing enough to satisfy the global demand and with this decoupling from the crippled US dollar, the Chinese Yuan will be going up as the USD bubble will burst.

Chinese are doing the correct thing by getting rid of the USD and US bond 'reserves' (worthless paper IOUs, the both of them). China also is underhandedly growing its gold reserves, not as much as they should, but they are growing them at least.

USD bubble is coming to an end, Chinese see it better from far away apparently than the Americans right in the middle of it.

Submission + - Aliens Have a Tough Time Perceiving Human Communications and Tech (

szczys writes: The screen on that new cellphone has amazing pixel density, color vibrance, and refresh rate. The high-end headphones you just picked up do an amazing job reproducing sound. These devices that make up UI for our modern technology interface extremely well with Humans but are going to be awful communication modes for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence. Sure, we haven't made contact with alien life yet. Even if they did pick up our broadcasts or space probes the relatively narrow-range of audio (narrow and low frequency), visual (slow refresh rate), and data transmission methods are likely to make no sense to non-human entities. The Voyager Golden Record took a fascinating approach to making some data available to new civilizations; it's interesting to think of other ways we might communicate with beings of fundamentally different biology.

Comment Re:Deconstructing diversity in tech (Score 1) 687

In 1980 there were as much men than women in universities. Now, after countless reforms to make schools and universities more appealing to girls, there's 50% more women than men. But this is ignored. Men's need are ignored, only women matter.

Yep, its a genuine problem. But its not the only problem. And its sort of inevitable. Imagine a world where there was only mens clothing.and women had to wear it despite the poor fit. Then one day we realized that was wrong, and we started adding women's clothing. Suddenly there's clothing that's comfortable for women all over the shelves and its a poor fit for you. And when you go shopping there's less clothing available to you, because some of the shelf space that used to be for men is now not. (There's only finite shelf space after all... ) So you moan about how nobody cares about you, and every week there's less selection for you. Things have gotten worse for you. Its not your imagination. Every gain they make is at your expense. This "change" is an inevitable part of becoming equals. But your counting down from 100% shelf space. Your fear is that we've traded places, that women are now on top, and men are the disadvantaged bottom; and that nobodies noticed yet. But that's not the case, you've just lost 35% of your shelf space. That's sort of where the world is right now, we're changing to accommodate them, and the mechanisms in use are blunt ugly; often ineffective, and grossly unfair. (And I agree we're doing it WRONG.) But at the end of the day, by practically all measures, we're still on top. Comfortably. We haven't traded places. I DONT support these stupid feminist programs that are crude, ineffective, and unfair. But at the same time I do recognize that changes are necessary.

I do not understand this view at all. Wait 15 years and this problem will fix itself. It takes time for change to filter through the generations. For instance, white people will become a minority in 2043. It's going to happen, with or without programs encouraging more minority babies. We can see that based on existing data. Women are dominating college now -- that means that they have every opportunity to go as high as they'd like to, with or without additional programs forcing their acceptance into specific careers/positions.

In fact, the share of female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies has more than doubled in the past five years (from ~2% to more than 4%). The reason it's not higher now is likely because the people at the very top are also the oldest people in the organization. Namely, there's still a large segment of the upper crust of the working class that's from the last generation of women who were family-focused instead of career-focused. Although it's changing, Gen X and Boomers still dominate the workforce (, and most Millenials are still in the early stages of their career. You don't get to be the heads of the largest companies overnight. When I hear these complaints that bitch about the lack of equal results vs equal opportunity, I roll my eyes. The writing is on the wall, but they want it now. It's unreasonable to expect drastic workforce demographic changes overnight.

Men have every right to be upset, because the future of younger male Millennials is potentially being robbed because of imbalances exhibited in Gen X/Boomers big picture demographics. By stacking the deck at the bottom (college/opportunities/etc) in favor of women, all they're doing is strangling the future of young males today. 30 or 40 years from now the ratio could very well be 70-30 in favor of women, and all you accomplished was torpedoing the chances/dreams of a generation of men. No one deserves special privileges. It should be a level playing field, with everyone given the same opportunities to succeed. If THAT is broken, fix it. But if equal opportunity is already there, men of this generation should not be intentionally disadvantaged merely because of existing demographics in the workforce or because generational change takes a long time.

Comment Re:same as guns (Score 1) 175

No I think mostly only the police should be allowed to own guns. Security people should not, if they need guns for something they should call the police.

LOL. Okay, dude. You're naive, at best. You trust the police? Apparently you haven't been paying attention lately. The police, who are now using military surplus on people in the streets, that are never held accountable for excessive use of force? The police, which the courts have already established have NO obligation to protect anyone?

Here's a clue for you: this will never happen. Banning guns starts with the debate on who will actually have a monopoly on having guns. It will NOT be "just the police". There are many armed bureaucracies that will NOT give up their guns. The FBI and everyone under Homeland Security, sure. But also the Department of Education (did you know they have their own SWAT squads?), HUD, Health and Human Services, the Department of Agriculture (which also has their own SWAT teams, they use them for raiding illegal raw milk producing farmers, among other things), the State Department (of course), and Commerce (yep, armed). There are numerous state bureaucracies that also have armed teams, including Alcohol bureaus and DMVs. All these folks will NOT be willing to give up guns.

Most private security companies are run and often staffed by military veterans and retired police, and none of them are going to give up their guns. And the wealthy and the elites that hire them will make sure they never have to. Because, yes, your rulers do not want you to have guns, and that's the rulers in government and the rulers not in government. Do you think the banks are going to go along with having their money and assets transported around by unarmed guards? Your government cannot function without the banks, there is no way they will disarm the banks and their security folks. You're going to tell them "Well just call the cops." Good luck.

Of course, we're just getting started. There will be MANY groups clamoring to be part of the monopoly-allowed-to-have-guns, many of them with money and influence, not to mention the weapons manufacturers themselves. One of the few productive exports the US has left is weapons - you think they will give that up? Oh, then you get to try to figure out HOW those powerless, not wealthy, and non influential people will be disarmed, and WHO is going to disarm them. Break out the popcorn - it's going to be fun.

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