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Comment: Re:Yay! (Score 1) 87 87

What's your bot? (My boys and I are watching the show on ABC.)

What a horrible job they did of putting that show together. Battles are only 3 minutes, but with all the commentary, backgrounders, interviews and fluff, they can only fit FOUR battles into an hour-long show. Worse, they include so much commentary they actually EXCLUDE about 1/2 the battles, and just show a few highlights from some.

Imagine if a network covered the NBA playoffs like that? Producers at ABC certainly showed a lot of incompetence with that show.

Let me guess, they also flick the video fast never lingering on a single scene for more than a few seconds so you can't really follow anything?

Comment: Re:Find the source code on GitHub (Score 1) 87 87

They are to explain the reasoning behind the code.

This is a huge purpose for comments. Also, maybe I can interpret the code perfectly well without comments. How well can I depend on everyone else who is modifying the code to be able to interpret it properly.

Well-documented code helps protect it from the introduction of bugs by later contributors.

Imagine comments like "Manager asked me to implement this to make it easier for to target " Not so interesting wrt the code, very useful though for anyone interested in the meta game.

I bet theres all kinds of incriminating stuff in there of no interest to programmers.

Comment: Re:Find the source code on GitHub (Score 1) 87 87

>> people can start translating the comments in the source code from Italian to English!

Really, you can't follow the code without English comments?

>> will this help bona fide security researchers with their work on fighting exploits on all platforms?

It gives us a couple more signatures to look for. I'm really getting sick of the "fake driver" vector though; it's 2015 and still trivial to get Windows platforms to cough up anything you'd want. As long as AV vendors ignore things like this (e.g., it will continue to be easy for nearly anyone to write their own "advanced persistent threat."

Comments often contain all kinds of juicy info. Its not about following the code its about getting insights into all kinds of non-code related things.

Comment: Re:They need to make it legal (Score 1) 58 58

At the moment their claim to legality is "we are immune from UK law if the secretary of state tells us to spy on people under section 6, ergo we are legal even if he is telling us to do something illegal".

So no, what they're doing is illegal yet un-prosecutable, and they want to make it legal so they don't feel so bad about spying on their own people for a foreign power like the STASI did.

The UK is a 5 eyes nation. The Brits are already spied to fuck by everyone else in 5 eyes.

5 eyes basically turns your country into an intel whore; your own people who are supposed to do counter-intelligence have to be real careful they don't accidentally foil any spying being done by the other 4 eyes. This means that counter-intelligence ops are that much harder so not only do the other 4 eyes have an easy time spying on your people anyone else who wants to spy on them has an easier time as well.

Basically your whole country has to just lie back, spread their legs or bend over and spread their cheeks any time, anywhere.

Fuck the 5 eyes.

Comment: Re:Alternatively... (Score 0) 85 85

According to the military, that isn't the problem. Apparently the current generation is more willing to kill than any prior generation that they kept records for... WW1's generation had a really hard time actually intentionally shooting someone.

Even up to Vietnam it was quite common for US soldiers to intentionally miss.

The military is saying the problem is not that people are sissies so much as they're fat and weak. So they've shifted a lot of the training from bits where they key up people's killer instincts and instead spend that time running laps and doing push ups.

I can send you reports from the marines and army. They're very happy with the "grit" of the men showing up to serve. They're just annoyed out how out of shape they are.

If the military requires drone pilots then the requirement for fitness in military service drops a lot. Which helps the USA a lot because the majority of 'Murcans are not fit for military service at all.

Just set the flabby fatty 'Murcan in the chair in front of the drone controls and let them murder as many people as they like cos they LOVE killing.

Comment: Re:What happened to basic training standards? (Score 1, Informative) 85 85

We have become a nation accustomed to throw money at every problem. Looking back at the conflicts we have been involved since WWII, I guess we have also forgotten how to win wars. What is the end result? A very expensive and sophisticated army that can't win a war?

In the meantime, the Chinese and the Russians are threatening the sovereignty of their neighbours. Strange days indeed.

The USA has been at war for a lot more of its history than any other country, and thats with a very short history indeed.

The USA has a strong tendency to be more belligerent, more likely to go to war, more likely to fuck with its neighbours than China has ever been in its entire history (except when it was ruled by the Mongols but thats completely different).

Comment: Re:What happened to basic training standards? (Score 0) 85 85

Ah how the U.S. Military has softened up. I remember pushups, kick in the helmet, and more pushups, sweat in the eyes, drill sergeant fear and pushups to correct my shooting posture and shaking.

I am sure it is a cool corrective tool to use, but its a crutch. But we have been shooting guns for centuries and using less-than-accurate firearms than we have now, its a matter of attention, caring and wanting to be good with your firearm.

And icing on the cake: When I was in the 'motherland' for OIF, it was a great feeling to know I had good shooting mechanics and trusted my shot. I couldn't imagine being in the military and sucking at that.

Can't have people being afraid of joining the military because they are worried about the discipline!

BTW the USA has the lowest 'fit for military service' per head of population than any other country on Earth. They are desperate to get people in the military and desperate to get them fit for service. Why do you think the USA is so keen on drones, fighting robots etc?

Comment: Re:Why can't this be the law everywhere? (Score 1) 266 266

no, just make it illegal under penalty of long prison sentences for businesses to use public arrest records when considering hiring people. maybe if that hr person was afraid of squatting over a filthy toilet clutching her underwear while looking over her shoulder in fear, 4 times a day for 4 years, she might think twice about denying someone a job for being arrested in a police state. just saying.

Unfortunately its not fear of the punishment that makes someone think twice before committing a crime. Its almost only the prospect of being caught that figures. And of course they think they are awesomely clever so they underestimate the prospects of being caught. So they still commit the crime even if the sentence for, say, stealing a loaf of bread is death by hanging or, possibly worse, being deported to Australia.

Punishment is pretty meaningless in this context. You have to make it really stupid easy for them to be caught so that even their arrogant minds can see it.

Comment: Re:Why can't this be the law everywhere? (Score 5, Insightful) 266 266

Why do arrest records have to be public?

Would you like them to be not public?

"No, we have no idea where your hubby Joe Smith is. We haven't arrested him"
'But he was seen in the back of your patrol car!'
"Nope, sorry lady"

Theres a country where employers do background checks including looking at arrest records. If you've ever been arrested you'll never get a decent job again. So you were wrongfully arrested, acquitted, maybe the cops were even punished. You were still arrested and you still won't get a job.

Still want arrest records to be a matter of public record? Better also have laws prohibiting people from refusing a former arrestee a job, just like they do for gays and racial minorities. Mr "Sorry but my religion won't let me hire a gay" has a problem. Mr "Sorry but you were once arrested, I can't give you a job." should also have a problem.

At most the background check shouldn't be for arrests but for convictions...

Comment: Re:of course they do (Score 0) 83 83

Taps that feed the NSA/CIA are FBI property. So they want the TPB webserver logs? The people wanted the FBI to do something about organized crime back BEFORE it promoted the corruption it has on the scale it is at this point. Subsequently, "There's no such thing as TPB bay logs". -and I doubt that there is any interest in copyright trolls other than FBI shits and giggles and exactly what do they propose to do with these logs if they existed by submission to a 'broken system'?

The FBI operate within the USA. The NSA and CIA are supposed to operate outside the USA. So one would assume that either GCHQ, CSIS, NZSIS or ASIS are the ones feeding the data since, due to 5 eyes, these guys are all spying like crazy on 'Murcans and feeding their intel to the NSA/CIA/FBI

Comment: Re:Fee Fees Hurt? (Score 2) 265 265

The USA's famous "right" to free speech only applies to dialog between you and the government.

Other citizens don't have to put up with your bullshit and your right to free speech isn't being violated in the slightest when they tell you to STFU.

And the government can tell you 'Murcans to exercise your 'free speech' in special fenced areas.

Comment: I've been writing code like this since 1985. (Score 1) 64 64

In all seriousness though, have you ever tried to analyse unstructured text? It's hard. How would you realistically improve it? Do you start with a preconceived list of technology key words and count them in the resumes? People misspell words. Words have multiple meanings depending on context.

I've been writing code like this since 1985. Then, it was in LISP.

It's actually trivial to me at this point. You end up with a meaning trie with differential probability vectors, and some of the roots wither away as you go down. Making a machine decision is harder, but not entirely impossible.

I get incredibly annoyed at people like Lazlo Bock who want to put everyone's resumes into a form that basically allows Google (Lazlo Bock works for Google) or other companies to magically allow you to come into a new job under the horse collar of a performance review of your previous job which they were in no way involved with.

The whole "HR metrics" industry... uh... kinda pisses me off? I pick companies based on criterion other than standard metrics. If they pick me that way... they do not deserve me. Mostly they stumble into me, I fix them, and then I exit.

I understand the "OMG we need people who know what they are doing and not recent graduates!" panic. Does not mean I sympathize.

Take care of the luxuries and the necessities will take care of themselves. -- Lazarus Long