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Comment Re:This makes me want to run out and get a Blackbe (Score 1) 137

Right: they should be allowed, yet it should be impossible for them to actually do.

It's sort of like how I'm allowed to be President of the US. But unless everybody else in the world totally screws up to comically-negligent degree (what the fuck were you thinking, voting for me?!), it can't possibly happen.

Cops are allowed to travel to Alpha Centauri. FBI employees are allowed to live to be a thousand years old. NSA crackers are allowed to have unlimited antimatter-reactor energy for free. Our laws should allow all these things. Reality, though, may have something else to say about it.

Comment Re:Nope. (Score 1) 129

You're standing by a button. If you press the button, a million puppies will be dropped into a blender. It would be very bad for you to press that button and you shouldn't do it. The consequences will be dire. For fuck's sake, you shouldn't ever press that button!

I walk up, and point a loaded gun at your face. "Push the button," I say. I say it very seriously, too.

If you don't push the button and kill a million puppies, I will kill you (whether the puppies will remain safe or not, you simply don't know). If you do push the button, a million puppies will die but you'll live.

You decide to push the button, even though for a long time you had thought "never push that button."

People learn what happened. Do they blame you or do they blame me? I think it doesn't matter if the puppies were yours to kill or the source yours to give. I had the gun so I was making the laws at that moment, and I said "do it."

Comment A "higher being" (Score 1) 728

Because when you claim to work for a "higher being" then you still get to claim some of the glory, while shifting the blame to "$deity works in mysterious ways" or "it is $deity's will". People will do a lot of terrible things in the name of a higher power that they might not for mere mortals, even though that where the actual message is coming from.

Look at all the idiots that supported miss "I've been divorced 3 times and cheated but marrying gays is against God's will"

Comment Re:NUKEM!! NUKEM NOW!! (Score 1) 728

Does anyone win when there's little left but a smoking hole in the ground? Even then there will probably be some people left over, and they're probably going to be feeling very angry towards your country. Bombing a hospital with civilians certainly didn't seem to win any points, and it's not like that's the only incident of collateral damage. Angry and hatred seem to a good foundation for recruiters of future terrorists. Hell now we have westerners flying off to join them...

Of course I'm not sure that my solution would be much better. When we catch the bastards, start sending them back minus a few important bits. It's not like they can respond more brutally than they already do. If they don't fear death, maybe we need to find something they do fear.

Comment Game chat (Score 5, Interesting) 202

Actually, game-chat would probably be a good (for them) way to hide certain types of planning. I'm not saying it's true, but for a modern shooter or perhaps FPS, they could simply substitute "game" targets for real-life ones, and otherwise the conversation might sound much you would hear in some games.

OK, so sneak your infiltrator into the enemy Science Centre. There will be about 3 guards in positions X, Y, and Z. Group B will take them out, then you delivery the package by 14:00. Meanwhile group C enter the mass relay by 13:50, and take out all present. Group A will attempt to take out enemy power infrastructure and cause confusion at 13:30.

Maybe some of it would sound like weird BS, but would *you* suspect that some of the weird guys in CoD were actually plotting nefarious things in real life? Some of the shit that trolls said might be a good cover too, as most sane people either mute them or just ignore it. As a mid-level gamer I'm not sure I could tell the difference between a real-life nutball and the online nutball variety.

Comment Lack of management (Score 1) 93

And in a lot of places, there's a lack of effective management because they've essentially been neutered, and are afraid to crack down on bad employees without a lot of history and an airtight place. This leads to places that end up with periodic "purges" because - short of getting caught pissing in the coffee pot - management is afraid to deal with employees f*** ups in the short term.

Unions sometimes exaggerate the problem (they do fix other issues) because their mandate has them defending some fairly vile/useless people because "everyone is equal". This screws other employees over doubly because
a) The shitty employee's lack of worth ethic and/or poor mannerisms negatively effect co-workers
b) The union is busy defending said shitty employee at the cost of time that could be dedicated to helping good employees

And yes, I've been in union leadership. Some people see unions as a big nebulous body but the fact is they're made up of people, and often have finite resources (manpower+funds) to deal with issues. Bad employees tie up those resources.

Submission + - The European Parliament calls on the European Union to migrate to Free Software

An anonymous reader writes: On October 29, 2015, the European Parliament adopted a report by Claude Moraes which condemned mass surveillance. This report calls on the European Union to migrate to free software, and to add free sofware as a mandatory selection criterion in IT public procurement. Frédéric Couchet, the executive director of the French free software advocacy group April, said that “This is the first time the European Parliament is explicitely calling for migration to free software. Even though such resolution is non-binding, it is a very strong signal to the European Commission.”

Submission + - Fallout 4 release raises questions about reviews of buggy games (kotaku.com)

RogueyWon writes: Fallout 4, the latest instalment in the long-running video-game series and one of the most hyped titles of the year, was released on 10 November. The game has generally been reviewing well, currently holding a Metacritic score of 89. However, a number of reviewers have noted the very large number of bugs present in all versions of the game and have, in some cases, reflected on the difficulty that these pose for reviewers, despite still awarding positive overall write-ups. Can it be ethical to recommend a product to consumers on the basis of its strengths, despite knowing that it contains serious faults?

Submission + - Icy Volcanoes May Erupt on Pluto (space.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The New Horizons probe may have discovered two possible ice volcanoes on the surface of Pluto. "These are two really extraordinary features. Nothing like this has ever been seen in the solar system." Oliver White, a New Horizons postdoctoral researcher with NASA's Ames Research Center in California said. The mountains have been informally named Wright Mons and Picard Mons, and at their crests, each peak hosts a central crater, reminiscent of peaks called "shield volcanoes" on Earth. "Whatever they are, they're definitely weird" — 'volcanoes' is the least weird hypothesis at the moment," White says.

Be careful when a loop exits to the same place from side and bottom.