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Comment: Re:What I want to know is? (Score 2) 69

by steelfood (#48995097) Attached to: Some Hackers Unknowingly Gathering Intel For the NSA

The American justice system is based upon law -- not opinion.

That is incorrect. The American justice system is based upon the opinions of judges on the laws written by the legislature with respect to their adherence to the Constitution, the Declaration, other founding documents, British common law, and the founding principles.

That having been said, a case like this would have to reach the justice system first before it could be subject to American justice. And in this situation, just as in say, Assange's situation, there's good reason to believe that these people would never be subject to the American justice system. Instead they would probably be first subject to the American vengance and punitive systems, namely the military and civilian law enforcement. They'd be lucky to face justice alive and mentally and physically whole.

More than likely, Snowden would end up like an American Alan Turing: one who did a great service to his country, only to be driven to an unjust end by its government.

Comment: Re:Cue the libertarian fucktards (Score 2) 379

by steelfood (#48982057) Attached to: Confirmed: FCC Will Try To Regulate Internet Under Title II

I don't think you're libertarian, even if you identify yourself as such.

Government regulation can be both bad and good. You know this. You've pointed this out in the very post I'm replying to. There are situations that deal with the public good and interest where government has to step in. There are situations where government should sit the fuck out. In this situation, even you recognize the government has to regulate. You've also recognized that the government shouldn't have regulated local communications monopolies into existence. The key is knowing when the government should regulate, and when it shouldn't.

The writers of the Article of Confederation found this out the hard way. That's why they rewrote it into what's now the Constitution. This country needs a strong central government. Just not too strong. Industries need government regulations. Just not too much.

That's not a libertarian ideal. But it is a sensical one.

Comment: Re:"Rogue"? (Score 1) 280

by steelfood (#48941975) Attached to: Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

In my experience, Google does not offer good support. They're primarily engineers, and engineers typically have no sense of the needs of anybody else but themselves. Remember, you're the product, not the customer. They are assuredly not a "decent" vendor by any means. They're a tolerated vendor, and not because they're necessarily such great products, but tolerated only because there's no one else.

Rather than any conscious decision to deny you support, the woes you experienced was probably a result of that prevailing corporate mentality. Don't ever count on Google for support. Some of their engineers may be helpful, but there's no corporate policy and in particular, no corporate culture of thinking of their users.

Comment: Re:So you could use this tool to make your code an (Score 1) 220

by steelfood (#48929219) Attached to: Anonymous No More: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away

If you did this every time, you'd be identified as the guy who runs his code through Google Translate prior to release.

Non-normal behavior is the most easy to single-out. In order to avoid detection, you basically have to become noise. And if you're the only one, then even that is a pattern.

Sure, you could run some things through Google Translate and leave some things alone, but that'd be the equivalent of having two online personas.

Comment: Re:jessh (Score 1) 397

by steelfood (#48917249) Attached to: "Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

You forgot to take something into account: People in the Northeast are used to snow. Lots of it. Some are better prepared than others, but nobody lives here thinking that it'll snow once every decade. 6 inches is nothing. Hell, 12 inches is a bad storm, but nothing to write home about.

The forecasters were going off about 3 feet, 36 inches, total. They also kept saying, from Monday afternoon to Wednesday, which is big, but certainly manageable, and far more manageable than say, a storm blowing by dumping 16 inches in an hour before leaving. Either somebody forgot to do the math, or they decided to pick up the 36 inches number and call for mass panic.

Yes, people should've gone home early and stayed off the highways. Yes, people should've prepared with extra dry food and water. But no, mass transit didn't need to be shut down. No, the roads didn't need to be closed. No, things shouldn't have been forcibly grinded down to a halt.

It was a disproportionate response for very little risk. The wind was a bigger cause for concern than the snowfall, but wind can't shut down mass transit and close off all the roads and create a big sensation that, if it panned out, would've paid off big for the media. But the way the news channels treated it, you would've thought everybody borrowed a page from CNN's playbook. Which is to say, they were completely irresponsible. Where's MH370 again?

And by your logic, you shouldn't go outside whenever there's a thunderstorm, because you might get hit by lightning. Or worse, you might get hit by the storm surge and be washed out to sea. Sorry, I don't buy it. You might enjoy cowering in fear every time something unusual (and this wasn't even unusual to boot) happens, but we're supposed to be pretty damn resiliant in the Northeast. And this response just smacks of cowardice to me.

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