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Comment: Re:Good Troll Google good troll (Score 3, Insightful) 79

by stimpleton (#47594965) Attached to: Google Sells Maine Barge For Scrap
I believe Google was genuine in their attempts to scope this idea. What Google did get was a lesson in port authorities and waterside workers. The so called secrecy flies in the face of the two traditional groups. Port Authorities do not give up regulatory power, and the workers do not tolerate secrecy. If Google thought this would have been like a land based data center in Oregon or some such place they were sorely mistaken.

Comment: Analagous to a Good Hotel (Score 1) 845

by stimpleton (#45570385) Attached to: No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service — and No Google Glass, Either
A good hotelier conducts his/her business knowing that a percentage of the clients are there when they shouldn't be, and with who they shouldn't be.

While one could debate ethics, it is reasonable that the client expects privacy as part of the service.

Cameras at restaurants where clients are there when they shouldn't be, and with who they shouldn't be, blows the business out of the water.

Just one headline would be damaging.

I once saw a crowdsourced dance at a foodcourt that went viral. I saw a work collegue in it who was on holiday. All legit but there he was, at the right place at the other side of the world and at the right time.

Comment: least of his worries (Score 4, Insightful) 812

by stimpleton (#42980135) Attached to: Homeland Security Stole Michael Arrington's Boat
He'll get his boat back. More worryingly this was the third attempt at delivery. It broke down *twice* before and had to return to the manufacturer when attempts were made to deliver. A bigger entity really does not want him to have his boat! Boats breaking down is serious. You evade storms in a working boat.

Comment: A film before its time with Internet activity (Score 1) 848

by stimpleton (#41716907) Attached to: Judge Rules Defense Can Use Trayvon Martin Tweets
Under Suspicion (released 2000) has a couple scenes well before its time, around how online activity can haunt you later.

I'll try not to give spoilers, but in one scene, they present Internet history and email logs.

Given the year, and admittedly my niavity about what was a mainstream technology that was only 5-6 years old(note mainstream), the scene was a wake up call for me.

It stood me in good stead when social media came along. Post like your are writing to the Editor and your real name will be published.

The film stars Morgan Freeman and Gene Hackman. Two of my favorite actors to boot.

Comment: Cobra = English Longbow (Score 1) 532

by stimpleton (#40125687) Attached to: Iran Reverse Engineers Cobra Attack Helicopter
Production of battlefield equipment is often not the bottleneck. Training a suitable number of troops is.

Just as in the 1300's and 1400's the English Longbow was a devastating weapon. However, they just couldn't keep up the skilled men to operate the 6 ft, upto 200lb draw strength required.

These helicopters are largely for moral.

Comment: Corruption = punishment not promotion (Score 1) 104

by stimpleton (#39981513) Attached to: Judge Who Ordered Pirate Bay Censorship Found To Be Corrupt
Corrupt politicians and senior police officers really need to be seen to be charged and swung in a noose.

Certainly not promoted.

While an offense can seem minor, I really feel its tip of iceberg. This case should see a career limited or terminated. Lying on a witness stand or planting evidence should be death.

Politicians not being honest with money matters...should face death.

Comment: Shindlers List (Score 4, Interesting) 359

I regard Manning as a modern day Oskar_Schindler

Both have committed similar crimes (within the context of the authority of the day), yet on the other hand saw what they thought to be a great moral wrong, and dealt with it within their own personal means.

"A repentant opportunist saw the light and rebelled against the sadism and vile criminality all around him. "

Comment: Summary gets somthing right. (Score 1) 440

by stimpleton (#36428976) Attached to: Devs Worried Microsoft Will Dump<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET
The summary is not exagerating about some feeling on that forum.

One guy who lists developed .NET games and Silverlight in his sig rants(bleep outs as they appear in forum):

"Now they're not just f*****g Silverlight developers, they're f*****g WPF developers as well? The video is just another nail in the coffin for Silverlight. Only a complete f*****g idiot would start a new major project in Silverlight, WPF, or Winforms now. What are you people thinking, are you insane? Just so there's no confusion, when my text is edited, the *** stands for F - * - * - * - * - * - G Because we've just been F****D."

"It's when they say 2 + 2 = 5 that I begin to argue." -- Eric Pepke