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Comment Repressive State Apparatus Doubles Down (Score 5, Insightful) 592 592

He should come home to the United States, and be judged by a jury of his peers — not hide behind the cover of an authoritarian regime. Right now, he's running away from the consequences of his actions.

I received the email about's response and, to my mind, Monaco's statement doesn't veer one degree from goal of punishing Snowden as an warning to others, rather than protecting him as a whistleblower.

When Monaco and the rest of the Whitehouse talk about "hid[ing] behind the cover of an authoritarian regime" they all should look in the mirror.

Comment Re:Likely misdemeanor mishandling of classified in (Score 1) 434 434

Except that it's the INSPECTOR GENERAL for the US Department of State that we're talking about. Not some House Select Committee on Bashing The Opposition Party.

But that's ok - your use of the ever-so-witty term "rethuglikans" shows that objective thought and informed opinion are something you're not very familiar with.

Comment Re:No surprised in good ole Mass... (Score 4, Insightful) 155 155

In other words, "if you make the government pay for it, people will complain about raising taxes" is a feature, not a bug. That's the point--the government should make it obvious that it is taking the money, so the public can decide whether it's really worth it. And sometimes they won't.

The likely outcome of leaving a mostly able-bodied populace to decide whether providing transportation to the disabled is "worth it" is precisely why such matters are and should be handled by the government which, ostensibly, promotes the common good.

Comment Re:Associate of Science in Networking... (Score 1) 173 173

I could see this being an Ask Slashdot 15 years ago when IPSec was a new idea, but c'mon - there are devices you can buy for $100 that have a fucking web wizard to set up IPSec tunnels between them.

No amount of college coursework will fix someone being too lazy to use Google. Or Amazon.

Comment Re:The thermonuclear bomb fuel doesn't scare you? (Score 1) 184 184

You know that Lithium-6 (the stuff used in bombs) is only 7.5% of natural Lithium, right?

I'm pretty sure that any government looking to create Lithium-6 Deuteride isn't going to source the Lithium from cell phone batteries. And besides, without the fission bomb going off right next to it in order to heat and compress it, your Lithium-6 is just a lump of silvery-white metal.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 283 283

Ahh so we should live with this blight on computing forever because it was successful in a time where there weren't any alternatives for doing what it does?

There are alternatives now. Much better, much more efficient, standardized alternatives that aren't owned by a single [abusive] company. The time of Flash is over - adapt or die.

Comment Re:Very similar strategy to Cisco (Score 1) 161 161

Ahh, so the already cash-strapped schools that can't afford to pay teachers and buy textbooks should go without modern equipment and have students learning token ring and arcnet passive hubs, because some "evil corporations" might actually be taking a gander past the latest quarterly filing and are looking to get some value out of discounting their products and services in an effort to help out a failing education system.

Besides, if the student is any good at doing this stuff, they'll learn the concepts and not just the syntax. Routers, switches, and VPN concentrators are all based on standards - they all do the same things. If they find themselves working with HP / Juniper / etc. after learning on Cisco, they can Google the syntax if they know what they are trying to set up. You know, kind of like if you learn to program in one language, and then find yourself needing to use another. Because nobody has ever switched from C to Java to Python.

And it's not like Cisco IOS holds your hand through setup like some other products do, where you really would be screwed if you started on them and didn't learn how the system works underneath.

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