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Comment: Re:Kidnapping. (Score 1) 175

by superwiz (#47412887) Attached to: US Arrests Son of Russian MP In Maldives For Hacking
What's more interesting is that Maldives almost definitely would not have agreed with it. It depends on Russian tourist money because Russians somehow think it's the destination of those at the very top of the pecking order. There is almost no way Maldives would have agreed to piss off Russia over a mild fraud case. So this was in violation of the local laws. Given that he may have had a diplomatic passport, it could have been an act of war, too.

Comment: Re:So they don't have to ask the NSA (Score 1) 204

by superwiz (#47390565) Attached to: New Russian Law To Forbid Storing Russians' Data Outside the Country
Putin has already lost power to the murderous thugs currently running Russia. The current occupation of Ukraine is nothing but a deliberate attempt of the Russian upper military class to reassert its relevance to the level which it enjoyed during the Soviet Union and which it has long lost in the current climate of peace.

Comment: Re:R... (Score 1) 140

Why Python and not C or ERLANG or COBOL? ..

While the question is interesting, it's off topic. You may as well ask the same question about any development task. Clearly the person asking the question already decided that the advantages of Python outweigh the advantages of C,ERLANG and COBOL. He is now asking whether the advantages of R outweigh the advantages of Python. Which is an entirely different topic.

Comment: Re:Good? (Score 1) 273

Nah, that one will be much easier to fight. NYC, for example, made segways illegal despite being the best market for it and having a lot of bike lanes which can be used by segway users. It's easy to outlaw a technology which can be visually identified (police can ticket its users). It's much harder to enforce a ban of technology based purely on information.

Comment: actually... (Score 1) 347

by superwiz (#47252327) Attached to: Congressman Asks NSA To Provide Metadata For "Lost" IRS Emails
This time they may have stepped into it. Whoever created the myth that the emails were destroyed will probably go to jail. The very claim that the electronic records could not be produced because they were destroyed (while they clearly haven't been) is tantamount to attempting to destroy those records. There is no question that this lie gets them on abstraction of justice and lying to Congress. But attempting to destroy electronic records of a crime brings in a whole new set of charges (think wire fraud and such). They can't back peddle this anymore. Expect them to double down and dig in.

Comment: Re:Captain Oblivious (Score 1) 347

by superwiz (#47251831) Attached to: Congressman Asks NSA To Provide Metadata For "Lost" IRS Emails
I am still confused how the fourth amendment applies to the boss-employee relationship. These computers are owned by the federal government. The Congress, as the entity holding the purse, pays for these computers. The Congress has the power to audit everything on these computers. These are not her private records. These are records created in the process of conducting official government business.

Comment: if the irs lost the emails (Score 1) 347

by superwiz (#47250527) Attached to: Congressman Asks NSA To Provide Metadata For "Lost" IRS Emails
what's to stop nsa from "losing" metadata? As long as the ultimate check on the President's power is off the table (as it is with this President), the executive branch is unaccountable. Short of a veto-proof majority, the Congress has as much power (or even less) than the UN. It's a debate society.

Comment: Re:umm (Score 1) 372

Are you joking? The complexity of data handled by the IRS is probably rivaled by NASA. These are the guys who could detect fraudulent patterns of receipts 30 years ago. Exchange? You are talking about them as if they were some 2-bit bureaucracy. The IRS is the all-feared standard for record keeping and processing. Their detection of record inconsistency is near absolute. Loss of records? Exchange server? Are you seriously making this argument? The fact that they mentioned "computer crashes" as the reason should tell you everything there is to know. It's an excuse made by someone without enough technical understanding of how things work. Never mind that is has nothing to do with reality. It has nothing to do with technology. Nor does the person who came up with this myth.

Them as has, gets.