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Comment: Re:More of this ridiculous (Score 1) 134

by u38cg (#49154103) Attached to: Pakistanis Must Provide Fingerprints Or Give Up Cellphone
It may surprise you to learn that most terrorists are stupid and by making their lives harder it makes it easier to catch them beforehand or trace them afterwards. It's not like Pakistan isn't doing something we're not already doing in the West (trying buying an anonymous cellphone in Europe).

Comment: Re:well, it works! (Score 1) 224

by u38cg (#49117857) Attached to: 100 Years of Chemical Weapons
Wrong. Gas was extremely ineffective; all it did was deny an area to both sides and that only as long as countermeasures were not available. What changed the course of the war was the development of artillery and infantry technique; by 1918, the trench stalemate was becoming broken and had Germany had the resources to continue to prosecute the war it would turned into a war of manouvre.

Comment: Re:griping about historical accuracy in this case (Score 2) 194

by u38cg (#49111001) Attached to: The Imitation Game Fails Test of Inspiring the Next Turings
There is a difference between not being able to include facts and outright misrepresentation. The Turing on screen is nothing like the historical Turing that shines through contemporaneous accounts. There is literally nothing about this film that is broadly accurate apart from a two sentence summary.

Comment: It is not about technology (Score 3, Insightful) 183

by u38cg (#49101019) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Can Technology Improve the Judicial System?
It is a question of vested interests and poor incentives. Elected judges and elected prosecutors - how can you not end up with poor decisions? Poorly thought through kneejerk laws, like asset forfeiture and three strike life sentences - how can you have justice with a system like this?

Comment: Re:We are the global village bully (Score 2) 192

by u38cg (#49093495) Attached to: How NSA Spies Stole the Keys To the Encryption Castle
I considered moderating this down, but I will reply instead. This is such a warped, confused view of history it's hard to know where to start. However; there is such a thing as a just war, international security is hard, and Russia had and has no right to Crimea or the Ukraine. Iraq WMDs: I remind you that Saddam believed he had WMDs. As for the Lusitania, I would remind you Churchill had his hands full with a minor issue called Gallipoli. And in Syria and Libya, there were no good options, and the situation was not of the West's making; it's difficult to know when a market trader's messy suicide will start a regional revolution.

UNIX was not designed to stop you from doing stupid things, because that would also stop you from doing clever things. -- Doug Gwyn

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