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Submission + - Cambridge Professor alleges climate scientists were murdered. ->

whoever57 writes: A Cambridge professor is alleging that the deaths of 3 scientists who were researching arctic ice loss may have been assassinated. All three died within a short space of time from causes that looked like accidents but, in the case of two of them could equally have been murder (falling down stairs, traffic accident). The third scientist died from being struck by lightning, which is a unlikely way to die, but would be hard to fake. The professor himself also experienced a traffic incident that could have been a deliberate attempt to kill him.
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Comment Re:Fail2ban (Score 1) 157 157

How well does that work with IPv6? If a client has a /64 then they can do quite a lot of trial and error if each IP is blocked one by one.

You can change the action that fail2ban performs and make it block a range of IP addresses. I already block /24 IPv4 netblocks after seeing attacks from close ranges of addresses.

Comment Re:He has a talent for understatement (Score 1) 305 305

You'd still lose, because Disney can easily outspend the plaintiff's, for no real payout [ok, you can get your jobs back for 6 months until we lay you off! + lawyers fee's]. There's no penalty for violating the law.

If this comment was aimed at my point about a right of private prosecution, it doesn't reflect how things often work. Often initiating a private prosecution embarrasses the government into action.

But still, those people who advocate "small government" need to remember this when they are replaced by H1-B employees.

Comment Re:He has a talent for understatement (Score 1) 305 305

He knows the law was sold to the public as not permitting this, but was written to permit it, because that's what the people who paid for the law demanded.

Actually, I don't think that H1-B can legally be used in this way (I am not a lawyer, but this is my understanding of H1-B rules). The job isn't truly outsourced because in deals like this, the company (Disney in this case) retains too much control over the H1-B replacements, so this is a clear case of using H1-Bs to replace American and resident aliens at lower wages, which is not allowed.

Then those "small government" types starve the agencies that should enforce the laws, so that the laws go unenforced. What I don't understand is why the USA doesn't allow a private right of prosecution in the same way that the UK allows.

Comment Core considerations (Score 1) 149 149

And what is the better choice here? 16-core Opterons at 2.6 GHz, 8-core Xeons at 3.4 GHz? Are power and thermals limiting factors here? (A full rack cupboard would consume something like 25 kW, it seems?) There seems to be precious little straightforward information about this on the net.

There is another factor to consider. If you ever license software that is priced using a per-core model (for example LSF), you will find a great advantage in going with the Intel solution.

Comment Re:"Since they weren't charged..." (Score 1) 334 334

But in this circumstance, the DHS can detain anyone they want.

Did you miss the part where the DHS also harrassed her when getting on domestic flights? I know courts have said the TSA can search people because "terrorists", but if the searches are not truly related to terrorists then they are unconsitutional and illegal.

Comment Re:Do your part nerds! (Score 1) 283 283

Uninstall Flash. Just stop using it. Encourage your friends to do the same.

I would, but I listen to Pandora Radio on my desktop while at work. Pandora needs flash.

I don't know if it is something that I am doing, but in the last month or two, flash seems to crash far, far more often. Several times per day (and often several times per hour). I have installed a flash-block plugin and will see if things improve.

Comment Everyone understands this, but not for core issues (Score 1) 191 191

Everyone understands that, in the current system in the USA, politicians have to give and take. The problem that people have with this is twofold:
1. Because the whips have much less power than in other countries (such as the UK), politicians in the USA can blame others when they don't do what their votors want them to do.
2. People get upset when politicians abandon core issues in the name of "horsetrading".

People understand that they won't get everything their representative promised, but when they get only token, minor changes, that's when things are wrong.

Comment Re:Scarcity (Score 1) 503 503

I could see someone wanting to own a car that they never drove because they had a driver. The thought is silly but I can picture it and know it is certainly true in some cases. I love to drive.

Your personal anecdote is interesting, but it has little relevence to my point that a tiny number of people want more objects just so that they can possess them. Look at the prices of art by famous old masters and how the value depends mostly on who painted the picture, not on the merits of the artwork.

"There is such a fine line between genius and stupidity." - David St. Hubbins, "Spinal Tap"