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Comment Consider the source (Score 4, Insightful) 743

Given their track record, anything the NSA says should be considered to be a lie. Therefore, if they say Snowden used his 1337 h4x0r skillz to break the rules, it is a safe bet that he did not do anything of the sort and the NSA is just fabricating a story to pacify lawmakers asking how this could happen. Since they commit perjury in front of Congress with impunity, lying to reporters wouldn't even be a blip on a NSA spin-doctor's moral radar.

Comment Thank god for the delete key (Score 5, Interesting) 491

"Protect Whistleblowers: Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and patriotism, which can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars, should be encouraged rather than stifled. We need to empower federal employees as watchdogs of wrongdoing and partners in performance. Barack Obama will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government. Obama will ensure that federal agencies expedite the process for reviewing whistleblower claims and whistleblowers have full access to courts and due process."

Comment "Normal" office computers don't need local storage (Score 1) 373

"Normal" office computers don't need hard drives at all. They don't need powerful CPUs or GPUs either. If the users could be weaned off of MS Office, a Raspberry Pi and network storage would probably meet the needs of the "normal office computers, not running data-centric applications" in Seagate's research.

Comment tl:dr (Score 1) 260

When confronted with a multi-page contract from a phone company or dentist or whatever, I have been writing "toolong didntread" on the signature line.... No one has said a thing about comment-as-signature. I wonder what a court would think of that along with testimony that the contract was sprung on me at the point of sale, and, as it is not practical or convenient to stop a small, routine transaction in order to seek legal advice, most people, including myself do not read the contracts.

Comment Re:Change the subject. (Score 1) 577

Yes, we all know that it's Bush's fault, doesn't that go without saying at this point?

I'm not sure what Bush has to do with Obama trotting out this extralegal Climate Change agenda that he knows will accomplish precisely nothing as far as actual Climate Change is concerned.

How could anyone miss the fact that this is a classic use of the bully pulpit to distract a bunch of mouth breathers from the avalanche of deadly serious scandals that make Watergate pale in comparison?

Comment Gun Violence (Score 1) 404

The problem with all of this laws which are ostensibly aimed at stopping "gun violence" is that they focus on the gun, not the violence. The elephant in the room is that people, not guns, commit violence acts and no one is willing to talk about the very small demographic which is responsible for the vast majority of murders and mayhem (using guns or not) in this country. So instead of honest people addressing the real problem, we have pandering politicians willing to shred the 1st and 2nd Amendments for political gain.

Comment Emotion vs math (Score 1) 1862

The frustrating thing is that a high cap magazine ban would do nothing to address either violent crime in general or mass shootings by madmen. Lets say they limit magazines to 7 rounds. What is the response time of the police? 30 minutes? Even if it was a superhuman 5 minutes, a not particularly skilled shooter can change mags and get off an aimed shot in 3-4 seconds. Lets say he's firing aimed shots at a rate of one every 3 seconds. So our insane teenager who was taking drugs to keep his psychosis under control can fire 92 aimed shots using 17 round magazines but only 84 shots using 7 round magazines.... Clearly limiting mag capacity has nothing to do with stopping mass murders by insane people, so what is the point?

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