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Comment Re:Being prepared (Score 1) 230

When Katrina hit, nobody outside the country offered any assistance whatsoever to the people in need, and in fact there were many people in Europe gleefully gloating about the disaster with a nice glow of "ha-ha" schadenfreude.

Well, the rest of the world outside the US is obviously just terrible... At least, maybe you could credibly claim that if what you are saying were actually true. Many, many countries offered and provided aid after Katrina. Some of it was delayed due to the US initially refusing it, of course.

Comment Re:Healthcare vs. Insurance (Score 4, Insightful) 507

In the auto insurance industry, if you can't get insured, you don't get to drive (legally). In the health insurance industry, if you can't get insured, you die. Slight difference. Also, if you can't get auto insurance, it's generally your own doing. If you can't get health insurance it's generally due to factors beyond your control (regardless of the statistically poorer health of people who take worse care of themselves).

Comment Re:It is about time!!! (Score 2) 610

That will be feasible in software when signoff by the equivalent of a PE is required.If PEs couldn't hold a project hostage until it was actually safe, we'd see a lot more cut corners by management. In software, nothing prevents the corner cutting currently.

A software engineer who attempts to dig in and demand more QA and debugging time will be reassigned (possibly to the unemployment line).

Comment Re:wtf (Score 1) 610

Those observations were not the part that proved a defect. Those were observations in support of the probability of other issues. To bag the bug, they actually ran the firmware in an emulator.

Comment Cloudy skies (Score 4, Insightful) 145

So how's that new "Cloud all the apps" thing working out for you guys so far? Ah. I see you leaked pretty much your whole database of people who had signed up for it. Well then, carry on.

In other news, I hope your new strategy crashes into the dirt so hard the only thing that'll be memorable about Adobe in 5 years will be is the case study on it in business classes around the world on how not to do it.

Comment Re:what the flying fuck? (Score 1, Interesting) 140

Fuck off and die in a fire. You do not have the right to dictate changes to a society so that it fits your business model better.

Easy there cowboy, no need to get angry. None of the sites they I'd ever heard of before today, and I pirate the everloving fuck out of anything stamped as owned by the British Emp--er, RIAA. Now if you'll excuse me, I need to go dump some more of their junk in the river while dressed like one of the village people...

As long as they maintain this level of incompetence, piracy will live on forever.

Comment Re:Can't do without excellent coders (Score 1) 453

Villifying a dead man, nice. Look, I respect you, and I agree with what you say, most of the time, but now that man is dead, and all the grousing about him now is wankerism to an extreme degree, sigifying nothing.

I guess since Hitler's dead now too, we can't call him a bastard either...

Submission + - What will the future bring? (Ask Slashdot) (slashdot.org)

Okian Warrior writes: Slashdot's recent article about Andrew Marshall (the pentagon's predictor of future events) got me wondering about about the future in general.

What major changes do you think will happen within the next 5 years or so? What problems do we face today that will become non-issues, what little-known problems will become big, and which problems of today are non issues?

Comment Re:Thank goodness (Score 1) 999

How do you propose to kickstart a healthcare market?

Keep in mind, if you're in an accident, you will be taken (often unconscious) top the nearest facility. There is no shopping around and they don't even know what your preferred hospital might be.

People may know a mechanic they like if they have frequent car trouble, but honestly, a lot of people look in the phone book and hope when they need a plumber, mechanic, electrician, etc.

Comment Re:Good thing no one used it (Score 1) 225

That is a good point. The counterpoint would be stings where the police sell "stolen" merchandise which isn't really stolen, or fake drugs, etc. In those cases, intent is all that counts. On the other hand, they may be prosecuting people in those cases with laws that specifically criminalize intent to buy stolen merchandise, drugs, etc. I'm not sure if there's any such law for unlicensed copyrighted material. It also may matter that it's (presumably) not the police doing it in this case. After all, selling fake drugs is also a crime. I'm not so sure about selling fake stolen merchandise... If you say it's stolen, but it's really not, is it a crime? Maybe fraud? Anyway, the police can get away with it, because no-one will prosecute them for anything they do in a sting, apparently even if undercover officers initiate orders (within the structure of criminal organizations that are known to kill people for disobeying orders) to committ serious crimes.

So... Good point. If it's a private individual doing it, not acting as a police "informant" with all the protection against prosecution for fraud, outright felonious behaviour, and sometimes even murder, that situation provides, then they may have sabotaged themselves by acting fraudulently. It's hard to tell. I'm guessing in a civil case it would swing to the side of the file sharer who was tricked by the site, in any sort of criminal case, the court will follow the all important "get the bad guys" legal principle and ignore the shaky grounds any evidence was obtained under.

Comment Re:Russian Times to the rescue (Score 5, Insightful) 431

There's not much far-left anything in the US.

Sure there is! Fox News tells us all the time that Obama is a communist and there's a big liberal left-wing conspiracy to oppress them because they hate freedom. Okay... my turn to vomit in my mouth.

But more seriously, the fear here has become palpable. They said "lah-di-dah, airy-fairy view", like it doesn't mean anything, but they're already moving to try and suppress it. How was it that Ghandi put it: First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you... ah, but I forget what comes after that!

This is the first public admission that the UK is shitting a fucking brick about Snowden, but you have to read between the lines to spot it.

You know, I've had very little good to say about Snowden, considering him little more than some kid who punked the NSA, then mooned us on his way out the door. But this kind of reaction suggests there's more to the story than I think anyone realizes. Now, I'm not saying Snowden has anything, but the UK is obviously worried that he'll say he does. Snowden has credibility now -- he could turn that on the UK. And the UK and US are very close allies when it comes to intelligence.

The UK may be worried that it's staunch defense of the US is about to kick of a political shitstorm as some yet unidentified new leak surfaces. And real or not, it could seriously harm the UK's credibility. The Obama administration's absolutely terrible way of handling this entire affair has turned some dumb kid into a weapon potentially more damaging to the UK than a few hundred drone strikes.

If I were the PM, I'd be fucking livid right now with Obama.

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