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Comment Re:Seems fishy (Score 1) 262

For those of us in non-USA English-speaking countries, the situation is strange. We're not American citizens, we have no vote for the US president or Joint Chief of Staffs, yet our leaders take their orders from your leaders. This means that we've all become very interested in American politics, even though we'd rather not. Because you guys in the State may think you're only electing your own local town mayor and dogcatchers, but you're actually choosing who will run the military and spy infrastructures of the whole Western world.

Ha, I wish... all I get to vote for is politicians. We don't actually get to vote for the people the politicians take their orders from, nor are the people who set and implement national military or economic policy in any way democratically selected or answerable to anyone but (in theory) their shareholders (and even that's not really the case).

Comment Re:Statistics - reporting half year (Score 1) 140

That seems a bit of a stretch. The more straightforward insidious reason to report the second half of last year's data is because it looks a lot better than the first half of the year's data. People will see 9-10 thousand in half a year and assume, okay, that means about 18-20 thousand in a year, when in fact the whole year's stats were much worse...

Comment Re:read carefully (Score 1) 140

Even if they are using SSL between the front end and the middle tier, self signed certs are probably used between those layers and its "game over" anyway in that case.

You think whether the cert is self-signed or not is relevant in this case, you fundamentally misunderstand the problem. Having Verisign sign the cert wouldn't do jack-diddly-squat here.

Comment Re:I don't understand this (Score 2) 140

Well... he's lying about one of these two things: Either Snowden had access to classified information and is a credible source... or he didn't have access, in which case he can't be a traitor, because he's not giving away government secrets, since he never had them to begin with.

Snowden made a large list of claims. If just one of them is true, or even partially true, he can both not have the access he claims to have and still be considered a traitor. I like what Snowden did, but I'm pointing out a really obvious flaw in your logic.

The really obvious flaw in your logic is that it requires more than the claim to be true. If I claim the US is secretly recording the content of conversations between Americans (based on my personal speculation), that doesn't make me a traitor, even if it's true. On the other hand, I'm arguably a traitor if the government gives me access to that information and I then betray my NDA/oath/security clearance and reveal it. He really did need to have the access he claims, or it's not really treason, because he's not revealing anything, he's just speculating and saying frankly what speculators on Slashdot have been saying for years. They don't all become traitors if their speculation turns out to be correct.

Comment Re:Treason (Score 2, Insightful) 140

I'll get hate for pointing this out but then again common sense seems to be poison to the politically correct, but if most of your troubles are coming from one group, how about keeping more of the group from coming over and keeping a closer eye on the ones you got, how about that?

You do realize that the majority of mass killings and other terrorist incidents in the U.S. have been the result of the actions of right-wing white male Christians, right?

Comment Re:can someone explain? (Score 1) 737

Apparently, it's sexist when hired female sales staff ("booth babes") wear T-shirts, makeup, and big hair. But apparently it is OK to use your feminine wiles if you declare yourself a feminist and a female technologist (and apparently, you don't actually need to know much about technology to do so). Can someone who is well versed in the intricacies of sexism and political correctness please explain who is allowed to wear revealing clothes under what circumstances, and who is not?

Anyone is allowed to if they want to. It's a problem when your boss tells you to and makes it a job requirement.

Comment Re:"Plane Airbus Did Not Want To Build" (Score 1) 135

Yes. Even if plane design and manufacture was a 100% monopoly they would still do it.

Well, yes, but not on the same timescale. In the absence of competition, they'd have just continued pumping out A340's for a couple more decades while making mild investments in research and advancement of the tech until coming out with a replacement two decades later and with half the innovation (the other half would eventually be made... in a couple more decades).

Comment Re:Why not automate the fix? (Score 1) 159

Then you say they "clamped down" on the name bit...

No, you misread. They didn't "clamp down" on the name. You appear to have missed an "if" that was written above. They probably would have clamped down on the name if he had refused to make it clear that donations to him are not donations to Debian. But it never got that far. All they did do was "ask him to stop soliciting donations in a way that made it look like he was doing it for Debian proper." They made a request, that's all they did, and this was how he responded to the request.

Comment Re:Why not... (Score 3, Insightful) 159

Fixing a security problem is a great idea. Doing so by adding bogus entries to your /etc/hosts file (as OP suggested) is a monumentally stupid idea.

The right way to handle this automatically (assuming you don't object to the idea of it being handled automatically) would be to simply comment out the offending line in the sources.

Comment Re:megatons != megatonnes of TNT (Score 1) 128

Unfortunately, megatons as used in the summery is a unit of weight.

Actually, no, as used in the summary, it's a unit measuring explosive force. The author assumes the reader is a competent speaker of the English language, where many words have multiple meanings that are distinguished from one another by the context in which they are used. Alas, on the internets, you find a great many people do not speak or understand English competently... including many for whom it's their native language. Go figure...

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