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Comment Re:Stuxnet claim reduces credibility (Score 1) 491

He was a sysadmin at the NSA and worked also for the CIA. You think the NSA didn't throw some parties when Stuxnet reported back that it worked? You don't think it was the watercool talk of the month when it leaked out? Your faith in the ability of organisations to internally compartmentalise things is interesting.

Comment Re:He is rocking the boat, don't rock the boat (Score 2) 658

Uh, yes, the troops do send themselves overseas. Does America have the draft? I don't think so. If they go abroad and fight just because they have a shitty life at home and the military is a pay-rise, that's even more disgusting than if they are doing it for some warped ideological purpose.

Comment Re:Gonna Have to Disagree with You There (Score 1) 658

The link with Republicanism is probably to do with age. If you look at the poll results, young people are far more outraged than old people, who seem to systematically skew authoritarian. Perhaps growing up in the environment of the cold war means they have a much stronger sympathy for spying and feel that no matter what the USA does, it must always be on the side of right rather than wrong. Young people with no memory of the cold war have no particular bias towards national secrecy.

Comment Re:Terrible news... (Score 1) 658

I cannot speak for programs I have not worked in, but NSA wiretaps have played a role in EVERY modern day foreign crisis in the past 20 years. Mali, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, pirates in the Indian Ocean, and a lot more I'm forgetting because I've been out all night.

Are you for real or just an extremely skilled troll? It's hard to believe anyone could seriously write something so stupid.

Of course you've played a role in those "foreign crises", because you work for the US government which is the source of the crises in those countries. Those countries would obviously not be in any kind of crisis condition if they were not being constantly assaulted economically and physically by pliant tools like yourself.

I'll admit I was kinda uneasy about what we did when I first started here a few years ago, but I can even count the number of lives I have saved on my fingers in my first hand alone, so I think the ends justify the means.

The NSA is a part of the US military. The US military has directly killed far more people in those places than you can ever save.

On the off chance you're a real person, I'm going to make a suggestion. Tomorrow is Monday. Talk this over with your SO if you have one tonight, then go into work on Monday and hand in your resignation. Tell your boss you realised that you're a part of a machine that systematically causes crises in the middle east and you don't want to be a part of it any more, not even to try and save lives that were wrecked by your colleagues.

Then go find a job in the private sector using your skills to achieve positive outcomes at home, instead of negative outcomes abroad.

Comment Re:He is rocking the boat, don't rock the boat (Score 3, Insightful) 658

The average veteran in the USA is a war criminal. How is he supposed to demonstrate this fact other than by giving examples? Was Iraq invading the USA? Was Afghanistan? The people who fly the drones, are they fighting people who are attacking the USA?

The answer to all these things is clearly no. When people volunteer to take part in the US military, they volunteer to travel to some foreign country the other end of the Earth and bomb, snipe and shoot their way through the local populace to achieve extremely vague and open ended "goals" which are self evidently bullshit (bringing freedom or whatever). They volunteer knowing full well what they're going to do, how pointless it all is, and they sign up anyway.

How Americans go out of their way to engage in hero worship of vets is one of the most troubling and pathetic parts of US culture. You don't see it to anywhere near the same extent in other parts of the world. Maybe people if directly challenged would say "yes I support the troops" because any other answer is picking a fight, but the anti-Iraq-war rallies were the largest anti war protests in recorded history. That shows you what people really think of the military. I'll know there's a chance for the US when a politician gets up and says, "no, I don't support the troops". Not holding my breath.

Comment Re:Smart and Hot - where's the crazy (Score 2) 127

The crazy is in thinking she can regulate better security onto any random industry. It doesn't work like that. Security is too complicated to magically fix by insisting on blind usage of a particular tool.

If you look at the article, a huge number of the breaches are to do with credit card leaks. Well, duh, credit cards are a pull model not a push model. Bitcoin is more sensible, but the California DFI is busy harassing Bitcoin companies. So if she really cares about upgraded security, maybe she should get the DFI off the back of people building more secure, cryptographic financial systems that compete with the incumbents? That's much less fun than coming up with new laws though.

Comment Re:Mud in the water (Score 1) 442

Yes, the Israelis routinely spy on their sugar daddy. That attitude is but one of the many reasons that Israel is one of the worlds least popular countries, almost break even with North Korea. I don't think you should use them as an example of why that's OK. Incidentally the USA is less popular than the EU.

Comment Re:HAH (Score 1) 274

There have also been videos of presentations by firms who work in this area that teach companies how not to hire americans (You can google that). If their really was no advantage to hiring H1-B over a US worker, then why would companies go out of their way to disqualify US workers...?

Seriously? Have you ever actually been in a hiring position?

Hiring people is hard, and risky. Even in jobs where the skill set required is very precise and easily measured, as in engineering, there are all kinds of other random factors that can make or break a new hire (personality, lazyness, ability to co-operate, etc). Companies use every trick in the book to try and reduce this risk, most commonly by tapping employees networks to try and find other people who are known quantities, instead of the random walk-ins you get via normal hiring.

So now you have an open position. Maybe it requires specialised skills. Maybe it doesn't exactly require specialised skills, but there's someone who you just know would be the perfect fit for that position. You know they're capable, creative, etc. Only problem - not an American (and for "American" you can also read "European" for an EU based company, etc).

So what do you do? Obviously the "cannot hire an American to do the same work" standard is absurd, you can always hire an American to do any job, they just won't do it as well as the guy you actually want would. But you have to prove you tried. Hence - gaming of the system. The goal of this process is often not to hire just any H1-B because they're cheaper (they have to be paid the same salary or higher, right?), it's often to hire a specific person and this is especially true at the higher job levels.

The simplest solution would be to eliminate the "cannot hire an X" standard which is unenforceable, unmeasurable garbage anyway. Just ensure the salaries are the same, and, longer term, try and convince people that they don't have some kind of right to a well paid job just because they got lucky in the birth lottery. That other guy who is more qualified but has the wrong coloured skin should have a chance too.

Comment Re:There are three kinds of lies. (Score 1) 274

Strong understanding of existing and emerging web standards, accessibility (WCAG1/2) and usability.
Familiarity with several JavaScript libraries, including Backbone and JQuery

lolwut, familiarity with some random JavaScript library is required? Dude, start writing your own job ads. It's clear that whoever is churning these out has no clue.

Comment Re:Methodology of poll (Score 1) 458

(A recent poll asked people if "Ben Ghazi" should be deported for his crimes, and many people said "yes, definitely!". It's easy to lead people into the position you want by framing it in the right way.)

It's ironic that in a post talking about misleading and biased poll questions, you refer to a "recent poll" asking people about Ben Ghazi. The only such "poll" I was able to find boiled down to some random girl on YouTube asking passersby on the beach. As you might expect, most of them were shirtless bro's. Example answer: "come on, we're better than that".

I happen to agree with what you wrote about the Assange poll, especially the second question which is a textbook case of how to produce manipulated polls. In the USA leaking IS a criminal matter so it'd not be surprising if a lot of people wrongly believed Assange had actually broken the law, meaning they couldn't reasonably answer "not a criminal matter". But you shouldn't segue from talking about opinion polls conducted by newspapers to "polls" conducted by some girl on a beachfront for laughs.

Comment Re:Isn't this done already? (Score 4, Interesting) 247

Usurper? Seriously? Firstly, Android is by many people's definitions more free than regular desktop Linux because it's licensed under a more permissive license.

Secondly, Android is actually a "desktop" Linux done right, by people who know what they're doing. As a disclaimer, I worked on desktop Linux related projects for years, about a decade ago. I wrote patches for GNOME, for ALSA, for Wine, and I also built an entire packaging and installer framework that tried to abstract out the differences between distributions so people could distribute their own applications without getting stuck into the swamp of distributor packaging (which was and always will be a shit idea). Many other things that I've forgotten about.

It was all a waste of time. Fundamentally, desktop Linux was not designed or built, it evolved organically. Any attempt to bring people together who might have some skill in OS design resulted in endless stupid flamewars and politics (does anyone remember the ridiculous KDE vs freedesktop wars?). The moment the community needed to move beyond the design laid out by the original creators of UNIX it all fell apart and became a mess.

Android is the best of all worlds - it's Free as in Freedom, it's managed centrally by a highly experienced team of computer scientists and OS designers (some of whom came from working on BeOS), the basic design decisions in it are correct - there's no crap whereby every phone manufacturer has to package every end user application. Heck you can see how popular with users it is just to have them distributing the core OS, you can imagine the disaster zone that'd occur if they used the Debian model. There's one audio API, that works. There's one graphics API, that works. It's standardised on one reasonably modern language, which works. No "we have to rewrite this from C++ into C for political reasons" garbage there.

Frankly it's a breath of fresh air and if it eventually wipes out traditional desktop Linux distros, you won't see me shed a tear despite all the work I did.

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