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Comment Re:So much for rule of law (Score 1) 175

If laws need to be broken to serve the greater good, they need to be broken. The person in question needs to be ready to face the consequences, but pardons exist to ensure they do not have to, if they did indeed serve the greater good. Being sentenced to live in Russia for years is a punishment on its own. He should be pardoned with time served. Unfortunately, I don't see that happening, too many people approve of our insane government and want it to be crazier.

Comment Re:Translation (Score 1) 360

Translation: Trump would do something about importing cheap H-1B workers while Her Majesty wouldn't.

I definitely think that's part of it. But I think Trump might also harm relations with Asia, which would be devastating to most tech companies. A more sensible person with his objectives might try to come up with a plan to slowly ween us off the crack, and build a more independent America, but Trump seems to favor bold moves.

Of course Cersei will keep us on the crack until we die from it. So there's that, and having worked for tech companies I know there's an active dislike for long term planning.

Comment Re:Everyone knows this, why it continues is beyond (Score 1) 195

So far there is nothing in them that is enforced, that isn't also backed up by one law or another or that have become directly visible to users. The minute someone puts in "you will also buy us a car" and tries to enforce it, the ensuing shitstorm will at least invalidate the clause, if not (hopefully) undermine the entire broken system.

Comment xkcd (Score 5, Interesting) 180

One look at the map in TFA and this came to mind: https://xkcd.com/1138/

I guess it surprises someone that "software development" includes a whole lot of people all over the country. Databases don't query themselves, and there's always a lot of corporate tools in every line of work. Software developers make them...

Comment Re:indentation too? (Score 3, Informative) 523

At least in all my professional software development, this kind of nitpicking is par for the course. The difference is that in a corporation you can strong-arm your team, either because they report to you or because you have political clout. In free software with something that has thousands or more of contributors, all you have is screaming loudly and offensively enough to get on slashdot. Then maybe people figure out that this is how they want it done.

Someone could scream back with valid arguments about why: /* This is a good idea,
  * we should do this! */

I can't think of one. All I can think of is "who cares", the answer to which is "Linus" (and others), and if I don't care I should just do it their way.

Comment Re:The problem with democracy (Score 2) 259

The problem with democracy is that both types of people get the same number of votes per person

The problem with everything other system is that nobody really trusts the one(s) with enough time to do complete, accurate research: chances are he's involved in politics or selling something. Winston Churchill most famously pointed that out (quoting someone else). So basically this isn't a new problem, for the UK or for democracies.

I do think the English speaking world has suffered from confusion over the term "lie". Colloquially we use the word "lie" to include prevarication, equivocation and dissimulation. This seems to be true for all english speaking dialects I've encountered. And then someone asserts "such and such is a liar", and then later he has to retract that statement or face legal consequences, because such as such wasn't a liar. He no doubt was intending to deceive, but not strictly telling a falsehood. We need those words back in our every day language because there's a shitload of blatant deception in political speech such that it is impossible to make any sense of it at all, and we need to be able to call them on it.

Comment Re:No (Score 2) 89

Doesn't sequencing DNA alter the blood sample? I haven't done it for 20 years, but the original sample was destroyed after gel electrophoresis as an essential part of the process, the dna was literally broken down. Their lab is probably better than what I had in HS, but I think it they also destroy the sample.

Of course you don't use the whole blood sample, you take a bit out of it. But that also "damages" the evidence (in that there's less of it).

It seems like encryption is nothing like that, the original file is completely intact in every way. The question is whether the output is a legitimate decryption of the input. For example my "frameThisFucker.py" script takes the encrypted file, does absolutely nothing with it, and creates a directory of kiddie porn. Not all transformations are valid or useful. He is arguing that such transformations may have occurred outside the chain of evidence, essentially rendering the evidence useless.

Comment Re:Not Everyone is capable of Joining PC Master Ra (Score 1) 726

If I were Apple I wouldn't let you easily adjust those things either. There might be some backdoor mechanism that trips a "warranty voided" fuse, but as someone who designs silicon for a living I would not want to offer any warranty at all to people who operate parts out of spec. In addition to "minor" failures of data integrity (which are normally considered major - stop ship failures to us in the industry, but gamers may not care a lot), you are damaging the parts. Or at least some percentage of OCers are, who happened to get the fraction of parts that run hotter than usual.

You may not care if you replace every year or two, but many customers do care, particularly those that paid a premium on Apple HW - I like their stuff but I do expect it works for 5 years or more or it stops becoming worth the price.

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