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Comment Re:And that's why I'm backing Sanders (Score 1) 370

And why is finger-pointing bad? If someone farks up, you SHOULD point and say they farked up.
But that is only one part of trying to solve the problem. Analyse the problem and find an improvement. You cannot fully analyse anything if you exclude parts.
It becomes a problem when people attack each other personally. 'Bob, the job you did was poor' is vastly different then 'Bob, are you to stupid?'

F.i. If the person that farked up did so out of being incompetent, well then replace the person.
Why should you act otherwise? This is not kindergarten where no one wants their feelings hurt and everyone gets a medal. This is Real Life Grownup Stuff and if you are paid to do a job, you do it good or face the consequences.

We do not all have to agree on anything, as long as we all work together for the betterment of the community. (Quote by someone, can't remember)

Sad fact is, these people are not doing such and thus it is the moral obligation to call them out on such.
People only cry foul play when they find themselves the target.

Comment Re:Cultural? (Score 1) 479

Lets be realistic here, this one of the biggest car companies in the world making millions of cars each year that have very high standards and anyone honestly believes they would haphazardly allow people to do changes or build in stuff without a ton of people knowing about it?

I see nothing more then the typical management trying to cover their arses. This incident is clearly a sign of a broken system within VW and that won't get fixed by blaming a few software engineers. They are just the easiest targets.

Comment Re:Blow the whistle in other countries (Score 2) 161

And while we try to get him asylum, we also say that it would be the worst idea because we, with out current government, would not be able to guarantee safety.

I would also dare most to compare the media coverage between how Germans and the US treat the revelations on spying or the subject of whistle blowers or asylum for Snowden.

If only Snowden had outed a CIA operative ... he could be VP now.

Comment Re:lol, Rand sucking up to the dorks (Score 2) 206

Well it was the hight of Wikileaks and the trial could have lasted to the Manning and Snowden incidents, so it would be reasonable to imagine they might have wanted to make an example. If the DOJ is on your arse, you can presume they will do ANYTHING to get a conviction. Not like they have such crazy concepts like moral or rule of law to guide them.

Comment Re:Armchair engineering at its finest (Score 1) 248

Very true, but we also know companies and how they 'think'. Anything new would have to be proven by someone else because no one will take the risk.
And when we run out of options do do things, well then we have to think outside the box.

Though this is slashdot, so let's get creative. ;)

I also instantly thought about how roller-coaster cars are pushed up the rails. Also like how scaffolding is assembled and you have guys vertically in a row, passing on the pieces to the next guy above. Same could be done with the cabin. Kinda like how a mag-train is moved along the line, but with sprocket-flywheel kind of things. It would naturally mean more hardware employed, but unless all the sprocket-flywheels fail, it could be safer.
You could also theoretically employ more cabins in the same shaft.

Comment Re:Maybe I imagined it... (Score 1) 387

Sorry, but there is quite a distance between 'subtle' and being an arsehole. He could have said something like 'Hey, interesting idea but that is not what we are looking for. You can do what you want but I won't add it. Full stop'.
You can do a lot of things without having to resort to such behaviour. For someone so smart and that has achieve so much, he can be pretty dumb and insecure.

He might be the greatest developer of all times, but he has a very serious character flaw. I am not a doctor but I'd say he is a megalomaniac. People follow him because he currently has the power, but he fails to see that his power is not absolute. People want to contribute to Linux, not Linus.

Comment Re:Loosely translated: (Score 2) 152

If you think about it, it all makes kinda sense. The name 'killer whale' is wrong (result of a bad translation), it should be 'whale killer' and with a revelation like this, I think it makes the Orca a more perfect hunter as it not only hunts whales in packs and communicate between each other, it could also speak and understand the language of it's prey.

Orca Alpha (voice only): Yo bro, wanna buy some Krill? Got the best $hit around.
Whale approaches. Gang of Orcas pop out from behind an iceberg.
Whale: Like, OMG! Orcas! Run!
Orca Alpha: Hehe. Run my friend and you will only die tired. Attack formation Delta-Y

Comment Re:Maybe not (Score 2, Informative) 579

For those that do not know the political parties in Germany, the CSU is basically the Republicans, SPD are the Democrats & Grünen are the Greens (though more powerful in Germany).
And if they all agree on something (which is like nearly never), then you can pretty much take it as true. Through in the FDP (market liberals) and Pirates (popular party) and that Mayors comments are pretty much mute.

Also, I wonder what the Mayor's technical knowledge is of the whole LiMux actually is. When my mom complains about 'the internet not working again', I know she means she probably forgot to turn on the modem again, and not that her Ubuntu (yeah my 65y/o mother uses Ubuntu, she has no clue but knows what to click and what not) or her Firefox is somehow not working. So far her system has never had a problem! **
So I question if the Mayor even has enough ground to stand on to make such claims.

** contrary to the other parts of my (extended) family and friends that all use Windows. They are constantly calling because this or that won't work.

Comment Re:When will we... (Score 1) 266

Has nothing to do with big or small government, it has to do with handing absolute power to a bunch of frat-boys.
Just as sensible as handing over the keys to the house to your college son and his friends for the weekend. What do you EXPECT would happen?
And just to be sure, have your son call in daily to confirm everything is o.k. yeah that will work fine.

Comment Re:Seems like old times (Score 1) 752

Uhm, commercial airliners constantly fly over/near warzones, though usually at very high altitudes.
Though I do agree with you, though don't forget, "Ukrainian separatists" (if it is confirmed to be them) are not the only ones to have shoot down civilian aircraft.
The problem for me is the question: 'could they have known?' In the Korean and Iranian instances, the shooters could have known because they had the possibilities.
I wonder if the Ukrainian separatists (again, still not confirmed) have the possibility to find out what that plane at 10km really is.
And if it is a plan flying over a war zone, and the people on the ground have no way of knowing what it is but know that it cannot be theirs (these are separatists, not a 'real' military), it is plausible that they could shoot. Not that I condone it, mind you.
The US would have no issues with that if the table's were reversed, so why the fuss?

Also, let's not forget that this has a LOT more to do with who's side someone is on then the actual incident. The US & Western Europe is on the Ukrainian side, so EVERYTHING will be the Separatists' / Russian's fault, because anything that can be used to promote one side's agenda will be exploited.

Comment Re:Probable cause (Score 1) 223

That used to only reserved for blacks and 'communists'. Remember the FBI will target and try to crush anyone who is not white(enough), non-Christian and is not politically right enough. i.e. MLK, MalcomX, ACLU anyone who ever supported them. On the other hand, they had no problems supporting mafia thugs such as James "Whitey" Bulger. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
Btw, we only have a bunch of 'criminals' (kinda like a 70's version of Snowden) to thank for exposing COINTELPRO.
Does anyone honestly think they just stopped? Read what they did during COINTELPRO and then ask yourself, do you think they, as well as the NSA or other groups, have any level they would not stoop to? What else have they done that just has not come out yet?

guess not: http://www.wired.com/2011/09/f...

As for the BS 'judge approval', they will simply rubber-stamp any request that comes in. Not to mention in a secret court!
To quote the Article: But its rulings are notoriously one-sided: In its 35-year history, the court has approved 35,434 government requests for surveillance, while rejecting only 12.

Comment Re:You left off... (Score 1) 371

Do you honestly think congress actually cared? I'd say they went through a few pretty simple logical questions: Is he in the US (because that would really be bad press)? Would killing him threaten the lives of his own (drones are being used, so who cares?)? and do I have an excuse (target was deemed a TerroristNaziCommunistPedophile by the SpinDoctors)? Does it affect my carrier? No, no, no, so bombs away.
Innocence, legality or whatnot does not matter. Like some kid dying in Africa, if it does not affect the congress man's carrier, he will not care. Sadly goes for most people.

The US gov has never had a problem coming up with excuses to bomb things. What makes you think they will have problems finding one now or in the future?

Comment Re:u can rite any way u want (Score 1) 431

And languages are constantly in motion. Just like we do not speak the King's English, our kids and their grand kids will speak differently from us. We do not only not speak like them, we do not even behave like them. Every thing is and always have been in transition.

It is the age old battle between generations. The older generations always complain about how bad the younger generations are and how everything is 'going to shit'.

What people do not realized is that they have moved from the younger generation and become the older.

Comment Re:Well ... what do you expect (Score 1) 479

Hey wait a minute, Powell had like a ton of Powerpoint Slides with proof he showed in his speech at the UN. And if the US says that, you KNOW it must be true. They would not lie to start a war. Not like those evil people that always come up with fake reasons to invade countries for their own goals.

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