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Comment Re:Because it looks like a cover-up (Score 1) 382

It's so the person will be willing to tell you everything. Even if you don't have anything illegal to hide, it is almost often is in your best interest NOT to talk to the police/FBI/etc. It's why you should at minimum consult your lawyer before you do so, and only do so in conjunction with them/their legal advice. If you can negotiate a grant of immunity prior to doing so, that's your absolute best guarantee that the police/FBI/etc won't take something you said and misconstrue it, and wind up charging you over it.

And knowing this, the FBI/police/etc will often use such grants of immunity to induce people to tell them everything and not hold anything back. After all, if they're not interested in prosecuting some low-ranking peon, why not?

Comment Re:Popcorn. (Score 3, Insightful) 382

"Clinton screwed up on email and arguably Benghazi"

I'm sorry -- but there is a very long history of her "screw ups and lies". Whitewater ring a bell? I don't want to list them all out as I dont want to type a "mile long" worth of dirt.

Oh, but please do - because it's not so much a "mile long list" of dirt, so much as it is a mile long list of overhyped nothingburgers that Republicans repeatedly tried to turn into major scandals in an ongoing effort to destroy the Clintons politically. About the only respite from it was when Hillary was seen as a rival to Obama after she lost the primary to him in 2008. Once she became part of his cabinet though, it was "game on" again.

It's actually somewhat more telling that despite all the relentless scrutiny, investigating, and endless parade of hearings, over 24 years now, there still has yet to be a single indictment or criminal charge against her. Either she's the canniest most effective schemer ever (yet simultaneously incompetent enough for all the rest of these minor screwups), or there's really not a lot to any of it.

Comment "Security" (Score 4, Insightful) 180

Of course they didn't conspire to block Linux installs - it was all about providing security to the user, by preventing anyone from attacking the BIOS and the operating system. The fact that this includes the user, and prevents them from "attacking" the operating system by replacing it, is entirely unintentional - or so they'd have you believe.

Sarcasm aside, there is a lot of security-related motivation in attempts to lock down the BIOS, UEFI, etc. The problem is that much of this also has consequences, and we clearly can't rely on companies to simply keep our best interests at heart on their own - but that should come as a surprise to no one here.

Comment Re:Better equation (Score 1) 75

A better comparison would be what the situation would be like if the cars didn't have easy network connectivity that allowed OTA patches. You'd have to bring them in to a service center to get patched. How many people would do it right away? How many would just be lazy and not bother at all?

There's certainly something to be said for having an air gap, but even air gaps aren't foolproof, and they're becoming increasingly unrealistic in the world of interconnected systems we live in.

Comment Re:This is my shocked face (Score 2) 272

At least NASA planned to, and attempted to, deorbit Skylab into the southern Indian Ocean. That they screwed up and it hit Australia was certainly a giant screw-up on their part, sure. However, having a plan but failing to execute the plan properly, and not giving a rat's backside about where it lands in the first place, are pretty far apart.

Comment Re:Last resort (Score 1) 294

We all know very well that the democratic process is lost to us - as anyone who voted for Bernie Sanders found out.

I voted for Sanders, and I'm sorry, your citation doesn't support what you claim. If anything, I would argue that Sanders's success proves it is possible to achieve change democratically, even if it won't be as easy as some hoped. Success? Yes, he did far better than anyone imagined he would, and he forced Clinton to address a number of his and his supporters' policies and priorities. Did we get everything we wanted? Of course not, but that's not how the real world works. Politics is almost never about sudden magic revolutionary things happening, it's slow and incremental - and when the sudden magic happens it doesn't come out of thin air, it comes because people spent a long hard time working on it, and put in blood, sweat, and tears, year after year.

It's the same sort of thinking that led to people being disappointed in Obama, as if he was going to sweep in and fix everything. That's not how it works. You build, and you push. Want more people like Sanders in office? Work to elect them, at all levels of government, not just the Presidency. Don't like politicians like Clinton? Then organize against and vote against them in the primary. Even if you don't beat them, most politicians are astute enough that they're going to shift their policies to cover intra-party blocs. Look at what happened to the Republicans with the Tea Party - there's no moderates left in Congress, and any that are basically terrified of being primary'd out, so they support all the ultraconservative positions.

And in the end, if your guy doesn't win, don't take your ball and go home - you vote for Clinton even if you don't like her, because 80% is better than 20% or 0%. We can complain that the system is bad (it is, in my opinion), but that doesn't change what the rules of the game are right now. We can also work to change those rules even while we continue to play by them.

Comment Re:WTF is a quid? (Score 1) 194

If you asked the English, they'd probably give you a funny look, then perhaps explain that a "quid" is one pound sterling, i.e. a colloquial reference to the British Pound, much as someone in the United States might refer to the U.S. Dollar as a "Buck." It is a reasonably common term (in Britain), and certainly 'grown up' enough that most English speakers of the English language would clearly recognize and understand it.

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