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Comment Re:Restart the elections, primaries and all. (Score 1) 168

<quote><p>No, I am not new to the process and I know that there is always accusations of fraud real or imagined and such. One major difference though is this time we have lots of PROOF involved in it.</p><p>Them trying to accuse Russia is just a scapegoat at this point of them trying to misdirect from the volume of stuff coming out at this point that they can't rightfully deny.</p><p>I am one to definitely advocating to restart the process with the level of crap that has happened this cycle and the level of proof that has come out as the end results of this election may very well have been tainted already due to this just from the primary results already. To just suck it up and move on is to just let the damage persist that you clearly have evidence of.</p></quote>

There has always been "lots of PROOF", as you put it. Lincoln's people fixed the primary. Kennedy was elected in the closest election (at that time) in US history, where if in Illinois and Texas 22,000 voters had gone Nixon, he would have won. Yet, in certain districts of Chicago, more people voted for Kennedy than the total population, eligible and non-eligible voters combined, in the district.

And so on ... I just picked two easy ones. There are more; in fact there are multiple proven, to use your phrase, examples in every single Presidential election, period. It is so far from new to have "proven" fraud in 2016 that it's not only not surprising, it's a given.

Comment Re:Accenture (Score 1) 80

After they mismanaged the company for a few years, trashing our corporate culture and making all the employees miserable I found another job and resigned.

If you were an ethical person, you would have bailed as soon as the acquisition was announced.

miserable, judgemental jerk

Why would I be miserable? I don't have the taint of working for a criminal organization on my conscience.


Comment Re:Restart the elections, primaries and all. (Score 2) 168

I won't argue your points. I just want to point out that there has never been a US Presidential Election that was not tainted by fraud, real and imagined. I'm not suggesting that is a reason not to be vigilant, but to think this is something new is to reveal a very poor grasp of history, and we're talking the Primaries and the Election proper, back to the first ever election of a US President, with no change right to the present day. I'll make a bold prediction: the Presidential Election of 2020 will also be tainted with dirty tricks and outright fraud.

Restart the whole process? Not trying to be rude, but are you new at this election thing?

Comment What "influence" can they really have though? (Score 1) 168

I'm not sure exactly how much influence the Russians could have on an American Election. The US pretty much looks towards itself when it comes to news, and as for Election Issues, it's an even tighter focus inward. There is, of course, the influence you can get by throwing something out there and letting the victims (American News outlets, US citizens, and the Candidates themselves) do the actual influencing portion, however innocently they come by it.

But any non-US entity really has always had that power, if by some other means than hacking some server somewhere, by raising some issue or acting in some manner that involves a Foreign Policy situation. Still, the US Election is rarely about Foreign Policy issues, at least to the extent that, say, the British Elections traditionally have been. But it seems to me (warning: personal opinion ahead) that broadly speaking an American Presidential Election is about domestic issues, and to a large degree very local issues. In other words, the scope of influence possible with regard to a Foreign Policy issue is I believe small.

If you would argue that even a small influence is too many, well, there is a valid point there, but it seems unavoidable. Looking back, I would say that Israel has probably tried more often than Russia to influence an American election. The net effect was probably greater than zero, but still small, in the grand scheme of things.

Sort of off-topic, but topical, the British Monarchy has a very strict policy whereby no member of the British Royal Family will visit any Commonwealth Nation during an election campaign. By strict I mean to the point where they will cancel any planned visit (and in some countries, they don't get many, so it's a big deal and a big loss) should an election be called. In this case I would suggest it's more a thing of not wanting to be seen to influence an election rather than any actual influence, but there is the argument that a Royal Visit would tend to support the current administration as far as re-election goes.

All in all, though, I think that there are too many issues and too many way in which an Election could potentially be influenced, that in the end you are not going to get much traction from foreign influence in the first place.

Just accusing Russia of an attempt to influence a US Election goes a long way to negating that influence, because the US is somewhat paranoid about foreign influence in the first place (not that it's a rare trait amongst nations, but it does vary and America is on the more, rather than less wary side).

The end result is you can't actually be sure your "influence" is going to go your way; it could easily backfire. The risk itself is probably enough of a brake to make the practice unlikely to be a true influence, versus just one of a thousand small potential influences.

Comment You have to (Score 1) 109

You have to keep passwords written somewhere because stupid sysadmins have such insane password rules and retention times that no-one could possibly remember them. In theory word documents are at lest better than post-its because they COULD have some access control.

The tighter you squeeze, sysadmins, the more systems will slip through your fingers.

Comment Re: So basically... (Score 2) 605

You have got to be joking. Swap in "Jews" for "Deplorables" and Hillary would be every bit a "hitler", if it were not so absurd comparing wanting to control immigration rather than letting it occur with no oversight, to mass slaughter of humans. Even if you tried to compare mass deportation, you can't even get close because you are comparing someone sent to Mexico with someone being packed on a train and sent to a gas chamber! Do you realize how foolish and un-believeable you sound? The fact that you and other liberals really believe that down in your heart is why you are turning so many independent voters against you. Trump says some reasonable things, you claim he's hitler and that's all she wrote for believing a word you say.

Comment That's a stupid plan (Score 1) 49

how often do home hard drives fail?

They only need to fail once for something you have no copy of...

Also I am pretty sure they fail 100% of the time your laptop is stolen and/or there's a fire in your house that melts your HD. Are you saying houses do not catch on fire? That laptops are never stolen?

Your plan is lunacy. Backups aren't about any one unlikely thing, they are about a world of unlikely possibilities weighed against the loss of many things (even if virtual) that are literally irreplaceable.

does the average user still need "cloud backup"

The "average user" needs those things more because they do not have as deep an understanding of what will and will not be lost if the device breaks or vanishes.

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