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Comment Re:If the point was ... (Score 4, Insightful) 300

There's no proof that it has anything to do with Wikileaks, but in a world of IoT devices with no thought toward security, anyone who cares to do so can mount DDOS with the power of a national entity.

What's the point of doing what Assange and Wikileaks have been doing without any moral position? He isn't helping his own case.

Comment Re:Legal? (Score 2) 219

No, of course it is not legal to set a trap to intentionally hurt someone, even if you expect that the trap could only be activated by the person committing property theft or vandalism. Otherwise, you'd see shotguns built into burglar alarms.

Fire alarm stations sometimes shoot a blue dye which is difficult to remove or one which only shows under UV. Never stand in front of one when pulling the lever! But they are not supposed to hurt you.

And of course these booby traps generally are not as reliable as the so-called "inventor" thinks and tend to hurt the innocent.

Comment Re:Surely Wikileaks can function without Assange (Score 1) 235

if a lot of people who didn't like Trump anyway hadn't used it as a convenient excuse to distance themselves from him. How Republicans react to stuff about Trump is not Clinton's responsibility, and is not really the media's responsibility.

I do agree with you on this.

The Republicans as a party are a corrupt and spineless group. I admire how the democrats back and defend their own no matter what terrible thing they did or allegedly did.

I cannot respect a party that has no loyalty or backbone. I wanted Cruz to win because his values and polices where more in line with mine. But he didn't win and I moved forward.

Watching Trump go on the offense against the Republican and Democratic establishments as well as the press has been a real pleasure to watch. It is great watching someone finally trying to lift the curtain of corruption.

Comment Re:Phone (Score 1) 235

So if it was an American releasing these documents, it would be worth looking at? While that is very nationalist of you, discounting information just because it came from another country supports a pretty isolationist view.

It's interesting watching a lot of the hypocrisy of this election. The most recent when Trump said he might contest the results depending on what information we have at the time. For the party that contest the Gore/Bush vote and then loudly used it to discredit Bush's presidency for much of his first four years, it crazy watching them act like Trumps answer is a threat to the very foundation of our democracy,

Comment 3rd party drivers (Score 5, Interesting) 480

Who else's fault would it be that Windows requires 3x more support?

The vendors who supply the 3rd party drivers.

Macs are more reliable/require less support because there is very little a corporation or end user can add to it, to customize it beyond built-to-order. I've been building my own PC desktop machines for decades and I have had very few problems because I tend to carefully select the parts and use "better" rather than "less expensive" parts. However my PCs are sort of anomalies in this respect. When helping friends and family "debug" their PC problems the BSOD was usually coming from a 3rd party driver, from a second tier low cost vendor. By maintaining a higher degree of control Apple is less susceptible to such problems.

The secondary benefit of my BYO approach is that I have had very few Linux compatibility problems over the decades.

Oh, and Windows has been running natively (dual boot) very reliably on my Mac laptops for many years now.

Comment Re:Surely Wikileaks can function without Assange (Score 1) 235

The reason the information is ignored is it is, at best, very weak circumstantial evidence of any wrongdoing, where "wrongdoing" does not even bear any semblance to a crime, but merely some slightly embarrassing kind of cozying up.

But an 11 year old tape of a man talking crude is worth days of non-stop coverage? (I am talking about before the accusations came out.)

Comment Re:Surely Wikileaks can function without Assange (Score 1) 235

I'd go so far as to say that Wikileaks has lost all credibility with him still around.

He has made it clear it is no longer an independent actor, so everything Wikileaks does from now will be tainted with his bias.

I don't understand this feeling. Does the motive even matter other than to fact check the information he is releasing? That should should be done regardless of motivation. His motive is just as likely fear knowing as Secretary of State, she was ok killing him via drone and is afraid what she will do to him as president.

To make things more perplexing, Hillary and the media aren't even trying to dispute any of the information's validity. The only argument they are making is that it's not fair that what they are doing has been made public.

He is outing government corruption and massive press confusion.

I do not understand how the media can spend hundreds of hours more time on an unverified harassment claim regarding an incident never brought up before that supposedly took place 20 years ago than on actual alleged current corrupt government activities.

If this is any indicator, do you honestly believe that the press will stop their collusion with Hilary when she becomes president and start becoming journalists again? She will have close to unchecked power - especially knowing that the media will destroy anyone that opposes her.

Comment Re:Phone (Score 2, Insightful) 235

he would have released all this information weeks ago before they cut off his internet. By parceling it out over the course of October as we get closer and closer to the election, makes him appear more and more like a political player and dissident with an axe to grind...and probably isn't winning him friends at the Embassy.

Kind of like how all the harassment accusations waited until October? Or how that tape from 2005 of Trump saying nasty things was sat on until October?

There is a big difference between "the government is keeping information from the people and they need to know it right now" and "I have information that I think the people need to know about specific things that I support. But I'm going to wait until the right time and place, as determined by me, to release it."

I agree. I feel exactly the same way about how Obama's FBI is releasing the documents they have from Hilary's investigation in pieces making people tired of the story before we even have the complete picture.

That said, I have a feeling that Assange releasing all the documents have more to do with him knowing that she was ok with us killing him via drones than any love of Trump.

Comment Slapping time (Score 5, Insightful) 545

The move followed outbreaks of measles in Europe and parts of the United States, and local whooping cough and measles cases in Australia.

There was actual harm done because of the sticky stupid of antivaccine activists, so of course their Board will purge in response. People who make themselves allies of the first Horseman of the Apocalypse (Pestilence/plague) do not belong in the healthcare business.

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