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Comment Re:That's not what they said in emails (Score 2) 379

Not that Comey isn't trying to fix that. Interesting tweetstorm from former DOJ spokesman Matthew Miller:

This is such an inappropriate public disclosure by Comey. And sadly the latest in a long string of them.

Comey refused to even tell Congress if FBI was investigating Trump camp for Russia hack, but regular updates on Clinton are apparently A-ok.

I wrote a piece in July on why Comey's public comments about Clinton were such an inappropriate abuse of power.

He flagrantly violated DOJ rules with his press conference. Then went on to break new ground discussing details of the case to Congress...2/

Followed by quickly releasing FBI 302's, something they rarely do, and which I doubt they will do for future high-profile cases. 3/

Each time, he either violated or seriously stretched DOJ rule & precedent. Press conference was the original sin, & it begat the rest. 4/

But today's disclosure might be worst abuse yet. DOJ goes out of its way to avoid publicly discussing investigations close to election. 5/

Not just public discussion either. Often won't send subpoenas or take other steps that might leak until after an election is over...6/

Why? Because voters have no way to interpret FBI/DOJ activity in a neutral way. Who is the target of an investigation? What conduct? 7/

This might be totally benign & not even involve Clinton. But no way for press or voters to know that. Easy for opponent to make hay over. 8/

Which takes us back to the original rule: you don't comment on ongoing investigations. Then multiply that times ten close to an election. 9/

For whatever reason (& there are many theories), Comey continues to ignore that. But only for Clinton. 10/

FBI is undoubtedly investigating links between the Russian hack, Manafort, & the Trump campaign. But aren't commenting on it. Good! 11/

They shouldn't be commenting on investigations! But that should apply to all. Instead Clinton consistently treated differently/worse. 12/12

Comment Re:PGP? (Score 2) 379

According to the investigation, only three emails on server had any classified marking on them. None contained classified headers, only (c) markings. The investigation determined that given HRC's lack of expertise in these regards, it's likely that she did not know what that symbol meant; classified documents are usually given to top officials with classified headers. She was however faulted for not treating sensitive information as classified regardless of whether or not it was marked as such, as is government policy.

Now, there was a lot more classified information on the server. At the time it was sent, 113 emails contained classified information, although as mentioned the overwhelming majority hadn't been marked when it was sent to her. During the investigation, investigators looked over all information and retroactively classified 2093 emails as containing information that should be classified. Of those 2093, HRC authored 104. But those were not classified at the time.

A separate report revealed that Powell had in his tenure received two classified emails in his private mail, and staffers of Condoleeza Rice received ten.

Comment Re:Oh drop it already (Score 4, Insightful) 379

Yes, vote for the vaxxer-apologist who wants a moratorium on pesticides and whose primary economic policy initiative - ordering the Fed use quantitative easing to forgive student debt - is based on a complete misunderstanding of the relationship between the government and the Fed, and what quantitative easing even is.

Comment Re:Oh drop it already (Score 5, Insightful) 379

I cannot support Hillary because she is corrupt. The depth of her corruption is breathtaking and her blatant disregard for the rule of law is a danger to the republic.

The depth of Republicans spending three decades trying to convince Americans that she's corrupt is what's breathtaking. How many bloody investigations have they held into her? Now, how many times has she been convicted?

Comment Corrections and more (Score 5, Informative) 379

1. They did not say that they are reopening the investigation. The memo itself makes that clear.

2. The emails are related to the server, but not from Clinton

Pete Williams is reporting that the emails have A) nothing to do with Wikileaks, and B) were not withheld by Clinton.

Beyond that, we know very, very little right now. Actually it's rather bizarre that Comey would throw a bombshell like this 11 days before the election. But let's see where it goes.

AI Shelves Self-Driving Device After Regulatory Warning ( 55 founder George Hotz, who has spent the good part of his past year criticizing competitors and their technologies, sent out a series of tweets Friday, saying that, a startup that aimed at offering semi-autonomous driving system, will be pulling out of the U.S. market in response to requests from federal regulators. From a Reuters report: The intervention, by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, came before began marketing its device. It is the latest signal that regulators want more control over the development and deployment of self-driving vehicle systems by vehicle manufacturers and suppliers, after a period in which they took a largely hands-off approach. The NHTSA on Friday disclosed an Oct. 27 letter to stating that the agency is investigating whether the company's device, called Comma One, complies with federal regulations. The letter and an accompanying special order demanded that provide the agency with information about the device and warned that the agency could prohibit the sale of the system if it were found to be defective.

Google's AI Created Its Own Form of Encryption ( 114

An anonymous reader shares an Engadget report: Researchers from the Google Brain deep learning project have already taught AI systems to make trippy works of art, but now they're moving on to something potentially darker: AI-generated, human-independent encryption. According to a new research paper, Googlers Martin Abadi and David G. Andersen have willingly allowed three test subjects -- neural networks named Alice, Bob and Eve -- to pass each other notes using an encryption method they created themselves. As the New Scientist reports, Abadi and Andersen assigned each AI a task: Alice had to send a secret message that only Bob could read, while Eve would try to figure out how to eavesdrop and decode the message herself. The experiment started with a plain-text message that Alice converted into unreadable gibberish, which Bob could decode using cipher key. At first, Alice and Bob were apparently bad at hiding their secrets, but over the course of 15,000 attempts Alice worked out her own encryption strategy and Bob simultaneously figured out how to decrypt it. The message was only 16 bits long, with each bit being a 1 or a 0, so the fact that Eve was only able to guess half of the bits in the message means she was basically just flipping a coin or guessing at random.ArsTechnica has more details.

Comment Re:proper mail voting explained: (Score 1) 256

1) Embassy voting is not a real thing. Nor would it make any sense, as different states handle elections differently, but embassies are a unified federal system. Nor does the US have embassies in every country. Nor are embassies guaranteed to be anywhere remotely near where a person lives within a country.

2) "Advance voting" makes no sense for expats. Believe it or not, some citizens live overseas. Including the military, by the way, who you apparently want to disenfranchise.

3) Your #1 case does nothing to guarantee vote privacy. The person can very well watch the individual fill out their ballot and then seal it up. All it does is make it harder/more expensive for the disabled to vote.

Comment Re:I wanted to take a photo of my ballot (Score 1) 256

Because I still have citizenship and because I still have to fill out stupid freaking IRS returns every year (unlike every other country on earth concerning their expats)?

US citizenship is a big disadvantage to carry around and getting to vote is the one decent thing that one gets out of it as an expat.

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