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Comment Re: Just to screw with Trump (Score 1) 110

Some they have released (the code was written in Russian, using Russian idioms that non-native speakers are not likely to use)

This is, at best, evidence that Russians were involved in the hacks, not that Russia was behind the hacks.

Given that the current administration is transparently using the situation to undermine the incoming president and deflect attention from the failings in their own party, they have zero credibility until they provide some real evidence.

Comment Re: Just to screw with Trump (Score 1) 110

Oh, wait a second, I see know that you are simply a shmuck that doesn't have any evidence or reason to disbelieve the police, and simply state that something the government said must be false without any evidence, merely because you don't like that it contradicts your own desires.

The government is claiming that Russia was behind the hacks with no evidence themselves, if you haven't noticed.

Comment Re: Who cares? (Score 1) 502

because its a giant scam you imbecile.

Duh? That's why everyone wants something done about it. Externalizing pollution to get an easy subsidy isn't merely a scam, it's an old and obvious scam.

The trouble is, everyone does it. If I tell you to stop scamming everyone, then you'll tell me to stop scamming everyone. It's all well and fine for me to try to stop paying for your subsidy, but you better keep on paying mine!

Comment Re:I still don't get it. (Score 1) 128

How was it NOT extortion before the law?

I haven't found the text of the law to read, but I can guess.

I used to work for a place where, in the late 1980s and early 1990s we would occasionally sell ransomware to clients who had iffy credit. Pay your bill every month, and we'd send you an update to our software. Stop paying or don't install your update, and a time bomb would go off: it fails to start. The software's data wasn't encrypted or anything, but it was in a proprietary undocumented form, so it was effectively unusable. (Unless you set back your machine's clock, which would have some annoying consequences for data entry speed.)

I think what we were doing would probably be considered ransomware to most people.

The reason I wouldn't call that extortion, is that the client would agree to it beforehand (and without any coercion or duress) and they would get something of value (our software) in exchange that they previously didn't have. Don't wanna do it? Don't sign the license agreement. (Yes, back in those days, a license was actually a real contract, and customers would sign it and we'd put it in a filing cabinet. No after-the-fact "surprise! you didn't really buy this in spite of having thought so at the time you parted with your money!")

I think what we were doing would probably not be considered extortion to most people. (But I'm still glad I don't do that anymore.)

Comment Re:Lenovo lately (Score 1) 99

With thousands of people reading Slashdot, it is completely unsurprising that someone would remember your name in connection with a comment they read earlier if the topic happened to be one that the person has an interest in. Just because somebody happens to remember a comment that you made before doesn't mean that you're being "stalked." Get over yourself.

Comment Re:Seems fine (Score 1) 332

They can make their own search engine.

What, do you think you own Google?

How about a really damn obvious solution to this problem, if Google wants factual information about the Holocaust to result from that sort of query: They can make a page with that information themselves. Since they know exactly how PageRank works, they should be easily able to legitimately raise the visibility of their site.

Comment Re:America hates Hillary Clinton (Score 1) 1069

The people who voted third party are the reason Trump won.

That is complete and utter bullshit.

The reason Trump won was because a bunch of people voted for him.

But if you must blame another group of people for him winning, 6-7 million people voted for third party candidates. In comparison, about 17 million cast votes for Clinton in the Democratic party primary.

It's not like it was any secret from the start that Hillary was an absolutely dreadful candidate. And yet a majority of Democrats supported her in the primaries.

If the Democrats wanted to gift the Presidency to Trump, they couldn't have done a better job of it. You want to blame somebody else for Trump winning, blame yourself and every other nitwit that cast a vote for Clinton.

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