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Comment This isn't a victory for Behring-Breivik. (Score 3, Insightful) 491

Someone once pointed out that hoping a rapist gets raped in prison isn't a victory for his victim(s), because it somehow gives him what he had coming to him, but it's actually a victory for rape and violence. I wish I could remember who said that, because they are right. The score doesn't go Rapist: 1 World: 1. It goes Rape: 2.

What this man did is unspeakable, and he absolutely deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison. If he needs to be kept away from other prisoners as a safety issue, there are ways to do that without keeping him in solitary confinement, which has been shown conclusively to be profoundly cruel and harmful.

Putting him in solitary confinement, as a punitive measure, is not a victory for the good people in the world. It's a victory for inhumane treatment of human beings. This ruling is, in my opinion, very good and very strong for human rights, *precisely* because it was brought by such a despicable and horrible person. It affirms that all of us have basic human rights, even the absolute worst of us on this planet.

Submission + - Linode hacked, CCs and passwords leaked 6

An anonymous reader writes: On Friday Linode announced a precautionary password reset due to an attack despite claiming that they were not compromised. The attacker has claimed otherwise, claiming to have obtained card numbers and password hashes. Password hashes, source code fragments and directory listings have been released as proof. Linode has yet to comment on or deny these claims.

Comment Re:You have to wonder at some point (Score 2) 342

Airlines make all their profit from a tiny sliver of their customer-base who decide to be brand loyal.

The airlines themselves are always going bankrupt because it's nearly perfect competition.  Most people just buy the cheapest ticket from A to B, with no second thoughts.  These programs help create a small number of customers who fly a specific airline or alliance, which gives them a slight edge.

I won't take an extra trip because I'm Premier 1K, but it does make me more likely to book on United than US Airways, since in the one case I'm likely to get upgraded and in the other case I'm not.

Comment Re:Bad News for Repair Shops (Score 1) 1009

Oh give me a break.  You're in a dying business and you're blaming others for the fact that your services aren't as valuable as they used to be.

Desktop PCs used to be quite expensive, now they're not.  Now they're so cheap that most people wouldn't even think about repair.

The shift to cloud services adds pressure to this.  If your QuickBooks computer died, you had a huge problem.  But if your QuickbooksOnline.Intuit.Com computer dies, you just get another web browser.

The shift to lightweight/mobile adds pressure to this as well.  Desktops are now the exception, not the rule.  The rule is now phones, laptops, and tablets in that order.  Devices that are hard to service because making them serviceable would add weight and cost to every unit sold.

You need a new business model.  That happens.  Stop blaming Intel for the fact that it's not 1995 anymore.

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