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Comment Re:Trolling in the summary (Score 1) 277

Gainfully employed bartender in Vermont is a just-so story.

One year previous to your "couple of years ago", Vermont had the highest rate of illicit drug usage in the US.

Did your "free-roaming vacation" take you past the burnout hovels in St. Alban, Winooski, Brattleboro, Barre, Rutland? If so, I'm guessing you didn't have an hour-long wait at the bar in a Rutland Saturday night friends-and-family shooting gallery.

My point is that your just-so story about how a single (or a dozen) hard-working bartenders in Vermont provide a much better population context for socialist governance than people "three generations deep in Section 8 housing and welfare" is an anecdote that says nothing about the benefits of socialist economic agenda in urban and rural contexts.

Comment Re:This will never happen, even if I want it to. (Score 2) 273

Snowden embarrassed the Obama administration. As much as I think he should be pardoned and let back onto US soil, Obama won't do it. Trump certainly won't either.

What makes you say Trump won't pardon Snowden?

I oppose Trump in almost every way imaginable, but I do think it's very possible he would pardon Snowden.

Comment Re: No More Muslims (Score 1) 588

These alt-left stories do nothing but galvanize the other 60% of the country that voted for Trump.

Are you looking to build a fake news story because with those numbers you're off to a good start

Almost 50% of eligible voters in the US did not vote in the 2016 General Election, and Trump captured 46% of those votes which comes to about 23% of all eligible voters.

23% of the country is 160% less than the 60% you claim.

Comment Re:Those who something, something (Score 1) 588

I'm going to have to call bullshit on that. There isn't a single majority Muslim country on the planet that isn't a dictatorship or a theocracy. Majority Muslim countries despise minority religions in their borders. Where is this 'decent Muslim majority' hiding?

The fourth-most populous country in the world, Indonesia, is a republic and is majority Muslim.

Comment Re:Fat chance o'dat (Score 3, Informative) 215

You're missing the GP's point.

If your phone can be searched without warrants and without technical encumbrance it's fairly certain that there will be something on it that can be used to implicate you in a crime of some sort.

Federal and municipal law is not only filled with arcana but also with many outdated laws that could be used to convict people who are basically upstanding citizens.

Until 2003, for example, sodomy laws were valid in 14 US states. Another example is that it is illegal to discard mail delivered to you but addressed to someone else, a federal crime punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

tl;dr: chances are very high that a search of your smartphone could provide incontrovertible evidence that you have violated a crime.

Comment Re:mountains of diamonds (Score 2, Insightful) 365

I'm sorry but name for me just one majority-black nation (or hell, even a city) that is a pleasant, safe, prosperous place to live. Hell, do you know the history of Haiti? It had a prosperous mostly agrarian/plantation economy with relatively safe cities and farms, public sanitation, well established law. This is when the French were in control. Then the blacks intercepted a shipment of muskets and revolted. They quickly took control of a "made" nation! It went to shit soon after and has never recovered.

You come so close but can't see the forest for the trees.

That is, you basically outline the problem with colonialism and the extraction of resources from colonial lands and the socioeconomics of decolonization and the best you can come up with is that "Blacks just can't organize peacefully at those scales"?.

The effect of European colonization of black-majority lands and the socioeconomic problems that result from post-colonial conditions where foreign individuals and powers own the resources of those decolonized lands has been discussed by economists, scientists, politicians, journalists, and writers for the last 50 years. Here's a few Google results regarding the "effects of decolonization in Africa".

Maybe something other than the facts of political history prevents you from understanding why formerly colonized peoples who no longer own the resources of their homelands would struggle economically and sociopolitically.

Comment Re:You gotta love yellow journalism (Score 4, Insightful) 63

To be fair, the cited (and likely incomplete) list from the summary is "compromise servers and devices running platforms like Drupal, WordPress, Magento, Jetspeed, Exarid, AirOS." The takeaway here is pretty much this: widespread deployment of shitty PHP and Java apps strikes again ... -PCP

This isn't a problem of the "widespread deployment of shitty PHP and Java apps". The vulnerability which this Trojan exploits is CVE-2014-3704 and was patched by Drupal Security Team on the 15th of October in 2014

The circumstances and agents which have led to this Trojan exploiting Linux systems and Drupal frameworks in the wild is, as with many such things, are multiple and varied. They include installations that are underresourced, shops with critical dependencies that cannot easily upgrade, web apps that at first and second glance do not have interfaces outside an intranet, etc. etc. and so on and so forth

The key is to stop pointing fingers and laying blame, unless the fingers point to the creators and distributors of the malware. The exploitation and abuse of computer infrastructure is part of territory. Blaming failures on the vulnerable is a sysadmin's version of victim-blaming and does little to mitigate the problem and much to generate community dysfunction.

Instead of finger pointing, spread the word, inform your unknowing and unwitting colleagues, train junior developers about how to remain secure for multiple computing environments with complex layers of computing infrastructure.

Our great-great-great-great grandchildren will thank you.

Comment Re:Curious, he stopped being a PoC (Score 1) 287

Here's some of what Google turned up for "celebration simpson verdict".

Law school reactions, filmed at American University with hearsay (not documented with video) reports from Howard University.

This video of the crowd reaction from outside the Los Angeles County Superior Court might be characterized as partying in the streets, but seems restricted to a few enthusiastic individuals (some of whom are not black).

Thinking more on this, I do think the Simpson case is relevant to Chahal's in cultural terms, but I'm not convinced race played a positive or negative factor in Chahal's.

Comment Re:Curious, he stopped being a PoC (Score 1) 287

I don't recall a domestic abuser of color (i.e. non-white) whose undeserved exoneration led to "parties in the street that the charges have been dropped". (This is ignoring the fact that Chahal has not been exonerated.)

Oh, come on! There's even a 'Root Window' animator for one such abuser.

I'm aware that there have been accused abusers of colors who have been exonerated.

My question in this particular instance would be "Did Simpson's exoneration (mistaken in my opinion) lead to 'parties in the street'?" I don't recall such celebrations happening.

If such celebrations in the street did not happen, my question for you would be why bring up the Simpson case at all. Why?

Like the grandparent, I believe your statements attribute exoneration with racial privilege, but I think this is wrong in Simpson's specific case. Exoneration was achieved in Simpson's case due to the O.J. Simpson's (and to a lesser extent Johnnie Cochran's) celebrity status. A lesser reason O.J. Simpson was exonerated (in my opinion) is due to sexism against Nicole Brown-Simpson.

In other words, from the perspective of race, if Simpson had been convicted it would have been because he was black. If Simpson had been exonerated (as he in fact was) it would have been because he was black.

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