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Comment Re:Assange lacks integrity. (Score 1) 506

Assange broke his promise and proves he can't be trusted.

BS! The US never took him up on that offer! If Obama decides to commute Manning's sentence unconditionally, Assange has no obligation to honour an agreement that was never reached.

Assange said (check his tweet!) he would "agree to extradition". To agree, you need another party who agrees with you. The US never agreed with Assange on this.

Comment Re:Does the US government want him? (Score 1) 506

Great. Has the US asked for extradition? Is there a warrant for his arrest? I have not seen that.

Even more specifically, have Obama and Assange (or the US and Assange) agreed on a deal? Did Obama say "quid pro quo"? Did he state that he expects Assange to turn himself in after Manning being released?

No? Then please excuse Assange for not turning himself in for no particular reason except things happening to go his way. No deal was made. Hence, no deal was broken.

Comment Re:40 years (Score 1) 143

"it's been 40 years" and I need the money, so to get people to buy the book I am dragging out all my dirty laundry.

Yep, she was only paid a measly couple of millions for The Force Awakens and has just wrapped up the filming of Episode VIII, so she must be desparate for the money.

Comment Re:Coming from an information security academic (Score 1) 88

Who cares what the Splunk CEO has to say? Splunk is a tool that is supposed to make it easy to search and aggregate logs, but it sucks at searching and aggregating logs. It's so slow and clunky that most people at the office ignore it and use awk or vi.

You forgot: grep, sed, perl, crontab and bunch of other tools. I'm sorry, but you have no comprehension of scale. The normal *nix tools are good enough at what they do for individual files, but once your infrastructure grows beyond a handful of hosts, the management becomes a major pain in the ass. I guess you've never even contemplated having to solve the issues like "Something weird happened in one of 20 application servers some time last week when user X logged in."

Just because you don't like a certain technology and are ignorant about it doesn't mean that the technology sucks.

Comment Workers controlling the means of production (Score 3, Informative) 205

There is one element of socialism in here. Not all elements, though, so you Americans can start breathing again.

I'm actually all for the democratic control of companies. If nothing else, stupid voters/employees might end up learning that voting for incompetent or corrupt leaders will actually make you end up without a place to work.

Comment Re:The famous post for those inclined.... (Score 1) 110

... I hate being late to the party... almost as much as I hated downloading slack floppy sets of 56k ISDN

56k? Luxury! I had to download the download the entire distribution (source code included) on a 2400bps modem, write a utility to split the files into 720k chunks, because my family couldn't afford HD floppies and write everything to the floppies by hand.

Comment Re:It depends. Ditch the electoral college! (Score 1) 993

The problem isn't really first-past-the-post, although it is problematic too. The problem is the principle of Winner-takes-All of a states electors.

For example, you could vote directly for the candidate, one person - one vote and each vote counts nation-wide. That would drastically reduce the incentive for strategic voting. Of course, the list of candidates needs to be the same everywhere across the country.

The other option is to distribute the electors according to the votes received. If you get 30% of the votes, you get 30% of the electors. Mind you, the electoral system is severely outdated and only ever served a purpose when communication was restricted to horse and carriage. The electoral system should be abolished to start with. The trouble is that neither Republicans nor Democrats want that to happen, because they would both lose big time. Now, their only concern are the swing states.

Lose the electoral college immediately! It is a wasteful and unfair system.

Comment Re:This would n'er happen to a government-run coll (Score 2) 308

See, Finland is not that pragmatic. That's the main problem actually. The country has failed to perform the necessary agile moves, the ones that neighboring countries like Sweden and Estonia have done. We Finns just stand with mouth open and mittens in our hands, stare into the horizon and say "Gee, I guess we could do something about the problems. But not right now. And there are many regulations preventing change anyway, and we cannot quickly change those regulations either." There is a lot of the classic 1970s conservative old world stiffness still present. However, right now a lot of confidence has been placed on PM Sipilä and his government, so we'll see.

I see from your comment that you apparently approve of the government's actions. Fair enough, I just disagree. However, your statement about the confidence placed on the PM could be just a tiny bit more accurate... PM Sipila's approval ratings have plummeted from 60% (June 2015) to 36% (Dec 2015). You simply cannot call that "a lot of confidence".

Comment Re:This would n'er happen to a government-run coll (Score 5, Informative) 308

This would never happen to an institution owned by the benevolent government of a nice, progressive country with constitutional protections for earning a living wage. Oh, wait...

The problem is that our government is far from benevolent. This is the most hard-line capitalistic government during the entire history of the Republic of Finland. This government has made it its mission to completely dismantle every remnant of the welfare state and turn Finland into a tax haven for the rich. The "difficult economic situation" is merely a pretext.

I'm veering off on an off-topic tangent, but the fact is that almost all economists, when asked by the press, have stated that the measures taken by the current government only worsen ad prolong the situation.

Comment Not a straw man! (Score 1) 214

A straw man attack consists of refuting an argument which no one is making. It is not a generic term for false arguments. "Open, therefore secure" may be false, but it is not a straw man.

OTOH, since no one is making the case that open source is secure by default, the last line does look like a straw man. (But it's not really.)

Comment Re:The Emperor Julian (Score 3, Informative) 191

Both of Julian's parents were Christians, and he was a student of the Bible. He essentially rejected Christianity; that is the definition of "apostate". So the term is appropriate. If he had been a secular ruler, rather than politically targeting Christians in an effort to to reverse the religious course of the empire, it might not have been such a sticking point. A just ruler, perhaps-- but apostate.

By his own accord, Julian never accepted Christianity, so it could be said that the term apostate doesn't apply. Julian's father was not initially Christian, but a convert. He was the half-brother of Constantine who also famously converted. There is therefore no evidence of Julian ever being Christian.

This is of course mostly relevant if you consider the term apostate a pejorative, which is very much a Christian stance. Therefore only Christians at the time and later Christians make a case of arguing the point. It reminds me a bit of the nazi "accusing" Chaplin of being a Jew.

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