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Comment Re:Jumped the shark a long while ago (Score 1) 114

My understanding is that this will be based on the Pre-reboot reality. We will certainly be seeing (mostly) new characters so it should feel a little more "Star Trek" than the movies.

It is going to be set shortly after the TOS era though, and this does still have its problems. There's a lot of established continuity that we're tied into; and Star Trek fans will remember every single throwaway line about Sarek, when we are meant to have encountered each race and so on.

Comment Re:Assange lacks integrity. (Score 1) 517

can he (or his successor) commute the sentence back to its original time in a few days?

The president has the power to rescind a pardon made in the past, But it has been rarely exercised.


Dear President Elect Obama,

On his third day in office President Grant revoked two pardons that had been granted by President Andrew Johnson. President Nixon also undid a pardon that had been granted by President Lyndon Johnson. There may be other examples of this, as these two have somewhat accidentally come up in a discussion focused on numerous examples of presidents undoing pardons that they had themselves granted, something the current president did last week. (See ). In 2001, President George W. Bush's lawyers advised him that he could undo a pardon that President Clinton had granted.

Much of the discussion of this history of revoking pardons deals with the question of whether a pardon can still be revoked after actually reaching the hands of the pardonee, or after various other obscure lines are crossed in the process of issuing and enforcing of the pardon. If President Bush issues blanket pardons to dozens of criminals in his administration for crimes that he himself authorized, he will probably -- with the exception of Libby -- not even name them, much less initiate any processes through which they are each formally notified of the pardons. He will be pardoning people of crimes they have not yet been charged with, so the question of timing is something you are unlikely to have to worry about (except perhaps with Libby).

Virtually none of the discussion of these matters ever addresses the appropriateness or legitimacy of the pardons involved or of the revoking of them. The history would appear to establish that you will have the power to revoke Bush's pardons. I want to stress that you will also have a moral responsibility to do so and a legal requirement to do so. Morally and legally, you have no choice in this matter. When you take the oath of office, you will be promising to faithfully execute the laws of the land.

Comment Re:default judgment (Score 1) 253

Unless there's an ironclad agreement in place that I have to turn over all security credentials 'in my brain' after my termination [SNIP]

It's not after termination. A sysadmin has no right to have created and fail to disclose security credentials
for someone else's property (company systems) in the first place. The actual trespass on company property occurred while the person was still employed, At the very moment the admin created or changed the password without permission and didn't provide that to management, they committed an act of sabotage.

You should be so lucky IF you turn over all the security credentials in your brain, then your employer may agree not to sue you for everything you own and more.

my ex-employer is going to pay dearly for that information.

Nope. You're going to pay dearly, in many ways, if you fail to provide that ex-employer that information.
Also, Demanding payment for something you were legally required to have told them and/or had permission to do is Called Extortion or Ransom. That makes you no different than the Bloody CryptoLocker that scrambles peoples' files and demands Cash in exchange for the unlock key... in fact it's 99% almost exactly the darned same thing.

Unless there's an ironclad agreement in place that I have to turn over all security credentials 'in my brain' after my termination (and I would never agree to such an agreement),

Such agreement is in the standard Employee manual verbiage these days.
Chances are you have already agreed.

Comment Re:Yeah, not a surprise (Score 0) 517

a release in 120 days is immediate (those days are to begin a transition to post-prision life, not punishment)

I am certain that there are many private citizens and organizations that are willing to help Chelsea Manning transition to private life outside of the prison system and can do so better and more humanely than the prison system can. I am sure many people would be willing to donate to such a cause. If a reputable private organization gathering funds for that cause emerges, I will contribute Bitcoin immediately to help out.

Comment Re:default judgment (Score 1) 253

it would be entirely reasonable to wipe it to eliminate any possibility of using it to access work materials illegally.

MAYBE. But their former employee is still under the obligation to deliver all their company security credentials and information; passwords, etc, in their brain or in their possession, required for their operation to continue after the employee is released. And acting to destroy any of the above would clearly be malicious justifying charges against their former employee.

Also MAYBE. But there are a lot of otherwise "entirely reasonable" courses of action which are Illegal.

I mean if you don't have as much $$$ as you want, then it's "perfectly reasonable" to go take somebody else's $$$, But that's why this country has Laws.... and that's defined to be Theft, and it's strongly discouraged.

The burden on not accessing work materials illegally is on the former employee; that doesn't permit them to destroy work data or work computers' operating system installs in doing so.

Comment Re:Assange lacks integrity. (Score 1) 517

That's no excuse for writing a promise and then breaking it. Twitter allows more than enough characters to include the words "Full pardon" or "release immediately"

If Twitter doesn't give you enough words, then Either don't post it, or post a link. No excuses.

Comment Re: Games though? (Score 1) 127

No. I realise I'm using the jargon inaccurately, but the point is that the applications programmers will rarely use the Vulkan API as the programming interface. They'll use higher level libraries. The benefit of Vulkan is that the high level libraries can access the hardware without needing any specific details about the hardware. In other words, it abstracts the hardware.

Comment Re: Games though? (Score 1) 127

Like it or not OpenGL is on its deathbed, it will still be supported going forward but Khronos has made it quite clear that Vulkan is the future.

No, it really isn't. Vulkan is a hardware abstraction layer more than an API. Really good for getting down and dirty with the hardware, but way too low level for actual practical use.

Comment Re:Assange lacks integrity. (Score 1) 517

Obama could have signed a Pardon to reduce the 35 sentence to 34 years

I think most people would agree though, that that wouldn't really be in the spirit of the offer, and a tweet is not legally binding. Still, Obama certainly did offer clemency here.

But nobody expected him to actually stick by his word. He's a self aggrandising narcissist. The only people who still trust him at this stage are the sort of conspiracy nuts who think the WTC never even existed.

Comment Assange lacks integrity. (Score 2, Insightful) 517

Assange posted he'd turn himself in IF Manning was granted clemency.
The words "Immediate release" are not in the Tweet.

Obama could have signed a Pardon to reduce the 35 sentence to 34 years,
And that would still be clemency requiring Assange to turn himself in.

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

Now that Assange is playing dirty, the US probably just needs to play dirty and send some thugs out in the dark at night to sneak into the embassy and capture assange to extradite, whatever the risks.....

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