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Comment Re:Cui Bono? (Score 1) 28

Exactly. All Wikileaks has done is confirm what most people know about major political campaigns, that lots of things are discussed, sometimes in brutal terms, and then are either dispensed with or implemented in some fashion. But really, anyone who has read any "insider" book about any major political campaign in the Western world in the last 200 years knows that this sort of thing goes on. Christ, Spielberg even made a movie about how Lincoln used some pretty questionable methods to get the 13th Amendment passed before the Confederacy surrendered.

I think some of those who think Wikileaks is a story probably are guilty of wishful thinking, but even if some of the emails have legs, they're backing a candidate who seems to need to be at the top of every news cycle, and rarely in a good way, thus giving the Wikileaks emails little or no oxygen to burn. I think others, around here anyways, are that subgroup of people, who whether due to Aspergers or similar neurological conditions, seem to want to see the world as being nothing but straight parallel lines, and whenever it deviates from that, they are emotionally incapable of tolerating it, and thus must immediately paint everything the darkest black.

But even more what appears to be a majority of voters, Hillary's real and perceived shortcomings simply don't seem to be adding up to putting Trump in the Oval Office. Frankly, I don't even think Trump wants it. He is either the stupidest person to ever get a major party nomination, or he is intentionally smashing the bus into the wall, almost as a test to see just how long his supporters can hang on. I'm sure they'll be tuning in next year to Trump TV to get 24 hours a day of conspiracy theories, insane rhetoric, absurd populism, and the daily injection of Alt-right outrage.

Comment Re:Cui Bono? (Score 1) 28

They demonstrate subterfuge, lying, but mainly a lot of strategizing. It's not terribly pleasant at points, but if you think the Trump campaign isn't at least trying to do the same thing, then you're either naive or willfully blind. The big difference is, of course, that Clinton is actually capable of staying on message and of creating and more importantly sticking to tactical plays, as opposed to being a blow hard who, in a goddamn speech announcing his plans for the first one hundred days of his presidency, starts threatening to sue the ten or so women who have claimed he sexually assaulted him.

The Podesta emails are pretty much the "Climategate" of this election. We are seeing how sausages are made, to paraphrase Bismarck, and it is inherently unpleasant. But there's this fantasy that some other candidate would do things differently, and while I concede Trump might do things differently, it's more than likely because he would be so awful and so ludicrous that he would just do things unbelievably badly, thus requiring Congress and the courts to spend four years of adult supervision over the Executive branch.

Comment Re:If the point was ... (Score 4, Insightful) 287

There's no proof that it has anything to do with Wikileaks, but in a world of IoT devices with no thought toward security, anyone who cares to do so can mount DDOS with the power of a national entity.

What's the point of doing what Assange and Wikileaks have been doing without any moral position? He isn't helping his own case.

Comment Re:Legal? (Score 2) 184

No, of course it is not legal to set a trap to intentionally hurt someone, even if you expect that the trap could only be activated by the person committing property theft or vandalism. Otherwise, you'd see shotguns built into burglar alarms.

Fire alarm stations sometimes shoot a blue dye which is difficult to remove or one which only shows under UV. Never stand in front of one when pulling the lever! But they are not supposed to hurt you.

And of course these booby traps generally are not as reliable as the so-called "inventor" thinks and tend to hurt the innocent.

Comment Re:Resonating with Americans (Score 1) 159

The Rust Belt in particular began its decline decades ago. You might as well blame Carter and Reagan if you're looking for targets. And what exactly would killing NAFTA do, other than hike prices massively, screwing over consumers. If you're going to attack any trade relationship, get general agreement with the NAFTA and EU countries to nail China's balls to the wall for its cheap steal.

Comment Re:First lesson (Score 3, Interesting) 127

NAT may do a good job obscuring internal topology, but it does saw at considerable cost; breaking the end to end concept of the original ARPANET structure, requiring more resources, and creating far greater complexity for routers. Yes, a flat address space that sits in the public address space might, on the surface, expose more devices, but this is where firewalls come into play. I can still have a rather complex topology, but now I have to worry less about routing and connection tables, and can use less resource expensive techniques like tagging.

It was never IPv6's intention to be more secure, and you're right that many existing issues will remain with IPv6, and there will likely be new ones, but one thing is certain, if the solution is NAT, then that solution is worse than the disease it purports to cure. And it isn't as if NAT can't be vulnerable in its own way, and the only way to make it less vulnerable is, you guessed it, firewalls, authentication, and other security measures which are also needed in an IPv6 world.

Comment Re:About time. (Score 2) 540

Christ, the kooks do come out when the topic of vaccination comes around.

As with all fucking morons, they seem to believe that just because they have some opinion, no matter how retarded that opinion is and no matter how much it proves them to be worthless contemptible creatures, they think that opinion is enough to create a "controversy".

They are indeed the most disgusting worthless vile things that have ever existed.There are simple worms with barely any kind of gut at all who have more right to live, and more neurons.

Comment Re: Basement theory (Score 2) 114

There's no more likelihood of civil war come November 9th than there was eight years ago when Obama became President. Yes, there will be some miserable losers, and this time they'll have a miserable loser in Donald Trump, but they'll do what they did eight years ago, be assholes on the Internet and get on with their lives.

Comment Re:Phone (Score 4, Insightful) 235

If Ecuador has decided to shut off his Internet access to stop him from trying to fuck around with the US election, I have a feeling that they wouldn't be any more tolerant of him using alternative means to continue the campaign. I honestly think that his days hanging out in the Ecuadorian Embassy are numbered, and too much pursuing of his October Surprise strategy is likely to mean he's shown the door.

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