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Comment Re:They'll come crawling back (Score 2) 272

This has happened many times in many countries. The problem is, they didn't choose Linux because it is superior to Windows, they chose it only because Linux is not a product of an American company.

There certainly are many good reasons to dislike the U.S. and American companies, but, business decisions made out of spite rarely work out well.

Come back when you have evidence for your claim that "they didn't choose Linux because it is superior to Windows, they chose it only because Linux is not a product of an American company".

In many cases the decision to switch to FOSS was made on general philosophical grounds. Since as much as possible about the process of government should be transparent, the software used by government should also be available for the citizen to inspect and study - should she wish to do so.

There were also other general considerations such as avoiding license costs and greatly reducing support costs, and completely cutting out all the expensive and restrictive bureaucracy involved in licence administration.

Oh, and many people are becoming very wary of the likelihood that American software contains backdoors or other means by which information may be surreptitiously collected, and possibly handed over to US and other government agencies.

None of those reasons has anything to do with the desire to avoid an American manufacturer, as such.

Comment Re:i.e. I think I can ignore the law if I want to (Score 1) 168

The trolls appear. The reason the U.S. exists is because it got tired of being England's whipping boy and paying tax after tax but getting nothing in return.

The colonies then pursued peaceful means by sending protest letter after protest letter to the King outlining the usurpations they were enduring and even suggested remedies.

In the end the King ignored all peaceful attempts at resolving the underlying issues. Only then did the colonists take up arms against those they perceived as oppressors.

Hardly ignoring the law.

Comment Re:No authority (Score 1) 72

The Senate, in conjunction with the House, can write laws to affect Yahoo! including requirements on reporting data breaches.

Yes, the Senate does have authority over Yahoo! and every other business in the country, especially when it pertains to people's personal information being stolen/hacked/whatever because quite obviously private industry doesn't give a crap how you might be affected.

Your statement would be like saying the Senate has no authority over the paper industry which dumps millions of gallons of polluted water back into streams and rivers.

Comment Re:Private industry doing it better than governmen (Score 2) 126

The good thing about private industry is that there are laws penalizing them for this kind of behavior,

Hogwash. Target settled with a $10 million payout: $10K per affected person. $10 million is less than the compensation package for Brian Cornell, CEO of Target, in 2015. That "penalty" barely ranks as an itch on the Target balance sheet.

Home Depot settled for $19.5 million. A bit better but nothing to write home about.

Penalties are supposed to hurt. They are supposed to be designed to either force or encourage better behavior. The above two examples do not fall into the category and from the look of things, nor do other penalties for data breaches.

Comment Re:What's wrong with this? (Score 1) 199

There's something very odd about some of you Americans. It has often been said that the Puritans who came to America on the Mayflower and other ships fled Europe on account of religious persecution - their complaint being that they were not sufficiently allowed to engage in religious persecution of others. Ever since, Americans seem to have an excess helping of moral superiority and conviction of their own rightness.

Why do you say that I am Russian, and call me "comrade"? Even if I were Russian - which I am not - the USSR dissolved itself over 25 years ago. That's a quarter of a century. Modern Russia resembles the USSR about as much as the modern USA resembles 18th century England. (Actually, perhaps rather less). Most Russians today are highly religious - far more so than Americans - and have democratic values. But that does not mean they are willing to roll over and capitulate to the Master (sorry, "Exceptional and Unique") Nation.

You couldn't be any more wrong if you had worked at it. I have never been within 1,000 miles of Russia. I am an elderly Scots-Irish man who was born in Argentina and have lived most of my life in southern England. I had an English public school education and got a degree from Cambridge University. Most of my working life was spent in employment by an American multinational computer firm. And until a few years ago I had voted Conservative at every single opportunity since I turned 21. (Nowadays I vote UKIP, as I wish the UK to remain an independent nation). I have never been a communist of any description, nor had communist sympathies (except with that long-forgotten and generally despised communist, Jesus Christ, who actually said some pretty sensible things). As for being paid by Russia, I wish. No one pays me for my comments on line. I write what I believe to be true, because I am a free man and I am entitled to speak as I see fit. As an American, I wish you understood that better and conceded my right to free speech.

As for Russia, Ukraine and empires, I have never heard of Daniel Drezner but the remark you quote is as hilariously nonsensical as Sir Halford Mackinder's fever dreams about "the world island" or Alfred Thayer Mahan's theories of world domination through sea power. I know enough to understand that Russia has not the slightest interest in becoming any sort of empire - the Russians leave that to you Americans. Having a country that is already twice the size of the USA or China, and one of the few left that is not overpopulated, the last thing they want is more land to administer.

Comment Shouldn't surprise anyone (Score 0) 662

People having contradictory opinions are rampant on here. Look at those who say they should be paid X dollars for their work because they have Y years of experience, who then turn around and steal music and movies.

Because the artists who made those works don't need to be paid for their years of experience.

Comment No, not creepy or Big Brother at all (Score 3, Interesting) 68

"would in essence keep track of everything you type and interact with in the OS and stockpile it in real-time to data-dump into Bing."

Just what we need. A private company storing everything we type on their servers without our approval.

You know what I don't need? Someone telling me what they think I'm thinking. It's bad enough Microsoft has gotten people into the nastily bad habit of thinking they have to search for everything on their own system or network* rather than going to the source, now they want us to believe we're incapable of asking the questions we want.

Guess it's a good thing I won't be using W10 except at work where we can turn this crap off.

* Even after we show them how to use the command line to connect to a print server, people are still insistent on "searching" the network to find a printer then complain when they can't locate it. Stop searching! Go to the source.

Comment Aaaaand Krebs thrashes more people (Score 3, Insightful) 146

the situation is exacerbated by the failure of many ISPs to implement the BCP38 security standard to filter spoofed traffic,

Nothing like sticking your finger in the eyes of those who keep claiming they need to restrict bandwidth to their paying users while at the same time delivering slow speeds for exorbitant prices.

Apparently those hundreds of millions of free dollars generated every month by Comcast/Verizon/et al can't be used for anything useful such as implementing security filtering to slow/prevent this situation.

Comment Re:And What Will Come of It? (Score 2, Insightful) 115

but there is nothing intrinsically different about police officers that makes them honest.

You mean other than their training? Compare what an officer is trained to see to a recent shooting in my area. The call came into 911 that a person, the son, had a knife to his mother's throat, had locked her in a bedroom and said he was going to kill her.

When the police arrived they found, oddly, the son with a knife to his mother's throat. After repeated commands to drop the knife an officer fired a single shot at the criminal who later died.

After all that, not only is the mother defending the son who just tried to kill her, claiming her son had no knife and complaining the police didn't have to shoot him, but the girl who called 911 saying her uncle had a knife to his mother's throat later said there was no knife.

Interestingly, the mother also said: "We had a little fight, argument like families have arguments." Apparently in their world pulling out knives and threatening to kill one's mother is what happens in every family during arguments.

Yup, just another day in the city where the police are always wrong even when they witness the crime.

Comment Re:Looking bad for Hillary now. (Score 3, Insightful) 199

It's not nearly as simple as that. True, people can always be found to "demand" that the USA "do something". But then, people can always be found to demand that any government "do something". Often that "something" turns out to be profitable for the people who do the demanding. But whether the loud demands are at all representative of what people in general want... that's a different question.

The USA is supposed to fund UN peacekeeping missions - actually, a very inexpensive commitment compared to fighting wars - because all the 193 member nations do so. Likewise with other routine UN functions. Please note that the US government was instrumental and took a leadership role in setting up the UN, which is why its headquarters is in New York. Many of us would prefer it to be in a different, preferably small and non-aligned nation.

The anti-pirate patrols are much appreciated and have done a lot of good. However, there is a strong argument that local nations should indeed perform that role instead; that way they would be more inclined to address the root causes of piracy.

I don't believe anyone ever demanded that the USA become the "World Police", and your rude comment about Europeans is wholly unjustified. Indeed, a study of history suggests that it was far more the choice of Americans and their government to occupy Europe (and Japan) than that of the locals. Of course, as of 1945 the USA was the world's wealthiest and most powerful nation, having remained neutral for the first two years and three months of WW2 in Europe. Thus, when WW2 ended, the USA was the only major nation whose own territory had not been invaded or bombed. Germany was shattered and decimated. Italy was little better. The USSR had lost one in seven of all its people - soldiers and civilians - over 25 million dead. Britain had not suffered so many deaths, but was utterly bankrupt due to the cost of fighting both world wars. (The UK finished repaying its war debts to the USA in 2006).

Under the circumstances, I find the expression "lazy f'kers in Europe" extremely offensive and unfair.

Comment And the concept of extradition is well established (Score 1) 131

Happens all the time. If a person commits a crime against country A and they are in country B, country A may well ask country B to hand them over. If it happens or the details of it vary based off of the specific countries and their treaties, called extradition treaties. For example the US and North Korea? Ya not happening. There are no extradition treaties between those two, and the governments hate each other. so nobody is getting handed over. However EU nations? Extremely strong extradition treaties. If you commit a crime against Germany from France, Germany will have France arrest you and ship you over to stand trial.

The majority of nations have extradition treaties of some level with each other since they don't want criminals able to run off and hide from justice. It has been a thing for a long time.

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