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Submission + - Obama commutes Chelsea Manning sentence (

techtech writes: President Barack Obama has commuted Chelsea Manning's sentence for leaking documents to Wikileaks in 2010.
The 29-year-old transgender US Army private, born Bradley Manning, will be freed on 17 May instead of her scheduled 2045 release.
She was sentenced to 35 years in 2013 for her role in leaking diplomatic cables to the anti-secrecy group.
The leak was one of the largest breaches of classified material in US history.

Comment Re:But the median college-educated.... (Score 4, Insightful) 495

Millennials have been SUCKERED into thinking they HAVE to have a college degree.

When I was in high school, college was the only option discussed with students. Vocational training was never talked about. I see no shame in plumbing, welding, construction, wiring houses.

Comment There is more to this story... (Score 4, Informative) 397

Something about this summary struck me as strange.

It seems Leah created a project, joined with GNU, then decided to separate from the GNU, and Stallman is talking as if Leah can't go back to her original project. Is that normal? It seems borderline abusive to me.
"Oh, you want to leave? Well, I'm going to make sure I tell everyone publicly that you have my permission, because I am the one in power, and you are lucky that I am letting you go."

Leah's reason for the split was because of discrimination that occurred at Free Software Foundation, GNU's main funding source. I'm not very familiar with the situation, but at the very least, here are links for another side of the story:

Comment Scan it all (Score 1) 258

Lets just scan everything and let people borrow e-readers if they want to take something home. (If they don't already have one of their own.)
Scanned copies of reference materials could be maintained as well.
Why wouldn't we want it all in a digital format?

I do appreciate that with reference materials, it would be more convenient to be able to have 5 things opened at once.

Comment Re:Rape by fraud? (Score 1) 215

I think a little RTFA goes a long way on this one.
I can see the angle you're coming from, but then there is this:

Finally, if the woman agreed, a videotaped "attitude test" - sex with Hickey - that was said to be necessary to secure jobs and verify their willingness to perform sex acts with a stranger.

So, the asshole presented sex as a requirement - for the position that didn't exist. Given the industry they were being "recruited" for, the women probably thought this was legitimate. Rather than this being a case of sleeping with the boss to influence him into giving you a job/raise.

Say a doctor tells you he has to stick his penis in your mouth to take your temperature, and you, being naive, consent. Later, you find out that this is in fact not the proper way to take your temperature. Would you feel that have been raped? Have you technically been raped, or coerced? Should he be in jail as if for a rape charge?

Comment In an effort to help Trump? (Score 1) 821

The Obama administration plans to announce on Thursday a series of retaliatory measures against Russia for hacking into U.S. political institutions and individuals and leaking information in an effort to help President-elect Donald Trump and other Republican candidates, two U.S. officials said on Wednesday.

They could have written that a little differently.
On the first read through, I thought Obama was doing it " an effort to help President-elect Donald Trump..."

Comment Re:Evidence, please. (Score 1) 531

I find the blase attitude towards Russia's involvement, including the head burying in the sand thing (are Slashdotters so ignorant of history they'd really think the CIA would prop up the left wing traditionally anti-CIA party in the US?), frightening, as is the whole "Trump won so liberal tears hahahah" crap, as if this was an argument about a sports team winning over another with the possible help of a drug. Trump should terrify everyone, left or right. Russian involvement should also terrify everyone, left or right.

I agree with this. Even if Trump doesn't terrify you, it seems naive to deny the possibility of Russian influence in the recent election. I'm entirely baffled by people who can't string together a couple of hypotheticals to come up with a plausible (even likely) situation where the Russians influenced things. Especially after Trump "joked" about it.
Can't we come to some middle ground and say, "Well, maybe it did happen, and maybe it didn't, but either way we need to make sure it can't happen in the future"?

Isn't the general consensus here is that closed source, proprietary electronic voting booths are a faulty idea? Shouldn't we be using this political climate to make pushes for greater voting transparency and computer security?

Comment Re:And us too - soon (Score 1) 394

Face it, the people don't want to really be free. They want to feel safe above all else. They are so afraid of terrorism when the fact is they are most likely to die from complications of their obesity or from a car accident because they were distracted while they were updating their facebook page.

I wonder about this.
Who would take one for the team, if it meant no mass surveillance?
Who would accept the cost in lives from the unstopped terrorism that could* result from a lack of surveillance? (*I know this is a stretch)
Who would be willing to die, if it meant their family would be free from surveillance?

Why not ask people in countries torn by terrorism? Would they exchange terrorism for excessive surveillance?

Comment Insert Subject Here (Score 1) 74

Over the first two years, 57% of optune users died, compared to 70% of standard regimen patients.
Over the final two years, out of the survivors from the first two years,
about 63% of optune users died, and about 66% of standard regimen patients died.

Maybe it just buys time, maybe the cancer adapts, maybe it just needs to be refined.

Comment Re:Why won't Democrats support the outcome? (Score 1) 1321

I really don't understand this us/them mentality that people keep spewing. We all work together, we are family members, coworkers and fellow human beings with the same exact needs.

It's easy to look at them as humans until you're faced with someone who believes that the founder of Planned Parenthood has intended all along for minorities to be aborted out of existence, and that contraceptives encourage perverted behavior and ultimately cause more unwanted pregnancies than abstinence. I can see the slippery slope from his point of view, but it's not like he is advocating for harsher laws to force wayward fathers into raising their unplanned offspring.

That said, I'm entirely sick of hearing this endless rant about how everyone who voted Trump is a racist, misogynist, bigoted xenophobe. People voted for him because they felt he would better represent them. And guess what, if half of the population really is just a bunch of xenophobes, you aren't going to change it with rampant name calling.

Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 472

Why not? You load them into containers and ship them across the Pacific. The logistics get less immediately flexible, because it does take time to cross the Pacific, but it isn't expensive.

More than a third of their suppliers are in China.
If they get sent the wrong part, or have a quality control issue, it will take them weeks to find out they have a problem. If that quality control issue isn't discovered while the ship is in route, the duration of the trip will be wasted manufacturing non-conforming product.

It also seems intuitive to me that the logistics of making sure that the 300+ suppliers (already in China) get their product to the right place gets more difficult/expensive when you have to cross the ocean, as opposed to tracking completed iPhones from a few factories in China to the US. Is that flawed? Is it really not that much more expensive, despite someone having to manage those logistics?

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