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Comment Re: When's statute of limitations? (Score 1) 73

The problem, as I understand it, is that the espionage laws - the ones that apply to the crime Snowden is accused of - specifically and deliberately _do not allow an exculpatory defence_.

Basically: You admit you drove over your neighbour in your truck? Sorry, you're going to jail - oh, he was about to shoot your cousin? Well, okay, that's a valid defence, we'll let a jury decide whether you went too far.

Snowden: You admit you told the public that the US spy agency that hired you was violating the constitution? You're going to jail - nope, don't care, you're going to jail.

The lawyer is in fact giving Snowden the best possible advice: stay out of the US, because the system is rigged. The laws were deliberately written to screw whistleblowers. Far as I can tell, at this point his options are basically a Presidential pardon (and Obama has stated he can't pardon Snowden before a trial, despite that being total bullshit; q.v. Nixon's pardon), staying out of the CIA's grasp for the rest of his life, or some kind of legal or political deus ex machina.

Comment Re:Secret ballots are a right, not a duty. (Score 1) 317

Yes, and? I'm not saying you must vote. I'm saying that if you do vote, you must vote responsibly. I'll put it as simply as I can for you:

Right to bear arms = Right to vote. You don't have to, but you can.
Duty to handle arms responsibly = Duty to handle votes responsibly. If you are going to do something, do it properly.

Sorry for the late reply.

Comment Re:Secret ballots are a right, not a duty. (Score 2) 317

Wrong. Secret ballots are a right AND a duty, for exactly the same reason guns are in the Second Amendment.

You have the right to bear arms. You have that right because it is "necessary to the security of a free State". What you do NOT have is the right to leave your loaded gun laying around out in public where anyone can use it or record your ownership of it on a list.

Comment Re: Misdemeanor? (Score 1) 317

Which regional superpower is going to invade us if we don't vote the way they want us to?

Organised crime.

And before you go "that's not a regional superpower", you might want to google the effective GDP of organised crime; globally, if organised crime was a country, it'd slot in around 12th place somewhere around India, Russia or Mexico (based on 2009 figures, mind you).

Which still mightn't be a problem if organised crime was actually a nation and its soldiers actually wore uniforms. But it's not and they don't, so good luck with that.

Comment Re: Sociopaths gonna sociopath. What's new? (Score 5, Insightful) 259

Or maybe it's neither. A third possibility is that as rich people generally enjoy more insulation from physical hazards and risks in social situations, their biological instinct to assess random strangers for threat potential is duller than in poor people.

Anyone want to guess a fourth?

Comment Re:Speaking as a Canadian and privacy advocate... (Score 1) 121

In my opinion; Canadian police forces are far less deserving of anti-cop, paranoid rhetoric than US or Latin American forces. In this case, the police obtained a court ordered warrant before asking the telecoms for the tower dump info. This is exactly how the law is supposed to work

While I agree with your emphasis, it's important to understand the US/LA "anti-cop" sentiment you've encountered covers far more than just the constabulary. The fact that a court approved a warrant makes little difference to those who consider the entire system corrupt: the police who enforce the laws, the judges and attorneys who interpret them, the politicians who sign them, and the vested interests that write them.

And it shouldn't come as a surprise to find that such a sentiment will colour opinions even across borders; people worry that what happens 'there' might (be) happen(ing) 'here'.

Comment Re:Bases were actually in Denmark (Score 1) 208

It's no different than if you buy a house and discover after the fact that there are toxic chemicals buried in the back yard that require costly cleanup. It is the responsibility of the current house's owner, not the previous owners of the property, to clean up the mess.

That actually varies by country. In mine, the previous owners would still be held responsible for their own actions, face fines and/or imprisonment under various health and safety laws concerning the unsafe disposal, and I could bring suit to have them pay compensation for the cleanup.

Comment Re:Unless RAID is used... (Score 1) 161

I tried out Crucial and OCZ too. They sucked. So once the prices got reasonable I stuck with Intel, and also later Samsung, and I've actually had less problems with SSDs than with HDDs. Heck, I can get 5 and even 10 year mfr wty SSDs for a reasonable price these days. Sounds like you got bit big by a bad experience and are now twice shy.

You're still right that HDDs have better recovery options than SSD - but that's why you should really consider using _both_. I build almost all my machines these days using SSD for the OS and apps/data that are IOPS hungry and using HDD for handling big storage requirements and backups. SSD actually dies? Pop in a replacement, restore from last night's backup, done.

Comment Re:I've seen this before (Score 0) 412

If the summer months keep breaking records but the winter months keep canceling them out, that still indicates there is an ongoing change even if the "average" isn't moving. For example, what's worse, an increase of 1 degree to the mean or an increase of 10 degrees to the range? (answer is I don't actually know, it's just an "engage the reader's brain" thing). I think people should be less fixated on a single measuring stick; climate is more nuanced than that. But "global warming" was a great phrase to grab people's attention (or if you're more cynical, to sell ads); suddenly everyone was an armchair climatologist. Have to admit it was fun picking a side and debating it for a while. The energy companies picking a side took the fun out of it. Nowadays I mostly just read and lurk. Mostly.

Hurricanes (cyclones here in the antipodes) fascinate me too, but I'm moving inland next month - seeing them only on TV will be a fine fringe benefit! I wouldn't wish a Cat 5 on anyone. A Cat 1 is bad enough (been through two of those, friends lost their roof, have no desire to be able to personally compare a 5).

Comment Re:I've seen this before (Score 3, Interesting) 412

Huh. So what you're saying is, five years ago we had a year in which some months broke all previous records for heat, and this year that's happening again, but... what, exactly? I can't tell whether you're just using this topic to vent about your coworkers, or whether you actually have an opinion on global warming (or the lack thereof), or if you're just very disappointed that we haven't had a bunch of Category 5 hurricanes. ;p

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