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Comment Late-Breaking News from the Council: WTF G'RANEE? (Score 2) 244

>K'Breel was deposed and executed after his repeated failures in repelling the Terran aggressor. We don't speak of him. All hail mighty G'Ranee, Supreme Leader for Life!

LATE-BREAKING NEWS FROM THE COUNCIL: VICTORY! The Council of Elders has confirmed the blueworlders' resumption of aggression upon our noble red sands. K'Breel, Speaker for the Council of Elders, addressed the planet thusly: OKAY. Okay, so I'm K'Breel (even though anyone on Slashdot can assume the mantle merely by declaring themselves Speaker for the Council), and I'm late, but I'm merely chronologically late, not as in the Late Second Adjunctant to the Council Formerly Known As G'Ranee.

But domestic politics is beneath us tonight -- just take a glance at the blue world beneath us for a look at how bad that can get -- and let us focus on what's important: over the past sol or so, our Planetary Defense Force has been so good at pre-emptively distracting the blueworlders with tasks like landing comets, grabbing their prospective mates by their genitals, low-planetary orbit missions, and just general tribal infighting that we haven't had to shoot down any robotic invaders in quite some time. But when the opportunity presents itself, we take advantage of it, and so, we did. Hence the trivial elimination of yet another putative invader from elsewhere. We'd do it every day, except that the blueworlders lack the gelsacular fortitude to send us more targets. Now as to gelsacular fortitude, on to Second Adjunctant G'Ranee...

When a junior reporter pointed out that the destroyed invader was merely a technology demonstrator built on the cheap to see if a landing was possible, and that the blueworlders' actual payload was safely in orbit, K'Breel had the reporter's gelsacs launched into orbit alongside those of G'Ranee for a closer look.

Comment Re:Learn to Google (Score 1) 279

Every election we hear about one or two cases. This election we have seen literally Millions of cases of election fraud, and everyone says we have toi focus on making sure Trump doesn't win.

What people who make idiotic arguments like yours are oblivious to are the many frauds that ALREADY happen through mail-in votes. Why do you think conservative states are all about mail in voting? Shutins in nursing homes get ballots. People who haven't had a connection to reality in years are sent ballots, which their AIDS complete in their stead and return. No one asks for an ID because it's not needed, right?

Election fraud is all around us. Voter fraud has been repeatedly been shown to be statistically irrelevant. Arizona denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of legally registered voters is not.

Comment Re:Women.... (Score 1) 499

Oh FFS, that is not what Feminism is about at all. Let me fix that for you:

According to feminism, maintaining a household, raising children are not considered to be a woman's job specifically. It's up to her as a *person* to decide, along with her partner how to work as a team and how to share work & responsibilities.

Honestly for a community who generally consider themselves rational and able to research stuff, there are an awful lot of uninformed idiots on slashdot these days especially when it comes to feminism. It's not that hard boys, it really isn't. SMH

Comment Bullshit, was Re:Not surprising (Score 2) 499

Bullshit. I've worked with (and led) a lot of engineers over the past 2+ decades and many men & women. I have never needed to tiptoe around women in tech development groups. I've had drama with both women & men at about the same amount. Same for ability & effectiveness. The one difference I have found is that male engineers are much more likely to overestimate their competence than female engineers. This means if I have two engineers where everything else was equal except gender I think I'd tend to prefer working with the woman.

There are as many women as men on my mental short list of engineers that I've worked with and would call up if I were creating a dream team. Now, I have worked with 3-4x as many male engineers in my career so that also says something I think.

I'm wondering if maybe your experience says more about you and the way you treat women, than it says about the women you've worked with?

Submission + - US Efforts To Regulate Encryption Have Been Flawed, Government Report Finds (theguardian.com)

An anonymous reader writes: U.S. Republican congressional staff said in a report released Wednesday that previous efforts to regulate privacy technology were flawed and that lawmakers need to learn more about technology before trying to regulate it. The 25-page white paper is entitled Going Dark, Going Forward: A Primer on the Encryption Debate and it does not provide any solution to the encryption fight. However, it is notable for its criticism of other lawmakers who have tried to legislate their way out of the encryption debate. It also sets a new starting point for Congress as it mulls whether to legislate on encryption during the Clinton or Trump administration. "Lawmakers need to develop a far deeper understanding of this complex issue before they attempt a legislative fix," the committee staff wrote in their report. The committee calls for more dialogue on the topic and for more interviews with experts, even though they claim to have already held more than 100 such briefings, some of which are classified. The report says in the first line that public interest in encryption has surged once it was revealed that terrorists behind the Paris and San Bernardino attacks "used encrypted communications to evade detection."

Comment Re:My challenge (Score 1) 316

I find that Spotifys discover weekly is a great way to discover new music. Usually get a few songs I like from the list each week - sometimes a dozen. I then listen to each artists back catalog to see if I like anything else. Often I don't but sometimes I do, and 9 times out of 10 I've never heard of them.

I now have a 600+ song playlist after 6 months or so, containing none of my usual suspects - which I am generally bored of.

Now if only they would improve their Linux & Android apps!! But the breadth of music is really good.

Comment Je T'Accuse! (Score 1) 148

"I hereby label Nick Fink as a security risk, a potential terrorist, a possible molester and an unperson.

Worse, he is not a team player.

Based on this irrefutable accusation, and the serious risk of Pre-Crime ... I demand that he be neutralised.
Either interned for life or simply eliminated.

I cannot allow the evidence for this to be scrutinised, since our security, nay our very freedom, depends on secrecy.

Dissent or protest will prove the accusation."

Fascists. We know how this ends.

Comment Re:Spyware (Score 3, Insightful) 982

A friend's Dell that uses bluetooth for everything was hosed beyond repair, because it killed the keyboard and mouse functionality even in the bios. He closed the popup for weeks and was caught by the latest "update" that made the red X mean "yes, please fubar my box."

Telemetry? Canonical, Redhat and others have been collecting telemetry on various issues for years. However, Microsoft is a closed box - so you really believe telemetry data from a corporation that is opaque and has already agreed to aid law enforcement by essentially fishing for untoward activities, is not a big deal? This is literally allowing LEA an open window into your home.

How's that for FUD? Facts, Uncertainty, and a Dubious product.

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