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Comment You are confusing Rubio and Cruz (Score 0) 318

The guy is a sociopath. He has no sincerely held views, no real beliefs, he's just a pure political animal, a Frank Underwood with eyeliner.

Your description is just about perfect for Marco Rubio but it's completely wrong, well except maybe for the sociopath part, about Cruz. Very little of what Rubio believes makes any sense. He has spent almost all of his post law school life in some sort of government job. Rubio is a liar, has few if any ethics, and loves and needs money (he and his wife outspend their incomes). Rubio accepts positions based on contributions he gets. He does not have a belief that doesn't have a price attached to it. Rubio will use anything and anyone to get and hold power. He's not really a Tea Party kind of guy, but he had no problem pretending he was to get elected Senator. Honestly, I'm really surprised that he chose not to run for re-election as Senator but look for him to run for governor of Florida in 2018. He needs the money and he loves the power, so he's not yet finished as a politician, although he probably won't ever be president.

The problem with Cruz is that he really does believe all that whack job stuff he spouts. He's a bona fide Tea Party member, which immediately means that he truly believes a lot of anti-government nonsense he spouts, which sort of makes him something like an anarchist who wants to be president. The biggest component of his beliefs is the "Religious Whack Job" component, which I put at about 80% of his beliefs. The rest is just typical far right wing Republican nonsense - cut taxes to the bone, especially for businesses - stop as much government regulation as possible, all if possible - stop anything that remotely resembles environmentalism - businesses are always right so let them do whatever they like - and so on.

Comment Wrong about "banned for life" (Score 2) 296

A long time? No banned from federal service for life.

Incorrect. They may have been banned from becoming controllers again, but they were most definitely not banned from federal service for life. How do I know? I'm old enough to have worked in federal service IT with a fired former ATC. This would have been in the late 1980s. He had no problems getting a government clearance to do IT work as a federal employee at a US military base, but he could never be an ATC again. He didn't talk much about it except I do remember that he still thought he did the right thing in going on strike, which was an opinion I did not share.

Comment Re:There has only been one country.... (Score 2) 240

* Japan seemed unwilling to concede to unconditional surrender, even in the face of certain military defeat, instead adopting a strategy of inflicting massive casualties against invaders to force more favorable terms.

Correct. There's evidence that they were willing to surrender, but they had guarantees they wanted and the US demanded an unconditional surrender. I don't think it's hard to understand why they would have been unwilling to do an unconditional surrender after all the propaganda they heard about how evil American soldiers were. Even after 2 atomic bombs got dropped, it took the emperor himself to force the military to do an unconditional surrender. There were still plenty of people int he military who wanted to fight on.

Not to digress but by at least by January 1945 if not a few months earlier both Himmler and Goring were trying separately to secretly negotiate a surrender to the non-Soviet allies that would have allowed that guy to run Germany in a post WWII order. The US refused, telling both of them that they had to go to trial for war crimes at the end of the war. I think it's worth questioning whether the desire for revenge on one guy (whichever offer they took, the Allies could have demanded the other guy go to trial) was worth spending 4 more months of fighting and all those lives lost on all sides just to ensure that those guys went to a war crimes trial. In fact, Himmler killed himself with a cyanide pill shortly after his identity was discovered when he was in a POW camp and as we know Goring had a cyanide pill smuggled to him hours before his execution so so much for the idea of bringing them justice.

Comment Re:Get what you deserve (Score 3, Insightful) 207

People in Russia, sadly, don't seem to care much about Panama Papers.

Yeah, I really don't care. The people of Russia clearly aren't terribly interested in a free press, an uncorrupt government or any semblance of a modern open democratic state. If that's what they want, that's what they get and I'm not going to get too worked up about their choices.

You are correct. I can't tell you why it's that way though, but it's been that way for a long time. I posted on this earlier in the week. There are stories going back to the days of the Tsars where the Tsar would send out his minions to rough up or kill the peasants and the survivors would wail and say "If only the Tsar knew what was happening, he would save us!" when what happened was because he ordered it. Russians love to believe the guy at the top is wonderful and kind and it's really the people under him who are evil. This is why it's not difficult at all to find people in Russia who revere Stalin still, which to me is just a hair breadth's of difference from revering Hitler. I've read that Putin himself doesn't seem to own much of anything but his daughters, son-in-law and close friends have billions. So it allows him to provide enough plausible deniability that he's not corrupt and crooked for the public to buy it. They really don't care.

Comment Re:Were are all the Rembrandts? (Score 1) 115

Something I often wonder is why we don't hear about 'new' geniuses in art. It's always the same guys from the 1700 and 1800s (once in a while an author from the 1900s sneaks in).

Uh, well, you might want to have a look here, where there are links to probably a couple hundred painters of the 20th century who are regarded as significant. There are many people in the art world who consider a lot of them to be "geniuses."

Imagine if you will that everybody you know only listens to classical music and they only listen to works written before 1900. You have never even heard of The Beatles, for example. Everybody you know probably would tell you that all "modern" music sucks and you would be pretty much baffled to identify works by people like Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Nirvana, etc. That's kind of how art is. Starting in the latter part of the 1800s there was the impressionism movement and some other movements that began to move painting away from the classic realistic style the first poster is probably familiar with (ie. Rembrandt). These movements continued in the 1900s and on resulting in works that are very divisive. For example, I get what Picasso was doing, but he's not my favorite artist and I think his early career, more realistic paintings were crap. I think Salvador Dali was a genius and he could even paint in the classical style when he wanted to and he was outstanding at it and pretty much everything he ever did. I also like Fernand Leger's work, but not so much Piet Mondrian (Dali had a very funny and insulting comment about his work once) and Jackson Pollock. More recent paintings have gotten ever further away from the classical style to the point that I honestly think that a few painters are just scam artists and they're not really even trying to produce anything that's actually art, but merely deliberately putting crap on canvas to see if suckers will buy it.

rsilvergun - If you have a chance to go a good art gallery in a major US metropolitan city, you might find some modern things you actually like. Or perhaps you are just a fan of the older styles. I never thought much of most of the movements in the 1900s until I actually had a chance to see some of the paintings from them in art museums and I discovered that there actually are some artists I do really like who don't paint in a realistic style at all.

Comment Re:Anyone can (Score 1) 106

But as long as you don't talk about it, you can view whatever the fuck you want.

I wouldn't go quite that far. While I'm sure that there are subjects they will let you look at without talking to you, I wouldn't interpret to mean that there's not anything you can view on your own without having to, ahem, talk to the local authorities about. The CCP is still off the charts opposed to Falun Gong and nobody but the upper levels of the party itself seems to know exactly why this is. I've read several completely different explanations for this and they can't really be reconciled. My ex-girlfriend was born and raised in southern China and she told me a story of how when she was in college, she and her dormmates were all taken out once and interrogated pretty roughly by the police because one of the girls had family members who followed Falun Gong. None of the other girls, including my ex-girlfriend, had any knowledge of this. I doubt that normal Chinese people can go to websites supporting Falun Gong without the authorities becoming interested.

Comment Re:Give Islanders credit (Score 2) 228

The Kremlin on the other hand has already called the Panama Papers a CIA plot, (big surprise there). Hopefully, if the Panama Papers do reveal Putin used a shell to hide his money, Russia's citizens will not stand for it and force his hand.

Not likely. Here's why. And I speak from personal experience. I speak Russian rather well and I've spent more time in the ex-USSR than most people who aren't from there. One of the problems with Russians in particular is that for centuries they've had this rather quaint idea that the guy at the top is a really great, caring guy and the greatest leader in the world and it's those evil underlings beneath him who are corrupt and not doing his will. There are stories of peasants in the old days of the Tsars who would be abused or even killed by the Tsar's henchmen and the peasants would say "If only the Tsar knew what was happening! He'd save us!" when in fact the henchmen were expressly carrying out his orders on them. Stalin was an extraordinarily evil man. I know in the West it's popular to say that Hitler was the most evil man ever, but I think Stalin may actually have been worse. Well, maybe not if you're Jewish, but still you could make a strong case for Stalin being worse and I think we in the West could agree he was really really bad even if less bad than Hitler. You wouldn't have to walk far at all in Russia to find people telling you what a great guy Stalin was and how they wish he was still around. Khrushchev was easily the greatest leader of the USSR and nobody generally thinks very much of him over there. The USSR peaked under Khrushchev and it was all downhill before him and after him, but Stalin is The Man to many Russians. Putin is thought to be just a fantastic guy who has incompetent, greedy people under him who have hidden their crimes from him (yet somehow the fact that the citizens know what these underlings have done and Putin doesn't know doesn't make them question Putin's fitness to run the show there) and if he, like the peasant oppressing Tsar before him, only knew what was really happening, he would surely fix it. While some report that Putin's popularity is dropping and it may be true, I don't expect any changes. I had a lot of hope for Medvedev and while I think he was a genuinely good president for Russia, I've been pretty disappointed with a lot of things he's said now as PM and I just don't know if he's just saying what Putin wants to hear or if Medvedev really believes what he says now. The alternatives in Russia actually may be worse than Putin with some really nutso nationalists who'd like to provoke a war with the US and/or Europe and maybe even China. I expect most citizens to believe that Putin did nothing wrong and this to die down pretty quickly.

Comment Re:No they didn't (Score 3) 63

It's right there in the article.

May 1 was a banking holiday in China. The following Monday they were able to get assistance from local law enforcement and banking officials to freeze the account that held the stolen funds. Two days later, the money was recovered.

Translation - Mattel was able to find the right banking and local law enforcement officials to bribe in China to get help on this and they were able to recover 90% of the money by only paying 10% out in bribes.

Not joking here. That's probably what really happened. Or the bad guys failed to bribe the right people in China to look the other way and the authorities decided to punish them be sending the money back.

Comment Re:Precedent? (Score 1) 232

Did the FBI just get one judge to issue an illegal order, then they withdrew the case while that order was under appeal, and claim a precedent-setting win?

I doubt the order they got was "illegal" as you say. Just because you don't like it, that doesn't make it "illegal". But yes, the article has a link to another article that says that the FBI got a federal judge in Riverside, California to give them an order mandating that Apple create a custom firmware file. It happened almost 2 weeks ago and this is the first I'm hearing about it.

Comment Re:IFTTT... IFTTT... IFTTT... IFTTT... (Score 2) 177

How else can the poster boast about his intelligence, unless you use an obscure Acronym, and just expect everyone else to know it. On Slashdot there is a wide variety of geeky interests, and we don't have the time to follow all of them.

This seems to be happening with more frequency here. Last week we had a similar post where the submitter was clearly upset about some sort of injustice and it involved something so obscure that I don't remember the name of it. It got a lot of "What the bleep is ________?" posts though.

Comment Re:root causes (Score 1) 98

Hah... Doomed to fail, or make only very little difference, unless the company also leads social change as a national brand. Korean work culture is all kinds of fucked up, and everyone is unwillingly complicit. Everyone does it, for some unknown reason, so you feel you have to do it too. Examples: -- Expected late working hours until the boss leaves, sometimes >10pm, because showing your face at work is more valued than the work itself getting done. And the boss probably feels pressure to stay late, to not appear lazy. Very little actual work gets done in those late hours.

In the previous decade I worked for what was probably the 2nd most important American office for a major European telco. I don't like to name them because frankly they don't deserve any publicity, not even bad publicity, after they way they have treated their American employees over the years. Once I got sent to our HQ office in Europe and my co-workers were very honest with me and told me that almost every day they worked 10 hours or more, but the last 2-3 hours were a complete waste of time. They were a support team and we had a world wide support model. Around 4 PM they had actually handed off their support duties to North America, but their management expected them to stay until 6 PM, so they did, even if they didn't do any real work. And note that this was an a country that Americans think is infamous for not having 40 hour work weeks.

-- Expected drinks with colleagues after work into the late hours, and not only that but also shady, overtly sexist atmospheres and goings-on at bars. If you don't partake you're viewed as not part of the team.

I read an article a few years ago by a Korean American who was born and raised in the USA but whose parents taught him how to speak Korean. He thought it might be cool to move back there, so he did. He talked about these after hours drinking parties and said that not only could you not get out of them more than maybe one time (and then never again), but there was tremendous pressure to make sure you abused alcohol while you were there. So you can't just go and pretend to drink. It's probably no wonder that South Korea has the highest suicide rate in the world with a society like this.

Comment Re:I don't see anything illegal. (Score 1) 156

Since the system gives you the ability to cancel orders, I don't see what the guy did as illegal.

It is within the rules of the game, so it is legal 100%.

Assuming, you are American, you have free speech rights protected in the Constitution. But your Constitutional rights are not absolute. Even the late Justice Scalia said that the 2nd amendment didn't mean that there could never be any restrictions on guns. So to use the easiest example for you to understand, you have the right to yell "Fire!" at the top of your lungs. If you do that at home and nobody else hears you, then there's no problem. If you exercise this right in a crowded theater where there is no fire and cause a panic and people die from being trampled, you're going to jail. It's just not that hard to conceive of a situation where a legal action taken to an extreme becomes a crime. The US is charging that the guy in question wiped $1 trillion off the books to make about $40 million himself. As a stock holder (I'm not Warren Buffet but I do own some stocks), I probably lost some value thanks to what he did. I'm not personally impressed that he devalued my stock holdings simply to make himself rich.

Comment Re:Only $15,000???? (Score 1) 237

They thought that Apple would fold, and the public would all support the hack. They guessed wrong.

Majority of public != Majority of Slashdotters

They guessed wrong on Apple folding, but every poll I read about had a clear majority of the US public favoring the hack being done. Do many of you here even have any kind of relationship with people who aren't in IT? I mean I know we joke about guys living in their mom's basement and playing video games all day, but time and time again folks here assume incorrectly that the vast majority if the American public supports their personal stances on various issues and it's just not true at all.

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