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Comment Not *really* selling student loans (Score 3, Insightful) 49

Sounds to me like they want to *write* student loans. Which is quite different from selling them. I would be interested in buying the notes, if that's what they were selling. Usurious interest rates, no chance of discharge in bankruptcy, no expiration. This is the kind of investment vehicle I would want to own.
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Apple Launching Reality TV Show Called 'Planet of the Apps' (venturebeat.com) 62

theodp writes: The Verge reports Apple is making good on an earlier threat to create a reality TV show about app developers. An open casting call has been issued for "Planet of the Apps," with the goal of finding "100 of the world's most talented app creators" -- news which VentureBeat suggests must be making Steve Jobs' ghost weep. Apple has teamed up with Propagate, a new production company created by the producer of "The Biggest Loser." The description of the show says: "Join us on the search for the next great app in a new original series. Those selected will have the chance to receive hands-on guidance from some of the most influential experts in the tech community, featured placement on the App Store, and funding from top-tier VCs." The show is expected to be released in 2017.

Comment Re:FBI director announced she IS guilty, won't pro (Score 1) 801

Just because she may be exonerated under 18 U.S. Code 793 (a) and (b), doesn't mean she didn't violate (f).

Understand each of those sections is separate - they aren't all "anded" together.

Again:

(f) Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document, writing, code book, signal book, sketch, photograph, photographic negative, blueprint, plan, map, model, instrument, appliance, note, or information, relating to the national defense, (1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or (2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust, or lost, or stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer—
Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.

tl;dr - Whoever...through gross negligence permits [stuff]...to be removed from its proper place of custody...shall be fined...or imprisoned.

Comment Re:Gross negligence == extremely careless... (Score 1) 1010

She asked people to send classified documents to her - that makes her culpable.

Any classified documents sent to an unsecured private server are by definition delivered in violation of trust, and by negligence.

As for the law, congress makes it, the executive enforces it. Asserting that you'll ignore the plain reading of the law in the name of "discretion" is an unconstitutional usurpation of the legislature. If the law needs to be changed, the president can propose new legislation, or could even offer blanket pardons if he wished - simply letting Hillary off the hook for what was plainly illegal sets a poor standard for our leaders.

At the end of the day, we should insist that cops are more careful with their guns than civilians, and government leaders should be more careful with their classified documents than their subordinates. If there is going to be a differential standard, it should be one that imposes more severe penalties on our leaders.

Comment Re:FBI director announced she IS guilty, won't pro (Score 1) 801

I understand discretion - but if anything, we should hold our government leaders to a higher level of accountability.

Letting Johnny get off with a warning after his first shoplifting attempt, or sending Judy on her way after she's caught speeding with a warning, is discretion.

But if Johnny is a Congressman, or Judy is the president's daughter, you simply cannot afford to let them off the hook without damaging the perception of fairness. When the rich and powerful get away with something that we regularly impose upon the poor and weak, even if occasionally we let the poor and weak get by with just a warning, we destroy the sense of justice in the community.

Comment Re:FBI director announced she IS guilty, won't pro (Score 1) 801

She consciously refused a state.gov email account.

She voluntarily setup a private email server.

Even a technologically illiterate grandma, when told by her sysadmins at the state department that what she was doing was wrong, makes is clear that it was likely to cause foreseeable harm.

tl;dr - a technophobic grandma doesn't know enough to ask for a private server, she just takes the state department blackberry and lives with whatever email it's configured with.

Comment Re:FBI director announced she IS guilty, won't pro (Score 1) 801

knowingly removes such documents or materials without authority and with the intent to retain such documents or materials at an unauthorized location

Okay, so she's guilty under that as well :)

You can't setup a private server "unknowingly", she can't possibly claim the private server was an "authorized location", and she had every intent to retain those documents there by mere fact of ordering it set up.

As for 18 U.S. Code 793 (f), " through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody " - the proper place of custody was secure government networks, not her private servers.

Comment Re:FBI director announced she IS guilty, won't pro (Score 1) 801

through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody

Comey proved that. She was extremely careless (gross negligence), and she removed classified data from its proper place of custody (secure networks) and placed it on her private server.

This is beyond a reasonable doubt.

If you assert that Hillary actually ordered the building of a private server, then she's actually guilty of more - that proves intent :)

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