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Comment Re:Wow, spend $3billion? (Score 1) 161

Totally agree. Mental health is our number one problem. These other diseases suck, sure, but the difference is that a person with cancer, HIV, or diabetes doesn't affect me in any significant way, but people with mental health problems can be a big problem for everyone they cross paths with and society as a whole.

Zuckerberg is lying anyway. He hopes by putting up the 3 billion, the rest of us will chip in a few trillion to find a way for him to live forever.

Comment It's how I would have done it (Score 5, Insightful) 196

What happened at Facebook was a mistake, but I would have made the same mistake.

If I owned Facebook, I would have a censorship policy. No naked children would be near the top of the list. It might even be the only thing on it.
I'm certain that most of the photos of naked children in existence are perfectly innocent. I have some of my kids and my parents have some of me.

But I don't want to host child porn, child rape, or anything like that. It's a plain and simple fact that there are people who abuse children in horrible ways, and if I didn't censor that kind of thing it would be all over the place. I don't give a shit if the law says it's OK for me to host it; I don't want to be part of it.
And you know what else? I don't want to have to examine photos of naked children to try to guess what's going on.
So. No naked children.

So all my minions would know this and censor publication of the Kim Phuc photo because they want to keep their jobs and perhaps because they agree with me.

And then the world would come down on me over the Kim Phuc photo, pointing out that I'm being a dumbass and this is so very clearly and important and historical photo, and I'd relent because in this case they're right and I'm wrong. But no way would I roll over for just anyone out there - it would have to take a lot of pressure for a specific case.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 2) 273

I'm well over 60. I'm speaking as what would have been a liberal small-town southerner pseudo-hippie who moved to the big city, but I mostly felt the war was necessary. I would like to pretend I was otherwise, but that's the way it was.

Much of what you say is true, but ....

However I do not believe the photo was that big a deal at the time. We already had plenty.
And it certainly had no effect on the USA's role in the war because we had already withdrawn almost all our troops when the photo was taken.
At that time, 1972, the USA had about 25,000 troops in-country compared to the NVA and ARVN armies of well over a million each.

This picture, and some others of a similar nature, tore down this world view of the just, clean war, where only the bad guys kill women and children, and no US bomb ever hurts anyone but the baddies that want to establish a Commie dictatorship everywhere on the planet.

Well, no. That's just not true.
The vast majority of people simply did not have any version of that opinion by 1972. I personally had not met anyone that ignorant back then, but I have to grant that such a person may have existed. Do you really think that generation was that stupid? Where do you think the millions of protesters came from?
For example, the My Lai massacre had already happened four years before. That was in 1968 although it didn't get in the news until the next year. It was widely and continually reported. Everyone knew.

It is an excellent photo for historical purposes because it does show how war so strongly impacts the civilian population in a way that piles of corpses cannot.
However it is usually presented in a way that implies this was done by the USA, but the soldiers in the background are Vietnamese, and the pilot that dropped the napalm was Vietnamese, and the photographer was Vietnamese. At some point the Vietnamese people should get some blame for that war.

Also, I had many friends who did go to Vietnam and many of those went into combat.
Almost all of them were fine with the war other than the fact that being in combat is an unpleasant experience. It seems like they thought fighting communism is a good cause even if the leadership was screwing it up. I dunno about other areas of the country but in the south the soldiers were generally well respected.

Comment Re:So what? (Score 3, Insightful) 273

Then it's even more tragic that apparently hipsters today don't know that iconic picture that was probably critical to the change in the public opinion on the Vietnam war. Not knowing this means not understanding how reporting in war zones works today.

I doubt that the picture made any difference in anyone's opinion for a couple of reasons.

One is that it took place in June 1972. The USA's withdrawal was nearly complete (down to around 25,000 troops from 500K).
The other is at that time everyone I knew was pretty solid on their opinions. Those who favored the USA's involvement were in an awkward position of supporting a war that the USA had plainly announced they were ending. Those who were against were having their way.
As for people who were on the fence, those tended to be looking at the rather complex Vietnam war situation from a point of view of both local and global events, and were already well aware that people suffer horrible injuries during war. Keep in mind that our (WWII and baby boomer) generation grew up on a steady stream WWII carnage and Nazi death camp pictures.
The press had already been keeping us well-supplied with pictures of dead children for some time and the alternative press showed even more graphic photos than the mainstream.

IMHO, what made the photo of Kim Phuc interesting was that she was naked and alive. There had been many pictures of naked and dead adults and children published before with the My Lai massacre of 1968 being among the most notable.
Here's another one from back then that I remember that I found far more unsettling than the Kim Phuc photo.

Comment Re:Law of unintended consequences, also frosty (Score 3, Insightful) 470

accepting defeat means losing the useful original meaning

The original meaning is already lost. If you actually use "begs the question" correctly, 90% of your audience will have no idea what you mean, and the other 10% will think you are being pompous. It is best to just avoid the phrase entirely in both writing and speaking.

This +++
When one identifies a phrase or word in transition, it's probably best to avoid it. I'm afraid to use "literally" now because I have no idea how it will be interpreted.

Comment Re:Who would have guessed? (Score 1, Flamebait) 252

Accenture consistently drives high performance and has a history of satisfaction on projects for the worlds top organizations.

world's top organizations

What sets Accenture apart from the competition are its management.

is its management

The skill and level of analysts from every contracting company can vary greatly. However Accenture Senior Management staff have shown consistently high levels of skill and communication.

However, Accenture senior management staff has shown (staff is a collective noun, but practice varies between American and British English on this one)

Problems can happen with any corporate or government project. Rarely does everything go according to plan and often requirements change mid project. It is how a consulting company handles these changes that count.

according to plan, and often requirements change

Accenture sets its self apart in this situation.

sets itself apart

It's not the destination that matters but how you get there, Accenture(High Performance Delivered).

If you are the one paying for the product, the destination is what matters most. For most of us, it's the only thing that matters.
This sounds like a hooker that blows you for a while and then stops to ask for more money. No, I'm not grateful to get halfway there.

Comment Re:By Design (Score 1) 179

Clearly the NSA leaked these tools with built-in weaknesses so they could get others to install them, then they get to use them.

Or, perhaps they were copied directly from some guys computer from a folder titled "dev".

If you look on my computer, you'll see a folder named "scripts" with many megabytes of scripts in there. It's all historical stuff as I worked on various things or attempted to try something different. Dead ends and so on. Almost none of these were actually used. The things I actually used are elsewhere. I don't know why we would assume that these were examples of programs actually in use.

Comment Re:crap shilling article is crap (Score 1) 290

>Dear Cthulhu, take me now!
>One of the main reasons I LIKE email is that it gives the sender time to organize their thoughts. Much better than listening to some user or boss hem and haw and backtrack and contradict themselves wasting endless minutes of my life.

And if my mod points hadn't just expired I'd mod you up.

Instead - +1000

Don't bother. Cthulhu fhtagn.

Comment Re:Reading is faster (Score 2) 290

Sounds great, but you can read faster than you can listen to someone talking. Do you really want to have to listen to dozens, or even hundreds, of messages every day? Isn't this why people hate their voicemail?

Maybe it's not about our reading speed.
I suspect the reason she likes the voicemail so much is that she types like 3 words a minute using one finger.

Some time ago I had clumsily managed to burn most of my fingertips so typing was painful. I wrote messages by mostly doing copy-n-paste from other messages.
90% all messages are the some old shit anyway, which is why you can decode an email in less than a second.

Comment Re:Why does nobody get second factor right? (Score 2) 37

As for hardware tokens, they would offer optimal security compared to SMS messaging. But people with SSA accounts setup likely may go for years, if not decades, without needing to logon until they're senior citizens.
I cannot imagine hardware tokens being a good idea for a group of people of whom many may not even know where their teeth are.

Comment Re:"I'm told" ??? (Score 4, Informative) 37

There is a message on the SocialSecurity web site that states the SMS requirement has been removed.

I agree with Krebs that the weak place in this is the initial setup, but there's no good answer for that. The SSA is better than most, though.

To setup an account, SSA does a soft inquiry against your Experian credit report and asks your some multiple choice questions based on that. to verify that it's really you. This is easy for relatives (or pretty much anyone) to hack if you happen to be an old person that's lived in the same place for decades and only had one job.
The questions they ask are taken from the same database as are the same questions you have to answer to get a copy of the credit report (or online IRS account, etc), so a total stranger can do testing against other agencies without setting off the wrong-answer lockout on SSA.

If your Experian report has incorrect info (such as your current address or work history), you may need to have a copy of the report to answer the questions the way they want.

The online account cannot be setup by you or anyone else if you have a credit freeze on your Experian credit report.
Everyone should have a freeze on their credit report.

Comment Re:GPL: Intellectual Theft (Score 4, Interesting) 37

As a consultant for several large companies, I'd always done my work on
Windows. Recently however, a top online investment firm asked us to do
some work using Linux. The concept of having access to source code was
very appealing to us, as we'd be able to modify the kernel to meet our
exacting standards which we're unable to do with Microsoft's products.

You've made a verbatim copy of a post is at least 14 years old. It may even be older than you are.

Comment There was no threat of a weapons launch (Score 1) 66

The launch system, on both the USA and Soviet sides, was designed in anticipation of events such as this one. That is to say, the system balanced the need for a quick response to detection events to the need to prevent false/rogue launches.
The launch system had several levels of decisions and coordination among people that had to be met before an attack would be launched, and people and protocols were placed with the authority to prevent launches at every level.
There were several such events like this one during the cold war, and what appears to have been some individual person acting to prevent a launch was part of the system's design.

The downside to total nuclear war is that we have no backups for Earth.

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