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Comment Re:Reading comprehension (Score 1) 485

That is serious abuse of power, that unfortunately happens every day. I often wonder how many are enticed by "sting" operators into committing crimes they never would have had the police not solicited it?

In fairness, this is called entrapment, and if you can successfully argue that you wouldn't have done the crime without the officer's inducement, then you can usually get off, though it's certainly not always the case.

Comment Re:Tackle? (Score 1) 799

Oh, certainly. I suppose I phrased my argument incorrectly, but I was thinking more from the point of view of the currently winning allied leaders. From their perspective, they wanted to eliminate every trace of having this sort of thing happen again, which not only included things like the Marshall Plan, but also the insistence on total surrender. While it may have been counterproductive in the end, it's certainly an understandable point of view to take without the benefit of 60 years of hindsight.

Comment Re:Tackle? (Score 1) 799

There's no denying that the Treaty of Versailles was extremely punishing to Germany, and that was obviously a factor. However, a huge point of Hitler's propaganda was that the Jews (among others) had sabotaged the war effort and thus caused Germany to lose. One thing that helped this was the fact that enemy troops never touched their soil, and so he was able to make the impression that Germany was strong enough to repel the invaders and continue the war had they been given the chance.

Obviously the Treaty of Versailles was a huge part of the rise of Nazism. However, considering only it to the point of ignoring all others is just silly; Hitler needed a scapegoat, and this mentality helped him to make one.

Comment Re:Tackle? (Score 1) 799

Regardless of the truth of this statement (I can't argue convincingly either way), there's a fundamental problem with being OK with those negotiations: it's exactly the mentality that allowed WWII to happen from WWI. The allies stopped just before the Rhine in WWI and allowed the Germans to surrender before they were properly invaded. This just helped fuel Hitler's rise to power, as he blamed people sabotaging the war effort on them losing, thus allowing for great scapegoating. Japanese culture is obviously different from German, but it seems like this very mentality could easily happen again in Japan. In this case, allowing them to say that they "hadn't really been totally defeated" may have been the worst option in the world, or at least seemed that way to the world leaders at the time.

Comment Re:Great idea - it can replace the Gas Tax! (Score 1) 713

I agree with most of what you say, except:

But, taxes should NOT be used to manipulate behavior....that's a bastardization of what a tax is for.

This is not the case for Pigovian taxes, which is exactly what a gas tax is. If you're trying to disincentivize a behavior but not outright ban it, then taxes can be an excellent way of doing that. They make people see the true cost of whatever it is they're doing. In this case, people have to pay for the carbon dioxide they put in the air, the wear on the road, and all sorts of other good stuff. So, there are some cases where taxes can and should be used to manipulate behavior.

Comment Re:Impermanence of websites (Score 2, Insightful) 71

You say that like there's something inherently wrong with a weaker dollar. First of all, bear in mind that the dollar still beats many other currencies in other countries. But beyond this, if the dollar weakens, then travel to the US and the purchase of US goods suddenly become more appealing to foreigners. Think about it if you're a European; your Euro now goes further than it ever did before. Maybe now would be a good time to travel to the US and use that money while it's good, and maybe buy an iPod or a laptop, or something else that, even with duty fees, is way cheaper now than it would be back in Europe (I know several people who have done this just this summer). Meanwhile, people in the US are less likely to buy imported goods, since they're more expensive. This increases the amount of money in the US economy, which is usually considered a good thing (since it comes from real value, and not just printing money).

Also, I'm fairly confident that there was fairly massive deflation during the Great Depression. So, that argument doesn't really hold up either (unless I'm misunderstanding it).

I'm not arguing the point that Bush has been a horrible President. But let's keep ourselves to important criticisms, and not get caught up in inflation arguments.

Submission + - Point and click Gmail hacking at Black Hat (

not5150 writes: "Using Gmail or most other webmail programs over an unsecured access points just got a bit more dangerous. At Black Hat, Robert Graham, CEO of errata security, showed how to capture and clone session cookies. He even hijacked a shocked attendee's Gmail account in the middle of his Black Hat speech."

Submission + - KDE 4.0 Beta 1 Released (

An anonymous reader writes: August 2, 2007 (The INTERNET). The KDE Community is happy to announce the immediate availability of the first Beta release for KDE 4.0. This release marks the beginning of the integration process which will bring the powerful new technologies included in the now frozen KDE 4 libraries to the applications. Almost two months after the foundations of KDE 4 have been laid with the first alpha, KDE enters the stage of a full freeze of the library interface. From now on, the applications will focus on integrating the new technology refined during the last months, and the library developers will try to fix all bugs found during this process. No new applications will enter the official KDE modules and usability and accessibility work is of course an ongoing process. In the following weeks KDE developers will be able to add features to their applications until the next beta is released and the application features will be frozen as well.
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Submission + - Puzzling Wikipedia edits on wrestler's murder (

glesga_kiss writes: An interesting article on wikinews points to edits of WWE Wrestler Chris Benoit's page on wikipedia suggesting foreknowledge of the murder. Edits from an IP in Connecticut, later followed by one from a wifi provider in Australia state that he cancelled an engagement due to the death of his wife. These were posted 13 hours prior to the polices discovery of the bodies after concerned family members asked the police to check up on him after erratic behaviour. A member of the Wikimedia Foundation has suggested that the IP address quite likely belongs to the WWE Headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut.

Submission + - New low for Cisco (

carusoj writes: "Cisco has added a new entry-level certification: the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT), which is a halfway point to the previous entry-level program, the Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA), Network World writes. Many network managers are already questioning the new certification, noting that it really just "caters to the Acronym Abusers by offering up yet another one that people are going to flaunt all over their signatures and resumes.""

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