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Comment Re:Too secure for insecure? (Score 3, Insightful) 338

either the emails were classified or not when they were stored or sent from the private server.

According to the DNI, the FBI, the DoJ and the State Department IG, they were classified. Not even the Clinton campaign is pushing classified-after-the-fact anymore.

It does not count if Congress declares any one of these emails classified after the fact for political effect.

Congress has no say in what is classified.

In 1947, they couldn't figure out how to create a unified classification system. So they passed a law which basically said "Hey Executive branch! You come up with it". Thus, the Executive branch gets to decide what is and is not classified. And it's codified in a series of Executive Orders and classification guides.

This is why the whole email "scandal" is much ado about nothing.

Says the person who thinks Congress classifies documents at all, much less after-the-fact.

Those of us who had security clearances know we'd be in prison if we did this. In fact, several people are in prison for negligently handling classified information. But they had the misfortune of not running for president at the time.

Comment Re:Why is teen pregnancy bad exactly? (Score 4, Insightful) 286

'Cause in modern society children are much, much, much, much better off if they are born to parents that have built up some emotional, personal and financial stability.

When we were evolving, that was not the case - your stability mostly came from living within a small tribe that helped you when you needed it. Far more critical back then was for the mother to be healthy enough and fast-healing enough to handle a pregnancy.

Now we have modern medicine to take care of the "need to be healthy" part, but we no longer have the tribe to help take care of you and your new family. So now the outcome is better if the parents are older.

Comment Re: What Bothers You About It? (Score 2) 525

My understanding is that FBI director Comey decided that a prosecutor would not be able to persuade a jury that she intentionally did anything illegal

The relevant statute does not require intent. It only requires negligence. Intent is covered under a different statue.

Negligence has been sufficient to get convictions in the past. Those people had the misfortune of not running for president during their investigation, so there was a much different outcome.

Diplomacy...Our enemy today is our friend tomorrow...England, Spain, Germany, Japan, Viet Nam, Iraq...

We aren't talking about a long-term shift in geopolitical alignment. We're talking about the administration starting with condemning the coup until Clinton's office caused a change in direction. It should be noted the junta rapidly started the usual seat squad thing, and Honduras post-coup has the highest murder rate in the Western Hemisphere.

Again, another decision that is bad if her speeches are to be believed.

I agree, stupid decisions. I wonder why nobody managed to talk her out of all this.

From the outside, it appears she values secrecy and control above all else. The email server. She hid the Rose Law Firm billing records for years (Giving Starr enough time to find Lewinsky). Her 1993 health care reform efforts were also done in secret among a clique of her making, which is one of the primary reasons those efforts failed spectacularly.

If that guess about her is accurate, then she is not going to want to take "no" very well, and there are plenty of reports that her inner circle is unwilling to oppose her on anything.

Comment Re:What Bothers You About It? (Score 3, Interesting) 525

First, those of us who have had security clearances are well aware we would be in prison if we had done something similar. Dual-track justice systems are not popular.

Second, It's a giant fucking land mine that could easily install Trump.

There's a lot of hints about "pay for play" at State via the Clinton Foundation. Give the CF a pile of money, and you get goodies from the State department. Like approval for arms sales, or removing your country from certain lists so your literal slave labor factories sell goods to the US.

While no "smoking gun" on pay-for-play has yet been found, there's still quite a mountain to go through just in Clinton emails. The FBI and two US Attorneys are investigating the foundation itself....And the foundation can't seem to pass an audit (IIRC, the foundation has "corrected" 5 years of tax returns so far). All of that could explode if "bad" emails are found.

There's also certain "unsavory" diplomatic actions, like turning the condemnation of the coup in Honduras into support for the coup. An "unfortunate" email on that subject could be a problem with a certain gigantic demographic group the Democratic party is increasingly reliant upon.

Finally, it's just a really, really, really fucking stupid decision. And presidents who make really, really, really fucking stupid decisions are not good for our country (see: Bush, George W).

Comment Re:Don't confuse stupid with malicious (Score 2) 525

Republicans thought they had been lied to for the last ~20 years by their party. Because they had - Republicans had been using various "wedge issues" to maintain power while not actually addressing those issues. If they had addressed those issues, Republicans would have lost the things that got them elected. So they fought for tax cuts for the wealthy instead of making serious efforts at rounding up all the homosexuals and brown people.

Which resulted in a lot of people who's anger had already been stoked by the "Tea Party" pseudo-movement turning their anger on the elites of their party.

Plus, it turns out Jeb's absolutely terrible at campaigning.

On the Democratic side, Clinton, Obama and the rest of the Democratic leadership had been working to "clear the decks" for Clinton's primary run for a long time now. A lot of work went in to convincing other "serious" candidates to not run. Some of that has leaked from the DNC email hack.

Then this ancient socialist from Vermont almost screwed up the whole thing. But using the entire party apparatus and calling in a hell of a lot of "favors", she managed to fend him off about 54-46......and if that does not utterly terrify the Democratic leadership they are fucking idiots.

Btw, I do not believe it terrifies them.

Comment Re:Vote for Jill Stein and Gary. (Score 2) 525

2 is actually pretty close to the law. If you run a public business, you can not exclude members of protected classes. For example, a Westboro Baptist Church baker has to make wedding cakes for homosexual couples, if their business is open to the public.

Analogies are never perfect, since Nazi party members are not a protected class.

If you don't want to make a cake for someone you hate, charge an "annual membership fee" for the first cake any customer buys and give them a "membership card" good for the current calendar year. Ta-da! You are now offering a service at your private club, and are free to exclude anyone from club membership. Works for the Jewish baker you are so interested in, as well as the Phelps-inspired homophobic bakers.

As for "flat or negative GDP", I'm sure Florida and Louisiana being consumed by the ocean is not going to be good for GDP. Large numbers of refugees never are. Perhaps high GDP growth as the only goal to pursue has some downsides.

But hey, when you can't make your candidate appealing, you gotta try to rip down every other candidate.

Comment Re:A president who cannot separate personal affair (Score 1, Insightful) 525

Not the guy you decided to attack, but:

Do you completely separate your personal email from the work-related email?

Yes. It's called being a competent adult who is able to use a computer.

Have you ever mentioned work-related items in personal correspondence?

No. Again, it's really not hard to do.

Have you ever mentioned personal matters in work email?

Nope. Again, not really that hard to do. Believe it or not, my boss does not need to see my child's latest artwork from preschool.

Btw, I eagerly await your demand that Manning be released from jail, and all charges against Snowden be dropped. After all, they just made mistakes with classified too.

Comment Re: Rape sympathizers (Score 2) 228

What is clear is that Assange being pursued by Swedish authorities is purely political and that hey does have a legitimate fear of his extradition to the US should he face these allegations in Sweden

The giant gaping hole in this conspiracy theory is Assange was in the UK before he fled to the Ecuadoran embassy. The UK being one of the US's closest allies, and who have cooperated many, many, many, many times on clandestine matters and criminal matters.

If the US wanted Assange so badly, the UK would have happily arrested him and sent him to the US with a bow stuck to his head.

Comment Re:You ignore reality (Score 1) 95

The REALITY is that running new lines is easy enough, and the rewards high enough, that companies will do so if they can.

The REALITY is the incumbent has already spent the money to run those lines, and already amortized the costs. They can easily cut their rate such that the "rewards" are no longer high enough for a new entrant.

See, the expensive part of rolling out new service is running the fucking wires. It is not technically difficult, but it costs WAY more than every other part of creating a new ISP/Telco/Cable company/Electric utility.

Which is why cable companies and telcos and electric companies coalesced into natural monopolies, which then were "burdened" with regulations when they abused that monopoly power. The incumbents lowered their prices to run competition out of business, and then abused their monopoly position to the point that the people demanded regulation.

It happened with three different technologies, yet here you are to explain what REALITY is entirely different than actual history.

I know this is the case, because where they can Google is doing this today.

Google's business model is not selling Internet service. It's selling all the data surrounding your Internet access to third parties. Becoming an ISP is the loss-leader to gather that additional data.

If Google was trying to just be an ISP, they'd have gone the way of "Wide Open West" - run out of business by the incumbents

But they are rolling out slowly because in each case they have to fight local government and a very powerful and very UNNatural cable monopoly in each location

Sure! That's why those evil local governments offer Google large tax incentives. Because somehow giving Google money makes it super-difficult to run those wires.....oh wait, that's utterly insane.

I'm not sure why you have any problems with what I'm saying because it's plain from the real world this is the case

It's only plain if you utterly ignore actual history and retreat into the Fountainhead.

The same pattern happened with every service that required a "last mile" wire to homes. ISPs, Cable, Telcos, Electricity. Yet you insist that pattern never happened.

and it's equally plain form the real world how utterly incompetent the government is at things it takes over

One of the highest-rated ISPs in the country is the City of Chattanooga. Highest customer satisfaction, lowest downtime, and gigabit to every house.
The lowest-rated ISPs are the major private carriers. Higher downtime, and frequently can't meet their contracted data rate, much less gigabit.

You've been sold a philosophy that doesn't actually work in the real world. But it sounds good on a superficial level. And most importantly, it's massively profitable to people who are not you. Government works fine until those profit-seekers pay to sabotage government via chronic under-funding.

Comment Re:They already have (Score 3, Informative) 95

Gotta love the Randians and their inability to grasp the concept of natural monopoly.

The ISP stuff is less capital intensive, you just need permission to run cables out to a location

You're forgetting the "minor" step of actually running those cables. That "minor" step is why the incumbent has a natural monopoly and zero competition in most places.

Comment Re:frankly our new process is best. (Score 4, Insightful) 158

Our studio uses a contemporary coding process thats actually quite simple.

Your process is missing a few things. Your programmers don't write unit tests and you don't have dedicated QA team to look for bugs.

So he's accurately portraying contemporary coding processes at game development companies.

Comment Re:#BernOrBust (Score 1) 482

With a Trump presidency what do we get? Four years of incoherent policy that shifts on a weekly basis

Yes, Trump's incompetence means he'd actually accomplish nothing.

While Clinton will be able to do plenty to issue more H1Bs, pass TPP-like treaties, and start another ground war in the Middle East.

Effectiveness is only good if you want what the effective person wants.

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