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Comment Re:default judgment (Score 1) 148

My statement was more about principle, rather than this particular incident. In this case the person admitted to having the password and was seeking to extort payment, that is problematic (the information was not theirs to sell, they did steal the by denying access to it by the proper owners). The hardware, well, the employer has to prove it is theirs and the contractual conditions under which they gave the employee that hardware, before they can try to claim it back. Obviously they did not simply claim it was stolen, hence it ownership is questionable, they can only really sue for it's return. Google is still largely at fault for the problem, they simply did the cheap thing, fobbed it off and failed to deal with it properly.

Comment Re:Share and Enjoy! (Score 1) 171

Consider the alternate. Which other parts of you body are you content to smear your faeces over and then consider clean with simply wipe with a piece of paper. Hell, you wash your hands and law mandates you wash you hands if you work in a kitchen and that was with a piece of paper between your hands and you faeces, yet you are content with your non-self cleaning butthole and surrounding contaminated regions. Get used to it, the change is very likely to spread no matter how much the dead tree ass wipe companies fight it. Logically it should be compulsory in food preparation areas and hospitals, no so much for the butt but for the hands.

Comment Re:Stargate programme?? (Score 1) 71

Most of that stuff went off balance sheet for uses other than was intended, extortion and investments ie managing the funds of criminals with the off balance sheet CIA hedge funds taking a substantial portion of the profits and the targets accepting making very large deposits because they get some returns and it is better than nothing and losing all their ill gotten gains, also tied into some very disturbing sexual practices part of the extortion and partners in high crimes thing.

Comment Re:Start the clock (Score 1) 188

Only invisible if you are one eyed and blind. Flooded New York, melty Alaska, eroded coastlines world wide etc. I mean see the ice, see no ice, not invisible. NASA do monitor temperature via the infrared spectrum, so not invisible either. What you are really saying is it does not affect you personally at this time and screw everyone else you don't care, you want more of everything right now, not just more, but you want it all. You here much but all you listen to is your own greed.

Comment Re:Schitzophrenic Labor Dept. (Score 1) 191

I would bet my last dollar that quite of few of those 'Asians' (so why is it Asians versus 'white people' rather than Europeans). are paid quite a lot more than they seem to be. So where is that extra money coming from, why from those foreign agencies who hire and train them, just before they apply for the job working on US computer infrastructure. I'll bet there are so many secret features buried so deep they will never be able to find them all, US corporate greed serving the US as always, as cheaply as possible to maximise profits and fuck the consequences.

Nobody trusts the US any more, not one tiny little bit and as such they all will be looking to place sleeper agents as deeply as possible in US digital infrastructure, no just agents, the software and hardware they insert into US digital infrastructure that remains long after the agent has left and this will have been going on for some time. Thanks US corporate greed, revenge for the NSAs shenanigans in other countries would not be possible without you.

Comment Re:default judgment (Score 1) 148

As a ex-employee he is fully entitled to be a big a dick as he wants with regard to his ex-employer. Not a good idea as it damages you image for future employment but you are now free and the company can only suspend payments to you. What was on the notebook or not on the notebook is truly imaginary.

The reality is google were the dicks for not promptly and properly assessing the case and returning service. The claim should be against google and not the ex-employee. The university in turn should wake up to itself and properly manage it's services to students, clearly working through google is a really, really bad idea.

I give you a hint, ex-employer asks me for anything after termination and quote for consultation services will be provided including the upfront payment demand for the cost of the call, no freebies, not one seconds worth.

Comment Re:Yeah, not a surprise (Score 4, Interesting) 227

It seems everyone is jumping the gun on announcements, even Julian. No acceptance of extradition can be made until the US as applied for extradition with specified crimes and substantiated evidence. With the current state of US politics clearly under the destructive influence of finance corporations and arms industry, pretty much any charge would be made, no matter how spurious, with the intent of extended life threatening imprisonment drawn out by a purposefully extended trial process designed to be it's own punishment ie years or prison under the worst possible conditions, whilst the trial drags on and on and on.

So Assange needs to correct his statement to, I am waiting for the US secret punishments via corrupt prosecutions to come clean with the secret warrants. Ideally Assange should return to Australia, as an Australian and should the US wish to attempt extradition, they can do so in the Australian legal system. Assange has a legal responsibility to ensure that in legal relations between Australia and the USA, that the USA is forced to adhere to the principles of Australian law when seeking application of law from within Australia.

Julian has a moral responsibility to ensure that the US government is forced to treat with Australian citizens under Australian law. So out of the UK and back to Australia and then lets see what will happen. Will the UK want him back, will Sweden seek extradition, will the US just slink away too embarrassed to put their claim before the Australian high court (I am sure there are others that the US wants to drag out of Australia for persecution via corrupt prosecution, for which they are also to cowardly to put before a real court for an extradition claim).

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 763

Actually legally literally speaking, the power is really narrow and only covers "Offenses against the United States", so that narrows down crimes to crimes against the state and not crimes against it citizens. This especially in light of the US system where citizens press charges for offences against the citizens, rather than other countries where the state presses charges for crimes against it's citizens. Yet not one person prosecuted for all the crimes Manning exposed, not one person, corruption personified in Barrack Huesein Obama the president who was thwarted from starting world war three.

Comment Re:Just what the world needed most urgently... (Score 1) 202

Compare programming a 6502 in assembly back in 1980 to programming in Java nowadays.

I see your 1978 and raise you a 1970.

'''Prolog''' is a general-purpose logic programming language associated with artificial intelligence and computational linguistics.

Prolog has its roots in first-order logic, a formal logic, and unlike many other programming languages, Prolog is declarative: the program logic is expressed in terms of relations, represented as facts and rules. A computation is initiated by running a query over these relations.

The language was first conceived by a group around Alain Colmerauer in Marseille, France, in the early 1970s and the first Prolog system was developed in 1972 by Colmerauer with Philippe Roussel.

Prolog was one of the first logic programming languages, and remains the most popular among such languages today, with several free and commercial implementations available.

The language has been used for theorem proving, expert systems, as well as its original intended field of use, natural language processing.

Modern Prolog environments support creating graphical user interfaces, as well as administrative and networked applications.

Prolog is well-suited for specific tasks that benefit from rule-based logical queries such as searching databases, voice control systems, and filling templates.

Prolog did not fail because it was lacking in declarative concision. It failed because there's an annoying layer in between formal description in the problem domain and viable execution strategies in the solution domain.

This layer, too, requires code. Of course, we can just write a formal description of the "annoying layer" as a Prolog program and then let Prolog do all the real work.

Uh, wait a minute, recursion has somehow failed us here. How could that even be? Does not compute. Proceeding to Halt and Catch Fire.

Comment Re:All your jobs are...belong to us! (Score 1) 127

As of yet, there is nothing inherently special about a human being that cannot be reproduced by machines.

What on earth are you smoking?

The present gap, on best available technology, is so staggeringly mind-rending it could serve as the third ring in Dante's Total Enlightenment Vortex.

(Midway through the fifth ring—still reeling in shock from the fourth ring's ascendancy of green slime as fully revealed—the Pilgrim of Total Enlightenment receives a surprising and painful transcranial injection of quantum nanodots, so that the true horrors of rings six—spoiler alert: Chaitin's omega because blindingly intuitive and compulsive to calculate—and seven—HAL hasn't blinked since—can be savoured and swallowed in immense and total abjection.)

Comment Re:Remember kids! (Score 1) 399

I love the politicians who stump for "no invisible tax" and write legislation to ensure that gasoline pumps break out every tax category on the paper receipt (we still have these in Canada, I can't speak for anywhere else).

Everybody knows the deal going in.

I sure wish we'd apply the "no invisible tax" standard to casinos, as well. In this world, every patron is entitled to a printed receipt on the way out (just stick your card into the receipt printer near the main exit) of total $$$ in bets placed and total $ in winnings returned.

Even better if those same receipts enumerate the proportion of your losses that wind up in the government's pocket.

7 Facts about Gambling Winnings in the US

Riddle me this, Batman: how does an activity with a guaranteed amortized loss end up pay tax to Uncle Sam on aggregate negative proceeds?

John, a German national, travels to Las Vegas on holiday. He wins a single $10,000 jackpot on the slot machines while playing at Caesar's Palace, triggering the creation of form W2-G by the casino, a copy of which is given to the player. He also wins $1000 more in various slot machine wins, none of which trigger the creation of form W2-G. When John wins the $10,000 jackpot, he hands the slot attendant his German passport along with Form W8-BEN. The slot attendant processes the form and no withholding is taken from the $10,000 jackpot. At the end of the calendar year, John will need to file Form 1040NR with the IRS and report the $11,000 of gambling winnings. He will attach Form 8833, reporting his use of the treaty position to make the gambling winnings non-taxable in the US, along with a copy of the Form W2-G he received from the casino. John will only need to file Form 1040NR in the years that he has US sourced income.

I understand taxing proceeds in a game of skill like poker, but freaking slot machines? Ludicrous. Beyond insane. Conceptually criminal.

Comment death's excellent extended vacation (Score 2) 482

Are we talking the 'death' when a generational math prodigy turns twenty-five?

Or the 'death' when a the fastest of all fast-living rock stars turns thirty?

Or the 'death' when an formerly fetching actress turns forty?

Or the 'death' when a corner-office executive producer turns fifty.

Or the 'death' when a commercial pilot turns sixty?

Or the 'death' when a professor emeritus turns seventy?

Or the 'death' when a defeated American presidential candidate turns eighty?

Or the 'death' when everyone's favourite preschool teacher turns ninety (on Okinawa)?

Or the mostly-just-resting 'death' when the queen mum turns one hundred?

And we're still not done. George Burns lived an entire Windows 95/98 maximal uptime (49 days) after his one hundredth.

Comment Re:What's the point? (Score 1) 129

PCs or just windows boxen. Face it the reality about M$ game mode is just PR bullshit to cover over the probe, windows watching you masturbate, so will the vibrate mode and lube finally become available. The only one being gamed here is end users and thats by M$. Windows 10, I'll go latin and X marks that choice a bit fat nope, no way, never. Can't play the games, fine, wont buy them.

Comment Re:It might be something but it isn't anti-trust? (Score 1) 121

Apple should simply pull the exact same scam Google does. Force end users to hack their phones, to install from other locations. Basically provide risky tools, to https://www.xda-developers.com... and voila the majority of end users will never ever do it and only buy from the Google store 'er' Apples store but they can buy from other sources if they want to, done and finished.

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