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Comment Re:Ellen Pao (Score 1) 633

I don't know Ms. Pao, besides what I read on her wikipedia article. Nor do I agree with her actions regarding Y Combinator, even though I can't stand Trump and can see her perspective. Anyway:

1) Where are you getting the sexual harrassment thing from? I do see a mention of a gender harrassment lawsuit in her bio.
2) What you said sounds logical at first blush, but if you have sex with somebody, and they later make unwanted sexual advances to you (after it's made clear you're not interested anymore) then that is still sexual harassment is it not?

In short, please clarify? What you're saying doesn't seem accurate.

Comment Re:I believe it (Score 1) 618

To be honest, no, I'm not. But he was pretty open with me about his situation, and I have seen him with weed, and not seen him with other drugs. I also researched it, and from what he described of his use and his symptoms, I had no reason not to believe him. Apparently it's possible to have a bad withdrawal if you're hard-core enough about it.

Comment Re:I believe it (Score 1) 618

I don't know, man. I had a jobless friend who convinced himself it was better to buy a little more weed and avoid going through withdrawal symptoms (he was a *really* heavy smoker) than to save his money for car insurance. He only stopped smoking because he ran out of money. He was about to the point of selling his truck for cash. I helped him out with his bills and food, as we both agreed if he didn't have a working vehicle things would have got much worse for him.

That said, (and here's my point) I don't think you can expect "them" to make rational decisions $5 at a time. I think their general perspective, in their low moments, is "I'm screwed no matter what I do, so I might as well enjoy a little of it". Frankly, when I don't know somebody, and my sole interaction with them is going to be "do I hand this person money or not" I don't usually feel like I'm helping them whether I give or don't.

Comment Re:Only as safe as the sandbox (Score 3, Informative) 167

Java isn't supposed to be able to get out of its sandbox without permission, yet it's the source of many vulnerabilities. Why would we trust Rust to be any safer?

Good question.

My guess is that running untrusted Java code in a trusted Java sandbox has a much larger attack surface than playing untrusted media in a (more or less) trusted Rust app.

The Rust code should still be an improvement, safety-wise, over the current C/C++ solution.
That does not mean the Rust solution will be perfect, and it *definitely* doesn't mean you should download and run untrusted Rust apps!

Comment Re:Suicide by politician (Score 1) 1010

A key point here is it was wildly inappropriate for Comey to recommend no prosecution in this case on TV. It is totally not his decision. The prosecutors in the DOJ are the ones who get to decide if prosecution is warranted. The FBI's job was to investigate and generate a report to the DOJ. They do get to make a recommendation regarding prosecution but it is only a recommendation. Comey absolutely should not have announced the recommendation at a press conference before the DOJ has even started reviewing the final FBI report. It reeks of prejudicing the entire case since it places inappropriate pressure on the prosecutor in the DOJ to not prosecute when they may well be inclined to prosecute when they see all the evidence.

Comey s assertion that Clinton and her people had no intent to do harm by mishandling top secret compartmentalized information so they should not be prosecuted is also way over the line. The fact is they did mishandle top secret information, and it is unknowable if that mishandling resulted in the information being accessed by foreign powers or others who were not authorized to see it. You knowingly mishandle classified information in violation of the oath you signed there have to be consequences otherwise why should anyone bother to protect classified information. If Clinton is elected President how can she expect the millions of Federal employees working for her to protect classified information when she knowingly didn't and got away with it.

Thirdly mishandling email is only part of the case against the Clinton. A key reason Clinton may have been using this private server is there may have been email between her, foreign governments and affluent individuals who were donating large sums of money to the Clinton Foundation while she was Secretary of State creating the appearance that she was soliciting bribes in return for favorable decisions from the State department on things like arms deals. Clinton is claiming these are personal emails so she withheld them from the FBI but they may be a trail pointing to public corruption.

It smacks of whitewash to suddenly short circuit these investigations so Clinton will have a clean path to the nomination at the convention which is just a few days away now.

Comment Re:signs of a guilty conscience (Score 3, Insightful) 323

Her actions are the actions of someone who quite rationally fears 'just talking' to people who might return armed and bearing a warrant if rebuffed. In a world where the POTUS bombs wedding parties with flying robots and cracks jokes about it, if you aren't a criminal you aren't doing enough.

Comment Re:undermining the Tor system (Score 4, Informative) 323

This is false; Isis does a lot of valuable work on Tor and on some related projects like bridgedb, but she does not have commit rights on the Tor daemon itself. The people who do are me (Andrea Shepard), Nick Mathewson and Roger Dingledine. All patches are reviewed by at least one committer other than the patch author.

Comment Re:Skype for Business (Score 1) 224

Your assumption, that Office 2016 and Skype For Business are unrelated, is incorrect.
The GP is likely referring to how Skype For Business 2016 is bundled with the Professional Plus edition of Office 2016.
IOW, (s)he meant "update to the latest Skype For Business". So, most likely not shilling.

Comment Re:the real reason... (Score 1) 266

I wish I'd known about these servers. I would play WoW again if it was the 2006 vintage instead of the crap its become. To answer your criticism, if Blizzard wants to keep WoW going forever, roll back to 2006 vintage, and focus entirely on new and interest dungeons and gear. Also put the level cap back to 60 and keep it there. New and interesting PVE dungeons was the only thing that made WoW great. Making the game "easy" for casual players was another tragic mistake.

2006 vintage WoW would be right before Burning Crusade came out and BC would be just about the time WoW started to suck and I quit playing. In 2006 there were 64 player raids, no constantly shifting level caps that constantly trashed all your gear, you lived to get to get to level 60 and collect PVE gear.

Every good guild on the server I was on, including my own, blew apart about that time, people wandered off to PvP to get the gear Blizz was handing out like candy to distract from the fact all their hard won level 60 PVE gear was being trashed and running Molten Core and BWL was officially pointless. It had become a waste of time doing PVE raids entirely which was the whole point of WoW.

In those days you only ran dungeons with people on your server, yea it sucked waiting to get groups sometimes but you actually made friends and learned to trust or not trust the people you played with on your server. When they started jumbling together pick up runs from all servers you didn't know and couldn't trust ANYONE you were raiding with. Dungeons just became a whirlwind you ran through as quickly as possible and half the time someone in the group would be a total ass and get away with it.

Comment Re:puts out 400 times more power (Score 1) 135

watts per gram ? Since when is that a measurement standard?

It isn't, yet. But, I first heard of "performance per watt" when Transmeta debuted their first CPU, and similarly thought "who (expletive) cares about that"? Today, performance per watt actually matters in some applications (parallel systems, possibly data centers ...).

Point is, somebody may find a compelling use for these devices if they can be made practical, be they solar-powered robo-flies or whatever.

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