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Comment Re:But but but (Score 1) 32

Well its better for the NSA to publicly pretend to not have the emails so that when clinton is president they have something to extort her with.

Wikileaks has now released FIFTEEN tranches of thousands of emails each and there's been absolutely nothing extortion-worthy in any of them.

Conspiracy theories are conspiracy theories. You'd think after 30 years, people would give up making up shit about Hillary Clinton. It just ends up making you look even more stupid. Assange, Wikileaks and the GOP have damaged their own reputations permanently over Hillary and they never seem to learn.


Comment Re:Cui Bono? (Score 2) 32

Exactly. All Wikileaks has done is confirm what most people know about major political campaigns, that lots of things are discussed, sometimes in brutal terms, and then are either dispensed with or implemented in some fashion. But really, anyone who has read any "insider" book about any major political campaign in the Western world in the last 200 years knows that this sort of thing goes on. Christ, Spielberg even made a movie about how Lincoln used some pretty questionable methods to get the 13th Amendment passed before the Confederacy surrendered.

I think some of those who think Wikileaks is a story probably are guilty of wishful thinking, but even if some of the emails have legs, they're backing a candidate who seems to need to be at the top of every news cycle, and rarely in a good way, thus giving the Wikileaks emails little or no oxygen to burn. I think others, around here anyways, are that subgroup of people, who whether due to Aspergers or similar neurological conditions, seem to want to see the world as being nothing but straight parallel lines, and whenever it deviates from that, they are emotionally incapable of tolerating it, and thus must immediately paint everything the darkest black.

But even more what appears to be a majority of voters, Hillary's real and perceived shortcomings simply don't seem to be adding up to putting Trump in the Oval Office. Frankly, I don't even think Trump wants it. He is either the stupidest person to ever get a major party nomination, or he is intentionally smashing the bus into the wall, almost as a test to see just how long his supporters can hang on. I'm sure they'll be tuning in next year to Trump TV to get 24 hours a day of conspiracy theories, insane rhetoric, absurd populism, and the daily injection of Alt-right outrage.

Comment Re:Cui Bono? (Score 1) 32

They demonstrate subterfuge, lying, but mainly a lot of strategizing. It's not terribly pleasant at points, but if you think the Trump campaign isn't at least trying to do the same thing, then you're either naive or willfully blind. The big difference is, of course, that Clinton is actually capable of staying on message and of creating and more importantly sticking to tactical plays, as opposed to being a blow hard who, in a goddamn speech announcing his plans for the first one hundred days of his presidency, starts threatening to sue the ten or so women who have claimed he sexually assaulted him.

The Podesta emails are pretty much the "Climategate" of this election. We are seeing how sausages are made, to paraphrase Bismarck, and it is inherently unpleasant. But there's this fantasy that some other candidate would do things differently, and while I concede Trump might do things differently, it's more than likely because he would be so awful and so ludicrous that he would just do things unbelievably badly, thus requiring Congress and the courts to spend four years of adult supervision over the Executive branch.

Comment Who uses DYN for their DNS? (Score 1) 48

What I don't understand is how this is affecting things. Most people and small bussinesses just use the DNS that their service provider offers. I.e. comcast. Another tranche of people change it to something like googles Large bussinesses may implement their own DNS

So how is it DYN matters? Who uses it?

Comment Re: Legal? (Score 2) 187

Surely it is very clearly marked "will release noxious gas if cut" and is therefore not a boobytrap? As far as I'm aware you can, e.g., electrify a fence, you just have to put up appropriate signage. It is cheaper and more effective to deter thieves from trying the lock in the first place than to actually release the gas.

Comment Re:If the point was ... (Score 4, Insightful) 288

There's no proof that it has anything to do with Wikileaks, but in a world of IoT devices with no thought toward security, anyone who cares to do so can mount DDOS with the power of a national entity.

What's the point of doing what Assange and Wikileaks have been doing without any moral position? He isn't helping his own case.

Comment Yeah, that's one of the funny things about law (Score 1) 187

just 'cause someone's stealing your stuff doesn't mean you can commit acts of violence on them. At least in most Jurisdictions. A buddy of mine went through some criminal law classes and he always got a kick out of the look on people's faces when they found that out. It makes sense though. If you don't feel threatened you shouldn't be attacking somebody. That's sort of a key component of civilized society. I guess you could make the argument that if you're poor enough having what little you have stolen is a threat, but ideally we shouldn't have anybody that poor.

Comment Re:Legal? (Score 2) 187

No, of course it is not legal to set a trap to intentionally hurt someone, even if you expect that the trap could only be activated by the person committing property theft or vandalism. Otherwise, you'd see shotguns built into burglar alarms.

Fire alarm stations sometimes shoot a blue dye which is difficult to remove or one which only shows under UV. Never stand in front of one when pulling the lever! But they are not supposed to hurt you.

And of course these booby traps generally are not as reliable as the so-called "inventor" thinks and tend to hurt the innocent.

Comment Re:Latin lover (Score 1, Insightful) 159

If Trump gets in, the house, the senate, the speaker, everybody is going to be against him. Not much will get done.

Most of Trump's big ideas don't require Congress at all. He can blow up trade deals, withdraw from NATO, deport millions, ban certain religions from coming to the US and it will not require one bit of congressional approval.

He'd also be traveling with nuclear launch codes. I don't want a guy who is rage-tweeting about Miss Universe's sex tape at 3am to have access to that stuff. Sorry, not sorry.

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