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Comment Re:No one likes (Score 2) 573

Constant shouts of Soros are pretty silly. He's the ostensible boogeyman behind everything. I don't think he gives a fleep about the whole matter. OTOH, I know individuals that have nothing to do with corporate money that are plentifully incensed about the pipeline, and it would seem from the facts, with good reason.

Statistically, pipeline spills are up, and their damage increasing. I have no financial stake in any of it.

Comment Re:No one likes (Score 2) 573

Very, very true. I'm against Citizens United, but also, campaign contributions from 1) outside the USA of any kind 2) outside of an electoral district from any source 3) contributions that aren't made from an anonymous donor pool and 4) contributions of over $500 by any individual-- and only corporations domiciled within the electoral district, paid once, to one candidate per office.

Comment Re:So that's where the trolls came from? (Score 0) 573

I currently have 1 mod point left.

That said, there is a dearth of people that think things threw. When faced with two dystopias, they'll pick the one that sides with their bias.

In the HRC dystopia, it's not as bad as Trump White Peoples Party getting power.

In the Trump dystopia, the loosest cannonball in recent US electoral history gets a finger near the big red button on the football, and nukalar war is in the offing, something we were trying to avoid because it's more or less suicide. I believe that Trump's solution to ISIS might involve them. I cannot abide by such a dystopia, so I'm picking Clinton's.

Comment Re:No one likes (Score 0) 573

The memes of Trump's lack of sunny disposition didn't seem to cost very much money. He seems to have done it all himself.

Money buys noise. And I must disagree with you about Hillary being everything Democrats hate. Many find her not the best choice, but they're behind her. When viewed as an antagonist of most things Trump stands for, her win is a near certainty.

Comment Re:Larry's bombast (Score 1) 156

No, not quite.

Whether OVA or VMDK, moving workloads back and forth among cloud vendors isn't quite simple, but it is do-able on Azure, or if you think about it, other cloud vendors. The control plane to do this is immature, but it might not make much difference if the herd moves from VMs to container fleets.

Full compute costs are cheaper on AWS, for now, but Windows on AWS vs Windows on Azure isn't "insanely more expensive", not even "moderately more expensive".

Oracle, however, largely requires a customer to be in lockstep with 1) the OS 2) need the musculature the platform supports 3) be willing to waste a lot of compute unless the denominator of workload is comparatively huge and 4) want to swallow the Oracle KoolAid.

Oracle's biggest problem is Oracle. They once drove markets, but no longer. Now they're missing revenue targets, and making lots of clientele unhappy, the recent settlement with the State of Oregon just one emblematic failure in several high-profile stains.

Comment Re:This is not new information (Score 2) 66

In a perfect world, what you say is true, but the parent poster has a good point.

1. Because there's no such thing as a truly random number, one characterizes the number generator and then determine its bias. (See NSA-NIST->RSA foibles)

2. The decrypting machinery has to be perfect, and not cache the results in some mind-numbing way (see several CVEs)

3. In the actual case, the capability of resetting the NAND or using proximal bit-flipping techniques to force recounts to null are well-known. Just crowbar the location by stunning it with nearby high/low bits as appropriate, and buh bye state.

Yes, admittedly, crappy engineering. But zenith/stellar/foolproof engineering doesn't really exist, it's a lofty goal. With a big enough hammer, you can break anything.

Comment Re:Google is still #1 (Score 1) 118

For a couple of decades, Microsoft hired bright coders (and a handful of dullards). That there are more Microsoft open source coders is no surprise. Coders code, and some are compensated for projects, and in other cases, do free/open work.

The where of a code repository is somewhat meaningless, so long as there's accessibility. Git is one place, others have flourished then largely disappeared.

Comment Re:Pics or it didn't happen! (Score 1) 412

Permission is permission.

Consent is consent.

Do people own rights at birth? Age of majority? The trust and guardianship of a minor varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. I'm a guardian for an individual whose limitations prevent the capacity to thrive independently in the world. This individual is otherwise aware enough to have dignity.

Does a parent have the right to administer, guardian, or otherwise control a child or ward after 1) age of consent, 2) age of consent, or 3) age of consent, as you attempt to disambiguate consent in its somewhat artificially constructed sense?

We say that a child can't give consent for sex until an arbitrary year, which varies from 12-18 in the EU. A picture of a nude baby is not usually prurient to a "normal" individual, but is to a pedophile: porn and lascivious. When is such a photograph exposure in an indignant manner, as the subject loses the value of dignity and privacy?

In my mind, this is really about embarrassment and loss of dignity through the revelation of objects that are information that would under other terms, be of a private nature. Dignity and embarrassment start wars where people die, and borders change. It is a powerful value of self, an asset not to be trifled with. The embodiment of ideals has value, in certainty. Where does one draw the line of what is a loss of dignity, and the rest is: STFU?

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