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Comment Re:No, in this case hierarchical is correct (Score 2, Interesting) 70

I didn't see anyone paying for namespace in p2p networks or on I2P/FreeNet/etc., maybe we don't need to have parent domains?

And you do realize that domains like .biz, .info, .jobs, and all those new weird domain were only created because they knew every company wouldn't risk not registering their name everywhere they could and that would give them a huge revenue source? Centralized political corruption indeed...

And I'm paying already to get connected, everything should be "intelligence at the border", I'm paying by offering others to use my CPU/RAM/Storage.
Do we really need Facebook/Google to centralize the net when we could all do it?

There is such of waste of computer resource!
And while we're at it, i wish more publicly owned fiber were built as a fair tunnel for ISPs to compete.

It's sad that the biggest super computer on earth are botnets, I just wish it was actually a voluntary citizen network instead...

Comment Re:What about the presumption of innocence? (Score 3, Insightful) 1590

Honestly, perhaps you should re-direct that anger to the people that have, actually, earned it (a.k.a. the Federal immigrations officials responsible for the back-log and the congressmen/women who haven't bothered to fund them adequately). If they were doing their job right, you wouldn't be having problems.

Comment Re:This is nothing. Think of the Syrians. (Score 1) 618

Comparing nerve weapons and nuclear weapons is apples and oranges for specificity. Nerve weapons target the population specifically, nuclear weapons are really big bombs, mostly good for decimation, but not killing the population, sure they do it well enough, but the majority of the damage is structural, and the radiation is mostly an unwanted side effect, not a directly desired effect except to make a statement.

With VX you can walk in and plant your flag in the middle of a still functional manufacturing district or city, with nuclear weapons, sure you burned the hell out of the populace that survived, but the power is in the big ruin you've just turned the local 5-50 mile radius into and you just cant wait to see their reactions when their city is a crater.

Comment Re: Your brains (Score 1) 262

Surely you can't tell me that this was what they meant by Free Speech?

Ah, the censor's best friend; the person who is for free speech in the abstract, but whenever it is put to the test, finds a reason for it not to apply.

Freedom of Speech doesn't mean Freedom of Action, and doesn't mean that a sick action like disseminating pictures of dead bodies for use as a part of a harassment campaign or as a demented prank is protected speech.

Publishing is an action, and it is indeed covered under freedom of speech and of the press. You can't rely on the speech/action dichotomy here.

it just means your rights have to be abridged somewhere around where the next man's rights begin./blockquote.
You know, "abridging the freedom of speech" is exactly how the First Amendment puts it. Along with a "shall make no law" of course.

Comment Re:educate (Score 1) 396

your infection vector is your users. Kind of ironic that those that are needed to keep your company are the ones that could sink it. Education is the best mitigation for this risk! Teach the users proper computing security. Have tracked annual training (15 pg PPT is sufficient). It also protects you the admin/company if something does happen and legal action is required. Folks need to know the 'rules of the road'. Compare the cost of a usage program to lost productivity. These bad habits are reinforced by use at home too so presentation should include protecting the users at home. Stronger network/system security will help but the biggest risk to a network is the users.

Comment Re:Governments don't keep secrets for the hell of (Score 0, Troll) 555

Given that our government has basically been up to no good for the last 10 years (and arguably last 40), I would be completely willing to sacrifice our "victory" in Iraq in exchange for citizen oversight.

I can't think of a single military action undertaken during the Bush tenure that benefits me as an American citizen, whereas nearly all of the "secrets" that have been coming out have been directly harming me (conspiracy to fabricate Iraq WMD evidence, ACTA, Guantanamo).

In short, I don't believe these people have my best interest in mind; most of this "secrecy" is just them trying to prevent me from finding out the ways they've been fucking innocent people over. I'm not one of these people who thinks the moon landings were faked or anything, but I think it's blind trust in the government that's naive, NOT skepticism.

Comment Re:Suicide? (Score 4, Interesting) 1343

What I want to know is why the safety wasn't set on the gun.

It looks like the firearm in question is a S&W .380 Sigma. It is "double-action" only: each pull of the trigger draws back the hammer to fire. There's no external safety.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smith_&_Wesson#Sigma_series

I haven't been able to find anything that indicates the weight of the trigger for that gun. I'll venture that it's probably about 6-8 pounds, but some DA guns are as high as 13 pounds.

I'm also vaguely curious as to what sort of shooting game the kid was playing that involved pointing the gun at himself....

As you and several others have mentioned, it's unlikely the child would be able to pull the trigger with her trigger finger. And I suspect that's what happened: The child picked up the firearm by mistake and tried to pull the trigger. When it didn't work, she fumbled with it and pointed the firearm at herself as she pulled the trigger with her thumb.

Comment Re:Here's a list (Score 1) 1343

As long as the same standards are set for every parent who lets their kid watch Bob the Builder, and then leaves any kind of power tool in their home without it being in a safe.

It always gets me that because a group of people think guns are 'evil', they get treated as a completely different class than every other tool. There is no indication that this child 'thought the gun was a Wii controller'. This story is a case of 'guns are evil', 'video games are evil' so, put together, they become evil squared!

No doubt, leaving the gun loaded on the kitchen table is a poor choice if your 3 year old hasn't been properly raised, but does anyone think that if it were a hand held circular saw that was left plugged in that the child killed themselves with, that there would be nearly the uproar?

Comment Re:False analogy. (Score 1) 664

from a grading point of view iv'e never seen how anyone could get anything over 100% in anything unless there is extra credit involved and its being used for individual assignments. maybe you meant that but just saying that iv'e never heard of anyone with 105%+ ESPECIALLY when they only do "pretty good" on the tests.

Comment Start writing software (Score 1) 293

The only real way to learn a programming language is to use it in a real project. Come up with something you've always wanted but can't find and make it happen. That's the great thing about programming. You'll learn more doing that than you ever will from a book.

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