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Comment Re:No? (Score 3, Insightful) 375

I have some facts that may change your opinion...

He released a bunch of unrelated material (claiming or expecting wikilinks would be pick what was important)

He didn't release any information to Wikileaks. He didn't dump the material into the public domain where anybody could get at it. He gave the information to a few reputable news organizations for them to release the information.

Third, if he truly believed what he was doing was right, then stick around and face the consequences. Hell, plead guilty and convince a jury you should get off. Or at least pull a Assange and hole up in an embassy. I really think he went where he did because he thought they would shower him with money for more info and he could live out his days in luxury.

He is being charged under the Espionage Act. He will not get the chance to defend himself in front of a jury or judge. That is the consequence of his actions so why would he stick around for that? Second, he didn't go to Russia by choice. He was on his way to South America when the US government cancelled his passport. It's the US government's fault that he is where he is. Snowden didn't go to Russia to get showered with money.

Fourth, and finally, I have friends who were deployed, who (at least they firmly believe) were put in harms way and lost men directly because of the info Snowden released.

Before releasing information the news organizations have been checking with the government to ensure that no released information will put people directly in harms way. So far nobody has shown that anybody has been physically harmed by the information released.

Comment I don't believe the claim (Score 4, Insightful) 265

I think there's a huge unrealized danger to these quasi-autonomous cars because people will treat them like a a fully controlled car and do things they shouldn't (e.g. read the news paper, watch a movie, doze off, etc.). Right now the drivers of these expensive Tesla cars are not representative of the larger driving public. If we put this technology into 100% of the cars on the road I predict the number of accidents due to imperfect AI will rise significantly because of driver inattention. It may still prove to be an improvement over human controlled, but I doubt the numbers of lives saved will be what Musk claims.

Give me a car that will take me to work while I nap in the backseat. I have no interest in being on the road filled with semi-autonomous cars.

Submission + - White House Responds to Petition to Pardon Edward Snowden

protest_boy writes: The White House has issued a response to the two-year old petition to pardon Edward Snowden for any crimes that may have been committed in revealing secret NSA programs.

"If he [Snowden] felt his actions were consistent with civil disobedience, then he should do what those who have taken issue with their own government do: Challenge it, speak out, engage in a constructive act of protest, and — importantly — accept the consequences of his actions. He should come home to the United States, and be judged by a jury of his peers — not hide behind the cover of an authoritarian regime. Right now, he's running away from the consequences of his actions."

Comment NBCs coverage online makes me rage (Score 2) 578

I'm basing this post off of my previous experience watching the summer olympics online. I don't expect it will be any different this time around, but perhaps NBC will surprise me.

Two years ago, as I am now, I'm "borrowing" my sister's login and password for her paid TV subscription. Why doesn't NBC allow non-subscribers to buy online streaming access? I would pay some amount of money (maybe $30?) to get access to the online coverage and they aren't letting me. I can't think of a reason why they don't make this an option...

That is, I would pay for it if the online coverage wasn't terrible in several different ways. First, spoilers are EVERYWHERE on the website and cannot be avoided. Unless I stay up until 3am to watch an event live there's no way I can watch the event the following day without inadvertently seeing the results on the website while trying to get to the recorded stream. Sometimes the spoiler is even part of the video itself ("Watch Bode Miller win gold!")!

Second, many or most of the broadcasts online are commentator free. Even IF you know all the ins and outs of curling rules, commentators are very helpful in conveying exactly what it is that you're watching (e.g. who is the player or team being shown? What is the significance of this match in the tournament? Who are they playing next? etc.). The prime-time TV broadcasts that are heavily edited to show the most interesting bits are completely unavailable online.

Third, high profile medal events cannot be watched until the DAY AFTER the prime-time TV broadcast has occurred unless you stay up until 3am to watch it live. Not only do you then have to impossibly dodge the spoilers on the website, but also radio, TV, co-worker conversations, etc. the following day.

Comment Re:How long would that last... (Score 1) 353

Your old boss must have been a fan of Teddy Roosevelt who is quoted as saying, "When you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it."

This phrasing is a bit more honest than saying "I know how to do that" which is a lie and is frankly dangerous and stupid when it comes to forklift driving =/

Comment Re:OP here. (Score 3, Interesting) 525

Good luck with your FOIA. I have a TSA issued TWIC card and just for fun I decided to get access to the information they have on file related to that card (finger prints, background check results, etc.) by issuing a FOIA request. It took them 11 months to produce a laughably incomplete response which consisted of: a scan of my passport photo and a photocopy of the standard application for the TWIC. The appeal process took about another 4 months but I did eventually get (mostly) what I was looking for.

Your request is considerably more complicated than mine was. Good luck!

Comment Re:Expecting honesty from politicians?!???!?!! (Score 1) 630

Find a post where someone says all taxes should be abolished.


OK, then maybe we can start the discussion again.

Easy: http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/09/michele-bachmann-taxpayers-should-keep-every-dollar-they-earn.php

The way the republican party is going you can't find anything too extreme that one of them hasn't said at some point

Comment Re:Can I finally use my damn TWIC card for somethi (Score 1) 388

Not like anyone cares, but I found the new and improved final ruling about data retention:

TSA will retain the data it receives in accordance with record schedules approved by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). TSA will retain records for individuals who are not a match or potential match to a watchlist for one year after the individual no longer has access. In addition, for those individuals who may originally have appeared to be a match to a watch list, but subsequently cleared, TSA will retain the records for at least seven years, or one year after access has been terminated. For individuals who are an actual match to a watch list or otherwise determined to pose a threat to transportation security, TSA will retain the records for 99 years, or seven years after TSA learns that an individual is deceased.


Comment Re:Can I finally use my damn TWIC card for somethi (Score 1) 388

Oh how I wish! I've been hoping they would let TWIC holders bypass TSA security at airports since I got my card a couple of years ago.

Tangent: I had to get the card for my job and was rather unhappy at having to surrender my fingerprints to the government. I spent a while digging through their documentation online to find out what happens to my personal data (fingerprints) after my card expires. The short answer is, they haven't decided yet what they'll (pretend) to do with the data when the card expires. Also, yours and my fingerprints were sent to multiple government security agencies for that background check. Can I assume those agencies are going to delete my information once they are done with the background check? Sadly, no :-(

Comment Re:How can they say that it's a game of skill? (Score 3, Insightful) 104

In any game or sport there are elements of luck. Take Scrabble for example. I doubt many would deny that Scrabble is a game skill. Yet there's a huge amount of luck involved in which letters you choose, and when you get them.

Granted, luck plays a large factor in a single hand of poker. However, poker is not a game of individual hands. The better players will be distinguished from the less skillful in the long run; hundreds of thousands of hands.

Comment Re:Gambling online is completely fucking stupid (Score 5, Interesting) 296

I would go so far as to say it is almost a 100% certainty that you are being cheated, systematically, in a way you can never detect. It is not necessary for them to kill you in every hand. Only to ensure that their shills win at a slightly elevated rate.

You don't have a very good grasp as to how online poker works. There is no reason whatsoever for an online casino to cheat their customers. In fact, it works against their interest. Money is taken out of each and every pot played. It is NOT in the casino's interest to make their customers go broke faster than normal. If you go broke fast, you may leave forever. If you go broke slowly you will likely reload your account with new funds. Regardless, a hired "shill" will not be able to pull a profit undetected faster than the rake which collects money every single hand on every single table.

You sound like the many many people who try online poker, lose badly, and chose to blame the system rather than a lack of skill.

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