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Comment Re:Assange Is A Coward (Score 5, Insightful) 249

Of course he's a coward. What has happened to Manning for the last seven years has shown what happens to heroes even when they plead guilty. Thirty-five years even after admitting the crime? It was a record.
It's worth noting that Manning was locked up but those spooks who sold a little boy into sex slavery in Afganistan are still free.

Comment Re:"Race Relations" (Score 1) 155

Social values evolve

And not just from "bad to good", really just towards different.
Consider the attitude of the WWII generation to torture and the attitude of the current one fed on "24" and similar shit. In many ways the people 100 years ago would judge us and find us wanting. That was one of the minor themes of John Birmingham's World War 2.1 books which open with a 21st century naval fleet ending up in the middle of WWII.

Comment The idiot is elsewhere (Score 1) 155

If it was not an outsourced service then local physical access solves the problem if the ex-employee is not available.
If it is an outsourced service it should be to a provider that will listen to the person paying the bills instead of refusing to deal with anyone other than the ex-employee.

When something like this escalates to the point where someone is going to jail I'd say there are multiple fuckups and a scapegoat who probably deserves jail far less than some of the others involved.

After the ridiculous situation with Terry Childs in S.F. I checked with others to make sure that if I was going out the door for any reason they wouldn't need to ask me for a password (and that nobody could accuse me of withholding one), but few have made sure that such a transition would be as smooth.

You can do the right thing and have left the passwords with the top level of management or whatever, but unless someone else can prove you have done so you are vunerable to scapegoating which may be what this situation was.

Comment Re:That Quarter (Score 2) 171

All around the world, sinks have the hot water on the left, and the cold on the right

I used to live in a town with artesian water - stuff from very deep underground that comes up hot and under pressure. The water pipes in town were on the surface or close to it in a lot of places.
In the height of summer the "cold" tap would range from cup of tea temperature to scalding if you let it run long enough.
In my house the "hot" tap was fed from a tank at the back of the stove. In summer it was too hot to use the stove, so the town water would sit in the tank and cool down to room temperature.
Thus the "cold" was burning hot (sometimes 70C or more, the bore the water came from a few blocks away was at around 90C) and the "hot" was cold.

In winter the "cold" water would actually be cold from those shallow pipes unless you ran it for a long time, while the "hot" was actually heated by the stove and was hot.

So of course this really confused infrequent visitors.

Comment Re:Best fucking part (Score 1) 764

Assange acted as if he didn't fear such a thing until he was facing extradition to Sweden for an unrelated criminal charge.

Considering how strange it was for things to escalate on an issue that isn't even a crime in the UK of course he had fears, it was also so strange that a leading Swedish political figure got involved to reopen the dropped case. All that fuss over a minor issue while elsewhere in the EU Polanski was left alone despite an actual conviction of violent rape of a child and fleeing from justice. It was extremely obvious that it was an effort to go after Assange for political motives instead of prosecuting a crime.

unrelated criminal charge

You should remember that he has not actually been charged - that's one of the things that makes it so strange. Extradition without actual criminal charges almost never happens so Assange had something to fear, he was in new "all bets are off" territory.

Comment Just part of the "swamp" action (Score 1) 764

It's been in the press a few times as you should be aware unless you've been living under a rock. Google or asking someone who has been paying attention to this issue will help. Expensive people in Washington have burned through many hours of meetings about Assange, perhaps entirely pointlessly, but it's still you taxes at work.

Comment Re:Best fucking part (Score 1) 764

Maybe you missed it the first time: there is no US extradition request for Julian Assange

Look up "extraordinary rendition" for the way at least one person has been taken out of Sweden by US agencies.

You are making the mistake of looking at this in terms of criminal law instead of the political/quasi-military situation that it actually is. Assenge is a political problem to be removed by extra-judicial means and not just a criminal that can be dealt with over time by an established process.

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