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Comment Re:Pierson's Puppeteers (Score 1) 315

"It's a strange attitude to have, because it implies that everyone else should be trying to murder them to protect themselves."

Which is why people with that attitude (all of them) generally dismiss the idea of murdering everyone immediately. You seem to be confusing self-interested with short-sighted moron. Long term and thought out self interest is still self interest, looking out for others because it benefits you is still self interest, cultivating a group relationship because it is stronger than you by yourself is still self interest.

We do these things because they benefit us and generally speaking we root for the home team, family, people we know, those we perceive as closest to us and our strongest allies because on some level we associate those people as part of ourselves because they bring us so much benefit. The further from ourselves the more abstract the concept becomes but even helping a random stranger comes down to hoping someone would do the same for us one day. Pure self interest. The only thing that appears to throw a wrench in is our children until you realize that our children are 50% us and just the next iteration of ourselves. Those who don't have children or see them this way don't care about future generations the rest do. But everyone is pursuring their self interest.

Comment Re:How does that work? (Score 1) 101

"Also the constitution hardly outlines all the powers that are available to the government."

That is EXACTLY what the Constitution does. If the people via the Constitution does not grant the power, the government does not have it. It even spells that out in the bill of rights, all powers not granted to the government by the Constitution are reserved to the states and the people. The Constitution provides that the Supreme Court will interpret the powers granted and it is rulings in that capacity which can allow government activity that may not be clear from the Constitution such as the one you had linked above. Sadly, the supreme has definitely ruled to create government authority far beyond anything ever intended by those writing the Constitution but at least the supreme is itself a Constitutional method, a loophole, but a method nontheless. Congress, the executive, and even the legislative exceed their actual authority all the time. There is no shortage of laws and executive agency statutes on the books that aren't legal at all.

"Part 1.
Otherwise illegal activity by an FBI agent or employee in an undercover operation relating to activity in violation of federal criminal law that does not concern a
threat to the national security or foreign intelligence must be approved in conformity with the Attorney General's Guidelines on Federal Bureau of
Investigation Undercover Operations. Approval of otherwise illegal activity in conformity with those guidelines is sufficient and satisfies any approval
requirement that would otherwise apply under these Guidelines."

That only becomes legal if there is Constitutional authority backing it. The President and Congress can write things down and pass/order them all day long, that doesn't actually make them legal. Constitutional authority makes them legal.

Comment Re:How does that work? (Score 1) 101

That covers immunity required to execute the function of their office. This falls outside the scope of that immunity. Further this does not convey the ability to transfer that immunity to others except in the sense that some officials would have the authority to appoint people to positions which would carry immunity such as the President.

There is certainly nothing in the Constitution that would allow such, with the possible exception of a treaty. Without a grant of power and chain of authority from the Constitution U.S. codes and executive orders carry the legality of the funny pages.

Comment Re:This is why (Score 1) 229

"OTOH, the smaller the company, the less money you make as salary but the perks may be bigger (retirement, medical insurance, free parking, etc) and you have more freedom to involve yourself in more things (wear more hats). However, the work is harder and you need to know more."

I've done both and in my experience what you say is true. Small companies are where you learn what it's like to really know a technology and to rapidly absorb new technologies and really know them. If you drop someone who is used to enterprise into small company land and ask them to do something simple like build something from scratch they are usually lost. In enterprise land often the implementors, the architects, and the people who actually run and support a component are different people and even the different pieces like network, database, etc are all different people within those groups. It takes forever to actually change anything too with all the approval processes and overhead. Even the enterprise level products you use are specifically designed to thwart people who understand the underlying technology from just picking them up and figuring it them out in a few minutes while they install. Products are often intentionally obfuscated to encourage the sale of training/support and hide underlying technologies.

In a smaller company you maybe find out who can do the purchasing, tell them what to purchase, it shows up and you walk over to the rack and just do everything that is needed right then or maybe in the evening if it will disrupt something. Maybe you have a brainstorm session with a couple people and whiteboard up a plan while waiting for it to show up.

Really, I think everyone should spend a few years doing both. A small company rockstar who steps into enterprise will be overwhelmed with the scale and complexity not to mention the process. An enterprise only rockstar who steps into a small company will have too limited an exposure and won't know how to do things or rapidly figure things out. The best path is probably from small to mid to large enterprise, with a couple years in mid every decade. The person who has fought in all those trenches is going to be your MVP once he learns the environment every time.

Comment Re:This is why (Score 1) 229

True, there are ways, changing to a new position/title will also help but you still might make less than a new hire would in that same position because the company is all too aware of what they are already paying you. If the range for the new position is significantly higher than your current salary they know you'll be happy with the low end of that range no matter how qualified you are for the spot. A new company will make an offer based on how qualified they think you are.

Comment Re:How does that work? (Score 1) 101

"No it is an authority which is specifically given to various arms of law enforcement."

By who exactly? It still sounds like selective enforcement to me. A federal prosecutor signing off on the commission of a crime would be making themselves an accomplice subject to prosecution. Prosecutors can choose which crimes to prosecute based on the probability of successful prosecution but are not themselves immune to the law and have no authority which allows them to encourage or participate in crime. There is no such executive power, from the president on down.

Comment Re:This is why (Score 4, Insightful) 229

True but in tech there is no advancement in position anyway, the only way you get a pay increase you'll notice is to get hired at the current market rates by another company. Within 2-3 years you'll pay will have advanced only joke 1-3% amounts while new hires will make as much or more than you.

Comment Re:No Shit. (Score 1) 187

I live in Dallas pokestops are only found at stores, parks, and trails. You can walk around a residential neighborhood all day and hit 0. One pokestop isn't enough to keep you full on pokeballs though. Even doing the trail at the park, you'll hit 2 pokestops looping the trail but you won't get enough balls that way, you'd still burn through about 50 an hour.

Comment Re:Simple game, needs upgrades, will get them (Score 1) 187

"The game so far is too simple"


"and you can quickly play to endgame content"

True, but I doubt even one legitimate player got anywhere near level 30. You can quickly play end game content because it's the same as start of game content. The problem is the same as all mmo's, instead of skill based play it is an acculation treadmill.

These games need to take out any and all forms of advantage accumulation over time. A 240 game hour character/account should have absolutely zero advantage over a 30 minute played game character/account. I don't just mean combat advantage, there should be no cooler stuff you get, not even cooler looking or wealth accumulation. There should be no goals to work toward other than playing well one encounter at a time. The goal is having fun while playing instead of accumulating things.

As for bots just publish an api to encourage people who enjoy coding and configuring bots to do so. Then you actually control the api and prevent the bots from having ultra-human advantages.

Comment Re:No Shit. (Score 1) 187

Breaking the cheat is the reason people are quitting.

The game is a massive tredmill. There is no way that someone with little time can be competative except for bots. Unless you live in NYC or someplace similar you can't get enough pokeballs to play without paying a fortune buying them from the store.

Configuring and tweaking bots was far more fun than the game.

Comment Re:First they came.. (Score 1) 132

"these people" are over 250,000 people twitter has silenced under the general heading "advocating terrorism" it is impossible to claim what they are advocating or to stand for or against it as we don't really know.

What constitutes a civilian is also ambiguous when you are talking about an internal struggle against your own government. Suddenly police go from civilian to uniformed and armed agents of government and a civilian resistence can not obey the usual rules of war, with dramatically inferior resources they have to do whatever produces results. Outside of police, whatever agents of government need to be removed to successfully eliminate existing structure and chance of it coming back into power are also fair game but a city bus driver who isn't presenting arms obviously is not.

Basically, our own criteria for selecting enemy combatants applied against our own domestic government by an armed civilian force engaged in civil war is in fact fair game. Bombing a bus just for the shock value is not.

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