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Companies That Don't Understand Engineers Don't Respect Engineers

Sabriel Re:That is not a business decision. (371 comments)

Really? What if that database field is CUSTOMER_NAME? Do you think it won't "shape the business" if the chosen field length turns out to be too short for 20% of the intended customer base?

3 days ago
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The Billion-Dollar Website

Sabriel Re:in other words (194 comments)

But if I am to support that system with my tax dollars, the people who use it have to do their part to try to live healthy lives. Drug addicts and alcoholics get treatment then go into rehab, overweight people are put on a healthy diet and exercise regimen, and so on. But since that would violate people's rights, and I can't force my beliefs onto others, even when they are using my tax dollars, I don't support a public health system.

I don't get it. How would that violate rights? When society assumes an obligation to offer help to its members, members who seek out that help to correct their personal failings assume the reciprocal obligation of not "crying wolf" (not quite the phrase I want to use, but I hope it's close enough that you get what I'm trying to convey). "Society, I'm addicted / obese, please treat me." "Our obligation is that we will treat you, but your obligation is that you'll accept our help in avoiding this situation in the future." "Okay." The whole basis of society is the social contract - we help you, you help us!

The technicalities of deciding when any given person is not meeting that reciprocal obligation should only impinge on the general availability of a public health system to the extent that the statistical occurrence of recalcitrant individuals would make the system a net burden or benefit to society. And even then, that is not necessarily an argument to completely reject a public health system instead of the less drastic response of narrowing its scope.

about a week ago
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Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

Sabriel Re:Public servants don't give an arm and a leg (327 comments)

You seem to be implying that when a company suffers harm, the rest of the country is unaffected.

Not only is that not how it works, some of those private companies are also the ones whose lobbying brought the USPTO to its current state.

about two weeks ago
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Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

Sabriel Re:I don't get it. (541 comments)

Geneticists admit that physical appearance varies thanks to mutations and variations in the expression of the genome, so why is intellectual variability so verboten? Because it's politically incorrect?

That and just as more people believe they are far better at driving a car than they actually are, more racists believe they are better than {insert other race} than they actually are.

Hypothetical: let's say geneticists somehow manage to quantify that race X averages 5% "smarter" in some way than race Y once you remove all the other factors. Despite the fact that this still means the vast majority of race X _aren't_ smarter than race Y? Despite the fact that the geneticists acknowledge race is only one of multiple factors involved in determining the intellectual capability of a random individual? A lot of X - led by the already racist contingent - are going to falsely believe that science has "proven" they are superior and a lot of Y - led by their own racist contingent - are suddenly going to feel the need to "prove" they aren't "inferior". That's not going to end well.

Basically, you don't give an arrogant idiot ammo for their gun when you're trapped in the room with them. Not even if you're the same race, because you're still trapped in the same room as an arrogant idiot with a loaded gun.

about two weeks ago
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Leaked Docs Offer Win 8 Tip: FinFisher Spyware Can't Tap Skype's Metro App

Sabriel Re:Irrelevant (74 comments)

So not only do we have to worry about incompetence indistinguishable from malice, we also have to worry about righteousness indistinguishable from malice.

about two weeks ago
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The FBI Is Infecting Tor Users With Malware With Drive-By Downloads

Sabriel Re:Mostly harmless (182 comments)

"What's the point?" Ironically, your question holds the answer - in pedophilia, the brain's sex drive is missing the point. An error in the genetic code, a bad evolutionary adaptation to population overpressure, excess or deficiency of required chemicals, damage due to stressful environment... whatever the actual cause, the end result is a human being placed in the nightmarish position of having a sex drive that finds children attractive.

The trouble with biology is that it doesn't care, not about us having self-awareness nor our desire for a just world. After all, ask yourself: why do we find that "normal legal smut" so appealing? What's the point? Our "normal" sex drive is no more capable of recognizing that a photo can't reproduce any more than a pedophile's sex drive can.

about two weeks ago
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Edward Snowden Is Not Alone: US Gov't Seeks Another Leaker

Sabriel Re:Am I the only one around here ... (204 comments)

The catch with your #2 is that the ultimate boss and owner of any data held by the US government is the US public. The constitutional foundation of their entire system of government is not "We the Government", but "We the People of the United States", no matter how much winking, nudging and outright fraud goes on in the corridors of power.

So if you found your company (government) was up to no good, and upon going up the chain got told to stick your head in the sand if you know what's good for you, I'd hope you'd strongly consider going to the police (public). And as a human being, I'd be less than impressed if someone chose their own very comfortable life over the endangered liberty of the people they'd sworn to protect.

about two weeks ago
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Edward Snowden Is Not Alone: US Gov't Seeks Another Leaker

Sabriel Re:Mole? (204 comments)

Dear AC, your argument is analogous to suggesting a person should be jailed for jaywalking if they run across the street to stop a kidnapping.

about two weeks ago
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"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

Sabriel Re:ROI for drug development (390 comments)

... now I'm wondering what the various companies would look like on a graph that mapped their salary distributions.

about two weeks ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

Sabriel Re:This is chilling (790 comments)

Hmm. I'm not in Europe - would it be illegal there to filter SPAM based on hashes?

about two weeks ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

Sabriel Re:This is chilling (790 comments)

So it's okay if they automatically scan for spam based on heuristics, but it's not okay if they automatically scan for CP based on hashes?

about three weeks ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

Sabriel Re:Well at least they saved the children! (790 comments)

... are you seriously suggesting that companies should adopt the moral outlook of cowards?

Let's RTFA, here: Google scans its mail servers against hashes provided to it of CP known to law enforcement, an account got flagged, the police were called, they found the account holder had a felony record for sexually assaulting an 8-year-old child, a warrant was obtained, and additional incriminating evidence was found amongst the account owner's possessions; the owner was arrested and will be tried in a court of law. Due process, so far as two press articles can tell us, appears to have been followed.

And the case itself aside, quite frankly companies are too sociopathic already without people encouraging them to ignore the evils of the world because of the possibility that somebody, somewhere, might be a Scary Pedophile-Terrorist Bent On Revenge (TM).

about three weeks ago
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Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

Sabriel Re:Well at least they saved the children! (790 comments)

Although, thinking about it, somebody sold those helicopters to the American military, and I doubt it was a 501(c)3.

about three weeks ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Sabriel Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

General quality of the rest of the straw in this thread aside, did you read what you typed? Being forbidden by the government from marrying someone is not the same as being hampered by quadriplegia from practicing karate.

about three weeks ago
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The NSA's New Partner In Spying: Saudi Arabia's Brutal State Police

Sabriel Re:What, no panopticon? (125 comments)

I worked that argument out with a simple question: "Self, if you were a random peasant with a vocal opinion on how things should be run differently, would you last longer in the West or in Saudi Arabia?"

That the NSA is knowingly supplying the torturer doesn't make the torturer less evil, any more than someone else doing the torturing makes the NSA less culpable for their knowing supply.

about a month ago
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UK Computing Student Jailed After Failing To Hand Over Crypto Keys

Sabriel Re:Seems appropriate (353 comments)

Good luck with that.

about a month and a half ago

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Google fined for someone else's graffiti

Sabriel Sabriel writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Sabriel (134364) writes "Google's appeal against a 2008 defamatory anonymous posting on Orkut has been denied in Brazil, and Google fined $US8500 ($9100) for the crime of being vandalised. In the words of the judge, Alvimar de Avila, "By making space available on virtual networking sites, in which users can post any type of message without any checks beforehand, with offensive and injurious content, and, in many cases, of unknown origin, [Google] assumes the risk of causing damage [to other people],".

I'd submit a more blunt opinion of this farce, but it might be considered offensive and injurious content... I wonder if he's related to the judge in Italy?"

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South Australia outlaws anonymous political speech

Sabriel Sabriel writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Sabriel (134364) writes "If you're online in South Australia and want to comment about the upcoming state election, be prepared to hand over your real name and postcode first — because this month it becomes illegal to do so anonymously (even under a pseudonym). Media organisations must keep your details on file for six months and face "fines of $5000 if they do not hand over this information to the Electoral Commissioner". This abomination was passed with the support of both major parties (Labour and Liberal), and to quote its sponsor, Attorney-General Michael Atkinson, "There is no impinging on freedom of speech, people are free to say what they wish as themselves, not as somebody else." Apparently incapable of targetting a few imposters without resorting to "nuke it from orbit" legislative tactics, it seems he's forgotten that protecting anonymity is important to the democratic process; hopefully both major parties will get a reminder come the polls on March 20."

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