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Bradley Manning Sentenced To 35 Years

SgtPepperKSU Unfortunate, but Just (491 comments)

He is definitely guilty. He did the things with which they're accusing him. The punishment of that crime is straightforward.

However, I think he is a patriot and should be lauded for his efforts. When he did it, he knew that this was what he risked. He obviously felt that it was worth it to provide such a tremendous service to his country. I applaud him and consider him a national hero for making such a sacrifice for me and everyone else. I would like to think I would do the same, but without being placed in that situation, I obviously can't say for sure. He can. His moral character was tested and he passed with flying colors.

This is the way things should/need to work. If there weren't consequences, we'd have all sorts of deluded people releasing classified documents (that they - possibly errantly - felt needed to be released) because they thought they'd just be allowed to go on their way (the world needs to know that we use slightly too weak of bolts on our drones, so here are the plans to prove it!).

The best possible timeline for this type of situation in my opinion:
1. He releases documents and is exposed as doing so
2. He is arrested and tried for the crime
3. He is found guilty and sentenced
4. If the public good that came from the action is so dramatic as to warrant it, he should receive a pardon (but that doesn't mean he shouldn't have been found guilty to begin with).

Of course, I won't hold my breath for the pardon, though. Politicians are too concerned with appearances to risk being "soft" on "terrorism" (everything bad is "terrorism", don't you know).

I salute you Bradley Manning. Serve your sentence with pride.

about a year ago

StatCounter Blasts Microsoft's Claim About IE Still Being the Number 1 Browser

SgtPepperKSU Re:Who cares (160 comments)

FYI: Net Applications =/= NetApp (formerly known as Network Appliance)

more than 2 years ago

Could Assortative Mating Explain Autism?

SgtPepperKSU Re:Publicity whore for a "scientist" (286 comments)

Certainly, intriguing, but not "dead ringer proof". It could also be that fraternal twins are more likely to be tested for autism if their twin is diagnosed than a non-twin sibling. You have to keep in mind that those statistics aren't giving chances of _having_ autism. Instead, they're giving changes for being _diagnosed_ with autism.

about 3 years ago

Are You Too Good For Code Reviews?

SgtPepperKSU Re:Pure Arrogance (495 comments)

Yes, you were opposing certain code review comments, not opposing having code reviews. Which is what the conversation is about.

Of course you don't have to blindly make every change that comes up in a code review. That's almost as bad as having no code review. You have a conversation with the person who made the comments and provide a compelling argument on why they should complete the code review without those changes being made.

more than 3 years ago

Iowa Rejects Video Privacy Protection For Cows

SgtPepperKSU Re:Only in the US... (256 comments)

Replace "cows" with "corporations".

Sounds like a great idea. Should make working at a slaughterhouse more appealing.

And thus, Torgo's Executive Powder was born...

more than 3 years ago

I've had a personal email account for ...

SgtPepperKSU Re:gee, a sneaky way to get the average /.ers age (336 comments)

That would be true if you only existed for an instant each year on your birthday. Since he presumably ages at a da/dt = 1. His average age would be the anti-derivative of "t dt", evaluated over the range [0,a], then divided by "a-0".

Or (wait for it)...


more than 3 years ago

Open Source Router To Replace WRT54GL?

SgtPepperKSU Re:Haven't seen free N yet (344 comments)

There are Tomato branches that support 802.11n (and Linux 2.6-based kernels). The forums are performing maintenance at the moment, so I can't give you a link. However, checkout the Tomato sub-forum, and it is a stickied thread.

more than 4 years ago

Red-Light Camera Ticket Revenue and Short Yellows

SgtPepperKSU Re:if you're in the intersection and it's red (976 comments)

Kansas statute 8-1508 disagrees with you (emphasis obviously mine):

a red indication will be exhibited immediately thereafter when vehicular traffic shall not enter the intersection.

I had wondered about this for a long time, glad I was finally triggered to look it up.

more than 4 years ago

Texas Textbooks Battle Is Actually an American War

SgtPepperKSU Re:Nothing new here (1252 comments)

Why would anyone on either side have the least fear of having the other side presented [in Science class]?

I fear that it will produce people (eg, you) that confuse science and philosophy. They are very different subjects and shouldn't be conflated.

The fact that I believe that the currently presiding Theory of Evolution more accurately explains the observational fact that evolution exists has no bearing on that.

Even if Intelligent Design (Creationism) is 100% accurate, it should be taught in a philosophy course (I took a philosophy of religion course in college and rather enjoyed it). When you start presenting unscientific ideas as science, you begin on a path that results in nothing but people unable to produce (or even discern) logical ideas.

I think that is a very rational reason for "fear" of this type of thing.

more than 4 years ago

Bacteria Used To Make Radioactive Metals Inert

SgtPepperKSU Re:Interesting (237 comments)

And the gorillas will take care of the snakes...

The best part: when wintertime rolls around, the gorillas simply freeze to death.

about 5 years ago

Exoskeletons For Rent In Japan

SgtPepperKSU Re:Muscle atrophy? (226 comments)

I'm not overweight either (had never been), I weigh 75kg, at 1.78cm tall. So that's pretty ok.

I hate to break it to you, but 75kg is extremely overweight for someone 1.78 cm tall.

about 5 years ago

Why Text Messages Are Limited To 160 Characters

SgtPepperKSU Re:no, its because 160 (504 comments)

The GP post made the mistake that 16=0xF. The parent post corrected that. I don't see how that is a fail...

more than 5 years ago

Why Text Messages Are Limited To 160 Characters

SgtPepperKSU Re:no, its because 160 (504 comments)

is the bastard offspring of the union of the hexdecimal and the decimal, literally 0xF*10

fixed that for you

Are you joking?

more than 5 years ago

Ubuntu 9.04 Released

SgtPepperKSU Re:Jaunty (620 comments)

Jaunty Jackalope may be the poofiest name for an Ubuntu release yet

That is probably why that isn't the name of the release...

more than 5 years ago

Windows Drops Below 90% Market Share

SgtPepperKSU Re:Pulling stats out of thin air (595 comments)

Just plain wrong.

A fact is a fact, regardless of whether or not it is true. The opposite of fact is opinion, not falsehood.

more than 5 years ago

Windows Drops Below 90% Market Share

SgtPepperKSU Re:Pulling stats out of thin air (595 comments)

Just plain wrong.

A fact is a fact, regardless of whether or not it is true. The opposite of fact is opinion, not falsehood.

more than 5 years ago

Spider Missing After Trip To Space Station

SgtPepperKSU Re:Where oh where? (507 comments)

H ow c a n the people k n ow s o little about ho w S t arbucks j oined the CIA, the Ma f ia, and the K nights Templar to take out JFK?

But JFK shot first...

more than 5 years ago


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