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Smoking Mothers May Alter the DNA of Their Children

Tailhook Re:What about... (150 comments)

due to the fact that journalists cannot choose their language carefully

Respectfully, that is profoundly naive. The language used is carefully chosen to foster this ambiguity and instigate the blame you anticipate. Instilling hate in the hoi polloi necessitates rounding off corners that would otherwise need qualification.

Smoking == crime. Smokers == enemies of the people.

That's all you need to know.


The Misleading Fliers Comcast Used To Kill Off a Local Internet Competitor

Tailhook Re:Get used to this... (243 comments)

he's associating it with Citizen's United v. FEC

Yeah. If only Citizens United hadn't happened then Comcast/SBC couldn't have done this — 10 years ago — six years before Citizens United.

2 days ago

Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Tailhook Re:obviously a NATO plot (562 comments)

The funny part is someone in the West thinks this evidence matters. You can personally stand outside the Gaza strip with a pair of binoculars and watch Iranian supplied rockets launch into Israel; we don't need satellites to observe this. Ukraine is ruled by a US backed `fascist junta' in the eyes of Western elites and the moonbat left so they're no better than joos; anyone can fire anything they want into Ukraine or Israel and no one will bat an eye.

2 days ago

New SSL Server Rules Go Into Effect Nov. 1

Tailhook Re:Why use public CA an internal server? (90 comments)

It's pretty easy with active directory

Is that the Win2K3 server that's been manhandled by six former employees/contractors and hosts signing keys protected by passwords that have never changed?

Just using the word `easy' in IT is a huge red flag. If you're PKI infrastructure is `easy' to use in any sense then you're doing it wrong.

4 days ago

Russia Posts $110,000 Bounty For Cracking Tor's Privacy

Tailhook Re:Transparency FTW! (97 comments)

Transparency? Oh Ye of Little Cynicism.

They've already cracked TOR. This is the FSB attempting to convince Russia's dissidents that TOR is secure.

Yay interwebs.

4 days ago

"Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

Tailhook Re:no, just people (184 comments)


"King Obama" is racist? Fuck you and your race card.

5 days ago

"Magic Helmet" For F-35 Ready For Delivery

Tailhook Universal antipathy (184 comments)

Check out the groupthink.

5 days ago

Social Security Administration Joins Other Agencies With $300M "IT Boondoggle"

Tailhook Re:Cue blaming the contractor ... (142 comments)

And, now they'll say it was all the fault of the contractor.

Reading the story doesn't make it clear. Lockheed Martin was contracted in 2011. However, the project began in 2008.

So either it took SSA three years to select a contractor (entirely plausible,) or SSA started the project internally and then contracted it out for some reason.

In any case the cause seems clear enough; the analyst Congress made them hire can't figure out who is in charge of delivering the system. No one in SSA has taken responsibility — so it flounders on — the never ending zombie IT project.

Diffusing responsibility is job #1 for bureaucracies. It seems SSA has perfected their work.

5 days ago

VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

Tailhook Re:Open Up Borders to Everyone! :-) (224 comments)

Sigh. Poe's law once again.

I was illustrating the absurdity of racism charges against opponents of illegal immigration.

about a week ago

VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

Tailhook Re:Open Up Borders to Everyone! :-) (224 comments)

Log in. Don't fear these hypocrites.

I think these anti-H1B visa folks are racists, just like the anti-immigrant knuckle draggers yelling about their `jerbs.'

Mix that into your granola and chew on it.

about a week ago

Finding Life In Space By Looking For Extraterrestrial Pollution

Tailhook Re:Pollution as in atmospheric O2 ... (95 comments)

If I remember correctly, Earth's original atmosphere was SO2 based and some photosynthetic creature

The large scale Oxygen contamination of Earth's atmosphere by plant emissions began 650-700 million years ago.

about a week ago

Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More

Tailhook Re:It's called the "Sovok" or old soviet mentality (613 comments)

I believe our greatest strength in the West has been the relative lack of corruption. I know that claim is like nails on a chalkboard to the common malcontent millennial armed with dozens of mod points around here, trained from birth to rail at every iniquity, but they are naive; the level of corruption that had to exist to reconcile the delta between the state and reality in Soviet bloc nations is several times greater than anything that has existed in the West.

Whole sciences had to be practiced in secret while the practitioners professed absolute allegiance to anti-science dogma such as Lysenkoism. A completely corrupt labor `bonus' system evolved to compensate valuable (not to be confused with `honest') employees despite government policy; something we see emerging today in our own corrupt government workforce. Occasionally the corruption would grow large enough to bubble to the surface and become embarrassing news even in a place that had absolute control over the news; the `Ryazan Miracle' was a case of this. Chernobyl was a direct result of corruption that provided bonuses and awards to officials throughout the system.

When you have to commit a crime by shopping the `black' market just to put staples in the fridge you are engendering a mentality. Sovok, as you say. An indifference to the value of laws.

Between the `drug war,' our welfare state, piratic corporate governance and ever greater abuse of power by our government, we are rapidly catching up.

about a week ago

CCP Games Explains Why Virtual Reality First Person Shooters Still Don't Work

Tailhook Re:All kind of obvious (154 comments)

I was thinking similarly. Their vampire game stalled out and died, as far as I know. They ultimately ended up apologizing for neglecting EVE while making incredibly sophisticated in-game avatars for a cohort of gamers least likely to care about such frippery. DUST 514 appears to be a failure, judging by CCPs own statements and the announcement of Project Legion, another attempt at MMOFPS.

One could be forgiven for thinking there are better places to find clues about the future of gaming.

about two weeks ago

Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

Tailhook Re:Dissappointed (291 comments)

I'm so sick of being told that because one party has a majority at one election they have 'a mandate'

I suspect you're over-generalizing there. More likely it's one particular parties' mandate you've grown sick of. When the pendulum swings the other way you probably have a great deal of tolerance for supposed electoral mandates.

1 ... 2 ... 3 ....

The moral certitude you indulge has you reaching for some thread that would grant immunity to your agenda despite election results. I think the president of the United States did particularly well at disabusing folks of this mentality. When confronted with minority party survivors and the litany of policies they expected to be honored, he said;

"We won."

Anything else you need clarified?

about two weeks ago

Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

Tailhook Re:Dissappointed (291 comments)

I think a little less exaggeration and hyperbole would serve you well

That's probably true, however the people you have in mind have been filled with so much contempt and hate they can't contain it. They're self image is `tolerance' and noble intentions, but look around and some of these responses; you'll find rage and rationalization of anti-democratic `solutions' to the `problem' of `short-sighted' voters. Give them unfettered power and there will be no bottom to the well of anti-human tyranny.

It's not about environment. It's about the power to enforce a world view.

about two weeks ago

Australia Repeals Carbon Tax

Tailhook Re:Dissappointed (291 comments)

I am bitterly disappointed in my Government.

Catch the cop-out in that sentence?

Let me help; the government that you're so disappointed with campaigned on and was democratically elected on exactly this platform. They left not one shred of doubt about what they would do with the carbon tax when elected.

The people of Australia have no interest in adopting your energy poverty agenda and it is upon them that your "disappointment" belongs. Take it up with them and stop copping out; either you sell energy poverty to your fellow citizens and make them want decline or quiver in rage while they vote for prosperity.

The other option is to nullify the voters with statism, which I'm sure you'll have no trouble rationalizing.

about two weeks ago

Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

Tailhook Here is part of it: (752 comments)

So Ukraine intelligence is recording separatist traffic and giving it to the media. Among these are two calls between some "Major" johnny-on-the-spot reporting to someone called "Greek":

One call:

Greek: "Yes Major!"
Major: "Kazaks from the Chernukhino checkpoint shot down the plane."

The above is abridged; the audio has a lot more speech and this is an alternate translation:
Major: "Well, these were <guys from> Chernukhino who shot the plane. From Chernukhino checkpoint. The Cossacks that are standing at Chernukhino."

Next call:

Greek: "What's the news?"
Major: "I mean, it's definitely a civilian aircraft."
Greek: "Were there many people?"
Major: "A fuck ton. The debris rained right into the yards"
Greek: "What's the aircraft?"
Major: "I haven't figured it out yet. I haven't reached the main section. I only looked at where the bodies began to fall."
Major: "There are remains of chair mounts, the chairs, the bodies."

So we've got separatist commanders taking credit for the shoot down before they knew it was civilian, Twitter posts celebrating captured Buk missiles deleted by separatists and captured traffic naming the shooters; the Russian equivalent of rednecks standing a post and firing missiles at unidentified aircraft.

Patton wanted to keep marching East and settle Uncle Joe after Germany fell. He might have saved us all about 70 years of this bullshit.

about two weeks ago

Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

Tailhook Re:Wait for it... (752 comments)

Strelkov is former GRU and a present day Russian operative stirring up shit in Ukraine on behalf of Putin and fellow travelers. He has been personally sanctioned by the EU for corrodinating the separatist insurgency. Read his Wikipedia page if you want more.

about two weeks ago

Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

Tailhook Re:Wow. Terrble Turn. (752 comments)

No no no. That's one of the oppressed freedom fighters struggling against the Ukrainian fascist junta.

Get your narrative right.

about two weeks ago

A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System

Tailhook Re:why he thinks that (379 comments)

He "thinks that" because for him, and many many like him, a system that successfully neuters Hamas is very troubling; Iron Dome removes a pain point for Israel and a bargaining chip for Hamas, and Ted Postol and his NPR ilk don't like it. The fact that Israel has created the antidote for Hamas and their ballistic pipe bombs means Israel can exist relatively untroubled, and this reality is so disturbing to these people that they will grasp for and cling to any claim to the contrary.

In the long run they need not worry. This is an arms race and eventually Hamas will be given something better to use. The qassam rockets themselves were just another step in that progression after Israel isolated itself from Gaza suicide bombers with the West Bank wall, another successful and effective Israeli creation that NPR routinely lambastes.

Eventually Hamas will be given new weapons, Israelis will start dying again and all will be well. Until then it's all hands on deck at NPR to downplay and discredit Iron Dome, and if you've got a claim that will convince any of the vast hoard of Israel Derangement Syndrome sufferers that Iron Dome doesn't work, they have the air time.

Israelis have interwebs just as good as you and, unlike the subjects that live in the surrounding dictatorships, theocratic monarchies and failed states, they're allowed to use it. Despite this there is very little video evidence of damage in urban areas and Israeli civilians aren't being killed. Given the quantity of rockets fired and past performance of qassam barrages, it is not possible that the rockets are getting through in large numbers.

"But they're covering up the deaths!!!!1" you say.

Ok, well, the burden is on you to prove your conspiracy based argument then; what's the "real" body count and were are you getting it?

about two weeks ago



STEM worker shortage is IT industry fantasy

Tailhook Tailhook writes  |  2 days ago

Tailhook (98486) writes "Ron Hira, professor of public policy at Howard University and Paula Stephan is a professor of economics at Georgia State University; `As longtime researchers of the STEM workforce and immigration who have separately done in-depth analyses on these issues, and having no self-interest in the outcomes of the legislative debate, we feel compelled to report that none of us has been able to find any credible evidence to support the IT industry's assertions of labor shortages.' — `there is a remarkable concurrence among a wide range of researchers that there is an ample supply of American workers (native and immigrant, citizen and permanent resident) who are willing and qualified to fill the high-skill jobs in this country. The only real disagreement is whether supply is two or three times larger than the demand.'"
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Linux Mint 17 "Qiana" released

Tailhook Tailhook writes  |  about 2 months ago

Tailhook (98486) writes "Linux Mint 17 "Qiana", a long term support edition of Linux Mint, has been released. Mint 17 is available in both MATE and Cinnamon editions. Mint 17 is derived from Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) and will receive security updates until April, 2019. The Cinnamon edition provides Cinnamon 2.2, with a much improved update manager, driver manager, HiDPI display support and many usability refinements. This release of Mint establishes a baseline on which the next several releases will be based; `Until 2016 the development team won't start working on a new base and will be fully focused on this one; future versions of Linux Mint will use the same package base as Linux Mint 17, making it trivial for people to upgrade.'"
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Independent Foxconn audit results appear

Tailhook Tailhook writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Tailhook (98486) writes "The Fair Labor Association gave Apple's largest supplier the equivalent of a full-body scan through 3,000 staff hours investigating three of its factories and surveying more than 35,000 workers," said FLA president Auret van Heerden. Overtime laws violated, short-changing worker compensation, no representation. AppleFoxconn thinks they might be able to stop their overtime criminality by July. 2013. Perhaps they'll also do something about the bi-annual dust explosions."
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'Flagging' rumors

Tailhook Tailhook writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Tailhook (98486) writes "Some folks are concerned about a request by the White House 'Director of New Media' Macon Phillips to gather information about 'rumors' or other 'disinformation' that "travel just below the surface" and might appear in "casual conversation." It seems that Macon "can't keep track of all" of the rumors and would like the to public to help uncover them by using a newly established email address; Unfortunately the dastardly Special Interests have begun signing up to irrelevant mailing lists."


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