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Why Whistleblowers Can't Get a Fair Trial

artg Re:Whistleblowers (441 comments)

But you have no credibilty, because you are an anonymous coward. Snowdon specifically renounced his anonymity, because he is not a coward.

about 7 months ago
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Why Whistleblowers Can't Get a Fair Trial

artg Re:They aren't whistleblowing. (441 comments)

In a democracy, the public IS a higher authority than the government. Sometimes, the officials forget this.

about 7 months ago
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UK Prime Minister Threatens To Block Further Snowden Revelations

artg Re:wrong target (431 comments)

I know they're always ignored and this one fails to attack the most significant points - such as the government's treatment of Snowden as a criminal rather than a whistleblower showing up abuse.

However, lots of votes will at least make ignoring the call embarrassing. Even the americans are claiming to review the situation.

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/51959

about 10 months ago
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Set Your Watches For the End of Windows XP

artg Re:It's easy! (712 comments)

Because Windows is only there to support legacy programs, and they're most reliably supported by the OS they were originally written for. If I wanted to use some recent program that required Windows 7, that might be a different matter. But I don't know of any such program.

about a year ago
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NYC Data Centers Struggle To Recover After Sandy

artg Re:Add to that, NYI... (231 comments)

This is Wall Street. Manhattan. Terrorists have tried to blow it off the map multiple times. Several hurricanes have hit this spit of land that sits a mere few feet above sea level in the last decades. A hurricane hit and flooded parts last year even!

And that's the best site you can find for a datacentre ? Doesn't give me much confidence in your financial organisation's acumen.

about 2 years ago
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UK Authorities Threaten To Storm Ecuadorian Embassy To Arrest Julian Assange

artg he's stuffed (1065 comments)

So next week, holidays mean they're really scraping the barrel .. down to the 7th most senior UK politician

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9473078/Theresa-May-to-run-the-UK-as-Westminster-empties.html

And May is a US patsy - she'll roll over for the RIAA, let alone the state department

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/mar/13/theresa-may-extradition-richard-odwyer

So what happens when she's in charge ? I guess she sends in the police, pushes Assange to wherever her masters tell her, and then gets blamed / sacked as an apology for the resulting diplomatic outcry. Which is handy, as she's a liability the government would love to lose.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2012/jul/14/olympics-theresa-may

about 2 years ago
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The Optimum Attack Rate For SSH Bruteforce? Once Every Ten Seconds

artg Re:Passwords are for philistines (167 comments)

You're assuming the loss is via a compromised computer. For me, the most likely loss of the key is laptop theft. So I want to ensure that isn't going to give an automatic login to the home machine. i'd prefer to have both key pair and password, but failing that I think password is preferable to key pair.

more than 2 years ago
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AMD To Lay Off 10% of Global Workforce

artg Re:Bonus time. (224 comments)

Why would you invest in a company that has lost confidence in it's own future ?

more than 2 years ago
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I typically run Windows ...

artg legacy os (417 comments)

I run windows for supporting legacy apps that aren't sufficiently important to replace or make to work under Wine. So there's really no point in running Vista (nothing was written for it) or 7 (can't always run older software). It would just mean higher license and hardware costs for extended grief.

more than 2 years ago
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Thunderbird Unseats Evolution In Ubuntu 11.10

artg Used to like thunderbird .. (283 comments)

But the incarnation in current Debian (icedove 3, whatever that corresponds to) sucks. It was once fairly well-behaved, but now changes the screen format when you search, adds all sorts of stupid indentation and grouping to the accounts menu and generally behaves like a kid's been let loose with the feature list. Maybe it's time to go back to MH.

more than 3 years ago
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Does Typing Speed Really Matter For Programmers?

artg Re:The answer is "No" (545 comments)

Well, I'd never heard of him before. Perhaps, outside of some small group of fans, this represents his true worth. And I won't be looking to find out what other opinions he might have - I can do without that sort of sloppy thinking, thanks.

more than 3 years ago
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Does Typing Speed Really Matter For Programmers?

artg Re:Practically Immaterial (545 comments)

Yup. If Atwood thinks typing speed is the limiting factor (ie he's I/O bound) then there are a number of possible solutions, only one of which is increasing the I/O speed. A better engineering solution (remember - the best engineer is a lazy engineer) is to modify the environment so that less typing is needed for the same result. When I look at code for modern graphical environments I'm horrified by the code density (in terms of source code) - there's simply way too much typing to achieve very little. This is what needs fixing, not typing speed.

more than 3 years ago
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Android Phones At the Edge of Space

artg Google backyard view (42 comments)

Coming soon to a location near you ..

more than 3 years ago
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Bank of America Cuts Off Wikileaks Transactions

artg Re:Here is the thing about banking... (467 comments)

FSVO of terrorist. Iirc, the IRA caused rather less hand-wringing in the 1970s.

more than 3 years ago
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Badgers Digging Up Ancient Human Remains

artg Re:Burying Bodies (172 comments)

Burying people scales fine, at least for number if not for localised rate. The problem is with reserving the places they're buried in for a period much longer than their actual life. We should fill a graveyard, then reuse it as a field and move the burying onto another place. A period of say, 100 years between burying and growing would leave adequate time for direct relatives to feel their loved ones were respected. Turning perfectly good fertilizer into carbon, on the other hand, is silly.

more than 3 years ago

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Lies, damn lies and the copyright industry

artg artg writes  |  more than 5 years ago

artg (24127) writes "Ben Goldacre writes about invalid and misleading 'science' in the Guardian. Here's his report on the statistics behind a recent press story that reported illegal downloading to involve 120 billion pounds worth of material."

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