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Gates Warns of Software Replacing People; Greenspan Says H-1Bs Fix Inequity

bmacs27 Better idea (516 comments)

We could try taxing capital gains at the standard income tax rate.

about 5 months ago
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CIA Accused: Sen. Feinstein Sees Torture Probe Meddling

bmacs27 Re:power (187 comments)

Which is why we need someone to clearly explain the relative importance of personal impropriety and bad policy making. Most of the rest of the world understands this. Once the electorate gets over their prudishness about sex and drugs we can get back the business of actually governing.

about 5 months ago
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Senator Accuses CIA of Snooping On Intelligence Committee Computers

bmacs27 Re:CIA computers (242 comments)

Yea... they sure did have a bigger problem. Someone (intentionally or unintentionally) leaked to congress their own account of what was really going on.

I think people are being unfair to Feinstein here. This has serious ramifications on congressional oversight of intelligence orgs. At stake is the existence of any elected oversight of spooks.

about 5 months ago
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Crytek Ports CRYENGINE To Linux Support Ahead of Steam Machines Launch

bmacs27 Re:Linux sales figures (132 comments)

In the rapidly approaching future, Windows only gamers will have no value.

about 5 months ago
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Author Says It's Time To Stop Glorifying Hackers

bmacs27 Re:Should we blame Police for break-ins? (479 comments)

She isn't mad at white hats. She just can't hear them over the kiddies pointing, laughing, and chanting PWNT.

about 5 months ago
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Author Says It's Time To Stop Glorifying Hackers

bmacs27 Re:Comments prove the McWhorter's point (479 comments)

I completely agree with your points. One other omission I can't help but notice seems to be any shred of culpability for Google.

about 5 months ago
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Author Says It's Time To Stop Glorifying Hackers

bmacs27 Re: Victim blaming (479 comments)

Advice appreciated. I do take basic security precautions, but also feel there is a responsibility on device and software manufacturers. The current state of "default security" is abysmal. Frankly, if I was in the field, I would be embarrassed by current standard practices. Not being a victim, I welcome you encouraging caution. However, when someone has intimate details of their life exposed for no apparent reason, our response should not be, "they should have been taking this additional security measure." That's something their computer security providers (in this case Google) should have been doing. Instead, the public awareness campaign should focus on what additional security measures the crooks might should have taken, and dragging their sorry asses to the pillory.

about 5 months ago
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Author Says It's Time To Stop Glorifying Hackers

bmacs27 Re: Victim blaming (479 comments)

Seriously. Like when someone smashes a window, breaks into your house and murders your family. What were you expecting when you don't put bars over your windows?

about 5 months ago
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First LSD Test In 40 Years Reveal Drug Helps Terminal Patients Prepare For Death

bmacs27 Re: The fed killed drug research for decades. (221 comments)

Agreed. Scientific research is needed. Reschedule the drug so that it can be accessed by scientists for research. Even a drop from schedule one to schedule two would make a big difference.

about 5 months ago
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Speedier Screening May Be Coming To an Airport Near You

bmacs27 Re:Total Recall? (163 comments)

This. Mod parent up (insightful).

about 6 months ago
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Lead Contractor On Health-Care Web Site Led By Execs From Troubled IT Company

bmacs27 Re:But their bid was lower! (227 comments)

Fair enough. This was just regular old cronyism. Not the race to the bottom.

about 9 months ago
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Lead Contractor On Health-Care Web Site Led By Execs From Troubled IT Company

bmacs27 But their bid was lower! (227 comments)

This is why government contracts are broken. You are forced to go with the low bid in cases like this, so you end up with garbage. Yet, you still end up giving away no-bid contracts to preferred cronies like KBR. All the fascism, none of the quality.

about 9 months ago
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Legislation Would Prohibit ISPs From Throttling Online Video Services

bmacs27 Re:Unintended consequences (222 comments)

It's spelt pr0n

about 9 months ago
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Global Biological Experiment Generates Exciting New Results

bmacs27 Re:But.. (340 comments)

Right. His point is dumb. His form of capitalism would require such a burdensome regulatory check the transaction costs associated with it would sink any enterprise. Further, as you point out, everyone would be coerced to comply with said regulation. I.e. I would need to verify that everyone has been satisfactorily compensated to voluntarily allow me to damage their air quality. Dumb point is dumb.

about 9 months ago
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A Ray of Hope For Americans and Scientific Literacy?

bmacs27 Re:actual "platform" (668 comments)

That isn't how it will go down. SS and DoD will remain untouched. They'll gash science, education, infrastructure, unemployment, housing, energy, and food for kids. Or, as you guys like to call it, pork. Then they'll spend their surplus on doubling the footprint of the NSA's data center and building some more Hellfires.

about 10 months ago
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Do Comments On Web Pages Ruin Science?

bmacs27 Really? (281 comments)

This is a serious post?

about a year ago
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Bill Gates Acknowledges Ctrl+Alt+Del Was a Mistake

bmacs27 Re:Redundant keys (665 comments)

Semicolon ellipses F;T;W;

about a year ago
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Bill Gates Acknowledges Ctrl+Alt+Del Was a Mistake

bmacs27 Re:Redundant keys (665 comments)

Or as I call it, where CTRL is supposed to be.

about a year ago
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Middle-Click Paste? Not For Long

bmacs27 Re:The mythical "new user" (729 comments)

Windows uses the much more intuitive "middle click to be trapped in seemingly uncontrollable scrolling hell."

about a year ago

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