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NSA Collects 200 Million Text Messages Per Day

lambent Re:Any evidence? (287 comments)

You have to be aware of the actions that the NSA has taken previously, the statements they make, and how their words don't match up with reality.

So, I'm quite sure that if they say that they're not allowed to request info from an ally, they are telling a very sanitized version of the truth. They in fact don't request such info from an ally.

What they don't say is that if an ally just happens to give them that info, they can't have it ... so that's almost certainly what they're doing.

They're not asking for anything ... but they still end up getting it.

about 8 months ago

EV Owner Arrested Over 5 Cents Worth of Electricity From School's Outlet

lambent Re:Good (1010 comments)

No, not really. It is a bit overreaching.

about 9 months ago

EV Owner Arrested Over 5 Cents Worth of Electricity From School's Outlet

lambent Good (1010 comments)

I'm getting pretty tired of seeing extension cords snaking through parking lots and parking garages.

I don't think the issue here is just five cents; some places can't handle the capacity this puts on their systems or wiring, or perhaps they don't want the liability of you screwing up your car thanks to faulty wiring, and suing you for it. And hell, what if some bright person uses a cord that's too light of a gauge for the current, and ends up starting a fire or hurting someone?

Charging should be done where appropriate, not wherever anyone wants.

about 9 months ago

Scientist Seeks Investment For "Alcohol Substitute"

lambent weed & ativan (328 comments)

weed & ativan. there, research done. we can all go home early.

about 10 months ago

SQL Vs. NoSQL: Which Is Better?

lambent Re:Stupid question (306 comments)

Ability to tune for performance on know hardware; better permissions structures; ability to get support from the company; data security, replication, backup; clustering; not wanting to reinvent the wheel using man-hours when you can more easily pay for a known working solution that is well documented ...

etc. There are a lot of reasons.

more than 2 years ago

WikiLeaks Begins Release of 2.5m Syrian Emails

lambent Re:And this is why (322 comments)

So, two of those articles have nothing remotely to do with the conversation at hand.

Are you insane, slanted so far you're horizontal, or just stupid?

more than 2 years ago

Linux Users Banned From Diablo III Servers

lambent Re:Jesus, stop being pathetic! (518 comments)

This argument has been bandied about for almost a decade, now. Simply, the market base for Linux users is simply too small (and the subset of that contingency that uses Wine for gaming is even smaller yet) for any conglomerate consideration of that markets buying power to matter worth a damn to any of the large studios.

Small indie houses, maybe. But nobody is going to go out of business not selling to the Wine userbase.

The reality of the situation sucks, but given past trends, it's safe to conclude at this point that it will never change.

more than 2 years ago

RIM Drops Playbook Price By 66%

lambent Re:warranty in case of bankruptcy? (302 comments)

Laziness and complacency. Innovation is hard. It's long been show in the technological marketplace that copying someone else's ideas (and thus letting someone else spend their money on R&D), then selling a knock-off, is a financially viable business model.

RIM just hasn't made a good copycat, yet. If they're able to ride out the storm for long enough, they'll figure out the right balance of rip-off and shininess to produce a viable product again.

more than 2 years ago

Report Says Schools Need 100Mbps Per 1,000 Users

lambent Re:OMG Need More Moneyz! (292 comments)

the story you're referencing was a bit more nuanced than that. the students blew off a standardized test that didn't matter; that was part of it. also, she wasn't just ranked one of the worst. she was ranked the absolute worst teacher.


more than 2 years ago

Pirate Bay Criticizes Anonymous' Attack On Virgin

lambent Re:Distance (89 comments)

I don't think so. They've been under attack for a long time, and have always had an irreverent attitude to the Powers That Be. They've always seemed indifferent to how they are viewed by ISP's and governments.

I don't believe there's anything ulterior to this, they probably just don't like DDoS's. No reason not to take them at face value on this.

more than 2 years ago

Israel Passes Photoshop Law To Combat Anorexia

lambent Re:Incidentally... (488 comments)

So, are you advocating that we do nothing? We tried that, and it doesn't work.

Perhaps the point here is that it is recognized that this action will not cure the problem, but might help reduce it. Frequently, these type of complex issues can't be fixed by just one thing. But we can't do nothing. We have to at least try.

more than 2 years ago

The Space Shuttle Discovery's Last Mile (Video)

lambent Re:...but it was still a space shuttle flying... (101 comments)

Way to give away our lead in space.

just like we gave away our lead in nuclear engineering. oh, and physics, too.

and education.
and manufacturing.
and medicine.

is there anything we're the best at anymore, other than incarcerating our own people?

more than 2 years ago

Netflix CEO Accuses Comcast of Not Practicing Net Neutrality

lambent Re:Why post on facebook? (272 comments)

The FCC has remarkably little enforcement capability. Likely, the goal was to name & shame in the most publicly visible way possible, so Netflix could gain some traction on this issue quickly, instead of having to wait around for months for the FCC to do anything useful.

more than 2 years ago

Interview With TSA Screener Reveals 'Fatal Flaws'

lambent Re:Firing in US (582 comments)

no, that's not what life is about. i pity you for not understanding that.

more than 2 years ago

The Optimum Attack Rate For SSH Bruteforce? Once Every Ten Seconds

lambent Re:Isn't that useless? (167 comments)

it's remarkably dumb, yes. but they don't need to attack specific targets, they're going after the lowest hanging fruit. they just need ANY attack to work, not EVERY.

very easy to mitigate against as you point out. but there are people out there who never get around to those steps, on account of being lazy.

more than 2 years ago

Studies Link Pesticides To Bee Colony Collapse Disorder

lambent Re:In Other words... (128 comments)

Hey, there, snarkopotamous. Did I say to stop all current agricultural practices RIGHT THE FUCK NOW so we can all step as one into the bright utopian future?

No, I did not.

It's this type of blatant refusal to address issues coherently and the related knee-jerk argumentativeness that keeps progress from being made.

Fun fact: a hell of a lot of those 7billion people who are alive today are very slowly and painfully starving because the system that IS in place doesn't adequately meet their needs anyway.

Also, cheap food is typically less nutritious, as well. What do I propose we do? Anything at all. But people like you try to reframe the discussion, so I suppose we'll just sit on our hands and do nothing, year after year. Which is what we are doing anyway.

Ho hum.

more than 2 years ago

Studies Link Pesticides To Bee Colony Collapse Disorder

lambent Re:In Other words... (128 comments)

No, the logical move is to develop sustainable agriculture practices that don't need to rely on pesticides. By definition, any pesticide is poison, and will certainly affect something else down the line. Even if we find an alternative pesticide that does not harm the bees, it will harm something else.

more than 2 years ago

Classic Nintendo Games Are NP-Hard

lambent Re:Kid Icarus (204 comments)

There's a pretty big difference between "hard" and "fundamentally broken".

Battletoads was hard because it was designed poorly.

more than 2 years ago

Red Hat Appoints Robyn Bergeron First Female Fedora Project Leader

lambent Re:s/First Female/Robyn Bergeron as/ (146 comments)

Excellent points.

Also, thanks for actually addressing the topic at hand.

more than 2 years ago

Red Hat Appoints Robyn Bergeron First Female Fedora Project Leader

lambent Re:s/First Female/Robyn Bergeron as/ (146 comments)

Okay, I'll take the bait. How exactly does gender affect programming ability?

more than 2 years ago


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