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Counterpoint: Why Edward Snowden May Not Deserve Clemency

shawnhcorey Re:American Exceptionalism (573 comments)

There is no American law which prevents America from spying on non-Americans. We've signed no treaty that says we won;t spy on foreign countries. That means it is by definition legal for us to do so.

The laws in the article you linked to are all non-American, mostly from the Commonwealth Realms.

So? That's the whole point. American exceptionalism is thinking that Americans can break laws in other countries and get away with it because they're special. That's why the world hates Americans. They have double standards. They can break laws in other countries but if others come to America, woe betides them is they break the law.

about 4 months ago
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Counterpoint: Why Edward Snowden May Not Deserve Clemency

shawnhcorey Re:American Exceptionalism (573 comments)

The US government's job is to know what other governments are doing, therefore it has the power to spy on them. They, in turn, have the power to spy on it. We can argue the ethics of tapping Angie Merkel's phone all day, but you can't argue that there is a single law which gives a Head of Government the right not to be spied on.

Only during times of war. And the US has not legally declared war since WW2. You're making the argument that if everyone does it, it's not illegal.

And for those of you who are too lazy to use Google, here's some of the laws I'm talking about.

about 4 months ago
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Counterpoint: Why Edward Snowden May Not Deserve Clemency

shawnhcorey Re:American Exceptionalism (573 comments)

Every country has laws against divulging their secrets. If American spies obtain this information, they have broken the law. You are suffering from American exceptionalism: you think that breaking other countries laws outside the US is not illegal.

about 4 months ago
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Counterpoint: Why Edward Snowden May Not Deserve Clemency

shawnhcorey American Exceptionalism (573 comments)

Just another example of American exceptionalism: Snowden should not have divulged America's illegal activities outside the US because we're special; we can do no wrong. What a bunch of self-righteous bigots.

about 4 months ago
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Red Hat Releases Ceylon Language 1.0.0

shawnhcorey Re:Brain Dead (159 comments)

I'm not sure these schema are restrictive enough to be a type in programming.

about 5 months ago
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Red Hat Releases Ceylon Language 1.0.0

shawnhcorey Re:Brain Dead (159 comments)

Consider: int x; What happens here? x = 3.1415; Does x hold the correct value? No. But if x was a scalar, then: x = int( 3.1415 ); says exactly what is happening. Type safety places restrictions on what can be done and programmer have to memorize the rules because they're not natural to his thinking. It's because of all the things that programmers have to memorize that programming is hard. The more things a programmer have to remember, the more bugs he will create. Having to write int() every time he wants an integer: 1. decreases bugs, and 2. makes the code more readable. Types are not natural; they were created to make compiler writing easier. They do not make programming easier, just the opposite. They make programming harder because the force the programmer to remember more things.

about 5 months ago
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Red Hat Releases Ceylon Language 1.0.0

shawnhcorey Re:Brain Dead (159 comments)

In Perl: my $x = 1 + 2; my $y = '1' . '2'; Yup, not using arithmetic operators for anything but arithmatic is a good idea.

about 5 months ago
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Red Hat Releases Ceylon Language 1.0.0

shawnhcorey Re:Brain Dead (159 comments)

People can learn to think in types. But that's a learnt ability, not a natural one.

about 5 months ago
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Red Hat Releases Ceylon Language 1.0.0

shawnhcorey Brain Dead (159 comments)

Any language that has strict typing is brain dead. People do not think in types. Ask anyone on the street: how do you multiple by ten? They answer: put a zero on the end. That's string manipulation, not arithmetic. People automatically switch from numbers to strings and back to numbers without thinking about it. People do not think in types.

about 5 months ago
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How an Astronaut Falling Into a Black Hole Would Die Part 2

shawnhcorey Re:No Crossing (263 comments)

Consider: g = -GM / ( r^2 - e^2 ) where g is the acceleration, G is the gravity constant, M is the mass of the black hole, r is the distance from the black hole's center, e is the radius of the event horizon. From Wikipedia: "Attempting to make an object near the horizon remain stationary with respect to an observer requires applying a force whose magnitude increases unbounded (becoming infinite) the closer it gets." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Event_horizon#Interacting_with_an_event_horizon

about 6 months ago
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How an Astronaut Falling Into a Black Hole Would Die Part 2

shawnhcorey No Crossing (263 comments)

General Relativity states that nothing can cross a black hole's event horizon. How can anything in the article be believe when it has such an obvious error?

about 6 months ago
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NSA Spies On International Payments

shawnhcorey Always Was (314 comments)

NSA was set up from the start to spy on foreign transactions. Its purpose was to provide inside information to Wall Street from its beginning. Spying on people is just a sideline.

about 7 months ago
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Research Shows "Three Strikes" Anti-piracy Laws Don't Work

shawnhcorey Death by Tortue (133 comments)

Even death by torture didn't stop copying. Time to eliminate copyright completely.

about 7 months ago
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Schneier: The US Government Has Betrayed the Internet, We Need To Take It Back

shawnhcorey Dream On (397 comments)

The internet has always been open. There have been fools that think adding "security" to it will change this. It doesn't. Get real, people. There are only two rules to security on the internet: 1. Never put anything on the net that you can't afford to be viewed by the public. 2. Never put anything solely on the internet that you can afford to lose. Corollary: Never put anything in a cloud that you can't afford to be viewed by the public.

about 8 months ago
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New System Propels Satellites Without Propellants

shawnhcorey Re:Magsails? (85 comments)

You could use a magsail to push items away, at least, any item you can induce a current in. And I do believe there were a few prototypes tested. Anyway, here's a NASA paper [PDF] on it, so yes, NASA thinks it may work.

about 8 months ago
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New System Propels Satellites Without Propellants

shawnhcorey Re:Magsails? (85 comments)

They're the same thing but a magsail has way more power. And all technology was nothing but an idea at one time.

about 8 months ago
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New System Propels Satellites Without Propellants

shawnhcorey Magsails? (85 comments)

Why don't they just use magsails?

about 8 months ago

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The "End of the World as We Know IT"

shawnhcorey shawnhcorey writes  |  more than 5 years ago

shawnhcorey (1315781) writes "Where now? Since Microsoft has decided NOT to extend support for XP; what do you decide to do (assuming you are running XP)? 1. Change to Vista. 2. Run XP without support. 3. Look for third party support for XP. 4. Support it in house. 5. Look to an alternate OS. 6. None of the above. (I shall get off-line and become a hermit and live in the wilderness.)"

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