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Comment Re:For them theoretically hacking a private org? (Score 1) 332

This sounds like a good time to start a new political party. I think Americans would really jump on that bandwagon.

A new party whose candidate swears to wear a body camera and live stream the whole time they are in office. The "Transparency Party."

Hey if its good enough for police its definitely good enough for politicians.

They could finance their whole campaign selling the advertising rights to bathroom breaks.

Comment Re:Facebook is not Twitter (Score 2) 313

The level of consumer data available is not comparable between the Twitter and Facebook platforms.

With Facebook you tell them everything: location, age, family size, education, background, employment, relationship, political leaning, posting style (mental state, personality type), browsing style (what links you like to click on, what bait do you take more often than not), what criteria causes you to like something, what you share with others, etc., etc., ad nauseum, ad infinitum. Most people even give them enough pictures to build a facial recognition profile of you and your closest family and friends.

With Twitter not so much. You just get echo chamber of masturbatory self-affirming re-tweets. There's not a ton of data and behavior that advertisers can sink their machine learning algorithm's teeth into. If you're a political science professor doing side research, maybe, but where's the money in that? Especially considering how the current owners have devalued their own brand but publicly suppressing certain speech, and more idiotically, certain speakers because of their political affiliation.

Apparently the answer is obvious to everyone except Twitter, as they continue to do Stupid Things with their platform.

Comment Re:Drake Equation == 1 (Score 1) 258

While we're at it lets add in:

4} We discover that consciousness is not bound to physical form and we can travel to any location, disembodied but conscious and aware.
5} We discover that all particles in the universe are subatomically entangled with each other and we can infer the position and velocity of every other particle in the universe from observing a single atom.
6} We discover that machine elves are actually aliens telling us not to leave the Earth because the rest of our galaxy is being used as an intergalactic waste dump. DMT now has a government required daily dosage.

Science fantasy is such fun! Keep it up!

Comment Re:We're going to nuke Russia (Score 1) 396

You know who is qualified to make that call? A jury. As in "we the fucking people", you transparent shill, not some appointed bureaucrat sucking on the teat of his next employer, pre-coronation.

Your supposition about intent is a fabrication. If you don't know this you are woefully ignorant of the law and circumstances on this subject and should disqualify yourself from speaking. If you do know it, which I think you do, you're a shill as accused. Either way, you fail miserably to provide a convincing argument.

If you aren't already familiar with the non-trivial details about intent and why it is completely irrelevant to the handling of classified documents, please take a couple of minutes out of your day to enlighten yourself. It should help make sure you don't spout self-evident falsehoods in the future. Look up Naval Reservist Brian Nishimura. He was successfully prosecuted for mishandling classified documents. Intent was not an issue. Why? because the law that was broken has no regard for intent.

If the same standard applied to this Naval reservist was applied to Hillary Clinton she would be in the middle of a prosecution now. If we will hold a Naval reservist to this standard, how much more should we hold someone of a higher position?

Comment Re:At's all fun until.... (Score 4, Insightful) 404

If they are influencing our elections by providing that elusive and oft promised but ne're delivered Obamian transparency, undermining an entire administration's corrupt miscarriage of justice, and finally serving up the goods from a 10,000 unfulfilled FOIA requests, then GOOD. We need to be influenced. More influence please! Influence the shit out of me and everyone else! HARDER!!!

If exposing the truth is detrimental to one of the parties that might be something the electorate deserves to know, you know, before the election.

Besides, I ordered a shit ton of Jiffy Pop from Amazon in preparation for the culmination of this election cycle. /popcorn GO!

Comment Re:Obviously unconstituional request (Score 1) 194

No. It might be unconstitutional if it were a demand or order, but a request, with no pressure on Yahoo to submit to it?

You ever deal with law enforcement, like, ever? Its all pressure, all the time. You don't think there was some coercion involved? Some quid pro quo? Some something as carrot or stick, or both? A little of the old good cop/bad cop?

You think they just sent a letter to the CEO of Yahoo, said pretty please, and ended the email with "if you wouldn't mind too much violating the trust of your entire customer base?"

There was coercion. There were heavy-handed tactics. There was quid pro quo. There were conversations that you and I would look at as extortion or even blackmail. Of course there was pressure!

Comment Re:Trade-offs (Score 3, Insightful) 500

People with immunity are generally held in contempt if they plead the 5th.

Combetta pled the 5th while under immunity protection. No contempt of court was issued.

So in this case, immunity turned out to be a protection against testifying rather than an inducement to reveal facts. Combetta got to have his cake and eat it too. So did Hillary and all of the others that could be implicated by his testimony in this ridiculous farce.

Comment Re:He Is A Darling Of The Cyber Rebels (Score 1) 380

Excellent comment. The only reason anyone is even considering Trump is that Hillary is so objectionable in so many ways. Its incredibly sad that the democrat machine was somehow enticed or forced into committing to her as their only candidate. What should be the easiest cake-walk in history for the democrat presidential race is now a disgusting slog through the worst tactical shit slinging either party can come up with. Neither one of them has a leg to stand on so they keep the air filled with so much feces that the average American is blinded by it.

I just can't stop thinking "how did we let this happen?" What a fucking mess.

Comment Re: Trump's a D-Bag, but... (Score 1) 342

Have you actually seen the candidates? Looked at them, considered their backgrounds, seen their flaws, without comparing them to each other? Compare them to some of the more solid citizens you know, not another psycho power-mongering politician. I have and I wouldn't hire either of them to clean my septic system, much less for the office of president of the US.

I think it is exceptionally safe to say that any of their "supporters" are in fact "fanatics." They would have to be in order to generate the suspension of disbelief and maniacal myopia necessary to support either of them. Their flaws are like something straight out of bad fiction, and yet here they are, the first runner up and the winner of the most "powerful job on the planet."

And to think, many of you are worried about global warming destroying the planet in the next 100 years. HA! The fucktard you elect next will probably end it in less than 8.

Thanks America.

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