* Posts by Pascal Monett

3604 posts • joined 10 Apr 2007

LA schools want multi-million Apple refund after kids hack iPads

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"there have been challenges"

Yup.

Challenge #1: imagining that school children would play nice. Result ? FAIL.

Challenge #2: thinking that your code was resistant enough to keep children in the straight and narrow. Result ? FAIL.

Challenge #3: persuading people that not being able to use the core component of the tool (accessing educational content) is just a challenge. Result ? ABJECT FAIL.

Challenge #4: Persuading the police that you had no idea that your insufficiently tested platform was going to be such a clusterfuck. Result ? PENDING.

And, as for standing by your performance, I sure hope you will be made to. All the way to prison.

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DTS announces DTS:X – sparks object-based audio war with Dolby

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Re: Harry could be talking in English, but Hermione in Swedish

Yes, technically it probably could.

Unfortunately, copyright laws and their assorted wolfish lawyers will dumb down the tech and you'll never be able to actually use DTS:X to its full potential.

Not unless you unlock those abilities with a patch, obviously, but then you become a filthy pirate for wanting to actually use your material the way you intend to.

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WORLD+DOG line up to SLAM Google after anti-trust case unveiled

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Nobody forces you

It's just that almost 3 people out of 4 do.

And the biggest alternative to Google is currently Baidu, capturing the Chinese market. You do your searches in Chinese ? Don't think so.

So you're down to the 2nd-biggest alternative, Yahoo!, with just over 6% of market share. That's 1 person out of 20. Bing is 1 point less. What is left, your ad infinitum if you prefer, is 1% all wet. So that means that 1 out of 10 non-Chinese people do not use Google.

Which, conversely, means that 9 out of 10 non-Chinese people use Google. And Chinese people use Baidu.

Google has a monopoly on search results. Baidu has a monopoly on Chinese search results.

Nobody else counts.

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Boost your attachment size with this one weird trick

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Re: Not everyone is connected to the local network

I said "a network location".

Nothing there means "local network", but I rather like that you took that as a given.

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No, never increase attachment size limits

Make it zero. Please kill that despicable tendency everyone has to mail files around.

Business knowledge is lost in email. It must be properly filed on a network location, and email only serving links to the latest version.

All this attachment emailing is the best way to lose information or lose time finding it. Stop it.

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Hybrid IT? Not a long-term thing, says AWS CTO

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the consequences [of a] global outage [...] become correspondingly more severe

Once there was the Mainframe, and all cables led to it. The Mainframe never slept, never stopped, always answered. Except when it didn't.

Then there was the PC, and Mankind learned that distributed computing could be a Good Thing (TM).

Now there is The Cloud (TM), and all cables eventually lead to it, except when a backhoe breaks the link, a hacker gets to the DNS, a DDOS prevents access, or some internal update procedure is screwed up (eh, Microsoft ?).

Funny how we insist on inserting single points of failure in business-critical procedures.

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Sort of, yeah.

Except for the fact that no US company can guarantee security from a National Security letter.

Or even a US judge, for that matter.

But I'm sure that's not important, eh ?

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IBM’s 700TB security threat database enters the cloud. Look to the heavens, hackers

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Um, wait a minute

"images and details of more than a million IP addresses linked to hacking"

Okay, I want to put the scum down as much as anyone else, but isn't there a conflict with personal data there ? Do they have the right to go and publish such data just like that ?

I mean, somebody might learn that his neighbor's address is in there and go all rambo on him or something, then the ensuing investigation reveals that it was a mistake, but too late for the innocent neighbor.

Exaggerating, of course, but still . . . is publishing data like that allowed ?

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Exchange Server 2016 will be mostly Cloud Exchange ported back on-premises

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That is reassuring. Thank you for the response.

So, like console ports, Microsoft is developing for "the cloud" first, then every now and then porting some of that to the "non-cloud", with all the uncertainties that such a move entails.

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Did I get that right ?

Exchange 2016 is going to be in the cloud, but you can pretend you have it on-premise even though there will be a part in the cloud. Is that right ?

Well if it is, we're going to see just exactly how important all that privacy stuff actually is, because if it is important, companies will be avoiding that version like the plague.

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NASA probe sent to faraway planet finds DWARF world instead: Pics

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Yup

Science is marvelous, when properly employed, ain't it ?

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Nvidia's GTX 900 cards lock out open-source Linux devs yet again

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A solution for the wrong problem

"to prevent grey market dealers from flashing modified firmware onto cheap graphics cards with low-end GPUs, then passing them off as the high-end versions"

A card sold as a high-end version that barely breaks 60fps will be decried and slaughtered on the Internet in no time. That is not a proper justification for NVidia to put a chastity belt on its software.

The bitter truth is that the Linux community is still just a bump on the gaming road. As long as that is the case, Nvidia will be able to ignore them and run them over ruthlessly without impacting their bottom line.

When the Steam OS comes of age, when Microsoft will be just a souvenir in the minds of gamers, then Nvidia will be singing another tune entirely. Not before.

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2550100 ... An Illuminati codeword or name of new alliance demanding faster Ethernet faster?

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Yeah, but that was back in the day when nobody was using Internet.

These days, everybody wants to stream, chat and Facebook all at the same time. These days we have HD TV over Internet, which needs at least a 10MB line to be barely watchable.

Bandwidth is in short supply, everybody wants more. No executive that can lounge around a pool is going to risk his bonus restricting that.

Not any more.

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WHAT did GOOGLE do SO WRONG to get a slapping from the EU?

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Poseurs will pose.

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Nuclear fusion simulator among boffinry tools picked for monster Summit supercomputer

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"Models seismic wave propagation through"

Um, through what exactly ?

And, pray tell, but what source other than thermonuclear power drives supernovae ?

Come now, you didn't really think that you could slip that by unnoticed on this site, now did you ?

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There's TOO MANY data-leaking healthcare firms, growls Symantec

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Almost lookes like hospital staff do not know IT

And, on the face of it, I think I rather prefer it that way.

Okay, sure, patient data should be safeguarded and all that, I agree. But you can't really blame the staff for taking more care of patients than of their computers.

Yes, the situation has to change. I'm sure the orderly who is on his second 24-hour shift in a row would agree. I'm also sure that hospital management could do a lot better.

But let's face it, a hospital is a leaky dam at best, and everybody is running around trying to plug all the holes at once most of the time.

I'm not surprised that IT issues find themselves at the bottom of the stack.

However, people who integrate hospitals to abuse the system and sell off patient data should be jailed.

For a long time.

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Google’s plan for WORLD DOMINATION takes shape. And it begins with a patent

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That is true today, but what about tomorrow ?

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Android lands on Microsoft's money-machine island fortress

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Uh, we're talking ATM's here, not PCs.

The software better fucking be able to use the hardware, else there's a lawsuit for unfit-for-purpose in the wings that's just begging to fly.

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AC is just trolling, ignore him.

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COME BACK – I never said we were quitting public cloud, says HP bigwig Bill Hilf

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It's HP

Who cares what their strategy is ?

They're dying anyway.

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EU says dominant Google ILLEGALLY FIDDLES search results

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People can use other search engines

That's Google's response. And it is true, people can use other search engines.

The fact is, most of them don't.

So just because there are other search engines does not excuse Google from a bit of fairness in the market.

On the other hand, I'd be interested in learning how exactly a search result can favor Google (or not). Google has its paid adverts on the top, which I accept because it is their site and they can do as they wish, but I always skip those. The normal results are never sites belonging to Google anyway, so how can Google be "favored" by a particular result ?

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Dwarf planet Ceres has TEN bright spots, astroboffins say

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Which means it had to happen !

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It's 2015 and a RICH TEXT FILE or a HTTP request can own your Windows machine

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LibreOffice does everything I need it to, and it's free.

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Incomprehensible boffins bring quantum computers a step closer

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We are now one step closer

to the positronic brain.

But really, influencing atoms with local electric charges, turning the knob by modulating the voltage, this all sounds more Star Trekky than Star Trek itself.

I just hope nobody's going to reverse the polarity....

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Verizon to world: STOP opening dodgy phishing emails, FOOLS

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One thing is very interesting

"Around one in four (23 per cent) of recipients opened phishing messages, while more than one in 10 (11 per cent) of recipients clicked on attachments. Half (50 per cent) of successful phishing attacks involved emails that were opened in the first hour after their receipt."

With all this email activity in the corporate sector, you'd think Microsoft would include a security feature in Outlook/Exchange. Maybe something like Open Untrusted Email which would sandbox the thing internally until the user decides to trust it. Or maybe establish a list of trusted contacts and any email from anyone else would be automatically treated by Outlook as potentially having a virus, instead of just going and executing every single bit of code that anyone sends anybody else.

And please, please, could we have an automatic detection of when the sender and the Reply To names/domains are different and instantly class that as Criminally Suspect ? With a popup when clicking on such a message that reads something like "The address of the sender and that of the reply to are not the same. This is generally a sign that the message is spam or may originate from a criminal source. Are you sure you want to open this mail ?"

Microsoft ? Is that too much to ask ?

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Cloud DNS, VPN, HTTPS load balancing ... Google looks at rivals, thinks: Yeah, we'll do all that

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Big Brother

Google now has more than 70 points of presence across 33 countries

Google. Tightening the total surveillance noose one ad at a time.

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Facebook does fling COOKIES around, but privacy is assured

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"privacy is assured", with Facebook ?

Excuse me while I pick myself up off the floor.

The day I trust anything Facebook says is the day I need to be put in a straightjacket.

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+5 ROOTKIT OF VENGEANCE defeats forces of gaming good

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WTF?

What a lot of effort for what is supposed to just be amusement.

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RELICS of the Earth's long lost TWIN planet FOUND ON MOON

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Re: Front row seat

I propose a scale for such things. Planetary collisions should be 1 Michael Bay.

Meteors are thus only a milli-Bay.

A large asteroid could be a centi-Bay.

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Not Earth's twin

If the Moon was Earth's twin formed by accretion, you would expect the Moon to be made of pretty much the same stuff as Earth and in the same ratios.

That is not the case. The Moon's composition has different proportions of nickel, iron and other significant things, ergo it cannot be our twin.

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Game changing ?

As far as planetary physics are concerned, I think we have passed the point where anything game-changing can occur.

Like you, I was living under the impression that the sister planet theory was pretty much the most valid theory for a while now. This paper is just another proof that that is the case.

Good to have, and good to know, but indeed, not anywhere near game-changing.

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Microsoft uses Windows Update to force Windows 10 ads onto older PCs

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Nonsense. People who know better already have no goodwill left for Microsoft, they just realize that they have to suffer it because workplace. Or gamer.

Beyond that, people who know better and can do without it are either on Apple or some version of Linux.

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Re: Confused author

You should go back and read the other half of the article.

Specifically the part where it says that most users never look at the Windows Update screen, much less check stuff out. Some even have everything installing automatically.

How's that for English ?

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Bad news everyone: Cybercrime is getting even easier

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Re: "it should not be possible for data to subvert the application"

Friggin' A for that !

But that is the marvel of modern tech : there's always someone to find a way to do something you hadn't even thought was related to the code you wrote.

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ALIENS ARE COMING: Chief NASA boffin in shock warning

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Not digits.

Suction cups.

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The Internet of Stuff is a gigantic ultra-perv robbery network – study

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Re: My fridge

During your ride home, you get an angry call from the girl you just dumped who is furious about the chocolates she just received and assures you in no uncertain terms that there isn't a snowball's chance in Hell that you'll get her back.

After that call, you get a notification from your landlord about a problem in your kitchen that made him call for security and a repairman. The smart cat feeder had a blockage which caused a freak current feedback that sparked your smart coffee maker which just happened to overload and cause a loopback to your smart cupboard which went haywire and filled its order queue for cat food, billing it automatically to your account. You now have a year's worth of cat food to be delivered tomorrow, order non-rescindable due to contract clause about encryption keys and digital signatures perfectly in order. You also have a $7500 bill for the repairs, payable by next Monday.

Also, there is cat food all over the kitchen floor.

You get home to find a patrol car waiting for you. The investigation will demonstrate that it is the electrical surcharge from your smart coffee maker and the subsequent order activity from your smart cupboard that triggered an obscure unpatched bug in your social profile's agenda organizer which caused an inordinate amount of meeting emails to be resent with today's date. In all, seven of your previous girlfriends, and some of your mates, have received invitations and messages from your stored message archive - some of which have salacious content that was, at the time, perfectly understood. Five of your exes have filed a complaint for harassment and are pressing charges.

The policeman tiredly listens to your explanations for a minute, then cuts it short with a curt "You'll tell us that at the station, sir" before moving you to the rear of the patrol car.

Finally, you realize that the cat will gorge itself during the night, meaning that when you get back there will not only be the remaining cat food to clean up, but probably also an unknown amount of cat vomit and maybe worse.

IoT - what's not to like?

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It's all got complicated: The costs of data recovery

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I would agree with you but for one thing : if management has no clue, then the "solution" employed doesn't matter ; whatever it is, it'll get screwed up.

So forget the clueless management, they're doomed anyway. We're talking about backup solutions that work, which implies management know how it works and, more importantly, why.

And for those cases, cloud simply does not cut it.

However, I fully expect future disasters to be laid squarely at the feet of incompetent management, so saving the bacon of cloud providers despite the fact that they cannot possibly deliver on the bandwidth and availability they promise because they do not control what happens between their cloudy servers and the client's door.

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Boffins: Large Hadron Collider NOW movin', we're getting down and crush groovin'

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Oh no, not more sushi !

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Are you sure there are servers in this cold, dark basement?

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He's obviously fizzy, though.

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Microsoft drops Do Not Track default from Internet Explorer

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Re: Yahoo sez:

As far as I'm concerned, one size does fit all. Privacy IS, or IS NOT.

But I'm not expecting a marketing department to understand that.

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Tsk, tsk

Typical confusion there. You think the "users" are the people.

That definition is now obsolete and has been superseded by "the entities who give us money", i.e. the advertisers.

The people are no longer users, they are targets to be hunted down as efficiently as possible for the good of the users (i.e. their bank account).

Please update your dictionary accordingly.

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Streaming tears of laughter as Jay-Z (Tidal) waves goodbye to $56m

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Re: they may get the "idiot market" too

Now you know why they are rich.

The idiot market is by far the biggest one.

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Crack security team finishes TrueCrypt audit – and the results are in

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Re: Bitlocker CAN work without TPM

McAffee is not saying the contrary. The specific phrase I believe you are referring to states :

"To use Bitlocker without adding additional authentication, you need an enabled, owned TPM1.2+ hardware chip"

That clearly indicates that BitLocker CAN function without a TPM 1.2+ chip, but if you do that, you need additional authentication.

As for Smartcards, could you source your affirmation ?

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EU Commission looking for ways to DECLARE WAR on Google

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Yeah, that and a few dozen billions in datacenters.

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Newly merged Chinese taxi-hailing app now valued at $9 BEEELLION

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$9 billion ?

Hey Zuck ! Got any left over cash ? Compared to your last "acquisition", this seems to be at least useful.

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Pumping billions into data centres won't guarantee you an empire

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Economics is a difficult question

If it wasn't, we'd be able to forecast it properly, instead of only being able to sometimes find a reason after the fact.

I find this article quite interesting, but I can't help having a bit of an issue with the premise of billions not guaranteeing a return.

Amazon, Google and others have thrown billions into making data centers and the result is showing : Amazon is apparently better off than Microsoft when it comes to cloud services.

Cloud services are not summarized by the services you offer to your customers. You can have the greatest list of features on the market, if your cloud is down regularly, people will go for alternatives that may offer less features, but are more stable.

Stability is what costs billions. The backend requirements for ensuring proper response times and failover is something that is quite beyond me, but I'm quite sure that, in terms of hardware, bandwidth and server monitoring, it must absolutely mind-boggling. Experience in this domain is capitalized upon, and cannot be just bought.

So I do not see newcomers having the slightest chance at upsetting the establishment. Very, very deep pockets are required to enter this market, and when you're in, you still have to learn how to make it work the hard way - meaning losing customers every time you fail to maintain stability.

There are three big names in the enterprise cloud space at this time : Amazon, Microsoft and IBM. I'm pretty sure we won't be adding many more to that list.

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Smart meters are a ‘costly mistake’ that'll add BILLIONS to bills

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"the fuel poor are effectively subsidising the fuel profligate."

Well, it's business as usual then, right ?

Right.

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Atomic clocks' ticks tamed by 3,000 entangled atoms

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For a ho ?

About $50, I'd say.

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Apple is like HITLER says Chinese billionaire

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Honestly, you might want to replace those totals into their time frames for a proper comparison.

Hitler (as Führer) : 1934 - 1945, or 11 years

Stalin : 1925 - 1953, or 28 years

Mao : 1949 - 1976, or 27 years

So Hitler reigned the least, and his "genocide impact" is reduced further when you consider that his Final Solution was not actually implemented before 1942. Beyond that, his Final Solution did not only concern Jews (something that way too many people do not know). You must therefor include up to 1.5 million Romani people, nearly 2 million Poles and up to 3 million assorted other victims (Soviet prisoners of war, intellectuals, homosexuals, Jehova's witnesses and other undesirables). Not counting the almost 20 million people who did indirectly because of his politics of deliberate starvation of "undesirable races".

So Hitler's direct "genocide total" is actually much closer to 12.5 than 6, and that in a time span of, at most, 4 years.

If Stalin had had that kind of behavior, he would have killed 116.6 million people instead of your quoted 62, and Mao would have killed 112.5.

Mao may appear to have done a bit less, but one must not forget that the population of China has always dwarfed the population of the Soviet block by a ration of around 10 to 1. In that light, Mao was positively benign.

In the end, let us not forget that all of these numbers represent the lives of millions upon millions of innocent people sacrificed on the alter of ignorance.

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Too much red there, blood or otherwise.

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