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TSA Investigates Pilot Who Exposed Security Flaws

ChaosDiscord Re:What I don't understand... (394 comments)

How do you know the person in a pilot's uniform is actually a pilot? If pilots get less screening, you create incentive for an attacker to try to sneak in using that lower security route. Maybe identify a pilot that you or one of your allies looks a bit like, waylay him the night before and steal his uniform and ID. You might not be able to actually fly the plane, or even taxi it to the runway, but you can certainly smuggle explosives or weapons in to hand off to "passengers" planning on hijacking a plane.

Heck, you don't even need to fake being a pilot. If you can find a pilot who is willing to participate in murder, be it for religion or money, but who personally would rather not die or be caught, well, they can help! Just smuggle weapons or explosives in through the low security pilot line, hand them off, then head off to your job.

Of course this is all security theater given that ground crew and other people in the secure area receive little to no screening at all. It's much easier to fake being ground crew.

more than 3 years ago

Why Anonymous Can't Take Down

ChaosDiscord Re:FFS (392 comments)

I can see the slogan. " EC2: Rock solid stability. Provided Joe Lieberman likes you."

more than 3 years ago

Interpol Issues Wanted Notice For Julian Assange

ChaosDiscord Re:It's the other way around actually.. (1020 comments)


Yes, and the woman automatically is believed to be telling the truth....

Associated Press:

On Dec. 8, 2008, a bleeding woman ran from Sowell's house and told a police officer that Sowell had punched her, choked her and tried to rape her, the lawsuit says. Police have said Sowell was released without being charged because a detective felt the woman was not credible.

At that point in time, Sowell had murdered 6 women. After being freed without charge, he would go on to murder 5 more.

more than 3 years ago

Corporations Hiring Hooky Hunters

ChaosDiscord Vacation time is constant (610 comments)

Generally speaking, vacation time is roughly, somewhere around 3-4 weeks per year. If a company offers you that much, people tend to be happier and more honest. If a company offers less, morale falls and people take the remainder as fake sick leave, because they feel they deserve it. It leads to disrespect for management. And since people value their sick leave to use as vacation, they're much more likely to come in to work while sick, spreading illness and decreasing productivity throughout the company. Too little vacation is a false economy for a company. (Yes, there are naturally exceptions.)

more than 3 years ago

Google Unveils Android 'Honeycomb' Tablet

ChaosDiscord Re:It is all about the battery life (187 comments)

I have a feeling that the dual core CPU will cause the batteries to actually generate electricity. You'll be able to plug it into the wall and actually make you electrical meter go backward.

more than 3 years ago

Interpol Issues Wanted Notice For Julian Assange

ChaosDiscord Re:It's the other way around actually.. (1020 comments)

Yes, and the woman automatically is believed to be telling the truth and if the defendant calls her a liar, he's just an evil man.

In the court of public opinion, sometimes. It helps if the accuser is more sympathetic. But there is usually plenty of room for some victim blaming. People are willing to blame 13-year-old girls for being raped by 43-year-old men!

In those pesky actual courts, where people can do jail time and end up on sex offender registries, no, we're still using beyond a reasonable doubt as the test. Hey, remember the Duke Lacrosse team?

It's no secret that girls in middle school / high school do this from time to time to get rid of teachers

It's also no secret that boys in high school occasionally show up with guns and threaten people. Life's not risk free. But both events are rare.

But no, you have a vendetta against all men (what, get turned down a lot by guys you like?)

There are two possible assumptions you're making about my sex and sexuality. Both are wrong. But thanks for playing! Also, bonus points for the ad hominem attack.

Women are legally granted all power in any interaction with men.

Hyperbole much?

You're so deep into your privilege, that very modest changes in society toward equality seem like massive threats. They really aren't. Chill out. The benefits of being male continue to be pretty significant.

more than 3 years ago

Interpol Issues Wanted Notice For Julian Assange

ChaosDiscord Re:It's the other way around actually.. (1020 comments)

How did this subthread start? You, quoting and replying to the following:

But if the accusations should turn out to be correct, and the leaks also correct, it doesn't appear to be rape as in forcing the women to have sex, but turning consensual sex into a "rougher" and "degrading" sex.

Sex that started consensual, then turned into something else. Something non-consensual. If people are into rough or degrading sex and everyone involved is into it, go wild! But from context it's pretty clear that example was no longer consensual. Assuming the partner had reason to understand it was no longer consensual, it's rape.

Secondly, only a very small percentage of women in the US are raped (I forget the exact number, something like 3%) - so no, it's not a "very real risk".

I'm impressed with your ability to yield that 1 in 50 women might be raped, to know several women who have been raped, but it's "not a 'very real risk'".

Then there's the fact that between false rape plus people expanding the definition of rape to include "you later regretted it", yes, guys definitely have to worry about being falsely accused of rape since being accused means that you're automatically guilty (regardless of verdict) and must register as a sex offender, etc. Your life is DONE if you're falsely accused.

Have you considered emigrating to another country? Whatever hellhole you're in where people found not-guilty must register as a sex offender must be pretty terrible. Here in the United States, that's certainly not true. Also, you might appreciate that in the US the whole "beyond a reasonable doubt" thing makes rape extremely hard to successfully prosecute, since "date rape," typically is a he-said-she-said thing.

Despite knowing several women who have been raped, you're mostly worried about highly unlikely things that might happen to you. The recipe for not getting charged with rape is simple: No means no, stop means stop, don't fuck crazy people.

all the matters is the end result of male submission to the vastly superior females.

"Hey, maybe non-consensual sex is rape." "Waaaaaah, I'm being oppressed!"

more than 3 years ago

Interpol Issues Wanted Notice For Julian Assange

ChaosDiscord Re:It's the other way around actually.. (1020 comments)

Boo-fucking-hoo. You're male and enjoy a hell of a lot of unearned privilege. Including, apparently, the privilege to be able to suggest in public that non-consensual sex is similar to having a friend drink all your beer and not be shunned. The risk of you facing sexual assault of any sort is negligible. (Tip: avoid prison.) For a woman it's a very real risk. It's going to understandably color their interactions with men, and that includes concerns about being forced into sexual acts they don't want. That you clearly have no idea how emotionally scarring it can be to be forced into a sexual act you don't want really. You have no idea how much pervasive victim blaming pressures women into quietly accepting unwanted sexual acts. You don't worry about all that; it's a female problem. You're free to assume that it's rare and not that serious. That frees you up to fret about for more rare cases, like false rape accusations, which is obviously more important because, well, it might impact you!

Christ. You're a poster child for male privilege and rape culture.

If you're having sex, and your partner says "Stop it," "Don't do that," or something similar, then you're done, stop. If you keep going, the sexual activity has crossed from consensual to non-consensual and you've become, at best, a sexual assailant, but more likely a rapist. It's nice and simple. There are a few minor edge cases (no fucking crazy people, arrange safe words in advance if necessary), but it's really not that hard.

more than 3 years ago

Interpol Issues Wanted Notice For Julian Assange

ChaosDiscord Re:It's the other way around actually.. (1020 comments)

Consent is not a binary switch that once enabled is always enabled. "Hey, let's have sex," does mean you've signed up for anything. You always have the right to say, "Woah, okay, this is not cool. We're done." At that point your partner has to stop. If your partner is all frustrated because they're turned on, well, that's what masturbation is for, so no whining. If your partner continues onward in spite of being told to stop, congratulations, your partner is a rapist!

(Mind you, I make no judgment about Assange's case. We all lack enough facts.)

more than 3 years ago

Greg Bear, Others Cry Foul on Project Gutenberg Copyright Call

ChaosDiscord Re:Neither forgotten or out of print. (721 comments)

"Copyright gives the author - and his heirs - an exclusive and constitutionally protected right..."

The constitution guarantees a number of rights, including freedom of speech and religion. Interestingly, it never guarantees me a right to copyright. The bit about copyright is the constitution grants Congress the power to create copyright, but Congress is no more compelled to protect copyright than they are to issue letters of marque, which the same section of the constitution also provides for. Congress could, theoretically, eliminate copyright tomorrow and it would be legal.

more than 3 years ago

Greg Bear, Others Cry Foul on Project Gutenberg Copyright Call

ChaosDiscord Re:That long ago? (721 comments)

Hooking copyright to your lifespan suggests that the value of your work depends on your age, health, and luck. That seems wrong. If I write a book when I'm 20 and live to be 80, my book is apparently worth 130 years of copyright. If I write a book when I'm 80 and die the next day, my book is only worth 70 years of copyright? How is that a good idea or fair on any level?

Fixed length copyrights make a hell of a lot more sense. Let's say 70 years. At 70 years you have plenty of time for your heirs to enjoy it if you die "soon" thereafter. Almost no one will outlive their copyrights, and if they do, well, they had 70 damn years to create a second work.

Furthermore, life plus seventy? Really? Your children will, in all likelyhood, be dead before the copyright expires. Do your grandchildren and great grandchildren really need a government granted monopoly on something they didn't create? Maybe they should get off their asses and get jobs, or maybe create something new themselves.

more than 3 years ago

Xbox Live Enforcement — No Swastika Logo

ChaosDiscord Re:Hmmm, don't really like the guys tone (473 comments)

Totally! Because when I play with other randomly-matched, pseudoanonymous gamers online, I'm always stuck that they're universally thoughtful, polite people. Wow, from the noise everyone makes, you'd think that online gaming was dominated by immature, racist, sexist, homophobic, assholes who delight in trolling. I remember just yesterday playing against Neeg4hk1ll4h yesterday and seeing his swastika and thinking, "I appreciate it when a polite British young man* tries to spread the Buddhist word of peace." (* That he was a young man was obvious from his speech. I learned that he was British and polite when repeatedly offered me a cigarettes and bundles of sticks.")

more than 3 years ago

Flash Can Rob 2 Hours From MacBook Air's Battery Life

ChaosDiscord Running software uses power, Film at 11! (509 comments)

So... running software uses power. This is news, somehow? Other things that will shorten your battery life: Playing games, running poorly written software that spin-waits on input, video encoding, that stupid dancing tree USB thing. Yes, Flash is an inefficient pig. Lots of software is. Get FlashBlock or NoScript so you can run it when you want it (to see, say, a video or play a game) while avoiding it otherwise (99% of the crap on the web).

more than 3 years ago

Android Software Piracy Rampant

ChaosDiscord Android piracy well controlled! (510 comments)

Whenever people study people using infringing copies of software on PC platforms, they report something like 90% of copies are infringing. Thus, with "an overall piracy rate of over 67%," we can conclude that Android copyright infringement is remarkably well controlled, and app publishers should be grateful. (Admittedly, it's worse than iOS apps, which might see a 50% infringement rate, but another way of putting it is: Apple put up far more aggressive barriers to copyright infringement costing the, in the process made iOS less useful to customers and more hostile to development, and still only lowered the rate from 67% to 50%.

And, of course, the old rule applies: Those infringing your copyright aren't your customers. If you've made good software, are selling it as a reasonable price, and it's conveniently available, it's unlikely that anything you can do will improve your profits. Sure, you might reduce the number of infringing copies in use, but you'll have spent money accomplishing that for minimal to no additional sales. Worry about your customers, not those violating your copyright.

more than 3 years ago
top Not Really Gone

ChaosDiscord Re:As a loyal customer (276 comments)

Part of why I love GOG is that I don't need to trust them. There is no DRM. I'm free to make my own backups and never visit their site again after purchasing a game. It doesn't matter if they go crazy and pull stupid stunts like this. It doesn't matter if they get bought out. It doesn't matter if the game's copyright holder gets into a snit and pulls the title. I still have my backup. This is as it should be.

Yes, it was a stupid stunt. But a rational consumer has to assume that eventually every business is going to try and screw you. Take defensive measures. Prefer businesses that don't need your trust beyond a single transaction. I remain satisified with my purchases from GOG, and I hope they pick up more classic games I'd love to play.

more than 3 years ago

Will Android Flavors Spoil the Platform?

ChaosDiscord Two types of people (405 comments)

There appear to be two types of people: people very concerned about Android's fragmentation and its inevitable demise and people who actually own Android based phones. Thank you for your concern, but we're doing fine, thanks. We're busy enjoying the ability to install software from third parties without going through the Android Market, the ability to choose easy to root phones, the ability to choose phones we can easily replace the core operating system on, and more.

On a related note, us Linux users are also somehow surviving in the face of dozens of distributions.

about 4 years ago

Will Android Flavors Spoil the Platform?

ChaosDiscord Re:The "choice is bad" argument (405 comments)

do you really think you can totally re-program a phone from open source code?

Erm, yes?

What Android is giving us is competition. Phones are locked to varying levels. Some are quite easy to root, some require a bit of work, some haven't been rooted yet. If you care, factor that into your purchasing decision.

Whining that Android is inherently bad because carriers and manufacturers can choose to be evil is like whining that Linux is inherently bad because Tivo and others choose to be evil with it.

about 4 years ago

Will Android Flavors Spoil the Platform?

ChaosDiscord Re:its a valid point (405 comments)

a few weeks after you buy a 'smartphone' some other model makes yours a POS. well, almost. how can anyone buy in that kind of market and retain sanity?

The smartphone market is moving fast, but my phone is hardly a POS after a few weeks or even a few years. So I guess most of us retain our sanity by not obsessing over the latest technology.

google fucked this up. and I think its too late now, the market is SO fragmented its actually damaged

The market seems pretty healthy to me right now. I know more slightly people with Android based phones than iPhones at the moment. They own a variety of phones and are all quite happy with them. Some want a thinner phone, some want a physical keyboard, some value battery life, some want high speed, some want a given manufacturer or carriers modifications, some don't. There are phones for all of us. We look at the specs and reviews and identify the best fit. We suggest apps we like to each other, and they work fine.

fanboys won't agree but who cares what they think

Ah, a classic argument. "Everyone who matters agrees with me. If you don't agree with me, you obviously don't matter." If that doesn't work, will you move on to "Lalalalalala, I can't hear you, lalalalalala?"

We've been hearing these arguments since Android was announced, and somehow it hasn't collapsed in on itself. Instead Android-based phones are selling quite well and people are pretty happy with them. Competition is doing a reasonably good job limiting carrier meddling.

about 4 years ago

Mahara 1.2 EPortfolios

ChaosDiscord Re:What is it? (35 comments)

The author clearly thought that the the summary on the site would clear things up: "Mahara is an open source e-portfolio system with a flexible display framework. Mahara, meaning 'think' or 'thought' in Te Reo Mori, is user centred environment with a permissions framework that enables different views of an e-portfolio to be easily managed."

The author was clearly wrong.

about 4 years ago

Lies, Damned Lies and Cat Statistics

ChaosDiscord Re:No Don't Ruin This, I Need This! (175 comments)

You omitted the parenthetical, which is key. Perhaps I shouldn't have made it a parenthetical given its importance:

or a relationship that they badly need (or at least think they need)

Telling someone in an abusive relationship that they just need to "dump the guy" is like telling an alcoholic, "Just stop drinking," unhelpful. Yes, it's nice and rational, but if the person in the abusive relationship was being rational, they already would have already left.

So men are responsible for the emotional well-being of women now?

No. Human beings are responsible for not being abusive douchebags (emotionally or physically) to other human beings. Human beings are responsible for realizing that not everyone is as self-assured and rational as they are, and that they shouldn't take advantage of that. If you're bartering staying in a relationship for sex ("If you don't have sex with me, I'm leaving you"), that's a strong clue that maybe you're being an abusive douchebag.

(Yes, there is a fuzzy line here, as there always is in human relationships. But is getting laid so damn important that it's worth even getting close to the line?)

about 4 years ago


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Protect America: Deny Women the Vote!

ChaosDiscord ChaosDiscord writes  |  more than 9 years ago

The recent headlines about some commie San Francisco-liberal mayor's efforts to treasonously violate state law and allow women to vote has brought women's suffrage back to the front of public debate. This is unfortunate, I thought we had sorted this out when we passed the Defense of Suffrage Act. To review why we must deny women the right to vote in order to protect suffrage, I recommend that everyone read my comments from last summer.

(Yes, this is a dupe from last summer, but given the current hoopla surrounding the San Francisco situation I thought it might be interesting.)


Do I vote for or against a local casino?

ChaosDiscord ChaosDiscord writes  |  more than 10 years ago

There is a referendum to authorize a casino in my county (for, against). I haven't made up my mind. I'm curious what other people think. Do you live in Dane County, Wisconsin? What are you planning? Do you live somewhere where a local casio was allowed? How did it work out?

At the moment I'm slightly leaning against the casino. Here is my current reasoning.


Best Science Fair Ever

ChaosDiscord ChaosDiscord writes  |  more than 10 years ago A humorous web site about a science fair. A Christian Science Fair. That web page is a stunning example of how sometimes a key element of public relations is knowing when to shut up before you embarass yourself.


Bad movie warning signs

ChaosDiscord ChaosDiscord writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Signs that a movie will be bad:

  • The phrase "The Movie" in the title
  • Use of an overused song to try and capture a particular feeling ("Bad to the Bone" and "Old Time Rock and Roll" are two particularly bad offenders)
  • The trailer fails to even hint at a specific plotline.
  • It's based on a soulless corporate comic strip that actually sucks the humor out of other comic strips placed near it.

I suppose you could say I'm not optimistic about Garfield: The Movie .


Scourge of Worlds DVD coverage

ChaosDiscord ChaosDiscord writes  |  more than 10 years ago

If you're a role-playing gamer, you might be familiar with Scourge of Worlds, a strange pick-a-path style DVD featuring the D&D iconic characters. If you're curious about this strange beast, check out my site dedicated to the Scourge of Worlds DVD game. I've got a full map of the game, a summary of the story, screenshots, and generally a great deal of evidence that I'm a giant dork.


PlayStation 2 Usability: Sony Hates You

ChaosDiscord ChaosDiscord writes  |  about 11 years ago

I've come to the conclusion that Sony hates me.

Not me personally, but me as a customer.

If they didn't hate me, why would they have the audacity to sell me a PlayStation 2, without a doubt the worst console for usability ever.

See the full article, "The PlayStation 2: Insult to Customers."


A test journal

ChaosDiscord ChaosDiscord writes  |  more than 11 years ago This is just a test journal so I can have a place to play with the comment engine without being off topic.

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