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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

DarkOx Re:Radicalization (847 comments)

Seriously, does this justify carpet bombing?

No it does not and Israel isn't "carpet bombing" In fact they are going out their way to the point where it undermines their mission to avoid civilian casualties. Do think Hamas does not attempt to move rockets, launchers, and fighters when Israel names targets?

What Israel is doing and has always does is conduct one of the most carefully targeted offensives in history.

The fact is Hamas intentionally places legitimate targets in and around civilian populations and non-targets schools, hospitals, etc. The Israelis do their best; but at the end of they day a military kills people and destroy property; that is what they are for and that is always the outcome. You can try and target carefully but their will always be collateral damage in a conflict of any size or duration. The damage will be higher when one side (Hamas) refuses to adopt conventions that would help restrict the direct harm to those that who are direct actors themselves.

In the grand scheme of cosmic justice should more Israeli soldiers die because Hamas decided not to take steps to protect their own civilian population? Because the only real alternative would be for Israel to have infantry work their way thru Gaza building to building street to street with small arms; and I can assure you the casualties would be higher, although the mixture would change.

3 days ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

DarkOx Re:Radicalization (847 comments)

If one who abstaining should be considered every bit as responsible for the outcome as those who voted in favor of whatever proposition wins and is executed upon. Abdicating your responsibly to contribute and informed decision to a democratic process does not earn your pass.

Those who voted against Hamas leadership and those who were prevented from voting or were coerced might be innocent but that does not describe the majority of the electorate. Israel has to deal with the group as a whole, they don't get a choice in that. Maybe it "isn't fair" to some but its the reality we all have to live with.

3 days ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

DarkOx Re:Radicalization (847 comments)

I am not a fan of Israel but I sure wish people would stop apologizing for Palestine. You would have to be certifiably crazy to allow a group who has an organizing document that calls for your extermination and a history of taking violent action against you to establish permeate state on your border with a few flow of goods (weapons and the making of) allowed to flow in.

The Palestinian people DID ELECT these people their leaders so THEY ARE responsible for their actions. When the Palestinian people disown the PLO and Hamas, then and only then could you make an argument for treating differently.

Sure Israels positions might be considered hardline, and they might not be in rush to hand over the desirable real-estate to Palestinian groups but their are Arab-isrealies, who are not themselves Jews but enjoy "full citizenship" and no mainstream Jewish groups are out calling for the extermination of all Arabs, Muslims, etc. There is simply no intellectually honest argument to be made in favor of the current Palestinian leadership over Israel if you must take sides.

The truth is though the 'west' needs to get out of this shit, we need to stop being evolved if we ever want this to end and that includes providing aide to Palestine and money and military toys to Israel.

3 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

DarkOx Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (729 comments)

Actually it just proves how valuable people think he is. Look at the rest of our society. We allow all kinds of people who are of some particular talent: athletics, musicians, actors, politicians, certain academics, and others get away with things the rest of us would surely be fired over and quite possibly prosecuted and imprisoned.

I am not say its a good thing, but our society in general allows individuals who attain a certain celebrity status a degree of entitled behavior and allowances are made when they break the 'rules' the rest of us live by. The more actual talent and the less 'replaceable' they are the more outrageous we let them behave. Some of them over step and hilarity ensues and others remain decent people and don't take advantage of their position at all.

Linus however is no different in this regard. He does it because he CAN get away with it. The rest of us ARE WILLING to put up with it; that has been proven over and over again. He knows how far he can go and does not go farther.

5 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

DarkOx Re:I know you're trying to be funny, but... (729 comments)

I agree the major distributions have botched almost all of those. Can you site any MAJOR bugs in release ( ie even numbered minor version kernels without -rc etc on the end of them) that issues?

I can't recall any. Like any large complex software project Linux has had its share of bugs but I have been using it in various capacities for 15 years and I can't recall anything in a non-development release that made me go "Good God how did that get past QA".

5 days ago
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

DarkOx Re:maybe (511 comments)

Right the entire conflict is evil and it needs to end, but for it to end the West needs to quit meddling and and the various Palestinian groups need to accept reality.

Its not the Wests fault for creating Israel. Sure we did but all throughout history wars have been fought and lines on maps have been redrawing various peoples have been pushed out of one spot or another by other groups. There has to be some statue of limitations on these things. 70 years on I think we need to acknowledge we are no-long responsible for the security of Israel ( that needs to on them now ) and we don't owe the children of the displaced Palestinian peoples anything either. Which leaves the situation like this:

Israel faces and existential problem. They can't appease the Palestinians without abandonment of the fundamental character of their nation. Nobody can reasonably expect a people to do that.

Hamas has and does advocate and conduct violence against Israel, the can and do hide weapons among their civilian population they have and will use their tunnels or any relaxed restrictions on the embargo to transport weapons or materials from which weapons can be made into Gaza.

The Palestinians face an existential problem, They can't make peace with Israel without surrendering what they believe to be their homeland; nor can they accept the status quo as a settlement neither of the current Palestinian territories is economically viable on its own. They cannot feed the people they have with their own production they cannot produce enough of anything else of value to purchase food, their existence is dependent on charity. They could not do this with open boarders either.

Nobody can expect the Palestinians to lie down and accept that.

Because the threats they face on their boarders Israel can't accept much movement where lines on the map are concerned and remain defense able. Its a fundamental impasse.

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So every couple years we have these little dust-ups and thousands die and more end up suffering. Then some arrogant fools arrange another ceasefire thinking its humanitarian. Next various groups again in the name of humanitarianism provide food and energy to Palestine, which leads to another generation born into a community which cannot support them and life of no real opportunities or hope. Finally we repeat the bloodshed. Its stupid more people have died badly than if we just backed off and let Israel, the Palestinian groups, and the other local nations states just slug it out and finish things once and for all.

Frankly we should have recognized the coup that took place in Egypt and cut off the foreign aid and imposed an travel ban. If we had let Egypt collapse into a failed state (and it would without tourism and aide monies) it would give the Palestinian refuges some place to go or force Israel to fight a war that actually resolves the matter once and for necessitated by no longer having Egypt's assistance to keep arms out of Palestine. Maybe over a few decades a new stable system could emerge;

Rght now its just an endless cycle of violence and we are its enablers. I really believe the most humanitarian thing we could do is just resolve the get out of the conflict and stay out of the conflict no matter what.

5 days ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

DarkOx Re:Thanks (394 comments)

Even with a tunneled VPN there is a lot of traffic shaping they could do that probably would not interfere with most online commerce and business users activities.

Web browsing is very busty. You simply allow full bandwidth when connections start. Then you count packets per second and packet sizes, which you can do encrypted or not. Unless deliberate steps to introduce noise are taken media streams are going to be characterized by relatively fixed size packets are fixed rates. Connections for things webpage loads or form posts and Outlook syncs probably will be in most cases to short lived for your analysis phase to complete and won't be affected at all.

Bigger file transfers (assuming you don't want to throttle them too) will in most cases show more variation in packets per second as network conditions change, because in most cases they running as fast as things will allow, wherever the bottle neck might be, unlike streams which are hopefully running at a negotiated rate that is fully sustainable.

5 days ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

DarkOx Re:Thanks (394 comments)

Right because there is no way a little traffic analysis can't tell the difference between some typical GET and POST request sent on an SSL channel and video stream. /sarcasm off

It might be slightly harder to tell the difference between a video stream and a large file download but by no means impossible. You can do this much with (relatively) inexpensive COTS routing and fire-walling equipment now.

Nope just SSL or just tunneled ipsec for that matter won't cut it; you going to have to put some traffic analysis thwarting measures in there too, which means even more waste than the tunnel overhead. So ultimately VZ is making things worse for themselves in terms of network traffic, unless they are only going to allow busty stuff like webpage downloads.

Still even the typical slashdot'ers home setup is very much on the losing end of the arms race as things stand today. The only reason VPN success is VZ isn't really trying that hard.

about a week ago
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Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

DarkOx Re:Flat UI Design (165 comments)

Gotta join in on this here.

On the one hand it all evokes fond memories of CDE on the other hand CDE is open source now if what I wanted was CDE I could have it. I expect something better than this.

about a week ago
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New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

DarkOx Re:Warrants are supposed to be narrow (150 comments)

yes but they would get a warrant to search the filing cabinet for the named documents. They *might* discover other interesting documents incidental to the search in the cabinet and they would be allowed access to those. They would not be allowed to remove or copy the other documents. They also would not be allowed to drive to your parents place 5 hours away and search thur boxes of old files there from 10 years ago, unless they specified doing so on the warrant and it would only be allowed if there was reason to think related documents could be there.

E-mailboxes are not perfectly analogous to physical filing containers. People tend to have all of there electronic documents in once place. I think the basic principle of limited searches though means if you can't restrict where, because there isn't an atomic concept of place, than you must restrict what. So I still say minimally having to name a reasonable date range is not asking to much of LEOs.
 

about two weeks ago
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New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

DarkOx Re:Warrants are supposed to be narrow (150 comments)

How hard do you think it would be to describe to a Google employee the type of information you want them to search for in (likely) thousands of emails and get a perfect success rate (assuming, perhaps incorrectly, that that's the only satisfactory outcome)?

Not all that hard really. I agree with you in that you probably can't go specifying search terms because all it would take is a few code words having been used and you really might miss what you are looking for. That said a lot of people now have a decade of correspondence in Gmail. I think "the entire mailbox of" is a little to broad for a warrant. Its not fair to just open up all of someones papers for their entire life for investigation.

I would expect in almost every situation there would be *some* criteria short of *all messages* that could be used. Like say all message between "X date and Z dates", when the crime took place on Y date. Bracket it by a year or so, or maybe longer if it was some sort of conspiracy or something at that point the prosecutors have to have some definable reasons and a magistrate has to agree the make sense. Maybe its all messages with an 822 from ${address}; or even mail server IP in ${geographic region}.

Prosecutors should have to demonstrate some knowledge of what they are looking for, just like with a physical search where they have to say: we are looking for a knife between 3" and 7" long, or financial documents related to account XXXX--XXXX-XXX.

 

about two weeks ago
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Critroni Crypto Ransomware Seen Using Tor for Command and Control

DarkOx Re:Time to get rid of Tor (122 comments)

And while we are on the subject:

Its true that some protests and the beginnings of the Arab spring stuff apparently began on Twatter and Facespace; I wonder how much of that was going to happen anyway, especially given that in at least 3 of the four major uprisings the secular movements that seemed so popular online certainly have not proven to be what the people ultimately choose to support:

Egypt - went theocracy and is now back to essentially an autocracy that more or less resembles the one they started out with.

Libya - If you're not an Obama apologist is a failed sate, run by gangs or would be tyrants.

Syria - Ramains to be seen if the rebels will even succeed by if they do will probably be Islamist

Tunisia - Well that one might have kinda worked.

  One is left to wonder if much like Slashdot here in the states, were lots of radical (not to be necessarily read with a negative connotation), ideas get expressed on line, but it seems to amount to a lot of political masturbation because it does not get translated into actions that generate any sort of results at the ballot box. In some respects taking a longer view of the pamphleteers of the late 17th and 18th centuries, and the marchers and organizers of the mid 20th century seem to have had much more influence that the 21st century Internet critics. Oh sure the can manage to get a SOPA or PIPPA shot down once in awhile, but can't get it turned into the sort of third rail the politicians will shy away from touching again for even a year.

So is it possible the Internet is actually harmful to these movements, is it keeping people sitting at home posting on Facespace behind their proxies instead of actually out in the street doing something disruptive? Sure the organizing power of these things is clear but real widely supported political movements always have managed to organize before.

about two weeks ago
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NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

DarkOx Re:Misuse of FOIA (231 comments)

You are absolutely correct but they know perfectly well it would just be followed up with the obvious and very specific request for "All e-mails from Edward Snowden with subject matter relating to the legality of the internet monitoring and cellular meta data gathering activities conducted by the NSA".

And then they'd be right back here were they are now. Having to make the same excuse, which might have some legitimacy as those mails probably are evidence in an on going criminal investigation of Snowden; all though we all know he isn't returning to the States without some kind of immunity agreement so its rather hollow sounding. Think how hollow it would sound if it was a second excuse given.

The reality is Snowden's story about having attempted to raise the issues thru the proper channels is likely truthful and would just expose more NSA and State Department lies. The would rather just look like dicks and someone felt just shutting down the FOIA avenue would look less Dickish than being evasive.

about three weeks ago
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FAA Pressures Coldwell, Other Realtors To Stop Using Drone Footage

DarkOx Re:Perfectly appropriate action for the FAA to tak (199 comments)

No I think we should require a license if you are a commercial operator. If you are just flying for fun than you should not need a license. I don't think the number of aircraft that will be operated by pure hobbiests is going to be large enough to present a public nuisance.

I do think the totality of drones in the air will. So licensing commercial operators makes sense. If you fly as a hobbyist and your drone crashes causing damage or injury its a civil matter between you and injured party. If you are an unlicensed commercial operator you should face additional penalties.

about three weeks ago
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FAA Pressures Coldwell, Other Realtors To Stop Using Drone Footage

DarkOx Re:Movies (199 comments)

I know its a fun conspiracy theory and all but I don't think the double standard is deliberate, even if it does exist.

The real-estate lobby is probably only slightly less powerful than the Hollywood lobby. I mean lets see:

There are huge tax advantages for income properties, in terms of you can take losses against capital gains on them, but you can't on a property you used as a residence? Why?

The mortgage interest tax deduction -- exists almost exclusively to increase borrowing power and willingness, which DOES NOT really help buyers and owners, it just pushes values up in general which means banks get more interest realtors and title companies get bigger commissions.

There was never any real financial reform done; and if look into the debate carefully you can't count that all up to GOP obstructionism non of the proposals from the left did much to address predatory lending or liar loans/documentation requirements.

Given how much Gall Street has tied up in it the only thing more untouchable to regulators than Hollywood might be Real-Estate.

about three weeks ago
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FAA Pressures Coldwell, Other Realtors To Stop Using Drone Footage

DarkOx Re:Perfectly appropriate action for the FAA to tak (199 comments)

I am usually a pretty big skeptic when it comes to regulation but I gotta agree with you here.

This seems like a federal agency operating well withing the boundaries of what it was established to do. I also think we do need some management of [commercial] drones, do to the sheer numbers and the fact that most operators are flying over other peoples properties, where crashes could cause damage or injury.

People doing purely as a hobby problem I would be more skeptical of the need to regulate them. There numbers are few enough and lets be honest most of the air craft they would be operating will remain small and light; we can probably expect incidents form their use to be infrequent enough and small enough in severity to sort out in our local small claims courts at least until that proves not to be the case.

The real-estate folks though are using the drones commercial and if we let every real-estate agent, grounds keep, delivery boy, paper boy, etc; fly a drone with no management whatsoever that is hell of lot of drones in air! Some of those crafts might start getting bigger and heavier pretty quickly as well.

about three weeks ago
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DARPA Successfully Demonstrates Self-Guiding Bullets

DarkOx Re:Creepy (188 comments)

I would think it would be a matter of how much contrast this thing needs to "see" the counter obvious counter measure would be to "light up" areas where a someone is likely to be a target with light of the same wavelength but from an omnidirectional source. So the bullet can see the spot the laser is painting against the background.

Should be fairly easy for situations like the inside of a car an important person travels in, and the outside of residences and office buildings and such. Now if you are the impoverished kid that is harder to do.

about three weeks ago
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Aereo Embraces Ruling, Tries To Re-Classify Itself As Cable Company

DarkOx Re:It's only fair (147 comments)

Yet don't you dare encrypt anything in an amateur radio band!

about three weeks ago
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William Binney: NSA Records and Stores 80% of All US Audio Calls

DarkOx Of course they are (278 comments)

I have been posted before there is simply no way the NSA could have use for even the most conservative estimates for there storage capacity in that Utah data center unless they are or were planning to keep the content.

about three weeks ago

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Anonymous Vows to Destroy Facebook

DarkOx DarkOx writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DarkOx (621550) writes "Anonymous has vowed to destroy Facebook on November 5th (which should ring a bell).

Citing privacy concerns and the difficulty involved in deleting a Facebook account.

From: Anonymous posting:
Attention citizens of the world,
We wish to get your attention, hoping you heed the warnings as follows:
Your medium of communication you all so dearly adore will be destroyed. If you are a willing hacktivist or a guy who just wants to protect the freedom of information then join the cause and kill facebook for the sake of your own privacy."

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Slackware.com is gone

DarkOx DarkOx writes  |  more than 3 years ago

DarkOx (621550) writes "It appears the domain registration of Slackware.com the oldest commerical GNU/Linux distributions has expired. Is this a simple oversite on the part of Slackware's maintainer Patrick Volkerdi or is this a diliberate retirement of many peoples favorite distribution?"
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Jessica Watson sets sail

DarkOx DarkOx writes  |  more than 4 years ago

DarkOx (621550) writes "Jessica Watson has begun her round the world voyage, if successful she will be the youngest person, age 16, to circumnavigate the globe by sail unassisted and non-stop.

She will 23,000 nautical miles (about 38,000 kilometres), departing and returning to Sydney as required to set the record. This will be a journey lasting around 240 days, during which she may not acquire any outside supplies or receive any assistance with repairs.

She will have internet access, e-mail, and her position will be continuously tracked and monitored. This is a pretty high tech undertaking both in the electronics sense and as in sailing kit. Her yacht is a S&S (Sparkman and Stephens) 34 a boat that has successfully been used in other solo circumnavigation bids.

Much more information can be found at her website: http://www.jessicawatson.com.au/"

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Hypocrisy and the Contraception debate

DarkOx DarkOx writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Since apparently we have to decide the future of American politics around this issue of whether insurers should be forced to offer contraceptives and pharmacies be forced to carry them the freedom or religion question again comes to the forefront.

The progressive propaganda machine is out in full force trying to accuse conservatives of forcing their religion on others and or trying to sell us all on the idea that these measures are in some way protecting them from the tyrannical religious views of the minority. The sad part is its working in that public is actually entertaining the idea this has anything to do with religion. It may be to an extent but if is than the conservatives as usual have the more supportable position even if most of those would be ïïSantorum votes and the candidate himself are blind to it.

All of these âoeprogressivesâ who see their boy Obama as a hero pushing common sense over the religious right, are as much the fools they like to make the Santorum supporters out to be or the worst kind of hypocrite. I personally suspect its pretty even mix of both; frequently found in the same individuals. Almost any of them would be willing to argue that âoefreedom of religionâ means freedom from religion and Iâ(TM)d agree. It follows though that âoefreedom of associationâ its in that same amendment, should also mean freedom from association. That means as an individual, or private business, I should have the right to disassociate myself form any person or group of people I chose for any reason, however stupid. This is the view I take as libertarian. Its incumbent upon me to not pick stupid reasons but if I do; well to damn bad right? So if an employer, insurance agency or pharmacy does not want the sort of customer or employee that interested in contraception coverage well that ought to be allowed. So toss out all your civil rights acts, quota laws, and similar non-egalitarian derk.

The Supreme Court of the United States disagrees with me; partially. The have held you can only exclude members from your group if their presence would make it difficult to express you view point. Clearly in the case of Catholic organizations who have the view point that contraception is wrong, would have a problem espousing that viewpoint while having a membership with the expectation they are going to pay for it. So their covered but the pharmacy that does not want to carry Plan B, they are not a religious organization, the are not pushing an agenda other than make buck; so they canâ(TM)t just dissociate themselves from a certain group of customers right? Well I guess you got me there, or do you? I say the the Supreme Court is wrong. I say this because if the the freedom of associate is in fact not freedom from association than its terribly inconsistent to take the view freedom of religion is.

If your not forcing people to violate the tenants of their own faith with say biblical-y inspired laws than those must be okay, as that would be consistent with the Courts rulings on association. Sorry Atheists if the Christians want to hang the Ten Commandments over the door and start the school day with a prayer I guess you must let them. You canâ(TM)t have it both ways, well not and be honest anyway. Lets face it honesty and integrity have never really been part of the progressive agenda though have they?

  hmm some other thoughts on the subject.

What about the basic freedom reserved for the states and the people, you know ALL the ones not enumerated elsewhere in the Constitution. Like say deciding what to stock in your store. If a pharmacy has to carry Plan B, does my auto mechanic have to stock parts for my thirty year old import? Does JC Penny have to have beige pants in a thirty-one inch waste in stock at all times? Where is line? Clearly its totally against the character of this nation for any central governing body to be dictating what a retail operation has on their shelves, at least I hope that is still true!

Finally can we just dispense with the totally ridiculous notion that contraceptive drugs are âoenecessary for womenâ(TM)s health.â Clearly when prescribed for âoecontraceptive useâ they are not. Effective inexpensive contraception for men and women is available at just about every gas station, drug store, and many a public rest room across this country. If you really canâ(TM)t of any of it for whatever reason you could just keep your pants on. Sure it might ruin a Saturday night but it wonâ(TM)t kill you. I would be willing to entertain an argument that these medications might be necessary when prescribed as they frequently are for other health reasons. Doing so than places it on the doctor writing the prescription and their professional integrity when they attest to why they are doing it. Seems like a reasonable compromise. This simply is not an equal protection issue. Its just not.

Lets face it contraception is NOT specifically a womenâ(TM)s issue unless fathers have no obligation or rights to the consequences of not using it. Oh wait nobody is happy with that idea? Thought not.

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