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UK Prime Minister Says Gov't Should Be Capable of Reading Any Communications

EuclideanSilence Re:Yep, the government _is_ the terrorist ! (329 comments)

I wasn't talking about leaving. I was talking about dissolving relations with a governing body. As in, all of us don't like it, so we make you (the government) leave.

about two weeks ago
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UK Prime Minister Says Gov't Should Be Capable of Reading Any Communications

EuclideanSilence Re:Yep, the government _is_ the terrorist ! (329 comments)

"Consent of the governed" disappeared with Lincoln. The right of States to leave the Federation has been forcefully infringed. It's funny how he has the reputation of freeing slaves, when in reality, he just ended up making a slave of everyone.

about two weeks ago
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Inside North Korea's Naenara Browser

EuclideanSilence They missed a more likely possibility (159 comments)

The entire country of North Korea is sitting on one class A network (16,777,216 addresses).

Possible but not likely. It is more likely that the country is split into many state run networks, all of which have a state owned machine with a 10.76.1.11 interface. It would provide more IP space, segregate the country into different Internet groups (in N Korea probably social classes), provide protection for some of those classes against DDOS worms infecting other classes, and make the "for your own good citizen" monitoring more tractable.

about two weeks ago
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Inside North Korea's Naenara Browser

EuclideanSilence Re:Translation pls. (159 comments)

There are some addresses on the internet that are only associated (except for misuse) with 1 device, these are "public IP".

There are some addresses on the internet that are intended to be associated with multiple devices, these are "private IP".

Private addresses can only be "seen" on a local network, so only one instance of a private address per local network. If you ask for a connection to a private address and the local network doesn't have it, your network won't make any connection for you (even though hypothetically there is several people in the world on other local networks with that address).

It's like being at a family reunion and asking for "John", and not getting a response because no one there is named John, even though a lot of people in the world share that name. On the other hand, if you ask for "Gilgamesh", well then people know to send you to ancient Sur, even though no one in your family is named "Gilgamesh". John is a private reusable identifier, Gilgamesh is a public unique identifier.

The consequence of this is that to run a service for which machines from outside of your local network can connect to, you have to associate the service with a public address. Due to North Korea being one gigantic "local network" (something that usualy only exists on the scale of homes and companies), no one in the world can request a connection to anyone in North Korea, unless a public address/port pair is preallocated to that person. NKoreans can still request connections to the rest of the world, assuming that the routers on the edge of their private network can remember all those connections. For a healthy country, remembering so much would be almost impossible, but for North Korea, it is a sign of how few people can make Internet connections to the rest of the world.

about two weeks ago
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Publications Divided On Self-Censorship After Terrorist Attack

EuclideanSilence Re: If your decision is.... (512 comments)

If you respond at all then you can be controlled. For example, antagonists to muslims could use you. The proper response is just to carry on, defend yourself if needed, petition the courts if the crime is ignored (likely not), but otherwise ignore them.

about two weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

EuclideanSilence Re:In the name of Allah ! (1350 comments)

I wouldn't say that violence is the problem. Violence is what threw out the British Empire and freed the US Colonies, and led to the first amendment.

Violence against tyrants is not a problem, and Islam attempts to make itself a tyranny over the whole world. But violence must come second to reason. An idea is far more powerful than any violence. The American Revolution could only be successful because of the support of enough people sharing the same idea.

The problem with Islam isn't the violent ones, it is the nonviolent ones. It all of the Muslim world actively engaged in violence rather than passively accepting it, the public idea of the religion would solidify and the religion would be destroyed shortly. But the US is hardly in any position to criticize, given the empire building and foreign slaughter it has been engaged in.

about two weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

EuclideanSilence Re:In the name of Allah ! (1350 comments)

You should have read the entire chapter.

He spends the entire rest of chapter clarifying what "the law" is.

"You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.' But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment.

"You have heard that it was said, 'Do not commit adultery.' But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Simply let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.

"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you

Have you noticed the pattern? It is not about some list of legalize, "this is ok and that is not ok". It is restated many times in the letters of the apostles as well, the measure of a person (that everyone was said to fail except Jesus) was a matter of "heart". Even after claiming to fulfill the law in your quote, Jesus dismisses those who take the law to be a matter of legal technicalities rather than a philosophy:

For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

about two weeks ago
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Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol

EuclideanSilence Re:Not doing what they're thinking (573 comments)

But how exactly would the government regulate 3D printers? Tax them to hell? Ban them completely? Because there's little chance they can enforce any other regulation.

There are many people who devote their entire existence to trying to use law to force you live your life as they see appropriate. They will use all their self righteous motivation, all the existing laws protecting the 2 large political parties, and all of your tax dollars to find a way to answer that question.

about three weeks ago
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Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol

EuclideanSilence Re:Thanks, assholes (573 comments)

The danger of this is that they won't charge you if they think the court will strike down the law on appeal. That is how National Security Letters have survived so long, they drop charges against violators.

If "drawing the foul" is really his plan, then (I'm no expert just speculating) that he would have to be careful of them charging him with an economic crime. Like "not paying taxes on printed firearms" or something, in order to pretend like they are not violating the constitution. Or violating a patent on firearms, or violating Apple's claim on rounded corners, or "terrorism" , or "disturbing the peace" (which I imagine has more severe charges the 3rd time you do it), etc.

about three weeks ago
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Beware Headlines Saying Chocolate Is Good For You

EuclideanSilence Re:American chocolate (224 comments)

...the artificial scarcity of money...

It sounds a lot nicer when you say it that way than when you say "scarcity of counterfeiting".

about three weeks ago
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Museum's Adults-Only Nights Show That Alcohol and Science Are a Good Mix

EuclideanSilence Who goes to museums (131 comments)

I've never understood the appeal of museums. They are the most boring place in the world to be dragged to. It's not like you can learn anything or interact with anything there. It's like people are afraid to admit they are boring because they are afraid to appear uncultured. Does anyone honestly enjoy museums?

about three weeks ago
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What Language Will the World Speak In 2115?

EuclideanSilence As long as (578 comments)

Regardless of the language, hopefully by 2115 they will stop using variations of the word "own" to mean "defeat".

about three weeks ago
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Doppler Radar Used By Police To Determine Home Occupancy

EuclideanSilence Re:Deja Vu (139 comments)

Perhaps the court needs to expressly rule that the use of technology to gain information about what is going on inside someone's home constitutes a search and requires a warrant. It seems obvious to me that this is a breach of everyone's constitutional rights.

That is absolutely nonsensical. Do eye glasses count as technology? Does sitting in a car and looking out the window count as technology? Subjective laws are never a good thing.

The distinction that everyone seems to be missing is a matter of principle. Would it be legal for someone not working as a LEO to use one of these devices nonconsentually? Probably not, it would probably be considered stalking, voyeurism, etc.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook Apologizes For 'Year In Review' Photos

EuclideanSilence Re:why Facebook? (218 comments)

You can filter out stories? Is this a slashdot feature or do you need a plugin? For example, how would I filter out all the global warming (or whatever they renamed it to again) stories?

about a month ago
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Facebook Apologizes For 'Year In Review' Photos

EuclideanSilence Re:I agree, it was uncool (218 comments)

Sorry to hear that. Hope you find it.

about a month ago
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Facebook Apologizes For 'Year In Review' Photos

EuclideanSilence Re:People Are Such Babies (218 comments)

This is how adults resolve things. There were no lawsuits. There were no mass protests. There was a guy who said "Yeah, that picture the algorithm picked? It hurt." And Facebook said "Wow, we can see that would hurt, and we're sorry it did. We will try to do better."

WTF is wrong with this exchange?

The problem is that the web designer's situation should be irrelevant to our evaluation of the choice Facebook made. Sure, it makes it easier for unreasonable people to draw emotional conclusions. What if the web designer was lying, and completely fabricating the complaint? Most people's opinion would change.

If Facebook posted aggregate pictures to their server, then there are 2 questions: do they break any (reasonable) law, and did they do something to upset their customers or users? "My child died of cancer" is not relevant. This is why courtrooms have to throw out "evidence", because only a small percentile of a small percentile of people can actually forcefully ignore such things in their considerations.

about a month ago
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MIT Unifies Web Development In Single, Speedy New Language

EuclideanSilence Re:Syntax looks gnarly (194 comments)

Currying was developed to simplify the axioms of Church's lambda calculus. That is about as "low level" as is conceivable. It is not an application level feature. It should NEVER be used in an application programming language.

Just because you can define things in a shitty way doesn't mean you should.

about a month ago
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Sony: 'The Interview' Will Have a Limited Theatrical Release

EuclideanSilence Re:Dear SONY: (176 comments)

Why though?

Maybe because today isn't the first day everyone has heard of Sony? They have a history of being assholes. They get away with illlegal or should-be-illegal behavior and product characteristics directed at their customers that makes us all hate them. If they weren't protected by an army of lawyers with chains of patents and copyrights, they would be out of business long ago.

And now they "oh, we're just going to show you a little bit of our crappy movie, hurry or you'll miss it!"...pass.

And. Fuck those guys.

about a month ago
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Sony: 'The Interview' Will Have a Limited Theatrical Release

EuclideanSilence Re:Limited Theatrical Release (176 comments)

I suspect it was more of a popularity stunt by Sony than any actual worry over N.Korea.

about a month ago
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Meet the Doctor Trying To Use the Blood of Ebola Survivors To Create a Cure

EuclideanSilence Re:Stand back while he does real medicine (33 comments)

There is always profit motive. Always. It's just myopic to define profit only in terms of currency.

Getting a profit of medicinal development is still profit. Getting a profit of money is fine too. Pretending that this is being done without profit because you happen to like the form the profit takes is ridiculous.

about a month ago

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