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Canadian Government Muzzling Scientists

Genwil Re:That's what I love about Conservatives (352 comments)

It isn't the same at all if the scientists are heaping scorn on things because the methods, conclusions, etc., aren't supported by the evidence.

about 4 years ago

Schneier's Revised Taxonomy of Social Data

Genwil Re:social data vs pr0n? (28 comments)

That's 'cuz we're only human, Jim.

more than 4 years ago

Dept. of Justice Considers Web For ADA

Genwil Plagiarized (296 comments)

Most of the parent story was plagiarized from WebAim ( This is stolen almost verbatim from the WebAim site.

more than 4 years ago

Climategate's Final Days

Genwil Re:We All Wish (872 comments)

Superb note. I wish I could mod you up to +10.

more than 4 years ago

Experts Say ACTA Threatens Public Interest

Genwil Re:Of course it isn't in the public interest (107 comments)

The question is not whether ACTA is in the public interest, but whether it's in the collective interest of those empowered to enact it. It's safe to assume that with the supporters of ACTA in control of a lot of cash and the majority of television airtime, the folks in power are very likely not giving a rat's behind what these professors and petitions are saying.

All the more reason for "ordinary" citizens to sign petitions and send letters to their elected reps.

more than 4 years ago

Say No To a Government Internet "Kill Switch"

Genwil Re:Does the U.S. really want to be like China or I (433 comments)

People wanted "net neutrality." Well, this is what you get when you hand control of the Internet over to the government.

Net Neutrality doesn't mean handing over the control of the Internet to the government - it already has that, running the root DNS servers for example. Net Neutrality means that an ISP may not prioritize or filter Internet traffic based on source or destination.

I've never understood what goes on in the head of a net neutrality supporter who wants the government to regulate net traffic, as if the government isn't more corrupt, inept, and power-hungry than corporations.

Probably some actual knowledge of the issue, rather than right-wing propaganda. You know, actually knowing what Net Neutrality means, which you obviously don't.

Great reply; maybe they'll learn something.

more than 4 years ago

Bill Proposes Canadian Cellphone Unlocking Rights

Genwil Re:Oh Canada (359 comments)

I have read much of what they write and also some of the Fraser Institute and find it hard to believe that they are equivalent. Thanks, though.

more than 4 years ago

Bill Proposes Canadian Cellphone Unlocking Rights

Genwil Re:Oh Canada (359 comments)

Not really, no.

more than 4 years ago

Bill Proposes Canadian Cellphone Unlocking Rights

Genwil Re:Oh Canada (359 comments)

And our taxes aren't even all that much higher when you add up all your state and local taxes. Plus a study has shown that citizens earning up to $85k/yr get back services worth more than that. We also live longer and do better in almost any social stat you can think of. But not to sound smug: we are far from perfect, and 30% of us seem hell-bent on voting for a party determined to be as Republican as they can.

more than 4 years ago

$1 Trillion In Minerals Found In Afghanistan

Genwil Re:That's Great But... (688 comments)

This basically means we're staying in Afghanistan indefinitely. Even worse, in the end the only ones who will benefit are the corporations. The taxpayers and the government will never see any of that money.

Who do you think works for the corporations? Answer: The taxpayers.

Also, do you think mining is going to be a nonprofit organization? They'll pay taxes to the government.

This is great news because this could help wipe out Afghanistan's poverty, the actual biggest obstacle to a functioning government.

And as we all know, local people always benefit from mining, extracting, and harvesting operations. Just ask the folks in Nigeria how they are benefitting from oil operations.

more than 4 years ago

Australian Gov't Seeks To Record Citizens' Web Histories

Genwil Re:Somebody fill me in here (354 comments)

...So, politicians focus on the marginal seats. Think Florida, which could go either way.

It just so happens a number of those seats are, currently, in and around Adelaide; a highly religious, conservative city known as "The City of Churches"...

Which means our current administration is pushing through knee-jerk think-of-the-children legislation while the opposition is basically screaming "US TOO BUT BIGGER, BETTER, MORE KNEE-JERKY."

It's pure horseshit and doesn't represent the will of the Australian people at all.

Sorry for the mess you're in. I hope we in Canada don't end up with the same Tweedledumb or Tweedledumber no choice between parties.

more than 4 years ago

Valve Delays Portal 2, Squashes Duke Nukem Rumors

Genwil Duke Nukem? (135 comments)

Is it really necessary for anyone to announce that Duke Nukem is not forthcoming?

more than 4 years ago

Gov't App Contests Are Cool, But Are They Useful?

Genwil Re:"Designed for Smartphones" (41 comments)

If you create conditions where someone makes an app for smartphones (open government data), and it only gets used by people with smartphones, this is a net gain for the society

Nonsense. The folk with smartphones are typically those who'd already interact with government. You are doing absolutely nothing to interact with those who are totally disenfranchised. You know - the ones who cannot afford the net, cannot afford a fancy phone?

I think you have made too large an assumption and ignored the points about the usefulness of allowing people to interact how, when, and in a manner of their choosing. Good apps are a net benefit.

more than 4 years ago

Jeff Jaffe Named CEO of W3C

Genwil Re:How about? (145 comments)

Absolutely true. Great post. If I had mod points...

more than 4 years ago

How Do You Get Users To Read Error Messages?

Genwil How Do You Get Users To Read Error Messages? (951 comments)

Most people have no clue what most error messages say to them, so they can't possibly remember what they say. Making sure error messages say something a regular person can understand will make it more likely they will read, and remember the messages. It's just like asking someone to remember names in their mother tongue or a completely different language: it's way easier for people to remember names from their own language.

more than 4 years ago

Ginkgo Doesn't Improve Memory Or Cognitive Skills

Genwil Ginkgo doesn't improve memory... (403 comments)

I meant to test ginkgo myself but kept forgetting to take it!

more than 4 years ago

Canadian Censorship Takes Down 4500 Sites

Genwil Re:Works for me (227 comments)

I agree that I can understand it a bit. The satire uses too much misdirection. They could have made the point even better by not copying exactly the look and domain. A very large majority of people recognize that there are legitimate limits to free speech (e.g. the famous "can't yell 'Fire!' in a crowded movie theatre"). I think the Yes Men made a tactical error. However, it is good that people see the backwards approach being taken by the Canadian government on the issue of global warming. It all fits in with the philosophy of the people in the Conservative party who do not believe in a progressive role for government, much like members of the second Bush administration.

more than 4 years ago

CRIA Faces $60 Billion Lawsuit

Genwil $6 Billion, not $60 Billion (280 comments)

Prof. Geist tweeted on Monday that the correct figure is $6 Billion and not $60B, but it is still a lot of cash. They have shown how greedy they are and single-mindedly in pursuit of the dollar.

more than 4 years ago



Remote Device Wiping Courtesy of Exchange

Genwil Genwil writes  |  about 4 years ago

Genwil (943858) writes "It would seem from the article in Coderspiel (as reported on Hacker News) that Microsoft Exchange gives sysadmins the power to remote wipe all data — everything — from unapproved devices that connect to their own email on that system. I'm amazed it doesn't happen around here every month, as simple as the article makes it sound. Anyone been effected by this?"
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