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Microsoft's Cooperation With NSA Either Voluntary, Or Reveals New Legal Tactic

MasterOfMagic Re:The demise of an empire (193 comments)

As an outsider, it seemed that the principles on which the US was founded could not be easily reconciled once it started picking up its own "colonies".

It could not be reconciled from the Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

All men are created equal, except for non-land owners, slaves, Native Americans who could not vote and were discriminated against. Let's also not forget women, who couldn't vote in most states until the 1920s.

about a year ago
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Microsoft's Cooperation With NSA Either Voluntary, Or Reveals New Legal Tactic

MasterOfMagic Re:The demise of an empire (193 comments)

As an American who loves my country, I need to have the courage to face the reality --- that my country has ceased to be the land of the free, the home of the braves, but has turned into an empire which is moving towards oblivion

Not to be too glib, but the braves died out long ago under the watch of Andrew Jackson.

I have a serious question for you: why do you love your country? I can understand why one could love the ideals that your country was founded upon as they are beautiful. I can understanding wanting to get involved in politics to try and steer the country in a direction that you think is better than where it is now. Why a love of country, especially a country that has been doing immoral things for quite some time?

The last moral war the US fought, in my estimation, was World War II. It was declared by Congress, and the entire nation sacrificed for it. There was a draft. People left their comfortable jobs and went off to defend the world against tyranny, oppression, and genocide. There was a defined end goal.

Korea certainly did not fit that bill. Our entrance into Vietnam was based on lies. Beruit was Reagan trying to take the focus off Iran-Contra. The First Iraq War was based on lies and oil. Afghanistan was perhaps justified (though by no means moral, in my estimation). The Second Iraq War was also based on lies and oil.

The CIA has a track record of overthrowing democratically elected leaders if they judge them not in the best interests of the US. Remember the Iraninan hostage crisis? That was a response to the CIA reinstalling the Shah. Remember Saddam Hussein? The US put him in power.

Ever since the creation of the NSA and Hoover's reign at the FBI there has been spying on American citizens. Do not think that PRISM is new. The intelligence agencies have been making incremental gains towards it since the Red Scare. The biggest gain of all was convincing the public that CALEA compliance was important (that is, remote, digitally tappable equipment providing both voice and data flowing over the lines).

So, given all of that, why do you love your country?

about a year ago
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Snowden NSA Claims Partially Confirmed, Says Rep. Jerrold Nadler

MasterOfMagic Re:Telcos (337 comments)

Which both Candidate Obama and President Obama supported from the get go.

The fix is in, people. Do not worry though:

We interrupt this program with a special bulletin.

America is now under martial law.
All Constitutional rights have been suspended.

Stay in your homes.
Do not attempt to contact loved ones, insurance agents, or attorneys.
Shut up!

Do not attempt to think or depression may occur.

Stay in your homes!
Curfew is at 7PM sharp after work
Anyone caught outside the gates of their subdivision sector after dark will be shot!
Remain calm, do not panic.

Your Neighborhood Watch officer will be by to collect urine samples in the morning.
Anyone caught interfering with the collection of urine samples will be shot!
Stay in your home, remain calm.

The number one enemy of progress is questions.
National Security is more important than individual will.

All sports broadcasts will proceed as normal.
No more than two people may gather anywhere without permission!
Use only the drugs prescribed by your boss or supervisor.
Shut up! Be happy!

Obey all orders without question.
The comforts you demanded are now mandatory.
Be happy!

At last everything is done for you!

about a year ago
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US Attorney Chided Swartz On Day of Suicide

MasterOfMagic Re:Shame on MIT (656 comments)

MIT has long since become a business incubator for the upper class that can make it into MIT and leave with no debt.

The hacker spirit at MIT is long dead. Only the zombie corpse of the hacker spirit lives on in people like Minsky.

about a year and a half ago
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Wired Releases Full Manning/Lamo Chat Logs

MasterOfMagic Re:Netcraft Confirms It (307 comments)

FTFA:

(10:23:34 AM) info@adrianlamo.com: I’m a journalist and a minister. You can pick either, and treat this as a confession or an interview (never to be published) & enjoy a modicum of legal protection.

That sure sounds like a fucking solemn oath to me.

more than 3 years ago
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Wired Releases Full Manning/Lamo Chat Logs

MasterOfMagic Netcraft Confirms It (307 comments)

Adrian Lamo and Kevin Poulsen are rats and not to be trusted, and Wired is no longer the magazine of record for the technology industry. I have officially cancelled by subscription, and I seriously suggest that anybody who is interested in such a trashy rag read Vallywag for free.

For more evidence of Adrian Lamo being a lying rat bastard, listen to him try to explain himself as following his conscience in Informants Panel at The Next HOPE.

PS: He also lies about never having been controlling or being the subject of a restraining order. He is a real piece of trash.

more than 3 years ago
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Fat Moon Rising

MasterOfMagic Re:Hitting a woman (12 comments)

Any time you try to get a job, you have to cop to a criminal record. If you marry a woman, have children, and then get divorced, forget ever having custody of the children unless your ex-wife is a literal axe-murder and in prison.

If you're willing to do that for the sake of pride, be my guest. Me? I'll just withdraw from the situation to a safe place and call the police. If you don't hit them, they go to jail and you win.

more than 3 years ago
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Fat Moon Rising

MasterOfMagic Women and kindness (12 comments)

I am kind in the same way that you are, mcgrew. There was a woman I was kind to, and she started taking advantage of that kindness. Of course, I was a dumb 20-something kid and let this happen a few too many times, and I was also a dumb man and slept with her a few times. There was never talk of a relationship, and she dated a few men without a word spoken about it by me. I really did not care, nor did I really care much for her (I saw us as friends with occasional benefits when our desires aligned).

Much like Billie, the woman that I had been kind to apparently thought we were in a relationship, despite the fact that we hadn't spoken beyond normal pleasantries in months, and hadn't slept with each other in over a year. I found a new woman, and the new woman and I started dating. The woman I had been kind to became hysterical after she found out, screaming at me about how we were supposed to be together, that I was the nicest to her and had to love her because of that, and that she couldn't believe I would cheat on her.

Leech woman has been out of the picture and new woman is my girlfriend of almost a year now. The reason that I add this comment is that I did something that mcgrew didn't do, and that was I slept with the woman I was kind to because I gave in to my urges. As a warning to the future, don't do that. It just makes things messy.

more than 3 years ago
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Fat Moon Rising

MasterOfMagic Re:Hitting a woman (12 comments)

That's a game that you will never win.

The moment you hit a woman back, any passerby is going to call the police. The police are never going to believe that you were hit first, and you will go to jail. You will be charged, and you will probably be convicted at trial.

I was raised like mcgrew, so I'll never hit a woman, but I have witnessed one of my friends hauled away in a police car because he dared to hit a woman back after she decked him twice. The police did not believe any of the witnesses for my friend. They believed the uncorroborated word of the woman that punched him. Her crying and acting helpless overwhelmed eyewitness accounts (and there were more eyewitnesses than just my friend's friends).

more than 3 years ago
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LulzSec Phone-Bombs FBI and Blizzard

MasterOfMagic Re:Wait a minute... (404 comments)

That's the beauty of a well-equipped Asterisk server: all of the convenience of direct SS7 access with none of that pesky paper trail!

more than 3 years ago
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Netflix Subscriber Base Eclipses Comcast's

MasterOfMagic Re:No Shit Sherlock (333 comments)

I pirate HBO's shows because HBO wont let me get their shows with an iTunes purchase, they wont put them on Netflix and they seem to think I'll happily bend over and let them and Comcast have their way with my anal sphincter.

HBO shows are available from Netflix, but not Netflix streaming. I just got done watching True Blood last night.

more than 3 years ago
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Capcom 'Saddened' By Game Plagiarism Controversy

MasterOfMagic Re:Justice is one-way? (163 comments)

There is no justice system in the US. There is only the legal system. Justice has no place in the legal system.

more than 3 years ago
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Feds To Adopt 'Cloud First' IT Policy

MasterOfMagic As a fan of WikiLeaks... (142 comments)

I welcome this move. Sure hope you have enough of an infrastructure to keep, say, taxpayer SSNs, DOBs, mother's maiden names out of the cloud, not to mention the inevitable access to this cloud resource by the SIPRnet.

It's a good time for government transparency, whether intentional or not.

more than 3 years ago
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ISP Owner Who Fought FBI Spying Freed From Gag Order

MasterOfMagic Is there any way I can subscribe? (404 comments)

Is there any way that I can subscribe to his ISP, even if I'm not in the area? Someone like this should be rewarded for standing up for their principles.

about 4 years ago
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DMCA Exemptions Don't Matter

MasterOfMagic Re:My first response as well (146 comments)

When you go primarily from a content reproducer (Walkman, Discman, VHS VCR) to content producer (Sony Picture Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment), your view on fair use changes. Fair use is good when you are primarily a content reproducer as it ensures that people have a reason to buy your product. Fair use is no good when you are primarily a content producer as it gives people a reason to not buy another copy of your product.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Signs License With ARM

MasterOfMagic Re:Hmm... (148 comments)

I do realize this, but there are myriad of ways you can design a processor and you can implement the ARM instruction set in microcode if you so choose.

I'm more responding to the belief that processors in general cannot have bugs fixed in the field, not that ARM itself can be fixed with a microcode update.

more than 4 years ago
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Too Much Multiplayer In Today's Games?

MasterOfMagic Re:little kid brother modes (362 comments)

This was one of my favorite features of Kirby Super Star for the SNES - you could summon a "helper" with special powers. If nobody was using the second controller, the game would control your helper, but the moment somebody pressed a button on the second controller, the helper was controlled by the second player. There are some places, especially in The Great Cave Adventure, where you NEED the help of the second player to collect all of the items (but not to beat the game, which can be done without collecting all of the items.

The helper couldn't "run out" of lives, though they could die, though it was a single button press by the first player to remake them. Items that regenerated health could be shared with the helper to regenerate their health an equal amount.

more than 4 years ago
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How Cyber Spies Infiltrate Business Systems

MasterOfMagic Re:Cyber Spies (83 comments)

SANDVICH IS CREDIT TO TEAM!

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Signs License With ARM

MasterOfMagic Re:Hmm... (148 comments)

You do realize that ever since the Intel Pentium FDIV fiasco that their processors allow you to patch the microcode, right? It would be silly to think that you couldn't do the same with an ARM chip, especially when it's tracking a moving target like the CLR.

more than 4 years ago

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MasterOfMagic MasterOfMagic writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MasterOfMagic (151058) writes "On this week's episode of Security Now, Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte discuss software patents, how they are different from trademarks and copyrights, and why they think that they are bad. The actual discussion about software patents starts 15:50 into the podcast. They also discuss IBM's patent portfolio, the RIM patent matter, and the Novel-Microsoft pact. As a bonus, they discuss Apple's Airport responding to request to closed ports instead of ignoring requests to them, and a follow up to the allegation that The Geek Squad used SpinRite without permission. While I know that software patents is a quite divisive issue on Slashdot, the discussion is a good introduction and refresher for people that are 'new around here'. IANAL, nor is Steve Gibson or Leo Laporte, but their discussion is a good starting point."
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MasterOfMagic MasterOfMagic writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MasterOfMagic (151058) writes "As reported over on the LXer newswire, the maintaners of the cdrtools package in Debian have forked the cdrtools package over licensing issues. Their replacement, called cdrkit, with a new burning program called wodim, is avaliable in Debian unstable and is slated to replace cdrecord and the associated tools. With CD burning such an important function for users and with the change in license for cdrtools, where does this leave regular users when it comes to reliable CD burning?"

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Non-Beta Index Broken (Nope, I'm an idiot!)

MasterOfMagic MasterOfMagic writes  |  more than 5 years ago

This morning, when logging into Slashdot without JavaScript and with the beta index disabled in my account, the last stories I see are from yesterday, October 05, 2008. Turning on JavaScript doesn't show these stories. Only turning on JavaScript AND enabling the new, beta index, shows them.

As much as I generally avoid complaining, this is absurd. It's almost like you're trying to change the very nature of Slashdot out from under the people that have been reading it for 10 years now. If I wanted 'omg shiny', I wouldn't be here. I go here for reliability.

It's almost like you're trying to get rid of readers, though I'm sure my boss will be overjoyed that the site is basically unusable. Means he'll get more for his money.

UPDATE: I had kdawson and Zonk unchecked in the author's index. Though that leads me to another question: Why is the beta index not honoring my author's index settings?

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You might want to turn on Classic Discussion System

MasterOfMagic MasterOfMagic writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I browse Slashdot at work with JavaScript off. Even if I didn't, I absolutely despise D2, the new discussion system. However, with JavaScript off, you get the following warning on every page:

"Without JavaScript enabled, you might want to turn on Classic Discussion System in your preferences instead."

That's all fine and dandy, but guess what? Even with that preference turned on (and I've toggled it on and then off again to check), D2 is still active (but doesn't work, thanks to NoScript) and I still get this warning.

Taco, the D2 system isn't exactly new. Could we perhaps get it working (or, I suppose in this case, not working) for people that wish to turn it off?

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The Entitlement Generation

MasterOfMagic MasterOfMagic writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I'm (as a 20-something) am sick and tired of people from my generation acting while whiny, entitled twats (that's a technical term, and rhymes with bats). In a thread about AT&T and Version offering opt-in Internet monitoring for their customers, I mentioned (posting as AC as I normally do at work these days) that, if I had children, I would monitor their online activities. The first response from an Anonymous Coward was that I was a fascist big-brother and that I didn't trust my children. Now, maybe I was being trolled (quite likely, actually), but since I've been lax in my attendance of Biters Anonymous meetings, I just couldn't resist in backhanding the entitled little twat (again, a technical term).

I know this subject is older than steam (literally, just look up what Plato and Socrates had to say about the failings of later generations), but will someone please explain to me how many in my generation feel so entitled that any sort of restriction on things paid for by their parents (cell phone minutes, monitoring of Internet connection, restriction of driving hours on a car or car insurance paid for by their parents, a curfew while living at home, and so forth) is fascism. I didn't have a cell phone as a kid. My parents didn't buy me a car and they certainly didn't pay for my car insurance. My parents, did, however pay for their house, and while it did suck at the time, I didn't act like a spoiled little twat (again with the technical language!) when I had to be home for curfew.

Is it just teenage angst? Is it that this generation really is different? Is it just that I want people off my lawn? Is it that now that I'm a bit older, I can look with hindsight at my parents and see that they weren't evil overlords who set out to crush my high?

Bottom line if I had kids: I pay for the Internet. I will monitor what you do. That doesn't mean I sit with a window open and watch your textisms flying back and forth with your 'bff jill' in AIM. It doesn't mean that I read your email or that I follow every click you make with your mouse. It doesn't mean that I listen to your phone calls or randomly open up VNC to look at your desktop. It means that if I have a reason to suspect that you are doing something you shouldn't be doing, (trying to hook up online with someone twice your age from sugardaddies.com when you're 15 and in my house, giving out your name and address online, trying to break the law, or in some other way violating the rules of my house) I will dig through the logs of your online activity on the Internet connection I pay for, will listen to your telephone calls on the phone that I pay for, and search the bedroom you use that I pay for. It's a way of giving you notice that your online activities will be logged and will be referred to when needed, so govern yourself accordingly, and if you don't like it, you're free to not use the Internet, free to pay for your own phone, and free to move out.

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The End of an Era

MasterOfMagic MasterOfMagic writes  |  more than 6 years ago

I just heard some sad news on talk radio. George Carlin, the famous and controversial comedian, was found dead in a Santa Monica, California hospital this morning. I'm sure everyone in the Slashdot community will miss him - even if you didn't enjoy his work, there's no denying his contributions to popular culture. Truly an American icon.

On the way to work today, I heard the news that George Carlin had died. As someone who spent a few years of his life trying his hand at stand-up comedy and utterly failing, I have a deep respect and an ever deeper admiration for the work and the person of George Carlin. It's hard being funny for other people, and it's even harder when you're on stage and they're in the audience. It's hard to make the connection that makes comedy work.

I learned two important things from George Carlin. First and foremost, I learned that the only true limits on speech are ones in your head. They may pass laws restricting what you can say. They may listen and transcribe the words you say, but if enough people are saying things that are outlawed, the government would never be able to round all of them up. If enough people said "fuck Bush" every time they picked up the phone, the people listening would have to suck it up and listen. The only person that can stop your free expression is you.

The second thing that I learned from George Carlin is that religion is a matter that is to be kept to yourself. While I was influenced by his reasons for why God doesn't exist (along with a well-timed philosophy course), one thing that his routines emphasized was that the beliefs of man were not rational, and thus, weren't fodder for reasoned, dispassionate debate. He might tell you that he believed in Joe Pesci or prayed to the Sun, but at the end of the day, we all knew that didn't matter. We took away the message that our religion may sustain us, but it is folly to assume that it will sustain everybody.

Thus ends the era of George Carlin. His legacy lives on in the comedians that have picked up his style and run with it. Comedy will never be the same. Thank you for showing the potential of human beings to be good and rational and illustrating the majority of the time when they are neither. Good night, sweet prince.

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