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PC Gaming Alive and Dominant

Minupla Re:Not True (245 comments)

I view kickstarter more as the patron system of artistic sponsorship from the middle ages. A wealth patron commissions a piece of art because they believe in the artists's artistic vision and want to see that vision brought to fruition. So they back the artist with their money.

Sometimes the patron's eye is good, and you get good art. Most of the time, not so much.

So I think the venture capitalism model, to your point isn't the correct one, and certainly isn't what I'm thinking when I donate on kickstarter. I hope that my money helps an artist's vision come to fruition, and I'll benefit from having that art available to (use/play/enjoy).

If it doesn't work out, like the patron of olde, I'm not spending money I can't afford to spend, and it'll make its way back into the economy, which will make the world go round. And there'll be fewer starved artists on the curb :).

Min

about a week ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Minupla Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

Just to point out, the fact that a large number of people believe something does not necessarily impact the morality of it. At one point a large majority of people (at least non-African people) felt that the slave trade was right too. That does not make them any less wrong in the eyes of history. Being a part of a majority does not by definition make you right. Morality is moved forward by outliers, people with views outside the social norm, by definition. Eventually society moves towards the new moral norm and the majority now believes the position formerly occupied by outliers, and the cycle resets.

So you can't logically argue that since even the entire state of California believes something to be true that someone stating that they are morally offside is wrong, as history is replete with counter examples.

Min

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Minupla Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

Recall that you're innocent until proven guilty (to various standards of proof) in a court of law, so ties go to the defendant.

So rather then the defendant proving that the statement is true, the plaintiff's task is proving that the statement is false. A much larger hill to climb.

Min

about two weeks ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

Minupla Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

Unless US law is different then I'm aware of (and a quick bit of research suggests it is not) defamation (liable or slander) lawsuits require saying/writing something that is false. Here's the OKCupid statement:

"Hello there, Mozilla Firefox user. Pardon this interruption of your OkCupid experience.

Mozilla's new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples. We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OkCupid.

Politics is normally not the business of a website, and we all know there's a lot more wrong with the world than misguided CEOs. So you might wonder why we're asserting ourselves today. This is why: we've devoted the last ten years to bringing peopleâ"all peopleâ"together. If individuals like Mr. Eich had their way, then roughly 8% of the relationships we've worked so hard to bring about would be illegal. Equality for gay relationships is personally important to many of us here at OkCupid. But it's professionally important to the entire company. OkCupid is for creating love. Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure.

If you want to keep using Firefox, the link at the bottom will take you through to the site.

However, we urge you to consider different software for accessing OkCupid:"

It seems to me that the statement consists of statements that in for far as the public record is concerned, are true. E.g. "Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples.", which is supported by the contribution that started this all; the rest of it appears to be statements that either relate to feelings of OK Cupid, or clearly deliminated opinions. IANAL, but I do spend a lot of time talking to them professionally, and I think it would actually be a very weak case for liable (which is what this would be, slander refers to the spoken word, liable to the written one).

You are welcome to opinions on how OKCupid handled this, but I think the argument that it's legally actionable is probably incorrect.

In brief, in order to be defamatory, a statement must be:

1) Public (e.g. someone had to have heard it other then the two parties)
2) False
3) Not an opinion
4) Damaging
(there's a couple of other items that have no baring in this case)

I think anyone reasonable could agree on 1 and 4, but 2 & 3 have larger hurdles.

Min

about two weeks ago
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Jimmy Wales To 'Holistic Healers': Prove Your Claims the Old-Fashioned Way

Minupla Re:You know what they call alternative medicine... (517 comments)

Yep, that's basically what I've been doing - tracking kcals in, use a polar HR strap and software to calc burn rate.

The numbers are pretty clear. I lose weight through diet. Not having a large McDonalds shake (880kcal) is worth more then 2 days at the gym (~800kcal). So I decide that the chocolate shake is not worth 2 days worth of gym work. Which points out the value of gym work. It lets me place a value on those calories, which resonate emotionally ('two days at the gym?!? no fscking way is that shake that tasty!")

Min

about three weeks ago
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Jimmy Wales To 'Holistic Healers': Prove Your Claims the Old-Fashioned Way

Minupla Re:You know what they call alternative medicine... (517 comments)

Exactly, the science for wieght is easy.

Energy in > Energy out => You gain weight
Energy out > Energy in => You lose weight

Beware of margins of error in your measuring methods and you're golden.

Lost 70 lbs in 10 months with my 'scientific' diet :)

Min

about three weeks ago
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Getting Misogyny, Racism and Homophobia Out of Gaming

Minupla Re:Don't buy it then (704 comments)

Remember here we're discussing a private space, not a public one. While I fully endorse anyone's right to express themselves (inside the rule of law, which is arguable in some of these cases, but we'll set them aside for the sake of argument) that right only extends to the public space, not a private one, be it physical or virtual.

I challenge anyone to go into Disney World, and start shouting the same sort of vitriol that takes place in the public channels of $insert_game_here and see how long it takes until you're politely, but firmly told that you are not welcome in their private space, and that you will be denied entrance in the future. Why should game companies handle unruly patrons in any different manner. All their TOSs expressly forbid many of these activities from occurring, but for years game companies have turned a blind eye with the attitude that if it bothers you, you should be the one to mute the offender.

Can anyone imagine Disney suggesting you ignore the crazy guy shouting racist slurs on the corner of main st?

It's frankly about time we as a community grew out of our collective teenagehood and developed some maturity.

Min

about a month ago
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Full-Disclosure Security List Suspended Indefinitely

Minupla Re:A tragedy (162 comments)

Security dept: (n) A deptartment in a company that if it doesn't exist will cause the development department to be directly blamed for anything that goes wrong. See also: (n) scapegoat.

Seriously, my IT dept calls us "the latex department" because if we're involved they're protected. Otherwise they get the blame.

Min

about 1 month ago
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Full-Disclosure Security List Suspended Indefinitely

Minupla Re:A tragedy (162 comments)

I agree there are companies out there like that. I'll say though, if a developer comes to me with security issue, it'll get addressed in my company. We (the security dept) has a seat at the decision making table when we select which tickets get worked on, and the power to red ticket a release until a security bug gets addressed.

That being said, one could argue that the reason we have that authority links back to the full disclosure movement and the impact of incidents like the Targets and the TJ Maxx ("What do you mean it couldn't happen here? Don't you think Target said the same thing a week before it happened there?").

If you don't have a security dept that will back you on these things, then someone hired the wrong ppl for the security dept.

Min

about 1 month ago
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Live Q&A With Ex-TSA Agent Jason Harrington Tomorrow 3pm ET

Minupla Re:Ask him about the five data collection centers (21 comments)

Yes, because an entry level TSA employee would know about the secret data collection centers. That'd be like saying that the NSA would allow a low level sysadmin access to top secret plans to spy on Americans... er, carry on!

Min

about 2 months ago
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Gabe Newell Responds: Yes, We're Looking For Cheaters Via DNS

Minupla Re:Still abusive (511 comments)

OK, I'm going to rant a bit here, and it's not specifically directed at the parent comment.

Hashs are NOT a form of magic pixie dust you spread on information to make them magiclly private.

Consider:
You enter your SSN, the app hashes it and then sends it to me to compare against a hashed list of SSNs from some other source. I never get your unhashed SSN.

Are you safe?

No. There is NOTHING preventing me from hashing every possible SSN and comparing them. the total number of possible SSNs (ignoring for the moment that I can narrow the attack space significantly by ruling out SSNs that have not been issued yet) is not computationally prohibitive to search, even salted.

OK, now bringing us back to the case in point.

Does hashing the DNS address provide you any useful privacy preservation benefit?

Well Valve has already said that they have a list of DNS addresses they're searching for. Ergo, they have hashed that list ot compare against your DNS. How hard would it be to hash the $(sites viewed as evil by your cultural/legal framework) and compare it to your hashed DNS list. Trivial.

Do you feel like your privacy is preserved?

Min

about 2 months ago
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OpenBSD Looking At Funding Shortfall In 2014

Minupla Re:Too bad (277 comments)

I read it somewhere:

We all manipulate, we ask people to please pass the salt instead of saying pass the &#(@#ing salt you *#(*$@$(*@$ing $*@$"

Me thinks that if you're going to need help with an electric bill in the future, it might help to occasionally engage in a bit of manipulation on the please pass the salt level.

about 3 months ago
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Five Alternatives To Snapchat

Minupla Re:Sorry, correction . . . (94 comments)

Truecrypt.

Paying for something is not an implicit guarantee of quality. In point of fact we use Wickr at home for casual level messaging. Why? The guys behind it are known in the infosec community and therefore have a reputational stake in not doing dumb things. Additionally it has survived an audit by forensics professionals where snapchat failed:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwW9g_SQn9Y

Min

about 4 months ago
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Disabled Woman Denied Entrance To US Due To Private Medical Records

Minupla Re:very understandable (784 comments)

Just dropping in to add a few facts to the rhetoric:

Point Blank, by Gary Kleck, pg 165, citing a study by Wilson and Sherman, 1961:

âoeAt least one medical study compared very similar sets of wounds (âall were penetrating wounds of the abdomenâ(TM)), and found that the mortality rate in
pistol wounds was 16.8%, while the rate was 14.3% for ice pick wounds and 13.3% for butcher knife wounds."

So a single GSW to center of mass is carries a 16.8% mortality rate.

From Wikipedia:

"In 2005, 75% of the 10,100 homicides committed using firearms in the United States were committed using handguns, compared to 4% with rifles, 5% with shotguns, and the rest with unspecified firearms.[48] The likelihood that a death will result is significantly increased when either the victim or the attacker has a firearm.[49] For example, the mortality rate for gunshot wounds to the heart is 84%, compared to 30% for people who sustain stab wounds to the heart.[50]"

OK, carry on.

Min

about 5 months ago
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NSA Planned To Discredit Radicals Based On Web-Browsing Habits

Minupla Re:Freedom of speech? (415 comments)

Hey JJ, long time :)

Arguably when a state entity espouses such a principle in their founding documents, they would have an ethical obligation to not undermine those principles through use of state organs.

I agree that the text says they will make no law abridging the right, however, I would expect an implied corollary to be "Since we believe that this right is so important we won't engage in actions which would have a chilling effect on it."

Min

about 5 months ago
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NSA Planned To Discredit Radicals Based On Web-Browsing Habits

Minupla Freedom of speech? (415 comments)

You know, it's funny but I don't believe I recall seeing "...until we don't agree with your speech, at which point we'll collect dirt on you and blackmail you with it" in the first amendment. Must be in the second edition.

The Great Firewall of China begins to look like a useful protection for their citizens at this point.

(Yes, I realize that the majority of these people were not on US soil, but it's purportedly a principle, and one the US criticizes any country who does not espouse, and as such should apply more broadly then just to people standing on US soil at the time).

Min

about 5 months ago
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Most Parents Allow Unsupervised Internet Access To Children At Age 8

Minupla Re:If that's true, Most parents are NUTS! (198 comments)

And when they go over to their friends' houses and get access to an unfiltered internet connection, will they have the skill set to self filter?

At the moment our daughter has access to an unfiltered network connection (she's 5) through one of our PCs. She uses it to go to abcmouse.com.

I don't think she'll get a PC in her room, and all our computers are in a public space in the house, but I'm realistic about my ability to shelter her, and more importantly, realistic about her probable eventual abilities to circumvent the filtering at school. She's attended her first Defcon after all.

Just like everything else, I work on blocking the biggest risks and educate about the low incident-but-high impact ones. I don't live my life assuming the worst will happen to me, and don't (or at least try not to) live my daughter's life like the worst will happen to her either.

Min

Min

about 6 months ago
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Most Parents Allow Unsupervised Internet Access To Children At Age 8

Minupla Re:Yup, I'm one of those parents... (198 comments)

Perhaps not horse porn, but I knew where the kids stashed their playboy collections in a vacant lot.

about 6 months ago

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Minupla Minupla writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Minupla writes "I've been asked to put together a new IT dept in a regional office. Among other things, I'm going to need to put together a set of tools, both hardware and software for my department. So that got me to thinking "What things have other geeks found handy in doing their jobs?" So how about it? What tool in your kit would you never want to do without?"

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The year in review

Minupla Minupla writes  |  more than 10 years ago

Wow what a year.

I appologize for the long delay between journies, for the few people I know who check up on me in here.

First in late June, I got an older sister. Yep, you read that right. It turns out that my mother had a daughter before I was born, whom she adopted out at birth. The result of a marriage that failed on their way to the alter.

This seriously shook me, as one might imagine. She's a good person and fits in well with the insane state of the rest of my family though, so all's well that ends well.

Then this fall a job application I dropped off hit pay dirt, and after several interviews, I've accepted a job in the Carribean! So a mountian of paperwork is currently burrying me, as you might imagine! :)

So if any of you would like a postcard when I make landfall in the land of no snow, drop me a line here, or ICQ, or email, with a snail mail address and I'll drop one in the mail to you as soon as sanity restores itself (at an improbability level of 1:1.24*10^10000000 against) I'll fire off some postcards of pretty beaches :)

Min.

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Thinking to myself

Minupla Minupla writes  |  more than 12 years ago

If a journal gets written and noone is there to read it, does it consume harddrive space?

It's a bizzare world we live in these days, and I haven't felt like writing in here for a long time. Although I live in a different country, sept 11 hit us here too. It was surreal for several days after the 11th. I had a job interview on the 13th, I had to travel by passanger boat to the interview. Usually the boat has children running around talking excitedly, the usual burble of adult conversations, ecetra. Not on the 13th. The whole trip was a surreal silence. Children sat silently beside their parents, occasionally looking toward their mothers and fathers, as if understanding that the world had changed, and not for the better, and willing their parents to make it all better.

Even in Canada, I was touched by the tragity. Friends of mine lived in a city that had a suspicious plane land, in the far north. They came over the radio and announced that everyone should head to high ground out of the city incase the highjackers decide to take the plane into the hydro-electric dam just upstream of the city.

My friend's daughter was in NYC not a week earlier and had bought tickets to a performance in the WTC.

My cousin was just across the water, and saw the planes hit. She was down there on a work trip.

I had come in second in a job competition that would have had me in the WTC on the 11th, and my Fiance had planned to work at the bookstore in the basement.

And I was one of the remotely effected people. I didn't actualy know anyone who died on Sept 11.

I wrote this on Sept 15th in my paper journal.

To all my friends and relitives in the US, my thoughts are with you.

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Wow, my first journal entry

Minupla Minupla writes  |  more than 12 years ago

"Reflections on a Conversation with 'Angie'"

First allow me to note that the excerpts from my conversation are used with her express permission. They were personal thoughts and I would not have dreamed of reprinting them without that permission.

I was travelling home from the movies tonight, and waiting for the bus at Georgia and Granville, when I was approached by a young lady, asking for some spare change. Before I could respond with my now practiced evasions, (it is strange how it's one of the first things you learn when you live in the big city), she offers to read me some of her poetry. This is new, and I've got time to burn before the bus arrives. I accept her offer, not supplying the change. She proceeds to recite from memory for 4 minutes poetry much better than I, with my college education ever could have written.

I hand her what money I have on me, and bid that she take a seat and talk with me for awhile until my bus shows up. She's obviously not your stereotypical street person, and I want to hear her story, and felt that I'd just paid much more to hear some producer's made up story, I could certainly spare a few dollars to hear her real one.

Except for a shift in economic status, it could have been my story. She started lower so when her family crashed, she ended lower, and didn't have my aptitudes to fall back on. She told me stories of protecting her little sister from her dad, and how eventually they left him, opting to live on the streets rather then continue to accept the abuse. She told me of a boyfriend who wanted her to push dust, and her refusal to inflict that on other innocent people. She also told me of the punishment she received for this refusal.

Part way through the stories, I stopped listening so closely and listened to the tone of her voice, and watched her bearing. This was a young lady (of all of 18 years old!) who had the confidence, and self-assurance of any professional I've ever dealt with. I questioned her about this. She responded "There comes a time when you have to make a decision, you undergo abuse from your parents, and you have to decide, you can either be like them or you can learn from them. I thank my father for giving me the example not to follow."

Eventually, as many conversations like this in my life have gone of late, the subject of religion came up. I myself am a confirmed fence sitter. I'm agnostic. After having recited a common saying, it occurred to me to inquire as to her belief system. She said, "People need something to keep them going. It can be anything. If believing in a God does it for them, more power to them, it could be a doorknob they believe in, and that would be fine too." So I asked, "And what keeps you going Angie?". Her response was, "I want to see where this train stops. That and taking care of my little sister." At about this point, my bus pulled up, and Angie pointed it out. I quickly scribbled my email addy "bofh@ufies.org" on a scrap of paper and handed to her, noting that if she was ever in a position to access the net, to please drop me a line, and stepped out of her world.

Never once during my conversation with her did she express more then a quick thanks, and never did she indicate that more money would be appreciated, this would have been beneath her dignity, she had what she needed, and in return she gave freely of what I requested, conversation.

So, as I sit on the bus on my way home trying desperately to type this into the laptop while it's still fresh in my mind. I ask myself, "What has this changed about me? What does Angie have to teach me?"

I think we take people for granted. Here's a lady that if you read her story in a fictional tale you'd go, "Ya, OK, but who can believe the character?" These people exist in real life. And you find them where you least expect to find them. When I logged out of #UF tonight and decided almost randomly to see 13th floor (good movie, btw, and well worth seeing), I never expected to meet a role model, and certainly never expected for her to be a street person. But in this day and age, I'll take my heroes where I can find them.

Thanks, Angie, and I hope my 10$ bought you a warm place to spend the night, it was more then worth it, and I hope one day you will be in a position to tell your own story, as I'm sure you could do so with much more eloquence then myself.

 

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