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EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

RuffMasterD Re:Technology is a first step.. (251 comments)

Agreed. We need transparency so we can hold people accountable. It would help level the playing field and rebuild some much needed trust in the government too.

Too many countries have secret laws and secret courts giving thier secret services immunity from their countries own laws. If it looks like these agencies are breaking laws, it is because they ARE, and because they are ALLOWED to do so. But the average citizen is not allowed to know the content of these secret laws, or witness secret court proceedings. I want to see these secret laws so I can know exactly what laws the secret services are allowed to break. I want to be able to print some of these laws, walk into my nearest politicians office, drop it on his desk, and have a very frank discussion about it. Who voted for these laws, why, do they even know the content themselves, what are they going to do about it, etc.

There must be ways to see a copy of every secret law. National Library? University law libraries? Do law firms have access to them? Lets shine a light on the cockroaches and watch them scuttle.

10 hours ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

RuffMasterD Re:Because OS X is no longer supported on my Mac (590 comments)

This. My company has a Mac OS web server. We run Apache, MySQL, and php. Nothing Linux can't do cheaper, and without the GUI bloat. Some fanboy before my time recomended Macs of EVERYTHING, and the boss had a hard-on for them, so now we have a nice looking server that no one ever sees. The hardware is fine for a webserver, but without updates, the number of security issues is starting to accumulate, and I can't upgrade php any further without compiling from source. Time to ditch Mac OS for Linux.

about two weeks ago
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Best Cube?

RuffMasterD EX-TER-MINATE! (265 comments)

Until they meet the Daleks. They have no fear, only pure hate.

about two weeks ago
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'Silk Road Reloaded' Launches On a Network More Secret Than Tor

RuffMasterD Re:can sombody say.... (155 comments)

Sumbodee... shit. Sumebodie... dammit. Sombodii... fuck. Summ... far out. Say it again? My dicklessia playing up something orfull.

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

RuffMasterD Re: Thanks, assholes (573 comments)

When a criminal chooses to use a lethal weapon such as a gun, they do so knowing that they may end up killing someone. They also know that by using that weapon, other people may use lethal force in return to defend themselves, or law enforcement may respond with lethal force on behalf of the general population. The criminal chooses to uses a lethal weapon knowing they may kill, or be killed.

Likewise, law enforcement officers know that at some point in their career they may be required to face an assailant with a lethal weapon, at great risk to their own life, and they may have to use lethal force against such an assailant to protect themselves and the general public. When they chose to become a law enforcement officer they did so knowing they may have to kill, or be killed, as part of their duty.

Is the general public willing to make these choices? To kill or be killed? Is your mother willing to carry a lethal weapon, knowing that at some point in time she may have to kill someone, and risk being killed herself? Your grandparents? Your spouse? What about your children? At what age do you let a child carry a lethal weapon to defend themselves from armed bullies?

If arming everybody makes society safer, then why not just give every single citizen a government issued gun when they reach a certain age and be done with it? Seems fair. A few 'bad' people would get guns, but more 'good' people would too, so it's a net win right? And if someone chooses not to carry their government issued weapon and happens to be killed by a 'bad' person, then you can just blame the victim. It was their own fault for not carrying their weapon.

What if the 'bad' guys start carrying bigger fully automatic machine guns? As you say, these people don't care about laws or restrictions. Do we then let everyone carry bigger weapons? What if the 'bad' guys then start wearing bullet proof vests? At what point does the escalation stop? Do we then create some magical law that not even the 'bad' guys will escalate past so that all the forces balances out nicely?

I don't think reality is as simple as arming more people.

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

RuffMasterD Re:Dupe (840 comments)

Fast women.

about three weeks ago
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Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

RuffMasterD Re:What Paul Graham doesn't get... (552 comments)

You got pushed out because you were doing it wrong. If you want to get the best out of people, let them do what they do best. Meetings, reports, organizing, networking (in the business sense) etc are things that managers do best, not developers. Let the managers do the administrative stuff, because the developers don't like it. Let the developers solve technical problems and write code, because the managers can't. A good manager will shield their workers from the business crap so the developers are free do their thing. Work like a orchestra conductor, put the right people in the right place, set the general tempo and direction, and signal when different parts of your team should produce which pieces of work so it all fits together seamlessly.

about 1 month ago
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Why Lizard Squad Took Down PSN and Xbox Live On Christmas Day

RuffMasterD Re:Glad to hear it's not their just pathetic jerks (336 comments)

Ironically, this is exactly what the pasty white, overweight, socially maladapted, juveniles, sitting alone in their bedrooms orchestrating these attacks should do. Go outside, meet people, make some friends... But hey, if these guys feel the need to dictate what everyone else should do instead, then who am I to disagree.

about 1 month ago
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65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

RuffMasterD Re:OT: Jehovah's witnesses once hung up on me (246 comments)

Two lovely young Jehovah’s Witness ladies knocked on my door one morning. I’m not a morning person. In fact I was butt naked, fast asleep in bed when they woke me. So I stumble out of bed, struggle into some trousers, jam my morning glory down one leg, and don’t even bother with a shirt. I stagger out the door bleary eyed, unshaved, and my hear all messed up. The really cute one looked bemused, but her friend behind her was definitely pleased to see me :-) They didn’t stick around long.

Girls, if you read this, please come back. I want you to try to convert me.

about a month ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

RuffMasterD Re:This is not the problem (688 comments)

My local Soylent Green factory recycles most of its water. Jump there instead.

about a month ago
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UK Announces 'Google Tax'

RuffMasterD Re:Why not abolish corporate taxes entirely? (602 comments)

shift the tax to the individual owners (owners, shareholders, etc.) instead

Simply won't happen, because politicians own shares. They need to put their money somewhere. And they also want to be re-elected, so they won't shift it all to the voting public either.

about 2 months ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

RuffMasterD Re:Revolutionary (454 comments)

Says the guy on /.

about 2 months ago
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Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

RuffMasterD Re:Yet Another Fake Picture (340 comments)

I suspect most of the good journalists have already left the country, and those that remain are kept in line by any combination of receiving their pay-cheque directly from the Kremlin, selective enforcement of anti-defamation laws, and straight up physical intimidation and assault. There is basically no media freedom in Russia. If I was a journalist in Russia and I had to report on something clearly dodgy, I would probably report something so obviously absurd that most people would take the hint. "Hey look over there, the Ukraine military sent a plane full of dead people and plowed it into the ground just to make Russia look bad". See ;-)

about 2 months ago
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81% of Tor Users Can Be De-anonymized By Analysing Router Information

RuffMasterD Re:Where does the right to privacy come from? (136 comments)

From the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 10, 1948. Article 12: Right to Privacy...

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

It's one of our fundamental human rights, right up there with other inconvenient courtesies such as right to life, freedom from slavery, freedom from arbitrary detention, freedom from torture, right to asylum, and freedom of thought and religion. Everyone should know their rights. If you don't know your rights, you won't know what you risk losing.

The United States voted in favor of the declaration at the time. How times have changed...

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Data Warehouse Server System?

RuffMasterD Re:Skip Oracle. (147 comments)

Just from a technical and financial point of view, I wouldn't recommend Oracle either. Oracle Advanced Analytics just seems to be a very expensive way to get R.

Financially - R is open source and free (as in both free as a bird, and free beer), so you don't need to buy it from Oracle. No doubt Oracle will make you buy their DBMS as well to work with Advanced Analytics, and a big server to run it on, plus support to get it up and running.

Technically - Oracle make a good DMBS for sure, but you don't need all the advanced features their DBMS is good at, such record level locking, three phase commit, redo logs, conflict resolution etc. You need that sort of stuff to maintain data integrity on transaction processing systems, but not for analysis. For analysis you just need a giant de-normalised table, and maybe indexes if you want to pick out specific subsets of records without full table scans.

Personally I use SAS. It's not sexy, but I have never found a dataset too large to handle. It will thrash the harddrive all night if it has to to get a result, but it won't crash. SPSS will definitely crap itself with even moderate datasets. Stata does OK, but even that can't handle the larger datasets. I haven't pushed R hard enough to find it's limit.

about 3 months ago
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Is Public Debate of Trade Agreements Against the Public Interest?

RuffMasterD Re:There is some place for secrecy (219 comments)

Salary secrecy is no better trade secrecy.

I work for a company where pay scales are listed publicly on the website. You can pretty much guess every employees salary based on their job title and number of years at that level. There is no bickering or backstabbing. There is however transparency and accountability. Managers know they cant hide their bad decisions, so they are much more careful in the first place. If they get it wrong, they know anyone can ask awkward questions, such as "why does the dipshit down the hall gets 30% more than me?", or "why do women earn an average of 22% less than men, for the same job titles and years of service?".

Who really benefits from salary secrecy? When an employee tries to negotiate a pay raise, but he has no knowledge of what his colleagues earn, and his manager knows exactly what his colleagues earn, then the manager can use this information asymmetry to his advantage to give a smaller raise while giving the impression it's a good deal. Advantage to the company. If the other employees don't know that someone got a pay rise then they are less likely to ask for one themselves. Another advantage to the company. If someone fucks up and pays women significantly less than men, then women won't file collective lawsuit for discrimination if they don't know about the discrepancy. Again, advantage to the company. The company wins every time.

At least with international trade negotiations both parties send their best negotiators and lay their cards on the table at the same time, so there should be less information asymmetry to take advantage of (NSA spying on your leader aside of course).

about 3 months ago
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Reactions To Disgusting Images Predict a Persons Political Ideology

RuffMasterD Re:Captain obvious (330 comments)

I don't know man. Its gotta take courage from somewhere to vote for most filth riddled cretins in politics. I couldn't.

about 3 months ago
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We Are All Confident Idiots

RuffMasterD Re:I wish (306 comments)

Boosh Junior, is that you?

about 3 months ago

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