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BBC Takes a Stand For the Public's Right To Remember Redacted Links

Synonymous Homonym Willfully ignorant about the facts (113 comments)

Google did not decide to remove anything.

It was ordered by a court, a weary giant of flesh and steel, to remove from its index all articles that anyone wants removed.

The articles themselves are not removed. That would be impossible. This is the internet.

The articles in question can no longer be found with Google. They can still be found with Bing, Duck Duck Go, Baidu, or your own toy web-crawler. This is the internet.

Is it poor judgement by Google to obey the law?

Or is it poor judgement by the people to publish things they don't want to be public?
Or to draw attention to the things they don't want you to know about?

about a month ago
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Torvalds: I Made Community-Building Mistakes With Linux

Synonymous Homonym Re:The language in the old west (387 comments)

The wild west had a lot of advantages over "civilization", you did not have to suffer fools.

I posit instead that fools did not have to suffer you.

about a month ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

Synonymous Homonym Re:Hope! (522 comments)

We should also keep in mind that Linux itself, as a monolithic kernel, defies the concept.

It does not. Not only is the Linux kernel itself customizable at compile time to fit the needs of globally distributed supercomputers as well as wrist watches.
In Debian you have the choice between Linux kernels, a FreeBSD kernel, and the Hurd. (Unless your software requires systemd.)

Is it really so far out of line to define systemd's one job as interfacing with every service provider in the OS?

No, and if that was all systemd was doing, there wouldn't be a problem.

about a month ago
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Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice

Synonymous Homonym Re:Very bad car analogy (255 comments)

But when you say "to prevent detection," that implies there is something to "detect," or something that you're deliberately trying to hide or avoid someone finding out.

Like, say, your identity.

about 5 months ago
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In the year since Snowden's revelations ...

Synonymous Homonym Re:Does it really matter? (248 comments)

If you start building a military presence in 1783, you might just fool them into thinking you haven't been there at all for 231 years.

about 6 months ago
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In the year since Snowden's revelations ...

Synonymous Homonym Re:Does it really matter? (248 comments)

Killing people is not the responsibility of bars.

about 6 months ago
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Curiosity Rover May Have Brought Dozens of Microbes To Mars

Synonymous Homonym pre-emptively deflecting criticism (97 comments)

If native life on Mars is found, they will say: "But it was created here."

about 6 months ago
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Breaking Bad's Scientific Consultant On Making Meth and More

Synonymous Homonym Re:Hide the Knowledge (118 comments)

it's probably more important to give accurate information so people who might try it don't in advertently poison themselves

the way it's presented in Breaking Bad you'd go right down the wrong path

Basically the producers of the show want people to poison themselves when they try something illegal. Technically it is not captial punishment.

about 7 months ago
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How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

Synonymous Homonym Re:Starship Diversity? (392 comments)

Generation ships docking in space is an interesting concept.

Before ships couple their docking ports and become as one, they should first make sure that the other ship is trustworthy, it's intentions sincere, their expectations compatible. They should spend some time communicating to get to know each other before physical contact. There is also the magnetic potential to consider.

Once engaged, there will certainly be a lot of transfers between the ships: data, crew, atmosphere, maybe even liquids, but there is also the potential of communicable diseases spreading from ship to ship, that one crew or the other might not have built an immunity to yet.

about 8 months ago
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How Many People Does It Take To Colonize Another Star System?

Synonymous Homonym Re:Sure, but... (392 comments)

Why would any generation born and raised on a starship ever want to colonize a planet?

about 8 months ago
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Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

Synonymous Homonym Re:Yes, for any mission (307 comments)

The only reason to be against it is because other people might be against it?

There ought to be a name for that.

Politics?

"Infinite loop".

about 8 months ago
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Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?

Synonymous Homonym Re:Yes, for any mission (307 comments)

The only reason to be against it is because other people might be against it?

There ought to be a name for that.

about 8 months ago
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NASA Halts Non-ISS Work With Russia Over Ukraine Crisis

Synonymous Homonym Re:Politcs vs. Science (291 comments)

The U.S. didn't benefit from the Iraq vote (most of the oil contracts went to non-US companies).

Saddam Hussein wanted to trade the oil in Euros. With the new government, Iraq's oil is still traded in Dollars. In which country the oil is traded is immaterial; it is exported mostly to the USA anyway.

I think the U.S. was wrong to invade without UN approval

In fact, it was a war crime, violating article 2.4 of the UN charta, and public international law.

Russia did benefit from the Crimea vote - they annexed a huge amount of territory.

And Crimea's debt, which they now must help pay off. At least in the short term, the annexation of Crimea was a loss for Russia.

If Russian had simply stood by the sidelines

Their naval base in Sewastopol made it impossible for them not to be involved in some way.

demanding secession from Ukraine

The Autonomous Crimean Republic had existed since 1921. It was put under Ukrainian governance in 1954. When the Ukraine seceded from Russia in 1992, Crimea became an autonomous republic again, albeit as part of the Ukraine.

the results are indistinguishable from if they invaded and held a rigged election.

Crimea invited international observers to the elections because of these concerns. There is no evidence of vote rigging.

about 8 months ago
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Insight On FBI Hacking Ops

Synonymous Homonym Re:Warrant? No. (137 comments)

The spyware was installed on a computer in Iran. If installing spyware is illegal in Iran (as it would have been in the USA absent a warrant), then the FBI has commited a crime.

if war is a necessity, it will be because of crazy leaders in Iran more then anything else.

What does that say about the leaders in the USA that they went to war with Afghanistan because of a crime commited in the USA?

Installing software that exposes the location of a computer used in violation of a country's laws should not be an act of war under any sane interpretation of any country's sovereignty.

As long as the interpretation is sane: In 2011, the USA have declared that they might retaliate against cyberattacks with a nuclear strike (though to be fair the cyberattack would have to be on the scale of Stuxnet).

about a year ago
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Insight On FBI Hacking Ops

Synonymous Homonym Re:Warrant? No. (137 comments)

The FBI is a police organisation, not a spy organisation (though catching spies is also part of their duties). So everything you said about spying is not relevant in this context.

You have a point in that they first needed to find out what country the person of interest was in. When they found out it was Iran, it should have become the responsibility of Iranian police.

Whether Iran would have to hand over one of their citizens for crimes comitted in the USA depends on whether Iran and the USA have a mutual extradition agreement.
It is possible (IANAL) that the FBI violated Iranian laws by installing spyware on someone elses computer in Iran. (They didn't have a warrant from an Iranian judge.) Would the USA be willing to deliver those responsible, or would they rather harbour criminals within their borders and make war "a necessity"?

about a year ago
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Insight On FBI Hacking Ops

Synonymous Homonym Re:Another Ministry of Propaganda piece. (137 comments)

The point of the article is that if you are not American, you have no rights. Even if you did nothing illegal in your own country, the FBI will still get you. If you are American, don't leave the motherland if you know what's good for you.

The other point is that having to get a warrant hampers police investigations, so let police do whatever they want to whoever they want whereever they want already.

about a year ago
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Insight On FBI Hacking Ops

Synonymous Homonym Re:Warrant? No. (137 comments)

If America was a civilized country, they would colaborate with foreign police in foreign countries, the way police in civilized countries does, rather than ignore the laws of other countries and treat them like lawless territories.

about a year ago
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Military Drone Attacks Are Not 'Hostile'

Synonymous Homonym Re:"Not hostile" (892 comments)

What happens to military officers and personnel who follow and carry out illegal orders?

more than 3 years ago
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Anti-Porn Facebook Page is Deleted, Then Restored

Synonymous Homonym Re:My thought (145 comments)

Eventually this mentality demands a broader and broader definition of who the "oppressors" are.

-- crush all humen --

Why would you expend all the effort and expense to do all of that? As it stands now, all you'd have to do is leave them to their own devices.

Yes, their own devices shall have this effect.

more than 3 years ago
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Pentagon Says Cyberattacks Can Count As Act of War

Synonymous Homonym Re:treason, too. (282 comments)

You'll find it harder to drop a nuke on the accessible part of the Pentagon
than targeting Shub-Internet, somewhere deep within the bowels of the Pentagon's basement, with a Low Orbit Ion Cannon or two.

Nowhere does it say that the attack needs to be successful to be considered an act of war.

(DO NOT wake the Beast That Must Not Be Pinged, Eater Of Packets, from its slumber! It is said that it will launch an ICBM towards the location of whoever dared disturb it. Or it might eat your internet connection. Either way, don't.)

shub-internet.ims.disa.mil

more than 3 years ago

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