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Australian Electoral Commission Refuses To Release Vote Counting Source Code

bugi transparency is the security mechanism (112 comments)

That only applies when transparency is not a competing security mechanism.

In this case, transparency protects from institutional and insider attacks on the system of self-governance. Obscurity simply protects the mechanism from observation. One must ask which is more important.

about a week ago
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Live Q&A With Ex-TSA Agent Jason Harrington

bugi off-hour vending machines (141 comments)

What's with the guards by the vending machines in terminals? What would happen if I insisted on using the vending machines?

The airports I fly through have nooks with vending machines. When I go through (always day or early evening), there's always a guard. I tried to use the vending machines a couple times and was told "no" and they're only for when the shops are closed.

What goes? Whose policy is it? Do the shop vendors pay separately for this extra protection?

about 5 months ago
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Could Slashdot (Or Other Private Entity) Sue a Spy Agency Like GCHQ Or NSA?

bugi rally the users (188 comments)

While I'm sure the Corporate Parents of slashdot and linked in are in all sorts of rage and feeling dirty and used, think of the users. As a user of both, I'm certainly displeased.

A virtual protest may be asynchronous, but could go on for quite some time. It could be one more thing encouraging the less corrupt elements to help reign in such abuses.

about 8 months ago
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Google X Display Boss: Smartphones, Tablets, Apps Are "Mind-Numbing"

bugi pixel qi? (157 comments)

Does that mean Pixel Qi dead?

I've been looking forward for years for their displays to go mainstream.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are There Any Good Reasons For DRM?

bugi Re:Uh, you stop your stuff from getting stolen? (684 comments)

Do you really want me to pull out the buggy whip argument?

Yes. Here, I'll do it for you. DRM is today's buggy whip manufacturers' mechanism for forcing the buggy whip to stay in use.

Watch this TED video for some hints about what's going on beyond the desperate measures of the Content Industrial Machine.

about a year ago
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MP Seeking To Outlaw Written Accounts of Child Abuse

bugi he speaks from experience (454 comments)

I'm pretty sure that stuff like this only occurs to people who battle such urges in their own life.

I suppose he must get off on such things, so naturally thinks everybody else must too.

Same goes for most other moral crusaders.

about 2 years ago
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Why You Shouldn't Panic About Closed Source MySQL Extensions

bugi not a change (171 comments)

The proprietary extensions were there before, all the way back to mysql ab. You just had to pay for them before.

From the article, they are enterprise monitor and enterprise backup. Backup at least has been reimplemented by percona as xtrabackup.

more than 2 years ago
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Pakistan Bans Encryption

bugi no remote workers (351 comments)

They won't have anymore telecommuters. One of our workers awhile back was resident in pakistan. No way are we going to let our data over the wire in the clear, so we can't hire from there anymore.

more than 2 years ago
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Old Arguments May Cost Linux the Desktop

bugi it's a trick (591 comments)

I can only imagine the discussion that preceded the writing: Let's trick those zealots into trading their core values of freedom and openness for hierarchy and control by dangling shiny irrelevancies in front of them. Then we'll have have fewer targets and might gain some traction. Sure why not, everything else has failed.

more than 2 years ago
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Online Parody Cartoon Targeted For Prosecution

bugi call it what it is -- persecution (327 comments)

It's persecution.

The mechanism / perpetrator just happen to be called "prosecution".

more than 2 years ago
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TSA Announces Pilot of Trusted Traveler Program

bugi Re:Meaning (388 comments)

That's "white list" to you. :(

about 3 years ago
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Netflix Announces Streaming Only Plans and Higher Prices for DVDs

bugi subtitles? (488 comments)

Have they addressed subtitles for streaming yet? In particular, subtitles for the hearing impaired: english subtitles for english language shows.

Also, are they ever going to support linux?

If they addressed those issues, I'd be happy to use streaming rather than disks.

about 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Linux Distro For Computational Cluster?

bugi Re:X window (264 comments)

He was asking for X libraries, not an X server. He's covered. No non-embedded distro will ship without such.

In X-land, the server is what talks to your display device on behalf of your other programs. The server manages the scarce resource. The clients bribe the server for access.

more than 3 years ago
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Users Want Matte LCDs While Glossy Screens Dominate

bugi pixel qi (666 comments)

More to the point (for me) is a screen that doesn't burn my eyes when I read in bed in preparation for sleep. Matte helps for that too, of course.

Why hasn't pixel qi taken over the lcd display market? I want big ones for coding (desktop) and little ones for phone and medium ones for tablets and laptops.

Please?

more than 3 years ago
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Evolution Battle Brews In Texas

bugi they grok falsifiability! (916 comments)

Hurray, they finally understand that their claims aren't falsifiable. Unfortunately, they still miss the point.

more than 3 years ago
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Police Using Apple iOS Tracking Data For Forensics

bugi black hats (208 comments)

So in other words, black hat law enforcement hackers have known about the vulnerability and have been exploiting it for some time?

Given that law enforcement is by and large a State actor with the requisite influence, are we sure these aren't purposeful back doors?

more than 3 years ago
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Do Violent Games Hinder Development of Empathy?

bugi some children are suggestible (343 comments)

In other news, studies suggest that some children are more suggestible than others. This correlates with, among other variables, the degree of parental involvement in rearing the child.

What say we focus on identifying at risk children and make sure their parents have the tools to handle this special case?

more than 3 years ago

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