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Ross Ulbricht's Lawyer Says FBI's Hack of Silk Road Was "Criminal"

deego Re:Go Ross, Go! (208 comments)

rtfA(s)

about a week ago
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Ross Ulbricht's Lawyer Says FBI's Hack of Silk Road Was "Criminal"

deego Re:Go Ross, Go! (208 comments)

Also, do you know that it was FBI that posed undercover as the blackmailers as well as the executors. That every single hit that was ordered against a fictional entity, in response to blackmails by fictional entities, and carried out by a fictional entity as well.

about two weeks ago
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Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

deego Generalizations.. (299 comments)

Browsing the comments, military workers are quick to defend against generalizations when any anyone calls them out for serving in a "killing machine."

Yet, at the same time, the whole headline is a generalization.

You can't have it both ways.

 

about three weeks ago
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Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

deego Sure, but (519 comments)

Sure, tenure makes no sense for schools.

But, what I'm really wondering is: Just what was the creative logic that the /judges/ used to conclude that tenure violated something (civil rights?) enshrined in the state constitution..

     

about 4 months ago
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Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

deego Re:work is survival (566 comments)

> [Bay Area... hard to rent without proof of income]

How about we ask for some laws to address this problem? Seems like a good idea, right? Let's make more laws to try to solve a problem that was caused in the first place by... wait for it, previous bad laws!

Do you know why things are that way in the Bay Area? It's because do-gooders made it very hard to evict a deadbeat tenant, and a host of related bad laws..

Interfere with the free market, and the consequences will come back and bite us all. Of coures, then we can ask for more bad laws... till the cows come home.
 

about 6 months ago
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New Zero-Day Flash Bug Affects Windows, OS X, and Linux Computers

deego Re:And this is why (rant) (178 comments)

Yeah. Thieves can break in any way. So, you might as well leave your housedoor unlocked. Hell, remove the doors while you are at it.

about 6 months ago
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New Zero-Day Flash Bug Affects Windows, OS X, and Linux Computers

deego And this is why (rant) (178 comments)

And this is why you don't install third party "goodies" on your linux workstations (unless you are looking for just a play machine.).

There's a reason distros separate things into free/nonfree or main/universe. The first thing everyone does is go out and get 'multiverse.' Heck, if that's what you want, you might as well stick with windoze...

about 6 months ago
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Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

deego This will happen time and again. (423 comments)

This will happen time and again. If not Intuit, it will be industry X buying government on issue Y because it benefits them.

You can blame Intuit all you want, but that's like blaming sand for flowing downhill. Legal lobbying for your best self-interest is what we all do.

The real problem is not Intuit, but it's the Government. It should not be "buyable." Its purpose was to provide national security and law and order, that's all. The more functions and power it takes on, the more the lobbying goes up..

Think it's not bad enough? Heck, a 30-mile circle outside DC is populated mainly by lobbyists.
 

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?

deego Re:Guarddog: (187 comments)

Ah. Sad to hear that. Was a good starter firewall!

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?

deego Guarddog: (187 comments)

I always thought of guarddog as the simplest, easiest, friendly GUI-based firewall.

It's still around, of course, but IDK why it vanished from Debian starting wheezy. Made me switch to the command-line based ufw ... about time!

about 7 months ago
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Snowden Says No One Listened To 10 Attempts To Raise Concerns At NSA

deego Re:The root of the problem lies with ... the peopl (273 comments)

Many slashdotters defend "We the people" saying that people have no choice. They claim, for example, both Dems and Reps. take turns tightening the noose whereas people actually like liberty.

The fact is that Dems. and Reps. *both* are very sensitive to opinion polls.

The problem *is* We the people. The fact that we slashdotters don't realize in our slashdot bubble is that a *majority* of population does believe that TSA is necessary, and that TSA are good for the nation.

So, I agree. Ultimately, the real problem is not Dems or Reps. It's We the People. By and large, the policies of countries do tend to reflect what We the People believe.

You can't excuse the populace as a whole and simply blame the "system."

about 7 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

deego Re:Just be honest - it's not for *US* (2219 comments)

>> and (more importantly) user expectations continue to evolve.

Really? Really? Where are these hordes of users who love beta so much?

Is that for real? Did you get that phrase from the marketing shills at dice?

 

about 9 months ago
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Largest Bitcoin Mining Pool Pledges Not To Execute '51% Attack'

deego Re:I'm probably going to regret this post (351 comments)

>>> Yet somehow the East India companies managed to impoverish the larger part of humanity for over three centuries and have a run of over a century each. Monopoly and government are the same thing. Only American Libertarians think they live in a world where economic and political power have nothing in common and can't reenforce each other until the fundamentals of the economy turn against them.

You couldn't have chosen a better example to illustrate that most long-lasting monopolies were so precisely because of being propped up by the Government.
   

about 9 months ago
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Overstock.com Plans To Accept Bitcoin

deego Message to those who will complain in 2014: (202 comments)

Message to those who will complain in 2014 about how bitcoin is "not fair" because they failed to buy today:

See the signs. Read the news. Understand the protocol. And, consider investing. And, if you don't buy now, then for heavens' sake, don't complain in 2014 about "unfairness" after the overstock thing happens. It's not others' fault that you don't buy in time. Rewards (may or may not) come to those who take the risk.

about 10 months ago
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GM's CEO Rejects Repaying Feds for Bailout Losses

deego Re:real socialism (356 comments)

Neither (true fiscal) conservatives nor libertarians are/were fans of this corporate bailout. I will be the first to admit that our Govt. is meant to prop up and help the rich. The solution to that, however, is *not* more Government - that will only make things worse.

You are a fan of redistribution of a little wealth. For that, you look to the Government.

Such is human nature that large Governments always end up helping the rich and cronies in the name of the poor and in the name of economy.

 

about 10 months ago
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JPMorgan Files Patent Application On 'Bitcoin Killer'

deego In 2013, (292 comments)

In 2013, the brilliant scientists and upstanding MBAs and executives at JP Morgan Chase invented an awesome cryptocurrency and transfer mechanism, and duly filed a patent on it.

FOSS advocates copied the system near-verbatim, went back 4 years in time, and launched it is one open sourced "bitcoin." The nerve!

about 10 months ago
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Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA

deego In other news, (841 comments)

In other news...

The morale of the poor, poor employees of CA gangs is suffering of late, in the wake of disclosures of their illegal activities. Awww.. The President hasn't really uttered any words of support of them, (and in fact, some of the poor employees even saw jail time!)

about a year ago
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How a Bitcoin Transaction Actually Works

deego Re:On the Early player advantage (174 comments)

>> Yes, but I'm shocked at how no one is talking about the amount >> of electricity being wasted to generate digital coins. I thought we were trying to be all green now, yet the very idea of bitcoin and the idea that we'll be running mining for the next 2 decades runs very counter to that idea

Oh, people /have/ talked about that since day one, and this objection has been pretty thoroughly debunked...

It is probably still far cheaper than the old-fashioned way of doing things. IOW, I think bitcoin is far greener than the alternatives..

To see why, imagine the cost of supporting the salaries cashiers, CEOs, of the paperwork and trees involved in supporting their ledgers, etc.

If the above don't convince you: I guess another way to see which route costs more is transaction fees. Try sending an international or even domestic wire, heck, even a check via UPS (even USPS if you want, though that's state-subsidized), and compare the fees you pay to for equivalent bitcoin transactions.

about a year ago
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How a Bitcoin Transaction Actually Works

deego On the Early player advantage (174 comments)

First, the money transmission protocol should be distinguished from the mechanism for the initial distribution.

Once you have this awesome protocol for money transmission, the next question is: how to get bitcoins in wide and equitable circulation in the first place?

If you think about how to distribute the initial bitcoins (somewhat) equitably, the only non-exploitable and automatic method you can realistically come up with - that involves no central authority - is precisely the one bitcoin uses: Hand out the bitcoins slowly over the next 21 years, via an automatic lottery, and in proportion to computing power. (Anything else, such as: in proportion to the number of nodes, etc. gets easily exploited.)

about a year ago

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