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Illinois Students Suspected of Cyberbullying Must Provide Social Media Passwords

geekmux Re: Bullshit (321 comments)

Once the college has your money they don't care what you do.

If that were actually true, no one would ever get expelled from college. For any reason other than failure to pay the bill.

Fortunately, they do still administer tests and issue grades to at least try and justify that $80,000 piece of paper hanging on the wall.

3 days ago
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Illinois Students Suspected of Cyberbullying Must Provide Social Media Passwords

geekmux Re:Bullshit (321 comments)

> PSS: I doubt it really matters if the ground you're standing on has been "finally tested" when at that point you'll be an ex-student standing in the street, expelled.

It depends. It depends on what social class you belong to and how much access you have to legal representation.

So in other words, how much money you can afford to throw at the problem to make it go away.

That kind of answer is reserved for a fraction of the elite 1%, and thus isn't exactly fitting.

3 days ago
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Illinois Students Suspected of Cyberbullying Must Provide Social Media Passwords

geekmux Re:The only correct answers: (321 comments)

"Don't know it, sorry."

or

"Fuck You."

Chose the latter, and the response you'll likely receive is:

"Fine. Your expulsion is effective immediately."

Seems you're quick to overlook who holds the true power in this scenario.

Unfortunately, the authority worship preached to our children in the public schools ensures neither of the correct answers will probably be given. The children of people smart enough to have taught their children this (doctors, lawyers, professors, etc.) don't have their children in the public institutionalization facilities, anyway.

Public or private, good luck fighting it. Take an attitude towards it, and the outcome will likely be the same. This is the overall problem with corporations or organizations who have enough business demand to take their own "Fuck You" stance against the squeaky wheel.

4 days ago
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Illinois Students Suspected of Cyberbullying Must Provide Social Media Passwords

geekmux Re:lol (321 comments)

Bullshit.

The 4th Amendment says they can't just seize stuff without due process, but they've been doing that for many, many years.

What makes you think the 5th Amendment will be enforced when the 4th hasn't been for decades?

Student: Gee, I don't know what made me think I had Rights...maybe it has something to do with all that shit you're demanding we learn in civics and history class.

I could be spitballing here though...

4 days ago
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Illinois Students Suspected of Cyberbullying Must Provide Social Media Passwords

geekmux Re:Bullshit (321 comments)

The law is blatantly unconstitutional.

Actually, the law doesn't demand the password. The school districts are making it up because they don't know about or have police powers and are otherwise clueless. The real issue here is the law puts activity occurring outside of schools into the hands of school administrators.

PS: The constitutionality of demanding a password has never been finally tested, but this doesn't get us there either.

PSS: I doubt it really matters if the ground you're standing on has been "finally tested" when at that point you'll be an ex-student standing in the street, expelled.

Seems you forgot who holds the true power over the average 16-year old civics fan who wants to make a point. Scholarships aren't going to get any less competitive. Have fun getting one with that kind of black mark on your record.

Hell, in this day and age you'll be lucky to get away with not being labeled a terrorist for demanding your Rights like that. Gonna be hard to do that student exchange program next year while your ass is on the no-fly list. And for such a profoundly just reason too.

4 days ago
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Illinois Students Suspected of Cyberbullying Must Provide Social Media Passwords

geekmux Re:Bullshit (321 comments)

The law is blatantly unconstitutional.

I know it may have been a while since you've set foot on a school campus while under the age of 18, but you won't find much evidence of Constitutional Rights anywhere outside of the book they're ironically using to teach students about the Rights they refuse to acknowledge for students.

Hell at this point I'd fail the civics mid-term exam test on purpose. And then sue the school board for insisting I learn "facts" that clearly no longer exist in today's society.

4 days ago
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Moot Retires From 4chan

geekmux Re:The least welcome news (182 comments)

All the pedos and two other toxic groups (mostly all the same people) moved over to 8chan when 4chan was no longer willing to tolerate them.

Can you imagine being too despicable for 4chan? And yet, it happened.

ISIS actions and policy aren't exactly welcome with open arms in the Al-Qaeda manifesto either.

Seems the lofty goal of being the worst asshole on the planet is a popular one.

4 days ago
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SOTU: Community Colleges, Employers To Train Workers For High-Paying Coding Jobs

geekmux Train the trainer. (200 comments)

..."Let's teach more Americans to code. (Even the President is learning!)."

Wow.

Never thought I'd see a day where POTUS would have a technical leg up on every judge presiding over the fate of coders.

When is National Train the Trainer day going to hit the calendar? Might as well, since training is being pushed this hard.

4 days ago
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Jim Blasko Explains BitCoin Spinoff 'Unbreakable Coin' (Video 1 of 2)

geekmux Re:Unbreakable? (55 comments)

People who term their items as "unbreakable" are usually the first to get broken because it's like issuing a challenge to people. Nothing is unbreakable.

I know one thing that is certainly breakable which ultimately creates security for damn near everything else.

A person's ability to actually give a shit.

Yes, that's right, we broke people's attention spans decades ago.

You don't need systems to be unbreakable. You merely need to be hard enough for no one to care to try.

5 days ago
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Moscow To Track Cell-phone Users In 2015 For Traffic Analysis

geekmux Re:So turn off your phone (63 comments)

It's going to become more and more impossible (or illegal) to own a dumb phone anymore

What do you mean? How will owning a dumbphone tomorrow be any harder or more impossible/illegal than it was yesterday?

Have you visited a phone store lately?

Finding a true dumbphone these days is about as easy as finding sports shoes without looking like a neon smurf puked all over them. Offerings have changed just a bit, and even my parents cheap-ass pre-paid phone is a smartphone.

As providers realize the potential revenue streams related to smartphones, the option of even offering a dumbphone option becomes more foreign to every provider.

5 days ago
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FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

geekmux Re:Bad idea (373 comments)

And since there are precious few "jobs" available to neckbeards

...until the nerds invented Bitcoin.

Until nerds invent a whole new form of greed and corruption, don't assume any hint of power or control is real.

After all, those controlling the incumbent monetary systems certainly don't have a problem blackballing any new eCurrency.

5 days ago
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Amazon Plans To Release 12 Movies a Year In Theaters and On Prime

geekmux Re:Good luck getting theaters on board (92 comments)

> In case the incumbants haven't noticed by now, the millenial generation of moviegoers is perfectly willing to watch a new-release movie on a damn 3" cell phone screen with earbuds

No, they DON'T watch movies on their cell phones. That's why movies are enjoying record revenue numbers over the last few years.

Only the nerdiest of nerds watch movies on their phones, and they aren't a market that matters.

You don't cater your business model around these dorks.

Let me gently remind you (as Thomas Friedman has) that from a communication standpoint, our world is flatter today than back when we thought it was actually flat.

There are also more people on this flattened planet than ever before. And that number will likely never decline.

Taking all of that into consideration, I happily throw almost every historical statistic related to multi-year analysis out the damn window. Every single minute your potential market grows, and can be taken viral within seconds. That would include those "nerds" who pay $10 for a bucket of popcorn as well as those nerds perfectly content to pay Netflix on their cell phones and home TVs

And given the demand for Netflix, I'd say there's a few billion reasons why you would want to listen to those dorks, or else you may not need to worry about a business model anymore. Or a business for that matter.

5 days ago
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FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

geekmux Re:As always, dick measuring between agencies (373 comments)

NSA and others do it and will do it no matter what the law says, while their dime eyed lawyers continue telling that they are defending our liberties. FBI was also doing it, but now that the discussion is public, there are same voices, probably in-house lawyers, who foresee a case in the future where the litigation is lost if FBI will continue lying using the paralel construction, like they (and all others) always did.

So now they want to legitimize something that is not legitimizable.

The largest outstanding question at this point is why do they even bother asking.

They're raping citizens Rights.

And no there is no other more accurate word to describe an action that was not asked for nor is able to be refused.

Rape. I suggest we start using this word in the various courtrooms. And often.

Maybe, just maybe it will short-circuit the automated excu...er, I mean response to the new-and-improved War on Terror being the reason for all this.

5 days ago
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Moscow To Track Cell-phone Users In 2015 For Traffic Analysis

geekmux Re:So turn off your phone (63 comments)

Why? Since when was it required by law that I must have my phone in a state that anyone can call me AND I MUST ANSWER THEM?

I have a cell phone, and it is turned off 95% of the time. I turn it on when I need to make a call, it has a message service if someone needs to let me know something.

I don't understand this need to be contactable 24 hours a day as if life itself depends on it.

I grew up without a cell phone and did not die, I own a cell phone and turn it off and still I am alive. Why do most people feel the need to have a contact 24 hours a day? Are they that scared to just think for themselves.

Given the general "geek" feel on this particular forum, surely you must understand that your position on this is a rather foreign concept to those who livelihood might in fact depend on them being connected 24 hours a day. And quite often it has nothing to do with thinking for themselves. (I blame a shitty attitude towards work/life balance, and an overall sickening addiction to build monitoring devices for every damn thing in the universe, as if your fridge really needs it's own Twitter handle)

Feel fortunate you are not one of them, but I would question why you even own a cell phone. Or email address. Or Internet service. The overall paranoia around being tracked physically, well you might as well just learn to accept that shit. If it's not a cell phone today it's going to be a drone tomorrow. Understand and accept the fact that thanks to the "War on Terror", the monitoring of human movements will be all but mandatory.

And yeah, I remember a life well before internet, cell phones, and "social" media. Shit happens. Things change.

5 days ago
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Moscow To Track Cell-phone Users In 2015 For Traffic Analysis

geekmux Re:So turn off your phone (63 comments)

I think the point was if you need to be able to receive calls at all times. I don't. Especially when I know that whenever my phone is on, I am being tracked. Why don't they just mandate ankle monitors for all citizens anyway?

Given how hard a US citizen would be scrutinized if they chose to not ever carry a cell phone or have an email address, I'd say it IS pretty much mandated. You'll likely end up with your own FBI file otherwise.

However, that being said, I don't see the purpose of you even owning a phone if you're concerned about being tracked. It's going to become more and more impossible (or illegal) to own a dumb phone anymore, so even powering on a smartphone to make a call will likely result in a mass data dump from your phone to the various providers of crapware installed under the 172 EULAs you auto-agreed to when you broke the shrink-wrap.

5 days ago
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Moscow To Track Cell-phone Users In 2015 For Traffic Analysis

geekmux Re:Wow ... (63 comments)

So, does this mean that Russia is finally catching up with the US in terms of monitoring its citizens?

The mind reels.

Papers please, comrade.

The only thing reeling in my mind is the ability for others to believe this type of monitoring hasn't been going on already.

For years.

This is Russia we're talking about. Control isn't just a fancy word thrown around at dinner parties at the Kremlin.

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Drug Company CEO Blames Drug Industry For Increased Drug Resistance

geekmux Re:Hang on (136 comments)

Exactly WHO decided to manufacture in China, that would be the big Drug companies as a guess. Exactly WHO should be monitoring their manufacture, that would be the big Drug companies as a guess. Exactly WHO encourages over subscription, a pill for everything, that would be the big Drug companies as a guess.

My guess is something went wrong somewhere and they are starting the smokescreen already to divert attention.

Exactly WHO here is the FDA, since they are the authority that allows those "big Drug companies" to even be in the business of making or selling drugs.

And yes, something went wrong. It's called the Military Prescription Complex, also known as Big Pharma. You want to point to something or someone? How about you point the finger back to the very organization in charge of regulating Big Pharma.

Course it might help if you didn't fill the fucking regulatory board overseeing that with a bunch of ex Big Pharma cronies hell-bent on ensuring profits are prioritized to the point of questioning their dedication to the Hippocratic oath.

about a week ago
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Amazon Plans To Release 12 Movies a Year In Theaters and On Prime

geekmux Re:Good luck getting theaters on board (92 comments)

Theater owners want exclusivity in releases. They don't want to show a movie that can be seen elsewhere in the same local market.

Well, good for them! I'm glad they want to hold on to a dying archaic model of overpriced sodas and popcorn in a big room.

This is how the businesses work.

Ah, no. This is how failed businesses work. By not adopting to the times.

In case the incumbants haven't noticed by now, the millenial generation of moviegoers is perfectly willing to watch a new-release movie on a damn 3" cell phone screen with earbuds. And content providers don't need a theater to make revenue. Sony likely paved the way with the rather forced online release of The Interview.

And as anti-social as "social" media has made humans in general, I don't see this trend changing. At all

Bottom line is incumbents better wake the hell up and smell what the single-serve k-cup generation is serving themselves.

about a week ago
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Simple Rogue WiFi Hotspot Captures High Profile Data

geekmux Cap'n Jack Sparrow for President (67 comments)

"...The stunt has already sparked criticism in Swedish newspapers and on social media, with some angry comments saying that Nipe breached Sweden's Personal Data Act."

Uh...maybe the whole country ah...missed something here..

"Gustav Nipe, president of Sweden's Pirate Party's youth wing..."

Uh...yeah..I mean THAT part.

Helllloooo.... Pirate. Remember? Cap'n Jack Sparrow made that concept pretty damn clear I thought. Don't act so surprised.

Oh, and be thankful it was a pirate. Those damn ninjas are sneaky.

about two weeks ago
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Your High School Wants You To Install Snapchat

geekmux Re:I work IT in schools (156 comments)

In the same way I block game websites, violent or not, cartoons and funny websites, offensive or not, and other time-wasting crap. I have no legal obligation to *block* some of the above. But I do. Because a) it's safer for the younger kids, b) you're supposed to be using my (limited) resources for working towards an education and not distracting others, and c) because the parents would go ape-shit if they found out you were on Facebook / Snapchat (by whatever access) all day while you were at school.

We've recently seen the proliferation of social media into the workplace, with corporate Twitter accounts, and plenty of businesses advertising on Facebook.

That said, I'm wondering how your old-fashioned mentality is going to fare when your teaching guidelines and cirriculum are not sent to you via hardcopy, but instead have been posted to the brand new teachers "portal", powered by Facebook.

What happens when the iParent of tomorrow gets pissed for you denying their child access to social media? Speaking of lawsuits, get ready for the one about the introvert you prevented from blossoming into a normal functioning student with your anti-social views that prevent the use of social media, which is already a staple of modern society. Won't someone think of the CHILDREN!

(Yeah, I wish our legal system wasn't that fucked up, but it is. We have to worry about the lawsuits from the lawsuits.)

We already have Facebook for Work. Don't think for one second Facebook doesn't have their sights on the classroom too.

I should clarify, I agree with you 110% regarding pointless stupid distractions. That doesn't mean your obsolete attitude will save you, and assuming you can teach abstinence in this case is assuming there's enough sand on the entire planet to bury your ignorance.

There isn't.

about two weeks ago

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