Graduate Students Being Warned Away From Leaked Cables
Agreed, its interesting how they are disqualifying upfront all the students who are politically aware and curious about canvassing alternate viewpoints and sources and ultimately who develop their own opinions and make their own informed decisions based on a far broader and less USA-centric pool of data. People that would be valuable in roles that need critical thinking and analysis.
Whereas the wilfully ignorant, insular and stupid people are welcomed with open arms because they are the only viable candidates for the state dept positions on offer.
How will this benefit the state department or the country in a wider sense - to staff critical agencies with idiots and only idiots? Damning signs that things can only get worse.
Stallman Crashes Talk, Fights 'War On Sharing'
Your view sounds like an extremist view to me. Essentially all other niches of society takes a stance that agrees with Richard Stallman, that openness and honestly and transparency are paramount for freedoms and safety. It isnt just done for no reason either, its done because the posistion you advocate has been used and is being used to inflict harm.
Take Food labelling laws and regulations for example. How happy would you be to eat or feed to your family "Brand X mysterious substance, now in convienient snack size packs!". Do you think the public good is served by concealing what people are ingesting, or that any effort to hide this information from consumers is probably not intended to help them or their health? There have been lobbying efforts recently trying to prevent companies from testing and labelling their food as GM free, or mad cow disease-free. Do you think this is good?
Look at legislation, in particular bills that are kept secret and have to be rushed through the confirmation process without reading or debate - there have been many of these recently done in the name of security or counter-terrorism. How healthy do you think this is to democractic government and what motive do you think is attitributable to trying to keep details like this secret? It only takes a stealthy one liner inserted somewhere into a 400 page bill that noone notices to re-introduce gas chambers or to crush the rights of citizens or to carry out some other harmful act.
Or finance and banking regulation. How much harm has been caused by the secretive credit default swap 'financial innovation' products that leverage against the realestate markets in Europe and the US? When credit rating agencies lie and claim A+++ ratings on securities that at their base level, after navigating through the layers of intentional concealment and obfuscation.. are based on cash-strapped heavily indebted people who are missing mortgage payments routinely, charging everything up on their credit cards, and in a suffering jobs market where sudden unemployment is both likely and catastrophic. Do you think it would be as much of a problem if the multi-trillions of dollars in junk assets were accurately labelled as junk before all those investors were scammed out of their cash?
The stance of secrecy and obfucation and attacks against transparency and openness is almost always bad, and almost always motivated by desire to do harm or commit crime. What is really in corexit, and could it possibly be a problem that thousands of litres of the stuff are being pumped into a ecologically and commerically important area off the US gulf coast? 'Trust us!' say BP, just like Tony Blair said before invading Iraq, and didnt that turn out to be wonderful for all involved.
In software terms, wouldnt you like to know whats happening to your systems and your data every time you use a particular program? That it isnt secretly scanning your RAM and swap space looking for website passwords and pin numbers for the online banks you use? Software companies have been caught doing this incidentally, and harvesting and uploading all this data to 3rd party sites without the permissions of users. Its naive to the point of carelessness and incompetance to blindly trust random programs and hope some faceless CEO in some office somewhere doesnt decide to screw you for profit on any given day.
Not so with Free Software thank you very much.
Intel Threatens DMCA Using HDCP Crack
As a first step to fixing the mess of criminal scams and fraud and mutual bribes and lobbying that the legal system is devolving into, I'd be happy for actual _property_ to be treated as property again! This business of selling people stuff like DVD players then calling them criminals for modifying it is insane.. where have the rights of property owners gone?
If Intel doesnt want me to have ownership of things, with all that implies - in being able to exert all the control and authority I damn well want in modifying or reselling or destroying or using it in any way I want, then they shouldnt have sold it to me in the first place.
Hundreds of years of established property law and now somehow we have serfdom and have to beg and grovel for permission to use stuff thats ours with threat of jail if the powers that be are displeased.. this is disgraceful.
UK Police To Step Up Hacking of Home PCs
Its fairly chilling how casually you mention that government agencies are already employed and engaged in systematic, premeditated organized crimes against citizens.. and that this law papers over this inconvenient fact with a facade of lawfulness. As thought this was simply nothing out of the ordinary.
Maybe I'm just being old-fashioned with my do-the-crime/do-the-time attitude, but surely these 'security services' people ought all be in jail along with the police chiefs or ministers or MPs or lords or whoever it is that funds this sort of thing.
I mean, can a rapist stick a big 'Security Services' badge on and go about attacking women at night in a legally protected way? Why spend money on laws and services designed to identify criminals when there is a entire criminal subclass already identified and busy breaking the law in plain sight? Lock the bastards up already!
Blizzard Tries To Forbid Open Sourcing Glider
Its a repeat of the same scam they got away with over Bnetd. A 100% purely open source developed tool that doesn't even run on windows and somehow Blizzard convinced the courts that they owned this code ( despite having no evidence of ownership, no history of contributing code, no statements from the authors assigning copyright to Blizzard, etc ) and therefore its distribution infringed their copyright. It was pure theatre and fiction, just the same as if you or I decided to claim ownership over Windows ( with no proof ) and demand Microsoft be permanently shut down and its executives arrested.
One of the more openly criminal of all software development companies, the notion that they have the right to control all aspects of your computer ( and other running software that they don't like, firewalls, packet analyzers etc all are magically illegal just because they say so ) is another great scam.