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Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

kilfarsnar Re:Dear DOJ (422 comments)

Your entire administration and the one before it has demonstrated that you have absolutely no intent of defending the constitution especially where privacy and due process are concerned.

There was ever an administration that actually defended the Constitution, privacy and due process? This shit has been happening since at least John Adams.

That may be true, but it doesn't mean we should stop speaking out for our ideals.

2 days ago
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Researchers Tie Regin Malware To NSA, Five Eyes Intel Agencies

kilfarsnar Re:I wonder... (94 comments)

Revenge wouldn't be the point - the point would be to send a clear message to future patriots that might try a similar stunt. Revenge would just make it more satisfying to do so.

Yeah, maybe. I'd think that if they wanted to do that, they'd have done it already. But maybe they just haven't had the opportunity. Seems to me the horse is out of the barn.

3 days ago
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Researchers Tie Regin Malware To NSA, Five Eyes Intel Agencies

kilfarsnar Re:When will there be justice? (94 comments)

How long is it going to take before the American people get fed up with this. The NSA is obviously an out of control agency and has been for years. The people in charge need to start spending LONG prison sentences for their crimes against humanity. And before people start screaming "Think about the terrorists" remember that those in charge (both the NSA, FBI and others) have deliberately chosen to ignore gathered intell about actual terrorist threats (such as 911 and the Boston Marathon bombers). This should prove to everyone that the government considers their own citizens as more of a threat than foreign terrorists.

Yeah, but most people don't see it that way. They may not like what the government is doing, but they still buy the terrorism angle. This type of thing isn't what gets people fed up enough to really do something. That comes with hunger or widespread violence, and we should all hope it doesn't get that bad.

3 days ago
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Researchers Tie Regin Malware To NSA, Five Eyes Intel Agencies

kilfarsnar Re:I wonder... (94 comments)

...when Snowden is going to wake up with a bullet in his head...

Edward Snowden has released all of his information to news agencies. They are the ones now releasing this information. Snowden could die tomorrow and it wouldn't make a difference. The US government likely knows this, so there is no point in going after him. They may be lawless, but I don't think they would try to get him just for revenge.

3 days ago
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The Paradoxes That Threaten To Tear Modern Cosmology Apart

kilfarsnar Re:Slashdot, byebye! (231 comments)

OP says "paradox" but the issues discussed in the paper are not strictly paradoxes, just contradictions. There is a difference. If you say it's black and I say it's white, that's not a paradox but a contradiction. If one theory says it's red and another theory says it's green, again that's not paradox but mere contradiction.

But I'm here for an argument!

about a week ago
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Japanese Nobel Laureate Blasts His Country's Treatment of Inventors

kilfarsnar Re: Hos is the US any better? (191 comments)

Envy? I make plenty of money. It's about equity and relative power.

about two weeks ago
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Japanese Nobel Laureate Blasts His Country's Treatment of Inventors

kilfarsnar Re: Hos is the US any better? (191 comments)

I don't think so. Elizabeth Warren is polling in single digits, and Republicans have just taken over the Senate. You are delusional if you think there is a groundswell of support for redistributive policies.

Orly?

http://www.gallup.com/poll/165794/americans-raising-minimum-wage.aspx

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2012/11/28/taxing-the-rich-remains-popular/

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/11/08/with-41-of-global-wealth-in-the-hands-of-less-than-1-elites-and-citizens-agree-inequality-is-a-top-priority/

Eat the rich.

about two weeks ago
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Japanese Nobel Laureate Blasts His Country's Treatment of Inventors

kilfarsnar Re: Hos is the US any better? (191 comments)

Be grateful it's us One Percenters making the rules, you rabble couldn't even find your arse without someone giving you directions.

Oh yes, you've made sure of that haven't you?

about two weeks ago
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Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day

kilfarsnar Re:We all have to die one day (348 comments)

When you get that notion, put your back field in motion!

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

kilfarsnar Re:The Dangers of the World (784 comments)

CPS doesn't beat the shit out of you, kill you and then say it was your own fault.

But as a parent, you'd probably rather be beat up by cops than have your children taken from you.

about two weeks ago
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UK Computing Teachers Concerned That Pupils Know More Than Them

kilfarsnar Re:Any experienced teacher already deals with this (388 comments)

Quite to the contrary. Our teaching schools in the US are the degree mills for the B school dropouts. Simply put, those who can do math realize that teaching is a bad financial career choice.

This is another indication of how far out of whack our priorities are as a country. You make money based on how much money you make for someone else, or how hard your position is to fill. But we won't spend money just because something is important; like teachers or quality infrastructure or mitigating climate change or whatever.

The linked article talks about how hard it is to get good teachers for computing because anyone who's any good at it can make a lot more money elsewhere. Is anyone proposing paying a computing teacher $90,000 a year, or whatever is competitive, to compensate for that? Everyone seems to want to pay teachers less because they get summers off. Nobody wants to pay them more because for the vital function they serve in our society. Like I said, priorities out of whack.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

kilfarsnar Re:Nostalgic for Windows 7? (640 comments)

Same here. With Windows XP still hanging on and Windows 8 needlessly messing with the UI, I doubt we'll see Windows 7 going anywhere anytime soon.

about two weeks ago
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Report: DHS Failing On Cybersecurity

kilfarsnar Re:Dear Taxpayer? (68 comments)

That's even less of the population.

about three weeks ago
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Report: DHS Failing On Cybersecurity

kilfarsnar Re:Consider the source (68 comments)

Coburn's fixation on budget deficits is absolutely contrary to humanitarian compassion. Deficits don't matter, as Reagan proved. To cut food stamps and suicide prevention programs in the name of "pay-go" is morally, ethically, and economically wrong.

ORLY?

Ask Greece.

Or Detroit.

Unlike Greece or Detroit, the federal government can print its own currency. Thus it is not constrained by its ability to tax or borrow. It literally has all the money it needs all the time. So it is correct that deficits don't matter. We could pay off the entire national debt tomorrow if we chose to. I'm not saying we should; it would have other ramifications. But the idea that we just don't have the money for a given project or program is just not true. The US cannot go bankrupt and has all the money it needs.

about three weeks ago
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Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

kilfarsnar Re:Not seeing the issue here (209 comments)

Then you're too stupid to be free.

Really, that's your response to his take down of your earlier non-response?

about a month ago
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GCHQ Warns It Is Losing Track of Serious Criminals

kilfarsnar Re:Brought it on ourselves (229 comments)

Um, yes. You also seem quite wedded to the idea that the world is a simple matter of "who's to blame" and that you can just stick simple labels on people, like Snowden is a "whistle-blower" (and not, therefore, a traitor of the highest order). Sadly for this naive view, Snowden didn't blow any actual whistles, he just dumped a ton of documents and ran. So while some of those documents may have happened to "blow the whistle" on some things, some of those documents may also have happened to cripple our intel capabilities and threaten national security. Snowden didn't distinguish those two things, so he may well be both a whistle-blower and a traitor of the highest order, and he may well be to blame for some real problems in law enforcement that have nothing to do with overreach.

This is wrong, wrong, wrong. Edward Snowden chose the reporters he talked to very carefully and asked them to be responsible with their disclosures. He did not just dump documents and run, and he did take steps to distinguish between necessary and unnecessary disclosure.

about a month ago
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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

kilfarsnar Re: Simple answer... (484 comments)

Inhaling any smoke into your lungs can cause damage and long term health problems. Chronic cough, emphysema, and even lung cancer are all possible outcomes of smoking pot. it also raises your blood pressure and your heart rate, similar to smoking tobacco.

only the ignorant or misinformed deny it has any ill health effects. its not that different from smoking tobacco.

Pot smoke has not been shown to cause cancer or emphysema. Even if there are other health effects, I'm not sure how we are helping people by putting them in jail for doing it. The message seems to be, "Don't do this harmful thing, or we'll do this other harmful thing to you."

about a month and a half ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

kilfarsnar Re:So if I've got this right... (440 comments)

A cop bought a video camera to catch an illegal alien unloading a firearm at bottles on his own porch, among other things...catches the guy, along with a significant drug operation no less...and the court "nixes weeks of warrantless video surveillance" is a GOOD THING? You'll notice they aren't nixing the YEARS of warrantless surveillance that every citizen of the U.S. has been under, nor the YEARS of collusion with friendly nations to extend that surveillance program to every citizen, worldwide. No, they're nixing the one bit of fucking video that might actually have been worth recording in the fucking first place. Footage of a criminal, committing a crime. How novel.

The EFF logo for this story was perfect, "extremely fucking foolish" was the first thought that came to mind.

The police can't violate people's rights in pursuit of law breakers. The ends don't justify the means.

about a month and a half ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

kilfarsnar Re:undocumented immigrant (440 comments)

But our rights are endowed by our Creator, and apply to everyone, not just American citizens.

There is an obvious flaw in that argument, namely that there is no such thing as our Creator.

Am I to understand that you do not exist, having never been created?

about a month and a half ago

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Web-based Visible Body Tool

kilfarsnar kilfarsnar writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kilfarsnar (561956) writes "There is a new web-based online tool for exploring the human body. It is at www.visiblebody.com. You can rotate and isolate various body systems and just generally explore the body! It's free to use, and I thought the Slashdot community might enjoy it."
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