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Plan C: The Cold War Plan Which Would Have Brought the US Under Martial Law

meta-monkey Re: There are still contingency plans (277 comments)

I see your M-1 Tank and raise you asymmetrical warfare.

The out-gunned side takes more casualties but always wins in the end...

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Plan C: The Cold War Plan Which Would Have Brought the US Under Martial Law

meta-monkey Re:Urban legend? (277 comments)

No joke, the US Army has plans for "if we have to invade Canada."

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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

meta-monkey Re:Their excuse sucks (535 comments)

I'm eagerly awaiting the inclusion of WebKit in systemd.

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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

meta-monkey Re:The solution is obvious (535 comments)

Which is why I use a Nexus phone. It's the reference hardware. Even if you have the AT&T branded Nexus 6, it's unlockable and rootable, while on contract. I don't understand the point of buying a non-Google Android device.

I've looked at them, and I just never saw anything that made me think "that's clearly so much better and cheaper than the Google device that I should be reliant on the manufacturer and carrier to support it."

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Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

meta-monkey Re:The solution is obvious (535 comments)

And testing for Android app development is a nightmare. "My new app works great in the emulator built into Android Studio! So I'm sure that means it'll work perfectly on 200 different devices all running different versions of customized OSes!"

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Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data

meta-monkey Re:Encryption? (189 comments)

So you're saying that The Man got wise to the tinfoil loophole, had it pulled from shelves, and replaced it with aluminum foil, and for those who didn't notice the difference their source of protection now makes them more susceptible to attack! The Man is truly diabolical.

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Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

meta-monkey Re:But how did it happen? (360 comments)

And there's no "grown-up" alternative. Back in the day you didn't run Windows 95 - ME at the office. You used NT.

If they'd made a vanilla, office-friendly version of Windows 8 called "Windows 8 NT" or whatever else, that kept the same interface as 7, they might convince some corporate IT departments to upgrade. But when you've got a staff of 10,000 plus, and you're looking at rolling out a new OS with a completely different interface, at the minimum you're taking a huge productivity hit while people figure this new thing out, and at worst you're springing for new training.

I can only imagine how many billions of dollars in productivity were lost when they switched to the Ribbon in Office. It's as if millions of voices suddenly cried out "where's the edit menu?" and were suddenly confused...

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Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

meta-monkey Re:Terrible names (360 comments)

Particularly when they're all the same thing, with no sense of order. At least Android goes up a letter each time, so you know "KitKat" comes before "Lollipop."

But OS X and the cats? Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion, fucking Ocelot whatever. All that shit means is I have to go lookup the fucking 10.x number so I know if it'll run on my wife's computer.

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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

meta-monkey Re:They better be damn sure we're not home... (382 comments)

Sir David Omand and the GCHQ happen to reside on the other side of the pond.

And you think that's going to stop them?! Just let them Redcoats come back and try that shit in Alabama and we'll kick their asses again, just like we did in dubya-dubya-tew.

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Omand Warns of "Ethically Worse" Spying If Unbreakable Encryption Is Allowed

meta-monkey Re:Good (382 comments)

Sssshhhh! Don't tell them we might actually like something they'd do, or they won't do it!

"Ohhhhh puuuuhleeeeeaze Brer Omand, whutevah you do, don't throw us in that targeted-spying-on-actual-terrorists-instead-of-everybody patch!"

It broke down at the end there, but you get the idea.

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Fark's Drew Curtis Running For Governor of Kentucky

meta-monkey Re:Not a career politician? (119 comments)

At least he's honest enough to call you a whore when he nuts in your face rather than whisper sweet nothings in your ear while he fucks you in the ass.

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Fark's Drew Curtis Running For Governor of Kentucky

meta-monkey Re:Where Does He Stand On the Issues? (119 comments)

I really wanted to do the "boycott the reds and blues" thing last November. So I seriously looked at my alternative for my state governor. It was a libertarian who wanted to establish our own state currency backed by gold. Sigh.

Great, so now instead of Fucker vs Fucker it's Fuckers vs Nuts. Is there somebody worth electing, anywhere?

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Anonymous Asks Activists To Fight Pedophiles In 'Operation Deatheaters'

meta-monkey Re:Think of the children! (401 comments)

We don't need more "Think of the children!" witch hunts; our society has too many of those already.

Yeah, when did Anonymous turn into the lapdog of the FBI? Back when Anonymous had actual hackers (before they were busted by the FBI), they went after evil government and corporate shit (think Stratfor). Now....terrorists and pedos?

They've turned into Chester and Spike.

"Oh, oh, oh hey, hey FBI, wanna fight the establishment? Ehhh? Ehhh? Government corruption, FBI?! Eh eh?!"

"Naaaahhh" *SLAP*.

"Oh, oh, yeah, yeah that wouldn't be no fun no fun...hey, hey FBI, wanna get pedos, FBI?! Ehhhh? Ehhh? Pedos?!"

"Pedos?! Where...."

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Google Handed To FBI 3 Wikileaks Staffers' Emails, Digital Data

meta-monkey Re:Encryption? (189 comments)

It isn't like anybody thinks the NSA has some psychic that just controls the minds of sysadmins from halfway around the globe.

What do you think the tinfoil hats are for?

Come to think of it, the whole "tinfoil hat to block the mind control rays" thing is a complete psy-op. Wouldn't wrapping your head in tinfoil make you more susceptible to mind control rays, like wadding up tinfoil on your TV antenna?!

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Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

meta-monkey Re:life in the U.S. (253 comments)

Meh. It's a band-aid to the real problem. If there were actually competition in the market, we wouldn't need the FCC telling us that "25Mbps is broadband." The competing providers would do it themselves. "While our service blazes along at 1Gbps, our competitor offers a paltry 500Mbps. (waaaah waaah *cue face of unhappy consumer slowly loading a pixelated picture of a boob*)."

All that will happen with this is provider monopolies will increase speeds to 25Mbps, and no more. And 25Mbps is still balls.

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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

meta-monkey Re:WTF! She was 32 years old (372 comments)

MIT reviewed them and found they were inappropriate enough to can his ass. It doesn't matter that you think it's perfectly okay for their representatives to solicit sex from the customers, but it's against the MIT code of conduct. He knew the rules when he signed up. And they should really go without saying. "Don't try to fuck the students. Even if you think they want it." Isn't that kind of common sense? Does that need to be explained to you?

At your job, I recommend not trying to fuck the customers (unless you work in a brothel. Then try to fuck the customers). There's probably some tiny little obscure rule in the employee handbook that says HR frowns upon that sort of thing.

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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

meta-monkey Re:but what about..... (372 comments)

Who knows? Who cares? It's against the MIT code of conduct to solicit your students for sex. Just like every other organization in the developed world. For just these reasons.

At your job, I recommend not soliciting the customers or those employees who report to you for sex.

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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

meta-monkey Re:WTF! She was 32 years old (372 comments)

This is normal. Men in any kind of authority, do not hide it all of a sudden, when establishing sexual relationships with women. There is tons of overlap in real life between sex and business, authority and sex, ...

"Jesse, meet Dan; He's a professor at MIT who focuses on Physics." Boom, done. Super-common. Heck, there are plenty of women who explicitly seek out teachers and authorities in order to form sexual relationships. I've read several OK Cupid profiles from beautiful women that explicitly say just that.

Oh I agree, that is totally normal. But that's not what happened here. This isn't just a professor, it's her professor. "Jesse, meet Dan, he's your teacher." "Soooooooo how 'bout some nudes?"

"Anonymous Coward, meet Steve, he's your new boss." "Sooooooo...how 'bout some dick pics?"

And yes, there are OK Cupid profiles looking for that! So he should go hit up those women, who are down for it, rather than firing widely into his pool of students (which he did. It wasn't just this one women, it was a dozen or more). This has nothing to do with his sexual proclivities. Go to the sex club on the weekend, wear assless chaps and a bridle and have people ride you and spank you. Knock yourself out! But don't go dipping your pen in the company ink. There's a reason that's a saying.

Really? This is part of the "women give sex to men" paradigm, as if women do not enjoy sex in their own right, and as if sex is intrinsically degrading to a woman.

Really? You don't understand that while sex is a mutually beneficially arrangement between most people, there are also some people, men or women, who take sex from others, via force or coercion? And that's what this guy did? Sexual predation? That is a thing, you know.

If he invites a sexual relationship, and she says "No," and there is no punishment or threat involved, I say: No harm, no foul.

Only on /. are people so socially inept that they need it explained it to them why it's inappropriate for people in positions of authority over others to solicit them for sex. The punishment or threat is implied. When your boss asks for dick pics, you can rest assured that he will not reward those who provide said pics, and punish those who don't. At all. You're totally "free" to say no to the solicitations that are completely outside the boundaries of the nature of your relationship. It's not okay for your boss to ask you to come by on weekend and mow his yard ("Feel free to say no. Oh and completely off-topic, isn't your performance review coming up next week?") and it's not okay for your teacher to ask you to come by on the weekend on and suck his dick, either ("Feel free to say no. Oh and completely off-topic, isn't your final exam next week?")

And regardless of harm or foul, in your bizarre opinion that does not in any way reflect reality, I'll bet you $100 that the MIT code of conduct forbids sexual relationships between teachers and students. Just like HR will fire your ass if you solicit sex from people who report to you at work, and the Army forbids relationships between soldiers and those under their command.

As a matter of fact, every fucking organization forbids relationships between superiors and their juniors for this exact fucking reason. It has nothing to do with man or woman, gay or straight.

It's also just a shitty representation for the business. MIT wants their teachers to teach, not fish for sex from the customers. What business do you want to patronize who has their representatives ask you for naked pictures when you contact them? "Thank you for calling AT&T. Before we get started on your billing questions, got any nude pictures I can have?" Would you not maybe want to talk to their superiors at AT&T and ask why the fuck their phone bank operators are asking you for nudes when you called up to ask about your bill? "Well, did our operator threaten you in any way if you didn't comply? No? You were free to say no? Then no harm, no foul."

Do you really need this explained to you?

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Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

meta-monkey Re:WTF! She was 32 years old (372 comments)

"Send me nudes pics of yourself to improve your self-esteem?" Pretty sure he knew that was a lie.

All I know is what I read in the article. There is a large collection of chat logs between him and this woman, and many other women. It's pretty much textbook manipulation and harassment of psychologically vulnerable people. Doesn't have anything to do with them being women. They guy sought out the mentally unwell and exploited them. /. has been posting tons of bullshit SJW "men are evil" stories lately, but this is not one of them. I don't really see what the defense of Lewin is. What do you think should have happened?

1) Dude uses MIT name, cred, backing, resources to put him in touch with women.

2) Dude probes women for psychological problems

3) Dude exploits trusting women's psychological problems for sexual favors.

What do you think the end result of that should be? High-fives from the MIT admins?

I guess the problem could just be deceptive advertising. Perhaps these women thought that with a name like MIT backing the course it would be a serious and legitimate educational opportunity. I can see how they might have made that mistake. They should have been warned they'd need to be prepared to fend off manipulative sexual advances from the professors. Perhaps they should just change the branding of their online offerings from "MITx" to "MI TITS OR GTFO."

3 days ago

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