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Daniel Ellsberg: Snowden Would Not Get a Fair Trial – and Kerry Is Wrong

naasking Re:Ellsberg got a fair trial (519 comments)

Snowden made a decision to break the law because he believed his cause was good which justified breaking the law. What if the NSA used the same argument? What if they believe their cause is just as good and justified and more important then adhering to any laws?

Who is ultimately right is for the courts to decide. But the government will try its damndest to prevent the courts from ever seeing this kind of case, if they can help it.

about 2 months ago
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Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

naasking Re:No, he didn't. (1198 comments)

no he didn't. He doesn't understand the context and is using a specific type of crime as all crime, it is not.
For example, the paper does not include homicide. It's a report on interviewed victims, not a report of all violent crime.

Now that's just dishonest. disgbo said that "men are FAR more likely than women to be victims of violence, physical intimidation, violent crime, and other physical threats". dirk asked for evidence. The report digsbo cited, and the one he provided below, are exactly the evidence proving his claim.

Lets look at a more accurate and detail review, shall we?

Now who's cherry-picking? This report is about domestic violence only, which is but a small subset of all "violence, physical intimidation, violent crimes and other physical threats". Overall, men are more likely to be both victims and perpetrators in our culture. The argument that women have to be more conscientious about their safety just doesn't seem justified by the evidence.

I agree with the use of #YesAllWomen to bring awareness to sexual harassment, which is still prevalent, but I disagree with its use to highlight some belief that women live under some vague but constant threat of male violence that the rest of us don't, like this tweet. If the message is more targeted at things like domestic violence, that's justified by the evidence.

about 2 months ago
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Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds

naasking Re:What the f*$# is wrong with us? (1198 comments)

I don't buy for a second that men are more likely to be the victims of violence, intimidation and other physical threats. Men are more likely to do all of those, but they are more likely aimed at women.

digsbo already cited the relevant reference showing that men have more to fear from others than women do, but are you really so suprised that male on male violence is more prevalent than male on female? Who gets in more bar fights? Who is the more likely victim of gang violence? There's still a stigma around hitting women, so when tempers flare in any situation, who is more likely to receive a punch to the face?

You are basically calling the person feminine which is only an insult if you believe men are superior to women.

That's not how insults work. Sure, the people who started using that insult probably believed that, but words have momentum and growing up in a culture that uses some words derogatorily means you're simply more likely to use them that way when conveying an intention. That doesn't mean the user has given even a moment's thought to what's actually been said. Trying to tie this to some mental attitude towards women as a whole is weak at best.

about 2 months ago
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Parenting Rewires the Male Brain

naasking Re:I believe it because.. (291 comments)

Is that a joke, kids can definitely do those things. They obviously can't go to as far of extremes as an adult can

You just explained it yourself, and the younger they are, the more limited you are. The original poster said that kids would interfere with their ability to travel, which as a general proposition is true, irrespective of the fact that it may not be true in specific circumstances.

about 2 months ago
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Parenting Rewires the Male Brain

naasking Re:I don't doubt it. (291 comments)

What? The only symptom he listed that might be related was decreased interest in women. I've never seen any of those other symptoms listed in relation to depression.

about 2 months ago
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Parenting Rewires the Male Brain

naasking Re:I believe it because.. (291 comments)

That's a little simplistic. Genetics also account for a signficant fraction of a young person's behaviour.

about 2 months ago
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Parenting Rewires the Male Brain

naasking Re:I believe it because.. (291 comments)

Traveling with kids isn't that hard. You can get a backpack with a kid seat that will work till they are about five. When they are eight, they can walk fast enough to keep up.

Walking around isn't the hard part. The hard part is going the places you'd want to go, which may consist of places that won't hold a kid's interest, which limits your enjoyment of it if you force them, or places they simply cannot go (rock climbing, hiking, etc.).

about 2 months ago
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White House Pressures Legislators Into Gutting USA FREEDOM Act

naasking Re:What does Obama know that we don't? (284 comments)

2. Access to top secret data that still hasn't been released showing a compelling need for this information gathering?

If that were the case, he would only need to release some of that information to justify those actions. More than likely the bulk surveillance infrastructure is to maintain a political and economic advantage over other countries.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Star Wars Episode VII Be Saved?

naasking Re:make people actually care for the characters (403 comments)

That story doesn't need to be set in Space, require aliens, Jedi, Sith or the Force, and is told literally every day on the news.

Art imitates life.

about 2 months ago
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Gen. Keith Alexander On Metadata, Snowden, and the NSA: "We're At Greater Risk"

naasking Re:No (238 comments)

Everybody in other countries with an ounce of brains in their heads could reasonable assumed that this is going on, and everybody in America with an ounce of brains can reasonably assume that other countries (including our allies) is either doing the same thing or trying to gain the means to do so.

Not everybody was aware of the extent this was happening, like the NSA trying to subvert encryption protocols and hardware devices. Certainly those well-versed in security culture probably suspected, but the confirmation of how pervasive it is was still surprising.

about 2 months ago
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5-Year-Old Linux Kernel Bug Fixed

naasking Re:This is the problem with Linux Security (127 comments)

You're missing the point: our network infrastructure is already DoS vulnerable. A remote DoS is just another drop in a full pool. To suggest that a DoS vulnerability "compromises" the remote system doesn't seem justified.

about 2 months ago
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5-Year-Old Linux Kernel Bug Fixed

naasking Re:This is the problem with Linux Security (127 comments)

I'm not referring to any specific DoS, just DoS as a general class aren't necessarily security vulnerabilities, ie. specific DoS vulnerabilities might also be security vulnerabilities, but being a DoS vulnerability does not automatically also make it a security vulnerability.

about 3 months ago
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5-Year-Old Linux Kernel Bug Fixed

naasking Re:This is the problem with Linux Security (127 comments)

A bug that allows remote code execution or even a DoS is a much, much bigger issues than fixing the user experience or minor stability issues.

I agree security vulnerabilities are worse than simple bugs. However DoS is not. Our entire network infrastructure is already vulnerable to DoS, so vulnerabilities of this sort are just par for the course really.

about 3 months ago
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Google Testing Gmail Redesign

naasking Re:How about "no thanks" .... (218 comments)

Like Slashdot Beta, this is probably being driven by âoeweb designersâ and marketers.

Have you considered that perhaps they're going for more more convenient vertical integration and better workflow to help them supplant Microsoft's enterprise offerings? I'm all for that. Prematurely judging the interface before even trying it sounds pretty silly to me.

about 3 months ago
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Court: Oracle Entitled To Copyright Protection Over Some Parts of Java

naasking Re:Results (303 comments)

If I wrote a book, and you copied all my chapter titles for your book, be certain that I (or rather my publisher) would come after you. I put a lot of work into those titles after all.

You can mirror a table of contents structure without using the exact wording verbatim.

APIs are different though. They are meant to be copied. You can't use them without copying them.

No, you can't implement a version of that API without copying them. Analogously, if you wanted to substitute a textbook around which you've designed a series of lectures based on the chapter structure, you can't without keeping that same structure.

about 3 months ago
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Court: Oracle Entitled To Copyright Protection Over Some Parts of Java

naasking Re:Results (303 comments)

I really don't see why a jury is deciding this. Imagine trying to explain to a bunch of random shmucks about programming languages, interfaces, etc.

It's not that hard with some accessible analogies. An interface is like the table of contents for a book. Is a table of contents alone copyrightable?

about 3 months ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

naasking Re:The Canadian Exodus.... (1633 comments)

Everyone should be armed. Assuming you're not a felon, a weapon should be in every single citizen's possession. Period. No loopholes.

Felons are citizens. That sounds like a loophole.

about 3 months ago
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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

naasking Re:The whole approach is wrong (189 comments)

As languages and tools are fundamentally incapable of "fixing" limitations of the people using them, I guess you are on the left-side of the Dunning-Kruger graphs as well

Computers enhancing human reasoning. Therefore, computers can't "fix" all human limitations, they can only fix some of them. This is true regardless of whether or not you're a bad programmer. A safe programming language can make a bad programmer into a decent programmer, and a good programmer into great programmer (where "greatness" is a measure of defect rate per thousand lines of code).

You might as well argue that we should go back to designing bridges and buildings on pencil and paper, because only people who don't understand civil engineering need to design such things using computers. It's an asinine point of view. Good engineers can design ambitious buildings with computers that could never have been designed on pencil and paper, and the "trivial" buildings and bridges that still need building are left for engineers with more limitations.

The exact analogous argument applies to programming. Computers and safe programming languages enhance human reasoning, and if you don't think so, then I suggest you throw away all of your calculators and computers, because clearly you can get on just fine in today's world without them. Good luck with that.

about 3 months ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

naasking Re:WTF?? (798 comments)

Unfortunately, bullying is not against the law, its against POLICY. Necessity is for breaking THE LAW. No law was broken so you can't take this route.

Depends. Quite a bit of bullying is physical assault, and it's definitely harassment.

about 3 months ago

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