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GitHub Takes Down Satirical 'C Plus Equality' Language

pdabbadabba Re:Given the this community's gender troubles... (575 comments)

Gee. It's almost as though oppression comes in degrees. Is there a word you would prefer that readily communicates "more oppressed than white men in the United States but less oppressed than a North Korean dissident"?

about 7 months ago
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GitHub Takes Down Satirical 'C Plus Equality' Language

pdabbadabba Re:Given the this community's gender troubles... (575 comments)

Feminist here. I know nobody who believes any of the things you claim to be tenets of "mainstream feminist doctrine." (Though it is often falsely claimed that Catharine MacKinnon has holds that "all sex is rape.") If you go in search of some loonies who think those things, I'm sure you'll find them, but I'd like to see some substantiation that there is anything "mainstream" about them. I'm pretty sure you only think that feminists don't need to be caricatured to be ridiculed because you've already confused the caricature with reality.

about 7 months ago
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US Executions Threaten Supply of Anaesthetic Used For Surgical Procedures

pdabbadabba Re:Hangings (1160 comments)

Though the practice is not uniform, many (most?) U.S. states require that, if a death sentence is to be imposed, that it be imposed by a jury. http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/us-supreme-court-ring-v-arizona But I agree that this is mostly irrelevant to your point.

about 9 months ago
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Bradley Manning Wants To Live As a Woman

pdabbadabba Re:Let's Not Be Jerks (784 comments)

Read your own definition more carefully: "not deviating from a norm, rule, or principle." This is not just a statistical definition; it's not coincidence that each of those terms has a normative meaning:

Norms are things you should follow (or at least things people think you should follow): "a required standard; a level to be complied with or reached." Same with rules: "one of a set of explicit or understood regulations or principles governing conduct within a particular activity or sphere." Same with principles: "morally correct behavior and attitudes."

If the word "normal" were only a statistical statement, I would (maybe) agree with you. But it isn't -- in exactly the way disclosed by that definition -- and we all know it. When a person is told that she isn't "normal" most people feel the sting (though sometimes, hopefully, the sting is masked or outweighed by pride). It is a statistical word loaded with cultural baggage. (Or perhaps the other way around.)

"Cisgendered" is a funny word. I get it. I would feel goofy writing it, let alone speaking it out loud. But it seems to me that the right thing to do is to suck it up and feel goofy when the stakes are another person's dignity.

about a year ago
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George Zimmerman Acquitted In Death of Trayvon Martin

pdabbadabba Re: I'm amazed... (1737 comments)

Well, the forensic pathologist that actually testified at the trial aid the opposite. So there's that.

1 year,14 days
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Obama Reveals Climate Change Plan

pdabbadabba Re:Washington D.C. (577 comments)

Go for it. I'm happy to pay. Are you?

about a year ago
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Obama Reveals Climate Change Plan

pdabbadabba Re:Washington D.C. (577 comments)

True. But if you agree that emitting CO2 is a bad thing -- a bad thing that may be thought of as a cost -- and that the regulation more or less accurately captures that cost, (I appreciate that these are a lot of assumptions, but they're necessary to isolate the issue that we're talking about) then all the regulation does is to capture a previously external cost as an internal economic one. The plants that go out of business in this environment will be the ones that the regulations reveal to have been a net consumer, not a producer, of value all along. I wouldn't lose much sleep about that.

about a year ago
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Obama's Climate Plans Face Long Fight

pdabbadabba Re:Ice Age (229 comments)

Uhh...ok. Obviously the subway is, at least in some places, below sea level. I'm happy to agree with you on that much. But I don't see where your other links say that any particular area is below sea level. Yes, of course, much of it is CLOSE to sea level, but close != below. And what do storm surges have to do with whether something is below sea level?

about a year ago
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Obama's Climate Plans Face Long Fight

pdabbadabba Re:Ice Age (229 comments)

Do you have any evidence to share that most (all? any?) of the flooded areas were actually below sea level? I've just done a little Googling and I am able to find none.

about a year ago
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Security Researcher Attacked While At Conference

pdabbadabba Re:Innocent until blogged about (666 comments)

She is entitled to tell the truth. Period. If he tried to rape her, then she has a perfect right to tell the world about it. She knows the truth, no matter what the evidence is. It's up to us to weigh the evidence and determine whether we believe her. Whether she wanted to press charges is totally irrelevant -- people decide not to pursue these cases for all sort of reasons (particularly when it happened far from home, for God's sake).

Of course, if she's lying, that is another matter entirely. But everything I've seen and heard, about both this situation and this world, makes me believe her.

about a year ago
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"Dramatic Decline" Warning For Plants and Animals

pdabbadabba Re:Plants LIKE CO2 (696 comments)

Did I say otherwise?

about a year ago
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"Dramatic Decline" Warning For Plants and Animals

pdabbadabba Re:Plants LIKE CO2 (696 comments)

You mean like elevated temperatures, arid conditions, or being underwater?

about a year ago
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US DOJ Say They Don't Need Warrants For E-Mail, Chats

pdabbadabba Re:Fourth Amendment (457 comments)

Yeah. The problem is that, to the extent that DOJ reacts quickly to the emergence of new technologies (and it does) then it has the ability to shape perceptions of what is and is not private through proclamations like this.

If DOJ (and, to be fair, certain private actors) had treated email like private papers in the first place, different expectations might have evolved, no?

about a year ago
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Bruce Schneier On the Marathon Bomber Manhunt

pdabbadabba Re:Slippery slope. (604 comments)

No, leave the suicides in. 90% of people who attempt suicide by firearm die on their first attempt. People who attempt suicide by other means almost always fail (most try yo use drugs; 97% survive). And after a failed attempt, only a small minority of people attempt again. So, no. If those 20,000 people didn't have access to firearms, the very large majority may have tried to kill themselves by another means, would have failed, never tried again )or tried and failed again), and be alive today.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Failed_suicide_attempt

about a year ago
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New CFAA Could Subject Teens To Jail For Reading Online News

pdabbadabba Re:What's the First Amendment? (230 comments)

Yeah, could be. Although I think the main thing to be outraged about is that there could be direct liability for this kind of behavior. Conspiracy liability just adds to the crazy.

about a year ago
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New CFAA Could Subject Teens To Jail For Reading Online News

pdabbadabba Re:What's the First Amendment? (230 comments)

What part of the law are you looking at?

Conspiracy is not "just talking about." You have to make an overt act in furtherance of the conspiracy. It's a tricky area of law (and one I don't much care for) and some statements, under some circumstances, might constitute overt acts, but it's safe to say that "just talking about breaking the terms of service" isn't enough, without more. And in this respect CFAA is really no different from any other law. Of course, if the law is bad, conspiracy liability for breaking it is even worse. But throwing around a lot of half truths about conspiracy liability really won't shed much light on anything, I don't think.

about a year ago
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New CFAA Could Subject Teens To Jail For Reading Online News

pdabbadabba Re:Alarmist much? (230 comments)

Well...they're not as wrong as you'd think. The law criminalizes "exceeding authorized access" which has been construed to mean "violating the TOS" if it

(I) involves information that exceeds $5,000 in value;
(II) was committed for purposes of obtaining sensitive or non-public information of an entity or another individual (including such information in the possession of a third party), including medical records, wills, diaries, private correspondence, financial records, photographs of a sensitive or private nature, trade secrets, or sensitive or non-public commercial business information;
(III) was committed in furtherance of any criminal act in violation United States or of any State, unless such state violation would be based solely on the obtaining of information without authorization or in excess of authorization; or
(IV) involves information obtained from a computer used by or for a government entity;

I think TFA might be wrong that this covers violating the TOS of news sites -- it would be a stretch (but not impossible) to say that online news falls into any of these categories. But it could cover lots of other online services with pretty disturbing results. (Think: lying about your age on an online dating site.)

about a year ago
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New CFAA Could Subject Teens To Jail For Reading Online News

pdabbadabba Re:What's the First Amendment? (230 comments)

Well, it doesn't sound like you've looked at TFA too closely. It just points out that some news sites happen to have provisions in their TOSs that (purport to) restrict access to people over a certain age. The new draft CFAA would apparently make it a crime to violate those terms.

This is a stupid, unjust law, but I think it's probably not the product of a dastardly conspiracy to keep the public away from the news.

about a year ago

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App Developer Says Stolen UDIDs Came from Them, Not FBI

pdabbadabba pdabbadabba writes  |  about 2 years ago

pdabbadabba (720526) writes "A Florida iPhone and iPad app developer, Blue Toad, has come forward claiming that it is the source of the Apple UDIDs previously released by Anonymous. Their dataset, they say, is a 98% match for the one Anonymous hackers claim to have stolen from an FBI laptop. If so, this development would cast serious doubt on Anonymous' claims and, possibly, calm fears that this data is evidence of an ongoing FBI surveillance operation (a claim the FBI has also denied)."
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Victory for Apple in "the Patent Trial of the Century"

pdabbadabba pdabbadabba writes  |  about 2 years ago

pdabbadabba (720526) writes "The jury is in in the epic patent dispute between Apple and Samsung and Apple appears to be coming out on top. The court is still going through the 700+ items on the verdict form, but things seem to be going Apple's way so far. In the case of Apple's various UI patents, the jury is consistently ruling that Samsung not only violated Apple's patent, but did so willfully."
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Obama Orders Gitmo Closed, End to Waterboarding

pdabbadabba pdabbadabba writes  |  more than 5 years ago

pdabbadabba (720526) writes "Obama has signed executive orders requiring the closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison within one year and requiring that all interrogations adhere to the rules set forth in the Army Field Manual which explicitly forbids coercive interrogation methods such as waterboarding."
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