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5-Year Suspended Sentence For S. Africa's First Online Pirate

rmdingler Kindergarten Rules (44 comments)

Don't take things that don't belong to you.

Share your toys with others.

See where all the confusion comes from?

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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

rmdingler Re:Militia, then vs now (1554 comments)

Dude. My situational awareness tells me Jason Bourne has hacked your password.

2 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

rmdingler Re:Militia, then vs now (1554 comments)

Affirmative. The freedom to be all that you can be, succeed , and rise to become a wealthy man from poverty is the same freedom in freedom to fail.

The system as designed in the 1700s was not intended to provide a safety net, merely reward hard work.

Franklin, Jefferson, Hamilton, and Hancock could not have imagined the World of today any more than a goldfish on acid could comprehend Disneyland.

2 days ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

rmdingler Re:Militia, then vs now (1554 comments)

Yes indeed. The framers of the Constitution were, by and large, wealthy and influential citizens.

They crafted the rules so as not to disadvantage gentlemen such as themselves.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

rmdingler Re:The Economist (282 comments)

Yes indeed. Our resident mouse-deterrent system will not use the litter box exclusively unless it is laid upon a bed of newspaper. Lacking that, it's about 50/50 whether she'll go in my shower or the preferred location.

I'm certain there's a rhyme and reason for this behavior, but I find myself unable, as a mere alpha primate, to understand her great feline intellect.

In an attempt to bring her into the electronic age, I placed some transcripts from Reddit beneath and around her beloved evacuation site. It kept her out of my shower, but her aim began to suffer, and more of her scat hit the paper than the litter.

2 days ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

rmdingler Re:Rewarding the bullies... (787 comments)

One person tried to intimidate me once. He told me to see him outside school and wait for him. I told him I won't do that. If he wants to fight he must wait for me. The only reason I would say that, HE thought, was that I was sure to beat his ass. He appologized the next day. My reasoning was different: I was not willing to wait to get a beating.

I had a similar experience in school. In hindsight, it was the stressful equivalent of my mother saying, Wait until your father gets home! Waiting all day for an after school fight is a textbook case of "the dreading is worse than the doing".

The final result was that everybody had repect for me. It was scary. Think The Wave. I seriously hope that I never abused that power. It was very hard for me to see the difference between respect, fear and blind adoration. The last one is the most horid one. Having people following you without asking any questions and without thinking is extremely frightening. Having nobody to talk to concerning at a young age was terrible. How do you explain that you are afraid because people respect and like you?

It bothered you because you are a good and decent person, worried about the consequences of your influence on others. There is no shame in that. The unfortunate reality is that many in your position would've happily abused this power over others. History is filled with them.

Sorry for ranting. It is the first time I put this fear into words after 30+ years.

No worries... ranting is what we do here on the Green Line Site.

There is an American film called Alpha Dog based on a true story that you might find interesting.

2 days ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

rmdingler Re:All joking aside (787 comments)

Exactly, but we are progressing some as a society on this issue.

Current movements to limit it are in place, seemingly prompted by several high profile suicides-by-bullying via social networking.

Growing up in the 70's and 80's, there were fewer publicized concerns regarding intimidation by the older, bigger, or meaner.

We learned young that getting pushed around sucked, but getting pushed around and labeled a rat or tattletale was worse.

2 days ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

rmdingler Re:Rewarding the bullies... (787 comments)

Here's the thing: Everyone has been bullied at some point in their life. Not all children are prone to it, but there is always a bigger kid prone to intimidation tactics when growing up.

Kids live by the law of the playground jungle when adult supervision and rules are absent from the equation. It is ingrained into us as some form of social stepping stone, the animal in each of us at work, attempting dominance and security for an insecure bully.

There is a time honored civil process in which we attempt to retrain our young into civilized little pricks. Picking on the weak is wrong, and you don't get to take advantage of a fellow human because you're physically or mentally able to do so.

Everyone is small and helpless early, and many are old and helpless late in life. These rules benefit us all, and what happened here sends precisely the wrong message.

2 days ago
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Guardian and WaPo Receive Pulitzers For Snowden Coverage

rmdingler Re:Congratulations are in order. (78 comments)

It's clear to me on the order of crystal the Guardian reporters were aware of the moral of the story concerning all your eggs in one basket.

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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

rmdingler Re:The bay area used to have affordable housing (352 comments)

"I'm into the leather scene."

Leather makes a fine recliner, but in the hot months your napping face still sticks to it.

"San Francisco used to be our Mecca. You know how Las Vegas is Disneyland for adults (tm) or something like that? Well, San Francisco is Disney Land for gay men. Or was."

Best quote ever was Like Disneyland on acid.

"Quite frankly, it's gotten too fucking creepy for me -- And I have no problem getting fisted by a midget while a tranny shits on my chest! I have friends that put the goatse man to shame. San Fransisco is just fucked up."

Fucking creepy is in the eye of the beholder, but no brainer, I too would choose a midget fist if fisting were eminent... but maybe, and I mean just barely maybe, you should stop experimenting with the recommended dosage of those vitamins they've prescribed.

2 days ago
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Guardian and WaPo Receive Pulitzers For Snowden Coverage

rmdingler Re:Congratulations are in order. (78 comments)

What have you done to make it more painful? Do you even vote? How about writing some letters? Or giving money to a candidate?

That is, of course, the wrong way to look at apathy. Voter/citizen apathy is like a gay man... how could you rationally hate him when he's making your priorities statistically more likely to occur?

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Guardian and WaPo Receive Pulitzers For Snowden Coverage

rmdingler Re:Congratulations are in order. (78 comments)

It's all in the tone of the language, my brother. Sure, if people are a cog in the machine there will be bias.

But when you call out a lack of equal opportunity bastards in reference to a liberal whistle-blower, you sort of tip your hand.

Now you wouldn't want these liberal rat bastards (and don't kid yourself a rat bastard is an order of bastard more than mean) to suspect your intelligent reply is ridden with partisan nonsense.

You may stay true to your roots and remain cognizant that the problems with this Republic are on both sides of the aisle.

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Humans Are Taking Jobs From Robots In Japan

rmdingler Re:Breaking News (80 comments)

It seems human managers would, by and large, prefer to dominate and belittle human counterparts. The response stimuli is stronger.

As an aside, this seems to come right on the heels of the latest massive recall at Toyota, an auto manufacturer previously known for quality manufacturing.

Perhaps they're on to something. A skilled human can still make leaps of imagination beyond what a machine is presently capable of.

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Guardian and WaPo Receive Pulitzers For Snowden Coverage

rmdingler Congratulations are in order. (78 comments)

In a World where personal freedoms are all too routinely stricken from existence without constitutional testing,

it is reassuring that the Press remains a thorn in the side of those who would oppress.

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Saturn May Have Given Birth To a Baby Moon

rmdingler Re:That's no moon! (71 comments)

On earth the super-rich buy islands. If we get this space travel thing down, even in our own galaxy, imagine what a friggin' moon will go for?

3 days ago
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Racing To Contain Ebola

rmdingler Re:Is Ebola a "rapid burnout" disease? (112 comments)

I can see you're going to make me work for it. Okay. A generation is historically 20-25 years at the mean, 15-35 years at the extreme, and we can probably safely project something on the low side of average after a massive worldwide loss of life... nearby death seems to act as a bit of an aphrodisiac. I will sample 23 years using these predictive assumptions, and not at all because the multiplication of factors 3 and 23 results in a product of 69.

Depending on the strain, an ebola infection is lethal upon contraction between 50 and 90% of the time. (I am full of hearsay evidence of the disease because I'm 2/3rds of the way through The Hot Zone per a recommended reading from this thread.) It's shortcoming thus far as a Biblical-level plague has been its transmission failures... it kills too quickly and requires almost HIV-like intimate contact to spread from host-to-host.

So our variable is How many people does it infect if it acquires flu-like efficacy? 5-20% of Americans get the flu per year according to the CDC. If we extrapolate those figures, at 50 to 90% mortality rates for 5 to 20% of the populace, at worst, we would lose a mere 18% of the planet's humans... easily replaceable in 69 years.

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Heartbleed Disclosure Timeline Revealed

rmdingler Re:But when/if has it been exploited? (62 comments)

I don't know what the information about such a vulnerability would sell for.

Personally, I would recommend turning it into a multi-year deal as opposed a single large bonus check, but I'm old, boring, and practical.

We just don't know if it was discovered by a TLA or sold to a TLA, but because they would bid the highest at any auction you can conceive, they undoubtedly had it way, way before Google.

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Heartbleed Disclosure Timeline Revealed

rmdingler Re:"Independent" discovery? (62 comments)

In all likelihood, there was a "discovery" by Google that led to a sharing of information with Codenomicon... someone told an old college buddy or former co-worker.

There were almost certainly folks who were aware of the vulnerability before Google.

Were these folks criminals or government employees? And yes, there's a small difference... generally found in the probability for prosecution.

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NASA To Send SpaceX Resupply Capsule To ISS Despite Technical Problems

rmdingler Hoping it all goes well for them. (71 comments)

But I sure wouldn't want to be the guy who insisted the operation proceed if it does not.

Should we suppose they are sophisticated enough at this stage in the game to have already assigned the mission task for designated scapegoat?

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Akamai Reissues All SSL Certificates After Admitting Heartbleed Patch Was Faulty

rmdingler Re:They deserve congratulations ... (56 comments)

Yes. The corporate opposite of General Motors trying to explain to Congress the years-long lapse in reporting and repairing the ignition problems of millions of vehicles.

Here's to hoping they are rewarded for their prompt honesty, rather than persecuted, as we certainly need to set some positive precedents for this exact type of conduct.

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Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras Return to U.S. Soil

rmdingler rmdingler writes  |  5 days ago

rmdingler (1955220) writes "After remaining abroad since the Snowden revelations broke in June of last year, the two were in New York Friday to accept a Polk Award for national security reporting. Though they cleared customs without a hitch, they are traveling with an ACLU lawyer and a German journalist who are to "document any unpleasant surprises." According to Ms. Poitras, the risks of subpoena are very real.

What, if anything, do you expect the American government to do considering Snowden's case has been officially cited as violating the Espionage Act? nytimes"

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