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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

rvw Re:Are you kidding (780 comments)

I'm a liberal (leftist, socialist, whatever. Farther left than the democrats for sure) and I'm pro-life. I have no interests in controlling women's reproductive lives, but as a Catholic I believe life begins at conception, and abortion is murder. Put any other false motives in my mouth, but the truth is, I'm pro-life because I'm anti-murder.

OK, that's possible of course! But preferably don't use "Pro Life", as it's not about abortion. It makes the Republican frame stronger, confirms their way of thinking. Use "anti abortion" or something else. Don't use their frames if you are serious about this. The frame as it is thought out is not about abortion.

2 days ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

rvw Re:Are you kidding (780 comments)

This is *before* those limits were lifted. As a citizen, I'm looking forward to seeing the power of the wealthy further cemented in this country, and so exquisitely draped in the pretense of democracy that my fellow citizens believe themselves empowered. It's gonna get better! (For the wealthy). How exciting for those of us who imagine ourselves upwardly mobile within the American caste system.

George Lakoff explained how it works in his book Don't think of an elephant. People don't vote for what's best for them (using logic). They vote their identity, and the conservitives have made excellent use of language to frame the debate in such a way that poor people actually feel good about removing social services, by voting Republican. Tax cuts are framed as "tax relieve", only relieving the state of so much money it can't afford social programs anymore.

In their view social programs are bad for poor people, as poor people deserve to be poor, and this punishes them for not working hard enough. Rich people deserve to be rich. They are clever, otherwise they wouldn't be rich. If poor people want to be rich, let them work for it. Poor people are needed to serve the rich. (This is not my view to be clear).

Another important frame: Pro Life! Abortion is bad, because it undermines the power of the father in the family. When a teenager becomes pregnant, it's her own fault, and she should live with the consequences. She didn't listen to her father, who is the moral authority and who decides what's good and what't wrong. When an adult woman decides to have an abortion because she wants to work on her career, she undermines this strict-father-morale as well. A career is not for women - they should stay at home and raise the children. Pro Life is not about life, it's about male dominance. Pro Life is not about the life of that baby - they don't care about that baby that probably would have little value to them. Pro Life is not about life, because it's OK to physically attack and occasionally kill people who work at abortion clinics. Casualties of war!

How can you be against life? Are you for real that you want more taxes? Vote Conservative!

2 days ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

rvw Re:We have this incredible habit. (584 comments)

Habitually, we elevate the opinion of someone unqualified because they are a household name for, well, being famous.

Mademoiselle McCarthy has as much right as the next parent to be wrong about something, but her point of view should have no more weight attached to it.

This occurs in politics too, as both sides of the US Congressional aisle have been guilty of courting Hollywood. Seemingly, the entertainment class is more likely to be unbalanced than well informed, and yet, here we are.

It's not about logic and facts. It's about identity. We all want to be Jenny McCarthy or her to be our girlfriend.

The medium is the message!

4 days ago
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Theo De Raadt's Small Rant On OpenSSL

rvw Re:When comments... (301 comments)

It also kind of weakens the argument that OpenSource is more secure because of the idea of many eyes. I guess no one started to look for about two years.

It's not more secure. If a flaw is found - it's much faster fixed, and with a flaw like this you can bet many people are going to check it. If this was MS, we would have to trust them, and we would have to wait at least a week for a fix.

about a week ago
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Theo De Raadt's Small Rant On OpenSSL

rvw Re:When comments... (301 comments)

OpenSSH is fine. Unless you've exposed login credentials for those systems through something using TLS (via OpenSSL), there's no need to worry about SSH keys.

If openssh keys were at some point in RAM, they could be out in the open. Small chance, but do you want to take it? Renew your openssh keys and passwords.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

rvw Re:Themes... (451 comments)

The workers will still want to use MS Word, and Excel, and Exchange for email.

Install OpenOffice or LibreOffice. Create symlinks to swriter.exe on the desktop. Rename them Word. Tell people that Word has a new icon. Set Writer to use DOC as default file format. For Calc you can do the same. This works for most people.

about a week ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

rvw Re:VirtualBox (641 comments)

I still have an XP installation running in a vbox, just because it's easier than trying to get SlingBox to run under wine.

Me as well. I have the internet connection disabled however, only run Photoshop in it with a shared local folder. I revert to the snapshot everytime - no updates, no AV, a lot faster, works for me!

about two weeks ago
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OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

rvw Re:Is SSH affected? (303 comments)

Rather than get all aggro, I will state that I have tried to find a concrete answer to this question ("is OpenSSH vulnerable/impacted by this?"), and I still cannot. So before someone say "shut the fuck up when you don't know what you're talking about" to me, I'll provide the data (and references) I do have:

So in short - if I understand you correctly:

1) You (or we) don't know yet whether OpenSSH is vulnerable.
2) Yes - we should create new keys.

about two weeks ago
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Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

rvw Re:Article is not very clear. (342 comments)

Make it 20 minutes so people can understand what's going on. A sell ban for 20 minutes. And preferably a 1ct tax for each buy.

about two weeks ago
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Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

rvw Re:500 ms (342 comments)

Thats half a second in laymans terms

If you need to sell some stock or commodity within a second of buying it, then something is wrong

They need a 20 minute sell ban, plus a 1ct price tag for each buy.

about two weeks ago
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Russian GLONASS Down For 12 Hours

rvw Re:Ukrainian hackers? (148 comments)

Just sayin'.

Or Russian Wodka. It would give them a good excuse to take over Ukraine by accident - sorry wrong turn!

about two weeks ago
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Senate Report Says CIA Misled Government About Interrogation Methods

rvw Re:So Arrest Them (207 comments)

Congratulations on completely missing the irony in GP's post.

So why is it modded +5 insightful? These kind of comments are taken seriously by many - just see the other comment on it (and don't tell me that's sarcasm too). If it is sarcasm and if it's not clear - then (s)he should have added a sarcasm tag.

about two weeks ago
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Senate Report Says CIA Misled Government About Interrogation Methods

rvw Re:So Arrest Them (207 comments)

if Congress wants people to stop lieing to them

Just strap the CIA director to a table before the congressional committee and pour water on his face until he tells the truth.

What's good for the goose ....

This is exactly what they want! If you do this, you follow their frame, their method, and you (or congress) approve of it. If congress approves of this, they don't have to hide it anymore. Mission accomplished! And thanks for your helpful suggestion!

about two weeks ago
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New Australian Privacy Laws Could Have Ramifications On Google Glass

rvw Re:Information is not for you (128 comments)

Information is for the state. You will not record and share among yourselves. You will not become more aware.

You will not develop the capacity to police yourselves. That is for the state.

The funny thing is that these devices only make it easier for the state to record what you do. So preventing that is a good thing. It makes them a bit less powerful.

about three weeks ago
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Court Orders Turkish Twitter Ban Temporarily Lifted, Twitter Prepares Challenge

rvw Re:If Twitter wants to do something useful (29 comments)

They should help provide information and methods of circumvention to help ensure that no state can block them. Going through the courts is just workfare for the lawyers.

Twitter feeds can be viewed via other websites. Take Wordpress (the software, not the site), which has numerous twitter plugins. You cannot block all individual sites that have these feeds. Turkey cannot prevent those sites from using twitter as long as those sites are hosted outside Turkey. I thought this was common practise in Iran and Libya and other countries that tried to block twitter since the revolutions in the islamic world.

about three weeks ago
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I prefer my peppers ...

rvw Re:Never drink water! (285 comments)

Thanks! That was 25 years ago. I tried beer since then, but that doesn't work for me. I don't drink milk anymore, and if I still would I wouldn't like it with spicy food. What really works well for me is apple juice.

about three weeks ago
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I prefer my peppers ...

rvw Tears running (285 comments)

As a student I was invited to a dinner with friends. One of them would cook, and she had bought fresh peppers at the market. She lived in an appartment. While cooking, we fled to the balcony because we couldn't stand it. It was almost impossible to eat the dish. For every bite, I needed one glass of water, and after half a plate I gave up.

Today I don't mind eating a tea spoon of Sambal Ulek in one go, with a glass of water closeby, but I don't think that comes close to that dish.

about three weeks ago
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Cryptocurrency Exchange Vircurex To Freeze Customer Accounts

rvw Re:But there's nothing wrong with Bitcoin! (357 comments)

People who keep their coins on deposit with an exchange aren't even really Bitcoin users. What they've done is wire money to a company and received an IOU for bitcoins which they then have not exercised. Given that the whole point of the system is that you don't need to trust third parties, it's frustrating to see people turn around and do exactly that (then get burned by exactly the same kind of financial instability that's so common in the existing system).

Given the fact that a normal desktop PC cannot generate bitcoins in a reasonable amount of time, isn't it a given fact that we need another party to create or transfer those bitcoins? When another party creates those bitcoins for me, how can I be sure that they won't keep a copy for later use?

about three weeks ago

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Dutch woman gets first complete skull replacement with 3D printed skull

rvw rvw writes  |  about three weeks ago

rvw (755107) writes "Three months ago, a Dutch woman had her complete skull replaced by a 3D printed artificial skull. She has a disease which results in skull bone getting thicker, which would result in too much pressure on the brain. The operation was done in the hospital of the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. It's the first time a complete skull has been replaced. With 3D printing they could make an exact copy of the skull. Before they used cement to replace parts of a skull, but this was never a precise method."
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Will life on earth end when Fukushima 4 collapses?

rvw rvw writes  |  about 2 years ago

rvw (755107) writes "Mitsuhei Murata, former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland and Senegal, wrote a letter to Ban Ki Moon: I raised the crucial problem. of N0.4 reactor of Fukushima containing1535 fuel rods. It could be fatally damaged by continuing aftershocks. Moreover, 50 meters away from it exists a common cooling pool for 6 reactors containing 6375 fuel rods! It is no exaggeration to say that the fate of Japan and the whole world depends on NO.4 reactor. This is confirmed by most reliable experts like Dr. Arnie Gundersen or Dr. Fumiaki Koide.

He states it would destroy the world environment and our civilization."

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Dutch telecom provider KPN hacked

rvw rvw writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rvw (755107) writes "Dutch biggest telecom and internet provider KPN has been hacked. Between 20 and 27 january a group of Russian and Dutch hackers has been able to enter the network via an unpatched server. They claim to have had access to all systems, including basic phone services. The first week, KPN tried to solve the problems themselves, but that didn't work out. Only after a week they alerted several authorities about the breach. At 27 january they declared "code red", after which 100 people worked 24/7 to patch and reinstall servers. Just yesterday the news came out. They say they waited with the news to protect their customers."
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WhatsApp verfication check flaw

rvw rvw writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rvw (755107) writes "Using a prepaid phone without credit, you can take over another WhatsApp account. During installation WhatsApp asks you to enter your mobile phone number and sends out an SMS to verify the number. Because the SMS is not sent, but is accessible, you can send the SMS via a mobile service, using another phone number. The account is then linked to your phone, and will be disabled on the other phone."
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The wikileaks mirror list

rvw rvw writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rvw (755107) writes "Wikileaks is subject to several attacks, and were kicked out by Amazon and their DNS-provider, moved to a swiss domain, which is now offline as well. Now the site is hosted or mirrored by Dutch provider e-Dot and mirrored by Dutch public broadcaster Powned.tv. In Germany and Finland the same is happening. I don't know how long these sites will last, but how about making a list of all sites here?"
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rvw rvw writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rvw (755107) writes "Dutch voters in 35 cities will be using paper and pencil again for the November elections, as their SDU voting computers are unsafe. The computers emited radio signals that can easily be detected at a large distance, which would make secret voting impossible. Source: International Herald Tribune.

SDU, a big publisher in The Netherlands, uses Windows XP computers for their voting machines. Most Dutch cities use NEDAP voting computers, which are being revised now as it was possible to read out votes by using a modified TomTom navigation system. Each computer gets a new chip which cannot be modified, and all computers are sealed. Furthermore, TNO, an independent Dutch research institute, will test the NEDAP voting computers. See WijVertrouwenStemcomputersNiet (We don't trust voting computers) for more information."

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