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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

spazdor Re:Not malicious but not honest? (445 comments)

Medicine is a special case of a profession which is subject to additional consumer protections above and beyond the regular market ones, for reasons relating to safety.

you can, however, sell 'medicine' to the public with no guarantee of its *efficacy* for a particular purpose, merely that it be safe. That's homeopathy.

about a week ago

Microsoft's New Smart Bra Could Stop You From Over Eating

spazdor Re:shut up you stupid app (299 comments)

Yeah, how unreasonable for feminists to want women in charge of beauty standards for women!

It's almost as bad as having black people developing and marketing those African hair straightening products!

Furthermore, I bet feminists have literally nothing to say about this product since women are involved - we all know that they have never ever criticized other women for participating in antifeminist stuff.

about 4 months ago

Lenovo Shows Android Laptop In Leaked User Manuals

spazdor Re:The nightmare that keeps MS awake.... (106 comments)

> You're looking at about 2035 before Google slips to something else.

That's pretty bold of you.

about 6 months ago

Scientists Create 'Fastest Man-Made Spinning Object'

spazdor Re:Summary wtf (159 comments)

What exactly do you think the word "times" means?

about 8 months ago

Google Pressure Cookers and Backpacks: Get a Visit From the Feds

spazdor Re:Wireshark (923 comments)

Residential ISPs are not famed as being secured strongholds - and even if they were, all it takes is compromising a host in the target LAN - which, if they use a lot of functional-out-of-the-box network-aware gadgets, might be trivially easy too.

about 9 months ago

Robotic Kiosk Stores Digital Copies of Physical Keys

spazdor Re:What could possibly go wrong? (192 comments)

One or two good digital photos of the key is sufficient to cut a working replacement by hand.

about 10 months ago

U.S. House Wants 'Sustained Human Presence On the Moon and the Surface of Mars'

spazdor Re:All for it... (285 comments)

Don't forget the telephone sanitizers.

about 10 months ago

Apple Details US Requests For Customer Data

spazdor Re:just FYI (116 comments)

and a far greater percentage of those are hunting rifles and shotguns as opposed to combat rifles and pistols.

about 10 months ago

Apple Details US Requests For Customer Data

spazdor Re:Less complaining, more fixing (116 comments)

You must not have been around for very long. It gets much more authoritarian than that.

about 10 months ago

Bill Regulating 3D Printed Guns Announced In NYC

spazdor Re:to be expected (322 comments)

Why does this facile and 'truthy' sentiment get reliably upvoted whenever someone posts it? It's neither insightful nor particularly original, and what's worse, it's demonstrably false as a matter of empirical psychology.

"Wants to murder someone" is not a simple, binary, on-or-off property of anyone's mental state, and the man-with-a-mission loading rounds into his gun with cool, icy determination which this argument brings to mind, does not characterize the vast majority of violent crime. In real life, people are subject to psychological influences from myriad sources, and people who are in a state of seriously wanting to kill someone, tend to be in an even more unstable, influenceable state of mind than normal. People's car-buying desisions are demonstrably affected by such minutiae as the physical layout of the showroom, and the order in which the salesperson decides to present them.

What kind of alien to human psychology would you have to be, to imagine that the ready availability of tools to kill someone from far away, without any eye contact or physical proximity, wouldn't make murder psychologically easier to go through with?

about 10 months ago

iPhone Apparently Open To Old Wi-Fi Attack

spazdor Re:HTTPS enforces HTTPS? (90 comments)

In Soviet Hypertext, Laws enforce Judge!

about 10 months ago

Seeking Fifth Amendment Defenders

spazdor I take issue with FAIL3's premise (768 comments)

FAIL3 -- the alleged "benefits" of the Fifth Amendment apply equally to the innocent and guilty, or disproportionately favor the guilty.

Whoa whoa whoa, back the truck up. "It helps more than it hurts" is a awfully low bar of justification to set for a constitutional law. Here, have a hypothetical:

You have 3 suspects in custody. For some highly contrived reason too pedantic to relate here, you know for a certainty that two of them are guilty of a crime punishable by death, and one of them is absolutely innocent of any crime, but you haven't any clues as to which one is the innocent one.

By the symmetry argument you'll have to do the same thing to all three of them. If you do anything other than execute them, you "disproportionately favour the guilty". But our justice system needs to adhere to a higher standard than that, because that way despotism lay.

about 10 months ago

Intel's Linux OpenGL Driver Faster Than Apple's OS X Driver

spazdor Re: And you make me sick (252 comments)

Then why does it always seem to be the weakest-minded people who are the ones complaining about "political correctness"?

about a year ago

Florida Teen Expelled and Arrested For Science Experiment

spazdor Re:Florida (1078 comments)

No no no! I learned from a very special episode of Family Matters that racism is what it's called when an individual treats another individual with racial prejudice, and that is all. There is no such thing as systemic or institutional oppression, and there is no such thing as "society" or "culture" which forms rough consensus on all sorts of things including the relative worth of different kinds of people, and which shapes the individual opinions of thousands or millions of people at once. To talk about society, or institutions, or anything collective at all, means thinking about people in terms of groups instead of individuals, which is the very definition of racism!

Sorry, I pooped myself a little bit. What were you saying again?

about a year ago

Russians Find "New Bacteria" In Lake Vostok

spazdor Re:uh-oh. (147 comments)

In other news, Madagascar has shut down all ports.

about a year ago

EU To Vote On Proposal That Could Ban All Online Pornography

spazdor Re:The Dworkin Agenda! (853 comments)

Feminism gone MAD! Yargle bargle!

about a year ago

Cliff Bleszinski: Vote With Your Dollars

spazdor Re:It is not that simple! (369 comments)

Is it better if I append a winking smiley to dick;)?

about a year ago

Cliff Bleszinski: Vote With Your Dollars

spazdor Re:It is not that simple! (369 comments)

Given the way power makes people act, it is really hard to speak truth to them politely. There aren't many nice ways to tell someone they're a dick.

about a year ago


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