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

thedarb You are missing the point. (798 comments)

Anti-wiretapping laws are there TO PROTECT YOU.

Yes, it is unfortunate that it hampers this kid's attempt at exposing the bullying... But the law is there to protect everyone from being recorded without their express consent. The fact that the recording was used for good does not make it legal, and I know that sucks in this case... but overall, the law is better left intact for the greater good. It's protecting you, all of you, from someone recording you and using it against you. Do you *really* want to lose that protection because of this one case? I hope not. Because once you lose a protection like that, it's gone forever. I say that again, it would be gone FOREVER. And in days... not weeks, not years, you would see people falling prey to the loss of that protection. Then you will look back and think, "What have we done?"

Don't get me wrong, I was bulllied horribly growing up. It was terrible! But losing this one legal protection we have to deal with bullies is not the answer.

Don't know what the real answer is... anything I dream up is just as illegal, as I was bullied myself and can only think of mean ways to deal with them. But losing our rights and legal protections is the *worst* way to go.

about 3 months ago
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WhatsApp: 2nd Biggest Tech Acquisition of All Time

thedarb They want to scan the data. Duh. (257 comments)

I think it's obvious. They want the app so they can scan all of the messages to use to feed facebook's knowledge base about you / it's users. Like Google uses your gmail's, FB will use this to further monetize you as a product.

It doesn't need ads. They want the juicy data. Who you talk to, what do you talk about. Then they can use that data to make money.

about 5 months ago
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Cops With Google Glass: Horrible Idea, Or Good One?

thedarb Not if it can do facial recognition. (192 comments)

If they can walk down the sidewalk and instantly categorize everyone around them, no thank you.

These two scenarios would suck, but stay out of trouble and this won't happen:
"Hey you! You have unpaid tickets!" Pounce.
"Hey you! You have a warrant 5 states away for blah!" Pounce.

But, it could also label people by beliefs and behaviors:
Glass says, "Known Muslim" Or "Known Christian" Or Democrat, or union member, or 1/2 black even though they don't look it. Or 'Arrested 12 years ago.'

The risk of them choosing people to abuse goes up the more they know about those people.

So no. Camera, fine. But HUD and immediate detailed info on every face it sees? Hello no.

about 6 months ago
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Why the NSA Can't Replace 90% of Its System Administrators

thedarb Keep them out of private sector. (251 comments)

Would it be legal to add "Have you ever worked for the NSA?" to your interviewing questions? I'd like to see them all denied jobs in the private sector once they lose their jobs with the NSA. They have knowingly worked to support spying on American citizens. Treat them like the criminals they are.

While we're at it, ask if they worked for SCO over it's last 5 years... don't want that so called 'talent' to ever have an IT job again, either.

Would it be legal to form a do-not hire list based on previous employment? It's not a race, it's not a sexual preference, it's not a gender... It's an indicator of ethics.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Preventing Snowden-Style Security Breaches?

thedarb If you don't know already... (381 comments)

a) You're in the wrong job.
b) We won't help you.
c) Make sure everything your company or government office is doing is legal, ethical, and morally unquestionable.
d) All of the above.

Oh, the correct answer is "d".

1 year,22 days
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BART Strike Provides Stark Contrast To Tech's Non-Union World

thedarb I don't want a union, I want a Guild. (467 comments)

That's right. I want a globalized guild. Like stone masons were. Where IT workers have to go to special guild approved schools. Where there are oaths of loyalty to the concepts of Open Source, and freedom of information. Where places like SCO or the NSA can be denied services from the guild, leaving them only with unskilled rogue IT people... crippling these bad guys. A guild that can black list someone who crosses the line for working at such places willingly, once we've decided they are evil. A guild that can ensure good wages for our people, because it's global. So companies can't go *anywhere* without paying us the going rate we demand, not even 3rd world. I want a guild powerful enough to hold governments by the balls, and make them... force them to honor peoples privacy, respect our right to encryption, respect that our data is ours, even at borders, even if it's in a Google inbox. I would like a guild powerful enough to blockade entire nations from computer and internet access when such nations decide to be pricks to their people or their neighbors. I want a nation of IT workers, one entrenched in every physical nation, and calling the shots.

Give me that, and I'll vote yes on it. Otherwise, it's just a powerless regional union, and my job (and everyone else's) will move to where there is no such union. Hell, they could telecommute and replace us.

1 year,26 days
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IRS Can Read Your Email Without Warrant

thedarb Until protected by law, encrypt older emails. (332 comments)

Just a little googling and I found: IMAPCrypt

Looks like a decent utility to automate running daily... it will go through and encrypt (via PGP), emails over any age you specify.

Then when they go in, tada. Encrypted! Now they have to go request the backups, if there were any going that far back.

Another option would be a script or filter that moves everything to your local folders at home.

about a year ago
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SendGrid Fires Employee After Firestorm Over Inappropriate Jokes

thedarb Glad there are 2 lessons to this story. (1145 comments)

1) Be appropriate when on the clock, and...
2) Twitter / Facebook / Social Media shaming is a childish act.

The guy should have been respectful and appropriate, not made the comments.

But sorry, she's just as bad here. She could have spoken to them, or gone and told a representative directly to have them dealt with. But publicly shaming them, with photos, while *she* was on the clock, too... Not appropriate either.

Sorry lady, two wrongs do not make a right. Shouldn't have shamed them on twitter in the first place, and certainly not done so on the job.

about a year ago
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Valve Officially Launches Steam For Linux

thedarb Tribes! (313 comments)

Bring me Tribes!!!

about a year and a half ago
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Australian Spy Agency Seeks Permission To Hack Third-Party Computers

thedarb Suggestions: (210 comments)

* Run a BSD or Linux system. - Secure it. If you don't know how to do this, do your home work.
* Use a snapshot capable filesystem, and take snapshots (ZFS / BTRFS). - You can use these to identify file that have changed.
* Use Tripwire or a clone like AIDE. - This is a second level of checking for file changes.
* Manually audit your system regularly.
* Use OS repositories from outside Australia.

And the list would not end there.

about a year and a half ago
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Newspaper That Published Gun-Owners List Hires Armed Guards

thedarb What if these guards were on their map / list? (1435 comments)

Did they check to see if any of these armed guards were folks they'd outed with their map of addresses? Don't want any of the people you victimized being your protector...

about a year and a half ago
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Newspaper That Published Gun-Owners List Hires Armed Guards

thedarb Re:Employees, Friends and Family (1435 comments)

The author of the article actually removed himself from the list. So yes.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Undoing an Internet Smear Campaign?

thedarb Try fmylife (338 comments)

This really should have been posted on FML, not Slashdot.

about a year and a half ago
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LG's 84-inch 3840 x 2160 Television Doesn't Come Cheap: $17,000

thedarb Barney had this first... (152 comments)

Lilly: It burns my eyes.
Barney: Yeah. That never goes away.

about 2 years ago
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And Now, the Cartoon News

thedarb Nope. Not from that app store. (107 comments)

I'd prefer to read it on my Linux PC, Windows PC, Android phone, and even yes... my Mac laptop. But never if it comes through their app store and it's apps.

about 2 years ago
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Buttons That Morph Out of Your Touchscreen

thedarb Programmable license plates. Finally! (134 comments)

Maybe now we can have realistic looking morphing license plates.

Let those red light cameras, meter maids, and automated license plate readers be damned.

more than 2 years ago
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Sony Projects Record Losses of $6.4 Billion

thedarb Sony Fails... (290 comments)

...because caucasions are too damn tall.

more than 2 years ago

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