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Lessig Launches a Super PAC To End All Super PACs

tqk Re:elections are bought (465 comments)

Sure, but nobody actually falls for it, do they? You know, free will and all that?

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can We Create a Culture of Secure Behavior?

tqk Re:Wrong question (169 comments)

Invent the holodeck, that's the only way everyone can have anything.

Idiot. That buggy piece of crap damned near destroyed the ship almost every time it was used. They should've spaced the twit who came up with the idea before they had a chance to implement it..

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Start With Linux In the Workplace?

tqk Re:Huh? (452 comments)

You don't even say what the fuck your company does or even what industry you're in ...

That shouldn't much matter. What the employees are engaged in and what they do might be useful information. If you can surf the web on Windows, you can do it with any OS, but if these are engineers needing Matlab or Autocad, or graphic artists needing Photoshop, it may be an uphill struggle doomed to fail miserably.

about 5 months ago
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Why No Executive Order To Stop NSA Metadata Collection?

tqk Re:Is it not obvious? They have dirt on him! (312 comments)

Well, I have some residual trust in the good in people.

Yet at the same time you accuse $omeone else of blackmail. What a confused person you are.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?

tqk Re:Why? Is it really necessary? (187 comments)

Never had a Linux computer hacked that I noticed. (have had Windows boxes hacked to the point they'd hardly run.)

If this box was supplying connectivity to a LAN of Windows boxes, that would be a different thing. That isn't the case here.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?

tqk Re:Why? Is it really necessary? (187 comments)

... you just make sure you only enable services that you want.

I block my email program from making any network connection other than imap/smtp.

Is there an echo in here?

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: User-Friendly Firewall For a Brand-New Linux User?

tqk Why? Is it really necessary? (187 comments)

I can understand trying to wall off Windows from what you can, but with non-Windows you just make sure you only enable services that you want. Use good passwords, lock it down so only what you want running can run, and don't listen to the script kiddies knocking on your door. Crank up the stereo.

I assume your box hangs off a router of some sort? It's probably all you need for a firewall.

about 5 months ago
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Illustrating the Socioeconomic Divide With iOS and Android

tqk iOS vs. Android, and vice versa. (161 comments)

I currently have five moderator points ("Use 'em or lose 'em."). I think I'll use 'em to down-mod the very article/submission.

-5 Flamebait.

about 5 months ago
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Senate Report Says CIA Misled Government About Interrogation Methods

tqk Re:So Arrest Them (207 comments)

And if the Media did, how would they portray that person? Would they describe them as a legitimate revolutionary, or as a freedom-hating terrorist?

Both, one after the other, dependent upon who won.

Besides, who knows what would happen after we started shooting politicians? I'm not sure it' a good idea.

It'll be a really bad idea for those who try it. No, I think mass armed insurrection is the only way to go. The well ordered militia will just have to gear up and go down to the statehouses and take them over. Bon chance.

about 5 months ago
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Senate Report Says CIA Misled Government About Interrogation Methods

tqk Re:Why can't we all... (207 comments)

I'd like to teach the world to sing
In perfect harmony.
I'd like to hold it in my arms
And keep it company.

"Sunshine, lollypops and
rainbows ..."

Why are we still fighting crap like this? "Those guys ..." are not people we associate with willingly, yes? So who's letting them get away with this? Somebody shoot the fsckers already! It's self-defence!

about 5 months ago
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Senate Report Says CIA Misled Government About Interrogation Methods

tqk Re:So Arrest Them (207 comments)

Agreed arresting them would be the just thing to do. But like all of the actions from that period their orders originated from the highest levels of the executive ...

That thing in the Constitution about rising up and revolting ... Does that include shooting your politicians? You'd think that would be a good place to start. Is anybody doing anything about that?

about 5 months ago
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Senate Report Says CIA Misled Government About Interrogation Methods

tqk Re:So Arrest Them (207 comments)

If it's obvious they were assaulting people without cause, why haven't they been arrested ...

Why were they hired? Who hired them, who managed them, who laid down their ground rules? Who did their performance appraisals? Who signed their cheques?

Those people can always find flunkies to do the work (need money feed family|patriotism|...). Go after "Those people."

about 5 months ago
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Subversion Project Migrates To Git

tqk Re:Apple is BSD (162 comments)

...

Not really. it kind of has some BSD relations.

Your grammar and spelling belie your ethnic claim.

Would you bigots please go get a room?

(0) infidel /home/keeling_ uname -a
Linux infidel 3.1.0-1-amd64 #1 SMP Tue Jan 10 05:01:58 UTC 2012 x86_64 GNU/Linux
(0) infidel /home/keeling_ apropos bsd
bsd-from (1) - print names of those who have sent mail
bsd-mailx (1) - send and receive mail
bsd-write (1) - send a message to another user
bsd_signal (3) - signal handling with BSD semantics
File::Glob (3perl) - Perl extension for BSD glob routine
finite (3) - BSD floating-point classification functions
finitef (3) - BSD floating-point classification functions
finitel (3) - BSD floating-point classification functions
isinff (3) - BSD floating-point classification functions
isinfl (3) - BSD floating-point classification functions
isnanf (3) - BSD floating-point classification functions
isnanl (3) - BSD floating-point classification functions
perlfreebsd (1) - Perl version 5 on FreeBSD systems
perlopenbsd (1) - Perl version 5 on OpenBSD systems
re_comp (3) - BSD regex functions
re_exec (3) - BSD regex functions
sigblock (3) - BSD signal API
siggetmask (3) - BSD signal API
sigmask (3) - BSD signal API
sigsetmask (3) - BSD signal API
sigvec (3) - BSD signal API
tetris-bsd (6) - the game of tetris
wait3 (2) - wait for process to change state, BSD style
wait4 (2) - wait for process to change state, BSD style

Linux was intended to be sloppy happy about communicating with anything any way it wanted to since someone first offered Linus networking code.

about 5 months ago
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UK To Finally Legalize Ripping CDs and DVDs

tqk Re:What about copy protection. (92 comments)

In the UK that would be fine as they also use the same region as the rest of EU (2). Now, if a buddy from US sent one, then that could cause a problem.

I've been on the net since ca. '90, and I have acquaintances from South Africa through South America through Eastern Europe and we buy each other "Seasonal Gifts" ... and they can't play what I bought with cash and sent them (and vice versa)? Highway robbery! What are there, ca. 180 - 200 countries out there, and we can't talk to each other in the 21st Century, why? I want heads on pikes.

about 5 months ago
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UK To Finally Legalize Ripping CDs and DVDs

tqk Re:What about copy protection. (92 comments)

In the UK that would be fine as they also use the same region as the rest of EU (2). Now, if a buddy from US sent one ...

Finally, someone who can read. :-) Hi.

Yeah, see I've got this bud currently across the pond don't ya know, and I get all this BBC, GDR, Kiev burned ... in my physical mailbox (!!!) and a dvd player <might> play it (dependent upon moi).

about 4 months ago
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UK To Finally Legalize Ripping CDs and DVDs

tqk Re:Friends? EU? (92 comments)

I have no friends in the EU...no one would ever send me anything...

I feel for you. <crickets>

Fill in the blanks in any way it may please you. So, what do you think about goldfish?

about 4 months ago
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UK To Finally Legalize Ripping CDs and DVDs

tqk Re:As a citizen of the UK (92 comments)

We all have our good and our bad sides.

You've an optimistic view. Bravo. In my experience, 99.9% of your hopes and dreams will be dashed on the rocks of some or other special interest/regulation/user pay fee structure, but we'll all be dead soon, so who cares, really? You only live once. Make sure once is enough.

Offside, what is clinical depression, really?

about 5 months ago
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UK To Finally Legalize Ripping CDs and DVDs

tqk Re:What about copy protection. (92 comments)

I've never had a problem watching a DVD on a Mac.

What happens when a buddy from EU sends you a disk of EU region code?

about 5 months ago
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UK To Finally Legalize Ripping CDs and DVDs

tqk Re:That didn't take long. (92 comments)

Hahaha disregard that, I ...

Ever heard of Debbie Brill? Six time world champion women's high jump, co-creator of the "Fosbury Flop", the style now used by all world class high jumpers. She still holds the over fifty women's world title, so she's still doin' it. She's from Mission, BC.

Always liked that girl.

about 5 months ago
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Introducing a Calendar System For the Information Age

tqk Re:Um no (224 comments)

This will never happen.

Yes, it will, and it should. Will, in the sense that some will, and maybe more eventually will. If it gains traction, it's a new standard. Those using it in the meantime won't mind the wait. It's kind of like Linux vs. Windows 3.1: "Jump, or ... !@#$ yeah, jump!" for those who could tell the difference between the two. Canada went SI by gov't fiat, and it was a good thing (as much as it hurts to admit it). I don't much use it, but I know that SI makes a !@#$ of a lot easier calculations than that monstrosity, The Imperial System, with its arcane pints, quarts, inches, feet, furlongs, acre, ...

Time ought to be easy to calculate. Sixty seconds in a minute, sixty minutes to an hour, twenty-four hours per day, twenty-eight to thirty-one days per month, ... Gaahhd! That mess needs cleaning up. It's as silly as Latin still being used in law, Greek in math, etc. Reboot and speak a common tongue! Don't listen to those old farts mumbling about tradition. They're just trying to keep new people out of their bailliwick.

I've not read the article, btw, but the proposal in the summary is appealing. Sell it to the kids as *easier*. They'll go for that.

about 5 months ago

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US Military FAIL! Service Members' History Lost, AGAIN!

tqk tqk writes  |  about 2 years ago

tqk writes "As the son of a WWII serviceman (a Flight Lieutenant/Tail Gunner in a B17 bomber) and an IT geek, I think this is appalling. On PBS Newshour last night, I saw a story about this along with an interview with the ProPublica reporter (?) who's on it. Since then, I've learned this has been going on as far back as the war in VietNam. "Backups? What're those?" Entire service histories are being lost! Historians have been screaming about it and veterans are being forced to drag lawyers in to prove they did what they did. $DEITY!!!111

See ProPublica."
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Democracy's death and rebirth?

tqk tqk writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tqk writes "I think this's a fascinating read. Tying together "The Arab Spring" revolutions, mass protests from India, Israel, Britain, Wall St. (among others), it posits that twenty/thirty-somethings have given up "en mass" expecting their political systems to even bother to listen to their objections, much less do anything about them. ACTA is about to be signed despite objections from elected congresses, corruption and regulatory capture seem to be all that governments are capable of these days. This story reminds me of the '60s rebellions against the status quo and "business as usual.""
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Geeks & News. Columbia Journo Review hint.

tqk tqk writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tqk writes "There's this story in CJR lauding the L. A. Times for (in CJR's opinion) a story worth highlighting. CJR: "Nathaniel Popper gets this story by combing the websites of the Federal Reserve, FDIC, SEC, and Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which have for the first time begun publishing records of their meetings."

As a geek who's built databases connecting related data in efficient ways, this is intriguing. There ought to be a lot of room for pro-bono, NGO oversight ops in there, not to mention potential funding, yes?

Story: http://www.cjr.org/the_audit/la_times_quantifies_the_domina.php

I'm available for the sysadmin or backend db portion (yeah, I'm poor, but I'm not living in my Mom's basement!). Really, I think this could be pretty cool, adding much needed oversight on how gov't. works and what are its interconnections.

CAPTCHA: "despotic". Ha, haaaa! # =[8]-)"

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