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Ask Slashdot: What Makes a Great Software Developer?

znrt Re:It depends (198 comments)

emacs or autocad are news to you?

12 hours ago
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Anonymous Asks Activists To Fight Pedophiles In 'Operation Deatheaters'

znrt Re: Think of the children! (408 comments)

you are correct in that there is no consensus. yet everybody "sort of knows". just like everybody knows there is no god, but many people just want to believe there is, because they feel they need that notion in their lives. justice is a fundamental requirement for society, so we have a hard time accepting our justice is moot, arbitrary and biased towards the powerful, because that would mean our democracy is a lie, and is in danger. people desperately wants to believe in justice. but we do know what it actually is, even if some, just like you, don't want to hear about it.

2 days ago
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Anonymous Asks Activists To Fight Pedophiles In 'Operation Deatheaters'

znrt Re:Think of the children! (408 comments)

i just highlighted a well known simple fact, that a failing system triggers a response.

it's pretty amusing that i have harvested so many enthusiastic opinions! seems there is interest in justice after all! however, if nothing changes it will still continue to happen ...

bottom line is: there is no peace without justice, and justice today is just basic crowd control and the standard means of legitimation of the elite and their atrocities. justice just isn't blind, so it's no justice, and everybody sort of knows it. this isn't sustainable. either we change this fundamentally, once and for all, or we will be just digging our way through hell into oblivion.

2 days ago
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Anonymous Asks Activists To Fight Pedophiles In 'Operation Deatheaters'

znrt Re:Think of the children! (408 comments)

this is just one instance, one symptom of a wider issue. for you to have a point there should be a justice system generally recognized as such. there isn't, and when justice systematically fails to protect the weak people will start taking issues on with their own hands. sure, bad things will happen, but it's inevitable and the first error is having it let come to this.

2 days ago
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Librem: a Laptop Custom-Made For Free/Libre Software

znrt Re:Liberated? What about the hardware? (227 comments)

it does good to have systems that are public. open and free peering of qualified individuals can give a society a far better chance at influence and awareness. this already sort of works for sw, but then writing sw involves basically a brain, time, a computer and network access. it would work for chip production too if you somehow sort out the practical implications. currently only megacorps can do that so i'd say it falls out of the current scope. but there's really no need to build a free communal hi-tech production system. once we have enough mass (of people caring about stuff being nice and open) megacorps will listen. sw is the spearhead. :-)

about a week ago
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Spanish Judge Cites Use of Secure Email As a Potential Terrorist Indicator

znrt Re: What's wrong with Europe nowdays? (174 comments)

that's very unfair. us of course won the propaganda war and pursued it's own interests, but the fact is they were decisive in saving our european asses from some very nasty shit had it prevailed, and it cost many americans their lives. show some respect.

about two weeks ago
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Spanish Judge Cites Use of Secure Email As a Potential Terrorist Indicator

znrt Re:What's wrong with Europe nowdays? (174 comments)

Aren't you Europeans always laughing at Americans because they think 80 years is a long time?

we are not insensitive clods. the fact that the average american doesn't live up to 80 years despite living in the land of plenty is just sad. we would never laugh at that!

about two weeks ago
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Spanish Judge Cites Use of Secure Email As a Potential Terrorist Indicator

znrt Re: What's wrong with Europe nowdays? (174 comments)

Our economic colonisator pushes us continuously in directions our real leaders don't want to. Even my own government is a bunch of puppets nowadays, controlled by money and fear.

it's that, and that current spanish government is actually a bunch of far right (mostly ultracatholic) fanatics. the judicial system is pretty full with those anyway since franco times. not that there are no "reasonable" judges, there are, but rarely in influential positions and they get promptly bullied out of the system if they irritate the bosses.

about two weeks ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

znrt Re:Secret Ballot? (480 comments)

has been done. for example: first the voter uses a unique code to verify his vote is cast as intended. since the code is secret and unique to him, nobody else can see his vote until decrypted, but by then all votes will have been veryfiably anonymized, mixed, and all vote hashes publicly listed. the voter can check the list to see if his vote has been counted as cast and, vioilà, nobody knows shit about who he was or what he voted. secret!

about two weeks ago
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Chilling Effects DMCA Archive Censors Itself

znrt Re:Not always Free Speech (88 comments)

from your own investigation you might have already inferred that "freedom of speech" is a indeed pretty broad concept. distributing content is speech. meta-speech if you like because the very act of doing so can be a statement. for me personally it undoubtly is.

copyright law originates from the very basic desire to control the printing press, a few centuries ago. the bits about the "creator" came later on and are just a byproduct, today that's the facade for another fundamental goal which is the control of information and business. of course this pleases those who make big profit from that. however, it screws everyone else, and diminishes society by promoting selfish values and severely damaging liberty of expression, freedom of speech if you prefer.

about two weeks ago
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Chilling Effects DMCA Archive Censors Itself

znrt Re:Not always Free Speech (88 comments)

funny how you display such a narrow minded concept of "free speech" and yet call me the moron :-)

about two weeks ago
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Chilling Effects DMCA Archive Censors Itself

znrt Re:Not always Free Speech (88 comments)

It's not always about Free Speech, sometimes it's just copyright infringement

that's funny because copyright law is fundamentally about censoring free speech.

so you can record a song and sell zillions of zero-cost copies for a profit. great! if i then buy one of those and share my own copy with anybody i'm suddenly a pirate? read my lips: gfy.

If all notices are treated as a whole, making no distinction between real freedom issues and pirates abusing the system, the battle will be lost.

that all notices are public is nice, so we can all see who the real pirates are.

about two weeks ago
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Inside North Korea's Naenara Browser

znrt Re:In Soviet Korea (159 comments)

you're not getting it: corporations are already bigger than most governments, and no government whatsoever can function without them anymore.

about three weeks ago
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Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

znrt Re:How about educating your dumbfuck mother? (463 comments)

care to name the actuall well designed and maintained system that would have saved poor mommy from herself?

yeah, thought so.

about three weeks ago
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Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

znrt Re:How about educating your dumbfuck mother? (463 comments)

bad news: to use a computer in the open network safely you need to know a few things. there's no way around that.

ms or apple or google might tell otherwise, but it's just fake.

about three weeks ago
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Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

znrt Re:How about educating your dumbfuck mother? (463 comments)

doorbell rings. it's a handsome smiling man in worker suit, says something about plumbing, but you didn't call him, so you consider that if you let him in he might steal your cookies/rape your dog/kill you with an ice pick, so you don't.

we can't get a dumbfuck door to do what you just did?

no, we can't. it's just a dumbfuck door, you dumbfuck (no offense, just for the pun)

about three weeks ago
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Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

znrt Re:How about educating your dumbfuck mother? (463 comments)

so what. blame is irrelevant. fact is big fish eats little fish, and that's the reality our world boils down while some continue living in an illusion of morality or justice. the financial system has destroyed millions of lives because it could, because there were dollars to be made and it doesn't give a fuck. entire nations are thrown into misery and scores of people get killed for the same reason. the same mom in the story is responsible for the death and ordeal of some kids in africa just for possessing a first world cheap electronic appliance (aka computer). who is to blame? we all are, in our stupidity. does it even make sense to blame someone, when there is no justice? our civilization is totally amoral beneath a tiny crust of hypocrisy. duh, i think i need a cup of tea.

about three weeks ago
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Anthropomorphism and Object Oriented Programming

znrt Re: Ya, Sure. (303 comments)

As for damn, it's from the Latin damnare to condemn, not exactly requiring a deity.

damnation noun \dam-n-shn\
: the state of being in hell as punishment after death
http://www.merriam-webster.com...

pro-tip: not that it is the only latin word with arbitrary new meanings in english. go figure, some weird antropomorphization going on.

about three weeks ago
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Norse Security IDs 6, Including Ex-Employee, As Sony Hack Perpetrators

znrt Re:Oh how great is this! (158 comments)

pissed off ex employee with inside information and the chance to make a high profile disruption to those who would risk your mortgage and pension with little to no personal risk is a big fucking bullseye.

this simply narrows down your search, doesn't make anyone a suspect. it might turn out to be bogus and the motives totally different.

but they claim to have found a connection, that's a lead. not a strong one, in my opinion, but they may have no better. anyone wondering how they got access to the irc content? duh ...

about a month ago

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