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Comment Re:data dump link (Score 1) 24

The SQL file in the dump contains all the private messages sent on the site. It's likely that many Patreon users will be embarrassed by the nature of those messages, e.g. they are getting paid by unsavoury individuals, being encouraged to harass and abuse other people for money, or speaking candidly about their motivations (e.g. bigotry) while trying to maintain a respectable public face.

There is also information on who is funding whom, so a lot of people who might have wished to remain anonymous will now be exposed as e.g. supporting GamerGate or anti-rights speakers. As well as social repercussions they might lose their jobs etc. Remember how people reacted to Eich's support of an anti-gay-rights bill.

Comment Re:Gg, sjw? (Score 1) 24

Some prominent users of Patreon have been involved in GamerGate harassment, and others have been victims of that harassment. The hack could be of interest to either side, but is most likely to benefit the victims.

For example, YouTube retards Sargon of Akkad and Thunderf00r use Patreon to make quite a lot of money posting their anti-feminist videos. While they themselves maintain a careful distance from the worst abuse (although Thunderf00t was kicked off Twitter) there is likely to be some damning private messages in this dump that will force Patreon to cancel their accounts and funding. Once the money goes away they will have little reason to go on making anti-feminist videos that whip up anger and which are often cited by the more extreme elements, greatly benefiting the targets of those videos.

Thunderf00t and Akkad seem to fit the definition of Social Justice Warriors. They have a cause, anti-feminism, and love to scream discrimination and sexism at every opportunity. Disagreeing with them invites abuse and attacks from their mobs. So I guess the data dump is an anti-SJW effort, if you want to put it in those terms.

Comment Re:Expect drama (Score 1) 24

It makes sense. Thunderf00t made little from his videos until he started spouting bullshit about Anita Sarkeesian. The first video made him a fair chunk of cash, so he kept doing them. If the profit motive is taken away he will likely lose interest. It's important because while he only does a bit of mild harassment, his videos and his cause act as a focal point for other idiots who do much worse.

Merely disagreeing with Thunderf00t or Sargon makes you a target of them and their followers. Does that mean they are SJWs? That term seems rather ill defined.

Comment Expect drama (Score 2) 24

This is going to be interesting as people start using the data to target their enemies. There is already an effort to get people like Thunderf00t and Sargon of Akkad defunded, and this is bound to help the campaign. All those "private" messages between users and the people who funded them are now public.

Comment Re:Millennials and "codes of conduct". (Score 1, Insightful) 217

I read it and it actually illustrates the need for the reverse-ism rule perfectly.

I'll get modded into oblivion fit this, but I'll try to explain. Some people like to scream racism and sexism when others suggest that they want to help a particular disadvantaged group. Many of the comments saying this don't even make sense. They claim that the reverse-ism rules make it okay to harass white males, but that's clearly not what they say and would break the "no harassment" rule anyway.

Some groups have less privilege than others. That's just how the world is. White, straight, cis males are lucky because they benefited from the greatest affirmative action programme in the history of the world. It's called the history of the world.

There is also the fact that doing stuff that helps say women get on in tech is not sexist unless it is to the detriment if men, and vice versa. Don't mistake criticism of Men's Rights Activists for a double standard. Those guys are asshats, that's why they are criticised. The argument that we should do nothing that isn't entirely gender and race and orientation neutral is itself sexist and racist, because it denies the problems that exist. Just saying "there is no problem now" does not fix anything. If it did car mechanics would be out of business.

Comment Re:This was not a screw-up (Score 2) 341

We have our own submarine communication network, and the normal plan for using nuclear weapons is for us to use that communication channel along with an authentication code to tell the submarine commander to launch. In fact we had to set the arming codes on the US made missiles to 0000 or some equivalent, since we didn't want to use them.

The stated reason for this is so that in the event that the UK is completely annihilated before the order can be given, our submarines can retaliate anyway. The real reason is, as I stated, that the Royal Navy refused to allow it.

The fact that no-one has taken it upon themselves to start a nuclear war yet does not indicate that the system is adequate. The UK has an on-going problem with this, in fact. Years ago some enthusiasts asked for some left over nuclear bombs to restore for display, with critical parts of the warhead removed of course. They were surprised to discover that the only thing preventing someone knowledgeable from detonating one was a padlock. It was covered extensively on Newsnight, along with the Royal Navy situation.

Of course, the US has such a system but subverts it by setting the launch code to 0000 in some cases.

Comment Re:Good! (Score 0) 308

Sadly I don't think Mayor of Stockton is high enough up the chain for anyone who can do anything to give a fuck. As far as they are concerned the system is working - the little people have no rights at the border, it's only once you get into high office that you can travel freely. Otherwise how would they sell that ability to rich people who fund their campaigns, if just anyone with a public profile could get it for free?

Comment Re:This was not a screw-up (Score 1) 341

The military always resists efforts to make things safer. It's partly offence at the suggestion that they might screw up or go rogue, and partly the old "safety only stops me using weapons when I need them" argument that is often made about gun safety devices by civilians.

Not just the US military either, of course. The British Royal Navy refused to have codes relayed from land for launching nuclear ICBMs from submarines, due to offence taken at the suggestion that their captains could not be trusted or might lose control of the ship.

Comment Re:Why aren't there lawsuits over this? (Score 1) 117

I understand your feelings but for there to be a lawsuit there has to be some harm done. You can't just sue because someone does something to don't like.

Since there are no viruses making use of this flaw it seems entirely theoretical at this point.

Anyway, the latest update they released fixes it. It's your own fault if you didn't install it when offered (it's OTA).

Comment Re:Why aren't there lawsuits over this? (Score 1) 117

There is nothing to sue over. Unless you can show that you were attacked by malware or forced to stop using the device because of proven, legitimate fears then you have nothing to sue for. What loss have you suffered from this vulnerability?

That's the thing about most of these supposedly critical flaws in Android. They are never that bad, we never see massive botnets because of them, we never see massive identity theft or any kind of practical, in the wild exploit. The people who do become victims do it to themselves, usually by installing some dodgy app store and disabling the Google malware protection.

Comment Re:Is the private key secured? (Score 1) 76

The passwords are actually the least interesting part of the leak. There are unencrypted private messages and a user database that allows you to see who was supporting whom.

Expect some interesting articles about people like Thunderf00t and Sargon of Akkad in the next few days. Their private messages are likely a goldmine of damning information and may help the campaign to get them de-funded.

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