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Comment Re:Millennials and "codes of conduct". (Score 1, Insightful) 207

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) 327

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) 295

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) 327

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) 114

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) 114

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) 75

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.

Comment Re:So? (Score 1) 70

I had a dream about owning once. First I turned it into a porn-by-email site, and when Microsoft complained I turned it into my own email site. Of course because all the sign ups were new people would register and start getting the old Bill's email.

Even for me that was a weird one.

Submission Patreon hacked, passwords, addresses, SSNs and tax form data stolen

AmiMoJo writes: In a blog post Jake Conte, CEO and co-founder of Patreon, writes: "There was unauthorized access to registered names, email addresses, posts, and some shipping addresses. Additionally, some billing addresses that were added prior to 2014 were also accessed. We do not store full credit card numbers on our servers and no credit card numbers were compromised. Although accessed, all passwords, social security numbers and tax form information remain safely encrypted with a 2048-bit RSA key."

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 2) 1136

When will people understand that it's not the law, it's the enforcement that matters. A gun free zone means you can put in checks to make sure people don't bring guns in. Like metal detectors at airports, which are actually pretty effective at keeping weapons off planes.

Gun control is not about expecting criminals to obey the rules. That's dumb, only someone making a straw man argument would suggest it. The point is to make guns much harder to obtain and to make it easier to take them away from people when you find them.

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1136

Citizens of all countries have a right to own and carry some weapons, from pointy sticks upwards. The only difference is the cut off point. Even in the US you can't own certain types of arms, and no one is seriously arguing that the constitution says you can.

Beyond some point you need to prove you are sane and responsible. Beyond a further point you just can't get those weapons legally. Getting these lines in the right place is the key. It's not a black and white either/or choice.

Comment Re:Public Healthcare / Mental Healthcare (Score 3, Insightful) 1136

Even countries with free, universal healthcare have mass murderers. The difference is, they have fewer of them.

Also, guns are very hard to get hold of in Japan. Who knows how many more he might have killed if he had been winding a more efficient tool.

Two is not equal to three, even for large values of two.