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Comment: Re:April Fools stories are gay (Score 1) 1482

by Arith (#46634823) Attached to: OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights
I'd say yes. You'd be no better than those bigots you denounce.
It's fucked that a particular group of people would consider another group that doesn't meet their muster as subhuman. That's where the slippery slope starts. We're DIFFERENT, and have different values. That's where tolerance comes in. In the case of child molesters, I wouldn't say the person is subhuman. I'd say his/her morals are pretty fucked, but not subhuman.

It kind of reminds me of something my sociology teacher said way back in highschool while dealing with children: If they do something bad, you don't tell them that they're bad. They subconsciously pick up that they're a bad person and continue that role. Instead, you tell the child that this is wrong and what you did was wrong.

Comment: Re:Beach houses (Score 1) 230

by Arith (#46609547) Attached to: Geologists Warned of Washington State Mudslides For Decades
True. I can appreciate that. In some cases - like the ignored warnings in the article, or my drunkard town - it's just plain dumb and there ARE places to go. Hurricanes and large scale events like that, sure. Not much to be done there. I wouldn't be so cold to say "Eat it"
What Antique Greekmeister said above: "Would you pay double the price of your current home, or apartment, to live in a safer place further from your work? Could you afford it?" - If I were in my little town? Yes. It's better than potentially drowning/dying under a collapsed foundation.

Comment: Re:'Murica! (Score 2) 230

by Arith (#46609105) Attached to: Geologists Warned of Washington State Mudslides For Decades
Jokes aside, I never understood why people live in KNOWN dangerous places.
There was a small town near my hometown. My boss at the time lived in this small town. Every year around spring time that small town would flood. My boss' house would literally have a moat. Tells me how tough he's got it because he has to move all his stuff from the bottom floor to keep from getting wet. I had a hard time finding sympathy for him. Why? That entire small town was BUILT ON A FLOOD PLANE.
Then again that town had a nickname "Scorched Liver" due to the excessive drinking observed in this town.. perhaps explains a bit there.

Comment: Re:As an ex-School It Admin... (Score 1) 417

by Arith (#46439131) Attached to: School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA
I also work closely with school IT in Canada. This is a common thing.
When I read the summary I was thinking "Really?". This is the school's network. Politics is very much a big part of this. People want to bring their own devices, but all the soccer moms out there want "OMG PRON" blocked 100%. To a degree I agree with this - there's a time and place for everything. School ain't the time for that sort of thing, and IT can get in some real legal hot water if they don't do something about it.

Case in point, when google implemented SSL, we found that google's image search would hand out porn happily when asked. We had no choice but to implement something that will filter these things. Moreover, as previously mentioned it's also used to dole out wireless access seamlessly.

Really, in my opinion this boils down to respect. This is an institution's network. A bit like visiting someone's house. You know the rules, and this is not YOUR network. They're letting you USE it in order to (in this case) learn. Not to look at porn (or whatever). Bring your own device? Then it's subject to the same rules.

There's nothing nefarious here.

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