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Comment: Re:Ah, come one, don't we trust the Feds? (Score 4, Insightful) 59

Actually, I would say we can't trust law enforcement these days ... because when law enforcement cites a corporate NDA to not be able to tell us how they're using software which is designed to violate your constitutional rights ... law enforcement is fucking lying to you.

Law enforcement is consistently trying to hide what they do, consistently saying the law means what they say it means, and consistently ignoring the constitutionality of what they do, and colluding to commit perjury by hiding the truth about how they found certain information.

When law enforcement stops caring about the law ... it's time to stop treating them with trust or respect.

Pretty much all law enforcement these days feels it operates in a special magic bubble.

The rest of us say "fuck that, follow the low, or be charged under it".

General warrants, probable cause, free from unreasonable search and seizure ... these things tell me most people in law enforcement are committing treason.

So, no, we cannot fucking trust law enforcement. Because they are no longer trustworthy.

Comment: Re:The poison pin ... (Score 1) 236

Somewhere else, maybe... at the border crossing they have near infinite power to mess with you by insisting on an extended identity, security and luggage check and usually to detain you for a short while too for almost no pretext at all. In fact your "defective phone" is now a possible terrorist bomb, let's just put you in a holding cell until we can determine it's not.

Comment: Re:Interpreting these conditions (Score 1) 71

by Kjella (#49190929) Attached to: Software Freedom Conservancy Funds GPL Suit Against VMWare

The controversial part, as I understand it, is the difference in interpretation of a license's conditions. For example, the difference between an "aggregation" and a "combined work" in the GPLv2 confused at least one Slashdot user.

Actually the ugliest part of the GPL which is clear as ink in law is what - if anything - makes inter-module communication derivative. The theory of derivative works mainly involve sections or elements reappearing in the derivative, like a composite made from a photo. It doesn't cover interfaces where independently developed code calls each other at all. If I wrap a GPL library into a web service, is calling it derivative? If the answer is yes, the GPL is extremely viral. If the answer is no, the GPL is in big trouble. Which is why you never get a straight answer.

This directly links in with the "mere aggregation" clause, if you can for example distribute a distro that has an application that sends mail and a mail server without those being derivative, can you also distribute proprietary software and this web service? Your software needs it, this software happens to provide it but it could in theory be provided by a different implementation. I'm sure Stallman says no, but it's entirely unclear to me if a judge would agree.

Comment: Re:Israel got a lot of heat for much lesser offens (Score 1) 236

Why can he not?

Because, as much as our current government wants to think so, there is no legal basis to deny a citizen re-entry.

Certainly not on a whim. Certainly not at the discretion of a border guard.

I suspect this is true in a lot of places, because the UN has rules about making people effectively stateless.

Governments would typically have to demonstrate a lot of things in order to say "this citizen can no longer come here" ... and they'd probably be stripping of you of citizenship to send you back to your country of birth.

A natural born Canadian citizen? Good luck trying to deny them entry to Canada.

The fact is, there is no legal precedent in Canada for this, and it comes from increasing government overreach and redefining policy without any court backing.

Border agents should require some level of suspicion or proof to do this, not arbitrary whim of an asshole with nothing better to do.

Comment: Re:Hmmmm! (Score 1) 401

by gstoddart (#49190311) Attached to: White House Threatens Veto Over EPA "Secret Science" Bills

Of course, the problem with that is taking a corporation on face value when they say "our product is safe, we promise, and until you can prove it is we assume it is".

Because, let's face it, corporations are assholes, and injecting genes into a plant which have no natural way of getting there ... and assuming that is safe in the long term isn't based on anything meaningful.

It's based purely on "we have no evidence to show this is safe, but we bought off politicians who agree with us that we'll let you guys be the guinea pigs".

Comment: Re:I'm dying of curiousity (Score 2) 71

by gstoddart (#49190207) Attached to: Software Freedom Conservancy Funds GPL Suit Against VMWare

They're a for-profit corporation, who see this as their bread and butter technology.

All you need is an idiot CEO to say "I want this" and an asshole lawyer to agree with him.

Are you honestly expecting principle, logic, and honesty from this?

It's a corporation looking out for its own interests. If that means fucking everybody else over or coming up with your own interpretation of the law? So be it.

I expect nothing less from this kind of situation.

Comment: Re:If "yes," then it's not self-driving (Score 1) 333

by Kjella (#49190145) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?

It's worth noting that there is one piece of automation in cars already that does give a different kind of driving license in a lot of places: automatic gear change. If you get a driving license in a car that has an automatic transmission then you can't drive manual cars with it, though the converse is allowed.

And it's silly. You can give an 18yo (around here) that just got his license a Ferrari, that's legal. You can give him a 3500 kg van + 750 kg trailer, that's legal. Of course you shouldn't drive a car you can't handle, but learning it on your own would be no worse than a lot of the other "self-learning" on the road.

Comment: Re:Israel got a lot of heat for much lesser offens (Score 1) 236

To actually be arrested and prosecuted for a crime over such a refusal is new... Should we begin divesting from Canada's corporations?

Did you know that in America they can, and do, the exact same fucking thing?

You want to fix this? Take it up with the governments and corporations who make up the New World Order. The rest of society apparently doesn't get a vote on the topic.

Your rank and file Canadian has no more ability to do anything about this than your average American or Israeli.

But if your government is one of the ones doing this crap ... then shout about that first. And if you're cheering when your government does it to people from other countries .. then STFU and stop pretending to be superior.

Sadly, I fear governments, security, and borders are increasingly becoming more and more draconian and acting like police states. Which means most governments are being ran by assholes and shortsighted morons.

Comment: Re:If "yes," then it's not self-driving (Score 1) 333

by Kjella (#49189795) Attached to: Would You Need a License To Drive a Self-Driving Car?

Even if you can account for such things, how will your autonomous vehicle handle malfunctioning sensors? Aerospace has been working at this for decades and still hasn't figured it all out.

The main reason to have pilots is that you have someone with "skin in the game", not because they're actually good backups. Like in your linked case there's several major pilot errors that were only possible because the safety systems were disabled due to a 30 second glitch in the sensor. After the sensor recovered the pilots were given multiple warnings about what was happening but instead caused such a massive stall that the computer refused to believe the sensors, going silent as the pilots slammed the planed into the ocean killing all on board.

If the computer had taken a HAL 9000 with "I can't let you do that, Dave" and taken the plane out of the stall once it recovered they'd be alive. If the computer had been forced to carry on despite the faulty sensor, it would still have engine power and altitude to infer that air speed is wrong and keep the plane flying and it would almost certainly have done a better job. They died because the default was in any out of the ordinary operation to let the humans take over. It's a better poster child for a self-flying plane than against it. But since the pilots paid with their own lives they become the lightning rod for the anger, while a self-flying plane crashing would be become a corporate nightmare.

Comment: Re:Custom ... nipples? Actual custom nipples? (Score 1) 59

by gstoddart (#49189471) Attached to: Inside the Weird World of 3D Printed Body Parts

You know, you are 100% correct, and that literally didn't occur to me.

I was thinking purely voluntary nipple upgrades, and was baffled.

Don't forget, it's easy to forget stuff like this .. most of us take nipples for granted, and don't focus on their existence very much.


Comment: Re:IANAL, but my answer would be no (Score 3, Interesting) 236

IANAL, but my answer would be no

And probably just as important in this case is YJMV - Your Jurisdiction May Vary. The UK is fascist country where I know it's illegal, I wouldn't bring any device I wouldn't unlock - I'd just make sure it's clean and I can download what I want once inside the country. The US is a fairly safe country thanks to the fifth amendment. The rest of the world? Dunno. Don't really care to research it either. If I was doing anything naughty I'd send it online or even in the mail. At least then they can't refuse me entry or any of that shit.

Comment: Re: Hello? (Score 2) 86

by gstoddart (#49188103) Attached to: FTC Targets Group That Made Billions of Robocalls

Well, and the thing to remember is you have no idea what actually happens when you press a button.

Have you been connected to a pay for call service? Have they confirmed your phone number is valid? There are examples of people pressing "1" only to find a line item on their phone bill the next month.

Honestly, the best solution I've found is to buy phones which can be programmed to block certain calls (like callers with Unknown/Private numbers). After that, I simply don't answer calls from area codes I don't recognize or from 800 numbers.

It has reached the point where 99% of all incoming calls are purely spam and scams, which means the default position is to assume when the phone rings it's just crap .. if it's important, well, that's what answering machines are for.

There are technical means that could be employed, but the lobbyists for the assholes who make their money from call centers have made sure that caller Id spoofing is legal to support their business model -- but this has the effect of meaning it is impossible to know who the hell is actually calling you.

Just remember, it's the exemptions for business who claim their free speech rights are being violated if they aren't allowed to call you are the ones who paid your politicians for exemptions.

And then stop answering the phone unless you recognize the caller.

Comment: Custom ... nipples? Actual custom nipples? (Score 1) 59

by gstoddart (#49187953) Attached to: Inside the Weird World of 3D Printed Body Parts

TeVido, which aims to 3D print custom nipples

Hmmm ... apparently I am unversed in the realm of custom nipples, as I've never conceived of it before. Is this a thing I've been missing?

So, I guess we can have an informal Slashdot poll ... if you were going to have custom nipples it would look like:

1) Smiley faces
2) Tux
3) The Windows Logo
4) Monkeys
5) USB ports
6) Cowboy Neal
7) Cupcakes
8) Hearts
9) AC/DC's logo
10) Yoda

I for one welcome our new, custom-nipple overlords.

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