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Comment: Are things back to normal now? (Score 1) 266

by squiggleslash (#49496347) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

This sounds like the kind of reaction our glorious overlords were having to people landing on the Capitol lawn on September 10th, 2001.

A little miffed, patronizing, an official "We have our eye on you", but not guns drawn, no disappearances into Cuban prison camps, no insane over-reactions.

Comment: Re:Shows just how far the U.S. will go to get him (Score 2) 160

The plane of the President of Bolivia was not forcibly grounded.


Assange owes an apology for the President of Bolivia for Assange SWATTing him.

Either the President of Bolivia was forcibly grounded, possibly thanks to Assange spreading a rumor about Snowden, or he wasn't.

Comment: Re:Misplace anger (Score 1) 160

Why exactly are you posting stuff to Slashdot demanding awareness of Russia and China when you could be out helping feed the starving? Have you given all your money to Oxfam? No? Why not? You think wasting your time on Slashdot moaning about how someone's political concerns are slightly less important in your perception than some other political concerns, is more important than people getting food on their plates?

I expect an apology and an immediate commitment to help feeding the hungry.

Comment: Re:Google updates (Score 1) 179

by squiggleslash (#49452867) Attached to: Google Lollipop Bricking Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 Devices

They can force manufacturers to use unlocked bootloaders if they want the official Google version. Microsoft (ironically they're changing this for Windows 10) requires manufacturers use unlocked firmware implementations for machines running the Intel version of Windows on UEFI machines.

There's no reason whatsoever why Google can't make the same thing a requirement beyond being scared manufacturers wouldn't go for it and would prefer shipping a version of Android with no Google services over shipping a device with a bootloader that's open.

Comment: I'm a little baffled (Score 5, Interesting) 121

by squiggleslash (#49443817) Attached to: Has Google Indexed Your Backup Drive?

So there are lots of people out there who are:

1. Enabling FTP on their NAS boxes.
2. Enabling anonymous access on this FTP service
3. Allowing their Firewall/Router to let incoming FTP connections directly to the NAS box.

I mean, the authors suggest those enabling FTP do not realize the implications, but how can you do ALL THREE and not realize the implications? Any one of those, particularly disabling anonymous access, would foil random search engines (and lazy hackers) trying to get at your files. But to do all three at once?

Comment: Re:Reason: for corporations, by corporations (Score 4, Insightful) 489

by squiggleslash (#49440743) Attached to: Reason: How To Break the Internet (in a Bad Way)

Reason wildly swings between presumably corporate funded crackpottery and principled stand. Their expose of the Ron Paul Newsletter for example was highly respectable.

I just wish they'd stop trying to promote ideological arguments with faux reasoning. If you ultimately just don't want the state requiring ISPs provide something predictable when they claim to be selling internet access, then just say so. If there's a logical reason, mention it. There probably are some somewhere. But "Payola is good!" as a justification (it probably isn't, and it's not a comparable situation) is ridiculous.

Comment: Re:Why no deportation? (Score 1) 250

by squiggleslash (#49437323) Attached to: Verdict Reached In Boston Bombing Trial

Because us losing our values and ceasing to be a Democratic Republic under the rule of law is exactly what people like him are trying to get us to do when they bomb us.

If it turned out that the maximum sentence for killing three people and injuring hundreds of others was a heavy fine and six months of community service, I'd be in favor of him being sentenced to that. Of course, I'd also want the law changed, but...

As it is, he'll likely die in prison, he's not going to be let off if we stick to our values.

Get hold of portable property. -- Charles Dickens, "Great Expectations"