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Comment Re:Did they mention the yummy GMOs (Score 3, Informative) 320

Corn and carrots did not exist in their current form a thousand years ago, we agree on that; however, there is a very large difference between the artificial selection our human ancestors performed and what Monsanto is currently doing by splicing sheep DNA and injecting it into vegetables - often for no other reason than to sell patented pesticides that pair with their crop seeds. I'm not saying gene splicing is "wrong", as a man of science, I'm in favor of pushing boundaries but there's a difference between that and artificial selection using nature's own rules. There's also no reason why people shouldn't be informed about exactly what they are putting into their bodies. That's not a decision you or any scientist has the right to make. Less we forget, DDT, Thalidomide and Agent Orange were all deemed "safe" by experts at one time, my friend.

Even if you remove the health risk argument, there are other legitimate concerns. Have you tasted Parisian food lately? I dare you to find a french beefsteak tomato that has as bland a flavor as our U.S. equivalent - one reason for that is because we've bread our beefsteak tomatoes to have skins thick enough to survive truck transport but in the process we've inadvertently bread out the flavor.

Also for someone claiming no special interest, you seem pretty determined to counter EVERY single comment on this article that's not in line with your views.

Comment Re: Those who ignore the past... (Score 1) 47

I agree, they likely have some of my records; however, because of the proprietary nature of medical IT solutions they do not have all of my medical records and if they wanted to collect them all, they would have to subpoena every single doctor I've ever visited which I would argue is a very good, albeit unintended consequence of the current medical IT cluster the author rails on.

Comment Those who ignore the past... (Score 2, Interesting) 47

I read TFA and the author completely misses the issue. The Clinton administration tried to implement this and congress (rightfully) voted against it. Until congress revokes the Patriot Act and proves that the Bill of Rights is still a valid contract, no informed citizen wants their medical records stored in a national archive. The privacy implications far outweigh the benefits and no amount of PCI compliance is going to ease that concern when the man-in-the-middle is tapping backbones with god damn nuclear submarines and lying to the tax payers about it. I'll stick to carrying my medical records in a banker box, thank you.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 306

The "think of the women/children" card is the tactic of a scoundrel and I thought Al Franken to be above such methods - his opinion on this matter appears to favor emotion over critical thinking.

Revenge porn is a despicable concept, don't get me wrong, but you know what else is despicable? Writing laws under emotional pretense without weighing the potential for abuse. When the only thing that separates "homemade porn" and "revenge porn" is intent, god help the innocent. I can think of a dozen hypothetical situations in which such laws could be (and would be) abused and that's just off the top of my head.

Here's an obvious one: my wife and I made a sex tape yesterday (not really). Neither of us filled out consent forms because....who would? 10 years from now we find ourselves divorced due to unrelated matters. What then would prevent my ex-wife from posting the sex tape via a public computer terminal and reporting it to the FBI's "revenge porn" task force? Nothing....and it would be my word against hers and her ass on every computer screen in the country so there goes 5-10 years of my freedom.

Like most emotionally-charged laws in this country, anyone who takes issue commits political suicide so no one will stop this madness. Meanwhile America's legal system slips further into a cruel, hypocritical mess written with the "best" of intentions. It's a shame, I like Al Franken.

Comment Re:PDFLib (Score 2) 132

TCPDF Open-source PDF-reader built in PHP
FPDF Combine with TCPDF above to create a PDF-writer using PHP
SetAssign Not open-source but this company offers both free and paid libraries that combine with the libraries above to allow PDF encryption / decryption using PHP.- The paid versions support more complex ciphers and I swear by them personally


Not sure if you meant desktop software or...

Comment Either Ben or Stapleton is missing something (Score 3, Insightful) 51

"To date, no known flaws have been found against DES" : Er, differential calculus? Why do you think we created Triple-DES? Because we like things in threes? Supposedly the NSA made it more difficult to use differential calculus against DES by changing the S-Box permutations but it is still possible.

There was a time when the NSA had integrity....

Comment Re:Flight recorder (Score 1) 491

You realize that up until roughly two years ago (in the US at least) the majority of people who identified themselves as "libertarians" were left-wing hippies from Vermont who embraced social contracts but wanted the government out of their personal affairs, pot gardens and gun racks? It wasn't until the "Tea Party" under right-wing funding and Carl Rove style propaganda was the term "libertarian" bastardized to enable right-wing nut jobs to hide under the guise of a small government agenda. I am a libertarian and I vote Democrat; not because they are equal but because if you go by historical facts and numbers, the Democrats have consistently been the party of fiscal responsibility since the 1960's. You're not crazy, the two groups are far more agreeable than you think. Is it off topic? I blame Microsoft.

Comment Re:Flight recorder (Score 1) 491

You realize that up until roughly two years ago (in the US at least) the majority of people who identified themselves as "libertarians" were left-wing hippies from Vermont who embraced social contracts but wanted the government out of their personal affairs, pot gardens and gun racks? It wasn't until the "Tea Party" under right-wing funding and Carl Rove style propaganda was the term "libertarian" bastardized to enable right-wing nut jobs to hide under the guise of a small government agenda. I am a libertarian and I vote Democrat; not because they are equal but because if you go by historical facts and numbers, the Democrats have consistently been the party of fiscal responsibility since the 1960's.

You're not crazy, the two groups are far more agreeable than you think.

Is it off topic? I blame Microsoft.

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