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Comment: Social media absolutely helps terrorists (Score 1) 228

by GeekWithAKnife (#48309153) Attached to: New GCHQ Chief Says Social Media Aids Terrorists

There are actually a few other things that help terrorists;

Mobile phones, telephones, radio waves, email, speech, pens, paper, smoke signals...actually who is this idiot?

Instead of arresting social media site owners, forums users and people with "illegal thoughts"; let's arrest all the senior officials that new the GCHQ are spying on their own via the NSA and arrest senior NSA officials for knowingly spying on their own via the GCHQ.

You cannot talk to these people because they are "at war" like so many radical groups against different ideas.

When all you have is a hammer everything looks like a nail.

Comment: Human nature (Score 2) 571

by GeekWithAKnife (#48211557) Attached to: The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

Can we first then agree one what exactly constitutes a troll?

I've seen a lot of news about trolls and trolling but it seems that it's rather loosely on an almost arbitrary basis. "Troll" has been used to described a stalker, an asshole, a person with an impolite opinion, a racist, sexist, bigot etc etc

From one online dictionary we can learn that "troll" (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/troll?s=t) has nothing to do with online activity. Seems this word is now re purposed to what the urban dictionary has an entrie for: (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=troll)

"One who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument."

Now by that definition which seems to be very much the case in many references is such a person deserving of punishment? prison? -our norms are dynamic. With enough trolls trolling will be the norm.

The article mentions human behaviour and I believe trolling is an aspect of bullying which is very much natural (although incorrect) and normal. I say this because it's a complete fallacy to tie "trolling" with stalking or sexual harassment.

We need some clarity on this rather than all this blanket FUD nonsense about trolling. When a person gets mouthy in real life he might get locked up for 24 hours for "disturbing the peace". This includes some pretty colourful language. If this is consistent against one specific person then that is harassment, there is a legal framework for this.

Has harassment stopped? bullying? -while not justifying it, I argue it never will cease because it's part of human nature.

Our only hope is to create a finer definition to stop this umbrella term which means different things to different people at different times without consistency; and furthermore we need a punishment befitting of the offence if there indeed was one at all.

Comment: What this fuss over nothing? (Score 2) 179

by GeekWithAKnife (#48100977) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

As usual, creative people will find solutions to make the spying irrelevant.

From decentralizing and conception to storing data where the US (and others) cannot legally reach it etc.

The US and other agencies dug themselves a hole. They have shown us they are weary of strong encryption standards and good security practices by individuals.

They've shown us that we cannot trust them to use data responsibly and that we should avoid sharing anything with them.

Comment: Let's talk methodology (Score 0) 68

by GeekWithAKnife (#48025885) Attached to: Analyzing Silk Road 2.0

In order for this research to be of any use we need peer reviews as well.

Can they please go into some detail as to the methodology used to connect to Silk Road 2.0, how they purchased things anonymously and how to tell teh real thing from fakes?

Also, if they have any idea of how to hide a kilo of say uhm, feathers from the authorities in terms of shipment, delivery and pickup that would be great for uhm, scientific purposes.

Comment: Obligatory quote/s (Score 1) 224

by GeekWithAKnife (#47992059) Attached to: Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.

...and; People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.

More to the point is that of course, all these disproportionate and draconian measures have ensured no whistle-blowing takes place. Good job, pat yourselves on the back and suck each other's cocks.

-nuff said

Comment: My fellow Americans (Score 5, Funny) 183

by GeekWithAKnife (#47936847) Attached to: Snowden's Leaks Didn't Help Terrorists

I write to you today to appeal to your sense of reason.

Our country is under attack from all fronts. Russia wants to disrupt our authority, fanatical terror groups want to blow up our buildings, atheists want to corrupt our souls.

Make no mistake, we are at war. Having no other alternative to protect our great nation we have taken to attacking the enemy in preventative measures. We have struck at their core; their finances and funding, their territories, their freedoms, their countries, their friends, their families and their family's families.

You may look at Edward Snowden and consider him to be a harmless; sexually confused transgendered computer professional. This of course would be what Snowden would like you to see.
In truth he is a vicious, calculating pathological liar that will stop at nothing to destroy America (USA) as we know it.

Not only did he endanger good men in the field he endangered law-abiding US citizens everywhere.

To say that Edward Snowden does not have Weapons of Mass Destruction is to entertain a cataclysm that may indeed claim your lives and your children's chastity.

Now, let's forget about this person and his fake and silly documents. We want to get back into the real business at hand, protecting the United States of America, land of the free, home of the brave (although we have the braves on reservation now).

Thank you and god bless.

Comment: Re:So close on the alliteration (Score 2) 61

by GeekWithAKnife (#47934875) Attached to: Tinba Trojan Targets Major US Banks

Tell Me Twice
Why This Tinker Tinba Taylor Trojan Spy
Targets Top Tender Traders
With Little Digital Mice
These E-bandit Raiders Splice
Working In The Dark Of Night
Trying To Get Financial Height
Instead Of Getting A Job And Doing It Right

It was a stream of consciousness sorta thing. *shrugs*

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