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Comment Re: What should happen but won't (Score 1) 824

"What you call liberals, or really illiberal-progressives only support democracy and the right of citizens self-determination with regards to government "

Which, as many people forget is NOT what America is based on. It's a constitutional republic. It's designed that way to PREVENT exactly what you describe (sort of). In a "democracy" where "self determination" is in the hands of the people solely, you can get popular votes like segregation, jim-crow, no gay marriage... ...and HUGE swings in government direction. Which makes government unstable. We have a process to update the Constitution -- the amendment process is well documented. SLOW social changes when a a large majority of the population supports them provide for a stable government.

Democracy isn't the foundation of American government -- it's the "insurance policy" against a government that becomes too oppressive. The foundation of our government is to promote LIBERTY.

I believe Scalia had it right in being an originalist. Example: In US v WIndsor (2013), SCOTUS found that marriage was essentially the realm of the respective states. 2015, the Hodges case basically turned that upside down. In less than 2 years. Scalia, in 2015 said our "ruler" was our president, or congress a majority of 9 people on the supreme court and their whims.

Comment Re:What should happen but won't (Score 1) 824

"Any nominee has to pass approval by the Republican-controlled Senate, so anything other than a centrist is very unlikely at this point."

I doubt that. See, I doubt Scalia himself would believe that the Constitution allows the senate to hold up nominations based on political leanings. There's more than enough Republicans that will confirm so long as their qualifications as a jurist are impeccable and not enough republicans to succeed at a filibuster.

However, there might be some snags getting the nomination out of committee. But I believe that will happen, too.

Comment Re:Oh dear balls. (Score 2) 72

"So this is no different than downloading a torrent from an untrustworthy source... assuming anyone using The Pirate Bay cares about trustworthy sources. To execute the malicious code, you'd need to exploit the media player used by the application/browser."

Actually, I think it is a bit different. Maybe they can exploit media player, or vlc or whatever *IF* it's not updated/patched -- but that's from a maliciously created media file. What bothers me is that there's a browser layer on TOP of that AND a different media player. The exploit doesn't necessarily NEED to be in the media stream.

It's one thing if I run a torjan'd AVI or something -- it's another if the browser sends a trojan'd AVI I didn't request. I'm sorry, but sketchy ads at a number of torrent sites (including KAT) do enough damage now to people who aren't diligent. How much more damage could those do ALONE and how many other ways can a browser interact with the media player to "break" things in a bad way? What if a malicious ad ends up at legitimate sites (it happens quite a bit)?

Comment Re:I'd like to order Vanilla Sky for everyone else (Score 3, Insightful) 93

"Instead of reprogramming your own memories to suit your perceived ideal, erase it ineffectively?"

I didn't get that from the article at all. I don't believe it's trying to change perceived reality but provide some 'privacy'. This is not a 'bad' thing.

Example: My daughter (lets younger than a teenager) was kidnapped a few years ago -- and her name and/or picture were all over the radio/tv/internet before she was recovered. It's taken a few years for the search results of her name to dwindle (with me running around to various news sites asking them to please remove my daughters name and blur her photo). Honestly, most news sites were very helpful with this -- it just took time and a hell of a lot of 'foot work' finding the right people to talk to. Blogs on the other hand were a mixed bag. Some were "no problem" while others were outright hostile (I used the same polite request to all sources -- basically copy-paste).

But now, search for her name and nothing on any search engine comes up page 1 or 2.

THAT info screams to me to be removed. Not the NEWS but instead of a victims real name use something else. Instead of photos, blur them.

What kids dont search their names on the internet -- or their friends names? How is it helpful to have kids re-traumatized with nosy questions (at best) and mean/nasty comments at worst? I believe we have the right to keep some things private -- and we can argue this if you like but I believe very few people would argue about victims privacy and fewer still about children's privacy.

Comment Re:This is what real choice looks like (Score 1) 409

Ok... then how about notifying the user that the part cannot be trusted and offer them the choice to continue by entering the PIN and disable access to all items in the keychain until repaired by apple? Hell, even flush out all saved passwords and force the user to re-enter for email and other apps.

I'm really not seeing the justification for bricking the phone out-right.

Comment Re:This is what real choice looks like (Score 1) 409

Agreed -- it's an awesome security feature which helps secure your data.

However, I'm unsure how useful it is to brick the phone rather than disable the fingerprint reader in question and force the user to enter their passcode they created when configuring touch id? I don't see THAT as really adding security while refusing to use the fingerprint scanner and FORCE passcode entry would if it didn't trust the fingerprint hardware.

Comment Re:True artist (Score 3, Insightful) 296

David Bowie and Bing Crosby. I don't think anybody will ever beat Crosby's records (though I think "we are the world" took the number one spot for a while -- and it took every pop artist of the time to knock Crosby down a notch) but that duet between Crosby and Bowie was awesome and demonstrates the longevity of his career.

I'm not a fan of all Bowie's work -- certainly not most of it. But there's enough of his catalog that I believe we'll see/hear his music long after the majority of "pop stars" today are gone (I'm looking at you Beyonce).

Comment Re:Another reason to ban rifles (Score 3, Insightful) 1134

"Actually, moron"

Let me stop you there as you are being moronic. You seem to understand the volume of guns but seem to think something can magically make them go away? Not going to happen. 3d printed guns? Zip guns? And the fact that there are, as you say, 250 million proper guns.

Think about this -- with reasonable care, guns last centuries. There are multitudes of 17th century guns that can still fire -- never mind the NEW stuff.

I think you need to find a different solution.

Comment Re:First web sale perhaps but not first Internet s (Score 1) 53

I thought it was about eCommerce. It might be subtle difference but perhaps not. Posting a "for sale" note on usenet or a BBS and then paying for/picking up the item in person doesn't necessary qualify as ecommerce. Commerce yes, but not ecommerce. I think the transaction needs to take place electronically -- not just the "promise" to buy/sell.

We also had services like compuserve which allowed placing at least airline reservations (can't remember if they allowed outright purchases). Even that may not really qualify as payment was fixed to your account. Please someone correct me if I'm wrong -- I'm pushing the limits of my memory of a service I had ~30 years ago.

I believe the article is spot on with the CD sale being the first (or at least the first verifiable) "on line" purchase and the start of e-commerce. The payment type was selected (random credit card) -- the transaction was secure -- it was transmitted electronically -- received and funds transferred -- and the purchased item was delivered to the purchaser.

To argue earlier instances of "commerce" taking place using usenet or BBSs as a means to arrange the deal as being the first "ecommerce" is akin to saying the fact that light bulbs existed before Edison so what he did wasn't that important (other than take a wire that would glow for a few mins to a few hours and extend that to months and build it cheaply enough to sell to everyone and are now ubiquitous).

Comment Re:There's two sides to this... (Score 0) 246

"What benefit is there to de-anonymizing past postings? Will it really help if you know the names of the people who wrote those vile things?"

Maybe force people to think before they "speak"? Society is an imperfect machine at best and if you take away the only 'lubricant' it has (civility) things will break down.

Will it help me know who they are? I really don't care who they are. Maybe their spouse, parent or child knowing will effect their future behavior. Maybe their girl/boyfriend knowing will effect their future behavior. Shame can be an effective tool.

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