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Comment Re:What's with all the awkward systemd command nam (Score 2, Interesting) 498

I'm alright with commands that have longer names. It's harder to mis-type and execute the wrong thing, and it's easier to know what is going on at a glance.

Same thing when reading code. I'd much rather work with code that has a method named getUserByGuid(), for example, than gubg().

Besides, nothing prevents you from aliasing the longer commands to something shorter if you so choose.

There's a lot of things about systemd that turn me off, but commands with longer, more verbose names is not one of those things.

Comment Re:This is Important to Discuss (Score 1) 68

This is a serious concern as well.

The government is, by its very nature, a political animal and has recent events have shown, the People In Power will use the government to target dissenters. The IRS is a perfect example of this (and the use of the IRS as a weapon goes far beyond the targeting of conservative groups from a few years ago). Combined with the extensive data mining and collection the Alphabet Soup is allowed to do (or does anyway, even if it isn't technically allowed to do so), the government is in an amazing position to attack its own citizens.

I know that people say, "Oh, it will never happen," but it already has. Woodrow Wilson signed the Sedition Act of 1918, which forbade the use of "disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language" about the United States government. Let us also not forget the internment of Japanese citizens during World War II, executed by FDR.

Complete violations of the First and Fourth amendments - but they happened anyway.

The next time these things happen the result will be far worse because of the collection capabilities.

Comment Re:This is Important to Discuss (Score 2) 68

It only has impact if the politicians decide that it should have impact. Since they don't care, it is a waste of time. There is zero consequence for them when they ignore high profile petitions. This is great for them, because they can simply ignore anything inconvenient or uncomfortable, and then pounce on something that will give them some easy PR points.

The only tool that we have that politicians respond to is the election process. That, aside from the rare criminal investigation, is the only way we can provide politicians with a consequence for their decisions. We can write our representatives, we can call them, we can protest them, we can decide to donate, or not donate, to their campaigns, but none of that actually matters. Only the voting booth matters.

Of course, it doesn't help that the people using the site submit and upvote ridiculous petitions like building the Death Star. If YOU can't take the system seriously, why would THEY take it seriously?

Comment Re:I call bullshit (Score 1) 676

Then you're wrong, unfortunately. Information is classified by the contents of the information. If something is top secret information, for example, then it is top secret simply by the virtue of what the information is, not because someone has marked a specific document as such.

Source: Buck Sexton, a former CIA operative.

If things worked the way you described, then I could take a copy of the nuclear launch codes and print them in the NY Times. Then I could say, "But the NY Times doesn't say TOP SECRET on it, so the information isn't classified!"

That is, in effect, the defense Hillary is trying to use. It defies all logic and is factually incorrect.

That isn't the only problem, of course. Providing these USB drives to her lawyer, who is not allowed to access that information, is also a crime.

Then there's the "I only used that mail server for personal use, not for official business" lie.

And there's more on top of it all.

You can love Hillary and her policies as much as you want, that's totally up to you, but you cannot defend her in this instance and be intellectually honest at the same time. It has been proven that she has lied, repeatedly.

Comment Re:Conservative against big money (Score 1) 458

If you hate the way the Republican party panders to corporations, you may want to consider looking into Ted Cruz. He is running a strong anti-corruption platform. Many of the other candidates will bring us "more of the same," but Ted, if nothing else, wants to clean up the corruption and I believe he would. He's already made tons of enemies in his own party which means he must be doing something right.

Comment No Thanks (Score 1, Troll) 458

Based on his choices for Vice President alone, he's completely lost any curiosity I might have had.

Socialist policy is one of the things that has been screwing things up in this country, and I don't want more people pushing it. Also, we currently have a leftist law professor in the presidency. That hasn't worked out so well.

No sir, I don't want another.

Comment Re:This is going to....omg (Score 1) 177

Not to mention that if they're just storing hashes, that a tiny change will generate a completely different hash. Change one pixel, by a single bit, and you have a different hash. Change the resolution, change meta-data, crop out a row or column, etc., etc., a service that serves up the images could do this automatically every time it displays an image.

There's lots of ways around this, including only sharing content with trusted people via sneakernet if it comes to that.

It sounds spiffy to the average person, I'm sure, but when you get into the ability to enforce this kind of a thing, the target will adapt and adapt quickly.

Then there's issues of false positives. The keyspace of hashes is not infinite. There will be collisions. The probability of a collision may be small but it is not zero. Even GUIDs are not unique.

If mathematically you end up with the wrong answer, try multiplying by the page number.