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Comment: Federalism 101 (Score 1) 107

by westlake (#48027737) Attached to: California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance

It is not that surprising, given that the executive branch has determined it has the right to kill anyone, anywhere on earth, for secret reasons, based on secret evidence.

one of the reasons why the geek remains politically impotent is that he can't remember the most basic distinctions between state and federal governments.

what he has is a set of memes that he shoehorns into every argument.

Comment: Bashed. (Score 3, Insightful) 161

by westlake (#48027585) Attached to: Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X

At least it's still news when we learn about Mac and Linux vulnerabilities. :-)

This is Bash, remember.

Stallman and the Free Software Foundation (FSF) considered a free shell that could run existing sh scripts so strategic to a completely free system built from BSD and GNU code that this was one of the few projects they funded themselves.

Bash (Unix shell)

The beta was released in 1989. 25 years ago.

Which makes a perfect farce of the notion that many eyes make all bugs shallow.

Comment: Re:Security force owned by a corporation (Score 1) 298

You aren't familiar with reality, are you?

Yeah, I have no idea what I'm talking about. It's not like I've actually worked in London and the City of London and I'm not sitting in a hotel right now in the City of London (yes, I took that just now, just for you. You may recognise the famous Lloyd's Building in that picture on the left side), oh wait.

It uses the same roads

What does this even mean? There are villages that use the same roads as towns, that doesn't make them part of that town.

the same utilities

Actually, the service departments are separated from London? But even if it weren't, it's still considered a separate 'entity' in culture, history, legality and geography.

By your logic, taking out a piece of a completed puzzle, covering it in a colored marker, and then putting it back would make that piece of the puzzle separate from the rest of the entire puzzle around it

By your logic, it must be part of America because America is connected by the same planet.

Comment: Circling the wagons. (Score 1) 37

by westlake (#48021665) Attached to: Marines Put Microsoft Kinect To Work For 3D Mapping

Congratulations, Slashdot ... this is precisely what you should have expected when you opened your authentication to any asshole with a facebook account.
I swear, we could make Slashdot twice as intelligent by getting rid of the 7 digit ids.

It interests me that you posted this response as an A/C.

The problem with Slashdot isn't the 7-digit ID.

The problem with Slashdot is that the geek's mind turns to mush when the talk turns to certain subjects, like intellectual property or gender issues in tech.

Comment: Whistling past the graveyard. (Score 0) 325

by westlake (#48019833) Attached to: Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

Except that Windows probably has just as many holes only you dont know about them because they aren't public or because Microsoft has decided not to invest the engineering resources to fix them.

I think it is fair to remind the geek that BASH is a product of the FSF and has been in use since 1989.

25 years ago.

Which makes a perfect farce of the notion that many eyes make all bugs shallow.

Comment: Re:Up north (Score 1) 298

Sure, that's a given. But England in general seems to be really tripping when it comes to internet regulation

I'm more alarmed about the double standard internet regulations, policies and double speak the EU is doing at the moment. The filtering of some websites on some select ISPs through rulings (piracy sites) and child filters that again, are on some select ISPs which aren't even an actual law isn't really something a UK citizen as myself is really concerned about compared to what the EU is legislating.

Comment: Re:What a fool (Score 1) 298

Believe it or not, there do exist domain name registrars outside the UK. They could certainly require this for anyone using the .uk TLD, but why would pirates do that when they could just buy a .com from GoDaddy or someone else in the US or elsewhere?

A while back, would require proof of identity after you paid for the domain registration and gave you a very short time period if you lived outside of the US. I don't know if they still continue this practice.

Comment: Re:What a fool (Score 1) 298

Seemed to work fine for TV... oh wait. Thank god I'm Canadian.

It worked fine in the U.S. too, they decided to add technical measures to enforce it in later years by moving those pay channels to cable and still introduce adverts regardless.

I know little how this was approached in Canada though, care to share?

Comment: Re:Security force owned by a corporation (Score 1) 298

The "City of London" (now a tiny part of London)

The City of London is not part of London. If you look at a map of London, there is a hole that is not London in it, where the City of London is. Just because you can walk from London into the City of London doesn't make it part of it. It doesn't even have the same city hall, mayor etc.

Comment: Re:Security force owned by a corporation (Score 0) 298

Normally they would be subject to sanctions, but this is the City of London and it desperately needs to be brought back within the UK, and back within democratic controls.

The City of London is older than the UK. The City of London was given plenty of special exemptions for agreeing to join England and accept the king freely. The city of London also has plenty of democratic controls, to the point that people that work and/OR lives in the City of London can get a vote on policies (provided EU/UK national etc).

Quite literally in this little square miles CORPORATIONS *ARE* PEOPLE

Corporations don't vote, they can only appoint voters from their own company - Said person also can't be forced by the company or others to vote a certain way. Of course, in doing so, they would lose their ability to vote in local elections (if they live in the City of London).

Comment: Re:Up north (Score 1) 298

Oh Scotland. You had a chance to get away from this madness.

Scotland isn't governed by the City of London, nor is London governed by the City of London either. Scotland is governed by the Scottish Parliament, then the UK parliament (where Scotland has a powerful voice) and then the European Union (where nobody but undemocratically selected people have absurd amount of powers - The 'no' voters still wanted to be part of the EU mind you).

Comment: Re:So offer a cost effective replacement (Score 1) 185

by westlake (#48004735) Attached to: Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market

The solution is that I shouldn't have to send my credit card number to every retailer I want to do business with.

The online retailer knows what you are buying and it needs a shipping address, and e-mail address and/or or phone number as a point of contact. Simply shopping the brick and mortar stores exposes pretty much everything anyone would want to know about your health, income, employment, housing, marital status, lifestyle choices and so on.

Many people are unenthusiastic about their work.