That is the first thing I turn off on any Wordpress install. pingback is the absolute worst feature ever made.
I think this discussion is done. You don't want to admit that people can be intelligent even if they're not in the same way that you are, and there's really no point continuing.
That's the point. You don't need for people not to be able to see to feel private. You just need to not be forced to acknowledge them. As illustrated by the people going to the bathroom, the people hanging the tie on the door, the reality television stars finding privacy while on camera and the Asian who finds privacy behind a translucent sheet of paper. When push comes to shove, it doesn't matter that they can see, as long as you don't have to acknowledge them.
I consider the current situation where we're working as a culture to create new taboo's to cope with "cyber-bullying" as the beginning of the process.
This has serious ramifications on congressional oversight of intelligence orgs. At stake is the existence of any elected oversight of spooks.
This. So few people understand this. This is a major battle in the war the intelligence agencies wage to become independent from the electorate and to avoid any meaningful oversight. We laugh when conspiracy theorists rant about the NWO, but we are watching on as a shadow government gets formed right in front of our eyes.
Believe it or not, there are people with PhDs that are absolutely idiotic;
There are also three-headed monkeys. That doesn't mean that every monkey is one of them. Anyway, you are distracting from the original point which was that the assumption that absolutely everyone except yourself is an idiot is arrogant, foolish, ignorant and almost certainly untrue.
You make the same kind of stupid mistakes in other peoples field of expertise as they make in yours. If you conclude from one that they are morons, you by necessity have to conclude from the reciprocal that you are, too.
The older you have become, the more exceptions you have encountered which shatter common stereotypes. By the time you hit 70-80 years of age, the whole of humanity probably seems like am unweighted random behaviour generator.
This is beautiful.
"Editing your own article on Wikipedia is not prohibited as long as you disclose your conflict of interest and follow the rules[...]"
That's just the point though, they are not following the rules. FTA; "While the research behind the 144 named donors who gave more than $5,000 to the WMF is not yet complete, it is already clear that several dozen of them are not widely notable enough to have a Wikipedia article associated with them", "While a few have adequately disclosed their conflict of interest, most have not."
"[...]so I have trouble seeing how this submission is anything other than yet more manufactured controversy and/or anti-Wikipedia astroturfing."
If they are getting away with not following the rules because they are donors, then that is different from people who don't obey the rules for other reasons.
Therefore saying "I'm not good at maths" in Japan or South Korea is actually saying "I'm too lazy to master this".
The meaning is the same everywhere, it's just whether the culture allows one to call them on it.
So... There are several people in possession of a information that has a value and that has been publicly identified as valuable.
No problem. Governments only hire people immune to corruption.
There's an important difference. Yes, this information can be obtained by a determined adversary with considerable resources. Making it public, however, would mean every blabbering fool in a cave with an Internet connection has it.
That is quite a difference. We're all constantly going on about how we realize that there's no 100% security - this is just such a case. Making critical information hard to obtain is precisely what security is all about.
I didn't bother wasting my money on such a thing, so no, I don't have a piece of paper. What a shame.
Worst excuse ever. It's not the paper, it's the process, the learning experience, and what you pick up towards it. The paper is just the confirmation that you did.
Remaining willfully ignorant on a few simple facts and then proceeding to do stupid shit over and over is a good sign that someone is unintelligent. Deal with it.
Your argument is debunked by the last thing I wrote, so I won't repeat it. The difference between theoretical known facts and practical application of knowledge appears to elude you.
Swatch solved this problem a while ago...
For some reason absolutely nobody uses it.
No what I was saying is that "writers" and "journalists" have become low IQ morons that cant even bother to research the subject they are "writing" about.
The difference between this person and a random blogger is nothing, it seems that paid journalists are now no better than a ranting amateur blogger.
omg, what a bullshit argument. Yeah, I'm sure going through university and getting a Ph.D. means little, which is why you have ten of them, right?
Get your head out of your ass. Tech is not the only discipline that requires skill and intelligence, and a lot of those "idiots" can run circles around you in anything except tech. Maybe instead of insulting them, you could try actually *gasp* talking to them for a change?
Basically, the fact that they do stupid shit like this is a very, very good indicator that they're not intelligent.
It is not.
You confuse intelligence with domain knowledge. That someone knows little about a specific subfield of a specific domain (IT security in the tech field) doesn't say anything at all about his intelligence. To pick up the old prejudice again: By the same record, the typical geek is an idiot because he stumbled around social situations, and people who know how to handle that are shaking their heads in disbelief how someone can be so stupid.
Just to make it clear, I'm in favor of omnipresent surveillance. I'm opposed to the surveillance being restricted to the few. I believe the capacity for each of us to see what has happened and is happening anywhere on the Earth is magnificent, and that is what I fear we will lose. I hope we can develop the decorum that we will need to allow the human race to blossom into creatures who spend their entire lives taking it for granted that they can see anything and everything, and still have privacy despite there being no secrets, anywhere.