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Comment: Re:NOT CONFIDENTIAL!! YAY!! (Score 1) 229

by Mr. Slippery (#47708741) Attached to: $125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

You do realize that settlements are basically private contracts right?

There is no such thing as a "private contract". A contract, by nature, is an agreement that the state will enforce. State actions are not private. If two people make an agreement and will never disclose that agreement to anyone else under any circumstances, then a court will never see it, and it is in no meaningful way a contract.

Of course that only goes double when one of the parties is a government agency. Nothing a government agency does is private.

Comment: Re: Sigh (Score 1) 717

by Mr. Slippery (#47703157) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

But I shouldn't be forced to hire them or make them my friends.

No one is forcing you to make anyone your friend.

Commerce, on the other hand, by its nature involves the state. (At least beyond the trivial. Your lemonade stand generally flies under the radar here.)

If you want the state to issue a charter for your corporation or register your partnership, if you want to call the cops to use force against people your want removed from your place of business, if you want the government to enforce your business contracts, if you want to engage in interstate commerce and use the economic infrastructure that the state has created, you don't get to complain that the state is interfering with your "private choices" when it requires that your business not be racist, sexist, etc.

Comment: Re:Long overdue (Score 1) 717

by Mr. Slippery (#47703095) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

1. Censorship only applies to governments.

No. It doesn't. "censor...To review in order to remove objectionable content from correspondence or public media, either by legal criteria or with discretionary powers".

Please stop spreading the mis-definition that claims that private interests with control over information flow cannot engage in censorship.

A website or a store deciding that they do to carry a product is not.

If they decide "we won't carry this because our customers won't buy this", it's not censorship. If they decide "we won't carry this because we object to it", it is censorship.

Comment: Re:Sigh (Score 1) 717

by Mr. Slippery (#47703029) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

I sure as fuck chose my lifestyle, thanks. Three bad engagements to women, and I made up my mind to date men after that.

Sounds like you're a bisexual person who made a choice to date only men. Ok, fine. Congratulations, even. But most of us could no more choose which gender to date, and to be sexually attracted to, than we could choose which sort of music we like.

Comment: stop Javascript abuse! (Score 1) 291

by Mr. Slippery (#47652391) Attached to: The Technologies Changing What It Means To Be a Programmer

Is it possible to write code for the browser without using jQuery?

Yes, dammit, it is. 90% of Javascript use is Javascript abuse, and 90% of legitimate Javascript use doesn't need a fscking bloated framework. Stop it already, anyone with a clue is running some sort of script blocker and your page just isn't important enough to make them choose to open holes in it for you.

Now get off my lawn.

Comment: Re:Politically Correct Science (Score 1) 541

by Mr. Slippery (#47648459) Attached to: Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution

If science some day proves that people with blue eyes have faster reaction times than people with brown eyes, and we don't factor that into hiring decisions where reaction times can mean the difference between life and death...

...then you'd be doing the only sane thing. If you need people with quick reaction times, measure their fscking reaction times, not their eye color, even if there is some statistical relationship between eye color and reaction times.

If you need someone to be able to lift 100 pounds for some job, test their ability to lift 100 pounds, not their gender or their skin tone or anything else that may or may not have a statistical relationship to their ability to lift heavy loads.

The only sane and ethical path would be to ignore any such statistical relationships and test the relevant characteristics in each individual person.

Comment: Re: Why is (Score 1) 201

by Mr. Slippery (#47639157) Attached to: Netflix Now Works On Linux With HTML5 DRM Video Support In Chrome

Comment: Re:So.. what? (Score 1) 255

by Mr. Slippery (#47626419) Attached to: TEPCO: Nearly All Nuclear Fuel Melted At Fukushima No. 3 Reactor

I see this as qualified good news. A power plant had a total meltdown but the world didn't end.

"The situation is far worse then we thought, but is didn't cause an apocalypse. Good news!" Riiiiight.

Maybe we can start to talk about nuclear risk more pragmatically.

Sure. The risk of fusion-as-we-know-it, including the unsolved problems of radioactive waste and weapons proliferation, are so high that, pragmatically, any sane society should abandon it as a dead end and put resources into renewables (including perhaps orbital photovoltaic), efficiency, and research into fusion and accelerator-based "energy amplifier" systems -- i.e., systems with a Big Red Switch you can flip to turn them off. It's only a romanticism with the Big Science of Splitting The Atom, a desire to normalize military nuclear technology, and the incredible profits can be made when the costs are externalized, that keeps the idea alive.

Comment: Re:They deserve it (Score 1) 286

Now, if a group of consumers started a class action suit against Sony for this, I'd imagine their chances of winning would be much better.

Dude. You don't even have to RTFA, just RTFS. "A California man with nothing better to do has launched a class-action lawsuit..."

Comment: Re:Real men (Score 1) 430

That's why FOSS tends to suck in those areas compared to the commercial stuff (where they actually pay technical writers, designers, marketers, etc.)

So, I take it you've never written commercial software? ;-) I'm pretty sure tech writers are the exception, not the rule. In 24 years of writing software, I've been in two jobs that had technical writers on staff. And one of those was an NSA/(D)ARPA research project where the government mandated big binders full of docs.

Comment: Re:There is a simple solution (Score 4, Insightful) 171

by Mr. Slippery (#47588471) Attached to: Critics To FTC: Why Do You Hate In-App Purchasing Freedom?

Is this where we set the bar of government interference in our private lives?

Commerce is not your "private life". It is the transfer of "property", something created by government fiat and enforced by government guns. And it in most cases is it the transfer of "property" to or from a corporation, an entity created by government fiat.

If it doesn't directly involve government issued land and resource deeds (the root of all physical property), copyright and patents and trademarks (the root of all so-called "intellectual property"), or corporate charters, and doesn't involve government-enforced contracts, then you can maybe complain about government interference in your "private life".

Comment: Re:USB 4.x to offer signed USB device signatures?? (Score 1) 205

by Mr. Slippery (#47577479) Attached to: "BadUSB" Exploit Makes Devices Turn "Evil"

Plug your USB stick or disk or keyboard into the Pi, and if it reports that there's a new not-a-USB-stick/disk/keyboard, you know there's malware on the device.

So I'll make my malware pretend to be a plain old USB stick for the first N hours. Then it will simulate an unplug and replug itself in as a keyboard that types "format c:\ncat /dev/zero > /dev/sda\necho bwah hah hah!\n"

It's a basic principle that if an attacker can compromise your hardware, you're fscked. But it looks like the new part is that the malware can go viral, reprogramming USB devices. Whoever was careless enough to release a USB controller with firmware that can be arbitrarily reprogrammed from the host computer needs to be taken out and shot.

Comment: Re:USB Import (Score 1) 317

by Mr. Slippery (#47565467) Attached to: Ford, GM Sued Over Vehicles' Ability To Rip CD Music To Hard Drive

Who the hell buys/uses CD's anymore?

(raises hand)

My CD from the 80s (yes, I still have a few) and 90s and 00s didn't disappear. I buy CDs from bands at shows. (And usually rip them, eventually.) And doing business with the forms of Pure Concentrated Evil known to mankind as Apple and Amazon is not an option, so digital download options are limited.

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