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Comment: Re:Probably not wrong (Score 2) 228

by Mr. Slippery (#47363007) Attached to: The New 501(c)(3) and the Future of Open Source In the US

Part of my understanding is that a 501(c)3 is a public, mutual benefit corporation where all assets are actually owned by the public, should push come to shove.

I'm sorry, but you're confused -- that's not correct at all. The assets of a 501(c)3 have to be transferred to another exempt organization if the organization shuts down, but they are in no way owned by the public. We had that baked into our articles of incorporation but I'm not sure if that's a requirement.

501(c)3s can include religious corporations and public-benefit nonprofit corporations. A public corporation is something completely different, a corporation set up by a government; for example, some state universities are set up this way. A mutual-benefit corporation, which includes some co-ops, insurance companies, and other groups set up to benefit their members, cannot be a 501(c)3.

Comment: Re:They are not a charity (Score 1) 228

by Mr. Slippery (#47362885) Attached to: The New 501(c)(3) and the Future of Open Source In the US

but the IRS's definition of a charity requires that you be serving a distinct, disadvantaged group of people.

No. 501(c)3 organizations can include churches in rich neighborhoods, symphony orchestras, museums, and plenty of other groups which do not serve "disadvantaged" groups.

Comment: Re:His choices... (Score 5, Insightful) 194

by Mr. Slippery (#47351713) Attached to: The Internet's Own Boy

The feds threat was six months, not 10+ years.

Bullshit. Threatening "50 years if you make us go to trial, but if you confess we'll recommend six months but the court can still give you 50 years" is still threatening 50 years. The threat of heavy sentences to get people to waive the right to a trail is an egregious violation of due process and the the guarantee against cruel and unusual punishments.

Comment: Re:Snuck [Re:wifi is slow [Re:His choices...]] (Score 1) 194

by Mr. Slippery (#47351545) Attached to: The Internet's Own Boy

I suggest that you e-mail the 784,000 web pages that say Aaron Swartz snuck into the closet, and inform them they're using the English language wrong:

They're not using the English language wrong, they're reporting the facts wrong. Just as the mainstream media did for decades in the War on (Some) Drugs, just as they did in the run-up to the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, the media is lying and/or negligently passing on the government's story.

Comment: Re:Be polite (Score 1) 286

No way they just Taser you for refusing to answer questions.

You can be tased or beaten by cops pretty much at their psychotic discretion.

Boy tased for refusing to wash cop car

Man tased for not giving up his phone

Man beaten to death for not providing ID

We live in a police state, and it's not going to stop until either 1) we raise standards and pay for cops, or 2) we liberalize CCW laws and recognize the right of self-defense against bad cops.

Comment: Re:The can of worms... (Score 1) 265

by Mr. Slippery (#47328189) Attached to: Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

It seems that there's just far more white men in the US that are inclined to be software developers than there are females and minorities who are inclined to do so.

And part of the reason that there are fewer females and minorities who are inclined to do so, is because when a woman or a black guy shows up in a CS class they're an oddity, subject to (usually subtle and unconscious, but sometimes stupid and obvious) sexism and racism. So they're more likely to say "screw it" and go study something else, so there are fewer women and African-Americans in CS, so when a woman or a black guy shows up in a CS class they're an oddity...and the cycle continues.

There is no quick fix. But over time a little attention by folks who work in tech to the basic rule "don't be a dick" can cut it down.

we'll probably never see a 50/50 split because these inclinations are part nature as well as part nurture./

...and making unproven and unprovable claims about the natural abilities of various groups of people, would be a fine example of "being a dick". Cut it out.

Comment: Re:Except, of course, they have to prove you can (Score 3, Insightful) 560

An encrypted hard drive is little different from a locked safe

An encrypted hard drive is entirely unlike a locked safe. It is much more like a notebook kept in a private code: if I write "June 26: red green Q 17 x-ray romeo eagle" in my journal, the state has no rightful authority to compel me to tell them what that means to me.

Comment: Re:The elephants are stomping on us again (Score 5, Insightful) 222

by Mr. Slippery (#47294803) Attached to: WikiLeaks Publishes Secret International Trade Agreement

"Some people somewhere are consensually doing something that offends my sensitive sensibilities, so it has to stop even though it's a private matter that I have no part in and no business sticking my nose into!"

The behavior of corporations -- artificial persons created by state fiat -- is not a "private matter".

Comment: Re:Doesn't this violate TOS? (Score 5, Interesting) 184

by Mr. Slippery (#47294265) Attached to: EFF To Unveil Open Wireless Router For Open Wireless Movement

So, that I know of, no ISP has a program where they police what you do.

My ISP is Sprint/Clearwire. (Complicated corporate and branding relationship.) I got a nastygram from them about peer-to-peer downloads. They didn't care that I was downloads GNU/Linux distros, they didn't want me using PtP at all. (So I got a VPN account and flipped them the bird.)

Comment: Re:It's Chicago (Score 1) 107

by Mr. Slippery (#47288643) Attached to: Chicago Adding Sensors For Public Monitoring

What separates the left, especially the European version of left, from the American concept of left/liberal?

Left=pro-worker=socialist, though that word has been poisoned by a century of Red Scares here.

Right=pro-aristocrat=capitalist. (When you have a hereditary class of state-backed "owners" who control the economic resources, that's an aristocracy.)

Left/right has nothing to do with social issues like abortion rights, gay marriage, etc., nor does it have to do with the size of government. It's about who the economic system should benefit.

The Democratic party is thoroughly capitalist, with only a relatively minor disagreement with the Republican party as to what degree of exploitation of the proles by their feudal lords is best.

Comment: Re:Asset Bubble verse Rent Seeking (Score 2) 382

by Mr. Slippery (#47175399) Attached to: High Frequency Trading and Finance's Race To Irrelevance

...rent seeking - where somebody is able to shave some of the economic profit from an activity without doing much of anything.

I.e., the highest and most pure form of capitalism -- a system in which the state-backed "owner" of capital extracts profit from laborers (physically and intellectual) without actually creating anything themselves.

Prof: So the American government went to IBM to come up with a data encryption standard and they came up with ... Student: EBCDIC!"

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