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Comment: Unintended Consequences (Score 1) 1746

by PineHall (#46653943) Attached to: Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

I wonder what the fallout will be for Mozilla. The definition of marriage varies through out the world. How will Mozilla and Firefox be viewed in parts of the world with a different marriage definition now that Eich was forced to resign? I believe there will be unintended consequences, some negative consequences for Mozilla and Firefox in the developing world.

Comment: Define Marriage (Score 1) 1482

by PineHall (#46634057) Attached to: OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

How do you define marriage? That seems to be the issue. The definition in the USA is changing, but it varies through out the world. Is marriage defined as

Between one man and one woman who are both adults
Between to two consenting adults
Between one man and up to four women
Between one man and many women
Between a man and a girl entering puberty
Between a boy and a girl as dictated by the families
Or something else that is less common than the above

What determines what is acceptable? Is it trampling on one's human rights if you disagree with some of the above options? How will Mozilla and Firefox be view in parts of the world with a different marriage definition if Eich is forced to resign? There are likely unintended consequences if Eich is forced to resign. Is this the best way to advance gay rights?

Comment: Weasel Words (Score 4, Insightful) 103

by PineHall (#46536879) Attached to: NSA General Counsel Insists US Companies Assisted In Data Collection

After the hearing, De added that service providers also know and receive legal compulsions surrounding NSA’s harvesting of communications data not from companies but directly in transit across the internet under 702 authority.


De and his administration colleagues were quick to answer the board that companies were aware of the government’s collection of data under 702, which Robert Litt, general counsel for the director of national intelligence, told the board was “one of the most valuable collection tools that we have.”

But what was not said was

Neither De nor any other US official discussed data taken from the internet under different legal authorities. Different documents Snowden disclosed, published by the Washington Post, indicated that NSA takes data as it transits between Yahoo and Google data centers, an activity reportedly conducted not under Section 702 but under a seminal executive order known as 12333.

So they did not lie but they did not tell the whole truth either.

Comment: The destruction of the Internet? (Score 1) 234

by PineHall (#46468031) Attached to: How the NSA Plans To Infect 'Millions' of Computers With Malware

“Hacking routers has been good business for us and our 5-eyes partners for some time,” notes one NSA analyst in a top-secret document dated December 2012. “But it is becoming more apparent that other nation states are honing their skillz [sic] and joining the scene.”

This is the really scary part. Other nations are doing it and soon criminal organizations will be doing it, if not already. They are destroying the internet as we know it. Purchase something online and have your money routed to elsewhere or have your credit balance jump to new heights as others use your credit information. Here is a possible senario: "You charged me for 10 widgets." "No sir, we charged you for one and you received it. We did not receive money for 10 but only for the one."

Comment: WebRTC Solution (Score 5, Informative) 137

by PineHall (#46361109) Attached to: GCHQ Intercepted Webcam Images of Millions of Yahoo Users
WebRTC seems to be the best way now to communicate and avoid all the spying. It is supported by Firefox, Chrome, and Opera browsers. It does audio, video, text and file transfers. The media streams are all encrypted and once connected the media streams from browser to browser with no middle man/web site.

Comment: Confusing but ... (Score 3, Informative) 31

by PineHall (#46103395) Attached to: Asteroids Scarred By Solar System's Violent Youth

It does make sense. The summary confuses things and the article is not much better. But if you start with the very last sentence of the article it starts to make some sense.

"Asteroids’ compositions tell us about where they formed. Where they are today tells us the whole evolution of where they’ve gone since," DeMeo said.

The composition of an asteroid tell us where it was formed. The old theory was that asteriods can be found close to where they were formed and there was some evidence of that, however with a larger sample the theory is found lacking and things are more complicated. At least that is how I read it.

Comment: Third Party Cookies and Safari (Score 5, Interesting) 173

by PineHall (#45345211) Attached to: Mozilla Backtracks On Third-Party Cookie Blocking
Apple's Safari already blocks third party cookies by default, and it is the number one browser on mobile devices. So why is the advertising industry is fighting hard to prevent Mozilla from blocking third party cookies by default while keeping quiet about Apple's Safari browser? Something is wrong here!

Comment: Brin's Transparent Society (Score 2) 390

by PineHall (#45236383) Attached to: Citizen Eavesdrops On Former NSA Director Michael Hayden's Phone Call
I think we are moving toward a transparent society where privacy for all is minimal. Right now it is pretty one sided but I think openness and transparency for the government and large corporations will also happen. Technology will force them to open up. David Brin wrote a book called The Transparent Society that talks about this.

Comment: Branes versus String Theory (Score 1) 337

by PineHall (#44853007) Attached to: Study: Our 3D Universe Could Have Originated From a 4D Black Hole
What is the difference between Branes and String Theory? String Theory seems to have about 10 dimensions or so. Do theories with Branes have only 4 dimensions (3 spacial, 1 time)? I thought they were related. I realize this is all mathematical speculation but I wonder.

Comment: Easy to Abuse (Score 3, Insightful) 333

by PineHall (#44302057) Attached to: EFF Sues NSA, Justice Department, FBI

My big concern is how easy it is to abuse this information in big ways.

"Mr President, we have information from an anonymous source (wink, wink) that you opponent is talking to Joe Smith. Now we know (wink, wink) that Joe has some connections to some shady characters. Your official reelection campaign does not need to worry about this. I am going to pass on this information to some of your supporters and they will break the news with some attack ads."

That temptation is use this information to gain an advantage is great. The argument that it will only be used to fight terrorism assumes that those with access will always work for the good of all and ignore any personal advantage they could gain. We all are by nature selfish and will usually act to our advantage. That bunch of good old boys that will not always do the right thing, especially since they operate in secrecy with minimal checks. It is too easy to abuse this information.

Comment: All on one site, faster download (Score 1) 148

by PineHall (#44081953) Attached to: Firefox Advances Do-Not-Track Technology
Too many times I have to wait for the ads to load on a web page. If the ads and cookies were hosted on the parent web site, I think pages would load faster. Mozilla doing this, I believe, does not solve the tracking problem but it may speed things up. Mozilla should also include same domain ads with the cookies.

Comment: Reasons why this is important (Score 3, Informative) 161

by PineHall (#43773539) Attached to: NWS Announces Big Computer Upgrade
Cliff Mass, University of Washington Atmospheric Sciences Professor, has been arguing for an upgrade for a long time. He sees great potential for this new system if used right. The reasons for the upgrade boil down to having "huge economic and safety benefits" with better forecasting, and he says these benefits are within our reach.

When speculation has done its worst, two plus two still equals four. -- S. Johnson