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Comment Re:I'll piss on a spark plug... (Score 2) 85

Most likely, if this ever gets used, businesses will take the FTC to court, say they are not a law enforcement body

Except, the FTC is most definitely a law enforcement body.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) was established as an independent administrative agency pursuant to the Federal Trade Commission Act of 1914. The purpose of the FTC is to enforce the provisions of the Federal Trade Commission Act, which prohibits "unfair or deceptive acts or practices in commerce." The Clayton Antitrust Act (1914) also granted the FTC the authority to act against specific and unfair monopolistic practices. The FTC is considered to be a law enforcement agency, and like other such agencies it lacks punitive authority. Although the FTC cannot punish violators—that is the responsibility of the judicial system—it can issue cease and desist orders and argue cases in federal and administrative courts.

Today, the Federal Trade Commission serves an important function as a protector of both consumer and business rights. While the restrictions that it imposes on business practices often receive the most attention, other laws enforced by the FTC—such as the 1979 Franchise Rule, which directed franchisors to provide full disclosure of franchise information to prospective franchisees—have been of great benefit to entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Emphasis added.

Comment Re:Very sad - but let's get legislation in place N (Score 1) 705

Their private servers got hacked. In much the same way if I were to get mugged

Lots of people conflating individuals with corporations here.

If you leave the back door open and your customers' stuff gets stolen, you should be liable, criminally and civilly. Just as if you don't maintain your underwater oil rig properly, and there's a catastrophic blow-out and millions of gallons of crude get dumped into the ecosystem, you should be criminally liable.

Comment Re:Very sad - but let's get legislation in place N (Score 1) 705

What makes a system insecure? The system integration/networking? The software, especially third party software with its disclaimers about "no liability for implied merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose"?

None of that matters to the legislation. It can be very simple: If you expose people's private information, that your company has collected, then the CEO and board of directors do jail time.

You would see better security overnight.

It's funny how law and order only seem to apply to people who have to struggle for a living.

Comment Re:Very sad - but let's get legislation in place N (Score 0) 705

And why should it? For the sake of argument do you think the government should tell you that you MUST install a home security system, have dead bolts on every exterior door, require exterior doors be steel or solid wood, limit the side of windows to no more than 1" by 1" or require bars?

If you run a business, say, protecting other peoples' stuff then yes.

Additionally we should have some disclosure laws, just like food labels there need to be some standardized categories and forms companies that maintain any information that is personally identifiable other than firstname, lastname, current address, billing address, and primary phone number, should be required to disclose that on a standardized and both electronically readable and human readable format. Maybe a nice TML or INI like file.

So, let's get this straight. You're outraged that the government should tell a business that they MUST secure customer data, and at the same time you're OK with the government telling businesses that they MUST maintain certain information...which they then are not required to keep secure?

And why do techbro libertarians really not take the time to think their statements through?

The "free market"'s a cookbook!

Comment Re:Lovely summary. (Score 2) 1010

And what is a Christian apologist?

Apologetics is a type of writing in defense of something. Early Christian apologists are Paul of Tarsus and later, St Augustine.

There are libraries full of apologetics, and one who practices apologetics is called an apologist.

In regard to the last assertion needing more citations, I think you could find more than you need by reading subject's own public statements. Try for yourself. Start by going back to last year's Hugo Awards for copious self-incrimination.

Comment Re:Lovely summary. (Score 0, Troll) 1010

Look, mate, you are the ONLY person who EVER brings up MRAs into discussions like this one.

Wait, I thought I was the only person to bring MRAs into discussions like this one. I'm offended. And since I've copyrighted "whiny pissbaby MRAs", I demand that this discussion be taken down.

Also, Vox Day is one absolutely shitty writer. Imagine if Ayn Rand's African Grey Parrot wrote pedantic sci-fi fan fic and didn't have an editor. If you think I'm joking, go find one of his books (you won't be able to find any at torrent sites, because there is zero demand).

People signed up, people voted and the Sad Puppy/Rabid Puppy slate was soundly defeated by the equivalent of Deez Nuts. Whenever there are elections, the losers always cry, so it's not unexpected to see Breitbart and company crap on the floor in fury.

Comment Re:Lovely summary. (Score 1) 1010

Summary trolls have been around since the early days of Slashdot. The editors got better at removing them and replacing the summary with a more balanced one, but I agree that in this case they could have done better.

It's a beautiful sunny Sunday in August, and anyone who has something better to do is doing it. Nobody is minding the store and the 8chan sewer is backing up. What you'd expect.

Oops, I see that the White Sox game is about to start. Ciao.

Comment Re:what is with this regular propaganda on slashdo (Score 1) 183

There will likely come a day when the robots can think for and program themselves and programming is no longer a useful occupation, but it will survive longer than most.

No doubt. But the question is whether it will survive as a decent middle-class career. Maybe "surviving" means those jobs all get sent to third world countries.

I'd keep my passport updated if I were you.

"Just think, with VLSI we can have 100 ENIACS on a chip!" -- Alan Perlis