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Comment: Re:Folks.... (Score 2) 185

by Marillion (#48007869) Attached to: Security Collapse In the HTTPS Market

For example: Hong Kong Post Root; DoD Root CA 2; Federal Common Policy CA; Staat der Nederlanden Root CA - Any of these CA can mint a certificate for ANY website.

Keep in mind that any sufficiently powerful nation is better served sending lawyers rather than hackers. Step One: All it takes is to send a court ordered warrant with gag-order to get the private key for "Go Daddy Root Certificate Authority - G2". Step Two: Mint certificates

We should do two things. 1) Browsers should also start displaying the root CA. If I go to Google and I know it's Google because "Autoridad de Certificacion Raiz del Estado Venezolano" says so, I'd be suspicious. 2) Fix the all or nothing problem. Somehow limit the domain scope of a CA. "Google Internet Authority G2" mints certificates for Google.Com. What's to keep them from minting one for MyBank.com?

Comment: Debian GNOME needs some attention (Score 3, Interesting) 395

by Bruce Perens (#47979731) Attached to: Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

After something like 20 years I finally found a system that won't run Debian unstable right now. My Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 magnesium tablet + iKey Jumpseat magnesium keyboard. Systemd and GDM break. Bought (for less than full price) because I am a frequent traveler and speaker and really do need something you can drop from 6 feet and pour coffee over have it keep working.

But because of this bug I have ubuntu at the moment, and am not having fun and am eager to return to Debian.

Comment: Re:they will defeat themselves (Score 1) 981

by otopico (#47932861) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Actually, ISIL hasn't flown planes into anything, that was Al Qaeda (not Iraq). They haven't beheaded children.That story goes to a single source, not in the area ISIL currently controls, is the single person claiming this. The only photo of a beheaded child is from 2013, and was killed by bombs dropped by the Syrian government.

14 of the guys in the planes were Saudis. Why not go hate on them?

But please go on and spread propaganda to lead the US into yet another war in a place we never should have been in the first place. These wars of choice always work out so well in the end.

Comment: What is really happening here? (Score 1) 981

by Bruce Perens (#47930483) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children
We are in a War on Faith, because Faith justifies anything and ISIS takes it to extremes. But in the end they are just a bigger version of Christian-dominated school boards that mess with the teaching of Evolution, or Mormon sponsors of anti-gay-marriage measures, or my Hebrew school teacher, an adult who slapped me as a 12-year-old for some unremembered offense against his faith.

Comment: Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (Score 1) 981

by Bruce Perens (#47930331) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Hm. The covenant of Noah is about two paragraphs before this part (King James Version) which is used for various justifications of slavery and discrimination against all sorts of people because they are said to bear the Curse of Ham. If folks wanted to use the Bible to justify anything ISIS says is justified by God's words in the Koran, they could easily do so.

18 And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan.
19 These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.
20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:
21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.
23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness.
24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.
25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
26 And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.
27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

Comment: Re:No, no. Let's not go there. Please. (Score 1) 937

by Vanders (#47903783) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

as an atheist, I can't imagine dating a theist. How could I respect someone who believes obvious nonsense?

My ex-wife was Mormon. You learn to get over it. I'll still invite missionaries into my house if they knock; they're usually very nice and interesting people and there's no need for me to be an ass.

Comment: Re:No, no. Let's not go there. Please. (Score 5, Insightful) 937

by Vanders (#47901149) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Like hell there isn't! To belong to any atheist community, you need to align with their dogma, have read and agree with their favorite authors, and "other thingamajigs" or you'll be ousted as a troll or worse.

Can I make a guess? You're American, aren't you?

Can I just point out that American Atheists are, uh, weird? They are not representative of 99% of the worlds Atheists.

I once met a nice girl, who had just moved to the UK from America. She told me that on her first few weeks here she wondered where all the atheists were, and it took her to little while to figure out that unlike the states, atheists did not seek out other atheists, congregate into groups, and spend all their free time discussing atheism. In fact it was quite a relief to her when she realised that atheists were everywhere but as nobody a) gave a shit b) talked about religion or lack thereof, she could just relax and go about her day without interference or having to form Atheist Defence Leagues.

For the record. Myself, personally, as a life long atheist, have never read Dawkins (because that's who you meant, isn't it?) and think he's actually a gigantic cock. I've never knowingly been a member of an "atheist community" (do they build Yurts?) and I really don't care if other atheists can agree on anything, or even if they're having pitched battles in the fucking streets. The only "dogma" I'm aware of is the rather good Kevin Smith film.

You are right about one thing: as an atheist it's not just "lack of belief in God". It's also a lack of giving a shit what you or other people think, or caring when you project your own biases and religious frameworks in a desperate attempt to make sense of it. You're wrong and I simply don't care.

Comment: Re:a blip on the way to slow death (Score 1) 35

by Vanders (#47896349) Attached to: HP Buys Cloud Provider, Gets Marten Mickos To Head Its Cloud Division
Your post would carry more weight if HP hadn't already been in public cloud for nearly three years now, and weren't the largest single contributor to OpenStack. Buying Eucalyptus isn't some desperate attempt to get into the cloud market; it's a smart move to consolidate their existing position.

Don't let facts get in the way of giving HP a good kicking though. This is Slashdot, after all.

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