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Comment Re:Ignorance abounds indeed (Score 1) 559

Oh shit! You mean Google could cross-index publicly available addresses with publicly available OUI registries and find out I have a Broadcom card?! Those evil, scheming muthafuckas!! I mean think of the damage they could do if only they knew my love of Senao/Engenius, or that I sometimes change my MACs to 00:0A:DE:XX:XX:XX because it's funny. Look it up.

Comment Re:Companies need protection too! (Score 4, Insightful) 394

If McDonalds is protected against some guy grabbing two sandwiches and walking out - the same is required for the record companies.

But what protects that same guy from the RIAA/MPAA/**AA bankrupting him and ruining his life for (maybe) sharing a few songs?

I know that my firm regularly lobbies against software piracy in China and India - and am glad they do it. It saves my job

That's more important to you than your civil liberties?

Comment Student retroactively fails ConstitutionaLaw class (Score 1) 544

This just in: Michael Seringhaus has had his grade in Constitutional Law retroactively changed from a B- to an F because of an Opinion Piece he wrote in The New York Times last Sunday. When contacted, his former teacher called him a complete idiot and thinks he probably cheated on his final exam. Mr. Seringhaus was not available for comment.

Comment Re:Should there be ANY government secrets? (Score 2, Insightful) 555

I am pretty sure, the answer is a resounding "Yes". Some things should be kept secret for some time... No one seriously argues against that, even if there are disagreements over whether a particular bit of information needs to be classified or not (and for how long).

There are some things that in an ideal world would be better off kept secret. However the consequences of allowing our government to keep secrets are worse than allowing those secrets to be heard.

Now, if anything needs to be hidden, then somebody has to be making the everyday decisions on what gets classified, and enforcing them. Governments are the most natural pick for that, if only because they are -- by design -- charged with national security.

Governments are the worst choice, as they have the most to gain by abuses of secrecy.

Any "leakers" inside the government usurp that decision-making to themselves and to the Wikileaks. Instead of relying on the judgment of people charged with making it, we will depend on the judgment of the "leaker" and of the Wikileaks editors. Personally, I'd prefer the government officials...

"I was only following orders" has never been a valid defense. You have a conscience for a reason, use it. If you really trust the government more than your own conscience, then by all means obey the law. The rest of us will do what we feel is right.

Thus any leakers (and the Wikileaks personnel) are to be prosecuted

That's how it is in oppressive regimes. This is why it's important that we respect justice more than legality.

All power corrupts, but we need electricity.