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Comment Re:Nexus aren't satisfactory (Score 2) 179

Google already has tons of control. Their Open Handset Alliance (the program a company is required to sign with in order to distribute GApps) disallows those companies from offering phones with competing eco-systems. (HTC, Samsung, Sony, etc can never offer a phone with the Amazon app store and services). Google even went after carriers who tried to use a different location service (which is still in court).

Android might be open source, but to make it usable, the rest is closed.

Comment Re:ew (Score 1) 301

It comes down to people caring. If no one calls the cops or the DA, then it usually goes by fine. If one parent suddenly hates the boy and/or girl enough that they get the cops invovled, and if the DA is a dick head and the judge is an idiot (or "follows the strict letter of the law"), then a consenting 17 and 18 year old in states that don't have the 4-year gap or existing relationship built into their laws, could end up in prison and on a sex offender list.

It takes a whole system of people who either don't care, can't think or don't know anybody to fuck up kids lives.

Comment Re:ew (Score 4, Interesting) 301

...To the broken US justice system where they get labelled as sex offenders, are on a public registry and can never again get a decent job or live anywhere close to anyone.

Many of these people were abused themselves as children. I met an Australian who volunteered with troubled youth. He met kids who were angry at their abusers, their families .. the world. And they had a right to be. They were sexually abused in horrible horrible ways. ... any person would see that kid as a victim who has a right to be angry ...and at some point, there is a possibility that kid turns into an abuser -- manipulating children into relationships that those kids have no ability to understand. They are monsters; horrible people with no hope of redemption.

So when does the victim ... become the monster? At 15? 18?

I'm not saying I agree with what they do, but we can't just keep locking them up. I don't know what the solution is, but the current system is broken.

Comment Re:haha. hahaha. (Score 1) 43

It makes sense if you sign up to Facebook via Tor and then only access FB via Tor and don't make any connections to people you know in real life. There aren't a lot of use cases I can think of. Maybe if you live in The Netherlands or Colorado and want to make a page for your legal weed store? You'd have to create a fake person and then a real page ... you could access the page via a real account outside of Tor to like it, along with your customers. If later down the line, the federal government decides to come in again and shut down weed stores in states where it's legal, it's one less piece of evidence attached to you. ...but that's not a good example; plenty of problems with that use case....and there's still no advantage of Tor within their mobile app as their mobile app will have access to all your other accounts and personal info anyway.

Yea, this is just dumb. It's gotta be a marketing stunt.

Comment Re:Why (Score 1) 276

I think you're part of the problem. I've travelled through a lot of Europe and New Zealand on their train infrastructures and they're all quite nice. I haven't owned a car in 4 years. I come back to the US and it's like...what the fuck America.

Cars are horrible. They take up so many resources just to move a single person. I don't want to own a car again for as long as possible. Have you even ridden a local bus? I took the bus to work every day in Wellington and it was awesome. I read my book on my phone and didn't have to stress out over driving.

Public transit forces you to see everyone; everyday. Business people, professionals, the poor, retail workers. This minimal set of interactions (if you can even call them that) makes a huge impact on how you view people. One of the CEOs of Leeman Brothers had a private car. He'd take a private elevator from his Penthouse to his car in the morning, to another private elevator that took him to his office. He went his entire morning without interacting with a single person. That's fucked up.

Comment Re:systemd is a bigger problem than GNOME 3. (Score 2) 151

I don't like SystemD ... at all. But I'm also sick of people crying "My system won't boot .. crashes .. whatever"

SystemD does actually work. It has a horrible command line interface, bad command line UI, does too much and is probably filled with insane amounts of security bugs.

It does solve the problem of full process management (sorta...I've had processes that have stayed alive after SystemD killed them...which shouldn't be possible) and it has created a unified init file configuration (upstart did this though too).

If you're going to hate on SystemD, hate on the real issues with it and not whatever made up bullshit you think you know.

Comment Re: People actually *like* Python whitespace? (Score 0) 339

I've worked professionally in a lot of languages (Scala, Java, Ruby, Python) and I honestly love Python's whitespace syntax. I even like PEP8 (except for line length limits). It's one thing I'm glad is in coffee script as well. I hope other new languages choose whitespace over braces. It's so much cleaner.

Comment Re:Republic vs Democracy (Score 3, Interesting) 490

I have always been in favour of people voting on individual issues rather than for representational democracy. We have the technology; that is if we can get citizens to keep up with passphrases and singing keys. There is lies the problem. That old Winston Churchill quote about people will be dissuaded from democracy by a six minute conversation with the average voter.

But if you start creating basic logic tests for voters, you get into Jim Crow era.

Democracy is a broken system. To every person who says, "It's worked great for n years," you need to take a step back, look objectively at the West and realize the US and UK overthrew a democratically elected government in Iran, twice, to maintain oil reserve. The US is the largest state sponsor of terrorism in South America and heads of state that are elected on the premise of returning wealth to their nations often die in airplane crashes.

Giving ever individual the power to vote on ever issue would distribute that injustice on a wider population. People are very easily persuaded by advertisements. Elected officials often come into power because they can afford their campaigns. In the most progressive election systems like in Australia (order of preference; no first past the post; mandatory voting -- it is literally impossible to throw your vote away unless you go in and put an X on your ballot) they still elect idiotic parties like that one that put Tony Abbot in power.

It would probably be easier to industry to persuade the general population than just a few congressmen, and non-profits don't have the energy to take that on every day. ...you know .. now that I think about it. Maybe that system wouldn't be worse at all. In reality, it would be no better or worse than the situation is currently. It's mostly because your vote doesn't really matter. If you think it does, remember that from the early 1980s until 2012, there was always a Bush or Clinton within 5 people in the line of succession for the presidency. In America, we elect kings and queens.

Comment Re:OP here (Score 2) 129

That's awesome. It's crazy how every other country in the world said the backscatter x-rays were unsafe, and most EU states (except for the UK) banned them entirely. Then the US switched to millimetre wave machines, yet never once acknowledging the safety issues with the x-ray systems!

I know personally that in Australia, you cannot opt out. If you try, they tell you that you have to wait 24 hours before you can come in and board the plane. And no, there's no refund for your ticket and no rescheduling the flight from the airline. Nothing about waiting 24 hours makes anything more secure. It's basically to force people to go through the scanner or risk missing their flight and having to pay for another ticket.

I've read a lot and it seems like the millimetre wave scanners don't have any serious safety issue (although long term exposure in humans is really impossible to gauge). Even so, they're totally ineffective. I can't find it now, but one of the heads of German airport security said they had a huge false positive rate. I've often experienced this myself. In Australia it said I had something in my left pocket. That pocket was completely empty. Nothing even behind or around it at all

These machines are multi-million dollar failures that provide no additional security. They're about as good as those bomb detectors that one dude sold that were nothing more than random parts stuffed in a box.

Good on you and good luck in your lawsuit.

Comment Re:Gnome 3 (Score 1) 402

I was thinking of Gnome 3 in this regard.

Also, they mention OSS projects are "ugly" but...did I miss in the article where they mention specific examples? I mean all GTK stuff looks ugly if you don't have a theme engine installed. Gtk3 widgets are the opposite, where they tried to be pretty by default and ended up being fucking ugly and useless.

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