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Comment: Re:I just must be drunk. (Score 1) 88

by TheCarp (#49148305) Attached to: Fighting Scams Targeting the Elderly With Old-School Tech

> Think about it as being along the lines of the "just say no" campaign

Yes, I did, that was a moronic campaign too. Just like the "just say no" campaign, its entirely useless slogan by people who don't understand a problem and who have no desire to actually help anything, they just want an excuse to say "A solution exists, so go fuck yourself and leave me alone"

Comment: Re:I just must be drunk. (Score 4, Interesting) 88

by TheCarp (#49145853) Attached to: Fighting Scams Targeting the Elderly With Old-School Tech

Yes because basic human compassion for your own family is such a negative trait, maybe we should beat it right out of people?

Good luck. Yah, ALL we have to do is convince a significant number of people to ignore basic human empathy if that empathy is not within our narrow world view. People are free to live how they want as long as they do so in the way you have proscribed for them, problem solved eh?

Comment: Re:Bah. (Score 0) 301

by TheCarp (#49135981) Attached to: Reddit Imposes Ban On Sexual Content Posted Without Permission

On one hand I agree, you are right about our ridiculous nudity taboos. On the other, does it matter whether its clothed or not? The intention of this sort of posting is clearly malicious. Yes its silly that people get treated badly for being seen nude, yes its stupid that anybody cares, but, if it were actually the case that being nude wasn't such a taboo, then forums like this wouldn't exist.

To put it another way, I don't particularly care if someone wants to walk out his house and down the street as nude as the day he was born. I wouldn't personally treat him any different from anyone else.

Yet, I still am bothered by someone who would walk up to people in a park; open his trench coat and force his nakedness on others. It isn't really the same thing as just being naked or being seen naked.

Similarly, there is a difference between posting pics with permission, of which there is no shortage out there, and posting something you know you wouldn't get permission for. They really are two very different act, even though they are technically the same actions.

And yes, its nudity taboos that give power to the action and we need to get over them, but, we also don't need to coddle the petty assholes who don't think consent matters.

Comment: Re:There's still a legal problem (Score 1) 315

by TheCarp (#49126087) Attached to: FedEx Won't Ship DIY Gunsmithing Machine

And their "belief" need not be based on anything at all, afterall.

I was reading a case about a man. A man who essentially bothered a police officer. He interfered with an arrest, he was told to leave the scene, he flailed his arms wildly while interfering and being told to leave.

This man was arrested for disorderly conduct. The courts basically neutered the entire concept of disorderly conduct and ruled none of this constituted it.

Now, if police had to base their belief as to what the law was on that, then maybe they would be liable for false arrest for arresting people for disorderly conduct as they continue to do today more than 20 years later. However, they still seem to "believe" that anything that annoys them is disorderly conduct.... so it continues to be an arrestable offence but not a crime because....all police need to do is "believe" the same way....and they are absolved of any liability.

Comment: Re:About right (Score 2) 241

by TheCarp (#49110611) Attached to: In Florida, Secrecy Around Stingray Leads To Plea Bargain For a Robber

Most small time drug dealers are just feeding their own habbit and can't afford to buy enough at once to actually make more than they use themselves.

And either way, fuck you for thinking its ok to threaten someone with violence and rob them...for any fucking reason. There is no excuse, I don't give a shit what he was doing.

His "crime" doesn't even have a victim; theirs does.

Comment: Re:This is why..... (Score 1) 118

by TheCarp (#49104671) Attached to: New Android Trojan Fakes Device Shut Down, Spies On Users

This is one of the things that pisses me off about droids as awell. I bought the fucking hardware, its my phone. If I break it, I buy a new one. So why don't I have access to the root acount. I don't want to run everythng as root, but I shouldn't need an exploit to get it and run apps that need it.

And maybe, if they designed with that access in mind, and didn't make people use exploits to get root access....maybe if they stopped treating it like hardare I was borrowing instead of buying we could have mechanisms to deal with this access better.

Comment: Re:This is why..... (Score 2) 118

by TheCarp (#49089011) Attached to: New Android Trojan Fakes Device Shut Down, Spies On Users

In theory I agree, in practice, this requirement is imposed by the intersection of the other stated requirement "privacy" and the necessary capabilities of the device known as a "smart phone".

You can't really have a device that does what a smart phone does and isn't a privacy risk without some sort of hard power disconnect.

You could, otoh, leave the phone in another room, or lock it inside a soundproof box. There are many solutiuons but none of them involve "hit the soft off switch and put it in your pocket"

Comment: This is why..... (Score 5, Insightful) 118

by TheCarp (#49088157) Attached to: New Android Trojan Fakes Device Shut Down, Spies On Users

If you really need privacy, you pull the phone battery....and if you might need privacy, you don't buy a phone that can't have its battery pulled.

Not really any solutions, as long as people are walking around with what amount to wireless microphones in their pockets this will always be a potetial problem.

Comment: Re:Sweet F A (Score 2) 576

Except, if they are that advanced they likely wouldn't even bother. We would be far more likely to not even see it as an invasion, hell they wouldn't even see it as an more than we see it as an invasion when we bleach the toilet.

If anything we are far more likely to have them giving us their version of the smallpox infested blankets.

Comment: Re:Face it America ... (Score 1) 131

by TheCarp (#49086593) Attached to: US May Sell Armed Drones

The real problem is size. Make the system big enough spanning enough territory and enough people and it can be so distant from them as to basically be an abstract.

I did a quick back of the envelope calculation once looking at approximate number of eligible voters at the country's founding, vs now and number of federal reps/senators then and now. Do you have any concept of how the system has utterly failed to scale?

for representation levels to be similar to the founding.... we would need approximately 100k people....IN CONGRESS.

The idea that around 500 or so people can represent 300 million is just absolute farce. They couldn't hope to if they even wanted to.

Comment: Re:Face it America ... (Score 2) 131

by TheCarp (#49081233) Attached to: US May Sell Armed Drones

I think Kruchev said it best "Politicians are the same all over; they promise to build a bridge, even where there is no river".

Doesn't matter what the claimed ideology, doesn't matter the system, people in power will say whatever they have to say, truth or not, sequitor or not, if it means staying in power. Power and principles are mostly mutually exclusive.

Comment: Re:Business problem != technology problem (Score 1) 343

by TheCarp (#49074089) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Version Control For Non-Developers?

I only disagree in that, version control just isn't that hard and doesn't take that much education to get started with. A lot of the problem really is more about it looking intimidating with a couple of new terms people need to get used to. I could show a person how to use git as a normal user in about 5 minutes.

Couple it with a system like maven and who needs sharepoint? Sure its a bit more setup work for the admin but, its very flexible and easy to use.

Comment: Re:They WANT the searches to go right up to the li (Score 1) 188

by TheCarp (#49065677) Attached to: MegaUpload Programmer Pleads Guilty, Gets a Year In Prison

However when police perform illegal searches they ARE people doing bad things, and this IS giving them a get out of jail free card. As far as I am concerned an illegal search is a terrible violation, and deserving of a felony conviction.

"I don't understand my job" is no excuse; and frankly, look where its gotten us, the only reason there are not many many more TONS of evidence tossed out by illegal searches is most people give up without a fight in the face of our abusive system which will do everything in its power to strong arm people into giving up their right to a trial.

Frankly, I think we should get rid of pleas entirely, automatic not-guiolty plea for all cases, you MUST fight it; that way a prosecutor must file honest charges and not try to present two massively different options in hopes of not having evidence seen or contested.

Comment: Re:Co-Conspirators? (Score 1) 188

by TheCarp (#49065659) Attached to: MegaUpload Programmer Pleads Guilty, Gets a Year In Prison

See and this is why its bullshit. I can be charged for crimes even if I had no malicious intent. I cannot use ignorance of the law as my excuse. Mens Rea is a double standard that has no place here, and certainly no place being applied to the very people who enforce the law which doesn't give us the same benefit.

Mens Rea is a tyrants argument if it doesn't apply to everyone.

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