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Comment: Re:WTF UK? (Score 5, Insightful) 358

by TheGratefulNet (#48669453) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

people are NOT saying 'enough' ! they should, but they are sheeply accepting everything that is told to them and forced upon them.

its some of us geeks that object; but we are a tiny minority, pretty much entirely powerless in this world (where it counts).

the UK folks are not pushing back at all, from what I can tell. but then, the US and canadians aren't doing much in that direction, either. the difference is that, in the US, we do have a formal set of laws that allow free speech. many other countries don't have that on their laws.

Comment: Re:WTF UK? (Score 1) 358

by TheGratefulNet (#48669425) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

also the same nation that gave us The Prisoner (tv series). interestingly, one of the episodes was about 'anti social behavior' and how number six was shunned by the village when he didn't play by their rules.

the UK seems obsessed with 'anti-social behavior' problems. ie, they INSIST you be social (huh??)

Comment: Re:youmail (Score 1, Informative) 234

by TheGratefulNet (#48664991) Attached to: The Slow Death of Voice Mail

I'm over 50 and I block sms on my cellphone. more often than not, its junk/spam and I hate having my phone beep or vibrate only to find out it was not a call or email but some stupid texter.

texting is for teenage girls. and I'm not that. nuff said.

email me. email works. don't IM me! don't text me. just email me. we all know how to use email and email is much more spam-proof than voice (these days) or texting. and email is fast enough so that you don't really need IM (I never understood what the draw of IM was; seems like yet another client to have to install, secure and search for incoming messages).

Comment: Re:Happened to me. (Score 2) 291

by TheGratefulNet (#48660773) Attached to: BT, Sky, and Virgin Enforce UK Porn Blocks By Hijacking Browsers

where will it all end, though? this does not, as they say, 'scale well'.

suppose everyone who offers inet service wants to do the DPI redirect shit on you? "you cant get to this website unless you take our survey. what was the last car you bought? how much do you make? etc etc."

I understand the free access portals even though I think its still a bad idea to have people 'login' to a free service. but this is your HOME service that you are now being filtered at, unless you 'respond' to this or that question of the day.

that's unacceptable.

it breaks automation (curl, wget, scripts) and sets a really bad precedent, overall.

it reminds me of the traffic stops they have on holidays in the US. they stop every 'n' random car and give the driver a hassle, hoping to fish for something to arrest him on. this is really against the constitution (I realize the article is about UK but I'm not in the UK) and yet, we have let it pass 'for the good of the people' (deep sigh).

same with this: its intrusive and a common carrier should just transport ip packets and nothing else! no filtering, no redirecting, no private local dns maps, no SYN resets, no dpi and no bullshit. just carry my packets - that's ALL we want from you.

Comment: Re:MITM legalized at last (Score 1) 291

by TheGratefulNet (#48660703) Attached to: BT, Sky, and Virgin Enforce UK Porn Blocks By Hijacking Browsers

how is my robot going to make a decision??

suppose I am doing curl or wget?

how am I supposed to 'decide' when the site I WENT TO is not the site I was DELIVERED TO?

this is why ssl and vpns are the way of the future. letting the isp see what you do is never good. NEVER.

"but I'm just going to xyz site? whats' the big deal?"

if you have to ask, you will never understand. just trust us, if you don't get it: the spying will only get worse unless we go fully encrypted END TO END.

Comment: Re:Why the FBI thinks it's North Korea (Score 0) 341

credibility of a US TLA?

hang on...


(wait, you were serious??)

at this point, I would not trust any US TLA as far as I could throw them. they are all rotton to the core (or is that, corp?).

they have their own sets of laws, their own agendas, cannot be monitored by the citizens, have private budgets that we can't see (entirely) and, again, they are all above the law. they convince themselves that they are fighting the good fight, but power corrupts and they have too much power to be trusted.

the fbi says this or says that- yeah, right. they say things for their own reasons. this is not to be confused with The Truth.

I wish this was not the case. it would be so nice if we could trust our own enforcers. but as we have seen over the last few decades, they are as trustworthy as the thieves and bandits they are supposedly trying to stop.

its at the point where I can't tell the bad guys from the really bad guys ;(

but I'll never take the fbi (or cia, or nsa) word at face value. its like a salesman: how do you tell they are lying? their lips are moving.

Comment: Re:Sure... (Score 1) 341

Security IS a profit center, because it's part and parcel of actually doing everything that generates profit.

go look up (learn!) what profit center really means. clearly, you don't know, and you should not be acting like you know, either.

profit center is when you DIRECTLY generate revenue. security only does that for security vendors (firewall boxes, etc). your security team is a COST.

Comment: Re:Arrest increase because they're looking for it? (Score 1) 482

by TheGratefulNet (#48633873) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

it was all over the evening news

oh! so it must be true, then.

the evening news would not lie to us. they don't have an agenda. they don't keep 'in good' with the politicians and cops and judges and jailers and (and and and...). no, they report honestly and without fear. they expose bad actions of our government.

(wakes up).

wow, what a dream I just had.

Comment: Re:Enforcing pot laws is big business (Score 1) 482

by TheGratefulNet (#48633745) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

all of your post assumes that cops play fair and by the rules.

so, lets stop right here and call a spade a spade. cops break laws AT WILL. there's a famous meme, "I'm going to kick your ass... and get away with it!" and its more true than false, these days.

even if you are innocent, they can 'drop' whatever they want on you and make it stick. they can claim 'you went for a gun and I feared for my life' and kill you. a dead man makes no lawsuits.

they can steal your money and say 'we THINK it may have been used for drug deals' and now its up to you to prove a negative. GLWT.

Comment: Re:12 hour factory shifts? (Score 5, Informative) 201

by TheGratefulNet (#48630985) Attached to: Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

AFTER unions got torn apart, in the US, perhaps.

but in my grandfather's day (turn of the 1900's), they fought for better working conditions and this is where the 5-day work week came from, time and a half (or more!) for overtime and I remember my GF telling me that 'every 4 hours, they are required to let us eat'. even today, at my 'cushy IT job' I don't get a food break every 4 hours. not that I need it, but its a thing that we once had and lost due to 'those evil unions' (sigh).

so, conditions were horrible in the US, we fought to make them more human-like and we won.

then, we lost them ALL. pretty much all of it.

cops and other groups have unions and no one says a word about it. but if IT guys or factory guys want to have a union, its 'hey, why do you hate america' and shit like that.

if my GF was still alive, he'd be furious for the things he and his peers fought for and yet we let drift away over the years.

The confusion of a staff member is measured by the length of his memos. -- New York Times, Jan. 20, 1981