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Comment Re:Bigger problems (Score 1) 55

>> "Masking one's origin is often the entire purpose of a VPN, at least from a consumer standpoint."

> Uhhh... nope, why should that be the case?

To avoid a subpoena for the records of the connecting IP address, or to fool geo-IP based content restrictions from blocking people outside the UK from watching BBC programs, or to evade the "Great Firewall" of China, or to avoid tracking a command control center for a botnet, or to avoid detection of the "amazing offer" as coming from Nigeria, or simply to send spam from IP addresses which are not in public blacklists.

Comment Let freedoms ring (Score 1) 358

Self destructive actions of an individual negatively affect society


your freedom ends when it negatively affects others.

False. My calling you names or otherwise being offensive (including, gasp, making racist and sexist statements), for example, however negatively it might affect you and millions of others, does not end my freedom of speech.

Comment Re:Important to note (Score 2) 358

Let's have a little equality.

Absolutely. Maybe, LSD should not be prohibited to begin with. Maybe, nothing should be prohibited at all — citizens of a free country ought to have the right to kill themselves in any way they wish. But the rules must be the same for everyone.

On that note, I argue for automated law-enforcement wherever practical — such as with traffic-cameras, which would fine an upstanding resident of the same town just as much as passer-by from 2 states away.

Comment Re:Smearing? (Score 4, Informative) 270

> No relation to encryption isn't an issue. He attacked his country's intelligence services, at a bad time it turns out.

He exposed criminal behavior, both in the US and worldwide, and the waste of millions if not billions of dollars of intelligence efforts aimed at completely innocent people. Because it's proven so very fruitless, it was and remains a good idea to expose it.

Submission + - Anonymous defaces an ISIS web-site with a Viagra ad (

mi writes: Anonymous hackers have taken over an Islamic State-supporting website and replaced it with an advert for Viagra: " Please gaze upon this lovely ad so we can upgrade our infrastructure to give you ISIS content you all so desperately crave. "

The message — from a hacking group calling itself Ghost Sec — also said: " Enhance your calm. Too many people are into this ISIS-stuff ".

Is this the strongest reaction to the massacre, that the Western World can muster?

Comment Re:Laws Without Borders (Score 1) 66

> Recently a nursing home was pushed by an advocate to hire a woman from a halfway house.

That's a problem. Nursing facilities are _desperate_ for staff as the baby boomers are retiring or getting more medical issues as they age. The pay in many facilities is very low and good staff tend to burn out very quickly.

> Without being able to get a detailed history of the applicant

That's what references are for. If the HR person cannot be bothered to look anywhere but online, then there is a very different problem in that nursing home's staffing practices.

I'm afraid that there is also a profound danger in high staff turnover in nursing care, child care, and other service work with long shifts. Staff who commit abuses are very, very rarely criminally charged. They are usually given a chance to resign, even for sexual or physical abuse, in order to protect the care facility from lawsuit or loss of funding or accreditation. It is also usually _much_ faster to tell someone to resign or face firing for reasons that such a business may prefer not to have to put in writing or in any public document. The result is high turnover among abusive staff, but it also leaves a clean employment record. And it can be very difficult to separate from normal burnout or turnover, or normal layoffs in nursing care as funding changes.

The key to detecting this seems to be checking personal contacts, outside the list of references an applicant may provide. But that takes far more time than a simple Google search. It often takes getting your own staff to reach out to private contacts at the other facilities, and _that_ leads to HR being concerned about their own jobs, and about staff asking questions or judging candidates based on ethnicity, sexuality, race, or religion which HR personnel are specifically forbidden from using to evaluate candidates.

For hiring technology people, or providing references, _of course_ I reach out to acquaintances who may know a contact to get information that is not on their resume. I'll also have to admit that I've evaluated candidates in the basis of age, gender, marital status, and medical status in ways that are specifically prohibited by law but are nonetheless valid for work performance. The most interesting such case I ran into was someone changing gender: it wasn't on their resume, and they hadn't realized that I'd been present when their parents first met. While gender was not a legal basis for job discrimination, their medical needs for the next few years made them a poor candidate for the role, and they were quite surprised when I discussed it with them. I encouraged them to apply for, and helped them get an offer for, a role better suited to their needs for scheduled hormonal treatment and expected surgery. They were quite alarmed when I brought up their gender change myself in their interview, and a new employee in HR tried to raise concerns about my mentioning it.

Submission + - Japanese company makes low calorie noodles out of wood

AmiMoJo writes: Omikenshi Co, an Osaka based cloth manufacturer best known for rayon, a fibre made from tree pulp, is expanding into the health food business. Using a similar process, Omikenshi is turning the indigestible cellulose into a pulp that’s mixed with konjac, a yam-like plant grown in Japan. The resulting fibre-rich flour, which the company calls “cell-eat,” contains no gluten, no fat and almost no carbohydrate. It has just 60 calories a kilogram, compared with 3,680 for wheat.

Comment Re:Easy solution (Score 2) 461

> i had a great experience at a mazda dealership.

Saturn used to be like this. I had very positive experiences with them, for new car sales and used car sales, and for vehicle service. They did try to upsell, but gracefully, and took "no, thank you" for an answer. I found it sad that GM elected to sell off this division, rather than their other divisions, and the division closed when the sale fell through.

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead