9/11 may not have been engineered by us, but the people in power certainly took advantage of it when it happened.
Thereby precipitating the most epic win imaginable against Western Democracy.
I honestly don't think they imagined the extent to which they would to undermine the society they were trying to shake. And if they did, that's truly scary.
That the 'authoritarians' (*cough* fascists *cough*) took advantage of that, we are not in disagreement about.
But either forcing them to, or giving them an excuse to, finally just fully take control
These guys almost have express written permission for these kinds of abuses. The exact same abuses people were warning would happen while they were being passed. The PATRIOT Act had stuff in it which people said would lead to this kind of crap while it was being passed, because it was a knee-jerk response.
I argue that Western society post 9/11 is overtly different than it was pre 9/11. Some of the rot may have been there already, but it's come into the full light of day since.
Yeah I was going to say the same thing. You NEVER make a change that you don't have a way to backout to the previous operational state.
And, really, if you have something which Absolutely Has To Be There
This is basic change management.
(And, yes, I am saying this without any context for this outage -- but, really, if you maintain a production environment for critical software, this is what you do)
PHP Formal Specification:
1) Don't use PHP.
No wonder you're getting modded down if you think that's a formal specification! C'mon:
Don't use PHP.
2. Conventions used in this document.
The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
"SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this
document are to be interpreted as described in RFC-2119
3. Normative Guidance for the Use of PHP
One MUST NOT use PHP.
You're not an actual engineer unless you're rolling your petard up to the castle gate! Don't give me any of this new-fangled train-driver crap. That makes job searches nigh impossible, as recruiters keep bugging be for train-driving jobs when they are totally irrelevant to any sort of genuine siege engine!
What bizarre notion of "formal standard" are you holding on to that would exclude the C standard? It has a formal standardization process complying with the requirements for ISO/IEC publication.
An informal standard is "what some guy wrote", like the K&R C book (which really was used as a standard by compiler writers before the formal standard, and worked well enough for a while).
"Run, it's the Police Police Police", said the Police Police.
Ahhhh, the unusable crap everyone hates that is down all the time. People admit to working on that kind of thing? In public? Is it all still written in COBOL?
I care. Language cries when you abuse it like that. It makes me sad. Think of the small words!
For speech to result in physical attacks - a strong causal connection - that's no longer hate speech, that's "incitement to riot". We've had no problem keeping "hate speech" legal but "incitement to riot" illegal in America for centuries now.
Speech should always be protected as speech. But telling your bodyguard to shoot someone is not illegal because of the words you use, but instead because of the immediate desired outcome of that speech. Running on a platform of killing all the Jews is political speech, and should be protected (and for goodness sake, please oh please let the candidate actually say that sort of thing on camera, not keep it as a secret agenda, so that democracy can happen properly there). Saying "hey, lets go attack that guy right there, right now!" has never been protected speech.
"On a computer" changes nothing.
Yeah, but either could just sell that part of their business, or even just decide it wasn't worth the effort and shut it down without warning
Not really. MS is entirely "cloud first" under the new CEO, and Amazon's investors are really intent on AWS as the cool part of Amazon. Next decade the world could change, of course, but for now those clouds are the jewels of 2 profoundly successful companies. Google, OTOH, I don't trust one bit these days.
I see "the cloud" as the best possible backup - I can't envision a disaster that would take out both my place and that distant data center, without being the nuclear-war sort of event that would make data backups the least of my worries.
The custodians can clean up after themselves.
Police police police police police police.
One of my favorite English sentences, right up there with buffalos and "the horse raced past the barn fell down".
Was fotopedia "the cloud"? Seems like just a web service just like any other service from the BBS days. Of course, not keeping a local copy of anything in the cloud is a bit silly, but for goodness sake pick a "cloud" with at least 1 million servers, not neverheardofit.com.
And if your PC gets stolen? If you hang your data on Amazon or Microsoft clouds, your odds of either of those 2 going under this decade are pretty low on the scale of real-world risks.