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Comment: Re:Good for them (Score 1) 144

it's like if you offered someone $20 to wash your car, which they did, but then threw a bucket of mud on it. would you still pay them the $20?

Uh, no. But if I got 30 washes, and the car was cleaned 29 times, and one time it had mud on it, I would still pay for the other 29 washes.

Comment: Re:Good for them (Score 1) 144

They definitely could have played it differently. The fact that the disclosure post was removed quickly may indicate wrongdoing, that he realized he messed up. So, fine, remove the disclosed vulnerabilities from the bounty, but still pay the bounty for the others. If he had submitted each issue separately they would have paid the others that he didn't disclose.

Comment: Re:useless story (Score 1) 127

by amicusNYCL (#49538809) Attached to: POS Vendor Uses Same Short, Numeric Password Non-Stop Since 1990

So you're suggesting that a better alternative is to set the same password for every device instead of shipping each device with a unique password? I didn't say anything about "foolproof". I'm saying that shipping every device with the same password is not the only option, it's not even a good option.

Comment: Re:useless story (Score 1) 127

by amicusNYCL (#49538319) Attached to: POS Vendor Uses Same Short, Numeric Password Non-Stop Since 1990

They have to put in something at the factory, so they put in a default.

It's not the only option is a single password for every device. They could just as easily plug it in to something, set a random password for just that device, and have a sticker print out with the password that gets put on the device. I've seen modems ship like that, with a 20-character password that is obviously random for that device (since it's printed on the same sticker as the MAC).

Comment: Re:Write your Congresscritters (Score 1) 201

by amicusNYCL (#49532409) Attached to: McConnell Introduces Bill To Extend NSA Surveillance

No, it would just make it that much more important for the politician to grab as much money and power as they can before they're out.

I see it as making the notion of a career politician obsolete, so that becoming a politician is no longer a way to lifelong wealth, and as such it would encourage those people to find their wealth elsewhere and leave the governing of the country to people who are legitimately trying to help.

Comment: Re:Write your Congresscritters (Score 1) 201

by amicusNYCL (#49532375) Attached to: McConnell Introduces Bill To Extend NSA Surveillance

Term limits do nothing except increase the probability of having bad/corrupt representation.

I suggest that we give them a try before making statements like that as if they're facts. Congress (that would be both the Senate and House) have never had term limits since the Constitution was created. I would counter your suggestion by claiming that term limits would help combat the type of de-facto oligarchy that we see today.

Think politics has gone downhill over the last 30 years? That's about how long it's been since term-limits started getting popular.

Thomas Jefferson of Virgina wrote in 1789 that he saw term limits as necessary "to prevent every danger which might arise to American freedom by continuing too long in office the members of the Continental Congress". That wasn't the first time they were discussed, either. Back when states were ratifying the Constitution in 1787-88 statesmen like Richard Henry Lee viewed the absence of term limits (as well as other perceived shortcomings of the Constitution) to be "most highly and dangerously oligarchic". The Bill Of Rights was created to address the issues that many states had with the Constitution, although term limits didn't make it in. In arguing Jefferson's side, George Mason said about Presidential and Senatorial term limits, "nothing is so essential to the preservation of a Republican government as a periodic rotation". Female historian Mercy Otis Warren, born 1728, said "there is no provision for a rotation, nor anything to prevent the perpetuity of office in the same hands for life; which by a little well-timed bribery, will probably be done". There was also discussion during the 19th century, and also the 20th, but nothing got done primarily because the people who would be hurt by term limits are also the people who need to make them law. At this point it seems like it would require an Article V convention of the states to circumvent Congress and implement term limits as a constitutional amendment.

But, instead of your suggestions about what may or may happen with Congressional term limits, and considering the fact that we have never had them and that Congress appears to not be working for the people, I would suggest that we try them and see what happens after a few decades.

Comment: Re:Write your Congresscritters (Score 4, Informative) 201

by amicusNYCL (#49530443) Attached to: McConnell Introduces Bill To Extend NSA Surveillance

I think everyone needs to write to the people of Kentucky and tell them to stop electing Mitch McConnell. He is the poster boy for what is wrong with Congress. He's been a senator for 30 years. He's been involved with politics since 1964, when he was 22, so essentially his entire adult life. In '64 he graduated with a degree in political science and then began as an intern for a senator the same year. 3 years later he got a law degree, and probably decided that some sort of military service would look good on his record so he joined the Army Reserve and spent 5 weeks stationed at Fort Knox while in law school before being discharged. He assisted another senator, then was the Deputy Assistant AG under Ford, then got elected to his first office in 1977. I can't find any record of private employment not associated with a politician, despite the degree in law. Then he became a senator in 1985 and he's still one today.

The Center for Responsive Politics puts him as the 10th richest senator, with a worth between $9.2 million and $36.5 million. That seems like a hell of a lot of money for a "public servant" to pull down over 30 years, but that's why it seems like career politicians are there to serve themselves and not the public. That's a lot of votes that have been purchased over the years. McConnell is a great example of why every member of congress needs term limits. The notion of a career politician needs to be retired and replaced by ordinary people coming out of the private sector to help run the country, and then going back into the private sector once their service is finished.

Also, he looks like a turtle.

Comment: Re:There is no free lunch (Score 1) 279

by amicusNYCL (#49529907) Attached to: German Court Rules Adblock Plus Is Legal

Expect further development of Ad pushing technologies, because the websites will need to get paid or they will go out of business.

That's OK, ad-pushing technologies will inevitably be met with ad-blocking technologies. Maybe that will lead to an internet business model that does not rely on advertising. There's no law chiseled in stone which proclaims that advertising is the only way to make money from publishing content, there's only a lack of creativity when the largest, lowest-hanging fruit involves irritating your "customers" for a quick cent or two.

Comment: Re:Shocked he survived (Score 1) 327

by amicusNYCL (#49495567) Attached to: Gyro-Copter Lands On West Lawn of US Capitol, Pilot Arrested

So when you join a labor union or incorporate your business, you think you're surrendering your rights to free speech?

Seriously, you guys are funny with your arguments. No where, at no time, has any INDIVIDUAL ever surrendered their right to free speech because they started a business. Their INDIVIDUAL rights have never been abridged because of that.

Comment: Re:Shocked he survived (Score 1) 327

by amicusNYCL (#49495525) Attached to: Gyro-Copter Lands On West Lawn of US Capitol, Pilot Arrested

That's a fine strawman you have there, but to answer your specific question, no, I have no problems with the first amendment, I never claimed I did, that's not what he's protesting, and that's not what the problem is about. That's a pretty common debate tactic for people on your side though, I see you got the memo. The problem is the corrupt influence of money in politics. There is a tremendous amount of money in politics today. The Citizens United ruling not only does nothing to help that problem go away, but it magnifies the problem tenfold. You can go on and on about how corporations should have the right to free speech and frame yourself as some sort of valiant defender of the constitution and your opponents as godless communists, but the fact is that the CU ruling made the problem of money in politics and the corruption that goes with it exponentially worse. Consider the fact that Hillary Clinton believes she needs a goal of $2.5 billion to win the election. That equates to spending $20 for each American voter. That's the problem, and all of the lobbying and backroom deals that go with it. But I know you're just going to ignore the issue and instead talk about how much you love the first amendment, so you just go right ahead.

Comment: Re:Delivering the Mail (Score 5, Insightful) 327

by amicusNYCL (#49482109) Attached to: Gyro-Copter Lands On West Lawn of US Capitol, Pilot Arrested

No, they arrested an idiot who is supposed to have a pilot license who does not understand the concept of a 'no-fly-zone'.

You might be the idiot. He fully understood all of the implications of what he was doing, and worked out several scenarios. His expected scenario was that a Blackhawk would be scrambled from Quantico, but would overfly him as he was flying so low and slow, and he hoped that by the time the Blackhawk caught up to him that they would have orders to not shoot him down. His biggest worries were that he would be shot down or that he wouldn't have the nerve to do it in the first place. I can't imagine the adrenaline going through him as he was flying across the national mall in sight of the Capitol without a single LEO or military aircraft in sight.

He's right, too. Campaign finance laws and all of the corruption that goes with them is the single largest problem with the current government, and apathy from people like you helps to ensure that it doesn't get fixed. Go on, citizen, stamp the vote card. R or D, your choice. Whichever R or D you want to pick will be just fine.

Comment: Re:Shocked he survived (Score 4, Insightful) 327

by amicusNYCL (#49482095) Attached to: Gyro-Copter Lands On West Lawn of US Capitol, Pilot Arrested

He's a complete jackass for doing it in the first place.

I applaud him. He's protesting what is the #1 problem in government today in a peaceful way that was sure to make headlines. The problem isn't people like him, the problem is people who are apathetic about the issue in the first place.

Comment: Re:Thank goodness the NSA is looking our for us (Score 4, Informative) 327

by amicusNYCL (#49481979) Attached to: Gyro-Copter Lands On West Lawn of US Capitol, Pilot Arrested

Before he took off he also called his friend back home to tell him the plan. His friend had the business card of a Secret Service agent who had previously visited and interviewed them after hearing about his plan for a "big thing" to call attention to campaign finance reform. His friend called the Secret Service agent, got no answer, but left a message informing him of the impending flight. He never got a call back, and the authorities claimed they were not aware of the flight. So, yeah, bit of an intelligence failure there.

Here's a much better article that includes a video at the bottom of him actually landing on the lawn, as well as the text of the letters he was trying to deliver. Note the complete lack of any resistance to him landing, the Capitol Police weren't out there and it took a little while to hear the first sirens.

Seen on a button at an SF Convention: Veteran of the Bermuda Triangle Expeditionary Force. 1990-1951.