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Comment Re:Jury Nullification (Score 5, Informative) 583 583

Under FISA he is not allowed to use wistleblowing as a defense.

Actually, it's worse than that. Two of the counts he's charged with are violations of the Espionage Act, which was intended to prevent US citizens from colluding with US enemies during World War I. Unfortunately, the law provides no room for affirmative defenses at all: if secrets were leaked, you're guilty, and the court isn't allowed to consider even the slightest sliver of the surrounding context. Did you uncover something illegal? Doesn't matter. Is this course of action the only one that would have turned up malfeasance by intelligence agencies? That can't be discussed.

The reason the Obama administration's insistence that Snowden come back to the US to "face a fair trial" is so flagrantly disingenuous is that the act that he's charged under, by virtue of its complete lack of defenses, is explicitly and intentionally designed to result in anything but a fair trial. They're inviting him home for a railroading, and it doesn't matter whether it's done in private or public: he's fucked.

You should watch citizenfour, which spends quite a bit of time on this specific issue of how inappropriate the Espionage Act is for Snowden's actions, and just how unfair is is designed to be.

Comment Re:Is there a browser that doesn't try to be a nan (Score 1) 199 199

You don't suppose that the reason IE is slow and crashes on so many sites is precisely *because* it's so promiscuous regarding third-party components that are poorly written, do you? Of course you don't, because that would require admitting that what Google and Mozilla do -- blocking shit that ruins your experience -- is actually the only sane way to be good stewards of Chrome and Firefox. And you've already assumed that they're just doing that to piss you off.

Comment Re:As a Flash hobbyist... (Score 1) 283 283

,,,is there an equivalent development program for HTML5? Like, would I really have to code absolutely everything including the x,y positions of literally every shape to grace the screen, or is there something with a drag/drop transform interface to modify shapes directly on the canvas?

I think the program you're looking for is called "Adobe Flash Pro CC": http://blogs.adobe.com/jnack/2...

Comment Re:Compatibility mode (Score 2) 283 283

Windows 7 and 8 include "compatibility mode" for running applications designed for Windows XP. Heck, Windows 7 Pro even included a coupon for a copy of XP in a virtual machine at no additional charge. What would be the counterpart to compatibility mode for running SWF objects?

Shumway: https://developer.mozilla.org/...

Submission + - EFF and Mozilla create free, automatic Certificate Authority->

chefmonkey writes: A group of big-name companies including the EFF and Mozilla have banded together to form "Let's Encrypt", a nonprofit corporation dedicated to making HTTPS configuration free, automatic, and easy. According to its website, all it takes is two commands to be up and running for initial configuration — and certificate renewal is completely automated. It's not going live until next summer, but this could be a real game-changer for encryption on the web once it's up and running.
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Submission + - Launching 2015: a new Certificate Authority to Encrypt the Entire Web->

Peter Eckersley writes: Today EFF, Mozilla, Cisco and Akamai announced a forthcoming project called Let's Encrypt. Let's Encrypt will be a certificate authority that issues free certificates to any website, using automated protocols (demo video here). Launching in summer 2015, we believe this will be the missing piece that deprecates the woefully insecure HTTP protocol in favor of HTTPS.
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Comment Wonder if a chaff approach would help (Score 5, Insightful) 206 206

I wonder... if we wrote addons for popular browsers that would inject bogus X-UIDH headers into every request, whether we could make this kind of inappropriate privacy intrusion prohibitively expensive. If it works as he surmises, maybe we can overwhelm Verizon's ad exchange platform with meaningless data.

Comment Re:One big PLUS (Score 2) 109 109

Unless you're Japanese:

Mozilla has ensured that unlike Google devices, non-US developers won’t be deprived of the devices. The phone will be shipped free of cost anywhere in the world except for Japan

This is all explained in plain language here: http://www.mozilla.jp/firefox/...

Can't read that? Then it's probably not your concern. The short version is that government certification is pending, and interested parties are being prompted to sign up for an email notification when the Japanese government finally signs off on the devices.

Comment Re:If you are a programmer and have a Wikipedia pa (Score 1) 220 220

If you don't want Google to track you, Google provides tools you can use to ensure you're not tracked. In the process you'll have to give up some (not all, but some) use of Google's services, because the targeted advertising is the fee you pay for those services.

Ob "trading up privacy for services": http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id... ;-)

Comment Re:Ayn Rand Quote Time (Score 1) 361 361

Unfortunately you can't really assert that any of what you said is true. There are GPL projects that are equally, if not more, successful than equivalent projects under those licenses.

If his metric is "look what Microsoft has done," or even "look what several Fortune 100 companies have done" -- and that is, in fact, the metric he selected -- then I'm pretty confident I can.

Comment Re:Ayn Rand Quote Time (Score 1) 361 361

That's utter revisionist claptrap.

Stallman's uncompromising stance is pretty evident in the GPL, which is a relatively minor player when compared against more permissive licenses (MIT, Apache, BSD, and -- relevant to the conversation at hand -- MPL). These licenses, by allowing in the "little bit of evil" that is represented by allowing their use in commercial contexts, have been significantly more successful than GPL and similar viral attempts.

You can try to hold him out as a cheerleader in this arena, but in terms of "meeting his philosophical demands," how much of the stuff that Microsoft has released is under viral licenses like GPL?

RMS lost this battle, and it's completely because he won't take compromise of any kind. If the only two options were "closed source or GPL," then the open source movement would have died decades ago. The more compromising stance of organizations of MIT, Berkeley, Apache, and Mozilla -- and the myriad software projects that followed their lead -- is what changed the landscape.

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