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Comment: Some Premises Need to be Questioned (Score 2) 117

by Bruce Perens (#49383785) Attached to: NSA Worried About Recruitment, Post-Snowden

I am still having a little trouble with "we don't need our spies to spy". Maybe we do.

I am also having trouble believing that the kind of encryption we use on the Internet actually stops the U.S. Government from finding out whatever it wishes although IETF and sysadmins might be kidding themselves that it can. Government can get to the end systems. They can subborn your staff. Etc.

Comment: Re:Nothing new here (Score 1) 176

How is it more generous? It looks like the same thing: you can use the patents, as long as you create something that complies with the (Java/.NET) standards.

The fact Dalvic wasn't a full JSE implementation was why Oracle sued Google. You could even argue that, given Oracle lost, the Java patent licensing is more generous!

Comment: Re:So... (Score 1) 91

by Jane Q. Public (#49383277) Attached to: SCOTUS: GPS Trackers Are a Form of Search and Seizure

Whining about an absurdly uncommon occurrence,

Even 10 times would far too often. And nobody was whining.

while ignoring the people who are being robbed every day

Who was ignoring this? Certainly not me, and I don't think anyone else.

Framing the debate as the guilty and the never charged, is terrible to the point of being a straw man, which makes your anti-civil-forfeiture position confusing.

Again, nobody did this. Not me, and not GP.

GP mentioned losing a house. There was an actual case like this in California. An innocent elderly couple lost their home and large plot of land to civil forfeiture because somebody had planted a few pot plants OUTSIDE their property line.

Ignoring the outrageous cases that do occasionally happen is no less erroneous than what you accused us of. Nobody should be treated like that.

"It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others: or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own." -- Thomas Jefferson

Comment: Re: Delete stuff. (Score 1) 249

He was watching a movie while playing a game. Take your trolling elsewhere

That was way up the thread. I was replying to a general comment to the effect of "running a program isn't work". There was nothing suggesting that comment was in the context of playing a game or watching a movie.

Comment: Re:So... (Score 2) 91

by Jane Q. Public (#49382877) Attached to: SCOTUS: GPS Trackers Are a Form of Search and Seizure

It's not unreasonable if you can convince a judge to sign a warrant.

Strictly speaking, that's not true either. There are an uncountable number of cases where judges were convinced to sign a warrant based on false statements or false evidence, for example.

So the warrant was not a legal warrant, and the search was therefore not legal, either.

Comment: Re:So... (Score 1) 91

by Jane Q. Public (#49382835) Attached to: SCOTUS: GPS Trackers Are a Form of Search and Seizure

I'll grant you that civil forfeiture is a form of search and seizure, but is it unreasonable in all contexts?

Of course not. However, we do know of quite a few cases of abuse occurring. And for every one we know about, there are probably at least several we don't.

I don't think GP was referring to the basic concept of any civil forfeiture, though I could be wrong. I think it was a reference to the many cases of abuse.

Comment: Re:So... (Score 1) 91

by Jane Q. Public (#49382799) Attached to: SCOTUS: GPS Trackers Are a Form of Search and Seizure

You are dangerously misinformed on this issue. The latter case mostly does not exist.

Uh... if that's what you think, GP might actually be more informed about the issue than you are.

I am reminded back when I first started reading electronic bulletin boards, and I found EFFector Online from EFF, and the pubication from EPIC, whatever that was called.

At the time, civil forfeiture was a big deal as it related to online crimes, and the publications were chock full of examples of abuse. Like the greenhouse operator who liked to order his annual shrubs at market using cash... stopped at the airport, and was deemed to be a drug dealer because of his old jeans and excessive cash.

He was never charged with a crime. He never had a forfeiture hearing. But he never got his $30,000 back, either.

There are LOTS of such stories, from very reliable sources. I would consider EFF to be one such.

Comment: Re:Like a breath of fresh air (Score 1) 91

by Jane Q. Public (#49382727) Attached to: SCOTUS: GPS Trackers Are a Form of Search and Seizure

I'll still cheer their doing the right thing this once, but if they want my general approval they still have way more to do.

They've made a decent start for 2015, though. Among other things, I am holding onto hope for a ruling on King v. Burwell that reflects the actual law and Constitution, rather than ideology.

Comment: Re:Why doesn't Moz acknowledge the market share is (Score 4, Funny) 128

by amicusNYCL (#49382613) Attached to: Firefox 37 Released

You might be right, Firefox does seem to be experiencing a certain level of feature creep and bloat these days. Perhaps Mozilla should think about a new browser, one that is specifically designed to be fast and high-performance, while still adhering to the standards. They could call it Phoenix.

Comment: Re:Delete stuff. (Score 1) 249

Running a program isn't work.

Yes, it is. Or at least it can be.

As a programmer, often running a program IS work, and what I'm getting paid for.

And if I write a script to update the database this way, and it runs all night, then that's my work that's being done. Of course, I'm not charging by the hour. But still. If I wrote it, and it's running, that's my work. That's what computers are for, and why people are paid to program them.

And if, for any reason, I have to sit there and watch it run (which does occur, for various reasons not necessarily related to the code) then it most definitely is work. For example: sometimes it's not possible or practical to do THIS until THAT finishes running.

Comment: Re:Government would've jumped on them (Score 1) 78

by drinkypoo (#49382325) Attached to: Microsoft Considered Giving Away Original Xbox

OS/2 Warp's killer feature was an excellent TCP/IP stack, enabling people to use the Internet without voluminous and hacked-together third-party software.

There was nothing wrong with Trumpet Winsock for modem users. For 10b2 users, the official microsoft stack was adequate. TGV Multinet was a high-performance stack for Windows 3.x which was more than adequate. Sure, you had to have third party software, but there was nothing particularly hackish about it. At the time, you had to deal with equally hacky software to get SLIP (let alone PPP) connectivity on most platforms. Only Unix-based and Unixlikes seem to have come with TCP back then.

Warp cost more than Windows plus a TCP stack...

The killer feature of OS/2 was multitasking that worked. Problem was, nearly nobody had enough RAM to really take advantage of it.

Comment: Re:Too late (Score 1) 128

by drinkypoo (#49382261) Attached to: Firefox 37 Released

Chrome works best with Google sites, so that's what I will use.

The problem is, any time you use anything else, Chrome is only better if it's wide open. If you want to lock your browser down a bit, that's possible with Chrome, but it's not quite as secure and configuration is a bit more annoying.

Be sociable. Speak to the person next to you in the unemployment line tomorrow.