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Comment: Re:Concrete reality (Score 1) 771

by clorkster (#44517407) Attached to: Encrypted Email Provider Lavabit Shuts Down, Blames US Gov't
I'm fairly certain that people can still assemble peacefully offline. I should probably check the news in the morning to be sure...
I wouldn't go to Atlanta, but this is a major enough shift that I'd show up in Chicago to publicly register discontent. As one poster wrote:

US government ... decided to go out and spy+opress its citizens officially. You're at the tipping point, folks.

+ - Lavabit forced to shut down

Submitted by clorkster
clorkster (1996844) writes "

I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit. After significant soul searching, I have decided to suspend operations. I wish that I could legally share with you the events that led to my decision. I cannot. I feel you deserve to know what’s going on--the first amendment is supposed to guarantee me the freedom to speak out in situations like this. Unfortunately, Congress has passed laws that say otherwise. As things currently stand, I cannot share my experiences over the last six weeks, even though I have twice made the appropriate requests.

No doubt this has much to do with Snowden's use of the provider"

+ - Fiddler Gets Financial Backing->

Submitted by clorkster
clorkster (1996844) writes "Telerik has just acquired Fiddler. Even more exciting is that Fiddler’s creator, Eric Lawrence, will come over from Microsoft to join the team fulltime. For those of you who don’t know, Fiddler is a web debugging proxy which logs all HTTP(S) traffic between your computer or device and the Internet. Telerik has committed keeping Fiddler free and to making further investments into the tool. If you want to vote on the first improvements to be targeted, go to the fiddler website (make sure Ghostery is disabled)."
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Comment: Re:Philosophical thought experiment (Score 0) 580

by clorkster (#41284407) Attached to: Rick Falkvinge On Child Porn and Freedom Of the Press
If indeed the above is a documented phenomenon, then certainly the laws need change. I doubt eliminating child porn laws is a good solution... perhaps immunity for people who turn it over to the police (like used heroin needles or firearm collections).

But you realize that you are criminally liable, with the potential to wind up on a sex offender registry, lose your job, your family, your home, EVERYTHING

Even with that risk in play, I have to note that I believe that logic very similar was used at Penn State. Bring the tapes directly to the police. Cowardice, however shrewd in its self-interest is still cowardice. I maintain the belief that the judicial system would ultimately do right, and if it did not that the legislative would. Even if I never lived to see either of those two things happen, at least I wouldn't go to my grave knowing that I am a coward who could have stopped more children from being raped and instead did nothing.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Best mobile phone solution without data plan 2

Submitted by clorkster
clorkster (1996844) writes "I am looking to upgrade my mobile phone. I have always bought the cheapest possible phone with the least features since I only use it to make calls and text. Further, I am opposed to paying for internet access twice and my home access is certainly more important and necessary. I am now running into the issue that my phone is too archaic to receive text messages from newer smart phones (they somehow become picture messages). Any thoughts on a good smart phone without data plan or an almost smart phone solution?"

Comment: Re:New technology, old mindsets (Score 1) 559

by clorkster (#39009219) Attached to: Global Christianity and the Rise of the Cellphone
I sincerely hope that there is enough rational thought out there that people recognize the difference between acts done in the name of Christ and what Christ himself taught. People given too much power do horrible things. It doesn't matter much what their theological underpinnings are.

Comment: Re:New technology, old mindsets (Score 2) 559

by clorkster (#39004585) Attached to: Global Christianity and the Rise of the Cellphone
I find it ridiculous that the "scientific" or perhaps even self-proclaimed "enlightened" mindset on Christianity is that it all boils down to the crusades. It is no different than saying since Hitler or Stalin were atheists that all atheism boils down to genocide and will for all time. (I know this is a repost... didn't realize I wasn't logged in)

Comment: If you aren't paying for the product, you're it (Score 1) 168

by clorkster (#38012060) Attached to: Upcoming EU Data Law Will Make Europe Tricky For Social Networks
This is obviously the case for the social media outlets that this bill would touch (Facebook, Google+, etc.). It'll just be interesting to see where the governmental shoe falls. I'm not hopeful, but I suppose it's possible that people will be given priority as being just that versus their current social media status of product.

Comment: Virtue as escape from consequences? (Score 1) 569

by clorkster (#37843338) Attached to: HPV Vaccine Recommended For Boys
It seems to me that this will have the effect to convince at least a subset of roughly high school aged children that they should accept no responsibility for their actions, especially as they relate to sex. I understand and agree with preventing disease, suffering, and death. To that end, no doubt this vaccine will be effective. I just wonder what you teach your child about virtue as a world where freedom from consequence whether natural or societal becomes more and more the highest good.

Comment: Re:Strangely okay with this... (Score 1) 186

by clorkster (#37689374) Attached to: UK ISPs To Begin Censorship of Porn Websites

And how is preventing your children from being able to view pornographic content not parenting?

Because in this case it delegates the responsibility of what is and what is not porn to the filter providers, instead of being a conversation between parents & children.

I know, I know.. I'm old-fashioned. Now get off my lawn etc.

Old-fashioned because you only do one of two sensible things and act like a choice between the two is the only viable path? I don't think so. The idea that your child is capable of making adult decisions and in fact should be exposed to adult situations at extremely young ages is very new.

Comment: Re:Strangely okay with this... (Score 1) 186

by clorkster (#37678508) Attached to: UK ISPs To Begin Censorship of Porn Websites

What kind of typo brings you to a porn website?

whitehouse.(choose carefully here)

however (having just thought of this point once clicking "submit") it would be far easier, and less expensive to just have the parents, um... parent.

And how is preventing your children from being able to view pornographic content not parenting?

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