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Comment: Re:narcissistic spectrum personality disorder (Score 1) 206

It was a closet in a college campus, it's not like he broke into Fort Knox. The door was unlocked. Shenanigans happen all the time on that campus. Students once put a live cow on the roof of what is now the East Campus dorm. Richard Feynman notoriously honed his lock-picking and safe cracking abilities while a student there. Somebody apparently put a campus police car on the Great Dome, replete with flashing lights, a plastic police officer and box of donuts. Should all those people have been arrested and thrown in jail? Do you harbor the same level of vitriol for those "crimes" as you do for Aaron Schwartz?

Has anyone considered that perhaps his script had a bug that allowed it to fetch documents faster than he intended? I ask because I wrote a script that was supposed to access a server every 2 seconds, and first time I fired it up it hit the server every 2 ms. Oops! Should I go to jail? It was my own server, so I'm kinda on the fence about whether I should have myself arrested.

Comment: Re:How many other flaws (Score 3, Insightful) 173

They didn't want to think about the balance of probabilities of all the pieces of circumstantial evidence and decide if someone was guilty or not. They wanted cold hard forensic evidence to do that for them.

Isn't that how it's supposed to work? The defendant is supposed to be given the benefit of every doubt. That's part of being presumed innocent until proven guilty. If you've ever been accused of doing something you didn't do, you'll likely appreciate the value of this system.

Comment: Re:in my opinion this guy is like Jenny McCarthy (Score 4, Informative) 320

by dcollins117 (#49498553) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

Genuine curiosity, what is he advocating that actually endangers his patients (or anyone else's) health?

Well, the short answer is he isn't, directly. That statement sounds like he's trying to kill his viewers. He's not.

The long answer has to do with his promotion of weight-loss dietary supplements.Since supplements aren't regulated by the FDA, consumers can't always be sure what they're taking. There are some sketchy companies out there and sometimes what's in the pill is not what's on the label.

He also didn't do himself any favors by using incautious language to promote the supplements - things like "magic weight loss cure" and "miracle in a bottle". This earned him a stern talking to by a Senate subcommittee on consumer protection about a year ago.

In his defense he points out these products have studies to show they are somewhat effective when combined with diet and exercise and it's not his fault if companies are misrepresenting product.

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

by dcollins117 (#49482835) Attached to: Gyro-Copter Lands On West Lawn of US Capitol, Pilot Arrested

I mean, I do not advocate the death penalty for stupidity, but I am shocked he wasn't hit by a sniper before he even crossed the property line.

I don't know about a sniper, but he was in a no-fly zone. Don't they scramble jets when someone enters a no-fly zone? Especially near the Capitol. I assume they do, but I don't really know.

Comment: Re:no need (Score 5, Funny) 294

I think on this issue you'll find that high level GOP officials have an unusually wide stance and are willing to reach around the aisle, pointing fingers when necessary in order to come to a consensus. Many are even willing to bend over backwards to be more accommodating.


Comment: Re:In other words (Score 2, Insightful) 279

It would be much better to have a system that HIDES users content by default, than to delete it. Then, people scrolling all posts (including hidden) would be able to report mistakes in the system.

From my experience if you delete content or ban a troll, it just encourages them to troll more using a different account, usually from a different IP address.

The most effective way I found to deal with problem users is to make their bad comments only visible to them. That way it appears to them that they've had their say and no one responded to it. Without feedback to encourage them, trolls either quickly get bored and go elsewhere or sometimes they'll surprise you and produce better quality comments.

Comment: Re:Keeping Secrets (Score 2) 134

by dcollins117 (#49455485) Attached to: U.S. Gov't Grapples With Clash Between Privacy, Security

So... what makes the NSA think that anyone could actually keep these ultimate "keys to the kingdom" secret?

Hubris, most likely. If Bruce Schneier is correct there appear to be a number of NSA and CIA leakers still active. Not to mention the foreign spies within the NSA and CIA that we don't hear about because they are doing their job correctly.

Comment: Re:Reason: for corporations, by corporations (Score 4, Informative) 489

by dcollins117 (#49441059) Attached to: Reason: How To Break the Internet (in a Bad Way)

No where does it cite any prior problem that it could have prevented, only hypothetical scenarios that could happen sometime in the future.

Comcast throttling of Netflix traffic until extortion money was paid actually happened. You don't need to imagine hypothetical future scenarios to see the issues this legislation addresses.

Comment: Re:Better question than "what's next" (Score 2) 83

by dcollins117 (#49426723) Attached to: TrueCrypt Alternatives Step Up Post-Cryptanalysis

It's possible, but why not then put a one line message on their web page that said they grew tired on the project and no longer wish to develop it.

That's not what they did. They put up a page that said "ZOMG this is insecure don't use it!" then disappeared.

No matter how you look at it, that's not someone you can trust to keep your data secure.

Comment: Re:Why is it good that certificates expire? (Score 1) 104

by dcollins117 (#49426553) Attached to: Google Let Root Certificate For Gmail Expire

The question is: why is it useful to have certificates expire after a particular amount of time?

For commercial certificate authorities, it is principally due to revenue generation as you have to pay them again each time you renew the certificate.

You can (and I encourage you to) create your own certificates with you as the certificate authority. You can specify any amount of time before it expires. How much time you choose before the certificate expires depends on how strongly you feel the encryption method used will stand up to future attacks. One year is probably too short. 100 years is probably too long. Pick a number that you are comfortable with, and send yourself an alert before it expires.

Comment: Re:Even worse. (Score 1) 289

ANY democrat bill is blocked because Obama may look effective if he got something past. It was a bloody plank of the republican party to do this for christ sakes!

Yes, and it's quite sad to see that type of petulant, childish behavior coming from adults. That is how children behave. When coming from statesmen who are (in theory) representatives of this country it is downright tragic.

In 1750 Issac Newton became discouraged when he fell up a flight of stairs.