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Comment: Just to keep things in perspective: (Score 5, Interesting) 356

by deego (#49202809) Attached to: Indian Gov't Wants Worldwide Ban On Rape Documentary, Including Online

While the Government of India may be trying to ban it and the some conservative rednecks of the country hold crazy views, it seems that the majority doesn't..

It is the same Indians that are mass-protesting in response to rapes, to corruption, and want safe streets for themselves and their women: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

It is the same Indians that are drawing attention to this problem in the first place, through documentaries like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

While its society and people have ways to go to catch up with the West, India is like an oasis in the fucked-up desert of a region it is surrounded by. A culture of male-dominance and women hiding their own rapes - in shame - is endemic pretty much everywhere outside of West. It is again nice to see this society trying to challenge and change it.

Problems like these exist and have always existed. The poorer the country, the more prevalent they are. It is actually nice to see the /people/ of India stand up, bring increased attention to these problems, and demand that something be done about this.

In other words, we can think of one monolithic India and take this time to mock their poor for lacking running water and shitting in the open... Or, instead, we can stand with and encourage those Indians that are trying to highlight these problems...

Especially outside of West, corruption is the /norm/. It is again somewhat encouraging that the middle class of India went crazy demonstrating against it and elected a local Government in the capital whose sole agenda is freedom from corruption.

Through all this, it is heartening how the people of India demand a secular, safe, corruption-free, democratic society and are, by and large, very "Westernized" in their views.

+ - Hal Finney, PGP and Bitcoin pioneer passes away

Submitted by brokenin2
brokenin2 (103006) writes "Hal Finney, the number two programmer for PGP and the first person to receive a Bitcoin transaction has passed away. From the article on Coindesk: "Shortly after collaborating with Nakamoto on early bitcoin code in 2009, Finney announced he was suffering from ALS. Increasing paralysis, which eventually became near-total, forced him to retire from work in early 2011.""

Comment: Re:work is survival (Score 2) 566

by deego (#46946123) Attached to: Let Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Work In US, Says White House

> [Bay Area... hard to rent without proof of income]

How about we ask for some laws to address this problem? Seems like a good idea, right? Let's make more laws to try to solve a problem that was caused in the first place by... wait for it, previous bad laws!

Do you know why things are that way in the Bay Area? It's because do-gooders made it very hard to evict a deadbeat tenant, and a host of related bad laws..

Interfere with the free market, and the consequences will come back and bite us all. Of coures, then we can ask for more bad laws... till the cows come home.
 

Comment: And this is why (rant) (Score 1) 178

by deego (#46871193) Attached to: New Zero-Day Flash Bug Affects Windows, OS X, and Linux Computers

And this is why you don't install third party "goodies" on your linux workstations (unless you are looking for just a play machine.).

There's a reason distros separate things into free/nonfree or main/universe. The first thing everyone does is go out and get 'multiverse.' Heck, if that's what you want, you might as well stick with windoze...

Comment: This will happen time and again. (Score 1) 423

by deego (#46759341) Attached to: Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

This will happen time and again. If not Intuit, it will be industry X buying government on issue Y because it benefits them.

You can blame Intuit all you want, but that's like blaming sand for flowing downhill. Legal lobbying for your best self-interest is what we all do.

The real problem is not Intuit, but it's the Government. It should not be "buyable." Its purpose was to provide national security and law and order, that's all. The more functions and power it takes on, the more the lobbying goes up..

Think it's not bad enough? Heck, a 30-mile circle outside DC is populated mainly by lobbyists.
 

Comment: Re:The root of the problem lies with ... the peopl (Score 5, Insightful) 273

by deego (#46442789) Attached to: Snowden Says No One Listened To 10 Attempts To Raise Concerns At NSA

Many slashdotters defend "We the people" saying that people have no choice. They claim, for example, both Dems and Reps. take turns tightening the noose whereas people actually like liberty.

The fact is that Dems. and Reps. *both* are very sensitive to opinion polls.

The problem *is* We the people. The fact that we slashdotters don't realize in our slashdot bubble is that a *majority* of population does believe that TSA is necessary, and that TSA are good for the nation.

So, I agree. Ultimately, the real problem is not Dems or Reps. It's We the People. By and large, the policies of countries do tend to reflect what We the People believe.

You can't excuse the populace as a whole and simply blame the "system."

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