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Comment: Re:Slashdot stance on #gamergate (Score 1) 680

by firex726 (#48891063) Attached to: Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

First your entire understanding is completely incorrect.

She initially claimed that a RO was needed becuase he was spreading nudes of her, while it was she who posted them publicly when working as a model. A) He did not spread the links (or rather nothing concrete can be found to link him), and B) they were distributed BEFORE the RO was issued; give they were used as justification for one.

Unless you are now arguing that action which promoted the issuance of a RO can then be used as evidence of violating it after issuance?

Secondly, I guess you missed the start of the second paragraph, wherein she claims Milo and Gjoni are part of some group whose purpose is to spread doxx information. When in fact they had never met or spoken before GamerGate and only talked as reporter and interviewee. You might as well claim that Brianna Wu is part of the same group becuase she interacted with Milo in the same capacity.

Third, if you simply listen to the podcast, it was not Gjoni discussing that information. KoP was, and Gjoni was just present. So even if the information was spread, it was not Gjoni spreading it. A RO may prevent Gjoni from discussing the matter but that does not hold him liable for when others do.

Also in followup to this, Gjoni's Lawyer was then doxxed and threatened; and the doxxer is now being sued.

RalphRetort has the rest of the links but I am opting not to share them directly due to doxxing issues.

Comment: Re:Popcorn time! (Score 1) 359

by bmo (#48888261) Attached to: Behind the MOOC Harassment Charges That Stunned MIT

All the property that is necessary to a Man, for the Conservation of the Individual and the Propagation of the Species, is his natural Right, which none can justly deprive him of: But all Property superfluous to such purposes is the Property of the Publick, who, by their Laws, have created it, and who may therefore by other laws dispose of it, whenever the Welfare of the Publick shall demand such Disposition. He that does not like civil Society on these Terms, let him retire and live among Savages. He can have no right to the benefits of Society, who will not pay his Club towards the Support of it.

- Benjamin Franklin, letter to Robert Morris, December 25, 1783

Comment: Re:If all goes well. . . (Score 4, Insightful) 225

by DarkOx (#48885087) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

The biggest problem with home automation is 'life happens', eventually you want to put things into a state that was never originally anticipated.

Maybe the computer thinks, windows are open = turn off HVAC, or switch to fan only etc. Trouble is grandma stopped by and burned her Christmas cookies, smells terrible in the house, you want the windows open but you want to also leave the heat on, so you don't freeze.

Now you have to go override some "smart" system some where. It all ends up being just as much work as turning things on and off by hand was in the first place.

Comment: Re:Yes. (Score 1) 638

by DarkOx (#48884491) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

No the entire argument is silly. I could just as easily suggest drug test makes sense in fast food because who knows, someone with a drug addled mind might thing its a good idea to wipe the grill down with drain cleaner before cooking my burger.

No business have the right to do whatever they like and require whatever they want as conditions of employment, but they should not be encouraged to reach into the private lives of employees. Drug testing is intrusive, and costly. Requiring it should be a quick way to make sure your company isn't on any of those 'best places to work lists'

What companies should do is simply check their employees arrive for work in state they can do it effectively and safely in. At your fast food restaurant if the Assistant Manager can't be arsed to walk around and make sure workers don't appear to be to 'high' to do their jobs properly you got bigger problems than anything a drug test is going to uncover.

Someplace like Disney has tonnes of pre-open check lists and radio check-ins etc. If lower management can't spot operator that shows up to work drugged out than once again drug tests are not the answer. I have seen guys come it work with fevers before from flu and back fork lifts into other employees etc. Drug tests don't screen for flu. There is no substitute for a quick 'hello' and occasional walk arounds for employees who operate hazardous equipment or work in conditions that may be dangerous to them or others. Does matter if its a roller coaster or fryer filled with scalding oil! It also does not matter if said employee was 'tripping balls' 7 hours ago, it matters they are sober while on the job!

Comment: Re:If all goes well. . . (Score 1) 225

by poetmatt (#48884441) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

I can see why this would be mentioned as a focus, but I can see this being the straw that breaks the camel's back.

It's one thing to at least require an agreement to let your privacy be violated in return for X functionality (sadly because there is no other option from how companies have designed it), but it's another to just do this outright.

Comment: Re:Censorship? (Score 2) 415

by poetmatt (#48876893) Attached to: Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

It's also hilariously ineffective in this day and age where wireless access does tend to exist.

If someone cuts the internet connection to my house I can just tether my phone to my router and continue uninterrupted. So as long as I have power, this doesn't mean shit. What's sad is that the moron trying to intimidate via cutting internet cables didn't get electrocuted in the process.

Comment: Re:The good thing about it is.. (Score 1) 433

by DarkOx (#48875145) Attached to: Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

This is why our system is so messed up. This why the lobbyists and influence vendors have power. This why our laws are written such that not even the people who enact them really know what they mean.

The reason is voters like you, are willing to let them off the hook. When these guys sign their name to it they need to be accountable for it FULL STOP. You should not let them make excuses like oh well it was must pass....

No all those democrats who voted for the ACA better be willing to stand up and say proudly "I thought all the giveaways, deceptions, curtailment of individual freedoms, in the ACA were worth it to get something done." If they can't say that than they are not fit to represent you.

Same with this everyone who voted for this need to either agree with statements on climate, or admit there principle position on scientific integrity is subject to getting even relatively unimportant things done like Keystone XL.

Comment: Re:A reason to go with Open Source (Score 1) 155

by DarkOx (#48873971) Attached to: Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

That is a valid point. There is a lot Linux in the embedded and 'quasi-embedded' space that does never get updated.

That is a little different than what we normally think of as application servers that IT would be responsible for migrating. In the 'quasi-embedded' like the climate system you describe where there is basically a PC attached to some machinery you are correct. The opsticle to upgrading these things has little to do with Linux or Windows though, and everything to do with the machinery vendors unwillingness to QA or support anything other than their original configurations. You see the same situation happen with Windows boxen all the time as well just walk around any hospital or machine shop floor and you will see all sorts of DOS/Win9x/XP - pre SP2 about. Its not Microsoft's fault really nor any Linux distro maintainers where this happens.

As to the embedded space, routers, switches, headless controllers, PLCs. The amount of out data Linux out there with potentially major flaws is terrifying.

Comment: Re:Wow... Just "no". (Score 5, Insightful) 203

by DarkOx (#48864391) Attached to: Healthcare.gov Sends Personal Data To Over a Dozen Tracking Websites

Why are you surprised the entire 'Affordable' care is really just a pile of giveaways to certain monied interests.

I mean come on the left the private insurance industry in place, while all but forcing the public to buy their product. The left them with the ability to set rates. The only real encouragement for them not gouge, is fear of political back lash AND essentially a government grantee that if they do somehow lose money they will be make whole.

There essentially no controls on the medical tort industry in it.
Nothing was done manage increasing drug costs
The medial device tax, the like one thing that industry might not like, is suspended.
Piles of money were spent hiring the incompetent to build the exchange.

The entire thing is theft all the way up and down.

Comment: Re:A reason to go with Open Source (Score 4, Informative) 155

by DarkOx (#48864239) Attached to: Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

Fair enough, but there are some really key differences between the Linux world and that of Windows and even Unix.

You distribution tends to package like 90+ % of the software on the system. The left over 10% is whatever in house app the server is running or 3rd party app you bought. All the libraries it uses, and support software that it uses database engines, etc typically are in the distribution. So the integration details library versions supported version issues are all taken care of for you.

On Windows this absolutely not the case. Things like databases, libraries for document rendering, and just about anything else you can think of is maintained outside the OS distribution. So Windows is where you upgrade and discover UAC totally breaks the version of ${SOFTWARE PACKGE} you have installed or changes to winHTTP cause all the web service calls to fail etc. Even if they mostly are other first party applications like SQL Server or Office. Its also true that its harder to isolate things. If you install something to /opt or /usr/local on a Linux box and those are separate partitions you can have reasonable confidence that blowing away / won't and reloading it from distribution media will leave you with a working app where you left it. Good luck with that on Windows unless you designed the package yourself and avoided the registry and tens of other possible pitfalls.

So again speaking in the general case its easier to go from RHEL 6.x to RHEL 7.x with an in place upgrade, as is true for most other Linux distros; however you do it, let package manager figurout distupdage or re-install a fresh /.

In most of my travels I have not seen 10+ year old Linux versions in production unless its at the same kind of shop that also does not care to patch or be on a supported version of Windows. Even in shops that are good about patch management get their WSUS updates applied etc ( I want to be fair to MS here these rarely if ever break anything) there is still lots of legitimate fear around upgrading an application server between major Windows versions. So in lots of cases Windows boxes tend to stay on whatever release for either the life of the hardware or the life of the app whichever is shorter. Linux boxes tend to be upgraded more frequently.

Comment: Re:I thought (Score 2) 195

by bmo (#48862059) Attached to: The Most Popular Passwords Are Still "123456" and "password"

I don't see stupid passwords as a problem if they're used in situations where it doesn't matter.

That's because the people who pick 123456 as passwords never consider if it matters or not. Most people consider their mail account something that matters, yet trying out various uname/pw combinations with gmail that come from a porn site invariably works.

I don't know what to tell you, man, people are stupid with passwords and it's a documented problem.

>complain about article summarizing the problem in general
>demanding hand-holding.
>your computer is connected to the largest information retrieval system ever invented.
>can't be bothered to do your own research or bother to even google

PEBKAC. Yours.


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