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Comment: Re:Ah, come one, don't we trust the Feds? (Score 5, Insightful) 87

Actually, I would say we can't trust law enforcement these days ... because when law enforcement cites a corporate NDA to not be able to tell us how they're using software which is designed to violate your constitutional rights ... law enforcement is fucking lying to you.

Law enforcement is consistently trying to hide what they do, consistently saying the law means what they say it means, and consistently ignoring the constitutionality of what they do, and colluding to commit perjury by hiding the truth about how they found certain information.

When law enforcement stops caring about the law ... it's time to stop treating them with trust or respect.

Pretty much all law enforcement these days feels it operates in a special magic bubble.

The rest of us say "fuck that, follow the low, or be charged under it".

General warrants, probable cause, free from unreasonable search and seizure ... these things tell me most people in law enforcement are committing treason.

So, no, we cannot fucking trust law enforcement. Because they are no longer trustworthy.

Comment: Re:Israel got a lot of heat for much lesser offens (Score 1) 326

Why can he not?

Because, as much as our current government wants to think so, there is no legal basis to deny a citizen re-entry.

Certainly not on a whim. Certainly not at the discretion of a border guard.

I suspect this is true in a lot of places, because the UN has rules about making people effectively stateless.

Governments would typically have to demonstrate a lot of things in order to say "this citizen can no longer come here" ... and they'd probably be stripping of you of citizenship to send you back to your country of birth.

A natural born Canadian citizen? Good luck trying to deny them entry to Canada.

The fact is, there is no legal precedent in Canada for this, and it comes from increasing government overreach and redefining policy without any court backing.

Border agents should require some level of suspicion or proof to do this, not arbitrary whim of an asshole with nothing better to do.

Comment: Re:Hmmmm! (Score 1) 469

by gstoddart (#49190311) Attached to: White House Threatens Veto Over EPA "Secret Science" Bills

Of course, the problem with that is taking a corporation on face value when they say "our product is safe, we promise, and until you can prove it is we assume it is".

Because, let's face it, corporations are assholes, and injecting genes into a plant which have no natural way of getting there ... and assuming that is safe in the long term isn't based on anything meaningful.

It's based purely on "we have no evidence to show this is safe, but we bought off politicians who agree with us that we'll let you guys be the guinea pigs".

Comment: Re:I'm dying of curiousity (Score 3, Interesting) 167

by gstoddart (#49190207) Attached to: Software Freedom Conservancy Funds GPL Suit Against VMWare

They're a for-profit corporation, who see this as their bread and butter technology.

All you need is an idiot CEO to say "I want this" and an asshole lawyer to agree with him.

Are you honestly expecting principle, logic, and honesty from this?

It's a corporation looking out for its own interests. If that means fucking everybody else over or coming up with your own interpretation of the law? So be it.

I expect nothing less from this kind of situation.

Comment: Re:Israel got a lot of heat for much lesser offens (Score 1) 326

To actually be arrested and prosecuted for a crime over such a refusal is new... Should we begin divesting from Canada's corporations?

Did you know that in America they can, and do, the exact same fucking thing?

You want to fix this? Take it up with the governments and corporations who make up the New World Order. The rest of society apparently doesn't get a vote on the topic.

Your rank and file Canadian has no more ability to do anything about this than your average American or Israeli.

But if your government is one of the ones doing this crap ... then shout about that first. And if you're cheering when your government does it to people from other countries .. then STFU and stop pretending to be superior.

Sadly, I fear governments, security, and borders are increasingly becoming more and more draconian and acting like police states. Which means most governments are being ran by assholes and shortsighted morons.

Comment: Re:Custom ... nipples? Actual custom nipples? (Score 1) 60

by gstoddart (#49189471) Attached to: Inside the Weird World of 3D Printed Body Parts

You know, you are 100% correct, and that literally didn't occur to me.

I was thinking purely voluntary nipple upgrades, and was baffled.

Don't forget, it's easy to forget stuff like this .. most of us take nipples for granted, and don't focus on their existence very much.


Comment: Re: Hello? (Score 2) 92

by gstoddart (#49188103) Attached to: FTC Targets Group That Made Billions of Robocalls

Well, and the thing to remember is you have no idea what actually happens when you press a button.

Have you been connected to a pay for call service? Have they confirmed your phone number is valid? There are examples of people pressing "1" only to find a line item on their phone bill the next month.

Honestly, the best solution I've found is to buy phones which can be programmed to block certain calls (like callers with Unknown/Private numbers). After that, I simply don't answer calls from area codes I don't recognize or from 800 numbers.

It has reached the point where 99% of all incoming calls are purely spam and scams, which means the default position is to assume when the phone rings it's just crap .. if it's important, well, that's what answering machines are for.

There are technical means that could be employed, but the lobbyists for the assholes who make their money from call centers have made sure that caller Id spoofing is legal to support their business model -- but this has the effect of meaning it is impossible to know who the hell is actually calling you.

Just remember, it's the exemptions for business who claim their free speech rights are being violated if they aren't allowed to call you are the ones who paid your politicians for exemptions.

And then stop answering the phone unless you recognize the caller.

Comment: Custom ... nipples? Actual custom nipples? (Score 1) 60

by gstoddart (#49187953) Attached to: Inside the Weird World of 3D Printed Body Parts

TeVido, which aims to 3D print custom nipples

Hmmm ... apparently I am unversed in the realm of custom nipples, as I've never conceived of it before. Is this a thing I've been missing?

So, I guess we can have an informal Slashdot poll ... if you were going to have custom nipples it would look like:

1) Smiley faces
2) Tux
3) The Windows Logo
4) Monkeys
5) USB ports
6) Cowboy Neal
7) Cupcakes
8) Hearts
9) AC/DC's logo
10) Yoda

I for one welcome our new, custom-nipple overlords.

Comment: Re:Define 'desktop' ... (Score 1) 427

Bigger areas for button presses, charms, bigger hit boxes and all that stuff, and you know what? Good for them, I hope they keep going in that direction.

See, when confronted with that GUI on a non-touch screen 23" monitor, in which clicking on the big giant idiot button causes something to open up on the bottom right corner of the screen so that I have to move my mouse back across the screen in order to click what should have been where I clicked ... just fucking no.

The Metro UI paradigm is largely useless on a standard monitor, mouse, and keyboard layout. Which what my desktop is used with.

but your view of "tablet = bad" is ignoring the realities of where the market is heading

While inarguably people are buying tablets, not all computers are tablets, nor do all tasks benefit from tablet interfaces ... and an old fashioned desktop machine does not benefit from Metro.

Certainly the flashing dynamic desktop paradigm is as annoying as ads to me, and I do not WANT any of that animated eye candy. And I know from experience it's both security and privacy holes waiting to happen. They have twice now had to abandon live desktop content because it was insecure. Why should I trust this stuff?

Don't get me wrong, once I no longer had to look at any of the Romper Room crap for 99% of my tasks, I'm happy with the OS. So far it's stable and quick ... but essentially it now looks like Windows 2003 or Windows 7 or even Vista once you turn the crud off.

Guess what, your spreadsheets still work, so does Visual studio, but I can now use the system using a touch interface too, is that so bad?

You know, once again, these are not things I do on tablets. A tablet isn't where I go to do work.

I'm lucky enough to not schlep around some monster laptop daily to to my job. A tablet for me is down-time .. it's travel, it's consuming web content, and not doing productive work.

So, here I don't want a desktop interface. I want a hammock interface. I want a plane interface. Or a hotel interface. I want the big squishy buttons.

If Microsoft would stop trying to give me a tablet interface on my desktop, and a desktop interface on my tablet ... maybe they'd understand what people actually use tablets for, and what they use desktops for ... and actually make the appropriate interface for the job.

Seriously? My bloody spreadsheets will work? Are you aware you're epitomizing the "I"m a PC and I'm a Mac" cliche? Because when the original iPad came out, and Google has had successful tablets ... most of which are used for damned near anything but spreadsheets ... nobody was using it for spreadsheets. Not even a little.

The people who are going almost entirely tablet are using video conferencing, watching movies, reading eBooks, reading their email, and doing a little banking. Because normal people doing normal things on a computer pretty much do those things.

And you and Microsoft want to be sure my spreadsheets will work on my tablet? That's pathetic.

I'm looking forward to being able to use my tablet more like a PC.

I had been hoping to use my big-boy desktop workstation like a big-boy desktop workstation ... instead I got some moronic marketing vision in which that isn't a conceivable thing, and that I clearly need an app for that, and have a touch screen. The Metro interface is more of a hindrance in that context. It's useless and cumbersome.

Maybe they will succeed at an environment which seamlessly does both. But so far from what I've seen they're doing a shitty job of them individually, so lucking into one combined thing which works is just not gonna happen.

Comment: Re: Yes, I agree (Score 1) 561

by gstoddart (#49183315) Attached to: Why We Should Stop Hiding File-Name Extensions

Well there's an answer to that, buy a modern computer

I did buy a frickin' "modern" computer, I just didn't buy a portable or a tablet.

I bought a desktop workstation, with 8CPU cores, 16GB of RAM, and which has 6TB of disk space.

And then I had to spend hours removing a fucking romper room interface designed for a cell phone.

If I buy a tablet, I expect a tablet interface. If I buy a desktop workstation, I expect to have that, and not have to strip out the idiotic and brightly colored garbage because some moron at Microsoft has decided the whole fucking world is doing everything on tablets.

The problem is people at Microsoft are stupid enough to think that the tablet interface has any utility whatsoever in a desktop machine, and forget that MANY of us still use desktop workstations to do work ... not connect to Facebook, not to share stuff on Twitter, and pretty much not a damned thing Windows 8.1 is geared towards out of the box.

Out of the box, Windows 8.1 is ahorrific mess of crap, designed for the drooling masses, and designed to be pretty and flashy, but which utterly fails to understand that essentially this is no different from the "Live Desktop" crap we were turning off a decade ago.

It's all eye candy and non substance for a desktop machine. So far, when you turn the crap off, it's a great OS. But Microsoft has no idea of what the desktop experience needs to be.

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