Oh, and that string of presidents who should be shamed, defamed, blamed and have their presidential libraries torn down to make basketball courts includes Ronald Wilson Reagan who was the first to throw a ton of money at the intelligence/technology/corporate/police state apparatus. He wasn't the first one to spy on Americans who were not suspected of any crime, but he was the one to turn it into a big money pot and then turn the corporate spooks loose to do whatever they want.
I've never watched it, either, but it's this...
La la la la, I can't hear you!.
Seriously, I stopped reading when I saw that you were about to tell me about duck dynasty.
Not going to do it. We're arguing about something stupid while a surveillance state is being set up to take away our privacy forever.
I don't care what your politics are. If you're against the government doing surveillance on hundreds of millions of Americans without warrants, we are on the same side. There is no other issue. No other problem in our society can ever get seriously better until that one is dealt with. We could end poverty tomorrow and have free markets and jobs for everyone and universal health care and teach biblical creation in grammar schools and cure cancer and stop abortion and free the gays and (am I leaving anything out?) and put God in the Constitution and take God out of the courthouse and stop gun violence and have less income inequality and kill all the liberals and kill all the right wing nutjobs and end terrorism and have immigration amnesty and close the borders up tighter than Sarah Palin's mind but nothing gets really better until the surveillance state has been taken down, broken in pieces and forced to be transparent.
I am now a single-issue, single-minded voter who believes the president should be impeached and the one before that imprisoned and the one before that put in the stocks and the one before that... all because they contributed to this surveillance state
I'm discussing what? December 21, afternoon, and I still don't know what a "duck dynasty" is.
Pop open your wallet. Flip over the dollar you got in there. What does it say on the back?
E Pluribus Unum.
That is not latin for "Roll over and play dead."
Perhaps not, but given the way the 1%'ers, corporations and the Government behave today, I'll defer to this quote by Veronica in "Better Off Ted" (Season 1, Episode 4: "Racial Sensitivity"):
"Money before people," that's the company motto. Engraved on the lobby floor. It just looks more heroic in Latin.
[ So, what would that be in Latin? ]
It's my goal to make it to the end of the year without knowing what a "duck dynasty" is. I think it's a TV thing, but that's as far as I know.
It's December 21st, and I'm doing pretty well.
I think it means I'm really old when I start taking great pride in being blissfully unaware of the important cultural issues of the day.
And, I'm pretty sure that all the anti-homosexual references in the New Testament are added by Paul, who was trying to twist the teachings of Jesus to fit his own personal/political agenda. There's a biblical scholar and historian at a religious university near me who believes the character Paul was really just a pseudonym for Joseph of Aramathea, who was doing his best to co-opt Christ for Rome. And "Paul" was the one who introduced all of the tropes the Religious Right likes to describe. Strange that you don't really find any of those things in the actual words of Christ.
I'm trying to find a reference for "tiviozing". Can you explain?
I was following the conversation up to then.
If you can't trust a Cub Scout, who can you trust?
I trust the Cub Scouts completely.
Hell, I buy my weed from one.
SRB's should have never been there. This was design-by congress. It's the reason the shuttle failed, ultimately; it never delivered what it promised (cheap, reusable payloads to orbit; dual-use, cross-range capability). And it was so unsafe, they had to stop flying it, and were never able to afford to follow-through on developing successors (like X-33).
However there was catch22 since MSE stubbornly refused to install itself until the infected file was gone and win7 kept restoring the infected file at boot up. The pragmatic developer in me gave up digging further down that particular rabbit hole. I realise I was now also fighting a win7 immune system that the virus had usurped, but I knew how it got in and that was enough to convince me to change the scanner I'd been using since the late 90's. First time in at least 10yrs I've had to wipe my own windows system disk because of an infection.
Why yes, IAACS, but the above is experience with MSE is a personal anecdote, not a professional opinion.
Wait 'til you hear the one about RSA taking $10million from the NSA to promote vulnerable security.
This is much much worse than many of us will admit. Despite all the other problems we face, this is the one that has to be tackled first. If we can't bring the out-of-control surveillance state to heel, nothing else can ever get really better.
And don't buy for a second the Obama Administration's press release about their "reforms" of NSA data collection. They're just trying to head off the serious challenges that are about to start coming down from the courts and from congress.
For a minute, I think we're going to have to put partisan politics aside to tackle this common threat: government surveillance.
Civil servants are frequently working for the chance to retire after 30 years, with a life time pension, and the ability to start a new career in the private sector, often exploiting their government connections, and working for the contractors they once managed. This is often refered to as double dipping. If you do military, civil service and then private sector its triple dipping. There salaries may not be great but their life time payout is actually really good. Life time pensions are increasingly rare in the private sectors because they are staggeringly expensive with people increasingly living to be a 100.
If you actually compare private sector versus civil service salaries, civil service salaries are starting to outpace the private sector in many fields. This is partially a product of private sector salaries being stagnant in many fields for decades.
Certainly Wall Street banker and hedge fund manager out performs civil service. In the case of SEC civil servents they are usually there to do favors for the big banks and brokers they are supposed to be regulating and then they cash in the favors for high paying job with the people they used to regulate. There is a similar revolving door in just about every Federal agency. And yes it is also known as corruption.
I agree. Someone once told me I should not go out at night, walk naked (except for a hundred dollar bill pasted to each of my nipples) to the highest-crime district in my city, and start yelling "Some of my best friends are you people!" They said I would be safer if I behaved differently, stayed home instead, and STFU-ed up with my crazy rants.
I explained that even if I behaved differently, that doesn't stop the Russians from launching a nuclear ICBM strike, killing us all, including me. Safe is safe, unsafe is unsafe, there are no degrees in between, and all of us face one single adversary who has one simple agenda.
Hopefully they weren't stupid enough to roll their own key format, and instead, they use standard OpenPGP keys. That way, people can have MitM-proof verified-identity conversations if they want that (and can tune the degree of MitM-proofing that is needed) but also have MitM-vulnerable pseudonymous conversations if they don't (for cases where you'd prefer to be anonymous).
When you're talking to your wife, it's ok for her to know who you are, and you to know you're talking to her, so you'd use the keys that you've exchanged out-of-band and that each of you have signed. When you're talking to your pirate buddies, you just to have the keyid that has in the past, been associated with uber-31337ness, but has never been signed by anyone. And when you're talking to another person in the company, you know who each other is and have at least some company CA as your introducer, any maybe signed yourselves too if it's a small enough company where everyone eventually meets each other in person.
Whatever your case, OpenPGP fits perfectly. The only thing it doesn't handle well, is tricking users into thinking they have a secure connection but really letting a third party listen in. For some reason, PGP isn't well-suited for that. Whenever I see someone not use PGP, I assume that's the reason they chose to use weaker tech.
I know I'm not the first one to point this out here, but seriously, let me repeat this:
HOW CAN ANYBODY THROW AWAY HALF A MILLION TONS OF FOOD WHEN SO MANY HUMAN BEINGS ARE STARVING?
How have we - collectively - come to the point where this sort of things is acceptable? This is completely indecent, and someone in power should be shot over this.