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Comment Re:ABOUT FUCKING TIME! (Score 1) 765

Systemd is LGPL but it doesn't matter what license it has if it's the copyright holder that's packaging and linking the commercial software alongside it. What Red Hat do with their commercial products is literally their business. It's up to you to choose to buy their stuff or not. All the Free stuff will remain Free - it's not like distros based on the Free RHEL sources such as Scientific Linux will be going away any time soon.

Comment Tinfoil hats at the ready (Score 1) 765

So you think the NSA and Redhat are engaging in a conspiracy with Ubuntu to implement a new init system that somehow has a hidden backdoor? FFS. Don't like it, don't use it. There's no shortage of distros that don't have systemd as the default init. It's all open source under Free licenses. Do what you want with it.

Comment Re:I voted today using a real paper ballot (Score 1) 388

... make the submission of a vote IDENTICAL for everyone: means pen and paper. Paper ballots go into a sealed envelope that gets dropped into a sealed and uniquely identified ballot box that is brought to the counting place. The opening of the ballot boxes as well as the counting has to be open to the public, same as it should be to allow the public to observe voting at polling places as long as that does not interfere with the voting process (5 witnesses is OK, 500 probably not). That is the only way for the public to organize voting control by tallying the votes cast and comparing them to the votes counted. It would eliminate stuffing the ballot boxes or exchanging them during transport or having special interests rig the final tallies.

That is almost exactly the way that voting works in the UK. Anyone can go and observe a count, and verify that the seals on the ballot boxes haven't been tampered with before they are opened.

Comment CyanogenMod does this already (Score 3, Informative) 214

Much of what you describe is CyanogenMod's Privacy Guard feature.

Privacy Guard is enabled for all apps by default. The first time an app requests a permission, the user is asked to allow/disallow that permission, and can choose whether to have that choice remembered or be asked every time. Disallowed permissions simply present the app with false data. Apps work fine, they just think you have no friends/live in the middle of the Atlantic/never connect to WiFi etc etc.

Comment Re:Marked Paper Ballots FTW (Score 1) 388

This. I can't understand how black box software+hardware voting sytems can be considered in any way superior to a bit of paper, a pencil, a sealed ballot box and a lot of volunteers counting votes in the open on the table on a village hall or council office.

Put an X in the box next to your preferred candidate (or number 1, 2, 3, etc if using STV). Put paper into ballot box. Job done.

Comment Re: beta blockers? what have they smoked? (Score 2) 56

Yep. Nobody is forcing you at gunpoint to use a systemd based distro. You can always roll your own. THe software is free and out there. Nobody is going to take the source code for SysV init from you. You have complete and utter freedom to use whatever software you want. Just don't expect your favourite distro to bend over backwards just to please you.

Comment Re:Great one more fail (Score 1, Insightful) 600

Pure whataboutery.

It doesn't matter how many injuries come from things that are nothing to do with guns. If gun ownership were more tightly controlled, those 14000-19000 nonfatal injuries and the hundreds of fatal injuries from accidental shootings would be reduced by at least an order of magnitude - lives would be saved. You might as well say that, as deaths due to Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma are around 18000 a year in the USA, then it is not worth attempting to find cures for this disease as so many other things are likely to kill you.

Here in the civilised world, where gun worship of the kind practised in the USA is considered an aberration, murder rates and prison populations are proportionally tiny compared to the USA. Honestly, most developed countries think you are all nuts.

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