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Comment: Re:The most intriguing thing in this to me... (Score 5, Interesting) 92

by jlb.think (#47390115) Attached to: Rightscorp Pushing ISPs To Disconnect Repeat Infringers

The most intriguing thing in this to me... that they were able to identify 140 ISPs, presumably 130 or so of which were not owned by a regional monopoly phone company or a cable company.

One would be Nextech, owned by Rural Telephone, in northwest Kansas. I've recieved several phone calls from them, and they have shut off my internet before due to supposed infrining. Frankly I think what I do with my internet is none of their damn business. I've even got calls for running a Tor node (not exit) along with I2P. Giving ISP's common carrier status would solve the problem. Since Rural Telephone is a common carrier I wonder if it makes their subsidiary Nextech one too? No such luck I think.

Comment: Re:tech marketing took over (Score 1) 310

Slashdot was about what caught he eye, what made you think, now's its about what may make the community read and comment. Fuck you I'm out.

To an extent it was always was got people to comment and click. Yes, slashdot is going the way of cnet we all knew it was coming.

+ - A Corporate War Against a Scientist, and How He Fought Back

Submitted by AthanasiusKircher
AthanasiusKircher (1333179) writes "Environmental and health concerns about atrazine — one of the most commonly used herbicides in the U.S. — have been voiced for years, leading to an EU ban and multiple investigations by the EPA. Tyrone Hayes, a Berkeley professor who has spearheaded research on the topic, began to display signs of apparent paranoia over a decade ago. He noticed strangers following him to conferences around the world, taking notes and asking questions aimed to make him look foolish. He worried that someone was reading his email, and attacks against his reputation seemed to be everywhere; search engines even displayed ad hits like "Tyrone Hayes Not Credible" when his name was searched for. But he wasn't paranoid: documents released after a lawsuit from Midwestern towns against Syngenta, the manufacturer of atrazine, showed a coordinated smear campaign. Syngenta's public relations team had a list of ways to defend its product, topped by "discredit Hayes." Its internal list of methods: "have his work audited by 3rd party," "ask journals to retract," "set trap to entice him to sue," "investigate funding," "investigate wife," etc. A recent New Yorker article chronicles this war against Hayes, but also his decision to go on the offensive and strike back. He took on the role of activist against atrazine, giving over 50 public talks on the subject each year, and even taunting Syngenta with profanity-laced emails, often delivered in a rapping "gangsta" style. The story brings up important questions for science and its public persona: How do scientists fight a PR war against corporations with unlimited pockets? How far should they go?"

+ - Florida Arrests High-Dollar Bitcoin Exchangers for Money Laundering->

Submitted by tsu doh nimh
tsu doh nimh (609154) writes "State authorities in Florida on Thursday announced criminal charges targeting three men who allegedly ran illegal businesses moving large amounts of cash in and out of the Bitcoin virtual currency. Experts say this is likely the first case in which Bitcoin vendors have been prosecuted under state anti-money laundering laws, and that prosecutions like these could shut down one of the last remaining avenues for purchasing Bitcoins anonymously."
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+ - Web Admins Fight Back Against Surveillance->

Submitted by jlb.think
jlb.think (1719718) writes "Dear Internet Users and Slashdot horde:

In January 2012 we defeated the SOPA and PIPA censorship legislation with the largest Internet protest in history. Today we face another critical threat, one that again undermines the Internet and the notion that any of us live in a genuinely free society: mass surveillance.

In celebration of the win against SOPA and PIPA two years ago, and in memory of one of its leaders, Aaron Swartz, we are planning a day of protest against mass surveillance, to take place this February 11th.

Together we will push back against powers that seek to observe, collect, and analyze our every digital action. Together, we will make it clear that such behavior is not compatible with democratic governance. Together, if we persist, we will win this fight."

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Comment: Re:What about surveillence? (Score 1) 218

by jlb.think (#46132275) Attached to: FCC Wants To Trial Shift From Analog Phone Networks To Digital
It may or may not make it easier for current mass surveillance technology, but it will make it easier for us to use telephones with encryption built in. I would love to see basic telephones with opportunistic encryption built in and the option for me to use my own set of keys when I don't think that's enough.

Comment: Re:Wacky thinking (Score 1) 430

by jlb.think (#46126033) Attached to: Kansas To Nix Expansion of Google Fiber and Municipal Broadband
There's more of us atheist in Kansas than people would believe. Where I work pretty much everyone thirty and younger is atheist. All that doesn't matter though. Stopping this bill does. I'm lucky in Northwest Kansas as we have fiber-to-the-home, but I doubt we'll see the rest of Kansas wired up without public help, and the cable companies will keep milking the cities/larger towns (we have Nextech/Rural Telephone, excellent service and good infrastructure).

Comment: Re:FUCK THE USA AND ALL LIKE IT. You are not free. (Score 2) 243

by jlb.think (#45776315) Attached to: Ulbricht Admits Seized Bitcoins Are His and Wants Them Back
It's called civilization. We have a government and laws because of the benefits it brings. No we are not free to do whatever we want. You want to live in anarchy? In a world where the government can't tell you what to do? Then either you must live alone in a wilderness as a caveman, or live in a complete anarchic world where gangs, warlords, and thugs control everything. No matter what people will organize, no matter what if you want to be in a society there will be rules.

Comment: Re:The master owns everything, including your *LIF (Score 2) 243

by jlb.think (#45776055) Attached to: Ulbricht Admits Seized Bitcoins Are His and Wants Them Back

The adults weren't completely innocent. They were served a legal search warrant and instead of the doing the sane thing, they hold up inside their compound. After surrounded by police a sane person would surrender. They were delusional and caused the deaths of their own children by not letting the cops serve a warrant.

If the cops come to my house to serve a search warrant and I hold up inside with guns and don't let them in their is only one end result. Eventually they are coming in and if I hold out through the tear gas and whatever else they use to try to flush me out, then yeah, eventually I'm gettin' shot and I'm gonna die.

Comment: Re:Every single one of them is guilty? (Score 1) 841

by jlb.think (#45636191) Attached to: Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA
<quote>Everyone is seizing on this "why are you spying on grandma?" line and saying 'Damn right they should be ashamed and demoralized, stupid jackboots!'

Except the NSA has something like 30,000 people . . .[cut]. . . . They're not the KKK, they're not the Westboro Baptist Church . . . . </quote>

The NSA controls the world's largest intelligence apparatus which literally records every communication it is technologically possible for them to. It doesn't matter how benevolent they are, even the smallest abuse of power, when your playing at that level means controlling elections, imprisonment of opponents, suppressing free speech, and ever other nasty thing you can think of. And this happens without them trying. The very knowledge of their spying affects what we do and say to each other.

There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly. -- Publius Terentius Afer (Terence)