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Comment: Re:Slashdot, Stop Spinning the GamerGate Content (Score 1) 423

by Archangel Michael (#48215261) Attached to: The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

You know, most of the time, the truth lies right in the middle of the fighting sides. Having seen two kids fighting over a toy a time or two, it is the toy that ends up suffering (broken, destroyed, damaged etc). Slapping the kids across the back of the head, and taking away the toy is often the only "real solution". Being a parent isn't easy, but the grownups sometimes need to simply smack the back of heads and issue a timeout.

And when it is the grownups are acting like children, the parent role becomes the easy target. "Don't tell me how to think or what to do". Please don't make excuses.

Note: I'm not taking sides in the GG debate. I have no idea what it actually is. Except that it involves Gamers who often act like little children.

Comment: Re:No chance (Score 1) 423

by Archangel Michael (#48214913) Attached to: The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

Generally speaking, hurt feelings strike a nerve. Barking dogs don't strike a nerve, therefore don't hurt feelings. However trolls telling tramps that they are sluts hits a nerve. Hell, even my using those terms will get me in trouble because they elicit a certain negative connotation on the female gender (and done to illustrate a point). If a girl is secure in their sexuality, then no hurt feelings, but if a girl is not comfortable with their sexuality hurt feelings ensue.

Just to make it clear, I don't care about who people sleep with, that is their own fucking (pun intended) business.

The real defense to "hurt feelings" is thicker skin. Which can be learned. But instead, we've become a society of victims of "hurt feelings" and the outrage that is a result.

What is real, is that troll exist. Have existed for ever, and will exist into the foreseeable future. It would be much better use of time and energy helping people ignore trolls, than letting them get the best of us with their trolling.

Comment: I use the red bar in Explorer (Score 1) 96

by davidwr (#48214267) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Smarter Disk Space Monitoring In the Age of Cheap Storage?

Windows 7. :P.

Seriously though, you do have a good question. Every environment is different. A stable environment with very little fluctuation can be a few hundred MB (plus whatever the OS needs for temporary files) away from capacity for years on end - set the alarm at that level plus 1. A drive that's used for archiving everything-ever-created in a video-editing shop will grow to infinity quite fast - set the alarm so you catch it in time to add more space and consider a second alarm that monitors for increases in the rate of growth. A "temp drive" that fluctuates wildly but has only hit 75% once and probably never will again can probably have the alarm set at 76%.

Comment: Telnet has its place (Score 1) 55

by davidwr (#48212675) Attached to: Cisco Fixes Three-Year-Old Telnet Flaw In Security Appliances

However, being accessible by even a single machine you don't trust is not one of those places.

A place where it is helpful: Isolated networks such as in a test lab that you control. The fact that it is NOT encrypted can be a great asset in debugging if you are looking at packet-capture logs. Sure, there are other solutions but if telnet/telnetd are readily available and they get the job done without causing any bad side-effects in a particular use case why not use them?

Comment: This should be much more nuanced (Score 1) 141

by davidwr (#48212411) Attached to: Proposed Penalty For UK Hackers Who "Damage National Security": Life

Just like there are different "levels" of theft and manslaughter/murder, there should be different levels of "damaging national security."

The penalty should be based on the harm done, the intent, and if applicable, the degree of recklessness.

Also, existing charges should be used instead of this charge where applicable. For example,if I harm national security with the intent of exposing someone to grave danger and they die as a result, then a murder or similar charge is more appropriate than a charge of "damaging national security."

That said, I can see some rare, hypothetical situations where a crime that comes under the umbrella of "damaging national security" charge could rightfully deserve a life sentence. However, like the various "levels" of a murder charge, the "levels" of a "damaging national security" charge need to be defined as separate crimes with different "elements" that the prosecution would need to prove.

Regarding whistle-blowers - there needs to be some formal process to encourage responsible whistle-blowing, while not encouraging malicious, dubious "whistle-blowing" (e.g. you are mad at your boss, so you look for nit-picky violations knowing that by merely reporting anything your "whistle-blower" status will mean you will win big money in a lawsuit if you are fired in the next year or two).

The Internet

The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll 423

Posted by samzenpus
from the sticks-and-stones dept. writes James Swearingen writes at The Atlantic that the Internet can be a mean, hateful, and frightening place — especially for young women but human behavior and the limits placed on it by both law and society can change. In a Pew Research Center survey of 2,849 Internet users, one out of every four women between 18 years old and 24 years old reports having been stalked or sexually harassed online. "Like banner ads and spam bots, online harassment is still routinely treated as part of the landscape of being online," writes Swearingen adding that "we are in the early days of online harassment being taken as a serious problem, and not simply a quirk of online life." Law professor Danielle Citron draws a parallel between how sexual harassment was treated in the workplace decades ago and our current standard. "Think about in the 1960s and 1970s, what we said to women in the workplace," says Citron. "'This is just flirting.' That a sexually hostile environment was just a perk for men to enjoy, it's just what the environment is like. If you don't like it, leave and get a new job." It took years of activism, court cases, and Title VII protection to change that. "Here we are today, and sexual harassment in the workplace is not normal," said Citron. "Our norms and how we understand it are different now."

According to Swearingen, the likely solution to internet trolls will be a combination of things. The expansion of laws like the one currently on the books in California, which expands what constitutes online harassment, could help put the pressure on harassers. The upcoming Supreme Court case, Elonis v. The United States, looks to test the limits of free speech versus threatening comments on Facebook. "Can a combination of legal action, market pressure, and societal taboo work together to curb harassment?" asks Swearingen. "Too many people do too much online for things to stay the way they are."

Comment: Re:Not right (Score 1) 631

by Archangel Michael (#48208157) Attached to: FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

If you buy a Frod, thinking it is a Ford, you do. That is what happened here. Renault isn't counterfeiting Ford Cars or trucks.

Car analogy: If you bought a Frod, and took it to Ford Dealer and they put in a Motorcraft Oil Filer that damages your FROD because it isn't a Ford, is Ford Responsible because all you cared about was the Frod Car was cheaper on eBay?

We don't know one millionth of one percent about anything.