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Comment: Re:Leave then (Score 1) 791

To be fair, it's hard to pretend not to be black, but it's usually pretty easy to pretend not to be gay. You don't even have to pretend; you just have to not bring up your sexual orientation.

So a business wanting to discriminate against gays would have to have some sort of policy that you have to make out with the cashier to prove you're straight, or something. That might prove very popular with some customers, but they'd probably have trouble hiring cashiers.

Comment: Re:Speed of traffic? (Score 1) 271

by linuxrocks123 (#49332795) Attached to: Ford's New Car Tech Prevents You From Accidentally Speeding

going so far as to point out that you could be ticketed for unsafe driving (or impeding traffic) if you were driving the speed limit (e.g. 60mph on the freeway) but the rest of traffic was going 90.

Yeah I don't think so. Otherwise, there would be no way to drive on that road at all without breaking the law. I think that would violate due process. Also common sense.

Your driving instructor isn't wrong about safety, though.

Comment: Re:The premise -- collectivism (Score 1) 317

Yes, people talking about suicide want "attention". But this usually isn't the same kind of attention spoiled children want. People talking about suicide often mean it, or at least think they do, and talking about suicide is one of their last attempts to grasp at whatever straws they think might support them as they fall.

Don't trivialize the pain that can and does make people end their own lives.

Comment: Re:Facebook exists so that you can build the image (Score 1) 317

...have to defend their license at a license board hearing...

To all Slashdotters, take note:
- Never support licensing for programmers.
- NEVER support licensing for programmers.

If there's anything that can make you a raving libertarian, it's professional licensing. Did you know the US state bars can refuse to license a lawyer who passed all tests and has no criminal record because (paraphrasing) "he's a jerk"? Seriously. Not an exaggeration. I can't find the case right now (slow Internet), but that has happened. Look up how broad the requirement of "good moral character" can be. Don't want that bull feces in YOUR profession? Oppose licensure. Always.

Comment: Re:Browsers getting too complex (Score 2) 237

In OO language, we don't want any friends and we want to make sure that no data is exposed and all functions that provide functionality (get, set, do_something, whatever) are checked properly.

Friends are irrelevant. In C and C++, you have the ability to set pointers to arbitrary values, cast them to whatever you want, and then use them to overwrite arbitrary memory. Friends matter for minimizing code complexity, but, as Stroustrup said, C++'s object model is intended to prevent accidents, not fraud. If you have evil code with access to an object, whether or not the code is friends with the object's class is entirely irrelevant.

Comment: Re:We desperately need unflashable firmwares (Score 1) 120

by linuxrocks123 (#49296593) Attached to: Persistent BIOS Rootkit Implant To Debut At CanSecWest

Christ ...we meet again. Are you like a Qubes developer or something because it's either that or you're REALLY a fanboy.

Is this what you're talking about: http://blog.invisiblethings.or...

It's an impressive idea, although it depends on the TPM which is not designed to be safe against physical attacks. There's no reason the implementation of that should only work with QubesOS, either, although the developers appear to be the same.

Comment: Re:so, the key to amnesty... (Score 1) 322

by linuxrocks123 (#49294837) Attached to: Microsoft Offers Pirates Amnesty and Free Windows 10 Upgrades

Please read the link again, and/or work on your reading comprehension skills. The part you talk about is referring to not showing up to court when summoned, not failing to pay a monetary judgment.

Generally, once you have a judgment, it's up to you as a creditor to enforce it. You can do this in a number of ways, including enlisting a sheriff to help you (for a fee). But the debtor doesn't end up in prison for not paying a judgment.

Do you see how "not showing up to court" != "not paying a judgment"? Like I said earlier, the only way you can end up in jail for not paying a debt is if it's child support or a fine. These exceptions are perpetually controversial because they're basically debtors' prison, although supposedly inability to pay is a defense to the contempt charge.

In any case, I've thoroughly skewered your stupid "send me an email saying you'll pay me $10000" or whatever hypothetical. Unsecured creditors have no ability to force you into jail. Just make your court appearances, stupid.

Comment: Re:so, the key to amnesty... (Score 1) 322

by linuxrocks123 (#49288357) Attached to: Microsoft Offers Pirates Amnesty and Free Windows 10 Upgrades

Yes, protocol on Slashdot with alleged bullshit things is that burden of proof is on the bullshitter. Since, you know, you made the original claim?

But I'll throw you a bone. I won't even use insult you with Aren't I a nice guy?

Comment: Re:so, the key to amnesty... (Score 1) 322

by linuxrocks123 (#49286079) Attached to: Microsoft Offers Pirates Amnesty and Free Windows 10 Upgrades


It's generally not contempt of court not to pay a judgment. There are special cases where it sometimes can be with child support, but, as a general rule, you're just wrong on this. Even with child support, if you show up in court and prove you can't pay the debt, it's not contempt of court.

Comment: Re:Thanks to the Humble Bundle (Score 3, Informative) 192

by linuxrocks123 (#49236533) Attached to: Steam On Linux Now Has Over a Thousand Games Available

Trolling? There's no harm in running a mixed-mode system. It makes your kernel slightly larger and means 32-bit shared libraries will be loaded when and only when you're actually using 32-bit programs. You still get the speedup for software compiled in long mode. Given that the CPU designers baked the support logic into your CPU anyway, there's really no downside ot using that support when it makes sense.

Comment: Re:B is the new F? (Score 1) 315

by linuxrocks123 (#49226669) Attached to: Clinton's Private Email System Gets a Security "F" Rating

It took four months for my relatively unknown server.

This smells funny. How specifically did your server get hacked? If I put out a server running nothing but Apache serving static HTML and SSH with a good password, I would expect it to be hacked approximately never or until the next sshnuke exploit. Which, again, would be approximately never. What were you running where you got hacked in four months?

If you can't understand it, it is intuitively obvious.