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Comment Re:Things to consider (Score 3, Interesting) 191

To be fair I've more faith in apps from than in I do in apps from the Play store. The flashlight and music player apps there don't want access to your contacts list, unique ID, and wifi connections. And their code seems to be more highly vetted than those in the Play store.

Comment Live Free or Die (Score 3, Informative) 95

Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death
Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775.

No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve. This is no time for ceremony. The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.

Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it.

I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past. And judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years to justify those hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves and the House. Is it that insidious smile with which our petition has been lately received? Trust it not, sir; it will prove a snare to your feet. Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with those warlike preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which kings resort. I ask gentlemen, sir, what means this martial array, if its purpose be not to force us to submission? Can gentlemen assign any other possible motive for it? Has Great Britain any enemy, in this quarter of the world, to call for all this accumulation of navies and armies? No, sir, she has none. They are meant for us: they can be meant for no other. They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging. And what have we to oppose to them? Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years. Have we anything new to offer upon the subject? Nothing. We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain. Shall we resort to entreaty and humble supplication? What terms shall we find which have not been already exhausted? Let us not, I beseech you, sir, deceive ourselves. Sir, we have done everything that could be done to avert the storm which is now coming on. We have petitioned; we have remonstrated; we have supplicated; we have prostrated ourselves before the throne, and have implored its interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament. Our petitions have been slighted; our remonstrances have produced additional violence and insult; our supplications have been disregarded; and we have been spurned, with contempt, from the foot of the throne! In vain, after these things, may we indulge the fond hope of peace and reconciliation. There is no longer any room for hope. If we wish to be free â" if we mean to preserve inviolate those inestimable privileges for which we have been so long contending â" if we mean not basely to abandon the noble struggle in which we have been so long engaged, and which we have pledged ourselves never to abandon until the glorious object of our contest shall be obtained â" we must fight! I repeat it, sir, we must fight! An appeal to arms and to the God of hosts is all that is left us!

They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot? Sir, we are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. The millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us. The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable â" and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come.

It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace -- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

Comment Re:Hey, that's great! (Score 2) 89

I'll bite.

With a higher resolution you can begin to resolve some of the dynamics of the eye wall, which gives you a much better idea about how the storm's intensity will develop.

There was a very good wunderground blog post about this last week with a /. story about it.

Comment Re:Austerity fails again (Score 1) 1307

The point is austerity in national spending is a terrible answer to the
question of how to make an economy recover. The absolute worst thing to do
in a bad economy is to stop the government spending on core infrastructure
which helps the economy in the long term. You put more people out of work,
who drop out of the income tax paying and discretionary spending pool and
pile onto the already bloated unemployment rolls. An economic downturn is
the worst time for blanket austerity, you need to do that in the good

Policies which create 60% youth unemployment are simply not a recipe for
economic recovery or social success. Wasteful policies should be cut back
always but cutting back on basic services is beyond dumb and counter
productive. A functioning economy equals greater tax base. The sooner
you can return to a functioning economy the better, even if it means
taking on some debt. The payback is non-linear.

If your goal is to drive down the cost of nearby labor or bankrupt your
neighbor so that you can swoop in and buy up their assets cheap, then sure,
blanket austerity is a great thing.

Krugman has written many columns on this if you want to get a Nobel prize
in economics laureate's take on the situation.

Comment Re:But we know that USA is the *GOOD GUY* (Score 5, Insightful) 222

> If you love China so much, then go live there.

That's such a classically stupid cliche of a line, you should be embarrassed to use it.

> You're goddamn right we are the good guys.

but even the greatest morons are right sometimes.

GP doesn't show much more intelligence. God damn right the USA with its many many flaws is still worlds a better place to be than the mafia state which is Putin's Russia or the Orwellian disco that is modern capitalist China. Humans are notoriously bad at weighing dichotomy but seriously get a grip. Goldmans may be whispering in the ear of the USA government but at least they aren't actively selling the organs of the new age religioners on the open market the way the Chinese are or blatantly executing New York Times columnists on the streets the way the Russians are doing to their own.

The fact that the foundations of the USA are philosophically strong is precisely the reason that the good parts of the USA are worth fighting for. At present the US government may be a bit fucked up and 0wned, but at its core the US Constitution is still a one of humanity's greatest intellectual achievements and worth fighting for tooth and nail.

Comment is spreading adware installers (Score 5, Insightful) 56

From a technical standpoint (and that's why we're here isn't it?) the Streisand Effect is actively trying to supress a nibble of information that wants desperately to be free. Which isn't really the case here. Here we have the editors silently ignoring an up-rated story on the firehose in the hope that if it goes away they won't get shit from their corporate overlords. They aren't filing public documents to make it so. Presumably they already have got the shit come down from on high and they don't feel that they're completely irreplaceable.

You want to stir the shit? Get the quashing story on Soylent News or wherever people with a beef hang out.

As for me, just another journalistic straw broken in my respect for the good 'ol site.

Submission SourceForge MITM Projects-> 2

lister king of smeg writes: What happened?

SourceForge, once a trustworthy source code hosting site, started to place misleading ads (like fake download buttons) a few years ago. They are also bundling third-party adware/malware directly with their Windows installer.

Some project managers decided to leave SourceForge – partly because of this, partly just because there are better options today. SF staff hijacked some of these abandoned accounts, partly to bundle the crapware with their installers. It has become just another sleazy garbage site with downloads of fake antivirus programs and such.

How can I help?

If you agree that SourceForge is in fact distributing malicious software under the guise of open source projects, report them to google. Ideally this will help remove them from search results, prevent others from suffering their malware and provide them with incentive to change their behavior.

As this story has been submitted several times in the past several days, by various submitter and is going around various other tech forums( , , ,) this submitter wonders has our shared "glorious Dice Corporate overloads" been shooting this story down?
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