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Comment: Re:Private Profiles (Score 1) 163

by penix1 (#49808761) Attached to: Orange County Public Schools To Monitor Students On Social Media

It's right there in their privacy policy:

We collect the content and other information you provide when you use our Services, including when you sign up for an account, create or share, and message or communicate with others. This can include information in or about the content you provide, such as the location of a photo or the date a file was created. We also collect information about how you use our Services, such as the types of content you view or engage with or the frequency and duration of your activities.


We also collect content and information that other people provide when they use our Services, including information about you, such as when they share a photo of you, send a message to you, or upload, sync or import your contact information.

The list goes on and on. Most troubling is this is how they descrie their "anonymous" data:

For example, we may tell an advertiser how its ads performed, or how many people viewed their ads or installed an app after seeing an ad, or provide non-personally identifying demographic information (such as 25 year old female, in Madrid, who likes software engineering)...

It has already been proven that anonymized data can be unraveled and associated with an individual again. Facebook makes it even easier to unravel by providing the sex, age, likes and city of the victim. (Search /. for the multitude of stories on this). So don't feed me that pap on it being "anonymous".

Even given the policy, Facebook doesn't come right out and say EXACTLY what and with whom they are sharing information BEFORE THEY SHARE IT. It is intentionally nebulous.

Lastly, the default settings in the Privacy Center is to share as much as they can without triggering aggressive privacy concerns generating bad PR. Admittedly, that is the whole purpose of the site. So the idea to not use social media or at most provide as little private information as possible (or fake it when not avoidable) is sound advice.

Comment: Re: Sounds cheap if it works (Score 1) 163

by penix1 (#49808633) Attached to: Orange County Public Schools To Monitor Students On Social Media

Schools have guardian rights. So legally its no different than your parents checking Facebook.

[Citation needed]

Nowhere in state or federal law is guardianship granted to schools. The parents do not relinquish their parental responsibilities or rights while the kids are in school. State and federal law does require a safe, sanitary and healthy learning environment. That is the extent of their authority. We have stretched the definitions of those three directives to the breaking point with crap policies like this.

Comment: Re:Preserving is not the right word (Score 1) 73

by penix1 (#49807399) Attached to: Artist Uses 3D Printing To Preserve Artifacts Destroyed By ISIS

Don't underestimate the importance of copies.

Absolutely right especially given that the ones they are copying were copies to begin with!

The ancient statues that Islamic State militants smashed in Mosul on camera last month have been proved to be exact replicas of precious artifacts of Iraqi heritage. The real masterpieces of antiquity are said to be in Baghdad.

"They were copies. The originals are all here," Baghdad's museum director told Germany's Deutsche Welle.

Comment: Re:Sounds cheap if it works (Score 3, Insightful) 163

by penix1 (#49806887) Attached to: Orange County Public Schools To Monitor Students On Social Media

Of course, this WILL rapidly degenerate into "Deidre got detention because she posted a selfie on Instagram with a really revealing outfit."


So the school officials need to have plenty of common sense.

No... The schools need to be treated like the government entities they are and get the shit sued out of them for violating the Constitution's 4th and 5th Amendment rights. Think of the children only goes so far. But given the shithead fossils we got for a Supreme Court, it wouldn't surprise me if they uphold this shit.

Comment: Re:Germany should pay war reparations for WWII (Score 4, Insightful) 742

by penix1 (#49767119) Attached to: Greece Is Running Out of Money, Cannot Make June IMF Repayment

I agree with everything you said but will add this....

I have yet to see any country taking IMF funds come out any better in the end. The demands of the IMF are too extreme for any country it goes into to "rescue". Not to long ago the IMF went into South American countries and now they are in serious financial trouble I argue because of the IMF.

In my opinion, it would be better for Greece to declare insolvency, pull out of the Eurozone and begin again. It will be less torture than dealing with the IMF.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 122

by penix1 (#49763575) Attached to: Oculus Founder Hit With Lawsuit

No it doesn't dumbass... It starts from the violation of contract. Otherwise you have nothing to sue over.

From Wikipedia:

Statutes of limitations are written laws passed by a legislative body in common law systems to set the maximum time after an event when legal proceedings may be initiated.

Emphasis added.

Comment: Re:Transparency (Score 2) 103

There are many factors that play in low voter turnout but to name the worst offenders here we go:

1. The two party system itself. Having only two nationally recognized parties by the media ignores a very large part of the population that doesn't agree with either of them. This is the primary reason gerrymandering works too.
2. Primaries. Having primaries in the two party system means those that support a candidate that doesn't win the primary feels left out and doesn't see a need to vote in the general election.
3. Winner takes all in national elections. This means that electoral votes get ignored once a majority is achieved. This is how President Obama won.
4. Using an electoral college. The electoral college made sense when communicating voter wishes meant paper delivered by horse to the capitol. It makes no sense in the age of computers and high speed communications. Also, because there is no real assurance that an elector will vote they way the voters want, you wind up with messes like the 2000 election where the electoral vote did not match the popular vote.
5. No holiday for election days. Nobody wants to work all day just to have to stand in long lines all night to vote. Let's face it, if a person had all day to vote those lines would be considerably shorter with only the procrastinators being punished.

Those are just a few off the top of my head. I know there are many more.

Comment: Re:Or they're just proxying their connections (Score 4, Interesting) 224

True, it is impossible to win against a group of self-entitled individuals who feel they deserve everything for free.

You shouldn't talk about copyright holders like that... They are people too...

The point is that a copyright holder doesn't deserve the life+70 or whatever the ever expanding length of copyright is for a work. How is that promoting the science and useful arts? How is that benefiting the public domain which is the sole reason for the existence of copyright in the first place? What other job do you know of where a person can keep getting paid long after they quit the job outside of these government grants of monopoly?

Comment: Re:Except you didn't, therefore (Score 1) 150

by penix1 (#49734127) Attached to: Survey: 2/3 of Public Sector Workers Wouldn't Report a Security Breach

I work in state government and not only do I have to change the password every 30 days but I can't repeat any password combination I used in the past 30 times. To make it worse, if I don't change the password within the 30 days the system locks me out requiring IT to reset it. Lastly, I am required to take security training every 6th change before the system will allow me to change it. And that training doesn't ever change the questions... I get 100% on it every time.

It has gotten to the point of ridiculous nonsense.

Comment: Re:Controversial because? (Score 1) 284

by penix1 (#49683257) Attached to: Bill Gates Still Trying To Buy Some Common Core Testing Love

It's only a huge lever because they allow it to be a huge lever. Taking federal funds in any program always comes with minimum standards. If you don't meet the standards in most federal funding the usual remedy is refunding the federal dollars you took. Just ask anyone who got funding from SSI or FEMA when they didn't meet the standard for those funds to find out just how vicious the feds can be in this area.

So, to sum it up don't take the money if you don't want to live up to the grant agreement.

Comment: Re:Controversial because? (Score 1) 284

by penix1 (#49683123) Attached to: Bill Gates Still Trying To Buy Some Common Core Testing Love

The schools have the children for more hours a day than the parents do in most cases and some of that time has to go toward athletic activities, eating, bathing, and other activities. 7 hours in school 4 or 5 hours before bed. The schools are the ones who should be held directly accountable.

You need to readjust your math there bud...

School is in session from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM 5 days a week with 180 education days a year in my state. That is 1080 hours they are in school. Compare that to the time they are home...

365 days a year = 8760 hours - 1080 hours spent in school = 7680 hours (320 full days) at home. Granted, some of that time is spent doing the activities you describe but the majority of the time is spent pursuing leisure activity (holidays, vacations, etc...)

Comment: Re:And customers always want cheaper (Score 2, Interesting) 612

by penix1 (#49658167) Attached to: To Laid-Off Southern California Edison Workers: Boo-Hoo

I tried to unionize our shop (all I needed was 50%), and while the other coders agreed that it was a good idea in principle, less than half would sign up when the crunch came, even though the law prohibits firing for unionizing.

It isn't a fear of firing but the realization that unions are simply trading one management bureaucracy with another.And although they can't legally fire you for joining a union they certainly can eliminate your position and off-shore it with the net effect being the same.

Comment: Re:EPA has exceeded safe limits, needs curbing (Score 2) 355

While this general welfare clause has been expanded over the years, it still fails on several levels. The courts have only allowed the general welfare clause to be used with the taxing and spending powers of congress. No court and no competent constitutional authority has ever said it extends congress's powers to create departments that can make law independent of congress or constitutional processes nor have they used the clause to establish fines and/or imprisonment terms to anyone. There is simply no constitutional basis for it.

It is your reading comprehension that needs adjusting. The departments don't create the law. They enforce it. That is what I said. It was Congress that created the department as the Constitution allows.

Can congress create a department of the second amendment, staff it with a bunch of people who create regulation saying you have to own at least 3 guns per person in the household, molest your children at least once in their life time, spin in circles twice before taking a piss all without congressional action? Can the EPA make any of these regulations? The answer is no to all because there is no constitutional authority for it. The only difference is how silly the regulations might be but the general welfare claim can be made just the same.

Again, it isn't the EPA creating the regulations. It is Congress. The EPA is merely enforcing the regulations that Congress created. If you want to know the specific act it is NEPA. I leave it as an exercise for you to look it up.

The rest of your post is totally nonsense repeating the same line you refused to understand... Namely that Congress created the EPA and Congress has the power to destroy it. But know the consequences when you do. Things like the Gulf spill will go unaddressed. The Freedom Enterprises MCHM spill would have no legal recourse. The impoundment failure in Tennessee would be common place. Not to mention Love Canal...

Comment: Re:EPA has exceeded safe limits, needs curbing (Score 1) 355

I am not going to argue whether or not "secret science" should be used by the EPA. I will point out the hypocrisy in there is no difference between the EPA using "secret science" and the FDA using "secret science" when approving drugs. If you are going to ban it in one regulatory agency then you should ban it in all regulatory agencies.

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