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Comment: Re:Executive Orders Need to Expire, and Quickly (Score 1) 108

by penix1 (#47781757) Attached to: The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

A typical executive order simply designates procedures and requirements to be followed by people working for the Executive branch of the government.

Which is EXACTLY what this executive order does. It is implementing at the Executive Branch the legislation to which it is based, namely the National Security Act of 1947 as amended. It even says so at the start of the order:

by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the National Security Act of 1947, as amended, (Act) and as President of the United States of America, in order to provide for the effective conduct of United States intelligence activities and the protection of constitutional rights, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Also, nothing in this executive order "led to" the warrantless wiretapping as alleged in the story. In fact, there are several places in the order that state that if US citizens are involved, it MUST go through the FBI / Attorney General. Read it. You will see what I mean.

Comment: Re:Haply so, but exec orders and agencies (Score 3, Informative) 108

by penix1 (#47781543) Attached to: The Executive Order That Led To Mass Spying, As Told By NSA Alumni

Did you even read the executive order?

First of all, it has been modified many, many times since Ronald Reagen the last that I can find was in 2008.

Second, and more to your points, sprinkled throughout the document are statements like, any intelligence collected concerning United States citizens must go through the FBI / Attorney General. This is so they can begin criminal investigations using the tools (read WARRANTS) to gain physical evidence of a crime. And the collection of that data, according to the order, is tangential to foreign intelligence gathering. As an example, here is 1.1(a)

(a) All means, consistent with applicable Federal law and this order, and with full consideration of the rights of United States persons, shall be used to obtain reliable intelligence information to protect the United States and its interests.

[Emphasis added]

This is 20(A):

(A) The Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation shall coordinate the clandestine collection of foreign intelligence collected through human sources or through human-enabled means and counterintelligence activities inside the United States;

[Emphasis added]

So sticking to the topic at hand, namely that this order authorizes warrantless surveillance of United States citizens, is patently false. That may be the way it is used but that goes counter to the executive order's language.

By the way, the "human enabled means" is the metadata you are talking about.

Comment: Re:All new passenger cars and light trucks (Score 0) 249

by penix1 (#47768573) Attached to: DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

My biggest problem is with this line...

NHTSA believes that V2V capability will not develop absent regulation, because there would not be any immediate safety benefits for consumers who are early adopters of V2V."

So in short, the government is going to mandate yet another thing that nobody wants and that even the manufacturers don't want to make. Brilliant!

Comment: Re:What's so American (Score 5, Insightful) 501

by penix1 (#47755045) Attached to: Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

You are confusing things. Net neutrality isn't about what tier of service you have. It is about ensuring that you aren't getting purposefully manipulated speed for the tier you have. Let's use your examples since you seem to understand those...

Do you think everyone needs the same speed? Does your grandmother need the same speed as an MIT researcher?

Do you think the MIT researcher should pay for the higher tier and be slowed down to Grandma's speed for some sites?

Same priciple for package delivery. Do you think everyone needs their package overnight? Or are there different needs.

Do you think your overnight package should be 3 days to certain destinations for the same price of overnight delivery?

Same principle for travel. Do you think everyone needs a supersonic transport, or are some fine with taking a Greyhound.

Do you think those that pay for the supersonic speed should be shuttled to the Grayhound station for certain destinations because that destination didn't pay the airlines for it?

Comment: Re:I forced myself to watch it (Score 2) 300

by penix1 (#47748919) Attached to: Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

This DID cause some hurt to some members of my family, but the "suppress reporting of something which actually happened because it might bother some members of the family" approach would have been more harmful to the public interest (and therefore also to us, in the long run).

Reporting on it != viewing the entire episode from grim start to grisly end. There is a huge difference. Add to that the propaganda factor this incident has (for both sides) and it does nothing but damage to the family. Again, I will ask you in the terms of your experience, how would it affect the family had those "unnatural circumstances" been recorded, uploaded to YouTube and used for political purposes?

Comment: Re:tax by transaction (Score 1) 316

by penix1 (#47739719) Attached to: For Microsoft, $93B Abroad Means Avoiding $30B Tax Hit

No it wouldn't since he was only using bank transactions. His idea is to charge that penny on ALL transactions including every transaction made on the stock markets which counts in the hundreds of millions if not billions a day. Add in all the other transactions that occur daily and it is easily in the trillions a day.

Comment: Re:could've sworn this was not the case (Score 1) 129

"Because an institution of higher learning prefers its workers to be dumb and uninformed"

No...because an employer pays for their employee's Internet access so they can do the employer's business. It's not like there aren't multiple ways to access the Internet.

In other words people will switch to using smartphones and tablets to access Facebook, Wikipedia, politically correct websites, etc... and nothing really changes. Censorship is a game of Whac-A-Mole that the censors will always loose.

It depends on the goal of the censorship. If the goal is to prevent you from ever accessing the restricted content, then you are correct. On the other hand if the goal is to prevent you from using my network to access it, then they certainly can do that.

Comment: Re:Just doin' business (Score 1) 249

by penix1 (#47710509) Attached to: Comcast Training Materials Leaked

Shit... Now I'm in the position of defending Comcast...

Trying to sell them something they obviously aren't there for (such as additional services when they are looking for tech support) = bad.

If you read the document, you would see that upselling BEFORE the tech support issue was solved is enough to get you a "0" score. Upselling doesn't occur until their issue is resolved and the call is on track to end.

Trying to sell them something they obviously aren't there for (such as additional services when they are looking for tech support) = bad.

Even Comcast agrees with this which is why the score will drop to 0 if the support tech doesn't solve the reason for the call before trying to upsell.

Now I feel dirty for defending Comcast... Thanks a lot fella!

Comment: Re:question: does IE support adblock and noscript? (Score 1) 426

No it doesn't which is one reason DHS has issued at least a dozen "do not use Internet Explorer" alerts over the years.

Oddly enough though, employees of DHS can't use any other browser so to make those alerts without following it themselves rings hollow to me. And yes, I used to be a DHS employee. Now I'm with my state. You know, you grow...

Comment: Re:Fucking anti-social Millennials (Score 1) 120

by penix1 (#47583617) Attached to: Hotel Chain Plans Phone-Based Check-in and Room Access

Are self-service checkouts surrounded by impulse-buying items in the US?

Yes... At least at the Kroger in my neck of the woods...

And if it takes you a noticeably longer time to go through the self-service checkout than the human cashier, you might just be clueless at technology, which isn't something I'd expect on Slashdot.

It isn't the /. user holding things up it is the granny before him and the twelve other grannies before her. Add to that the one human checkout lane that is backed up around the block because nobody can stand waiting for hours while granny tries to figure out the machine.

Comment: Re:Neither (Score 1) 436

by penix1 (#47563881) Attached to: Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

Advertising does that without requiring a direct cost from you.

I see this argument a lot and it just doesn't hold water. There is a direct cost to the end user in wasted bandwidth if nothing else. Then there is the social cost of being tracked and worse, drive-by infections.

Besides, I never did see how showing an ad that is never followed through (meaning the product being hawked was sold because of the ad) can be profitable. Which is why I think the advertising based business model is extremely flawed.

Heisenberg may have been here.