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Comment: Nothing's changed (Score 2) 264

by reikae (#48143481) Attached to: Confidence Shaken In Open Source Security Idealism

Free software is about ideology. About the availability of source code and the permission to examine, modify and redistribute it. It doesn't mean better security or indeed better by any quality metric, and that's not the point. Much like freedom of speech: it's important even if I never say or write anything and it doesn't make everyone Shakespeare either.

Posted from my Windows computer btw; I think there is value in software freedom, but I use what best meets my current needs and wants, and encourage others to do so too.

Comment: Re:Makes sense (Score 2) 314

Because 200 euro and 500 euro notes are all that stands between total anonymity and letting the government track your every step...

Maybe I'm not paranoid enough; many posters seem to consider this a huge issue but I don't see it. If getting rid of 500 euro notes means loss of freedom, what does the lack of 1000 euro and higher notes mean? I realize cash would be effectively banned for many uses if all coins/notes above, say, 1 euro were taken from circulation, but I don't think the Finnish government could even succeed in doing that.

Comment: Re:Reasonable (Score 1) 144

by reikae (#48134139) Attached to: Google Rejects 58% of "Right To Be Forgotten" Requests

I don't know about eagerness to forgive and all that, but surely the search results aren't limited to Europeans? So also people who presumably aren't eager to forgive and move on would also see the results, which would be seen as an issue. Or does Google return wildly different results (assuming the query is specific enough) depending on the user's country?

Comment: Re:So we can't call anyone stupid anymore (Score 1) 622

by reikae (#48133991) Attached to: The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

I didn't check the statistics, but I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of rapes happened at people's homes (not necessarily the victim's home), workplaces and similar "safe places". So effectively you'd always partly blame the victim for dressing "provocatively". I have a simpler rule of thumb: victim's aren't at fault.

Comment: Re:There is another response for people like this (Score 1) 622

by reikae (#48133837) Attached to: The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

Saying "but there was a pedestrian crossing and I had the right of way" doesn't help you when you're lying in the hospital with broken bones.

Would you go to the hospital and rub it in the pedestrian's face, telling them how they were in the wrong place and shouldn't have done this and that? What good would such victim-blaming do? However, reminding other people to watch out when crossing the street wouldn't be victim-blaming because they aren't victims. In this case there's much potential for a positive outcome.

Comment: Re:A man who defends himself has a fool for a clie (Score 1) 204

Does that saying apply to lawyers too if they get sued? Maybe they would end up making stupid mistakes because of the emotional involvement?

Lawyers do seem pretty good at the job security game: make the system very complicated and convince everyone they need lawyers. Software houses should keep this in mind and not try to focus on ease of use. :-)

Never buy from a rich salesman. -- Goldenstern

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