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Comment: Re:I don't care if he was supporting a bill to imp (Score 1) 1116

by rnicey (#46711289) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

I must respectfully disagree. By simply campaigning against him, he may consider himself harassed. Free speech, to be really free, must have license to offend.

There is no reasonable definition of harass here, that's the real problem. It's basically what you could probably get a civil jury to agree with, and I think we've all noticed how split right down the middle this whole case is. Is it harassment if 90% of the Mozilla user base stops using the product? Is it harassment to write a letter to the board protesting their choice? Is it harassment to stand outside their offices with a placard chanting? If he feels harassed he has every right to file protective motions in a court of law, I doubt he'll be following that up though.

As for your uncivil points, a lot of people would argue that 'yes' he was being uncivil when he donated money to that cause. Other people would disagree (maybe me included). People are going to have their say, and California criminal codes don't trump the constitution of the land.

Nice post though, made me stop and think for a minute. It's a shame we have to tolerate the horrible, nasty, venom filled, bigoted, hurtful, degrading and insulting free speech to allow all the other good stuff. But it's well worth that offence and harassment.

Comment: Re:Started something (Score 2) 51

by rnicey (#46680379) Attached to: Ties of the Matrix: An Exercise in Combinatorics

Matrix Reloaded was merely a disappointing film. Matrix Revolutions was a shitty, nasty sorry excuse and complete waste of time for a film. Mostly because it wasn't set inside the fucking Matrix. Honestly, if you're going to have a final war between man and machine, set it up to occur inside the matrix, not just the final fight. An army of super humans against machines.... much better than that mech crap we all fell asleep watching.

Now you've got me started ... Ties pfft ... goddam

Programming

Subversion Project Migrates To Git 162

Posted by timothy
from the seasonal-variety dept.
New submitter gitficionado (3600283) writes "The Apache Subversion project has begun migrating its source code from the ASF Subversion repo to git. Last week, the Subversion PMC (project management committee) voted to migrate, and the migration has already begun. Although there was strong opposition to the move from the older and more conservative SVN devs, and reportedly a lot of grumbling and ranting when the vote was tallied, a member of the PMC (who asked to remain anonymous) told the author that 'this [migration] will finally let us get rid of the current broken design to a decentralized source control model [and we'll get] merge and rename done right after all this time.'" Source for the new git backend.

Comment: Re:And the crucial details.. missing (Score 1) 607

by rnicey (#44795251) Attached to: NSA Foils Much Internet Encryption

As it's fairly obvious that the NSA has access to major routers at telecoms, SSL Observatory wouldn't notice a thing. The attack is trivially aimed at specific targets only. i.e. only redirect traffic from the target IP to the fake server with the real looking certificate that's recording everything.

Comment: Re: wtf (Score 2) 662

by rnicey (#44035905) Attached to: Supreme Court Decides Your Silence May Be Used Against You

He wasn't charged with falling to answer, nor was he beaten until he did. The court and jury were simply informed of his answering pattern and it convinced them to find him guilty.
We've got the same crap in the UK, they can now tell the jury that you remained silent and doesn't that look guilty?
The solution is now not to say 'no comment pig', but to say, 'on the advice of my lawyer, no comment pig'! This way you have an excuse in court. You point at your lawyer and claim he told you to.

Comment: Welcome to 3 years ago (Score 5, Informative) 243

by rnicey (#30939308) Attached to: Why "Verified By Visa" System Is Insecure

I'm in the high risk card not present industry and if it wasn't so painful it'd be funny how bad it is.

3DS solves problems for Visa and nobody else. It transfers the liability from the merchant to the customer. No more 'it wasn't me'.

Only problem is, it's crap.

Bit like the chip and pin problem in the UK which is a similar joke. If I can get your card and your pin I can go shopping as you and good luck trying to explain that to the bank.

If I can fool you into giving me your 3DS password somehow, I can shop online as you with great false trust, and the merchants don't care because they're protected. Kind of.

Most merchants refuse to deploy it anyhow unless forced. It causes a 5-8% immediate drop in throughput. I wouldn't use a site that used it either.

Music

+ - Vista's changes rob Creative of PC audio crown 4

Submitted by Dr. Damage
Dr. Damage (123558) writes "Creative has ruled PC sound almost since the beginning, but Vista's new audio layer changes the game by essentially killing off 3D positional audio acceleration. The Tech Report has reviewed a pair of post-Vista sound cards, with surprising results. Motherboard maker Asus saw the opening and created perhaps the best consumer-level sound card yet, the Xonar D2X, with quality components, an EMI shield, color-illuminated ports, the best objective measurements and subjective listening test scores we've ever seen, and (finally!) a PCI Express x1 connector. Could the Sound Blaster era finally be over?"
Censorship

+ - Swedish cops come to the defence of the Pirate Bay->

Submitted by Da Massive
Da Massive (559116) writes "Swedish police are expected to decide later this week whether a criminal case is warranted against 10 major music and movie companies over their alleged efforts to disrupt the Pirate Bay, one of the largest file-sharing search engines. If Swedish police decide to pursue a criminal complaint, the Pirate Bay will be spared the time and expense of pursuing its own civil suit against the companies, Peter Sunde, one of a small circle of volunteers in Sweden that runs the Web site, said on Tuesday. http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/index.php/id;955069824"
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