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Comment: Re:Just say "No". (Score 1) 140

by skegg (#49491621) Attached to: Google Helps Homeless Street Vendors Get Paid By Cashless Consumers

they need to try and think of another way of ending the conversation

That used to be me, when I was younger. However for several years now:

Salesperson: Hi sir. How are you today?
Me: No thanks. [While I continue walking, without pausing.]

We have plenty of people in Sydney CBD streets trying to hawk something.
Thankfully, I have never found them to be particularly aggressive / persistent.

Comment: Re: Warning!!! (Score 1) 116

by skegg (#49450659) Attached to: 'Let's Encrypt' Project Strives To Make Encryption Simple

Nicely written.

I must say I agree with everything you wrote ... except the whole "getting shot in the back". My approach would be to remain in the officer's presence, but to essentially remain mute (or indicate a disinclination to answer) -- surely he can't shoot you for not speaking??? -- until / unless I have my own legal representation.

In Australia, I believe (IANAL) that we are legally required to give our name, address and D.O.B to police if apprehended. That's it. Only a judge can compel one to speak; and then it becomes a broader issue if one chooses to disobey a judge. If a judge asks for your TrueCrypt passphrase, it's hard to know what you'd do when faced with a couple of years imprisonment.

And I say the above as someone whose life is incredibly mundane (and very law abiding); yet I still believe in the right to privacy.

Comment: Re:The linpocalypse is not upon us (Score 1) 362

by skegg (#49307545) Attached to: OEMs Allowed To Lock Secure Boot In Windows 10 Computers

There is nothing wrong with a buyer preferring to get a factory locked down box if they so choose.

Yes, there is. Can you honestly not see the gradual slide towards loss of freedom?

Why not make it optional? That way, a technical person could get into the menu and disable it.
A non-technical person wouldn't even know this is possible, and leave it as default.

Problem solved, without imposing draconian measures on everyone!

Comment: Re:Disposable, and "Not A Personal Computer" (Score 1) 362

by skegg (#49307539) Attached to: OEMs Allowed To Lock Secure Boot In Windows 10 Computers

There should be a permanent sh!tlist pinned to the top of Slashdot with any vendor that promotes this scheme for "PCs".

Yep, second this.

Given so many of us here on Slashdot are the go-to guys / gals for tech with our families and friends, we could certainly hit the manufacturer's where it hurts ... in their hip-pockets! Bringing any such list to the attention of manufacturers may even dissuade them from attempting this. (?)

Comment: Re:or maybe... (Score 2) 163

by skegg (#49228755) Attached to: On the Dangers and Potential Abuses of DNA Familial Searching

I am obliged to comply with the judicial system

Well, that's essentially wordplay: technically, you ARE legally obliged to comply with the judicial system.
However, is the judicial system morally fair?

If you ever travel to Saudi Arabia with your wife, do you consider it fair to physically beat her because she may disagree with you?
Do you consider it morally right that a 12 year old girl can be married off?
Do you think the Patriot Act is morally right?
What about when US telco's broke the law and were granted retroactive immunity by the President, making it legal. Is that morally right?
Do you think racial segregation was right? Women not allowed to vote? Slaves in ancient times?!

Just because something is LAW doesn't make it RIGHT.

"Someone's been mean to you! Tell me who it is, so I can punch him tastefully." -- Ralph Bakshi's Mighty Mouse