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Comment: Re:yeeehaw (Score 1) 157

by tapspace (#46636853) Attached to: Should Patients Have the Option To Not Know Their DNA?

Heh. With the pace we're on, whether or not you have access to your DNA information and whether or not it's in your medical history, it will be in a database with essentially unfettered access by the NSA, FBI, TSA, ATF, CIA and probably the local police should their buddy the 5 term, hard-on-crime judge agree.

Comment: Re:April Fools! (Score 1) 162

by tapspace (#46636325) Attached to: Subversion Project Migrates To Git

To counter your terminology argument, often in technology, backwards compatible is preferable to a redesign. Git redesigned the version control interface and that seems unnecessary. Only the most stubborn git users would say git has a better interface than subversion, which has an excellent one.

If subversion took the git lessons and added them in, it would be so much better than git ever could be. The stellar parts of git could be added into subversion more cleanly than vice versa.

To make me never think of git again, subversion needs:

  • * distributed and offline operation (duh)
  • * the stash/shelve feature (and might as well add in auto-stashing when an update is performed on a repo with changes)
  • * staging for all commits (no auto-staging of known files anymore)
  • * the auto-merging excellence of git

For git to be better than subversion with those features, it needs a complete redesign.

Comment: Re:Nazi? Maybe not. (Score 1) 133

by tapspace (#46600249) Attached to: Kim Dotcom Launches Political Party In New Zealand

This smacks of moral relativism. You could take the same scenario, and if it were the type of person (ethical or not) who CNN would interview, it's completely ethical. By the same token, something completely ethical (kinda) like starting a political party will look like an evil thing when coming from a guy who society deems "bad." It's unfortunate no one things for themselves anymore... or maybe it's not.

Comment: Re: is it illegal? (Score 1) 137

by tapspace (#46566355) Attached to: Silicon Valley Anti-Poaching Cartel Went Beyond a Few Tech Firms

Eric Schmidt is in my top 10 worst people alive. When I say this, people treat me like I am a complete nutjob. I don't think the average Joe (even the average technically savvy Joe) really understands the power he wields from drone policy to dragnet surveillance. The man is a true facist at his very heart, and an enemy of every free man and woman.

Comment: Re:SOOO simple (Score 2) 62

by tapspace (#46384725) Attached to: Cisco Offers $300,000 Prize For Internet of Things Security Apps

Embedded and security are my things. I do automotive, so I am used to an industry that will happily incur half a million dollars of engineering cost to save ten cents in per part cost. The thing is, an ASIC is expensive. A microcontroller is cheap. Unfortunately, an ASIC does, by definition one thing and a micro does everything. If you get "root" on the micro, you can run whatever software you want. The people that make these decisions mostly care about per part cost, regardless of security implications. So, restricting it to an ASIC is a really clean engineering solution that your boss will (possibly, rightly) shoot down. And, he's probably under pressure to put this thing (fridge) on the internet. EVERYBODY'S DOING IT! And the customer doesn't give two shits about security principles. It's a real mess we've got cooking...

Comment: Re:For everyone who said "what do you have to hide (Score 5, Insightful) 337

by tapspace (#46076361) Attached to: Is the West Building Its Own Iron Curtain?

Spot on. I just lost my modpoints, or I wouldn't be commenting, I'd be promoting.

Like all rational policy, there needs to be some sort of risk/reward analysis objectively performed on the "security" aparatus in the West. For 100 years of claiming superiority as the "first" world, we seem to be throwing the baby out with the bathwater at an alarming rate seemingly in reaction to the various growing pains in the "second" (and, in some cases, "third") world. What happened to our example? Even more frighteningly, what WILL happen? The massive security aparatus of the West (and, obviously, the US first and foremost) represents an enormous risk to future security of the freeman. And, it counters an absolutely miniscule risk in comparison. This is no sensible policy. I pray to God (literally) that this is reversible.

Comment: Re:For a noted pragmatist, Linus is dead wrong... (Score 1) 279

by tapspace (#46021655) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: Any CLA Is Fundamentally Broken

It's stuck FOREVER on the GNU v2

And? GPL v2 is, in many ways, the license. Linus is like Steve Jobs. He reminds us that one man can, sometimes, outperform a whole team, uniting an entire army behind him. I digress. What's wrong with being stuck on GPL2? It's an amazing license.

Everything that can be invented has been invented. -- Charles Duell, Director of U.S. Patent Office, 1899