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Comment: Re:But does it work well in practice? (Score 1) 94

Tor cloaks your requests both by encrypting the HTTP part, and by masking the DNS part. If you access it over tor at work, all anyone will know is that youre using tor.

If you lived in a genuine totalitarian state, they'd just use the fact that you used tor at all as evidence that you were an enemy of the state and torture the information out of you.

Comment: Re:But does it work well in practice? (Score 1) 94

Just another example of sacrificing freedom and privacy for perceived safety (from counterfeiting, in this case). Even though this has been known about for quite a while now, it still seems just as pathetic.

No, counterfeiting is a genuine problem, not something made up to stop you from printing out child abuse images anonymously..

But no doubt you think we should not only go back to the Gold Standard, but only use actual gold pieces as currency too.

Comment: Re:I approve (Score 1) 996

by tehcyder (#43729631) Attached to: NTSB Recommends Lower Drunk Driving Threshold Nationwide: 0.05 BAC

So will total prohibition. Neither is acceptable. Drunk driving is deadly, but this is a step too far when even the government admits a limit this low this is de facto prohibition. Unless we also want to outlaw other distractions, like screens, radios, cupholders, pets, and passengers, we're just choosing what rights we're OK with giving up.

If you frame it as a rights issue, then there should be no limits whatsoever, and all you could do is punish the large number of additional people having accidents caused by their drink driving.

Any sort of punitive preventative measures will inevitably impact on people's absolute right to do what they want.

This is the sort of issue where absolute libertarianism falls foul of common sense and the wishes of the majority of people to prevent as many deaths of innocent people as possible. (If drunk drivers only killed themselves, I don't think people would care as much.)

Comment: Re:Call me a neigh sayer (Score 1) 417

by tehcyder (#43719603) Attached to: The Bronies Get Their Own Charity

Owning a plushie and a couple of figures, watching the show, visiting internet forums would imply "big fan" to most people. None of those and even all of them together implies any kind of inteference with "life" as you put it.

None of these things are a bad thing to do with your life if you are an eight year old girl.

If you're a 40 year old man, sorry, it's just weird. I know at this point the slashdot libertarians will bring out the "you should be free to do anything you like as long as it doesn't harm others" card.

Fine, I didn't say it should be illegal. I just think that, taken seriously and not as a camp joke, being a brony is going to make people think you are weird. That's your right, but it is ridiculous to pretend you don't see why it's weird.

Comment: Re:Call me a neigh sayer (Score 1) 417

by tehcyder (#43719279) Attached to: The Bronies Get Their Own Charity

> In short, you can like my little pony all you want. But when you go so far as to modify your life such that it now revolves around that show, and you feel compelled to convert others to your obcesson, then there is a problem.

What about religious people whose lives revolve around the religion and they try to convert others to the religion?

You're right, that's a (slightly different) problem too.

Comment: Re:Call me a neigh sayer (Score 1) 417

by tehcyder (#43719171) Attached to: The Bronies Get Their Own Charity

So if a girl likes a guy thing like football or wearing pants that aren't skirts, that's normal.

But if a guy likes a girl thing, it's clinical fixation disorder.

You are what is wrong with society.

There's a difference between an adult guy liking an adult girl thing and an adult guy liking a girl child thing.

I've watched all sorts of crap with my kids over the years, but I wouldn't search it out to watch in adult company. This applies equally to Barbie and Ben 10, it's not a sexist thing.

Comment: Re:Facebook better learn... (Score 1) 192

by tehcyder (#43718511) Attached to: Facebook Home Flagship Phone, HTC First, May Be Discontinued

It does what they want (sharing photos of kids and dogs, spreading incredibly dumb chain-letter type communications, and internet meme/groupthink)

So if it's some psychotic geek on reddit or 4chan it's cool to keep reduplicating memes, but if a pleb on facebook does it it's dumb?

Comment: Re:Facebook better learn... (Score 1) 192

by tehcyder (#43718505) Attached to: Facebook Home Flagship Phone, HTC First, May Be Discontinued

I'm living in a podunk midwestern town at the moment, where it's normal for people in their 20s and 30s not to have a smartphone or even an iPod. Despite never going out besides the gym or groceries, I still managed to overhear a conversation about how the gym owner and another woman hate Facebook and even how the security policies change so often that setting things to private doesn't mean anything. I don't think Facebook comprehend how much reach their dickish behavior has had.

The almost hyper-realism of your anecdote certainly had me convinced. It was almost as though I was there listening to these two non-geeks bitch and whine about security policies and online privacy concerns. I'm surprised they didn't mention their favourite Linux distro and how fucking awesome bitcoins are too.

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