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Comment: Re:Before someone have the nerve to defend it read (Score 1) 769

by vivaoporto (#48558419) Attached to: CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations
More excerpts can be read at The 10 most harrowing excerpts from the CIA interrogation report on Washington Post.

Don't know if behind paywall, got there via Google so if it doesn't work google the title and read it.

The heavily redacted 480-page report - published on Tuesday - covered the treatment of around 100 suspects rounded up by US operatives between 2001 and 2009 on terrorism charges.

The full 6,200-page report remains classified. Ahead of the publication of the report, the US had tightened security at its embassies across the globe.

Can you imagine what is on the other 6000Â pages? If this is what they decided to release imagine what they decided to keep hidden.

Comment: Re:Before someone have the nerve to defend it read (Score 4, Informative) 769

by vivaoporto (#48558361) Attached to: CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

At DETENTION SITE COBALT, detainees were often held down, naked, on a tarp on the floor, with the tarp pulled up around them to form a makeshift tub, while cold or refrigerated water was poured on them. Others were hosed down repeatedly while they were shackled naked, in the standing sleep deprivation position. These same detainees were subsequently placed in rooms with temperatures ranging from 59 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

two detainees that each had a broken foot were also subjected to walling, stress positions, and cramped confinement, despite the note in their interrogation plans that these specific enhanced interrogation techniques were not requested because of the medical condition of the detainees..

CIA records indicate that Majid Khan cooperated with the feedings and was permitted to infuse the fluids and nutrients himself. After approximately three weeks, the CIA developed a more aggressive treatment regimen "without unnecessary conversation." Majid Khan was then subjected to involuntary rectal feeding and rectal hydration, which included two bottles of Ensure. Later that same day, Majid Khan's "lunch tray," consisting of hummus, pasta with sauce, nuts, and raisins, was "pureed" and rectally infused. Additional sessions of rectal feeding and hydration followed..

No comments needed.

Comment: Before someone have the nerve to defend it read it (Score 2) 769

by vivaoporto (#48558333) Attached to: CIA Lied Over Brutal Interrogations

Additional sessions of rectal feeding and hydration followed. In addition to his hunger strikes, Majid Klian engaged in acts of self-harm that included attempting to cut his wrist on two occasions, an attempt to chew into his arm at the inner elbow, an attempt to cut a vein in the top of his foot, and an attempt to cut into his skin at the elbow joint using a filed toothbrush.

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Comment: First and foremost (Score 5, Insightful) 176

by vivaoporto (#48441389) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Starting and Running a Software Shop?
Get a good accountant to keep the books in order. Get a good lawyer so you always have someone vetting your contracts and preventing or solving any litigation you may find yourself entangled.

Don't try to do all by yourself, delegate everything you are not a specialist so you can focus on your core aptitudes.

Comment: Re:Not resigning from Debian (Score 3, Interesting) 550

Taking advantage of your presence in here and, trying to keep as much away from the merits of the criticism (or lack thereof), can you shed some light on the process that led to the adoption of systemd as the default init system for Debian?

Comment: You have all been trained to accept this as normal (Score 5, Insightful) 286

You have all been trained to accept this as normal- NCSI (the TV show, among most police procedurals) shows the resident geeks (McGee and Abby) operating dragnets on cellphone metadata, surveillance camera images, internet data and metadata, GPS locations and even breaking into classified networks to fetch this or that file on the suspect that they were not supposed or cleared to have.

You know they are justified because of the foregone conclusion: you have seen the evildoer doing the bad deed and you are rooting for him get caught.

Although real life doesn't work that way people are conditioned to believe if law enforcement bent the rules they did it in order to untangle themselves from the red tape and get the bad guys.

Those rules are there for a reason (look up general warrants and why the U.S. founding fathers specifically banned them in the 4th amendment), to prevent the exact kind of abuse that is happening right how.

But the media is doing the damnedest effort to convince the people that if police accuse someone he is certainly guilty of something and it is a matter of digging deep and broad enough to nail him.

Comment: Subject bait (Score 5, Insightful) 379

by vivaoporto (#47438549) Attached to: A Skeptical View of Israel's Iron Dome Rocket Defense System
This post (like the one with the Brazuca for the World Cup) is certainly subject bait. It works because it attracts lots of tangentially on topic comments but that doesn't have anything to do with the subject matter of the article.

So please, don't fall for it. Don't spend the whole comment section arguing about causes and consequences of the conflict, who started it, who deserves is, etc.

Stay on topic and discuss the technical aspects of the missile system, at least that is what should be discussed here.

On bizarro world Slashdot, maybe ...

Comment: Long and drawn-out death but will be missed (Score 3, Informative) 71

by vivaoporto (#47351711) Attached to: Google Kills Orkut To Focus On YouTube, Blogger and Google+
Orkut is dead a long time ago but it was not always this cesspool of spam, chain letters and filth. Once upon a time it was a cool project.....

In the best of my recollection, once upon a time, in 2004, Orkut (the site) was nothing but a 20% project of some Orkut Buyukkokten dude on Google. It had a simple goal: to connect Orkut (the dude) with his close friend and to map the whole six degrees of separation thing. In an era of the web development when breadcrumbs where not in vogue Orkut (the site) had it, even two: one with the degrees of separation between you and whoever profile you were viewing (through your common friends network) and the other with the degrees of separation between you and Orkut (the dude).

And in the very beginning it worked because it was invite only and that made the invitees to be more or less part of the same socioeconomic and cultural background (even among countries). Orkut (the dude) invited his pals on Google Campus and on Stanford. Some Stanford dude invited some Brazilian dude on a federal university (UFRGS), who invited his pals on campus, who invited some pals on other federal universities (UTMG, UFV, UFRJ) and, in the invite only degrees of separation phase, everything was good and beautiful.

Everybody knew everybody else, connections were forged, Adam Rifkin gamed the system, some robot put people in jail, baby animals got lasers and everybody partied hard.

The it died, the cool kids moved away either to Facebook or completely away from public social networks. Now get off my lawn!

Comment: Re:Linux soon? (Score 1) 202

by vivaoporto (#47167399) Attached to: Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs
The organisation mentioned question is W3C, the one that approved the EME standard.

That Mozilla would cave and compromise their own mission is a natural consequence of the Prisoner Dilemma caused by this decision, It is further proof that facilitating DRM has a negative effect in organisations whose missions involve freedom instead of short term convenience.

Comment: Re:Linux soon? (Score 1) 202

by vivaoporto (#47165167) Attached to: Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs

Nothing will be compromised, because the distributions for people who care about FreedomLibre(tm) or whatever we're calling it this week will offer builds without the feature, perhaps exclusively.

True, but that is not the point being presented there. The concern is if it is appropriate for an organization whose primary goal is to make the benefits of the social value of the Web "available to all people, whatever their hardware, software, network infrastructure, native language, culture, geographical location, or physical or mental ability" go out of its way to enable an application that is inherently contradictory to that goal?

Because its existence threatens your non-DRM'ed media how?

Not at all. But on the other hand, if it doesn't advance the very reason for the group to exist, what is the motivation to include it in the standard at all? It is not only up to the developers, the stated purpose of the group is to advance a Web that is "FreedomLibre(tm) or whatever we're calling it this week".

Old programmers never die, they just branch to a new address.