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Comment: Re:there's a strange bias on slashdot (Score 1) 191

by whoever57 (#49490767) Attached to: Microsoft's Role As Accuser In the Antitrust Suit Against Google

They rarely, if ever, produce results that are even vaguely related to what I'm searching for. They don't have market share because THEY SUCK.

Exactly. I find that Google produces better results for searches relating to Microsoft products.

Some time back when Microsoft was advertising their website the showed Google results side-by-side with Bing (with the intent that Bing would give more useful results), I tried the side-by-side website and the Bing side did not even load.

Comment: Re:HHS Asleep At The Switch (Score 1) 183

Why is that the government's job? Shouldn't that be the job of ISO, ANSI, or the AMA (all NGOs)?

Because they failed. Standards organizations don't get involved unless the companies in that technical field want them to be involved.

It looks like medical records companies don't want standards -- probably because they would prefer to seek an effective monopoly through proprietary standards. However, enforcing open standards benefits society and that's why government should be involved.

Government doesn't have to develop a standard, merely mandate the requirement for a standard.

Comment: Re:Why is it even a discussion? (Score 1) 440

by whoever57 (#49467663) Attached to: Republicans Introduce a Bill To Overturn Net Neutrality

They HAVE asked Netflix to pay for the capacity upgrade at the border gateways -- capacity that is being used in large part by Netflix and is making Netflix money. Netflix is profiting from a peering agreement that Comcast has to pay for. Seems fair to me that Netflix pays part of the costs of upgrade.

The cost for Comcast increasing its capacity at the handover point was a few thousand dollars. It wasn't money for upgrades that was holding up the capacity increase, it was money to pay the t[r]oll.

Comment: Life for crypto experts at NSA (Score 1) 212

What must life be like for crypto experts at the NSA? I assume that they are smart people, who must surely realize what a boneheaded idea this is. Imagine working somewhere where your most senior bosses go around publicly showing off their lack of knowledge.

Comment: Re:UAC is for idiots (Score 2, Insightful) 187

by whoever57 (#49455417) Attached to: LG Split Screen Software Compromises System Security

As what I'd consider a 'power user', one of the first things I do is turn that obnoxious thing off. I understand it's purpose for being there, it's to protect idiots.

You never heard of "drive-by installs"? And don't reply with "but I don't go to that type of website", because we have often seen that both ordinary websites and ad networks can be compromised to install malware.

Comment: Re:Alternative title (Score 1) 297

you do not fucking understand the concept of entrapment. stop talking about a concept you do not understand

Is your anger or stupidity so great that you have to keep insisting that I am claiming entrapment, when I am not? But even in your examples: you say: cop gives person to keys to car, says go steal it: entrapment. In this case: FBI gives bomb to suspect, says: go use it. How is this different? What was the intent of the recipient of the car keys in your example?

it's about *intent*. if you form the intent to do something malicious on your own, you are not entrapped. you are a criminal

So let's talk about intent. No-one knows what is truly in someone else's mind. We can only infer this from a person's words and actions. So, let's look at this person's words and actions and see if an alternative intent fits the known facts:

The accused person isn't the brightest person around. Imagine that he was worried about radical muslims and he formed the idea of catching some and turning them over to the FBI. So, what does he do? He goes on a fishing expedition for radicals by posting requests for a handler who will help him plant a bomb. He is contacted by someone who appears to be a radical muslim. He is careful not to build a bomb himself, but instead, he lets the supposed radical build a bomb and show him how to use it. His plan is to drive off with the bomb and then show it to the FBI as proof of the handler's intentions, however, his plan breaks down because he is arrested before he can hand it over to the FBI.

As you can see, the above narrative fits the known facts, yet it presents an intent which is 180 degrees from the intent that you presume.

Comment: Re:Alternative title (Score 2) 297

if the fbi wasn't around, he would have figured out how to buy gasoline or fertilizer on his own, or he would have hooked up with a genuinely malicious crew

And you know this how? Isn't this the concept of "pre-crime"

if you INTEND to do harm, stopping you from following through on your intent is doing good in the world, and removing you from society for being a murderous asshole is doing good in the world

So we should prosecute "thought crime" should we?

it's not entrapment. it does not fit the definition of the concept, which you don't seem to understand

And you just showed that your reading skills are poor. I agreed that it did not fit the legal definition of entrapment.

understand intent. understand entrapment. then comment on this topic. you don't seem to have the moral or social faculties to comment intelligently at this time, as you don't seem to understand the concepts involved

The refuge of the weak of mind: an ad-hominem argument.

Comment: Re:masdf (Score 1) 297

the involvement of the fbi is manipulating all of his material to be harmless, and allowing him to proceed. they are not telling him what to do, he's choosing to do it

You did not read the story properly. The FBI told him exactly what to do. They provided detailed instructions and "training". The FBI built the "bomb" for him and showed him how to "arm" it.

Comment: Re:Alternative title (Score 3, Insightful) 297

it's not entrapment

Just because it doesn't fit the legal definition of entrapment doesn't mean that it isn't morally entrapment.

In this case, yes, the guy had the desire to do something. However, he did not and would never have had the capability to do anything. There was no public safety justificaton for this FBI operation.

Comment: Re:masdf (Score 4, Interesting) 297

Did you not notice the stories about how random people have breached security at airports many times over the last few years? If there were any serious terrorists, there would have been attacks at airports. The fact that teenagers were able to get on planes while we haven't had any terrorist attacks shows that the threats are wildly over-stated.

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