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Comment That is exactly what was expected of Jake Applebau (Score 4, Informative) 229

I followed the story and read the accounts of the accusers back when the news broke. The modus operandi (sending acolytes to pressure someone) is exactly what Applebaum did.

The major point of the accusers wasn't that Applebaum raped someone. The major thing was that he was being such a giant asshole to some (many) individuals, bullying and pressuring them, that it crossed into abuse. And he mostly did that in front of witnesses. So people knew. All the website did was assemble a list and also show that those that were abused suffered a lot as a result.

It mainly served to wake up the people that witnessed a lot of the abuse (those working with him in Berlin) and force them into action.

If you knew anything about abuse, then you know very well that there is a huge grey area inside relationships (both as friends, partners and families) that do not fit neatly into the criminal law, but that could still greatly hurt the victims of such abuse.

Comment The TOR community has a problem (Score 1) 106

The issue is not with unfounded accusations. The people that worked with Applebaum over the years found the accusations very plausible, because of the conduct he has shown to the rest of the board members. They know why they finally got rid of him.

This story isn't about some accusations that came out of the blue, but about an organization finally pulling the plug on a really mean character that has used his social skills and status for over a decade to abuse countless people.

My problem is: Why haven't they done so sooner. If you read the accounts, you really have to wonder how toxic the organizations (TOR, CCC, cDc, et al) were that hosted this gigantic psychopath for so long. And if you look at his bio (Wikipedia), his psychological problems aren't a big surprise.

So why has this been going on for so long, and how many other (smarter) abusers still hide in these communities? There is a lot of abuse that can't be adequately addressed by criminal law, but still warrants dealing with and the TOR project has not shown any interest in finding out how to deal with these issues in the future. Neither have cDc or the CCC.

Comment Nope (Score 1) 634

Actually no. This is not how democracy is supposed to work. Democracy is not supposed to be a tool for any majority to completely dominate minorities. Minority rights, compromise and balance are very important. Which is why direct democracy is frowned upon and is actually really bad for a population of more than a couple hundred people.

AFAIK the current UK government has a majority in parliament, even though they only received a popular vote of 37% with 66% of people voting.

Comment Wrong tag, what is the matter with Slashdot?? (Score 4, Insightful) 126

Why was this voted "informative"? This comment is meant sarcastic, if you only read the article.

Seafile offers software that allows you to operate a private service akin to Dropbox. They are open source, so they have source packages as well as precompiled versions of their server and client for download. Their business model consists of offering a version of their software with additional features that costs money. They also offer paid support.

The German company by a similar name (Seafile GmbH in Germany vs. Seafile Ltd. out of China) started offering space on Seafile servers operated by themselves last year.

Spying on their users is not only impractical, since the client offers encryption, but also illegal in Germany, where the servers are located.

Like Dopbox, Google Drive and similar services, Seafile offers file sharing via a web link, of course, which makes illegal file sharing possible, but also pretty dumb, since German law has legal options to force Seafile to divulge the identity (only paying customers, remember?) of someone providing a link to a file on the server space they rented, if the file contents are illegal in some way.

So why the "Informative" tag on something so entirely misleading?

Comment Re:Gamergate logic? (Score 1) 421

That is the thing I don't get. People are tired of politicians f"Â%$ing them, so they vote for someone who is going to f"Â% them so much worse.

How logical is that?

Trump is very much part of the establishment. So who would sabotage him? And who would shoot him that wouldn't have shot Obama already?

Comment Re:"Change", versus "stay the course" (Score 1) 421

"change" is used, because it sells. People are very unsatisfied with Washington, which is why "change" sells very well. Any change. News Media sells itself using shocking or bad news, which is why a lot of people think their country is on the worst possible course. Which is wrong. It could be a lot worse. It could also be better, but if you want change, you should want change for the better, not any change, because there is a lot of money in politics that will influence any change their way. Trump is taking a lot of that money, despite saying he wouldn't.

The current estimate for total campaign spending 2016 is at about 7 billion dollars.

Comment Re:"Change", versus "stay the course" (Score 1) 421

Your post is a narrative. Nothing more, nothing less. Obama also had a narrative very similar. He even made it his campaign slogan. "Change we can believe in." Did he change much? Did he try changing much? Was he successful? Hillary more or less shares a lot of political positions with Obama. Maybe she will be more successful? Who knows?

You can also change a lot of things for the worse. Why anyone would believe anything Trump says is beyond me. Trump university may be a good example of what a character Trump is. He basically scammed poor people with his big name, doing the exact opposite of what he promised. Why should President Trump be any different than what Donald Trump has been all his life? A rich kid that stays rich.

Trump said some stuff about Super PACs that was interesting. Now he promised to raise a billion dollars (donor money, guess from whom) for the RNC. He is already doing the very same thing Hillary does.

If Trump can implement any changes, which is doubtful, those would most likely not benefit unemployed or underemployed people. Anyone that believes different is very naive. Just like Sanders supporters in 2016 or Obama supporters in 2008. A president does not have all that much influence. Sanders himself said as much. He said that it matters if people talk about the issues he raises. At least that puts some of that stuff on the agenda. But that's about it.

Trumps policies will most likely benefit people like him, because he is an extreme narcissist. Everything he says and does point towards that.

So if you are rich and in real estate, you should vote for Trump. If you are none of the above, Trump won't be good for you.

Comment Re:What's to stop people sending fake pictures? (Score 2) 118

Asia has a different culture. Different prudency. It's a much bigger deal over there than it is over here.

Which is, btw. why the CIA torture methods used in Abu Ghraib weren't recognized as such. They finly tuned their methods to the local culture, which is a lot more prudent than Western culture. Taking pictures of the naked men piled up may have been worse than amputations for them. Needless to say, this is further prove that the torture wasn't some lower guard guy's idea. There was no justice.

Comment Re:So they're going to release Hillary news when? (Score 1) 160

If you think you are a competing power to the US, there is nothing better that could happen to you than a Trump presidency (if you disagree and think a Trump presidency would be fine, just stop reading). China would most likely love to see that happen, because they want to extend their foothold in the South China Sea.

I am not so sure about Russia. Deep down they must know they are a third rate country now, albeit with strategic nuclear weapons. Pressuring their neighbors only works, because those neighbors are so much weaker. On the world stage, they are only posturing. So I am not even sure they think they would benefit from a weakened US.

Comment The bigger issue (Score 1) 337

I read some of the accounts and feel that there is a different issue that is not being discussed: The community that allowed this all to happen right in front of their own eyes.

Just now they disavow the abuser and tell the victims to go to the police. But the justice system is not really any help in most abuse cases. First of all nothing criminal happened in many of the stories. Yet the actions taken by Mr. Applebaum, while not criminal, where despicable none the less. And he did so in front of numerous witnesses. By not speaking up and putting an end to them they condoned his actions and encouraged this behaviour. People at the Tor project admit they knew what was going on. Applebaum may have created the toxic environment in the first place, but the people that didn't put an end to it or even helped him bully the victims into silence abetted him.

The community is to blame for this at least in part.

Even sexual abuse cases are complicated, because they often happen within an existing relationship with existing trust and power structures. A lot of abuse is not black and white, but in a grey area, when it comes to the criminal assessment. Just because someone is a severe asshole in a relationship and abuses their partner doesn't mean a crime happened.

There is currently a criminal case in the news about a rape that happened on the campus of Standford university. Two witnesses came upon a scene where a person was raping an unconscious body. Even though this seems to be a clear cut case, the victim still had to answer to questions regarding her sex life and endure a lengthy trial. Even though she wasn't conscious during the crime so couldn't answer any questions about it. Imagine how complicated cases are where the victim was conscious. I don't even know how I would or could design a trial or justice system that does a better job. In the end, most sexual abuse cases are about the question which side tells the more believable story. Which is far from perfect.

The fact that the communities around Applebaum (Tor was not his only project, he was part of the CCC, cDc and possibly more) simply sit back and tell the victims to go to the police instead of opening investigations about the issue is deeply troubling.

Any project that Applebaum was part of and does not at least issue apologies for allowing this to go on and taking steps to prevent similar events in the future are highly suspicious.

How many more Applebaums are out there, working inside Tor, inside the Chaos Computer Club, inside the Cult of the Dead Cow and abuse helpless victims?

Comment Re:Well, it is either her or Trump. (Score 1) 477

Symbolism matters. Especially in politics. A black president proves that blacks can be president. Nothing else will. Which is why Obama's election was important in race relations purely for the fact that he was elected and black. It says something about America and race.

What politicians and other influential people say also matters. People listen to them. Trump being racist against Mexicans, being the owner of a beauty pagent, being Islamophobic does matter. Bush saying "The enemy of America is not our many Muslim friends." mattered.

Electing someone who calls Mexicans "rapists" says something about America, which is pretty much the opposite of what electing a black guys says about America.

Comment Re:I'm sure Drump is all torn up over it (Score 1) 403

Scott Adams has been desperately trying to hide his huge Trump boner at least for a year. His admiration for what he call "persuasion" feels like a cult. A little "self help" with a couple sleazy car salesman techniques thrown together. Adams seems to think Trump is some kind of mastermind using these techniques, disregarding the possibility that he is simply a sleazy salesperson whose particular nasty style strikes a cord with a lot of people after 20 years of Fox News preparation.

Like most of his fans (and most of the fans of other candidates like Bernie or Obama) Scott Adams is somehow convinced that good things will happen when his candidate is elected. Disregarding that Trump is especially good at promising just that to everyone. Minorities excluded.

Comment Google Maps vs "Android location services" (Score 1) 158

The article is talking about a feature in Google Maps, that seems to be enabled by default on some Android phones. It stores your location data. You can turn it off. You can also delete stored location data in your Google account settings.

A much more interesting way to track people would be the Android location service itself. In order to get precise location data, all phones (including Apple, Microsoft, ...) will scan nearby wifi access points and cell towers and upload this information to the designated location service, which has a database of all these stored. It works both ways, btw. Once you have a gps location by satellite, the phone will upload the same data, including gps location to keep the database updated.

So every time any service on your phone wants to know your location without waiting for the satellite (which won't work indoors at all, btw.), your location will be known to the location service. This can be turned off as well, btw. Though few people would do this, since this is very useful.

If police, or three letter agencies can access this data, they will know who is where at all times. Perfect location tracking for almost everyone.

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