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Comment Re:An artificial reef for micro organisms (Score 1) 117

There were 3B people on the planet when I was born, now there are 7B. Malthusians are just extrapolating the mathematics of unrestrained growth to it's inevitable conclusion, they're not wrong, they're inaccurate. People also extrapolate to predict the sun will rise in the west the next day, but nature offers no guarantees it will cooperate.

Comment Re:What is the point of this? (Score 2) 306

Making it more difficult to find may just be one portion of the strategy - no doubt the location of the images is reported to the relevant authorities, and then it's their job to take up the issue.

Making it more difficult means someone has to put more (recorded and archived for 2yrs by your ISP) effort into "accidentally" finding the same "abused kid of the week" site every Saturday night for the last 18 months. Good luck explaining "an evil hacker did it" to a judge and jury.

Comment Re:What is the point of this? (Score 2) 306

I was on the internet before it was the internet. My opinion is that the internet has actually become a powerful weapon against pedophiles. Denmark in the early 90's was the "tipping point" but since then many other western nations have started flushing some of these predators out of their own churches and state institutions. I don't know what the answer is since people who enjoy watching or participating in the act of dehumanizing and torturing a child, are by any definition 'sick'.

Comment Bad apples or bad barrel? (Score 1) 262

Those were soldiers run amok over a short period of time. A number of them went to jail. They were criminals, and were treated as such.

Agree "following orders" is not a valid excuse for war crimes. However that's only half the story, it has been common knowledge since the 70's that normal humans will behave like a death camp guard/inmate if they find themselves in the right environment, there was even a movie about it. The catch 22 from those famous experiments? - Turns out the more you believe that you are incapable of acting like a dungeon master/slave the more likely you will do so if you find yourself in the right social environment for what is essentially (but uncomfortably) "normal human behavior" to emerge.

While the army were busy identifying scapegoats for prosecution did any of them stop to wonder why all the "bad apples" were found in the same small barrel, a remarkable "coincidence", no? The Iraq prison system of which we speak could not have created a real life "stanford prison" environment any better if they had done so on purpose. So the (multi-part) question was (and still is): Who set up the system that created this environment? Why did they not know the first thing about the psychology of imprisonment? Or if they did, why aren't they in jail?

Having said that, any army would instantly be mowed down on the battle field if it did not take full advantage of it's soldiers natural ability to dehumanize the enemy.

Comment Re:Let's hope no one needs... (Score 1) 91

Here's the thing, archaeology is everywhere because humans have been everywhere since well before agriculture was invented, the oldest cities in the world are built on the rubble and bones of our ancestors, we have left a distinct and indelible mark in the geological strata called the "Anthropocean". Western European countries now routinely do archaeological surveys for all major earth works such as roads, etc. They can't save every brick and shard of pottery but they do get a to look at much larger "ditches" than they could possibly dig by themselves. Also (thanks to shows like time team) the actual workers on the ground are now more enlightened about these things. Remote sensing is new and is showing signs of triggering an explosion of knowledge in archaeology. What they are finding in the prehistoric era is changing our notion of the scale of their civilizations, they were far more interconnected and organized than my 1970's history teacher could have dreamed.

Comment Re:doesn't help people take games seriously either (Score 1, Insightful) 737

I'm a man with advanced features like "a brain" and "thought processes"

Me too, except we both don't have enough blood to run that and the other attachment at the same time. (apologies to Robin Williams).

But seriously, for the same reason I don't normally stick my face in the punch bowl at a party, I don't normally crawl under the table a stick my head up someones dress. The 'sins' of lust and gluttony are the same thing, and society will always be outraged and self-righteous about both.

Comment Re:If you don't want people to see the source... (Score 1) 165

Or, you know, host his git repo inside his firewall so it's only accessible to company developers on-site or with vpn access unless the NSA are particularly interested, in which case he needs... some hosting software. Presumably his code is not currently under an open source licence as its in a private repo; for all we know, he's developing code for someone else.

The NSA general dragnet supposedly has a lot more tech companies in it than have currently been revealed. We also know the NSA wants to know about software holes early that it could exploit, presumably for spying purposes. There's also a lot of data leakage between the NSA and private contractors - what's the odds that the NSA has accidentially (or on purpose) given commercially sensitive information about software to a 'helpful' US company that gives them an advantage over their competitors?

So it's not all unreasonable to assume that the NSA may have secured access to github private repos which they can't tell us about, to run fuzzing tools on popular projects to look for exploitable holes, if nothing else - you don't have to think they're after you personally to be caught up in their mass dragnets. It's the same with all US-based hosting now - you have to assume the NSA has access to it at all times, and shares it with whoever they want - even if they don't, currently, they could do. Anything else is sticking your head in the sand. This is particularly relevant to the 95% of the world that is not american - like me - as the NSA has pretty much carte blanche to dragnet us en mass, and we're all 'the foreign enemy' to them. Obviously there's little we can do if they go after us directly, but we can withdraw as much of our private data as we can from US hosting as a precaution.

To answer the original question, i.e. what's a good hosting solution inside the firewall:

Gitorius is pretty good as a local clone of github with web-based code browsing etc; it's under the GPL. You can either install it yourself from source, or they do a commercial setup solution where you run a vm they provide with external support which I suspect would be too risky for you. Gitlab is also very good, and very much a github clone in UI. It's pretty much which one you prefer the look of, really, though gitlab is much more popular.

CLI wise, ssh + key-based access for each developer + a folder per repo + git on a linux server is plenty sufficient to act as a shared git repo setup, especially if you don't have that many in-house devs. Otherwise, gitolite uses pretty much the same setup with more advanced user and repo control - basically you setup a management repo, and then change files on that to add additional repos and access control so it's pretty simple to manage.

Comment Putting PR Men in Charge (Score 5, Insightful) 83

This is what happens when you put professional spinmeisters in charge of professional workers: Dysfunction.

Imagine putting a PR team in charge of the Doctors dealing with an epidemic. A doctor would like to announce quarantine measure, or tell people the full risks, or advise those who are sick, etc. If you had a PR man in charge, the whole epidemic would be treated as a mild flu, no-one would be informed, contagion would spread rapidly and thousands would die. "No matter", says the PR man, "We can spin that too.". But this misses the point.

If you allow spin and the press office to dictate the running of an organisation, then the organisation effectively will not run at all. No professional can work properly with an unrelated lay person getting in his way 24/7.

It's time to call PR men what they really are: Political Officers.

Comment Re:Ours to lose (Score 1) 327

Or maybe it has more to do with this: http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/55749

I think that this was all started by the Town hall protests, more specifically by the administration's reaction to it.

Shortly after the town hall meetings, and I think the birther campaigns, the Obama administration basically went on the offensive. They openly stated that they were going to call out and not stand idly by when similar things happened. The link, if it is true, sounds like an extension of that using the new Prussian apparatus set up over the last decade.

Comment Re:What?!? (Score 2) 322

This is statistics which is a core part of science, statistics is not about absolute certainty. There is a chance of the 11B figure being correct which depends on the assumptions made about future human behavior, the perennial question is: does a slightly different set of assumptions return a figure that's (say) under 1B?

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