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Comment Re:How do you like your freedom now, New York? (Score 1) 153

That's one of the dumbest libertarian memes.

Truth hurts, huh?

A government which doesn't give you anything can also take away everything you have.

It could happen, yes. But the government, that's not expected to take care of all the citizenry's needs, does not need to become so powerful and omnipresent as to be able to take it all away.

So, there you go — a government limited in its responsibilities can remain limited in its power over the governed. The government expected to provide for all — can not. It inevitably becomes powerful enough to abuse the citizens. Whether it actually does abuse, well, TFA seems to provide an example... Numerous others abound.

Submission + - 'Calibration error' changes GOP votes to Dem in Illinois (foxnews.com)

Okian Warrior writes: Early voting in Illinois got off to a rocky start Monday, as votes being cast for Republican candidates were transformed into votes for Democrats.

Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan: “I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent,” Moynihan said. “You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat.”

The conservative website Illinois Review reported that “While using a touch screen voting machine in Schaumburg, Moynihan voted for several races on the ballot, only to find that whenever he voted for a Republican candidate, the machine registered the vote for a Democrat in the same race. He notified the election judge at his polling place and demonstrated that it continued to cast a vote for the opposing candidate’s party. Moynihan was eventually allowed to vote for Republican candidates, including his own race.

Comment Re:Telling people what can and cant do with (Score 1) 153

Communism is quite the opposite, because it is about local direct democracy

BS. Once you choose the Glorious Collective over the Deplorable Individual, an authoritarian at the top becomes inevitable.

It is no surprise, that all attempts to build Communism/Socialism in earnest — from Stalin to Chavez — resulted in just such a situation.

You could even describe Stalin as history's most successful fascist

You can't. Fascism allows private property and leaves the means of production in private hands — as long as the businesses do the State's bidding, they can manage the details on their own and can even compete with each other — this degree of freedom and the competition is what makes Fascism more efficient. Communism and Socialism (a.k.a. Communism-lite) do not allow any means of production in private hands at all. By definition.

Comment Re:Telling people what can and cant do with (Score 5, Informative) 153

Telling people what can and cant do with their own property is called Communism.

No, under Communism there is no private property at all — it is all communal. What you are describing is Fascism. It is generally better than Communism, but still quite nasty — and inefficient.

Comment Re:Twitter Down (Score 3, Interesting) 261

"But if Google+ went down would anybody notice :D"

Some, who value more enlightened discussions, or resent the FB data grabs, and the FB way of ignoring your preference to see what has happened in your sphere most recently and instead try to force feed you what THEY think is most relevant.

Relevance being defined by THEM, to THEIR purposes.

G+ isn't big. That's not even the best thing about it. You, however, I doubt have even actually used it beyond a single visit and thinking 'wow, there's no one here'. You were not missed.

Comment Re:About time. (Score 1) 573

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia is the professional body responsible for governing all of the registered nurses in Australia. As with any other registered profession (e.g. legal, engineering, medical), to become a registered member of that profession, you must first agree to be held to the higher standards set by your professional body.

So, yes, it is EXACTLY their job "to make that determination and set liability", just the same as it'd be the job of a local bar association in the US to disbar a lawyer who was abusing the legal system, or the job of a local engineering society to strip a member's license if they engaged in unsafe engineering practices.

Submission + - "Most serious" Linux privilege-escalation bug ever is under active exploit (arstechnica.com)

operator_error writes: Lurking in the kernel for nine years, flaw gives untrusted users unfettered root access.

By Dan Goodin — 10/20/2016

A serious vulnerability that has been present for nine years in virtually all versions of the Linux operating system is under active exploit, according to researchers who are advising users to install a patch as soon as possible.

While CVE-2016-5195, as the bug is cataloged, amounts to a mere privilege-escalation vulnerability rather than a more serious code-execution vulnerability, there are several reasons many researchers are taking it extremely seriously. For one thing, it's not hard to develop exploits that work reliably. For another, the flaw is located in a section of the Linux kernel that's a part of virtually every distribution of the open-source OS released for almost a decade. What's more, researchers have discovered attack code that indicates the vulnerability is being actively and maliciously exploited in the wild.

"It's probably the most serious Linux local privilege escalation ever," Dan Rosenberg, a senior researcher at Azimuth Security, told Ars. "The nature of the vulnerability lends itself to extremely reliable exploitation. This vulnerability has been present for nine years, which is an extremely long period of time."

The underlying bug was patched this week by the maintainers of the official Linux kernel. Downstream distributors are in the process of releasing updates that incorporate the fix. Red Hat has classified the vulnerability as "important."

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