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Comment Re:No sex between rulemakers. (Score 1) 112

I mean if there is a sexual assault, then there would be illegal activity and the victim is likely to try to sue them.

I know it seems a bit silly in some ways, but because the app helps people arrange car pooling and has a reputation and vetting system in it, lawyers will try.

Also, they probably don't want to put people who don't want to go on "dates" with random strangers off using their service.

Comment Re:Independent contractor? (Score 2) 112

I'm currently an independent contractor, and still had to agree to my client's non-disclosure terms, rules of conduct, etc, in order to take on that contract. I'm not saying I agree with Uber's notion of a "independent contractor". I'm just saying that *actual* independent contractors have to sign and adhere to workspace-specific agreements all the time. So, I don't think that's necessarily a useful metric.

Comment Re:Politics vs. Reality (Score 3, Insightful) 74

It's an issue of critical mass. Previous DDoS attacks were often due to exploits, some sort of reflection attack. Now, with IoT devices, there's sufficient bandwidth and enough devices to overwhelm a system with 100% legitimate and non-spoofed attacks, and that's a new and worrying trend. We're seeing a flood of *very* easy to compromise devices hit the market, along with sufficient outgoing consumer bandwidth to make them truly damaging even in the thousands, let alone in the hundreds of thousands or even millions.

We're going to be seeing even more of these devices on the market. If they don't improve their security, we'll be seeing connectivity drop to the reliability of a third-world power grid, and that's going to have a huge impact on a lot of people and businesses who now absolutely rely on that infrastructure being ubiquitous and reliable.

There's already an Underwriters Laboratories stamp (the best known of several Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories) on the bottom of most electrical or electronic devices you purchase. Why not a set of security requirements similar to that for internet connected devices? Let private industry and organizations develop and certify the specifics of the safety requirements, and the government can simply oversee the process. We already have a clear precedent on how to do this, and it doesn't appear to have stifled innovation in any sense.

And of course, this not a license to connect to the internet (it shouldn't affect hobbyists or software), but a requirement to ensure basic security when someone wants to mass-produce and sell hardware devices that connect to the internet. Just saying "but... internet" doesn't make shitty products immune from reasonable regulations that permeate every other aspect of business for the greater good.

Comment Re:sorry, it's not that simple (Score 1) 315

Greenie here. We need fusion and should develop it. What I object to is it being used as an excuse to delay transitioning to clean energy. Eventually it will work and be great for special applications like spacecraft and some kind of role on the electrical grid, but realistically even if we had a working design today most of the world wouldn't be able to build and operate it, not to mention the yet to be determined cost.

There are similar safety issues to fission, mostly to do with managing and storing waste, but they are lessened by the fact that you don't need a limitless supply of water and can thus build the plant in a safer location. Still needs massive regulation and oversight of course.

Comment Re:Enforcing rights (Score 1) 99

No, the issue is not even free speech really, it's that everyone should have access to some kind of platform in healthy democracy.

Even publicly owned spaces usually have limits on behaviour and speech, which are necessary for everyone to enjoy them. Even if you could day what you liked in any public space, you wouldn't because freedom of speech is not freedom from consequences.

Fortunately there are places like 8chan where pretty much anything goes. You might be frustrated that the most popular platforms don't allow your particular speech (although Twitter will tolerate pretty much anything other than harassment and child pornography) but you are not being silenced. Also remember that no one has to listen to you either.

Comment Re:Don't worry (Score 1) 401

Found a good replacement yet?

You can still get good conversations here, but it seems to be related to the time of day. If a story comes up at the wrong time, it gets invaded by alt-right nut jobs and the thread dies under screams of "SJW", "sexism", "racism", blaming Hillary and other forms of blatant stupidity, along with aggressive downmodding of any voice of reason.

At other times, the conversation is much more civil.

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