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Comment Re:You gotta love yellow journalism (Score 4, Insightful) 63

To be fair, the cited (and likely incomplete) list from the summary is "compromise servers and devices running platforms like Drupal, WordPress, Magento, Jetspeed, Exarid, AirOS." The takeaway here is pretty much this: widespread deployment of shitty PHP and Java apps strikes again ... -PCP

This isn't a problem of the "widespread deployment of shitty PHP and Java apps". The vulnerability which this Trojan exploits is CVE-2014-3704 and was patched by Drupal Security Team on the 15th of October in 2014

The circumstances and agents which have led to this Trojan exploiting Linux systems and Drupal frameworks in the wild is, as with many such things, are multiple and varied. They include installations that are underresourced, shops with critical dependencies that cannot easily upgrade, web apps that at first and second glance do not have interfaces outside an intranet, etc. etc. and so on and so forth

The key is to stop pointing fingers and laying blame, unless the fingers point to the creators and distributors of the malware. The exploitation and abuse of computer infrastructure is part of territory. Blaming failures on the vulnerable is a sysadmin's version of victim-blaming and does little to mitigate the problem and much to generate community dysfunction.

Instead of finger pointing, spread the word, inform your unknowing and unwitting colleagues, train junior developers about how to remain secure for multiple computing environments with complex layers of computing infrastructure.

Our great-great-great-great grandchildren will thank you.

Comment Re:Curious, he stopped being a PoC (Score 1) 287

Here's some of what Google turned up for "celebration simpson verdict".

Law school reactions, filmed at American University with hearsay (not documented with video) reports from Howard University.

This video of the crowd reaction from outside the Los Angeles County Superior Court might be characterized as partying in the streets, but seems restricted to a few enthusiastic individuals (some of whom are not black).

Thinking more on this, I do think the Simpson case is relevant to Chahal's in cultural terms, but I'm not convinced race played a positive or negative factor in Chahal's.

Comment Re:Curious, he stopped being a PoC (Score 1) 287

I don't recall a domestic abuser of color (i.e. non-white) whose undeserved exoneration led to "parties in the street that the charges have been dropped". (This is ignoring the fact that Chahal has not been exonerated.)

Oh, come on! There's even a 'Root Window' animator for one such abuser.

I'm aware that there have been accused abusers of colors who have been exonerated.

My question in this particular instance would be "Did Simpson's exoneration (mistaken in my opinion) lead to 'parties in the street'?" I don't recall such celebrations happening.

If such celebrations in the street did not happen, my question for you would be why bring up the Simpson case at all. Why?

Like the grandparent, I believe your statements attribute exoneration with racial privilege, but I think this is wrong in Simpson's specific case. Exoneration was achieved in Simpson's case due to the O.J. Simpson's (and to a lesser extent Johnnie Cochran's) celebrity status. A lesser reason O.J. Simpson was exonerated (in my opinion) is due to sexism against Nicole Brown-Simpson.

In other words, from the perspective of race, if Simpson had been convicted it would have been because he was black. If Simpson had been exonerated (as he in fact was) it would have been because he was black.

Comment Re:Curious, he stopped being a PoC (Score 2) 287

Isn't it interesting how this PoC stopped being a PoC and has now become an Evil Male Oppressor[tm]? In just about every other context in the world, he would be the protected one due to his race, but apparently now he's just a generic male and can be treated as our society treats such. Police oppressing a PoC, hello? Where's the outrage about the police mistreating him? The evidence was ruled inadmissible. Judging by all the other recent incidents, there should be parties in the street that the charges have been dropped.

This is a man who beat his wife and video evidence exists of his reprehensible and cowardly behavior. He is a person of color and he committed a crime and deserves to be incarcerated for that crime.

Where's the controversy?

It's never been controversial that people of all colors are punished for breaking the law. What is controversial is racially-biased sentencing and conviction rates, to name two things.

I don't recall a domestic abuser of color (i.e. non-white) whose undeserved exoneration led to "parties in the street that the charges have been dropped". (This is ignoring the fact that Chahal has not been exonerated.)

You're erecting a straw man argument that people of color are, as a matter of course, victims when they are by means of due process prosecuted for domestic violence. You seem aggrieved the judicial system did not take into account his race when trying him for his crimes and you believe (?) this is because he status as a man prevents him from so being accounted?

I'll stop short of saying you have issues with race and sex, but I will point out that your thoughts, as you expressed them, are quite incoherent.

Comment Re:Can't wait (Score 1) 416

Can't wait for the those same drug companies to get their hands on MJ so they can start filling it with additives and making it as addictive/poisonous as cigarettes. By the time they're through with it, it'll be more dangerous than the synthetic stuff they're currently trying to outlaw.

Effects of intentional adulteration will be mitigated because pharmaceutically effective marijuana can be grown by individuals.

Comment Re:$16,000? (Score 1) 120

OK, so I was joking with my earlier comment about only 10 phones being stolen, but I started thinking about it (having purchased an iPhone 6 Plus for my mom on her birthday) and spec'ed out a new top-of-the-line iPhone 6 Plus at

It would only take 17 of these to break 16K. 16K is not an insignificant amount of money (to me, anyway), but 17 phones isn't really a whole lot of equipment.

Comment Re: Barrier to entry (Score 3, Informative) 344

Why the fuck would Canadian or Australian tv shows be subtitled in English ? They speak the language better than Americans. They can also use a knife and fork correctly too.

  1. Hearing impaired.
  2. Visual channel for poor/no audio environments.
  3. Screenshots in an educational (i.e. Fair Use) context.
  4. Other uses not anticipated by easily offended linguistic nativists.

Comment Re:Perfect (Score 1) 178

I don't think it's so much about whether or not they're minorities so much as it's about those particular areas having very low demand for services that cost more, thus they can't take advantage of economies of scale.

I don't think this has as much to do with economies of scale because the way in which deliveries are routed can be optimized if there are only a few deliveries in a low-demand zone.

The reasons cities want equal access for low-income areas are many and they include, for sure, non-discriminatory access. But they also include the preservation of future urban revitalization (aka gentrification). If highly-moblie affluent residents choose where to live based on amenities such as walkability, entertainment, restaurants, parking, cleaning services, etc, you can bet that same-day Amazon delivery will be one of those amenities.

If same-day Amazon delivery is not available in an area, it will be one more reason an affluent resident will not choose to live an a neighborhood despite that it may be more affordable in terms of rent which in turn would me revitalization efforts would be stymied.

So far, there are dozens of comments expressing confusion and anger that poorer neighborhoods would be guaranteed the availability of same-day delivery and much of that confusion and anger seem to signal race as problem (e.g. snide references to "SJW"s). To my mind, the issues of class and race have people so inflamed they cannot see that arguments that deprive citizens of access, for whatever reason, are actually bad for the economy, period.

Members of the socioeconomic middle class are not having a rough time because the Federal government is taking all their money and doling it out to poor people. They are having a rough time because they are shouldering the economic burden that the wealthy have shirked.

One day, all members of the middle class may realize that depriving the poor access to good actually accelerates rather than retards the economic disenfranchisement of the middle class. But given that the leveraging of racist and xenophobic sentiment by elites to pit the middle class agains the ranks of the poor, such a realization seems distant at best.

More likely, much of the middle class will continue to rage against the poor, arguing that the poor should be allowed to suffer and that the poor don't deserve access to the benefits of modern civilization. Unfortunately, these members of the middle class may all too soon find themselves among the ranks of the poor and disenfranchised and they may wonder why they deserve to suffer so and why they do not have access to the benefits of modern civilization all around them.

Comment Re:Impeach Obama (Score 1) 103

Because racism

Obama is not not impeached because people would cry racism. Get real here.

No President of the United States will ever be impeached for violations of the Fourth Amendment, even if some interpretations of the Fourth Amendment are violated.

Courts determine which actors are in violation of of what interpretation and given modern US governmental bureaucratic structures and processes, the President of the United States is very unlikely to ever be identified as one of the principal actors responsible for governmental overreach in terms of surveillance.

You can hate liberals, conservatives, what have you, but if you're really interested in protecting our privacy, you would be better off

  1. Advancing case law and judicial interpretations of what is and is not acceptable for the US government to collect.
  2. Supporting legislators and political representatives who are committed to protecting the privacy of citizens from governmental overreach
  3. Building technologies that secure involuntary disclosure of private information

Or you can carry on playing political name-calling.

In my opinion, privacy would be much worse off had McCain or Romney been elected President. Which is not to say privacy is not a shithole under the current administration. It's only to say this is not a matter of red or blue but of state but a matter of citizen, and our efforts and analyses should always take this into consideration.

Comment Re:What about me? (Score 5, Informative) 268

So, how about people who like other movies and don't like getting spoilers? Or is this a Star Wars Master Race thing where everyone else are second class citizens that doesn't deserve protection?

Encountering new narratives is one of narrative's fundamental pleasures. Novelty is so important to narratives that in many cases entire classes of aesthetic effects and domains of hermeneutic structures depend on an audience's relative ignorance about what happens next.

So, it's not just courtesy to label narrative "secrets" spoilers if they are unexpected; doing so protects the value of narratives for future audiences, and the act of people coming to their own understandings about a narrative is worth protecting because, in many ways, our very identities are constructed from the kinds of narratives we encounter and the lessons we learn as we experience (and later reflect on) the things we experience as we discover a narrative that is new to us.

I take a pragmatic approach. If I'm on the web and writing about a recently-produced (within a year) narrative, I label my reveals with clear ***SPOILER ALERT***s. On the other opposite hand, if I'm writing for (say) a literary journal about Thomas Pynchon's _The Crying of Lot 49_, I don't bother with them because the target audience understands they are expected to have already read the narrative I'm discussing.

But most discussions which contain narrative "secrets" fall somewhere in the middle, like a 400-year old story called _Romeo and Juliet_ which is one of the cornerstones of Modern aesthetic culture. Or maybe you're discussing a 2500-year old story about a king searching for the cause of the plague across his kingdom called _Oedipus Rex_ (well, the spoiler comes up front in that play, but you get the idea). My habit is to label those middle-ground reveals as spoilers, too, something I think everyone should do to protect the value of those narratives for future generations.

In other words, be a good human being and care for those who come after you by labelling your spoilers and being sensitive to the audience who will encounter what you write perhaps in an entirely different context.

I applaud Reddit's decision to block (banning may be a little extreme) users who want to destroy the aesthetic and epistemological value of a long-awaited narrative. I wish Slashdot and all my other Internet favorites would do something similar not only for Abrams' _The Force Awakens_ but for ALL narratives.

For my part, I knowingly took a risk even coming here to post, given that Slashdot is (rightly) renown for allowing all speech to flourish (to various degrees subject to the moderation system). But that uncritical acceptance of all speech also means that I will not come back to this thread until AFTER I've seen Abrams' contribution to the Star Wars franchise.

See you at the movies!

Comment Re:Private sector will always do it better. (Score 4, Informative) 352

Socialize? I guess we should get rid of roads, police, military then... because by your definition, anything that the public requests of their government, and then pays for... is "socialist".

We need to be stopping the relentless growth of big corporations and monopolies, not giving them more power & money to control politics.

That's the whole point. Publicly funded "roads, police, military" are socialist and, even so, are perceived by many upstanding Americans to be good things.

In other words, using "socialism" and "socialist" as labels to demonize something or someone is mere rhetoric. A socialist approach to a problem should be evaluated on its merits against and in combination with other approaches.

The use of the word "socialism" as a label often stops thoughtful deliberation, and those who use such labels usually have something to lose if their listeners really think about the issues at hand. Better to stop further thinking by riling their emotions.

Comment Re:first (Score 5, Insightful) 508

The GP is definitely an example of a shibboleth.

Given the summary, however, it appears that Charllie Stross doesn't know how to use the word "shibboleth" correctly.

In particular, a shibboleth is simply an expression or signal used by someone that helps other members of the in group recognize the signaler's (shibboleth user) membership in that in group. It's not used as a pejorative.

While certainly people (in or out) can react negatively to a shibboleth (like judging people who, for example, "high five" each other), shibboleths are not negative in and of themselves. Designating improbable science fictional mechanisms "shibboleths" really doesn't make sense.

At all.

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