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Comment Re:Bad guys (Score 3, Insightful) 44

Speaking from the position of an IT admin - I cannot unblock Sourceforge yet. It will remain locked off to my users as long as this is the status quo - https://sourceforge.net/projec...

Yes, their installer is scanned for Malware. But then the installer downloads malware during the installation process. My users are not observant enough to be trusted to read a notice "This project uses a 3rd party installer", and certainly not seasoned enough to infer that the message means "download malware here". I've reported this project as distributing malware a few times now since Slashdot/Sourceforge's change of hands, so its continued virus-laden distribution tells me everything I need to know about how much trust I should put in the new regime.

Comment Re:Malicious file? (Score 1) 166

Depends what you are installing - FileZilla distributes official versions of their software that is loaded with Malware. Tim (BotG) has sworn up and down that it isn't Malware, and the rest of the world disagrees with him. SourceForge's takeover forced him to at least keep the malware-laden links off Sourceforge, but they're still there as the default if you download from Filezilla.org

Comment Re:breaking news (Score 4, Insightful) 190

What are you even talking about?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
These systems have been around forever, SpaceX is (once again) doing nothing new or special. They only work when there is forewarning, and that is unlikely to be had during a fueling mishap. This isn't a cartoon or action movie, you can't just outrun an explosion in progress by jumping fast and wearing cool shades.

Comment Re:Why is Slashdot anti-trade? (Score 4, Informative) 158

Read up on Investor State Tribunals in CETA here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Basically it allows corporations to sue states in arbitrary "tribunals" if a state violates its Non Discriminatory Treatment obligations (CETA, section 3, p 156 f) or because of a violation of the guaranteed investment protection.

So corporations can claim that environmental protection laws are arbitrary and give unfair advantages to domestic companies that comply with those laws, while penalizing foreign companies that do not comply.

The fear is that corporations will claim, "You are only enacting those environmental, worker protection, and social justice laws to penalize us, it's just code for 'protect local business.'" This is a realistic fear because it has happened before.

Comment Re:Hmm.... (Score 5, Interesting) 275

Tada: it's a micronation... in space!

Of course it's unrealistic armchair-libertarian drivel: the magnetosphere is a harsh mistress, after all.

What's interesting about this development is that it isn't a nearly-entirely American endeavour, which is often the case with such ambitions; Asgardia seems to be Russian and the AIRC supporting it is Viennese. I suspect we'll see a lot more anti-authoritarian behaviour from Europeans in the coming years as a) the EU weakens, b) the Internet transmits political memes that were previously comparatively contained by media limitations like talk radio and poor English literacy, and c) people already exposed to (b) come of age.

The much more feasible version of "let's get off the Earth so we can get away from our countries' laws" is called seasteading, and generally involves a platform in international waters. There's one clear non-Libertarian, non-American example of seasteading (Sealand, UK) which is fairly old and unusually successful by micronation standards. These days, however, the idea is generally associated with these guys, who have been funded by Peter Thiel. They, unquestionably, are primarily concerned with ways to dodge regulation. Without a realistic means of building such a gigantic physical presence, though, they certainly aren't going to be doing much of that; at best they'd end up creating their own passports that no one would accept.

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