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Comment Re:Conflict of interest (Score 1) 174

So basically all the money the government has collected as fines and penalties is distributed evenly to all taxpayers. That money was collected as compensation for crimes against society, and this way it gets distributed back to society.

Even your seventh-grade Social Studies teacher wouldn't buy that as having any chance of happening. An empiricist would say that you're being farmed for tax money to be distributed to political cronies for favor and power and that this recalibration is a response to simmering unrest which is building due to the abuse.

They have the right idea in Britain - there they climb the pole, throw an old tire around the red light camera, fill it full of diesel fuel, and light it up. At least some of their citizens realize that red light cameras haven't really ever been about safety, except on the overt marketing literature.

Comment Re:KeePass FTW! (Score 2) 124

Having to manually lookup the site in your manager, copy the password and paste it in the form is too cumbersome.

Right, so most users without an intergrated password manager will just use an easy-to-guess password.

LastPass isn't perfect, but as a system it improves overall web security to a large extent by enabling people to use very-high-entropy passwords.

People who want to copy and paste from Keepass (I do for very high security sites) should keep on doing that. But, for Pete's sake, I hope you're not using the totally insecure X11 clipboard.

Comment Re: Liability (Score 1, Troll) 494

Libertarians believe that companies that oppress users will fail in the marketplace.

Can you show me a libertarian who believes that corporations should be able to show up with guns to enforce "intellectual property" like governments do?

Hint: libertarians believe in none of: corporations, intellectual property, or initiation of force. Nice strawman though.

Comment Re:Why is this news? (Score 1) 156

Isn't this obvious?

You knew about the interaction between the front and rear hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex? Heck, why did the researchers bother doing the fMRI study rather than posting an Ask Slashdot?

I presume here you're not simply reacting to the clickbait headline - that would be unkind.

Comment Re:Maps technology is lost... (Score 2) 156

apparently looking pretty is far more important than having accurate data.

yeah, most people believe that. People figure if they put very little effort into ease-of-use (aka aesthetics) they probably put very little effort into accuracy. It's not true, but humans are the desired userbase and humans use such heuristics.

Everybody has been telling OSM that for a decade but they refuse to accept that reality, so the userbase remains small. It's a shame to cede the territory to Google.

Comment Re:It's Double Bullshit (Score 3, Interesting) 151

I wonder how many young non-English speaking Asian hookers fall into that category?

Why wonder? Legalize it, have a $10 license, issue work visas and check their ID.

Boom, you've solved the trafficking problem. Only problem is the Puritans who will be offended by the "insult" to their religion (that other people don't believe in), but they should go move to a place with Sharia if they want to be coddled by religious laws -- it's far more important to rational people to end trafficking than to preventual consensual sex for money.

Comment Re:This is extortion (Score 5, Interesting) 227

Wish you critics would make up your fucking mind.

You expect the CIA to not have professional complainers on the Internet? Cute. Look above and you have a guy who admits he does work for the "Navy" calling Wikileaks extortionists already (that word does not mean what he thinks it means).

We can be quite sure Wikileaks isn't asking for anything for themselves for the disclosure (because they never have) - it seems like they must be asking for something for the users in return or they could just do a Project Zero type of disclosure.

MoFo obviously didn't have a problem with the terms, so it's not going to be something against user freedom (say what you want about Rust and WebExtensions, they get the freedom part mostly right). But MoFo doesn't have an ongoing private relationship with intelligence agencies, and that's what they claim the issue is about, so it passes the smell test. n.b. Wikileaks is apparently leveraging one disclosure for another disclosure.

Comment Re:Professionalize computer science (Score 2, Insightful) 84

Until there is liability for poor designs and implementation there will be changes to improve quality and security.

Show me the equations that show if a bridge will hold up. Fine, those are well-known.

Now show me the equations that prove that a computer system is secure, for a non-trivial algorithm, so that a Computer Science "Engineer" can place his professional stamp on one. And remember, nobody will buy Windows that takes thirty years to get out the door at six-thousand bucks a copy.

Really, though, do you even CS, bro? Besides the software-provability problem, a bridge engineer is not responsible for any shoddy work that is hidden from him by a lackluster construction crew (and no, inspections are not fool-proof if there is professional malpractice occurring).

You can't simply make a comparison between a static and a dynamic system and declare equivalene. That's as silly as Schnier thinking that regulators will save us from ourselves. He should look into real insurance, strict liability, and/or marketable torts if he wants a system that can actually provide better results.

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