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Submission + - The Dark Arts: Meet the LulzSec Hackers (hackaday.com)

szczys writes: Reputations are earned. When a small group of hackers who were part of Anonymous learned they were being targeted for doxing (having their identities exposed) they went after the person hard, taking down two of the company websites, the CEO's Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, and even his World of Warcraft accounts. The process was fast, professional, and like nothing ever seen before. This was the foundation of Lulz Security and the birth of a reputation that makes LulzSec an important part of black hat history.

Submission + - Six years of Go (golang.org)

digitalPhant0m writes: Six years ago today the Go language was released as an open source project. Since then, more than 780 contributors have made over 30,000 commits to the project's 22 repositories. The ecosystem continues to grow, with GitHub reporting more than 90,000 Go repositories. And, offline, we see new Go events and user groups pop up around the world with regularity

Comment Re:That was easy (Score 1) 867

It's a chicken vs egg issue with Linux. I know plenty of people that tell me: "when my favorite software (or game) is ported to Linux, then I'll switch".
The problem is that vendors are saying "when the user base is there, then I'll port the software".
Stalemate.

The probably is that your average Linux gamer is a cheapskate or a GNUStallinist who feels that everything should be 100% free and open source.

Absolutely untrue. The average Linux gamer/user is on Linux because they don't like Windows, not because they are cheap. Everyone I know that runs Linux as their primary desktop spends quite a few bucks every month on games via Steam (I do too).
Cheapskates are are on every OS, that's why pirating is so prevalent.

The second issue is that Linux is really a fragmented market

Very true. I think Ubuntu has done the best for everyday desktop use, and Steam works beautifully on it. This is probably the best best right now.

Comment Re:Ya, right (Score 1) 277

It appears we agree on the intimidation factor.
We can disagree if it's purely the perception on the part of the civilian or a tactic of law enforcement.

Either way: it remains a fact. Otherwise normal people do dumb things out of fear, which can cause a situation to escalate very quickly.

Secondly, law enforcement, at least in the United States, has no extra power to "kill or imprison" others compared to each individual citizen.

False.
They may have no extra "rights" to do so; If a cop shoots someone, it's next to impossible to prove malice or incompetence on the part of the officer.
See Blue wall of silence.

You can also be detained/imprisoned/jailed/kidnapped based solely on Probable Cause. At minimum a nice way to ruin someones day.
Sounds like a lot of power to me.

I will add that I have been rather unhappy with the way it seem law enforcement has changed just over the past 5 to 7 years alone.

I'm also very sad to see this.
Think about it this way: What have we missed before cellphones became powerful and ubiquitous evidence collecting machines. I think that the only thing that has changed is that the public is able to police the police much better now.

Here are some fun numbers

Comment Re:Ya, right (Score 5, Insightful) 277

Intimidation is a purposeful and deliberate tactic to gain compliance through fear of violence.
Everything about police is intimidating: the uniform, the car, driving tactics, visible weapons, approach and demeanor.
Here is an article delving into some of the psychology.

When the police approach you or pull you over there is always that fight or flight instinct that kicks in, even when you've done nothing wrong. Why? Because police are intimidating as hell and they have the power to either kill you or imprison you.
It is also contrary to the nature of the human male to submit: when you get pushed, you push back. This is why you see the backlash or attitudes from ordinary people against cops.

There is no profession without idiots; however in this profession someone is going to pay a heavy price for a mistake.

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