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Comment Re:Not going to work (Score 1) 98

4. Last, but not least, fire all of the damn SJWs. Easiest way to accomplish this: put out an anonymous workplace survey that says "do you consider hate speech that is not a direct incitement to violence to be protected, free speech." Anyone who disagrees with that probably holds views that are anathema to the long term health of any speech-centered tech platform or product.

This is what is wrong with most places today. That sort of thing should NOT be anonymous. Its should be mission statement from management. It should be made clear to employees that if they can't embrace that they ought to start looking for jobs elsewhere.

Comment Re:Pay your fucking taxes instead (Score 1) 177

>almost always are perennial whiners who have no interest in playing the game correctly

The rich have no interest in playing the game correctly *either* but they get a pass while the rest of us have people like you bitching at us for wanting to the rich to play by the rules *also*

Because at heart, you are just another celebrity worshiper and "temporarily embarrassed millionaire."

>students threatening to lawyer up fastest

Who the fuck do you think are the ones who do that /first/?

It's not the middle-class or working-class family based student. They can't /afford/ to waste money on a lawyer, or the time.

How about you have a nice big cup o' STFU?


Comment Re:About time (Score 4, Insightful) 107

No, you twit, his point was that if they're going to censor non-US "fake news sites" they should censor US fake-news *also.*

But that's not going to happen, because "Official News" is what the US government wants you to believe and nothing else. There is no independent mainstream media anymore. The ones with "access" to the WH and elsewhere in DC are the ones that act as stenographers for the official party line (the party being that of the moneyed), truth be damned.

Just because other countries do it doesn't mean it's right for us to do it. And just because other countries do it, doesn't mean we /don't'/ as I will illustrate further down below.

If you defend the "purity" of the US, then you've bought into the biggest pile of bullshit going.

I wrote this the week following Easter:

---begin paste ---

I watched a Sunday news program this Easter with The Nan (Marirose's mom). The harebrained manufacture of consent and propaganda being spewed from the Tee Vee astounded me in its transparency. I just /couldn't/ accept what they were selling because it felt like I was in a time warp being sold the same bill of goods about Saddam. And it was about going to war with /both/ Syria and North Korea.

I couldn't tell you which one it was, because I never saw the intro and my Sunday viewing habits are... scarce.

All the way from Vietnam to the present day...

"Every time we've gone to war in my lifetime, the government has lied to us" - Jimmy Dore

Jimmy Dore is my age. He's absolutely correct.

From the Gulf of Tonkin to today, it's been a lie /every time/. Without fail, it's been a lie.


For my 51 years on this spinning speck of dirt in the universe, these lies have caused millions to needlessly suffer and die either directly in the case of Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc., (this includes the war on some drugs in Columbia and elsewhere and covert wars such as in Central America) or indirectly in the case of Cambodia and others. And absolutely nobody in the US, who has any power at all, has any negative repercussions on them for starting a war with a lie. Indeed, such people rise to the top and wear epaulets with stars on them and shiny suits or at least show up on TV as a sage and get paid to offer pro-war opinion.

The entire history of the US from the end of WWII to today is the history of manufactured consent for war through the media. Had Herr Goebbels lived to see it instead of taking cyanide, he would have been proud.

"Now you can join the ranks of the illustrious
In history's great dark hall of fame
All our greatest killers were industrious
At least the ones that we all know by name

But you can reach the top of your profession
If you become the leader of the land
For murder is the sport of the elected
And you don't need to lift a finger of your hand"

-- The Police "Murder by Numbers"

When I leave this vale of tears or shuffle off this mortal coil, the number of middle fingers I will have to give will be counted in /sagans/.

Fuck you, you fucking fucks.

---end paste---

I was corrected later that the use of media to manufacture consent for war in the US was /at least/ as old as the Spanish American War.


Comment Re:good (Score -1) 67

Let's Encrypt is literally terrible!

1) short cert life times so you can't use pinning to know if maybe something has changed
2) not even domain validated, if you control the web server you can get cert. Generally that means you could alter content anyway but frankly DV certs were not a good idea.
3) give a false impression of authentication, where there really is none, see #2. Sure you can look for EV or whatever in your URL bar, but automated process and such don't really have a concept of class where certs are concerned. Your software updater will see a Let's Encrypt cert as authentic.
4) They don't even make the most minimal effort to try and filter phishing domains like

There are literally no valid reasons for any site to use Let's Encrypt certs. They provide no guarantee of authenticity beyond what a self signed cert does; which is just as effective for using to setup TLS sockets. What they do is brake older automated trust logic and give other users who don't really understand the whole CA trust chain concept a very false sense of security. Seriously Let's Encrypt sucks!


Comment Re:So what's the issue? (Score 2) 214

Because validation rules like this are actually pretty important when it comes to detecting and preventing fraud. The failure here was not that the software could not deal with here being more than 110.

That is sufficiently an edge case that as frequently as it comes up a call form a bank manager to HQ where they can say something like well enter the date a 1/1/1900 than and we will have an engineer update the record to the correct value ASAP should work.

Comment Re:We scientists must improve our reliability. (Score 2) 271

Science as a whole has a serious boy-who-cried-wolf problem. As scientists we need to be far more careful about the claims we're making, so that people continue to take us seriously.

You are partly right, but science is all about making /testable/ claims. Scientists absolutely need to advance their hypothesis backed up by the research and allow others to find counter or confirming evidence.

What needs to stop happening is people trying to make public policy based on less proven theory. Climate science is a good example its been used as a basis for policies since the 1970's and its predictions and impacts have changed a lot since that time, it was and is an immature field. As is a lot of this psychology that has us putting in special bathrooms in schools etc. We need to step back and let scientists do the work before we start legislating based on it.

Comment Re:ATT is NOT a charity (Score 1) 166

I am going to get hard flamed for this, but I would still make the argument that the vast vast majority of people have no need or even practical use for more than the 50Mbps symmetric speeds VDSL can "practically" deliver.

I telecommute, I would LOVE something better than LTE, because the caps are an issue, the speed around 6Mbps really isn't the problem. That said if I had the choice between VDSL and gigabit fiber at a price difference of $30 a month, I would not pay fiber.

We don't need fiber the premises most places, even decent copper based broad band to our less densely populated regions would be a huge win for a lot of people. Hell real unlimited data plans would be a huge win.

Verizon's plan is a f'ing joke. The throttle 'mobile host spots down to 600Kbps" after 10 gigs, they have the never to classify the fixed LTE solution they sell, which bolts to the side of your home or business as a mobile hotspot! Now if they would at least treat it as well as a handset and give you 22 gigs it would be an entertain-able choice. As it is me and the neighbors remain stuck on un-advertised but capped large plans.

Comment So its another socialist attack on the family (Score 2, Insightful) 521

with participants receiving up to $17,000 annually if single, and $24,000 for families.

Discourage people from actually getting married by essentially paying them not to! Can't have those pesky independent families, with their ability to depend on each other rather than the state can we. Can't have people loyal to each other rather than our glorious government.

This is a seriously distressing policy.

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