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Comment Re:signs of a guilty conscience (Score 3, Insightful) 323

Her actions are the actions of someone who quite rationally fears 'just talking' to people who might return armed and bearing a warrant if rebuffed. In a world where the POTUS bombs wedding parties with flying robots and cracks jokes about it, if you aren't a criminal you aren't doing enough.

Comment Re:undermining the Tor system (Score 4, Informative) 323

This is false; Isis does a lot of valuable work on Tor and on some related projects like bridgedb, but she does not have commit rights on the Tor daemon itself. The people who do are me (Andrea Shepard), Nick Mathewson and Roger Dingledine. All patches are reviewed by at least one committer other than the patch author.

Comment Re:Precedent set? (Score 2) 5

No, client-side Tor only makes outgoing connections to relays. If you configure it as a relay it also passes traffic, but always encrypted so it can't be linked to any particular circuit elsewhere at any other node. Legal hazard for Tor node operators is only an issue for exit nodes, unless things get so bad that cryptography itself is targeted.

(Disclosure: I am a Tor developer)

Comment Re:It's called "Get A Grip!" (Score 1) 1127

No, getting 'razzed' isn't fine. A certain subset of mainly hetero men seem to think 'friendship' is expressed through taunts and insults, and the rest of us wish they'd knock it the fuck off but know it's pointless to say anything because they'll take that as a sign of weakness and get even more obnoxious. This does not constitute a 'fine' situation for anyone other than the overgrown frat boys in question.

Comment Re:It's called "Get A Grip!" (Score 1) 1127

On the opposite end she could be a geek girl herself and know even "better" jokes than the guys.

Just because she knows how to respond doesn't mean she should have to. Shockingly, not everyone enjoys the way groups of straight men always seem to set up a status hierarchy expressed through 'harmless' jokes. I've even (*gasp!*) heard a few guys complain about it now and then.

Comment Re:Oh Boy... (Score 1) 230

One IP or AS number is just like another, so all you need is a simple administrative body to make sure two people don't try to use the same one.

Yeah, true with current or foreseeable future protocols. Not necessarily impossible to avoid, though - what if networks were addressed by public keys in a large sparse space, and you could just randomly generate them when needed?

That's a source of endless disputes, and so long as those domains remain a source of substantial income that will be the case. So a body is needed to resolve them.

You're presuming I recognize the legitimacy of intellectual property there, I think. I do not, and see no reason to object to "whoever claims it first owns it".

On the other hand, DNS is probably the most administratively problematic protocol around due to the need for someone to run the root zone. That one would sure be nice to find a workaround for....

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