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Comment Re:Blame the news websites. (Score 2, Insightful) 624

"Crime" is not a fact. First of all, what is "crime"? Are you talking about convictions? That, obviously, is socially determined--who gets prosecuted for what, the extent to which the cops and the prosecutors lie, quality of the defense attorney, etc. So, no, "race" is not correlated with crime. It's correlated with who gets locked up, which has little if anything to do with crime.

Comment This just in! (Score 1) 106

In what must be the biggest surprise story of the week, Apple, a big corporation, acts like a big corporation. Jokes aside, the government is *Apple's* government, not yours. Like it's Exxon's or Monsanto's, or Koch whatever. It's called capitalism, a lot of you say you like it, so don't get all outraged when capital rules. And you don't.

Comment Civil penalties--and big ones (Score 1) 351

Governments can't be trusted to enforce laws vigorously that are politically sensitive, as prosecutions of DDOS cases might be (who to prosecute? are you going to charge another government? etc). So go with big big civil penalties. There'll always be someone who will sue anybody--like the 9/11 victims families in the US trying to sue Saudi Arabia against the wishes of the US govt.

Comment Falling for US propaganda (Score 1) 91

Note that first of all this is not a "news" story. It's a bunch of charges made by one side in a deep political debate. There's no attempt at substantiation, and not even the pretense of the courtesy of allowing the other side to comment. Second, that so many fierce "independent thinkers" at Slashdot have just accepted the charges and assumed they must be true. Because after all everyone knows Cuba is bad, right? And how do we know? Because "a lot of people" say so. And you make fun of Trump supporters.
Open Source

Bulgaria Got a Law Requiring Open Source (medium.com) 62

All software written for the government in Bulgaria are now required to be open-source. The amendments to put such laws in motion were voted in domestic parliament and are now in effect, announced software engineer Bozhidar Bozhanov, who is also an adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister at Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria. All such software will also be required by law to be developed in a public repository. Bozhanov writes in a blog post:That does not mean that the whole country is moving to Linux and LibreOffice, neither does it mean the government demands Microsoft and Oracle to give the source to their products. Existing solutions are purchased on licensing terms and they remain unaffected (although we strongly encourage the use of open source solutions for that as well). It means that whatever custom software the government procures will be visible and accessible to everyone. After all, it's paid by tax-payers money and they should both be able to see it and benefit from it. As for security -- in the past "security through obscurity" was the main approach, and it didn't quite work -- numerous vulnerabilities were found in government websites that went unpatched for years, simply because a contract had expired. With opening the source we hope to reduce those incidents, and to detect bad information security practices in the development process, rather than when it's too late.

Comment How this law will work (Score 4, Insightful) 241

It doesn't matter what this law will say. What matters--and this is of course true of every law--is how it will be enforced. They don't care about MP3s or even cryptography as such. What they care about is being able to decrypt the communications they want to decrypt. It's much easier from their point of view to write an overly broad law even if it appears stupid because it's only the enforcement that counts, and they control the enforcement.

Comment Brand of hate (Score 1) 623

The petitioners oppose what they call Trump's "brand of hate"--perhaps there's a brand of hate they don't oppose? Hate has gotten a bad name, from liberals. Why is hate bad? I hate a lot of things. I hate racism, I hate police brutality, I hate the waste of lives in the society we live in. Am I a bad person for "hating"?

Comment Re:This might be part of the reason... (Score 1) 125

First of all, what government does not do all this? Second, this is the result of thinking it's OK to not let people you disagree with have the same right to speak as you do. How is this different from what Anonymous does? Or in the US, the people who think it's a good idea, because they don't like Donald Trump, to keep him from speaking?

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