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Submission + - Groklaw Shutters Doors Over NSA Email Spying ( 3

tetrahedrassface writes: Groklaw is shutting down over fears that the tactics the NSA uses for email snooping and storage could affect the way the site does law. Pamela Joins said, ""the simple truth is, no matter how good the motives might be for collecting and screening everything we say to one another, and no matter how "clean" we all are ourselves from the standpont of the screeners, I don't know how to function in such an atmosphere. I don't know how to do Groklaw like this," she writes...

Submission + - How Should Slashdot Handle an NSA Incursion?

wjcofkc writes: With the fall of Lavabit and Groklaw at hand, an interesting question arises: how should Slashdot respond to the NSA if they come knocking? It is not entirely unreasonable to think that this might happen, if it hasn't already. Slashdot is after all highly trafficked by the fringes of society and is rife with seditious discussion. Courtesy of gag orders, it's difficult to know who the NSA's heavy handed dragnet operation has already ensnared. Should we expect Slashdot's editors and administrators to reflect it's powerfully counter-culture user base, and out an NSA incursion while shutting down the site, violating a gag order? Or could Dice Holdings prevent the people that run Slashdot from even knowing it was happening? These are question we should all be asking. And so I pose the question to those who administer this site: do you have a plan in case the NSA comes knocking? Is Dice Holdings in a position to keep you ignorant of NSA snooping activity? Also, to the users: how do you think Slashdot should handle their user base in response to a visit from the NSA to copy hard drives, install 'special' hardware, and lay down a gag order? If you think the question doesn't apply to us, consider that it shouldn't have applied to Groklaw either.

Comment Re:Lazy is just another word of "efficient" (Score 1) 3

So you are running on the argument that one user on one set of hardware setting optimal conditions for thousands if not millions of consumers of closed and proprietary software is better than an OPEN operating system that is free for anyone and runs on a toaster if you want it to? I don't understand the logic really. By that logic vehicles should only go 60 miles per hour since that's what most speed limits are...and no one should be allowed to raise the hood and install turbo chargers... For that matter, why would anyone want to change their own oil, when they can pay someone to do it?

When you change your own oil, at least you know it's done correctly (if you aren't lazy)...

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Journal Journal: Musings on Linux. People Are Lazy. 3

I read Slashdot quite a lot, and after 13 years of using Linux there has really never been an issue that can't be fixed or worked around with a little work. Reading the comments here and there, there and there about Linux I keep seeing posts from folks that seem to think Linux doesn't work. It works too well really. The real issue is that people are lazy and don't want to do work involved in setting up a system that works well. The main rub to me is neither OSX or WIndows works any better, an

Comment I recently used OpenShot and loved it. (Score 2) 55

A few weeks ago my family business was contacted by Pilgrim Studios in Los Angeles about them doing a show on us. Since I used pretty much use Linux exclusively and they wanted lots of video of our interactions, interviews, and lots of other other stuff I knew I'd be in trouble on the editing side.

Actually however it wasn't bad at all! I was using an older Handycam and would rip the mini DVD's via HandBrake then feed them into OpenShot. It did crash a few times at first, but I always backed it up as a project file and after a few days of trail and error seemed to have a processing system that worked.

I don't know if we got the gig yet, but Openshot handled what I threw at it fairly well. I can't wait to donate to them. At the least we have a 1.5 hour movie now that one day we might cherish as a piece of our history.

Comment Re:Its a very convenient gas (Score 1) 104

Happen to agree with the original post. NASA funding will be cut 21% due to the sequester. His opinions is not a troll and while neat for an 'oh gee' bit off science.....This is not that big a deal For the guy that attacked him (ThePieces), just because you think there is plenty of $ to around does not mean there are........ you need to learn critical thinking and just why the mission wants the attention......

-1 troll disgraceful.

Comment Obligatory Post. (Score 1, Interesting) 915

For Catholics this is big deal.. So congrats to them. I'm only really commenting because of an accidental moderation up there ^. Anyway, in world that increasingly tries to tear things down, at least the Catholics know where he stands on some issues. Nothing will change, and they'll stand by their beliefs and that's okay because it's a free world..... So with that... See ya.

Comment Re:Europa was discovered in 1610 by Galileo... (Score 2) 164

Right, well the Planetary Society has proposed the JEO, Jupiter Europa Orbiter. That would be a great start to actually close enough to really see what's going on. Then we don't need or even have to land a super heavy rover on Europa. If we took data from the JEO and were smart about it, we could land a few very small probes to sample the surface of the ice where the upwellings occur.

We have the capability to go there today, if we really wanted to. I guess it's just not politically expedient to go there, since Mars captures the interest of the population so well..... and that's a disappointing, because Europa or one of it's sister moons has water today.

I hope I live long enough to see a landing.

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