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  • Aug 18th, 2017 @ 5:50pm

    (untitled comment)

    It's a wonder to this commenter that organizations still bork the simplest security measures and have these poorly secured systems connected to the internet.

    OK i lie, it isn't a wonder to me at all. The only thing i find mildly astonishing is that these organizations, or those who hire them, are surprised when it is brought to their attention. Although, that surprise may be feigned as well.

  • Aug 18th, 2017 @ 12:47pm

    Re: who cares

    I think the problem may be people who are educated as you have been.

    As to who cares, a lot of people care. Your dismissal is not going to have the effect you wish here. But take solace in the fact that plenty in the US and elsewhere share your lovely sentiments about the stone age buffoons who invented shit like 0, stunning civilizations, architecture, and who regularly provide the rest of the world with brilliant physicians and physicists. As for the many on the subcontinent who cannot be those things, yeah, screw the poor, it's their own fault. But for government and business, not sure what you are getting at, since they act largely the same most everywhere else.

  • Aug 18th, 2017 @ 12:33pm

    Re: Too speculative

    Is it needed that anyone has yet to bring up the issue? Cathy is pointing out that there is an angle. VARA is so vague that someone may attempt to use it, and for reasons other than actually protecting copyright.

    Normally, one would hope that the stupid is taken out of laws before they are passed, but it is not, and we have countless example of how the laws are misused afterward. (Or sometimes laws retroactively cover egregious unethical and awful behavior.) Why does it need to have already happened to "[point] out there's a copyright angle to the monument controversy: the Visual Artists Rights Act (VARA)". The angle is there, whether or not anyone has yet used it.

    What can happen, given current circumstances, occupies a rather large chunk of human thought. Sometimes we don't do it enough. Sometimes we do it badly. Sometimes we do it badly, and don't examine enough what are the consequences of doing it badly. But we do it.

  • Aug 18th, 2017 @ 12:06pm


    American Tax Dollars pay for any wrongdoing

    US tax dollars pay for lots of wrongdoing, not as a side effect, but as the main purpose.

  • Aug 18th, 2017 @ 12:04pm

    Re: LLC = Limited Libertarian Culture.

    Anyone may still start another sports team or league. I would also point out that, in the way most libertarians seem to envision markets, all monopolies are legal. (And you know the markets will always tend toward a monopoly or oligopoly.)

    If you want to fight locally everywhere to stop counties and cities from subsidizing stadiums and all the extra police presence, or argue that corporations should be limited in extent and time for a singular purpose, I'm all for that.

    Not sure where you get your ideas about what Mike personally believes about particular things. As far as i have been able to tell, he is all for limiting the powers of some of these creatures.

    Not sure how any of the above is fascism, although the way many corp/gov interactions go, it has an element of reverse fascism to it.

    I don't see how any debate is stifled, but everyone who opens up like you do generally gets a pass from much of the commentariat. But you do perhaps seem to subscribe to a form of libertarianism, which i have seen before, but not frequently at all, with which i find some common ground.

    Maybe if you un-stifle yourself and engage a bit more constructively, others would join whatever discussion you might wish to have.

  • Aug 16th, 2017 @ 12:01pm

    Re: border status

    The US already limits it. At the very least, do you think this is a sensible expansion of government and spending of funds? Do you imagine it will accomplish much of anything? Even if you are a proponent of tighter border security, how do you feel about the already much expanded security apparatus since 09/11/2001, and the quality of work they have been doing?

  • Aug 16th, 2017 @ 11:54am

    Re: Re: Those weren't jokes

    You are missing the point. The danger is with the insane government interaction when visiting.

    You should apply your statistics to your opening paragraph, and any and all claims about the direct effects of terrorism in the US as well. Who is selling what, now?

  • Aug 16th, 2017 @ 11:46am

    (untitled comment)

    Building America's Trust Act

    Oh. So by "borders" they mean "agencies and offices of government"? That would be venue for installing cameras and all the other listed efforts that might lead to more trust for America (I think they mean the US).

  • Aug 16th, 2017 @ 11:19am

    Re: Who is Your Target Audience?

    When you want to label all sort of things and people as "the left", regardless of what they say or do, or disregard anything as "attached to the left" instead of judging it on its own merits, then those are belief system and critical thinking problems no one can fix for you and your fellow travelers. If one were to carefully craft everything so as to not connect some idea with "the left", then y'all would just point to it as insidious leftist propaganda masquerading as something palatable to your zone of the right end of the spectrum. The classic small government conservative politicians sell their to you constantly, but we never actually receive the product, do we? What we actually get is bigger government, and some sick joke of stripping out any protections humans were given against corporations and governments.

    I can't even understand some people's definition of "the left", but they are happy to push it everywhere.

    Your additional comments (qualifications for the right, or something?) made me realize i have a question. What is it about BLM which is inherently "left"?

  • Aug 16th, 2017 @ 10:57am

    Re: Wall Street is very short sighted

    It's like any manner of other things, even health and life-threatening things from which the Wall Street types or other relevant sorts cannot fully insulate themselves, which they promote against their own self-interests. As for Wall Street, they already long ago destroyed the way the investment and return part of capitalism is supposed to operate, including those who like to wave the flag of capitalism political as clearly and morally superior to any other forms or mixes of economies.

  • Aug 15th, 2017 @ 3:43pm

    (untitled comment)

    Ooh. Prepaid overages every month? Sign me up.

  • Aug 15th, 2017 @ 3:37pm

    Re: "Even Way More Complicated" -- Who cares?

    Someone is always setting themselves up as an authority on something, aren't they?

  • Aug 15th, 2017 @ 3:35pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Maybe you could email your queries to Snopes, and they can fact check to see if any of the quotes are accurate or properly attributed.

  • Aug 14th, 2017 @ 2:23pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    _"Some of the targets were investigating government corruption. Others were investigating the mass disappearance of 43 schoolchildren from Iguala, Mexico."_

    That is unclear?

  • Aug 14th, 2017 @ 2:17pm

    (untitled comment)

    How about removing the internal corporate barriers (pockets) so ISPs can deploy broadband like they promised to do, were subsidized to do, and make more than enough money (even if they didn't charge ridiculously high rates with additional bs "charges") to do.

  • Aug 14th, 2017 @ 2:11pm


    We've secretly replaced the board with sand and ground up clam shells. Let's see if anyone notices.

  • Aug 14th, 2017 @ 1:50pm

    Re: Re:

    Sorry, that should be irt Chris Brand above.

  • Aug 14th, 2017 @ 1:48pm

    Re: Re:

    How to know? One may dig or nslookup to their heart's content.

    ►dig functionalclam.com

    ; <<>> DiG 9.3.2 <<>> functionalclam.com
    ;; global options: printcmd
    ;; Got answer:
    ;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 603
    ;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 1, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 0

    ;functionalclam.com. IN A

    functionalclam.com. 30 IN A

    ;; Query time: 46 msec
    ;; SERVER:
    ;; WHEN: Mon Aug 14 16:39:07 2017
    ;; MSG SIZE rcvd: 52

    ►dig functionalclaim.com

    ; <<>> DiG 9.3.2 <<>> functionalclaim.com
    ;; global options: printcmd
    ;; Got answer:
    ;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NXDOMAIN, id: 375
    ;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 0, AUTHORITY: 1, ADDITIONAL: 0

    ;functionalclaim.com. IN A

    com. 900 IN SOA a.gtld-servers.net. nstld.verisign-grs.com. 15027
    43505 1800 900 604800 86400

    ;; Query time: 109 msec
    ;; SERVER:
    ;; WHEN: Mon Aug 14 16:39:23 2017
    ;; MSG SIZE rcvd: 113

  • Aug 14th, 2017 @ 1:42pm


    You can add it to your adblocker or not explicitly allow it in a script blocker or other domain blocker. I get by fine without ever subscribing to a list, period. And lists never cover everything, so there is always something to add yourself (assuming you are not already using another bit of code that does not allow anything by default). But sure, HOSTS is another way if you want to maintain that, too.

  • Aug 14th, 2017 @ 1:15pm

    (untitled comment)

    So, who is the end user who left their exploits unsecured on a computer somewhere?

    What group of end users is it, of which the aforementioned end user is a member, who have notoriously insecure, unpatched, and poorly configured systems which have repeatedly exposed metric craptons of data?

    Who? Who are these pebkac monkeys? I. Just. Don't. Know...

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