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1) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1669663)
Posted 38 minutes ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
I also wonder when the embuggarance of UEFI becomes "mandatory" as 'required' by Redmond?...

Ah, poor baby. Linux can't see machines, even when it is free.
But, are you going to answer
http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/forum_thread.php?id=73851&postid=1668542
maybe the answers are the answer to Redmond .....
2) Message boards : Politics : DEAD. Murder? usa internet LAW REFORM REQUIRED! #2 (Message 1669660)
Posted 43 minutes ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Despite the complete unawareness of some posters on this thread, at least some of the "Lawmakers" of the USA realise how some so called "crimes" as claimed are ridiculous...


'Aaron's Law' back on the table to bring sanity to US hacking laws

Zofgren, Wyden and Paul back changes to Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

... The bill [PDF] would reform the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) to make sure it did not fall so heavily on minor abuses of terms and conditions.

Its namesake, Aaron Swartz faced up to 35 years in jail, and a $1m fine...

... As a result of his actions, Swartz was arrested under breaking-and-entering charges under state law, and then prosecuted under federal law for 11 violations of the CFAA – actions that many felt were wholly out of proportion to what he actually did.

Swartz turned down a plea bargain that would have seen him sentenced to six months in jail; the day after his counteroffer was rejected, he was found dead in his New York apartment having hanged himself...

... The senator also said: "Violating a smartphone app’s terms of service or sharing academic articles should not be punished more harshly than a government agency hacking into Senate files" - a reference to the controversial CIA hacking of the Senate Intelligence Committee's computers last year. He went on: "The CFAA is so inconsistently and capriciously applied it results in misguided, heavy-handed prosecution. Aaron’s Law would curb this abuse while still preserving the tools needed to prosecute malicious attacks."...



So... USA 'law' is all just a capricious game of "gameshow" plea bargaining...

And yet people die before ever reaching Justice...


Only in the USA?...

All in our only one world,
Martin

So your geek hero decided to Kill himslef rather then do 6 months In a minimum security prison.
He did not violate a cell phone app. And he he didnt just share academic papers. He stole those papers by breaking and enetering and hacking into the data base. He also wilfully hid his idenetity in committing those thefts.
If he had not killed himself who knows what effect he may have made in changing the laws he so hated to abide by. He might have even been found innocent.
We will never know because he didnt have the balls to stand up for his own beliefs.

Yes, 6 months at Club Fed. Ask Martha Stewart how bad that is .....
Maybe he should have faced those state charges, for breaking and entering, felony, 10 years hard time. Mind you that wasn't a computer crime, that was a physical crime, a burglar breaking into a building.

I see Martin is still up to his self denial. One sentence he says 35 years, next sentence he says six months. He knows which is correct but he can't cry hes tears over the true statement, so he has to say the other in a bid to attempt to get false sympathy for him. It isn't working Martin. Everyone sees your ploy.

The coward should have been happy with the deal. Six months vacation with free room and board is a good deal compared to Massachusetts making you a felon with loss of civil rights and putting you into a cell with Bubba to be his wife. But if you break into someplace, then you deserve to be punished.
3) Message boards : Politics : PEOPLE ARE SCARED TO DEATH TO GO AFTER OBLABBY and It's The 21st CENTURY (Message 1669641)
Posted 2 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Nobody knows who the other person is.

Some of the time that is false.
4) Message boards : Politics : PEOPLE ARE SCARED TO DEATH TO GO AFTER OBLABBY and It's The 21st CENTURY (Message 1669566)
Posted 5 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
SETI started a Fora called Politics, Discussion of Political Topics, not Debates of Political Topics.

Actually, Seti did neither. It started a forum (singular) simply called Politics. The reason for that was to take all the heated stuff away from the cafe where it was causing a problem. It was then decided to take a rather more "lenient view" of posts made within the new forum, but still firmly within the rules.

Posts here are discussions, debates, exchanges of views, however you wish to see it, upon a range of topics.


Besides, now someone wants to debate the meaning of debate? LOL!

debate: noun
A discussion in which reasons are advanced for and against some proposition or proposal
Seems like a debate is a discussion .........
5) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#2) (Message 1669517)
Posted 7 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2015/04/23/chinese-government-says-please-stop-hiring-funeral-strippers/
6) Message boards : Politics : I hope that this cop gets to feel the full force of the law. #2 (Message 1669512)
Posted 7 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
http://abc7.com/news/los-angeles-woman-files-$4m-federal-lawsuit-against-las-vegas-police/679438/
"It's not just the black guys from the ghetto with their pants slung down anymore. It's anybody. It could be your daughter. It's not about race, it's about power," Watts said.


<ed>http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/dec/11/christopher-hays-lawsuit-police/

http://ktla.com/2015/04/23/cellphone-video-shows-long-beach-police-throwing-woman-to-the-ground/
7) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1669505)
Posted 7 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
O/S War: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/04/24/android_google_maps_urinate_apple/
8) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#2) (Message 1669473)
Posted 9 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
What was incorrect about This Ruling?

The only thing wrong is Martin's mind is hermetically sealed. It appears to operate like this, once upon a time a man discriminated against a woman, therefore all men always discriminate against women. Same thinking as a black man broke the law therefore all black men break the law.

Now, I'm sure Martin wasn't sitting in the jury box so he does not know what evidence was presented, nor did he watch the witnesses testify to know their creditability, so how he can form an opinion on this specific case .... he can't, but he can use a thought process like that outlined above .....

That might be what YOU alone think and an unfortunate example of your style of thought processes.

Or are you lost in your own prejudices?...


So... To clear one small point: The OJ Simpson example was used just to highlight how USA courts appear to be more greatly influenced by the flamboyance of the lawyers and the protagonists than by the actual merits of the case...

Another single example being touted as a universal truth. Not one word on the specific case.

The prosecution rests.
9) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#2) (Message 1669406)
Posted 12 hours ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
What was incorrect about This Ruling?

The only thing wrong is Martin's mind is hermetically sealed. It appears to operate like this, once upon a time a man discriminated against a woman, therefore all men always discriminate against women. Same thinking as a black man broke the law therefore all black men break the law.

Now, I'm sure Martin wasn't sitting in the jury box so he does not know what evidence was presented, nor did he watch the witnesses testify to know their creditability, so how he can form an opinion on this specific case .... he can't, but he can use a thought process like that outlined above .....
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Last Person To Post Here Wins #236 Hey BladeD, it's a Grimm night!! (Message 1669036)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
note:
The edit function won't allow me
to up-date the title in the thread

Replies and quotes don't allow that change, only a new post to thread.
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Last Person To Post Here Wins #236 Hey BladeD, it's a Grimm night!! (Message 1668980)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Looks like the Jets have crashed into the ducks.
12) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#2) (Message 1668978)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
What?!!! No screaming about extreme liberals or extreme conservatives?

Can't have hit dead center ......

Oh wait, its Thorsday! :)
13) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#2) (Message 1668926)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
The leaflets warned that condoms and the morning-after pill put people "at risk" and make them "isolated".

So are they advocating abortions or advocating having unwanted babies?

They are advocating a fantasy land where there is a mythical man in the sky.
14) Message boards : Politics : Against ALL women - Infanticide, Slavery, Rape, Trafficking... (#2) (Message 1668760)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Fun watching the MCP's use backhoes to dig fast and deep. Although it isn't quite as much fun as watching a train wreck in super slow motion.
15) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Astronomers discover largest known structure in the universe is ... a big hole (Message 1668750)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
If there are an infinite number of universes means that there is a perfect copy of our universe somewhere. Weird:)

ER no. The universe itself may be infinite but every human being that has ever lived is different to any other one. Therefore I don't think there will be a perfect copy somewhere.

It's like the old conundrum that if you sat down a group of monkeys at typewriters, then in time they would produce the complete works of Shakespeare. This is assuming everlasting typewriters, ribbons and paper, and monkeys that live for ever with available food and water, and enough interest to keep pounding the keys.

The odds against it are so great as to be impossible to calculate, same with a copy universe.

Ah, but you don't understand infinity. You have assumed a finite amount of time. That being the monkeys are stopped when they finish the works of Shakespeare. If you continue for an infinite time the monkeys will produce an infinite number of copies of the works.

The math isn't that hard if you remember algebra.

Assume the smallest possible chance of something in a given time period, just above zero: 1/INF

Now multiply by an infinity of time: INF * (1/INF)
which reduces to INF/INF which is equal to 1, or the certainty that it will happen.

Now take a possibility, still tiny but somewhat away from zero, 1/googol
(googol is 10^100 or 1 followed by 100 zeros. Picked as the common answer for the number of particles in the observable universe is a bit less at 10^80 or 1 followed by 80 zeros. So we are saying the chance for a specific event happening to a specific particle in the universe.)

Now an infinity of time: INF * (1/googol)
Reducing, INF/googol.
Now remember a googol is a very tiny number compared to infinity googol<<INF
So you have INF/1 for all practical realities, giving you a result of INF. So your event will happen an infinity of times.

This is where it gets interesting. I suspect soon we may understand that because the chances of stuff happening are well above zero that the universe must happen. Thus ending the need for a "first mover" to set the chain of events in motion. The present fly in that is we seem to see an age for the universe, but that may just be for this chunk that we can observe.
16) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Dawn Mission now Nearing Asteroid Ceres (Message 1668741)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Weird, the closer they get the less they know about these mysterious white spots. No mention of alien space craft yet.

They are just the marker lights .....
17) Message boards : Politics : PEOPLE ARE SCARED TO DEATH TO GO AFTER OBLABBY and It's The 21st CENTURY (Message 1668658)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
We should have a statistics page on the block list so we can behave more like a collective .....


I doubt you would actually agree to that, but OTOH I suspect you would agree it is wise for some of us to have some others on ignore. Further, that you probably ignore some of the same, or don't have them blocked but still ignore much of their posts or, finally, are losing your patience for some.

The issue may be that someone will attempt to score the highest on the ignore list, just as there are people out to be number one on the posts made or post viewed lists.
18) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1668542)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
That has been highlighted precisely because the code is open to inspection by others to check.

So why didn't they check before it was committed? No eyes? No control? No one legally responsible?

Now we have that bug code in thousands of applications from thousands of developers. It isn't a library that an O/S vendor can patch the bug away. Each and every one of the application developers has to recompile his application and get a new version out. Just hope it isn't burned on a ROM in a box that can't be flashed.
Open Source = brickware
19) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1668441)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
Open Source = Open Data
Or how fast can you patch ....
20) Message boards : Politics : PEOPLE ARE SCARED TO DEATH TO GO AFTER OBLABBY and It's The 21st CENTURY (Message 1668437)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Gary CharpentierProject donor
We should have a statistics page on the block list so we can behave more like a collective .....


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