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Anger grows over the death of Aaron Swartz

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".....any respect I had for your opinions...." Get in line, there are a dozen frothing freetards already not adding anything to the thread ahead of you.

".....You are a horrible...." Hmmm, debateable. "..... self-important...." Well, you could argue that one man's self-importance is another man's self-confidence, but that would require the ability to reason, and frothing insults appears to be your limits. ".... opinionated....." Do you mean as in opinions that disagree with your own but you cannot formulate a suitable counter-argument? Exactly which one of us is the "loser" if it is you that can only bandy insults? "..... and bigoted individual....." Exactly how is it bigoted to simply state Aaron Swartz's own opinion that he did not want to be classified "gay"? Are you calling Swartz a bigot too? Careful, the Anons will be DDoSing you any minute if you criticise One of The Martyrs!

".....I hope that one day you should find yourself in need of the support of others...." Ah, how twee, he's cursing me like some wannabe Gypsy Rose! I won't do the same as it's unlikely you'll ever wander far enough from your keyboard to discover the real World.

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Re: How do we really know it was suicide?

"....but how do we really know this man committed suicide?...." If you're going to start a conspiracy and don't want it to be shot down at first pass, I would suggest you pick a theorem where you can at least show motive.

"....With the US's current government and multiple examples of cover up....." Que? The Obambi administration doesn't seem to have a motive to "fake-suicide" Swartz. After all, the authorities wanted to hammer him both as an example to others and probably so he'd grass up a lot of his alleged Anon-linked buddies. By that argument, you could say the only ones with a motive to bump him off are the Anons, and I can't see them leaving their keyboards and actually completing such a physical task, to be honest. It's not like they could just go and download a script to make Swartz hang himself. I suggest you change your tinfoil supplier.

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Re: fajensen Re: Good God...

"....By my definition you are a cunt and you will not get over it." The lack of supporting argument or counter simply means your definition and opinion carry as much intellectual weight as the average fart. Besides, I'm rather partial to the odd cunt, even if you are not. As the saying goes, most men leave one at birth and spends the rest of their lives trying to get there hands on another one!

Maybe you should change your frame of refernce and instead try for something much more unappealing? Like implying I might be as limited in outlook and general mental ability as yourself, for example. Now, not only would that be grossly insulting, it also comes with your own postings as empirical evidence of exactly how dire an insult that would be!

Oh, I think I just got over it! Ah well, maybe you can have another go after naptime. You could even try working in some comment on the actual subject of the thread, if it's not too much of a strain for you.

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Re: Re: Good God...

".....He was innocent because he was innocent ....The concept is known as habeas-corpus and is quite well known....." Sorry, but that bit of semantics is pointless apologism. The evidence is available for public scrutiny, as is legal argument of his actions. For you to claim Swarz cannot be considered a thief is like saying Adam Lanza can't be considered a child murderer simply because he blew his own brains out before he could be arrested and tried. Please do try and argue by the same merit that Lanza was innocent, if only so I can laugh at the knee-jerk posters spinning like tops at the idea whilst wanting it to apply to Swarz!

"....such as you appear to be advocating, posthumously, for Mr Swartz...." Nothing of the kind. I originally objected to the fawning comparison with Alan Turing. I never called for a lynching of Swarz, only that his (alleged) crimes not be swept under the carpet because he has suddenly become the Great Martyr of the Anonyputzs. I also pointed out Swartz's own denial of being labelled "gay". I would have been happier if he hadn't commited suicide, and even happy with due process if he'd been tried and acquitted (even though I would personally disagree with his actions). But the lynching bit is just a product of your frothing imagination.

".....Perhaps you should stop for a breather and a coffee. You're coming across as an exceptionally stupid raving psychopath today." I would suggest it is you that is ranting and frothing at imaginary lynchings and the like, and would benefit from a long breather, less you assault everyone that doesn't mindlessly shriek at the same volume as you do.

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".....How's the volunteering for the Samaritans going?" I would have thought you would have guessed by now that I am probably not the best choice of someone to be answering the phones when the suicidal call. Like many (male) techies, I have a bad habit of brusquely assuming everything is simply a problem that, if examined properly, will produce a correct and workable solution. My experiences of seeing depression in others, in particular in someone that seemed to have achived a perfectly happy and successful life, makes me think that is not the best approach.

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Re: Comparing Turing to Swartz? Complete FAIL!

"Sometimes you do tend to come off as a complete ass....." We're all entitled to an opinion. If you actually added to the debate then I might even be able to formulate an opinion of you higher than a disparaging "pffft". Of course, it is highly probable you're just another of those that had never even heard of Aaron Swartz before today but are happilly signing his greatness now. If you want a favour, try joining in the debate.

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Re: Good God...

".....The legality or otherwise of what he did was never tested in a court of law....." The fact that it had gone to trail suggests there was a very clear case of it being judged illegal activity. Mr Swartz may haven chosen to avoid that possibility as he saw it as inevitable. I'll tell you what - you collect the evidenec as publically available (or just outlined in the article), then you construct a legal defence against teh charges as listed. Sorry, but posting "It wasn't illegal because I say it wasn't illegal because I want to be able to download as many grumble flicks and Morrisey tracks as I like without paying SO THERE!" is not going to cut it.

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Re: Zolko Re: Comparing Turing to Swartz? Complete FAIL!

".....Interesting how predictable some writers are...." Also laughable how predictable some of the frothing posts are in response.

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".....Identify a first-time offence suspect or someone who is otherwise impressionable...." Which is where your great theory on victimhood falls over - even "impressionable" first-timers have legal advice from their lawyers, it's what they are there for. What you failed to include was it is usually impressionable sheeple that get talked into stupid acts like LOIC attacks without considering the consequesnces, and then crap themselves when they lawyer says "well, you're fucked, best take the plea bargain and pray the judge takes it into account".

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Re: Can someone explain?

" Ezra Pound...." And therein lies one of the great failures of the sheeple that listen to others simply because they are famous luvvies rather than thinking "what the fudge qualifications or knowledge does that person have to actually make them qualified to comment?" I'm sure you laughed at those that calmly accepted Jenny McCarthy's unqualified blathering on about autism being caused by the MMR vaccine, yet I bet you wouldn't have accepted Ezra Pound giving advice on brain surgery. In the legal sense, Ezra Pound made his speeches after the declaration of war, and therefore was a traitor. It does not detract from his literary achievements, but by the same token his literary achievements do not exonerate him from his crimes.

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Re: Politician's logic

"Freedom is the new Homosexuality...." Hoooboy, isn't about time some people went and actually READ about Swartz before trying to turn him into some form of gay martyr? Swartz expressly said he did not want to be "classified" as gay as he did not want his actions to be commandeered by the Gay community for their political benefit. Start here: http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/notgay

The problem with far too many of the "internet community" rushing to eulogise Swarz is they haven't a clue about him, he's just the latest trend-du-jour, and will be forgotten in a few weeks just like Chen Guangcheng, Hu Jia, and anyone else not getting mentioned weekly on Oprah.

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Re: Good God...

".....Hadn't stolen anything...." Technically, I can "borrow" the e-books in my local library ten at a time. If I help myself to as many e-books as I like, and use means to circumvent the systems designed to limit the number of e-books I take out, they will eventually call the Police as they do class it as theft. If I should computerise those means and introduce a computer into the library's network to do so, against their access rules that I have agreed to by taking out a library card, then I am also in breach of the comupter laws of this country or the US's. Simple, every day example.

Going by the evidence publically available for comment, Swartz broke the rules of his access to JSTOR, then added illicit computer equipment to the system and used another login as well as his own, and they can apply a monetary worth to what he downloaded. So legally he was pretty much toast by his own admission. What he did may not constitute "stealing" to the freetards, but then the law is not set by freetards, in this case it was set by the US government, and what he did was "illegal". Until the freetards opinion becomes the mainstream, and it probably never will, those laws will not change. Therefore, by definition, he stole, get over it.

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Re: @ Hanki Poo Re: Comparing Turing to Swartz? Complete FAIL!

".....does it make it right if the authorities heavy-handed him....." The law needs to be applied to all. For all the authorities knew, he could have been faking, you need to get to the stage of actual legal proceedings and court before you can produce evidence of mitigating circumstances such as psychiatric records. Swartz seems to have taken the exit before that could happen. What is alarming is that his family and friends do not seem to have caught on to the self-destructive nature of his actions and the possible cry for help therein. With hindsight (admitedly always 20-20), it is not hard to realise that Swartz was looking for a confrontation over the JSTOR affair. The awful possibility is those around him didn't see the signs but instead patted him on the back and said "Great idea, that's one for the poor/freetards/revolution!", rather than saying "Dude, what's driving you to do this?"

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Re: Re: Comparing Turing to Swartz? Complete FAIL!

And there's the cheerleader of the LOIC fodder!

"i got about 2 sentences in before looking at the by line...." I'm impressed you managed that much alone, you are a shining example of what remedial reading can achieve.

"......All Realy Stupid Ejaculations Have One Logical Explaination...." And what great and eloquent arguments you bring - not! I'm betting it's not even your original work.

"......matt bryant said it......" And you have failed in this opportunity to state some counter thought or provide any insight, but that would appear to be beyond you. Usual fail!

"....final thought...." I would suggest you and thought are such rare coincidentals that even one original thought would be too much for you.

".....what have _you_ ever accomplished....." You'll never know, but it's probably going to really wind you up to say I don't think I'll be ending my days by hanging myself.

"......and who will miss you when you are gone?" Well, seeing as I shall be past caring why should I worry? I already have years of "positive feedback" from friends, family and colleagues. But I'm not the self-centered type that wants dozens of people crying at my graveside, I'd rather they were happily getting on with their lives.

Enjoy!

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"I wonder if Anonymous will feel the need to somehow punish those responsible in the US government." Don't worry, governments all over the World will be ordering their TV channels to show more cartoons this weekend to distract them.

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Comparing Turing to Swartz? Complete FAIL!

In Turing's case, he was a brilliant man that served his country, made massive advances in computing, yet was punished for what was then illegal homosexual activities. I fully support the idea of a posthumous pardon for Turing and think he should be awarded for his work. I'm sorry, but Swartz does not compare, if only because he was not persecuted for his sexual activities (if anything he seems to have been bi-confused). Even his work on RSS was based on that of others, particularly Apple and Netscape, IIRC, and in no way compare to Turing's achievements. Schwartz gets brownie points with the LOIC fodder for claiming to have killed SOPA - big deal. Again, not his work alone. This drive to venerate him and at the same time "punish those responsible" for his committing suicide is missing the glaringly obvious - Swartz had been depressed for a long time and had talked of suicide long, long before the JSTOR incident.

I have known people that have been extremely depressed to the point of suicide, and it does not have to be something major that eventually triggers the act. A very old friend that had lived with depression for over twenty years one day went upstairs and hung himself, having accidentally broken a family heirloom. For him it was the last straw of guilt, having beaten himelf up for years thinking what a burden he had become to his family, that finally broke the camel's back. Aaron Swartz could have gone to trial, won, and still hung himself afterwards. His family will want to blame someone, it is only natural to do so as if you can't blame an outsider then the guilt will eat at you, but at some point they're going to have to face the fact that Aaron Swartz killed Aaron Swartz because Aaron Swartz decided he did not want to go on living.

Let the down votes roll in, those without experience of friends or family going through depression or suicide will shriek as they are told to.

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British armed forces get first new pistol since World War II

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Re: annodomini2 Re: Having owned 9s and 44s

"DumDum's, Hollow points or other types of expanding bullet are banned in international warfare under the 1899 Hague convention." Well, yes and no. The intention was to stop the use of bullets designed specifically for their wounding ability, such as the Dum Dum which was little more than an ordinary FMJ round with the covering brass peeled back to expose the lead center of the bullet - when the bullet hit, the soft lead mushroomed and caused a larger wound. The rules were drafted to stop the use of the day's technology.

The intention was that forcing all parties to use FMJ bullets would eliminate the use of "extra-wounding" rounds, but the reality is it was simply designed around, most notoriously by the British .303 MkVII bullet. Whilst the MkVII had a FMJ, it had a lighter material in the nose than the lead at the tail of the bullet, making it unstable upon deflection or impact. It was designed to fly straight and then topple upon impact rather than drill straight through. The result was the bullet was massively more damaging than other rifle rounds of the day, but it was still "legal" in the terms of the Convention.

More recently there are the "anvil bullets", designs which have a FMJ and a hard metal penetrator in the nose to aid penetration of bodyarmour. It was found early on in developing such rounds that when the bullet hits, the hard penetrator slows as it pierces the target, but inertia means the lead behind carries on forward and smears outward behind the penetrator. By shaping the rear of the penetrator, it is possible to force the lead out so it splits the FMJ and mushrooms more than normally, effectively making the bullet more damaging to fleshies. In essence, such designs conform with the Convention, but are expanding bullets.

The Russian 5.45x39mm 7N10 is an example of the purpose-designed anvil bullet that is still compliant with convention. Unhappiness with the SS109 not fragmenting and expanding enough when fired from the short-barreled M4 made the US look at anvil designs. Hilariously, they sold the public on the new M855A1 round by hyping its "environmentally-friendly" lack of lead! They kept very quiet about how it's "stacked cone" penetrator design enhanced mushrooming and made it more wounding than the old SS109 bullet, but still Convention compliant.

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Re: At Matt Bryant... 9mm?

".....the Argentines used conscripts who were suited up, armed and then dumped on the island....." I refer you to my post from 12:17 GMT today regarding the Argentine 25th 'Special' Infantry Regiment at Goose Green. The "just homesick conscripts" myth was perpetuated after the war by those sympathetic to the Argentine cause who didn't like the idea of an "imperialst, colonialist" army beating what was supposed to be one of South America's finest armies. During the war, the Argentine junta had two reasons to hide the details of the troops it had on the islands; firstly, to stop the Brits getting an accurate intelligence picture of what they faced; and secondly, because they thought stressing the "conscripts only" message would be more popular with the Argentine public.

In reality, even the conscripts were highly-trained and well-equipped, as shown by the 5th Naval Infantry Battalion of the Argentine Marines at Tumbledown. The 5th refused orders to abandon their compromised positions twice, despite their being flanked on one side by the Gurkhas and having 2 Para coming through the positions in front of them. The 5th wanted to fight on but was ordered to surrender. They weren't lacking, it's just the British troops involved did a better job, despite having "inferior" tools.

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Re: Psyx

".....Which is kinda strange to my mind....." Well, for a start, have you ever considered the endless and painful queries from the fairer sex - "Dear, does this holster make me look fat?"

Then again, it could be a boon to the economy as many women would insist on a holster to match each outfit, just like their handbags and shoes, and they'd have their "going away" pistol, which would have to be different from their "shopping" pistol, and their "winter" pistol would have to have a faux-fur warmer.....

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Re: Psyx Re: 9mm?

"....Erm... the other side had them, too!...." No, they had FN FALs, which they complained about jamming a lot. They also had more nightvision kit, prepared positions, and more artillery. The Brits won at places like Goose Green because, when it mattered, our soldiers were better trained, more motivated and better led than theirs. And before you start saying it was just Argentinian conscripts at Goose Green, the Argentinian forces there were some of their best troops, such as the 25th 'Special' Infantry Regiment, and trained to their commando regime.

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Re: 9mm?

"Since when has the UK military EVER had the best tool for the job?" History has shown many times that the tool is often no better than the training and commitment of the man holding it. Outnumbered and underequipped British troops with the "outdated" SLR won the Falklands War for a reason.

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Re: Re: Meh!

"A gun is pulled by horses and fired at the French." I think the previous query was to that old song from the film "Full Metal Jacket" - "this is my rifle and this is my gun, this is for fighting and this is for fun!" Must say your idea of fun sounds quite odd!

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Re: Re: shooting Glock 17 from a UK newbie.

".....The country was largely settled and tamed before firearms even appeared....." Nope. Victorian Britain had such endemic levels of crime that gentlemen in cities like London carried firearms as a matter of habit. The popular "Bulldog" pocket revolvers of the 19th century originated from British designs, notably that of Webley & Sons, and were widely sold and copied across Europe and the US. In the mid-1800s, you were actually more likely to die due to criminal violence in London than on the Frontiers of the Wild West! Up until the 1920 Firearms Act (which was spurred by a fear of the "Bolshevik" revolutions sweeping Europe), many small villages in the UK had popular shooting clubs and rifle ranges were very common. I was reminded of this only a week ago when I visited friends in Jersey, which has always had very low crime rates, and we walked past the Victorian rifle range outside the tiny hamlet of Grouville (still in use by the local club).

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Re: madra

"Ooh! a conversation about guns. Let me paint my neck red, get my cock out and start wanking." Better still, you could drop one of those groundless prejudices you have been spoonfed and actually hear from people that actually have shot weapons, rather than just people that hate those that have. For a start, this is one of the ranges I've shot at, not a redneck in sight, but plenty of bankers, several politicians, some civil servants, and even a doctor, but no wanking (maybe that's just some subconcious, Freudian, homo-erotic slip on your part?): http://www.serc.org.uk/

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Re: @Matt Bryant...

"....if you go by the MSRP that they charge civilians......" The source in question works at the MoD. Allegedly, etc. I have friends in all types of low places.

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Re: I bleive that US army used to allow privatly owned wepons

"......Well, then his a sidearm is a cucumber. Doesn't make it a very effective weapon....." I don't know, if some Marine was to come into the room with a mean look in his eye and a cucumber in his hand I'd sure be leaving fast!

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Re: a note on calibres and stuff

"..... the mythical L1A1 SLR. .....FN FAL....." The SLR was NOT the same as an FN FAL. Apart from the SLR being semi-auto only (because the Brass in the '50s worried about the squaddies shooting off all their ammo in a few minutes), it had some unique touches like sand-clearing grooves which helped make it much more reliable than the bog-standard FAL. The Enfield modifications not only made the SLR 2 inches longer but also slightly heavier than the fully-auto FAL, but in the Falklands War the Argentinians made many complaints about their FALs jamming whilst the SLR had no such issues. In short, the SLR was long, heavy, and only went bang once for each pull of the trigger, but the squaddies loved it because it always went bang with very good accuracy every time you pulled the trigger, and would do so after you had tabbed across tundra, desert, or up a mountain. The Aussies in Vietnam moaned about the weight but still prefered it to the M16s the Yanks brought with them. The reason the L85A1 came in for such a bashing was because it was compared to the tried'n'tested "mythical" L1A1 SLR.

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Best of luck!

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Re: Meh!

"......but I'm not a big fan of plastic guns....." Don't worry, Gumbers, I hear a lot of the old-timers back in the day refused to take "them new-fangled automatics" over a trusty revolver.....

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"....what is the attraction to concealing a weapon?....." Well, it's not as much the concealing it as the carrying it somewhere on your person in the first place. Not many people actually want to walk around with a holster strapped to their leg, most people want a weapon they can drop into a coat pocket or - in the case of women - into a handbag. Of course, doing so automatically makes it "concealed" by definition even if you didn't have a nefarious reason for doing so. It's one of those neat legal tricks the anti-gun lobby came up with to discourage ordinary citizens from protecting themselves.

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Re: Re: a note on calibres and stuff

".....Guess those broomhandles wouldn't have seen much desert except in Sergio Leone movies." Ah, you were watching "Joe Kidd" the other night too!

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Re: a note on calibres and stuff

".....I'm also slightly surprised that the UK govt didn't go with something from H&K. After all they are owned by the UK Gov's favorite armsdefense company BAe....." Nah, another "triumph" of Blair's was to sell H&K back to the Germans.

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Re: Sig Sauer

"I find it odd they didn't adopt the Sig Sauer pistols. They already have some & costs are comparable....." Word from a mate in the know is that the Glock quote worked out £200 cheaper per weapon. Due to the size of the contract that's quite a bit, probably enough to offset the cost of new training manuals, new cleaning regimes, stocking spares, etc. Up until price came into it the Glock was only winning on being lighter, the SIG was matching it in all other measures.

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Re: Re: shooting Glock 17 from a UK newbie.

".....to be able to simply own a few hand guns and be allowed use them at a target range...... all i can use now is black powder guns..." Well, not quite. You can still purchase and use a lot of rifles that in many US States you would be refused, and keep them all at home in your approved gun cabinet. And shotguns too. Both a lot more deadly than handguns. For a bit of pistol-shooting it's still possible to nip over to France or Norway and go guest on one of their ranges. But, what the Heck, banning handguns in the UK cut down on guncrime, didn't it? Oh - no it didn't.

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Re: Suck my Glock..

".....The trigger insert does not qualify as a real safety in my book......" IIRC, it was blamed for the infamous incident when a cop giving a gun safety briefing to school kids managed to shoot himself with an "unloaded" Glock:

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=2442_rmiidY&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D2442_rmiidY

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Re: 9mm?

".....Where and by whom? [citation needed!]....." AFAIK the FN P90 is only used by specialist teams and police units, not as a main sidearm of any NATO partner and not at all in the UK.

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Re: Suck my Glock..

".....Why U buy fancy stuff? Standard ball not good enough?" If your life depends on it, and Mundo seems to have believed he was in danger in SA, then you will want the "best" bullet hitting the target. After all, even Hydra-Shok is cheap compared to the value you put on your own life.

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Anonymous hacks MIT websites after Aaron Swartz's death

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New theory.....

I've been musing things and I'm driven to wonder, did MIT fake or co-operate with a mild Anon attack in an attempt to divert more uncontrolled raging? After all, they let the Anons slap a few silly statements on some minor webservers, weather the bad news for a few days, and then the Anons will probably have a new "martyr" to distract them. Much better than having a major DDoS attack.

I'm reminded of a story I heard a few years back about an anti-Apartheid demo at the South African embassy in London, packed out with the usual students and assorted bandwagon humpers. One evening the protests had reached a particularly large and aggressive level and people were screaming; "Storm the embassy!". A member of the South African security staff had noticed that the core organisers would usually take breaks and go get a coffee together, leaving the protesters with a few political chants to keep them vocal, usually along the lines of "Free Nelson Mandela" and the like. When the core went for one of their coffee breaks, the staff member slipped in amongst the crowd and as the chanting lagged, he added a new name; "Free Gideon Nieuwoudt!" There were a few baffled faces, then the new chant was slowly picked up, much to the puzzlement of the watching journos. It was a good five minutes before the core returned to ask why the crowd were demanding the release of one of the men alleged to have killed Steve Biko. Shortly after the crowd broke up and dispersed.

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Re: Naughtyhorse Re: @ Matt Byrant

".....matt can see russia from his back porch doncherknow....." It would seem that would be an improvement over your blinkered outlook, which leaves you unable to see anything unless it is writ in crayon for you.

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"Anybody else wonder how MIT websites managed to be hacked?....." Well, let's make a few wild, consipratorial guesses. First off, were the computers "hacked"? They seem to have gone down awful fast, too fast for a brute-force attack. Of course, it would be a lot easier if you had a sympathiser on the inside of the MIT network, that could guide you to the weak spots, amybe slip you a few passwords..... Now, do we think that all the ivory tower folk at MIT and associated institutions (such as Harvard, quite coincidentally the home of one Lawrence Lessig), who might have had access to the network, were overwhelmingly hostile to Swarz's "crusade"? Do you think the minor defacement was quickly cleaned away so MIT doesn't have to answer difficult questions about possible "sympathisers" that may have helped with the defacement, especially if those sympathisers are on the staff of MIT or associated institutions? After all, someone obviously explained to Swarz how the security logged access to JSTOR for him to avoid it for a while by switching IP and MAC addresses, and how did he know which port to plug his laptop into in the switching cupboard without access to a network diagram?

Of course, it could be that the Anonyputzs are actually 1337 hax0rz and they did it all by themselves rather than their usual tricks of just using downloaded scripts and social enginering. Yeah, that made me laugh too!

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Anonyputzs discover puppypower?

On a lighter note, I wonder if this is another example of misguided Anon rage?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10333211

The moral of the story would seem to be keep taking the meds!

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Headline should have been "Anonyputzs swing and miss again!"

".....The Anonymous hackers were careful to say that they didn't blame MIT, even apologising for hijacking the university's websites......" So why hack them and intefere with the studies and work of countless people? Because it was easier to do than actually doing something productive.

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Israel taps teens to become 'interceptors' in cyberwarfare

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Re: Re: "It was not immediately clear, however...

"....There is no point in referecing links ot what is a public service....." How about the point is providing some sort of factual argument so that other readers might actually think you know what you're talking about for a change? Or is it just that you checked Wikipedia and found it doesn't back your position at all?

".....My posts on this subject are far more rational and factual than yours....." Nope, yours are just opinion pieces, I post verifiable links to backup my arguments.

".....The survey link is factual evidence of the attitude and treatment of arabs by Israelis...." No, it is a limited survey of OPINIONS, it does not recount one single and verifiable example of any bad treatment of Arabs. Here's a simple example of how silly your argument is - I will conduct a survey in my household, is RICHTO a clueless cretin? Seeing as everyone else is out today the survey group is very small (the dogs declined to pratake), so the survey results come back with a 100% agreement that you are a clueless cretin! By your own "argument", you can't disagree, my survey is undeniable, so you've just talked yourself into having to accept you are a clueless cretin, regardless of any empirical facts! Care to reconsider your point?

"....What other arabs countries might do is not relelevant to the Israeli treatment of it's own citizens....." It is a very valid comparison, it's just it makes massive holes in your non-argument that makes it unacceptable to you.

"......That arabs can vote doesnt really help when they are are made a minority by racist laws excluding many of them from their own land of birth....." I think you'll find what made them a minority was them getting up and leaving, after they were encouraged by other Arab leaders to do so, in the hope that those Arab leaders would lead them to a great (and ethnically cleansing) victory over their Jewish neighbours. If they had just accepted the UN Partition Plan instead of invading Israel they'd actually have MORE land than the 1967 ceasfire line allows!

".....I notice that you dont mention the US government comments...." I notice you don't either, at least not in verifiable links to quotes.

".....Israel is a terrorist state building on illegally occupied land. These are unarguable facts....." Nope, that is your opinion, you have provided ZERO facts to back up that accusation. Until you do, you're just ranting and failing.

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ANOTHER Huawei partner accused of slipping US tech to Iran

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Re: Reagan Redux

".....I don't understand why you think that it was good thing....." For a start, whilst many choose to ignore it, Reagan actually had a BA in Economics and Sociology, which, along with having served as Governor of California, made him one of the most qualified presidents the US has had for a long while. Far better qualified than Obambi. I like your cherry-picked list of his "achievemnts", I guess you missed these what with your ideological blinkers and all:

1. Reaganomics - the US economy perfromed better during the Reagan years than either before or after, as judged by money for the average family. Real median family income grew by $4,000 during the Reagan period after experiencing no growth in the pre-Reagan years; it experienced a loss of almost $1,500 in the post-Reagan years.

2. Faced up to the Soviets and supported pro-democracy groups such as the Poles, leading to the end of the Cold War.

3. Signed and acted on the nuke arms limitation treaties that actually allowed Gorbachev the political elbow room he required. Reagan did so without looking like an appeaser and without folding to Soviet demands.

4. Signed in immigration laws that both gave an amnesty to existing immigrants, recognsing their value and efforts, but at the same time limited future illegal immigration.

5. Wasn't afraid to tell the Arabs the truth whilst also being diplomatic enough to retain the support of the Saudis. Wasn't afraid to use the military option when he bombed Libya, which put a serious check on Ghadafi's terrorist actions. After the Libyan bombing in 1986 Ghaddafi reduced his involvement with anti-Western groups such as the Red Army Faction.

6. And probably the one that upsets you most, the War on Drugs. Whilst you can argue all you like about the effectiveness in the US itself, the War on Drugs gave the CIA the tools it needed to massively reduce funding for narco-terroist groups like FARC. With the FARC now on their last legs and peace finally in sight in Colombia, what's the betting that if a Colombian peace treaty happens this presidential term there will be zero admittance from Obambi that Ronald Reagan was the man that was willing and able to start the ball rolling.

I'm tired of doing your homework for you, go do your own reading. After all, how do you expect to learn anything if I keep having to lay it out on a plate for you?

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Re: Carter and Reagan. Opposite sides of the same coin. (a slug)

".....Ronald Reagan makes Jimmy Carter look good....." Are you living in an alternate reality!?!?!?!? I won't even dignify the rest of that fail of a post with a response, it is beyond depserate.

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Re: Jimmy Carter nice guy but doofus

".....The same way our government wanted Saddam's WMD story to be told to us...." Typical Local Dupe tactic - "can't win that argument, better schwing off on a tangent I feel more comfortable with. SCHWING, SCHWING, SCHWING!

".....Actually, it could of been someone even worse and younger than Khomeini....." Tell you what, you go do some research and supply a list of alternatives, then your reasoning as to why they wouldn't descend into infighting or be scared to step forward after Khomeini was made an example of? That should keep you busy for a few weeks.

"....Mubarak after Sadat, for example....." Anwar Sadat realised what side his bread was buttered on and made peace with Israel, landing himself the US's approval and shedloads of aid. Mubarak was carefully groomed by Sadat, with US approval, as Egyptian Vice Prez. That was over a course of many years, whereas Khomeini's followers would only have a short time to produce a new leader before the moderates would have gained control.

"..... In October 1977?....." Go watch "Argo". You're much more likely to believe it on the silver screen than in history books, but it does recount (with a few added dramatics) the rediculously vulnerable position the US embassy was left in at that time, as outlined by one of the CIA operatives there (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-21003432). For a start, a 26-acre compund with only 13 Marines as trustworthy guards sounds an awful lot like the recent mess in Libya.

"....the anxiously awaited Bashir al Goldilocks administration...." Nope, the administration of Mehdi Bazargan, actually. Whilst no lapdog of the West (he supported the nationalisation of the oil companies) he was not anti-West either (he studied in France and volunteered to fight with the French against Nazi Germany). He was an acceptable choice with Western governments because he was seen as educated and honest, and popular with Iranians as he was religious and trusted. But, unfortunately, Khomeini chose him to usurp Shapour Bakhtiar as prime minister because Khomeini knew that Bazargan could be browbeaten into not standing in the way of Khomenini's hidden theocratic ambitions. Bazargan resigned when he realised that Khomeini had no intention of reaching an accommodation with the West and was using the US embassy hostages to deliberately ratchet up tension with the US. He later expressed his horror at the route the Iranian government had taken in an open letter to the Iranian speaker of parliament in 1982: "The government has created an atmosphere of terror, fear, revenge and national disintegration.... What has the ruling elite done in nearly four years, besides bringing death and destruction, packing the prisons and the cemeteries in every city, creating long queues, shortages, high prices, unemployment, poverty, homeless people, repetitious slogans and a dark future?"

"....His religious beliefs prevented him from doing what had to be done....." No, his lack of ability was his failure, not his beliefs. Christianity has not stopped a lot of people doing all kinds of brutal deeds they deemed necessary. Forget the examples of the Christian presidents I gave you, go read up on Torquemada (no, not the one from "Nemesis the Warlock" comics).

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Re: Are you sure your sides are aching from my comment...

"....If those first anti-Shah demonstrations began at his son's death...." They weren't, that's just the way the Islamists want the story to be told. October 1977 was when Khomeini began mobilising his stooges. Opposition to the Shah had been bubbling for years, with probably the first big protests back in 1971 at the celebrations of the founding of the Persian Empire, which were extremely lavish at the same time as many poor Persians were struggling to put sangak on their tables.

".....what would Khomeini's assassination have brought about?...." Khomeini was a unique at that point - the majority of the Shia priesthood with political aspirations had already been killed off or imprisioned, and there was simply no-one that could have stepped into his shoes. Khomeini was not only charsimatic to his followers, but also a very good organiser and good at predicting the reactions and weaknesses of his opponents in both the Shah's administration and the opposition. There was already a government in power, that of PM Bakhtiar, that had removed the Shah before Khomeini even returned from France. All Khomeini did was remove that government and replace it with the figurehead administration of PM Bazargan, a moderate that Khomeini had duped into believing Khomeini would allow a secular and democratic government. Having got rid of Bakhtiar, all Khomeini did was to out-manouvere the ineffectual Bazargan and the rest of the opposition, who were too disparate in thought to oppose him, and force the theocracy down the Iranians' throats.

"......5 to 6 million Iranians demonstrated in Tehran when he returned....." If Khomeini had been killed prior to his return, especially if he'd been killed in Iraq, you may have had "5-6million" (a much quoted figure never verified) angry Iranians, but without anyone to manipulate, guide and focus them they would flounder and fail in the face of more capable Iranian politicians in the opposition. The Shah would almost definitely still have fallen but a more moderate administration, not completely hostile to the West, would probably have replaced his rule.

".....I don't blame him for things he wasn't responsible for." Sorry, but Carter's overall responsibility for the American failure in the lead up to the Revolution, culminating in the bungled handling of the run up to the Iranian Hostage Crisis and subsequent failed rescue, was his responsibility as Prez. As another Roosevelt put it, "speak quietly and carry a big stick" - Carter didn't even do the speaking part, letting Khomeini spread lies about the "Great Satan" without a murmur, and was far too nice to use the stick.

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Re: I knew Carter wasn't sitting on his hands.

".....Brzezinski wanted to control the revolution and increasingly suggested military action to prevent Ayatollah Khomeini from coming to power, while Vance wanted to come to terms with the new Islamic Republic of Iran....." OK, concentrate real hard - Brzezinski was National Security Adviser, Vance was Sec of State, Carter was the President, which one was not only the boss but the one supposed to make final decisions? No-one was sitting on Carter's hands, he was just such a bad president he didn't know he should have been using them to slap his staff into shape and get on with the job. Carter was a nice guy, and probably not too shabby a politician and diplomat, but about the only good thing about Carter as President is that he just about guaranteed Ronald Reagan's election.

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Re: Re: Aha So that's the way Christianity works.

"......You probably would have included Nixon for his bold use of napalm....." Nope, I simply chose a list that had direct dealings with the whole Middle East issue in one form or another. And Nixon was neither the original approver of napalm or the prez in office when it was first used, that "honour" goes to Roosevelt. I also included Roosevelt as I know it will make a died-in-the-wool Libtard like yourself rotate like a top at the idea of having to bitch about a Liberal icon like Roosevelt.

"..... If Hitler and Stalin (Eastern Orthodox) had called themselves Christians, you'd disqualify....." No, I have no problem with either of them calling themselves Christian as I have no ties to that religion. You're doing that assumption thing again.

".....If you denominate yourself Christian....." I don't so your barking up the wrong tree. As usual. I'm agnostic. Sorry, not even a follower of the Great Spaghetti Monster.

".....Would any other president on your list have gone public like Carter did?" Carter's naive handling of a Playboy interview doesn't exactly get him off the hook for his rediculously naive handling of foreign policy. But Obambi is even worse - he actually grew up in a Muslim country and learned all about the implacable nature of Islam. He was right in that stroking their egos in the Cairo speech by saying what great accomplishments Islam had made (ignoring that they were all off the back of Greek, Persian and Roman achievments), but he was way wrong in thinking this would somehow make them malleable to his will. It was like patting a rabid dog on the head and saying "good boy, great teeth" after it had spent several hundred years savaging everyone within reach, including other dogs.

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Kill that Java plugin now! New 0-day exploit running wild online

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Damn, that's the second asdf post I've upvoted in 24 hours - what is the World coming to!?!?

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