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Politics / Re: National Security Admin - Data Collection
DO YOU EVEN LIFT? DO YOU EVEN LIFT?
on June 18, 2013, 02:07:38 AM by Reptile
Thought this was an interesting perspective:

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Excerpt from: Bruce Schneier: Trading Privacy for Convenience

The current surveillance state is a result of a government/corporate partnership, and our willingness to give up privacy for convenience.

If the government demanded that we all carry tracking devices 24/7, we would rebel. Yet we all carry cell phones. If the government demanded that we deposit copies of all of our messages to each other with the police, we'd declare their actions unconstitutional. Yet we all use Gmail and Facebook messaging and SMS. If the government demanded that we give them access to all the photographs we take, and that we identify all of the people in them and tag them with locations, we'd refuse. Yet we do exactly that on Flickr and other sites.

Ray Ozzie is right when he said that we got what we asked for when we told the government we were scared and that they should do whatever they wanted to make us feel safer. But we also got what we asked for when we traded our privacy for convenience, trusting these corporations to look out for our best interests.

And while I happen to mostly agree with Bruce Schneier's stance on Government Secrets and the Need for Whistleblowers, I think Thomas Friedman also makes a worthwhile point here:

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Excerpt from: Thomas Friedman: Blowing a Whistle

[...] what I cherish most about America is our open society, and I believe that if there is one more 9/11 — or worse, an attack involving nuclear material — it could lead to the end of the open society as we know it. If there were another 9/11, I fear that 99 percent of Americans would tell their members of Congress: “Do whatever you need to do to, privacy be damned, just make sure this does not happen again.” That is what I fear most.

That is why I’ll reluctantly, very reluctantly, trade off the government using data mining to look for suspicious patterns in phone numbers called and e-mail addresses — and then have to go to a judge to get a warrant to actually look at the content under guidelines set by Congress — to prevent a day where, out of fear, we give government a license to look at anyone, any e-mail, any phone call, anywhere, anytime.

Which incidentally reminded me of a political cartoon I'd seen awhile back:




Of course, a key concern would be whether we have already passed the point where government has to "go to a judge to get a warrant to actually look at the content."

Statements made by Edward Snowden in a recent crowd-sourced interview seemed to imply the government is collecting the metadata at "widest allowable aperture", but that if they decide to focus on you specifically, it's trivial for them to begin collecting any particular data they wish:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/17/edward-snowden-nsa-files-whistleblower?commentpage=1

If they really are limiting their collection to "allowable metadata" until targeting someone, that would be a bit different than the government collecting and storing the full global firehose of data indiscriminately, and being able to reference it at any time.

Not sure where the truth really lies though...


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Politics / Re: Oh,LOL...
Best Solution Best Solution
on June 12, 2013, 03:58:26 PM by Focalor
(Pro tip: the best way to respond to what I've written would be to become angry, play the victim card, and vehemently justify your behavior by pointing fingers at others.)

ya know, most often than not, admins [...] admin that is biased and injects their 2 cents into conversations [...] admins [...] those that do engage in such [...]
haunted [...] participating in such smack talk [...] he has toned down his behavior [...] he behaves [...] how it came about he got admin [...] he handles his duties [...] admin [...] too much tit for tatting around here [...] this seems like a bit much [...] Of course you (quadz) [...] i find that you are a tad biased [...][...] for someone that allows 99% of the antics on this forum [...] where your responses are based [...] if you are in fact unbiased [...] just because you are the admin, doesn't mean you aren't open to scrutiny.

Good show on not getting angry! Now if we could just work on the finger-pointing part.

You see, my criticism was specific to your recent use of the rating system.

So your response doesn't need to be:



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Politics / Re: Oh,LOL...
Blindingly Obvious Logical Fallacies Blindingly Obvious Logical Fallacies
on June 12, 2013, 02:31:44 PM by Reptile
(Pro tip: the best way to respond to what I've written would be to become angry, play the victim card, and vehemently justify your behavior by pointing fingers at others.)

ya know, most often than not, admins [...] admin that is biased and injects their 2 cents into conversations [...] admins [...] those that do engage in such [...]
haunted [...] participating in such smack talk [...] he has toned down his behavior [...] he behaves [...] how it came about he got admin [...] he handles his duties [...] admin [...] too much tit for tatting around here [...] this seems like a bit much [...] Of course you (quadz) [...] i find that you are a tad biased [...][...] for someone that allows 99% of the antics on this forum [...] where your responses are based [...] if you are in fact unbiased [...] just because you are the admin, doesn't mean you aren't open to scrutiny.

Good show on not getting angry! Now if we could just work on the finger-pointing part.

You see, my criticism was specific to your recent use of the rating system.

So your response doesn't need to be:



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Politics / Re: Oh,LOL...
Whoosh! You done missed the joke thar Cletus! Whoosh! You done missed the joke thar Cletus!
on June 11, 2013, 02:45:19 AM by Reptile
clicking a downvote only takes a second. not much time at all.. i already edited the post where i made my point. he chooses not to acknowledge it. it doesn't really matter. there is no need to argue for nothing.

Mostly I read the posts via: http://forum.tastyspleen.net/quake/index.php?action=recent

And what it looked like from here was haunted asked you more than once to explain what was "Factually Challenged" about his earlier post, and instead of answering, you kept marking more of his posts as also "Factually Challenged."

(Pro tip: the best way to respond to what I've written would be to become angry, play the victim card, and vehemently justify your behavior by pointing fingers at others.)

:bigshades:
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tastyspleen.net / Re: DoA-Magic Ban Status
Demonstrates Exceptional Knowlege of the Game Demonstrates Exceptional Knowlege of the Game
on May 28, 2013, 06:30:25 AM by dervish
<hauntit> well the stuff about me is completely out of context, and all it does is make people think that admins are allowed to cheat on ts
<hauntit> most people know the story behind it, including razor
<magic> i dont know what you're worried about, you're one of the untouchables

Wow.

So you're not only deliberately stirring up shit by reposting old and previously discussed anticheat logs into a smack talk thread, you're now insinuating special rules apply to our admins? That they're allowed to cheat and are untouchable?

If it were anyone else making this claim, I'd likely be willing to sit down and patiently explain that, no, special rules to not apply to our admins.

But you? With your background mr. true.douchebag? I've got to waste part of a rare day off from work dealing with this garbage from you?

I think not.

I'm within a hair's breadth of reinstating your full ban.

For the moment you are merely restricted from further posts to the forum.

Further nonsense from you and the full ban will be restored.

:Duhard:
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tastyspleen.net / Re: DoA-Magic Ban Status
Nice Job / Good Work Nice Job / Good Work
on May 27, 2013, 09:53:03 PM by ex
<hauntit> well the stuff about me is completely out of context, and all it does is make people think that admins are allowed to cheat on ts
<hauntit> most people know the story behind it, including razor
<magic> i dont know what you're worried about, you're one of the untouchables

Wow.

So you're not only deliberately stirring up shit by reposting old and previously discussed anticheat logs into a smack talk thread, you're now insinuating special rules apply to our admins? That they're allowed to cheat and are untouchable?

If it were anyone else making this claim, I'd likely be willing to sit down and patiently explain that, no, special rules to not apply to our admins.

But you? With your background mr. true.douchebag? I've got to waste part of a rare day off from work dealing with this garbage from you?

I think not.

I'm within a hair's breadth of reinstating your full ban.

For the moment you are merely restricted from further posts to the forum.

Further nonsense from you and the full ban will be restored.

:Duhard:
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tastyspleen.net / Re: DoA-Magic Ban Status
Frag Hall of Fame Frag Hall of Fame
on May 27, 2013, 06:10:54 PM by ppoint432
<hauntit> well the stuff about me is completely out of context, and all it does is make people think that admins are allowed to cheat on ts
<hauntit> most people know the story behind it, including razor
<magic> i dont know what you're worried about, you're one of the untouchables

Wow.

So you're not only deliberately stirring up shit by reposting old and previously discussed anticheat logs into a smack talk thread, you're now insinuating special rules apply to our admins? That they're allowed to cheat and are untouchable?

If it were anyone else making this claim, I'd likely be willing to sit down and patiently explain that, no, special rules to not apply to our admins.

But you? With your background mr. true.douchebag? I've got to waste part of a rare day off from work dealing with this garbage from you?

I think not.

I'm within a hair's breadth of reinstating your full ban.

For the moment you are merely restricted from further posts to the forum.

Further nonsense from you and the full ban will be restored.

:Duhard:
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tastyspleen.net / Re: Arrrgh! Quake web space, mateys!!
DO YOU EVEN LIFT? DO YOU EVEN LIFT?
on May 21, 2013, 05:16:51 PM by Reptile
Requesting a status update on support ticket #8008135. I have been patiently waiting for 2 months now. Thank you for your ongoing consideration.

One or more higher priority tickets is in the queue ahead of your request, including:

Code an admin tool to address someone's gaming of the rating system.


Tastyspleen webspace is in my destiny. Doubters like you only serve to reinforce my will to discover my true potential, my innermost excellence.

Who used to talk like that... Ah yes, it was true.douchebag.

Thanks for the reminder.


:sarcastic:
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tastyspleen.net / Re: Arrrgh! Quake web space, mateys!!
Demonstrates Exceptional Knowlege of the Game Demonstrates Exceptional Knowlege of the Game
on May 21, 2013, 03:50:08 PM by Armor
Requesting a status update on support ticket #8008135. I have been patiently waiting for 2 months now. Thank you for your ongoing consideration.

One or more higher priority tickets is in the queue ahead of your request, including:

Code an admin tool to address someone's gaming of the rating system.


Tastyspleen webspace is in my destiny. Doubters like you only serve to reinforce my will to discover my true potential, my innermost excellence.

Who used to talk like that... Ah yes, it was true.douchebag.

Thanks for the reminder.


:sarcastic:
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Community Events / Re: which maps should be in the offical rotation. most rated gets picked
Demonstrates Exceptional Knowlege of the Game Demonstrates Exceptional Knowlege of the Game
on May 03, 2013, 07:46:41 PM by 2d
Looks like it may be possible to limit how frequently an individual player can call votes.

Will try enabling it...

(Also bumped the vote threshold to 66%)


P.S. please let me know if the per-player vote interval seems to work? I'm concerned the q2admin may "forget" about everything when the map changes. It's currently set really high (15 min.)
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