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  • What this article describes is actually the way education has been since the beginning. The time of populist land-grant colleges and the wide-spread access to higher education they offered is a fluke.

    The very word “scholar” comes from the Greek and means “person of leisure” Education was always something reserved for an elite and functioned to indoctrinate the young in the proper way to act as a member of that elite. We’re just reverting back to that model.

  • But, but, but Free Market Science assures us that the magic ju-ju of the marketplace always keeps companies from abusing their customers in any way.

    Milton Friedman and Ayn Rand told us so, and they wouldn’t lie to us, would they?

  • And there’s where we are with computer security. Handwashing, not advanced microbiology.

    False dichotomy. You conveniently leave out water and sewage treatment, tracking epidemics, indoor plumbing, etc, etc – the vast world of public health measures that did a whole heck of a lot more than handwashing.

    You’re working hard to make using open source look like brain surgery – it ain’t.

    But I also recognize that if they make an unequivocal statement like they did, the worst outcome for them would be to demonstrated to be liars. I trust Apple to know that, too.

    Yes, corporations have such a stellar history of instant and complete transparency after they’ve been busted, rather than being dragged kicking and screaming to owning up to the whole truth.

    Good luck with your credulity.

  • Yes, I agree. Good analogy. I thank you for correcting the impression my comment gave that open source and propriety software writing tools present roughly equal security risks – they don’t.

    It’s more than just trusting the author of the tools, it’s the openness itself.

  • So you’re saying what – security is difficult so let’s not bother? Be like the doll with the voicebox that says “math is hard?”

    Public health is hard too – should we give up and let people die of preventable infectious disease?

    As to having to go all the way back to the compiler – yep, it’s true. And you know what, I trust Richard Stallman and the gcc compiler more than I trust Apple and the NSA.

  • Using these services requires that your phone be unlocked and that you’ve “trusted” the computer to which you’ve connected the iPhone.

    This is what Apple says, but without access to the source code of the operating system there is no way to be sure.

    “way to be sure” is the definition of security.

    Given the recent history of bald-faced lies by the NSA, and the power they wield with the corporate community, you have to ask yourself how much you trust Apple.

    You have to ask that because that’s your only option – unless you go with open source software – and look forward to the day when we can roll our own open source hardware.

  • RFShunt commented on the blog post Late Night: Grammatical Goofing

    2014-07-22 20:07:17View | Delete

    A preposition at the end of a sentence is something up with which I will not put.

  • RFShunt commented on the diary post Freedom, Money & Control by joe shikspack.

    2014-07-21 21:39:01View | Delete

    This is an outstanding and thought-provoking post. It’s also a depressing one. Because the capitalist system needs a certain (sizable) amount of poverty to sustain itself, we find ourselves in the position of the most powerful forces on earth insisting on large scale suffering. The only way to end that suffering is to replace that [...]

  • RFShunt commented on the blog post Edward Snowden and Daniel Ellsberg Converse at HopeX

    2014-07-21 14:42:18View | Delete

    This conference’s level of geekery is above my pay grade, but the presentation titles tell an interesting story. It’s obvious that when it comes to communications we’re going to have to roll our own if we’re ever to be secure in our conversations with one another.

  • So when you give people at the top more money…..people at the top end up with more money.

    Who knew?

  • RFShunt commented on the blog post Chelsea Clinton Makes $900,000 for Doing Almost Nothing

    2014-07-09 13:02:50View | Delete

    WTF, you don’t really think that the Clinton clan is on “our side” in any type of real definition do you?

    See the word “claim” in the excerpt of mine you quoted.

    From Mirriam-Webster:

    verb ˈklām

    : to say that (something) is true when some people may say it is not true”

  • RFShunt commented on the blog post Chelsea Clinton Makes $900,000 for Doing Almost Nothing

    2014-07-09 12:45:57View | Delete

    It cheapens FDL.

    On the contrary, I think it’s to FDL’s credit.

    You say in an earlier comment “I thought progressives are supposed to be tolerant.”

    Tolerance of behavior on the left that would earn criticism when practiced on the right has a name – it’s called hypocrisy.

    You can (and do) call it “bile” or “churlishness” or “unnecessary”, but I call holding the people who claim to be on your side to the same standard that you hold for people on the other side integrity.

    Politics ought to be about more than just “hooray for our side”

  • RFShunt commented on the blog post Study Shows Being Rich Makes You An ‘Asshole’

    2014-07-08 12:07:51View | Delete

    The filthy rich behave like assholes.

    In other news, sun rises in east; sets in west.

  • RFShunt commented on the diary post Andrew Levine on Tea Party Smarts and the Poison of Ted Cruz by cmaukonen.

    2014-07-06 22:23:22View | Delete

    this collection of insults and smears

    Sometimes hearing a bunch of people, like many tea partiers, who were born on third base and think they hit a triple complain about how put upon they are in an era when America has the lowest tax rates in decades, on top of begrudging the slightest bit of help [...]

  • RFShunt commented on the diary post Saturday Art by Bird, plus Birds ‘n Critters by wd by wendydavis.

    2014-07-05 19:34:16View | Delete

    There are people from back in the day when I was a young buck myself that will tell you it was a bad idea to approach me during rutting season :)

  • RFShunt commented on the diary post Saturday Art by Bird, plus Birds ‘n Critters by wd by wendydavis.

    2014-07-05 18:21:25View | Delete


    No kidding around, this is gorgeous photography! The fact that you’re not using long focal length lenses makes it all the more impressive. You must be a patient soul indeed.

    Thank you for sharing – generously, considering you’re allowing downloads.

  • RFShunt commented on the blog post Richard Mellon Scaife (1932-2014)

    2014-07-05 09:50:38View | Delete

    Estimated wealth $1.4 Billion. Just a little guy.

    Back in the 1990′s Dickie Scaife went through a bitter and nasty divorce from his second wife – whom he had wed without a prenup. At one point, Scaife put up a large billboard on the lawn of his house that said “Wife and dog missing – reward for dog”. Classy, huh? (There’s a saying that goes, if you want to know God’s opinion of money, look at who he gives it to.)

    Anyway, its very likely that there was a lot of hiding of assets before that divorce happened. Scaife could easily have gotten away with that – there’s nobody in the legal community in this town (Pittsburgh) with anywhere near the clout or stones to cross the Scaifes.

    I imagine that $1.4 Billion is a pale fraction of his real financial worth.

  • I think big poluting intern’l corps love it when we fuss about the climate argument – it’s so complex and opaque

    Is that the new approach?

    “You are just playing into the energy industries hands when you point out the dangers of climate change.”

    It’s a new one. Kind of a combination of reverse-psychology and “don’t worry your pretty little heads about it” condescension. Well, I have to admit, it’s novel. Stupid, but novel.

  • Thank you for showing, once again, the kind of deception and misrepresentation that weathercaster, non-scientist and paid AGW denier Anthony Watts consistently sinks to.

    The “evidence” you site is of a study of the rise and fall of land masses, which the GRACE satellites have tracked to new heights of precision. The amount of rise and fall of land masses contributes to sea level, but is only one, small component.

    Watts presents this material as though it covers ALL of sea level data. It’s intellectual dishonesty of the most disgusting, despicable and odious kind. The kind of thing that only a energy industry shill would engage in.

    So once again, thank you for showing the kind of people we’re dealing with when it comes to paid climate change deniers. It can really clear the mind.

  • RFShunt commented on the diary post Notes on the new populism by David Seaton.

    2014-06-22 21:57:38View | Delete

    @25 is directed at your comment

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