Libertarian Party: Don't Blame Immigrants →
This pretty much sums up my views on immigration. Maddox also makes a few good points too.
This Seriously Went on For Like, Two Days
Me: [Photo from "Keep Calm and Forfeit Your Privacy" post] Speeding cameras recording HD video and now ID requirements with RealID-style sharing of personal information to Federal agencies introduced in SB 1070 make me wonder if woke up in London.
Random Dude: you have woken up in neither London or Mexico, but rather America.
Me: Doesn't look like America to me. :<
Random Dude: enforcing our laws doesn't look like America?
Me: If enforcing laws looked like America everyone's iPod would land them in jail.
Random Dude: I'm seeing a lot of smart Latino Americans try to justify a stance against this law. I think they're going to find themselves amongst some bad company. Make sure you understand your position.
Me: What does it matter if a "Latino American" or any American dissents on legislation that slams against his or her desire not to forfeit every piece of information that DHS tried to squeeze out of him/her with RealID? I will not be scared away by the possibility of association with "bad company" for the same reasons no one asking for adequate border protection should be afraid to be associated with the Klansmen that agree with them.
Random Dude: I think they should concentrate on the American part and not so much the Latino part. I don't think the privacy argument bears much weight against the problems that illegal aliens cause. The only thing the mob in the video is going to accomplish is establishing anarchy. This isn't about the surveillance state and this isn't about race. If those groups and their attendant intellectuals continue to push, things will get very ugly. I have no idea how this will be anything short of a crisis when a similar awareness hits California. I paid a mother-son team $5 to cut my lawn a week ago. They hadn't worked in weeks. If you think your so called suspicions about a surveillance state override the plight of these two, you need to check yourself.
Me: I don't care what a mob is saying. I care about what my individual conscience is saying and I will not support a law that undermines something as fundamental to both federalism and free society in general as the right for a man or woman to keep to him or her self. Period.
Random Dude: David, these rationalizations are getting tiring, and many are starting to find them treasonous. The climate is changing fast.
Me: My principles are not subordinate to political climate.
Random Dude: I doubt many will be receptive to your arguments in the near future.
Me: I'll treat it as a challenge, then.
[...several more comments that basically boiled down to "Anything you do to defend your freedom or grasp of basic logic will mean you're with the random mob that attacked the police and the generic total mad-max anarchy that my party tells me will happen non-stop every day forever if you don't bend over for them" and promising not to get a haircut at a hispanic-owned business. That'll show "them."]
I'm reverting back to my old policy of not adding random dudes I don't know in person on Failbook.
iPhone or Android? Maemo.
The handset battle royale of the present day has put a heavy spotlight on the brainchildren of Silicon Valley: iPhone OS and Android, both of which have enjoyed a fervent American following that includes no shortage of my own circle of friends, some of whom were a bit surprised to hear that I would fall into neither camp and grab a Nokia phone, a brand which they have associated with the cheap...
See me Talk About Haystack Project at CFP this...
The ACM’s Computers, Freedom, and Privacy conference is scheduled for the middle of June this year at the Sainte Claire hotel in San Jose, California. I’ll be speaking on June 17th at 1:30 pm|pt on the topic of search history obfuscation and the approaches used in the Haystack Project to try to accomplish that. If you’ll be at the conference, come say hi! I’ll...
teh tumblr: There probably isn't a superhero who... →
There’s got to be a superhero that just swings around an agitated eel as a weapon, right? Because that would be awesome. He’d crash through a window and swing his eel at a bunch of bank robbers while wearing his special eel-touching gloves. And they’d be all like “Oh no, an eel! It has the power… An oldie, but a goodie. Costume idea for Epic Super Hero Battle 2010?