Sunday, March 10, 2013

If we were to honestly condemn violence against women

Hrm, evidently Friday was International Women's Day ... maybe a good opportunity to reflect on a seldom-discussed but common form of violence against women - namely, how "modern", "civilized" society continues to brutally violate the rights of many innocent women by forcibly locking them in cages for victimless consensual crimes:

Decriminalization of (adult, consent-based) prostitution would restore to the justice system its proper role of protecting the natural rights of citizens, rather than violating them - providing not only protection against being locked up at gunpoint, but also legal remedies against abuse by the very forces who are supposed to protect society's most vulnerable:
"About 70% of sex workers have been abused by police"
"Sex workers experience violence during arrest by police officers who routinely beat them, pepper spray them and sexually assault them."
"Police officers commit these crimes with impunity. They remove their name tags so that sex workers are unable to identify them and they instil such fear in the sex workers that they are afraid to report these crimes to the authorities"
Many people claim to condemn violence against women, yet simultaneously openly advocate for violence against this "sub-class" of women. This is little more than barbarism perpetrated in the name of justice.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Why you should not let Google host jQuery for you

[Website developers] In response to this:

- You expose your own website users to potential tracking by a third party (and for no real reason). This is unprofessional, and ridiculous if you really think about it for a while.

- You make it harder for users or admins to apply meaningful per-site white-listing or blacklisting policies (e.g. NoScript users effectively can't white-list your site)

If you use jQuery, just download it and copy it to your site.

The software industry has slowly been morphing from "Hey, let's make software users want to use because they find it useful", to "Hey, let's turn the Internet into a big spying machine that tracks what users do". I think to some extent, that business model is based on a certain level of deceit, in that it requires the majority of users to remain ignorant of the extent to which they are tracked across so many websites.