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  •  Exceptionally controlled. (4+ / 0-)
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    koNko, Lujane, MeToo, radical simplicity

    It's probably on posters.

    •  Imagine something being controlled by (8+ / 0-)

      exceptions.
      Nobody can get in, except someone with a key.
      Nobody can visit, except when they are invited.
      The U.S. has long been ruled by exceptions.
      Exception is one of the characteristics of the ex-men, along with

      exploration
      exhaustion
      excavation
      extermination
      etc.

      I do not think such people realize that their approach to reality is extractive and lacking any appreciation or awareness of the whole. They are people fixated on the fruit and giving no thought to the plant. I think it's because they are collectors lacking an awareness of process -- how things work. When one ask such people how or why, they know it is a question and they provide an answer, but upon review, it becomes clear that the answer is not germain.

      "exceptional control" is a good example (one taken out of the whole).

      I'm thinking that perhaps our definition of the middleman needs to be refined with the perception that their characteristic behavior is collecting.
      Hunting and gathering (collecting) are primitive behaviors employed by all sorts of creatures. Understanding the processes of nature and mimicking or replicating them to produce something new is something else. That requires a kind of awareness and knowledge that, apparently, not all humans have.
      It is quite possible that the reason so many of our lawmakers are antagonistic towards what we call natural science is because they do not comprehend process, how things work.

      We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

      by hannah on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 05:26:00 AM PDT

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      •  In Security Terms (10+ / 0-)

        It's called whitelisting.

        Ban all behaviors on the system first, and then provide access to specific functions to specific people as needed.

        I find his use of the word "certificate" to be troubling. He probably doesn't know what he's talking about. But if he does, it is a tantalizing peek into how the NSA manages access control.

        "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

        by bink on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 05:54:05 AM PDT

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        •  I don't know if you know (1+ / 0-)
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          what the term "certificate" means in the context of computer security. If that is your starting point, then I'd really be interested in your thoughts as to why that quote is troubling. (I know something of computer security, but I'm very far from an expert in the field.)

          Let us all have the strength to see the humanity in our enemies, and the courage to let them see the humanity in ourselves.

          by Nowhere Man on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 09:12:41 AM PDT

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