Hacker Newsnew | comments | show | ask | jobs | submit login

I think it is a good time to start incorporating DJB's NaCl into ... everything. And also run HTTP Everywhere in the meantime. And set up opportunistic IPSEC.

Sad day.

On a related note, I suggest we stop calling the heads of state and bureaucratic organizations like the UN "Leaders" and starting referring to them by their real self appointed role, "Rulers".

Language shapes perception, and we've been using the wrong term for too long.

> Language shapes perception

Isn't this an argument to to continue using the term "leaders"? Surely calling them "rulers" would, under your logic, push them further towards "rulership"?


They already know they are rulers. It's for the rest of the people.

I have heard people seriously say "Of course I prefer it with copy protection! It protects my copy!" back in the day when DRM was called copy protection. I'm sure they would have been wiser if the thing was called "Copy Restriction", because that's what it does. Similarly, I'm sure more people would realize what DRM means if it was called Digital Restriction Management (which is what it really is).

These things run deep. Who would dare oppose the PATRIOT act? Real patriots should, but none would. These terms run very, very deep.


Seriously, though, who are these people? I mean, how can I get a cushy gig like that?

You have to wonder about them as individuals, right? What path has their lives taken that they step into a room make a horrible decision like this and not retch. Is it a perverse sense of superiority over the people who are left out from the decision-making? Is it a complete lack of personality and individual thought? Or is it just an attempt to climb one more rung up the ladder, maybe move into that slightly nicer home in McClean or DuPont Circle?


From what I've experienced (as someone who occasionally rubbed elbows with such UN technocrats when I worked in international health), it's your last path that rules their lives. They are almost without exception climbers, both social and professional, much more anxious to climb the next step on the ladder than actually to build or change something for the better. Often, they start out idealistic and slowly change into jaded climbers. It's an outlook on life that would be foreign to many people here.

Edit: grammar


The argument is that they need no push, they act that way already. It's everybody else who needs to recognize them for what they are.


Ruler sounds a little too majestic, how about dictators? with or without the prefix "tin pot" depending on desire for brevity vs accuracy.


Try it in conversation:

"US Rulers have recently made file sharing a crime carrying the death penalty" vs. "US Dictators have recently made file sharing a crime carrying the death penalty". I think Rulers sounds better (but I think "dictators" is still preferable to "leaders")


Applications are open for YC Winter 2016

Guidelines | FAQ | Support | API | Security | Lists | Bookmarklet | DMCA | Apply to YC | Contact