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Through a Face Scanner Darkly

C0C0C0 Re:I do not look forward to this. (336 comments)

Nothing, for now.

Everyone wearing stupid Google glasses, in a dystopian future.

I hope I am not the only one here who would have an awkward feeling if I knew that someone I meet just did at least the equivalent of a Google search on me before we even talk.

Yeah, but you'd eventually get over it. In a few years, this is going to be as normal as people screening their phone calls.

about 3 months ago
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Is the West Building Its Own Iron Curtain?

C0C0C0 Re:No (337 comments)

No. *NOT* like the U.S. The Iron Curtain kept people in and information out, In no part of the West is this the case. Seriously, folks. I get not trusting the government. I get being skeptical. But a knee jerk instinct to constantly bring up all the mistakes one's country makes isn't particularly healthy, either.

about 3 months ago
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Searching the Internet For Evidence of Time Travelers

C0C0C0 Re:But seriously speaking ... (465 comments)

I suspect that was your inner ear trying to tell you that things were moving in a non-normal manner. If even just a little.

about 4 months ago
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Chromebooks Have a Lucrative Year; Should WinTel Be Worried?

C0C0C0 Re:I never see people with Chromebooks. (321 comments)

Maybe it's because, as devices with tiny hard drives, they probably are used primarily at home where there is a consistent wifi connection. That's how my wife uses hers.

about 4 months ago
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Google Fiber Partially Reverses Server Ban

C0C0C0 Happy to see this, for two reasons (169 comments)

Of course, I'm glad to see the policy nixed (like I'll ever get Google fiber), but I think it's rare we give companies props for reversing decisions we've nuked them for. So, go Google. Way not to be evil.

about 6 months ago
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Inside the Guardian and the Snowden Leaks

C0C0C0 Re:Reference Newspapers (239 comments)

I'd love for for someone to suggest a good conservative newsource. One where the writers support the conservative cause but won't intentionally skew the news when their side is ion error.

about 6 months ago
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Maryland Indictment Says Silk Road Founder Tried To Arrange Murder of Employee

C0C0C0 Toooootally Didn't See That Coming (294 comments)

That was only a matter of time. My only question is if this is really about the murder attempt, or if that was just an excuse to squash an annoying web site.

about 7 months ago
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Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

C0C0C0 Re:Finally! (1440 comments)

I think there is broad support for the texting issue. Issuing tickets to people using GPS makes him an asshat, tho. And just because it's the law doesn't excuse it. Cops ignore plenty of dumb laws.

about 7 months ago
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Snowden Nominated For Freedom of Thought Prize

C0C0C0 Re:Yes. And. But. (212 comments)

Turning him into an internationally renown medal winner, putting him in the company of people like Sakhorov, might lower the level of of atrocity the government will inflict upon him. Never a great idea to create a martyr.

about 7 months ago
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Snowden Spoofed Top Officials' Identity To Mine NSA Secrets

C0C0C0 Re:Brilliant? (743 comments)

By "brilliant", I think he meant. "Smarter than me.". Most people believe that people who know things they don't must be geniuses because they think rather highly of themselves.

about 8 months ago
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UK Government Destroys Guardian's Snowden Drives

C0C0C0 Re:Amazing (508 comments)

No. I'm pretty sure the answer is "No. You are not alone in noticing this."

about 8 months ago
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Australian State Bans IBM From All Contracts After Payroll Bungle

C0C0C0 Right. IBM Needs More Process. (212 comments)

Poppycock. I used to work for Big Blue. It was the most process bound organization on Earth. It's entire business model is to sell, not innovation, not cutting edge, not feature set, but a complete and utter lack of surprises. If there is anything I can't imagine blaming on IBM, it is a lack of governance.

about 8 months ago
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Amazon Vows To Fight Government Requests For Data

C0C0C0 Re:Don't make promises you can't keep (104 comments)

RE: "We have already seen that the FISC (FISA court) is just a rubber stamp operation"

I just want to point out that this is not necessarily as bad as it sounds. Assuming we don't think the courts have gone over to the dark side, just the fact that the request has to be approved by someone outside the agency and will not be kept a *complete* secret is a *very* good thing. I suspect that a great many requests are never made because they would have to be explained. Even if the threshold is low (which is a legislative issue, not a judicial one), I for one am at least a little encouraged by the existence of the rubber-stamp FISC. I can assure you that the NSA would rather it didn't.

about 10 months ago
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Verizon Ordered To Provide All Customer Data To NSA

C0C0C0 Re:Shocking! (609 comments)

Sad thing is, I'm actually *encouraged* that a court review was involved. And *prior* to the intrusion! Lately, that's almost like progress.

about 10 months ago
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Writer Jack Vance Dead At 96

C0C0C0 Lyonesse (83 comments)

I've actually never gotten around to Dying Earth, but I have vivid memories of being immersed in Vance's Lyonesse trilogy (Starting with Suldren's Garden). At a time when it seemed like everyone was aping Tolkien, Vance went back to a sort of magical Camelot mixed up with Atlantis and Midsummer Night's Dream. It's one of the books I recommend to anyone who will listen to me.

about a year ago
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MIT Investigating School's Role In Swartz Suicide

C0C0C0 Re:You Disgust Me (382 comments)

Let's assume Swartz was completely in the right on all of his actions. What, precisely, would you have MIT and the US Government do differently to prevent this suicide? What actions of theirs do you find culpable for forcing Aaron Swartz into no other choice than to take his own life?

Not gone after him with the nuclear option of a 35 year jail term? Like you, I'd never call suicide the "sane option", but the prosecutor did far more than merely follow his mandate to protect society. You take that egregious act of absurdity off the table, and I strongly suspect Aaron would still be with us.

about a year ago
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With NCLB Waiver, Virginia Sorts Kids' Scores By Race

C0C0C0 Good luck with that (622 comments)

Maybe the standardized test will be graded on a racial curve, but I can assure you that the rest of life won't be so kind. I can imagine the interview...

"Well, your resume is a little thin. If you were Asian, I wouldn't be able to hire you. Lucky for you that you're one-third Caucasian! Get's you in right under the line."

about a year and a half ago
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CowboyNeal Weighs In On the Windows 8 "Metro" GUI

C0C0C0 I Hate Being A School Marm (671 comments)

The OPs use of, punctuation makes the post, read like a haiku.

about a year and a half ago
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Demonoid Shut By Ukrainian Authorities

C0C0C0 Re:Color me surprised (178 comments)

Ukraine != Russia.

The former Soviet republics that are now independent states (including Ukraine) tend to be friendlier to the US and EU than Russia itself is, because they rely upon NATO support to maintain effective independence from Russian control.

Ukraine != Poland, either. The entire northern half speaks Russian natively and, despite the best efforts of the Ukrainian Ukrainians, they appear to have the upper hand in parliment right now. I'd say that the jury is still out, and while Ukraine certainly isn't Belarus, they lean a lot more towards Moscow than you suggest.

about a year and a half ago

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