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Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

Richard_at_work Re:Applies oversea or applies to local access? (418 comments)

The problem is that this isn't the US piercing the EU rules, its the US judicial system saying the EU rules do not apply to it, which is entirely correct.

This is the US judicial system putting US companies between a rock and a hard place - the company has to comply with EU laws or face penalties, while also complying with a US court order or face penalties.

This is, however, actually how it should be - EU rules do not apply to the US judicial system, they only apply to those entities operating within the EU, and the US judicial system should not care about other countries or jurisdictions laws it is not bound by.

That doesn't mean its not a difficult situation, but it does mean its an interesting case to watch.

9 hours ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Richard_at_work Re:Radicalization (845 comments)

There's nothing stopping Jewish or Christian candidates standing for other seats, which is exactly the same as Congress. The only difference is that there will be at least one Jewish or Christian member (among all the other reserved seats) in any Iranian Parliamentary session due to the reserved seat, unlike Congress which does not reserve any seat for minorities.

So its far from tokenism.

2 days ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Richard_at_work Re:Hamas Is 100 Percent of the Problem (845 comments)

Since thats exactly what a large number of Palestinians did when the Gaza-Israeli border crossings were open (find work in Israel and go shopping in Israel), I see no reason why the tunnels into Israel are not also for the same purpose - food is freely available across the border in Israel, its getting it back across the border which is the issue.

2 days ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Richard_at_work Re:Hamas Is 100 Percent of the Problem (845 comments)

The Gaza-Egypt border is managed by Egypt under an agreement initiated in 1979 and then amended by Israel in 2005 - the opening and closing of the borders is, under those agreements, managed by Israel even if they are policed by Egyptian officers.

So even though its a Gaza-Egypt border, its still controlled by Israel.

Its only since the uprising in Egypt that Egypt has unilaterally closed the Gaza-Egyptian border, and for this they should be in the international spotlight, but even then the Egyptian closing of the border and prior blockade is not comparable to the Israeli blockade which extends to Gaza ports and international trade into Gaza which does not cross Israeli territory.

2 days ago
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Richard_at_work Re:i blame my kids (565 comments)

Ice is 100% water, but isn't at all liquid.

2 days ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Richard_at_work Re:Radicalization (845 comments)

Ahh, look, he insults me three times in his first sentence and then expects me to treat his comment with anything approaching giving a damn.

And to top it off, he insults me in the final sentence as well.

Meh.

Come back when you can have a civilised, adult discussion on the topic.

3 days ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Richard_at_work Re:Radicalization (845 comments)

I'm not side lining anything, however strongly you wish to push it its got fuck all to do with the question asked.

3 days ago
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Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

Richard_at_work Re:Elop (149 comments)

Right, do you have anything other than your own feelings that actually indicates that he did something illegal, either in criminal or civil law?

Because I'm still with "no" on that.

3 days ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Richard_at_work Re:Hamas Is 100 Percent of the Problem (845 comments)

Ahh right, because there was no blockade or violence prior to the Palestinian people electing Hamas as its government. Oh, wait a moment, there has been violence and blockades in Gaza for 50+ years...

Hamas is just the current excuse for the Israeli pressure, not the underlying reason. But its an excuse everyone buys and that's enough.

Before the current rash of violence on both sides, Israel was more than happy to deal with the PLO, whom it handed over "power" in Gaza to in 1994 despite the PLO being responsible for as much anti-Israeli violence as Hamas ever has.

And since the current rash of violence on both sides, Israel is still more than happy to deal with Fatah, which is the continuation of the PLO, and has been merrily firing rockets into Israel alongside Hamas and other groups for the past decade, but we never hear about that...

So what's so bad about Hamas? Oh, its in power and thus can be used as a whipping boy to justify the continued pressure on Gaza and the West Bank.

3 days ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Richard_at_work Re:Radicalization (845 comments)

Not at all, except no country on this planet gives completely equal rights to all fellow citizens - hows that gay marriage thing coming in the US?

So in the context of the point raised by disposable60, Iran has both Christians and Jews in office, and your post is nothing more than an attempt to sideline that fact.

3 days ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Richard_at_work Re:Radicalization (845 comments)

(Please don't give Iran as an example for anything relating to democracy or human rights)

Why not? Because Iran doesn't 100% conform to your standards across the board?

3 days ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Richard_at_work Re:Hamas Is 100 Percent of the Problem (845 comments)

You realise that those rockets Hamas has it was probably getting for free, and those tunnels it built were actually the main way to get food and supplies into Gaza due to Israels blockade on imports, as they limited total food shipments to just 136 truck loads a day, for the entire Gaza population of 1.8million...

Hamas are far from blameless, but they also aren't anywhere near 100% of the problem.

3 days ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Richard_at_work Re:Radicalization (845 comments)

Iran specifically has one Parliament seat reserved each for both a Jewish member and a Christian member (as well as a number of other minority groups) as part of its religious minority group policy.

3 days ago
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Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

Richard_at_work Re:Elop (149 comments)

Again, cite some things he can be sued for - where is your argument for breach of fiduciary duty? Yes, Elop may have done X, Y and Z, but just because you do not agree with X, Y or Z doesn't make that a breach of any duty of his position.

3 days ago
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US States Edge Toward Cryptocoin Regulation

Richard_at_work Re:Can we just recognize it as currency and be don (169 comments)

Uh, you do realise all those things you mention about cash having a paper trail has nothing inherently to do with the cash and everything to do with the regulations surrounding the financial system - they would all equally apply to bitcoins the moment the government says so. If your employer pays you in bitcoins, that would appear on your payslips, and your bitcoin exchange transactions would be subject to scrutiny just as bank account transactions are...

4 days ago
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Attackers Install DDoS Bots On Amazon Cloud

Richard_at_work Re:But it's the cloud... (25 comments)

If you choose a cloud offering which does that for you then yes, you don't have to worry about things like software updates and patching.

However, if you choose a cloud offering which is essentially a hosted server, then you still have to worry about all the things you would with your own local server, excluding power and hardware faults.

Amazon AWS is a platform provider, its not a fully managed solution and never has been - people have been caught out by that before when availability zones failed and suddenly people realised the benefit of having redundant instances in multiple availability zones.

4 days ago
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Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

Richard_at_work Re:Elop (149 comments)

You have cited a lot of things to hate over, which you obviously do, but you have yet to cite anything that can actually be sued for.

4 days ago
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Australian Government Moving Forward With Anti-Piracy Mandate For ISPs

Richard_at_work Re:huh (128 comments)

Ahh, that bullshit.

5 days ago
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Australian Government Moving Forward With Anti-Piracy Mandate For ISPs

Richard_at_work Re:huh (128 comments)

What's incorrect about the term "piracy"? Its been used to refer to copyright infringement for hundreds of years.

about a week ago

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Federal Aviation Administration To Investigate Boeing 787 after safety scares

Richard_at_work Richard_at_work writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Richard_at_work writes "The FAA announced this morning that they were initiating an indepth investigation into both the design and construction of the Boeing 787 aircraft after several safety scares in the past few months. The Boeing 787 has been in operation for less than 2 years, but in that time it has seen fuel leaks related to build quality issues, electrical problems and a fire related to the new all-electrical approach.

The review will involve a broader investigation than those systems involved in recent scares, and is a significant event for both Boeing as the manufacturer and the FAA."

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Possible security breach at Dropbox?

Richard_at_work Richard_at_work writes  |  about 2 years ago

Richard_at_work writes "In a thread that has now been ongoing for almost a week, the evidence has been mounting that Dropbox has possibly had a security breach, with many users reporting spam being delivered to Dropbox-only email accounts.

Dropbox has denied this so far, but with the forum thread on the issue now surpassing 250 replies with most users reporting the same sort of thing (spam email for the same "service" all coming in on email addresses only used for Dropbox, and in many cases aliases specifically created for Dropbox with no spam hitting the catch all addresses for the same domains) the likelihood is that something is going on here.

Users were first reporting it as being limited to German Dropbox users, but it has gradually spread across a fairly representative sample of users across the globe now.

With disparity of ISPs, email systems and locations involved here, could there be any other explanation?"

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Assange loses latest round in extradition fight

Richard_at_work Richard_at_work writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Richard_at_work writes "After losing his appeal to the UK Supreme Court a couple of weeks ago, Assanges lawyer was given leave to seek a reopening of the case on particular grounds — the UK Supreme Court has now rejected those grounds and upheld its earlier ruling that Assanges should be extradited, which could happen in the next few days."
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AFA Director: 1st Amendment Doesn't Apply To Islam

Richard_at_work Richard_at_work writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Richard_at_work (517087) writes "Bryan Fischer, Director of of Issues Analysis for the American Family Association, has come out saying that the First Amendment is a privilege and not a right when it comes to Islam, and that "The First Amendment was written by the Founders to protect the free exercise of Christianity. They were making no effort to give special protections to Islam." as well as going on to say "Islam has no fundamental First Amendment claims, for the simple reason that it was not written to protect the religion of Islam. Islam is entitled only to the religious liberty we extend to it out of courtesy. While there certainly ought to be a presumption of religious liberty for non-Christian religious traditions in America, the Founders were not writing a suicide pact when they wrote the First Amendment." Quite a fantastical claim!"
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Wow! Its been 30 years....

Richard_at_work Richard_at_work writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Richard_at_work writes "Thirty years ago today, the Big Ear radio telescope recorded a 72 second long signal that perfectly matched the expected signature of a signal that was not of local origin. This became known world wide as the 'Wow!' signal after the comment its discoverer, Dr. Jerry R. Ehman of SETI, scribbled in the margin of the print out, and while it has never been detected since, it has fueled arguments on both sides as to the existence of extraterrestrial life ever since."
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