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Press Used To Print Millions of US Banknotes Seized In Quebec

RoTNCoRE Re:Someone actually is using a printing press? (398 comments)

The real danger is the refugee flow, which would be very destabilizing for the whole region. You do not want a war in North Korea, and NEVER trust anyone who tells you a war will be over in a matter of weeks and will change the government structure seamlessly. You should know how that went last time.

about 10 months ago

Canadian Health Scientists Resort To Sneaker Net After Funding Slashed

RoTNCoRE Digitize and make free (168 comments)

This is why all of this needs to be digitized and made freely available online - so it cannot be controlled or contained. Information is power. How big would the torrent for all of it? The scientists should band together, home build book scanners, and seed away. All the tools for information freedom are now at hand, use them!

about 10 months ago

Fearing Government Surveillance, US Journalists Are Self-Censoring

RoTNCoRE Re:Come to the UK and learn about real journalism (376 comments)

But you still posted AC. And he may have chosen a British paper, the journalist lives in Brazil - incidentally a target country for NSA and CSEC spies. Let's not forget that the British press has ongoing trials for phone hacking. And the sheer number of cameras in public places. And what happened to Jean Charles de Menezes after 7/7/2005. And that the British government is trying very hard to go after journalists for publishing Snowden leaks, pursuing terrorism charges, and Cameron has been publicly warning the press. And there's the whole smashing Guardian hard drives incident. Not quite my flavour of freedom...

about a year ago

Sen. Chuck Schumer Seeks To Extend Ban On 'Undetectable' 3D-Printed Guns

RoTNCoRE Re:Futility of certain laws (550 comments)

Number of major hijacking or jumbo jets flown into a building since locked cabin doors and passengers knew new protocol was fight to the death (and TSA if you are failing with correlation = causation): 0
Number of hijackings that happenED when private industry did airport security WITHOUT LOCKED CABINS: 0

Amount of rights violated, colostomy bags spilled, breast milk consumed under threat, tax dollars wasted, spouses and children groped, passengers and staff irradiated, ex-Homeland Security Secretaries enriched, porno scanners bought and scrapped, planes successfully boarded with explosives or weapons since TSA inception?: Far >0.

1 year,8 days

US Wary of Allowing Russian Electronic Monitoring Stations Inside US

RoTNCoRE Re:The US does not have any stations in Russia (232 comments)

That they acknowledge. Pretty big caveat there. I mean, if they are operating black site torture rendition sites there, why would you believe they aren't doing other things there? Why would you trust anything they say?

1 year,8 days

US Gov't Circulates Watch List of Buyers of Polygraph Training Materials

RoTNCoRE Re:great way to calibrate a polygraph (303 comments)

FYI, they ask that shortly after the 'what's your name' type questions.

1 year,12 days

How Blockbuster Could Have Owned Netflix

RoTNCoRE Re:Best Buy (385 comments)

But for how long? Technology retailers and manufacturers have a huge money sink in the inventory required to support brick and mortar retail operations. One store sells out, another has 10 units that they can't move for whatever reason (demographics, poor location, the minimum wage employee couldn't be bothered to find it etc.). Amazon can consolidate all the supply in their warehouses, cross ship between them for little cost based on economies of scale in shipping, and all the inventory is available to all customers. Couple that with the fast life cycle of tech - laptops as an example are 3 lines annually - and consider that all the unsold stock needs to be cleared out. Discounts are challenged by the same inefficiencies in retail, BB and their ilk need to discount deeper to sell the outgoing stock to counter the inefficiencies, and further discount demo models and pay for signage changes, etc.

This is exactly why you are seeing manufacturers opening branded showroom stores - Apple, Microsoft, Sony, (Tesla in the car world) - because they can execute better than the traditional retailers/dealers, and most often aren't willing to invest in the same caliber of displays in stores like BB where they don't have full control. The retailers can't, because the margins are too tight. The multi-brand house bricks and mortar retailer for tech is being squeezed out as the middle man - matching Amazon pricing they will be losing money from all the background costs. Unless they can sell enough warranty extensions to cover the difference, they are circling the drain - and Apple squeezed them out there too!

1 year,13 days

How 3 Young Coders Built a Better Portal To HealthCare.gov

RoTNCoRE Re:Towel for that egg, Barry? (499 comments)

Bang on. CGI hasn't been looked at closely enough on this. Peel back the curtain on the level of lobbying they do or have done for this.

In Canada, they were responsible for our now cancelled (although Quebec - CGI's home province - keeps fighting in court to reinstate their own) gun registry database and systems contract. It was promised to us by our government to cost $2 million. Later audit determined the true cost to be closer to $2 Billion, with an upkeep of $2M annually. That is for a country with a smaller population than California, or with a generously estimated 10M guns, a taxpayer paid cost of $200 per gun, with additional upkeep costs annually. Amid all this, they donated generously to the Canadian Association of Police Chiefs, who were some of the loudest public supporters of the registry, despite being unable to give an example of one crime that the registry had prevented.

I can only imagine the cost overruns for a program like the one that the US is trying to build with a partner like CGI.

1 year,14 days

CIA Pays AT&T Millions To Voluntarily Provide Call Data

RoTNCoRE Re:The CIA Made them an offer... (107 comments)

And if they did say no, the NSA would just splice into their network, and reverse engineer the data they wanted ala Google. $10M may be cheaper though.

1 year,18 days

Spy Expert Says Australia Operating As "Listening Post" For US Agencies

RoTNCoRE Re:Blame it on the Kiwis. (165 comments)

My alternative - read the Constitution. Follow it. Tear up the Patriot Act. Shift all NSA funding into infrastructure. Have a national, single payer health care system. All government employees earning more than 6 figures at any point in their career sign an agreement similar to a non-compete, where they cannot move into a private sector job that in any way is awarded contracts or funds, or else their new employer will suffer hefty conflict of interest fines. Enforce it.

You don't have to know where you are going to know you can't stay on the road you are on, and astroturfing someone who is rightly angry because they don't have all the alternatives for you is intellectually lazy.

1 year,26 days

UK Prime Minister Threatens To Block Further Snowden Revelations

RoTNCoRE Re:What am I missing? (431 comments)

Option 2 is happening. Canada (part of the Five Eyes cabal) has been spying on Brazilian mining firms. Canada is a big player in the global mining industry, and the target is unlikely to be a coincidence.

1 year,28 days

NSA Hacked Email Account of Mexican President

RoTNCoRE Re:Well that's new (242 comments)

Why does censorship have to be official? When it becomes well known that all communications are being sucked up, self censorship quite quickly happens, sources and journalists have to go to extremes most people cannot (recent examples demonstrate this, Snowden fleeing to Russia) to remain safe. What we have now is far more insidious and intractable than an overt war. That you see the current situation as demonstrating liberty winning is perfect example of the double speak and mental gymnastics required to continue the charade.

The other difference between a conventional war and the civil liberty limitations are that victory and an endpoint were defined. The threat from the outside enemy was bigger than the restrictions on liberties. Now, victory is undefined: terrorism isn't going to stop, I am far more likely to be impacted directly and negatively by pervasive spying than a terrorist attack. If you asked me if I would prefer a little more risk of terrorism vs. the spying, I'd take the terrorism, thanks, and maybe some of the funding from the NSA applied to health care and poverty mitigation initiatives to really save lives. Stop being an apologist for the growing police state.

about a year ago

David Cameron Wants the Guardian Investigated Over Snowden Files

RoTNCoRE Re:Great quote from Ron Paul sums this up: (279 comments)

Sorry, a slight wording mistake: "Truth is treason in the empire of lies." from the preface of "Revolution: A Manifesto".

about a year ago

British Police Foil Alleged Mall Massacre Copycat Plot

RoTNCoRE Re:British police rarely carry weapons (292 comments)

No, criminals acquire guns because they cannot dial law enforcement when someone commits what would be a crime against the law abiding section of society against them, so a black market version of law enforcement is needed within their world to fill the void.

Handguns by their nature are concealable, so it is highly unlikely that you will see them unless you or someone near you is in immediate danger. Hiking in the Rockies I haven't seen a mountain lion or a Grizzly, but I don't delude myself by thinking they must not be there.

The issue is much more complex than availability of guns to legal owners. The US has a border on the north and south with major illicit drug exporters (Canada - synthetics and pot, and Mexico). They have a huge demand partially driven by socioeconomic factors. The government treats illicit drugs like a war (rather than treating addiction as a disease/symptom), so the opposition gears up for one. The cops roll around in tanks and paramilitary gear, so the other side tries to do the same. There is no safety net. Drug addicts don't get health care access like they do in single payer systems, and better addiction therapy is only for paying clients.

about a year ago

British Police Foil Alleged Mall Massacre Copycat Plot

RoTNCoRE Re:DOUBLEPLUS (292 comments)

I would suggest the inverse is true: when you get your panties in a knot about terrorism, it achieves it's goal of prompting a disproportionate reaction relative to the threat. If you take measured steps, and react within the confines of existing laws and the criminal code, while maintaining the freedoms we have gained while facing much greater real threats in the past, it withers and dies.

about a year ago

Snowden Shortlisted For Europe's Top Human Rights Award

RoTNCoRE Re:Comparative sacrifice (273 comments)

You ignore the US citizenship holding kids killed while they went after Anwar. They hadn't taken up arms, but had theirs scattered across the landscape.

about a year ago

U.S. Spy Panel Is Loaded With Insiders

RoTNCoRE Re:Checks and Balances, and NSF not NSA (330 comments)

Asking which programs is a dick move and you know it. The stonewall secrecy due to "terrorism" and "national security" excuses prevents us from even discussing the programs in the open, and even the panel that is supposed to be investigating it is closed.

Unreasonable search and seizure covers quite a lot of it in my mind. Spirit of the law regarding freedom of speech. NSA complicity in assassinating US citizens. That Clapper lied to congressional committee, should have been charged with lying under oath, and nothing happened, and better yet he is leading the inquiry into the transgressions points to something being wrong.

Intelligence agencies looking outward are a regrettable reality, but the inward Stasi shit you are an apologist for is not.

about a year ago

U.S. Government: Sorry, We're Closed

RoTNCoRE Re:Fucking idiots (1532 comments)

You're right, let's defer to private industry to provide for us. The great Wall Street Heist of 2008 proved that they have our best interest at heart and are the ultimate in sound fiscal management!

about a year ago

NSA Internet Spying Sparks Race To Create Offshore Havens For Data Privacy

RoTNCoRE Stock markets? (166 comments)

So now that the veil has been pulled back, when do we all realize that the next logical conclusion as citizens globally is to exit the stock market en masse? Any notion remaining that it was a fair game have been squashed - if NSA staff and contractors can monitor exes and lovers for months without effective oversight, imagine the financial incentive to do the same to C level execs?

about a year ago


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