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US Lawmakers Want Sanctions On Any Country Taking In Snowden

Serpents Re:Naming Names (650 comments)

Snowden should be held accountable for his actions and he should be tried on all charges they want to throw at him.

I don't live in the US but I thought that's what the NDAA was for? You lock up a guy without charges or trial to make sure no one ever hears his side of the story. It's a perfect opportunity to use it and show potential whistleblowers that not only are they guaranteed to spend all their life in some detention camp but they will also be denied rights any convicted serial killer or child molester enjoys because technically they are not going to be prisoners. Frankly, I think the guy is royally fucked.
As I see it his two choices are:
1) Spending the rest of his life in some detention camp without the right to see any visitors
2) Getting asylum, moving there and disappearing without a trace/ dying in a freak accident some time later

about a year ago
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I go through keyboards ...

Serpents Re:Wireless? No thanks! (341 comments)

Well, I only know of mechanical tenkeyless keyboards and those tend to be more expensive than a regular keyboard and cost about as much as gaming keyboards with plenty of macro keys and other useless features.

more than 2 years ago
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I go through keyboards ...

Serpents Re: 5, you're doing it wrong (341 comments)

I'd been using a Logitech G3 mouse for 6 or 7 years and switched to a different one a couple of months ago only because I started playing more RPGs and I ran out of buttons. I still use it with my laptop though and I think it might last another 6 years if I don't drop it or something. When it comes to keyboards I wholeheartedly recommend mechanical keyboards. I switched from an excellent Logitech keyboard (G11) I'd also been using for many years but after I'd tried a Ducky Shine with Cherry Blue switches the Logitech suddenly seemed... flimsy, uncomfortable and just wasn't good enough. There are plenty of mechanical keyboards with different types of switches and while they are on the pricey side I think they're well worth it.

more than 2 years ago
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Polish MP Returns iPad Citing Lack of Control

Serpents Re:I like Apple bashing as much as the next man... (148 comments)

The gist of the story (native Polish speaker here):

1) The guy lost his iPad and asked the admins what he should do.
2) They told him they could copy all data from the tablet onto a CD/DVD.
3) He then asked them if they could also copy his private e-mails and they said 'yes'
4) He reached the conclusion that since they could copy and store all his data it could easily be made public (and, knowing his party's track record, no wonder it scared him shitless).
5) He returned the iPad and got himself a laptop.

So no, it's not a case of "Me not like" but rather a case of "What do you mean by *we've got all your data right here and we can read your e-mail* ?"

more than 2 years ago
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Are 12-16 Hour Workdays Productive?

Serpents Re:32 hour week! (615 comments)

I'd say it depends mostly on company culture. I used to work in one international company where you could forget about your direct superior socializing with you. Now I work in another, even bigger, and it's not uncommon for our CEO to crack a joke when we talk and he's considered to be pretty awkward with people compared to the other in such high positions.

But, back to the topic: I used to work 14 hour shifts right after college but that was in construction and all I did was to move around heavy stuff as I had no actual skills. It can be done but the question is: do I like and need the job so much that I can give up my life? Now, I've changed jobs, work in my profession and while in this kind of a job 8 hours is more than optimum, I occasionally work for 14 hours or more but it's once or twice a month tops. And when I do I always either get paid extra (more than the regular rate, even more on weekends, at night or on holidays) or get time off (in addition to regulatory 26 days off per year, and if I work even a single minute on a holiday, like Christmas, I get an entire day off). I don't see why not. My employer buys my time (which can be considered a kind of commodity) and in return I get my salary. We signed a contract, it says how much I'm supposed to work, how much I get paid, what our responsibilities and rights are. We both agreed to it. When I hear that unpaid overtime has become a standard in the US I cannot help but think that it's like walking into a grocery store and telling the clerk "Look, I'm going to take a gallon of milk but pay you just for half of that". There's no difference, really. We both sell something and we set the price. Pay up or look for some sucker who's going to work twice as much for half the money.

more than 2 years ago
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Are 12-16 Hour Workdays Productive?

Serpents Re:Capitalism is in terminal decay (615 comments)

When I read responses like that I wish the modding system had a "-1 Moron" option...

more than 2 years ago
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Valve Removes Right For Class Action Claims From EULA

Serpents Re:I deeply dislike the end-run aroudn the courts (270 comments)

No need to sue them. Provisions contradicting the EU law are simply considered to be null and void. Some contracts/EULAs just add "unless not permitted by your local/applicable law" or something to that effect just to let people know that they should check

more than 2 years ago
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Web Giants Form US Internet Lobby Group

Serpents Re:Gee, thanks SOPA. Sort of. (94 comments)

would prevent companies having to give up user data, or even retain it etc. etc.

Google and Facebook are never going to give up retaining user data. If anything, it's in their interest to push for laws which would enable them to store as much of it as they can for as long as they please. This is what allows them to get advertisers, who are their customers. We, the users, are their commodity.

more than 2 years ago
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EU Parliament Debates a DMCA Equivalent

Serpents Public consultations (73 comments)

I wonder how "public" they're going to be. During the ACTA debacle the Polish government invited representatives of all movie/music/whathaveyou industry organizations and not a single NGO, representative of an alternative point of view or somebody who actually has some idea about how the Internet works and they called it "public consultations". I wouldn't be surprised to see something similar here

more than 2 years ago
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I reach my workplace, primarily/typically, by:

Serpents Re:50/50 (566 comments)

Well, actually trains get WORSE mpg than cars... I can't be bothered with looking for the original source at the moment but I'm pretty sure you'll find it if you try. Prius is just as environmentally friendly as CFLs with their mercury and whatnot...

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook Says Your Email Is @Facebook

Serpents Re:Bullpoop (346 comments)

Forced? I've never had a FB account and never had problems staying in touch with the people I wanted to communicate with. You can always call/text/email/IM them. If you can't be bothered to do as much from time to time, either you're better off without "friends" like them or they're better off without a "friend" like you...

more than 2 years ago
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Witness Ridicules 'Hands-On' Reviews of Surface

Serpents Re:Oh please, get a life. (206 comments)

It's not about whether or not MS allowed the "journalists" to play with the tablets. It's that they lied and said they used and loved something they were not allowed to touch. It's not about Apple/Google/MS product releases. It's about a bunch of people with cameras and press badges calling themselves "journalists", while all they did was copy/paste the press release - something I see more and more often. I really think we should have some kind of a distinction between a journalist as in "someone with minimum professional integrity and IQ above room temperature" and guys who call themselves press just to pick up chicks...

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Store Employees Soak Up the Atmosphere, But Not Much Cash

Serpents Re:That pay is just for the first few months (654 comments)

I don't know about the US, but here having a minimum wage job (well below poverty line) usually means you don't qualify for any kind of welfare. On the other hand, welfare does not guarantee survival either (won't even cover cost of food). Of course there are some who still claim that the minimum wage is way too high but given that unemployment among people 18-24 yo is ca. 40% and most people will take ANY job at the moment, and the fact that I see more and more Porsches, Ferraris et al. in the streets I don't think the minimum wage is the problem we have here.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Store Employees Soak Up the Atmosphere, But Not Much Cash

Serpents Re:the price of gasoline, food, and housing (654 comments)

Or higher wages for government employees, more tax cuts for corporations and the rich, another war or two. It's not only how high the taxes are, it's about how well you spend the money.

more than 2 years ago
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I reach my workplace, primarily/typically, by:

Serpents Re:50/50 (566 comments)

Why not a BMW M3? It's got better mileage than a Prius and it's more environmentally friendly in the long run ;)

more than 2 years ago
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Capitalists Who Fear Change

Serpents Re:There is a fundamental error (297 comments)

This. According to some definitions, in capitalism the "capitalists" use all available means to maximize the profit, including, for example, lobbying for favourable legislation (see: patents, copyright, monopolies etc.) to limit and ultimately eliminate competition. Whether we agree with this definition or not, I think this is current state of affairs. I believe that while capitalism might, a long time ago, be synonymous with free market, it is no longer the case.

more than 2 years ago
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Phil Zimmermann's New Venture Will Offer Strong Privacy By Subscription

Serpents Re:They better not do the mistake of Hushmail... (219 comments)

They say "Once a Marine, always a Marine". I guess it also applies to SEALs. That's why I'd never use such a service as long as former US (or any other country's, for that matter) military/government employees are involved. I just t believe they be too easily convinced that "the greater good" or "national security" demand that they give the government free access to the system.

more than 2 years ago
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Supreme Court Rules Julian Assange May Be Extradited

Serpents Re:Keeps reminding me of Al Capone (289 comments)

A Soviet prosecutor, Andrey Vyshinsky once said "Give me a man and I'll find an article." I think this is a clear example of this principle being used against a political enemy. It was a standard practice of totalitarian regime to charge someone with some relatively minor crime and then sentence them to death or life in prison. In this case Assange could just be sent to Guantanamo and "await further decision" till hell freezes over.

more than 2 years ago

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Anonymous targets Polish government websites to pr

Serpents Serpents writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Serpents (1831432) writes "The official explanation given by the governments spokesman is that Polish citizens suddenly became very interested in the government websites on a Saturday evening visiting them en massee and causing them to crash"
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Is this the end of Righthaven?

Serpents Serpents writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Serpents writes "The new management of MediaNews Group (owner of Denver Post) decided to terminate the contract with Righthaven.So far the infamous copyright troll has lost all the infringement lawsuits they filed (although it seems that they have managed to settle out of court in a dozen cases or so). Is it possible that this will finally spell its doom?"
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