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UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

TheGratefulNet Re:So now that the UN said it, (261 comments)

so says an a/c ? really? you are more scared to comment with your ID than I am?

hey, if what I said makes me a terr-a-wrist(tm), then I'll accept that label. the label is now meaningless.

one wonders if the revolutionists who FOUNDED the US would be now called terrorists.

its meaningless. no more meaning than 'boogeyman'.

who really gives a shit, anyway. the US has lost all moral high ground over the last few decades and we are circling the drain, at this point.

I love what my country used to stand for. but now, its nothing that I would recognize as my own homeland, anymore.

and I give fuck-all who thinks what of me, for I am speaking the truth, here. and everyone with half a mind knows it.

4 days ago

UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

TheGratefulNet Re:So now that the UN said it, (261 comments)

wrong. the US now does not care about anything but itself.

rights belong to the highest bidder or power holder.

that means: not you or me and certainly not some powerless speech-giving org.

the US is out of control. we all know this now and we all see it.

the question is: who has enough power to control the current top-dog and put him back in his dog-house?

THAT is the question. the US is not going to give in willingly.

I guess its at last a tiny half-step - having the ROW realize that the US is out of control and is violating the rights of, pretty much, anyone who dares try have a private thought or conversation.

5 days ago

Amazon Sues After Ex-Worker Takes Google Job

TheGratefulNet Re:Non-compete agreements are BS. (272 comments)

wait until you are over 40 and in the software field. you'll find that you MAY get one offer in 6 months of searching.

ask me know I know... ;(

about three weeks ago

Microsoft Takes Down Domains

TheGratefulNet Re:Legal Precedent? (495 comments)

as the kids, today, say, "its because of - well - reasons. that's why!"

you won't get any more explanation than that.

about three weeks ago

KeyStore Vulnerability Affects 86% of Android Devices

TheGratefulNet Re:Serious? (71 comments)

no, by google, the code OWNER, for much of the code base.

old 2.x android which still works for audio phone and email and simple web (which is 99% of what many users want, actually). but has no security patches from google since the last OTA update was at least 3 yrs ago, maybe more.

google abandons things. it may not be pleasant for fanboys to admit, but its a fact and its part of why I have so much anger toward google. they are not serious. not by my definition. 5 yr old hardware that needs security SHOULD get security updates. even 10 yrs. again, this is the money and power and brain-rich google we're talking about. they do NOT get a pass on being bad about backporting security. a 10 or 100 man company, sure. but google gets no free pass on abandoning their own phones (my case, the N1). total complete abandonment. even the gmail app BY google refuses to work properly on the N1, now. it does not auto poll and show newmail indications. you have to manually poll. a google app on a google phone that is broken. this is why I hate them.

about three weeks ago

KeyStore Vulnerability Affects 86% of Android Devices

TheGratefulNet Re:Serious? (71 comments)

the once flagship N1 that I own (and still use since it still mostly works) has been abandoned long ago and I hate google for it.

this is yet another reason not to trust them. I don't care about new features, but porting security fixes should be a must-do for them, given how HUGE that company is. they have endless pockets and can easily afford to keep just a few guys (at least) busy keeping the old google flagship models updated.

they don't. and they suck for it.

about three weeks ago

If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap

TheGratefulNet Re:R's support lower H1B caps? (341 comments)

bullshit. we have more than enough people already in this country and we cannot give jobs to all of them. you want MORE immigrants?

this is not the turn of the century. we already have too many huddled masses yearning to read the next page of their tech support script.

enough is enough! if locals (skilled and hungry) cannot get jobs, then we have enough imports.

I went without work for a few years! I tried and tried and tried. every place I interviewed at, I was the only westerner. I know what was going on and the interviews were confrontational without being directly rude. the drift was: we had to fight hard to get to your country; why should you, a local, get such an easy time getting a job.

seriously, that was the drift from every single god-damned bay area company I interviewed at for the last few years. they went out of their way to not hire americans and it showed in every thing they did.

the resentment of the immigrants towards me, born and raised here in the US, was sickening. they acted like I was out of line even asking to work there. the looks I got, wow, insulting.

the culture of the bay area is broken. we have to admit there is a problem before we fix it. but its broken by design; the ceo's all want to lower wages and they found a way and they are NOT giving it up without a fight.

we are not humans, we are 'resources' to them. that's also part of the problem. no respect for humanity and the fact that part of the social contract in the US is to give every person who can work, a living wage, as long as he does work. that chance was removed about 15 years ago and its been a down-turn ever since.

walk into a bay area company and you will see only indians and asians. in an US company! is that right? of course not. it shows, very clearly, what is going on.

about three weeks ago

CDC: 1 In 10 Adult Deaths In US Caused By Excessive Drinking

TheGratefulNet Re:Reinstate the Prohibition (454 comments)

the articles on pot will be biased beyond all belief. the US won't admit that they were wrong, all along. never admit you were wrong: that's the government's motto. plus, there is too much money involved in arresting people, jailing them (for-profit jails!) and stealing their assets in immoral property grabs.

there will be more car crashes due to mothers yelling at their kids in the back seat, cell phone use and inattentive drivers (not stoned) than pot users, but I do expect lots of SPIN trying to convince us of how evil the devil weed is.

just don't believe it. its all lies.

about three weeks ago

CDC: 1 In 10 Adult Deaths In US Caused By Excessive Drinking

TheGratefulNet Re:Reinstate the Prohibition (454 comments)

and yet, zero deaths due to 'overdosing' (impossible in practical terms) from taking teh pot (sic).

one is still (federally) illegal and the other advertises freely on print and broadcast media.

I often wonder if we are living in opposite-land, given that our logic is in reverse.

about three weeks ago

Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

TheGratefulNet Re:What choice do we have? (710 comments)

you know it!

one lawsuit (which is public record) and you're now PERMANENTLY unemployable, even at places like los pollos hermanos.

if you sue, you better be sure you will win and land enough to retire from.

they have us. they made the rules, they stacked the deck and we have no power.

THIS IS WHY WE NEED UNIONS BACK. software is a sweatshop and its not going to improve unless we fight back.

immigrants have no idea what a union is and they are too happy to have a job, so they are the last people to rock the boat. this is yet another reason why employers want only immigrants. they will take any abuse and never sue and never fight back. ideal pawns.

about a month ago

Supreme Court Rules Cell Phones Can't Be Searched Without a Warrant

TheGratefulNet Re:Imminent Threat (249 comments)

lock your phones?

cops have phone de-anti-un-lockers (uhm, what? nevermind, I'm on a roll!).

you can't even prove they used them to unlock your phone.

cops can get away with murder. you think they'll 'follow the law' when its inconvenient to them?

at least this is a partial step in the right direction; this ruling. but cops don't care about laws. not really. and there's not a GOD DAMNED thing you, as a citizen, can do about it.

make cops personally liable (remove the shield of protection they have) and then we can start to have fairness and justice again.

about a month ago

Workplace Surveillance Becoming More Common

TheGratefulNet Re:unions are needed before the bathroom break tim (195 comments)

thank you. thank you for calling out that idiot.

I GOT MINE, FARK YOU. that's his attitude.

and you know what? I bet that he's a young-un. full of self pride and a know-it-all. he has a good job, he's groomed and he thinks highly of himself. he thinks his job is secure.

I know this very well. I was like that when I was a 20something and even 30something.

I'm now a 50something and I know better. I KNOW we need help negotiating fair wages and benefits. in fact, I'm now forced to be a contractor for the first 6mos (of almost every job I end up taking) and that means the company gets to avoid paying what they used to - healthcare, vacation, sick time. I am now forced to foot the bill for those during the first 6mos. then, MAYBE, I get converted to fulltime. maybe.

the only good thing about that guy is: he'll soon learn. when he's a greyhair he'll find out he's a 2nd or 3rd class citizen and he'll be forced to be a contractor like I am, forced to come in sick since he can't afford to lose an 8 hour pay day. he'll sing a different tune.

but right now, he's arrogant as fucking hell. and too young to know how stupid he really is.

he'll get his. maybe 10 or 20 yrs but he'll get his. I know this for a fact.

about a month ago

Workaholism In America Is Hurting the Economy

TheGratefulNet Re:What choice do we have? (710 comments)

when I walk down the hallways of typical silicon valley software companies, I can walk for the length of a long hallway and not see a single american face there. when I walk thru the hallways, I often don't even hear english spoken at work anymore!

americans are squeezed out. if you want to have a chance at getting a job, you have to slave yourself to the bossman. else, well, I won't even have a hallway to walk thru.

its NOT my choice to work long and hard. its forced on us and we have no say in the matter.

this won't end well. I expect that in a few more years, you won't find a single US born person working at the tech companies.

I'm not even sure where the americans went to. what jobs did they end up with? certainly not at the bay area software or hardware places.

greedy ceo's deserve all the blame. when the revolution comes, I hope I have a ticket to their hangings. they are truly destroying our country and they could not care less! they are insulated and not affected by this.

and if the ceo's are not put up against the wall, I do expect to see people going postal ('going software' might be the new phrase) when they are completely squeezed out and they feel they have nothing left to lose but go on a killing spree.

I feel sorry for our society. its melting down before our very eyes and no one is doing a thing about it.

about a month ago

Workplace Surveillance Becoming More Common

TheGratefulNet Re:unions are needed before the bathroom break tim (195 comments)

shorten that to:

unions are needed.


sweatshops (for computer guys) are on the return. if you and I are not careful, we will be so close to the old ways, we will have to fight that old war back again. we already lost our weekends and we lost time and a half for overtime (my grandfather used to get 1.5x, 2x and 3x time for time past normal work hours). we don't get that - we're now the evil thing called 'exempt' and we get cheated out of our own time and extra pay.

add to insult the fact that all corp firewalls have a MitM proxy in them, corp windows boxes are handed out preloaded with certs installed (for the mitm firewall entry) and at some places (like where I work) its been known that spyware and remote mic/camera stuff can be activated and logged/reviewed by your boss. how do I know: because in .de they have to disclose this and my work has offices in .de ; in the US they don't disclose what they do when spying but over in .de they do).

if we dont fight back, things will continue to get worse.

oh right, we don't have unions so we are all afraid of speaking out, for sake of our jobs.

well, so we have 2 problems to solve, then.

about a month ago

Workplace Surveillance Becoming More Common

TheGratefulNet its a lie (195 comments)

"Through these new means, companies have found, for example, that workers are more productive if they have more social interaction."

lie, lie, lie. this is referring to the so-called open-office scheme, where they remove your privacy and sound barriers, sometimes even remove your personal desk and you are now 'fully interchangable cogs' to the company.

this has been proven to be wrong, but it keeps getting trotted out, as if repeating it over and over again will make us believe it.

CEO and bean-counter bullshit. see it for what it is.

about a month ago

Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

TheGratefulNet Re:Speaking as a guy in his 40s... (370 comments)

all you said is true.

it about wages, its about control, its about abuse, its about telling the kids to work longer and knowing they won't refuse.

its never been about quality. the industry wants speed now, they don't care about quality.

you can tell who is being honest and who is not. its like the openoffice concept; ceo's and hr's are saying that its 'to attract younger players' but in fact, its about cramming more people into the same space (saving money) and being able to 'watch' and micromanage them. its nothing about making the environment better; in fact, its noisier and people get less done and come home with more cold/flu due to not having dividers or cubes.

if a ceo or hr person is talking about open offices and they say its because it will make things better, they are LYING. well, half lying; it makes things better only for them.

about 1 month ago

Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

TheGratefulNet Re:Families come first (370 comments)

your piss is clean?

somehow, that seems useful to you.

to me, its a damned strange thing to brag about. but whatever, uhm, floats your boat...

showing up incapable of doing work is one thing. but are you suggesting that your 'clean piss' (is it frosty, btw?) makes you a better person?

I hate people like you. you think a 'war on drugs' makes sense. you obviously don't think for yourself; how on earth can you be a good engineer when you simply follow a party line and 'do what you're told' without question?

independant thinkers are much better designers and coders. and I hate to break it to you, but all the good designers I've met in the bay area would not have 'clean piss' to use your little phrase. and they are world-class engineers, scientists, mathematicians and highly technical people in their field.

about 1 month ago

Google Forks OpenSSL, Announces BoringSSL

TheGratefulNet Re:Yaaaay! (128 comments)

right. google IS the premier spy company. they want ALL your data.

and so, we are supposed to trust google on things about SECURITY and where user TRUST is involved?

scuze me??

about a month ago

Chicago Adding Sensors For Public Monitoring

TheGratefulNet Re:Fuck 'em (107 comments)

cool. I'll bring the bread and peanut butter. we'll have a great picnic!

about a month ago

US House of Representatives Votes To Cut Funding To NSA

TheGratefulNet Re:At least the elected still have to listen (164 comments)

its not a small victory. its the APPEARANCE of one, which is worse, because it will wrongfully quiet down a lot of complainers. which is all its intended to do.

there is 0.000000% chance that we will get our freedoms back, at least peacefully in this v1.0 government style we have created over the centuries. 1.0 worked fine when tech was stone knives and bearskins. now, 1.0 is outdated (and neutered!) and so, whatever our system comes up with, its a lie and its bullshit.

why, people, do you continue to give hope where its not deserved or earned?

about a month ago



Alternatives to Gmail (web and IMAP, paid)

TheGratefulNet TheGratefulNet writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TheGratefulNet (143330) writes "I want to cut the cord with google and the first step is to find a good email/ISP provider. With all the snooping going on (by governments and the data center raids that happen in the US), I'd like to find an *offshore* (maybe Europe?) provider who emphasizes 'freedom' aspects, such as end to end security, data encryption on local disks, keeping absolute minimal logs/purging them frequently; as well as having a decent enough set of spam filters that they actively maintain. I *want* to pay for the sevice since I don't want ads or to have to spend time blocking stuff. I'd like to support a right-thinking ISP; are there any left, out there? Help me find a trusted offshore ISP that will likely be around and who does not do DPI and other evil things. Any recommendations for well-behaved ISPs out there?"


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