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NSA Metadata Collection Gets 90-Day Extension

TheP4st Re:OMG, THE TERRORISTS WILL WIN!!!!!! (73 comments)

take away our bacon cheese burgers and beer and NFL/NBA/MLB and get rid of all the booze like prohibition and make everyone bow to Mecca five times a day and keep girls from walking around in shorts because you know THEY HATE OUR FREEDOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You got it all wrong it never were about hate of our freedom, it is a genuine concern about the obesity problem the US is having and they figure dietary restrictions, exercise 5 times a day greatly would improve the issue, and fat asses in too tiny shorts... Well, most of us rather not see that.

2 days ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

TheP4st Re:Can we have a little more hysteria please? (362 comments)

Is that really so outrageous that it justifies an entire Slashdot hatethread?

Yes. No-one should not have to provide "legitimate explanations" about their internet usage on such flimsy criteria.

about a week ago
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Dell Demos 5K Display

TheP4st Re:Holding out for 640k (204 comments)

Woosh....

http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=640k+is+enough

about two weeks ago
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Watch UK Inventor Colin Furze Survive a Fireworks Blast In a Metal Suit

TheP4st Idle (54 comments)

How did this escape an idle tag?

about two weeks ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

TheP4st Re:Obama's Propaganda (848 comments)

As opposed to every single Russian media outlet being a Putin propaganda outlet, effectively manipulating an entire nation?

about three weeks ago
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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

TheP4st Re:My wife will miss Grant. (364 comments)

Discovery. Smart. Show. Seriously, what the fuck! (please don't get me started on your mentioning of "scientific") Has it even been possible to put those three words in the same sentence since 2004?

about three weeks ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

TheP4st Hollywood Gonorrhea (465 comments)

So. He is getting punished for infecting hundreds of thousands innocents with cerebral gonorrhea for free. I saw it and agree with the verdict. Hang the evil bastard!
Can we now see Diesel, Morgan, Johnson, Thompson and Lin dangle next to him?
No? Didn't think so. Fuck you Hollywood!

about three weeks ago
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Fugitive Child Sex Abuser Caught By Face-Recognition Technology

TheP4st Re:Woosh (232 comments)

http://america.aljazeera.com/o...
Snippet: Despite finding that Mayfield’s print was not an identical match to the print left on the bag of detonators, FBI fingerprint examiners rationalized away the differences, according to a report by the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Under the one discrepancy rule, the FBI lab should have concluded Mayfield did not leave the print found in Madrid — a conclusion the SNP reached and repeatedly communicated to the FBI. The FBI’s Portland field office, however, used that fingerprint match to begin digging into Mayfield’s background. Certain details of the attorney’s life convinced the agents that they had their man. Mayfield had converted to Islam after meeting his wife, an Egyptian.

about a month ago
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The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

TheP4st Re:Hamas are Terrorists (402 comments)

And it doesn't help Israel in the least when the pro-Israelis repeatedly lie their asses off.

Above AC should be modded as informative as it highlights the social media aspect mentioned in the summary.

about a month and a half ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

TheP4st Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

Ariel Sharon were not exactly blameless either being responsible for actions like the Qibya massacre in 1953.

The attack began with a mortar barrage on the village until Israeli forces reached the outskirts of the village. Israeli troops employed Bangalore torpedoes to breach the barbed-wire fences surrounding the village, and mined roads to prevent Jordanian forces from intervening. At the same time at least 25 mortar shells were fired into the neighbouring village of Budrus. The Israeli troops simultaneously entered the village from three sides. IDF soldiers encountered resistance from soldiers and village guards, and in the gunbattle that followed, 10–12 soldiers and guards defending the village were killed and Israeli soldier was lightly wounded. The soldiers did not thoroughly inspect the homes in the village for the presence of residents, and when military engineers dynamited dozens of buildings across the village, scores of civilians were killed. At dawn, the operation was considered complete, and the Israelis returned home.

Seriously this fucking blame game really have to end! Both sides have committed atrocities. To claim otherwise is at best astoundingly ignorant, at worst plain evil with roots ethnic bias. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q...

about a month and a half ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

TheP4st Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

To put that in some context, how would the international community have reacted if the British government (during the Irish "troubles") had sent the RAF to bomb neighbourhoods in Belfast or Derry because "we think there are some terrorists there"? It wasn't acceptable then and it's not acceptable now.

But of course it is acceptable, they are all muslim terrorists set on taking over the west with explosive filled underwear not good Christians like those nice blokes in IRA and everybody else in Belfast.

about a month and a half ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

TheP4st Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

Israel isn't carpet bombing the Palestinians, they're targeting legitimate military

I doubt that UN spokesperson Chris Gunness would agree with that:

there had earlier been "firing around the compound" and his organisation had asked the Israeli army for time to evacuate civilians. "We spent much of the day trying to negotiate or to coordinate a window so that civilians, including our staff, could leave. That was never granted and the consequences of that appear to be tragic." Gunness said the Israeli military were supplied with coordinates of UN schools where those displaced were sheltering. UN sources told the Guardian a call was placed to the Israeli military at 10.55am requesting permission to evacuate but their call was not returned.

And as most of us know that ended with 15 civilians killed and over 200 injured, many severely so.

about a month and a half ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

TheP4st Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

Just gloss over the fact that Hamas is now the legitimate ruling party of a sovereign Palestinian nation, and yet violates the Geneva Conventions on a regular basis.

The Geneva convention section 3 article 53:

Any destruction by the Occupying Power of real or personal property belonging individually or collectively to private persons, or to the State, or to other public authorities, or to social or cooperative organizations, is prohibited, except where such destruction is rendered absolutely necessary by military operations.

Guess which nation that have a long history of routinely being in direct breach with article 53 in it's expansion of settlements.

about a month and a half ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

TheP4st Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

I've seen Israel do things for the benefit of Palestinian citizens that Hamas refuses to do.

Indeed, like when Israel built Gaza's first and only airport in the late 90's only to have it demolished by Hamas 4 years later. Oh! right it was the other way around. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y...
But of course that is not a bad thing as the airport now is a valuable resource for hard to get by construction materials for the rebuilding of other structures. /sarcasm

about a month and a half ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

TheP4st Re:Iraq used to have what you're looking for ... (868 comments)

Not sure whom you refer to, but if it is Tariq Aziz Iraq's former Deputy Prime Minister then he is very much alive in a Baghdad prison but with a pending death sentence.

about a month and a half ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

TheP4st Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

should have read: detain people for over a decade without charges

about a month and a half ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

TheP4st Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

I certainly agree more that Iran is far, very far from a role model when it come to democracy and human rights. Then again one can question whether a nation where in many places women face increasing obstacles in getting an abortion, executes mentally handicapped, detain people for over a decade charges and engage in extraordinary rendition is that good of a role model either.

about a month and a half ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

TheP4st Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

Aha! That is why IDF demolished the only Airport in Gaza 12 years ago and block most vessels from docking at the Port of Gaza. Things are so much clearer now. Thank you. /sarcasm

about a month and a half ago

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Police use WhatsApp for surveillance operations, share intel with civilian.

TheP4st TheP4st writes  |  about 7 months ago

TheP4st (1164315) writes "A group of Swedish police officers thought it a good idea to use WhatsApp as a work tool for surveillance operations, the officer that set up their chat group mistyped one of the phone numbers to mistakenly include a civilian IT teacher. Once the teacher informed authorities about the mistake it took more than 24 hours before he stopped receiving sensitive case information that included criminal records excerpts, passport photos and communications between surveillance teams tailing suspects.

When confronted by Computer Sweden (article in Swedish) the officer responsible for setting up the group say "I know this server is not located in Sweden and that one cannot share every kind of information" Yet it took less than an hour from that the group were set up that the teacher started getting sensitive intel on suspects. The only mobile chat medium approved for sensitive information is Blackberry, and this initiative by a small group of officers happened as they do not have access to Blackberry handsets which are considered too expensive.

Article in English"
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Trade in your iPhone at Microsoft store for in-store credit.

TheP4st TheP4st writes  |  about a year ago

TheP4st (1164315) writes "Forbes report that: "According to an inside source at Microsoft, Microsoft Stores will begin giving a minimum $200 in-store credit (as a Windows Store gift card) for iPhones on Friday as part of its “#timetoswitch” campaign, obviously hoping consumers will use the cash to buy a Windows Phone. For the past few weeks, Microsoft has been running a similar trade-in campaign""
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EU Parliament censors citizens trying to contact MEPs

TheP4st TheP4st writes  |  about a year and a half ago

TheP4st (1164315) writes "Pirate Party European Parliament MEP Christian Engström writes that "Next week the European parliament will be voting on a resolution to ”ban all forms of pornography in media”. After this information became known to a wider audience, many citizens have decided to contact members of the European parliament to express their views on this issue.
This is absolutely excellent. Citizens engaging actively in the democratic process is a very positive thing, at least in my opinion. Before noon, some 350 emails had arrived in my office.
But around noon, these mails suddenly stopped arriving. When we started investigating why this happened so suddenly, we soon found out:
The IT department of the European Parliament is blocking the delivery of the emails on this issue, after some members of the parliament complained about getting emails from citizens."

Related story: http://yro.slashdot.org/story/13/03/07/1733211/eu-to-vote-on-proposal-that-could-ban-on-all-online-pornography"

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Man threatened with arrest for Transformer T-shirt

TheP4st TheP4st writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TheP4st (1164315) writes "Brad Jayakody was threatened with arrest at the Heathrow Airport for wearing a T-shirt depicting the Transformer Megatron holding a gun. Jayakody said the guard gave him the option of changing his shirt or facing arrest for the "offensive" image. "It's a 40-foot tall cartoon robot with a gun as an arm," Jayakody said. "There is no way this shirt is offensive in any way, and what, I'm going to use the shirt to pretend I have a gun?"
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EU collection of racial and ethnical data.

TheP4st TheP4st writes  |  more than 6 years ago

TheP4st writes "The European Parliament adopted an own-initiative report on the application of the Racial Equality Directive of 2000 with 500 votes in favour, 46 against and 24 abstentions. MEPs believe more needs to be done to implement the directive in full, notably on issues such as legal redress, the burden of proof in racial discrimination cases, awareness-raising, data collection and the independence of anti-discrimination bodies. Directive 2000/43/EC known as the Racial Equality Directive, was due to be implemented by all Member States by 19 July 2003. The directive was revolutionary at the time of its adoption because it did not limit protection against discrimination to the area of employment but also covers social security, education and access to housing. However, according to the draft report of the Civil Liberties Committee, authored by Kathalijne Buitenweg (Greens/EFA, NL), questions remain as to the directive's real impact. Not all Member States have fully implemented it in their national law. Not many cases are brought to court, which the rapporteur believes may be due to the length and complexity of the procedures. Proving discrimination is notoriously difficult, and the directive's rules on the burden of proof have not been properly applied in some Member States. Data on race and ethnicity — a useful tool, despite concerns The collecting of sensitive data, which could be needed to establish indirect discrimination or to assess the extent of discrimination in society, continues to raise concerns and fears in many Member States. The committee "underlines that additional guarantees should be provided for data on race and ethnicity, as these data could be diverted and used for other purposes in the justice and home affairs field" but it does believe such data — for example, statistics on racist crime and on employment — are needed as a tool to combat discrimination."

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