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Comment Re:Wha?!?! Hilary! lied?!?! In bed with banksters? (Score 4, Insightful) 756

Whatever Wikileaks' intentions, Clinton's own statements are being exposed here not anyone else's. So it's about time she stops blaming everyone else. Fact is that we citizens are poor judges of character on both sides of the political spectrum to have allowed these two to have reached here.

Comment Re:how is this beneficial? (Score 1) 174

honest question: how does this help general society? the way i see it, if people are so pissed off all the time that you can't tell if you are about to fubar things then you have no business being in any position of authority.

Basically this. If there are social uprisings, that's because people are discontent. The rational and more healthier approach would be to address the cause of discontent when these uprisings occur. Rather, the focus here seems to be on squashing the uprising itself. Approaching the problem like this is dangerous for the society because it means that government places a priority at silencing citizens. This approach is also dangerous for the government, because it will only make citizenry angrier and the uprisings that escape this system will be more revolutionary rather than evolutionary.

I'm also surprised that the smart people at higher levels of our government are still stuck in an outdated command-and-control mentality.

Comment Re:Private industry doing it better than governmen (Score 1) 126

These are facts, despite our personal opinions:
1. Private industry won't take it seriously until customers do, because it's expensive.
2. Customers won't take it seriously until the impact is high enough. Even then security is complex and difficult to understand.

So there has to be a way to make security easier for end users than it currently is.

Comment Not a problem with credit unions (Score 4, Interesting) 110

I've been with my credit union for >10 years now. They are not in for profit-making, so no systemic reason(s) for upselling or fraud. They have online bill pay, apple pay, visa signature credit card with a huge credit line, more free ATMs than any bank due to their credit union network, and will refund my fees if I use a bank ATM. Oh, and I can call and reach a human being in less than 5 seconds, and the human being does not read a script. The only reason now for staying with a bank is if you can't be bothered to google a credit union near you.

Comment Re:Yeah, it's the Russians (Score 4, Insightful) 531

Exactly. Clapper is an idiot if he thinks that public trust is eroded by russians rather than warrantless domestic spying, civil forfeitures, drug laws, and failure to hold accountable those with facial or political clout. Come to think of it, Clapper himself has lied to the Congress before. So if he is wondering what is eroding people's trust, he should start by looking in the mirror. I can't believe that a first-class country such as ours has a third-class quality intelligence director such as this guy. I'd fire him if I could.

Comment Re:Every word is undermined.. (Score 1) 367

Yep, when I hear of law enforcement I see tax-payer funded concentrations of power that selectively enforce laws inversely proportional to a criminal's social status, and are too eager to spy on american public with reckless disregard for core societal values like privacy.

I'm all for encryption. A judge can compel me to divulge password, and I will, but not otherwise.

Comment Conflict would also be bad for China (Score 1) 1

If there's stoppage of flow in the South China Sea, it would impact not just electronic exports causing big job losses in China, it would also impact all exports causing massive job losses. It would also impact all IMPORTS including oil which would bring China to a halt. Try running an authoritarian government when population is jobless and hungry.

Submission + - South China Sea conflict could be IT's Black Swan ( 1

dcblogs writes: The vast majority of the world’s electronics — its servers, PCs, mobile phones — are now manufactured in China. This means any inadvertent escalation over the on-going South China Sea territorial dispute could do more than raise geopolitical tensions. About 84% of the world’s electronics are made in Asia, and about 85% of those goods are made in China, said Michael Palma, an analyst at IDC. “All that product flows through the South China Sea,” said Palma. Headlines about military activities in the region appear frequently. Just this month, Vietnam moved rocket launchers within striking distance of China’s military positions. Recent photographs show new aircraft hangerson China’s islands that are believed to be for fighter aircraft. “The South China Sea dispute is indeed a serious security issue of global significance because it has the potential to lead the world into war,” said Linda Lim, a professor of strategy at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and a China and Southeast Asia expert.

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