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Comment: Re:Judicial rules? (Score 4, Informative) 162

by AmiMoJo (#49509513) Attached to: Assange Talk Spurs UK Judges To Boycott Legal Conference

notice how they aren't publishing leaks of any kind of quality for the last several years.

They helped Snowden get out of the US and then from Hong Kong to Russia, and then helped him to stay there with his girlfriend. That was only June 2013, so clearly they have been doing some very useful work in the "last several years".

Wikileaks can only leak what people give to them. You can't really blame them for not releasing more stuff, since it's not like they write it themselves.

Comment: Re:Thank god (Score 2) 208

Google+ is the only social network I use, because it's the only one that isn't a torrent of effluent. If you start by following a few well known people in your area of interest (mine are electronics and retro computing) you can quickly build up a network of interesting people who only post stuff relevant to you. For the most part G+ doesn't suffer from the Facebook/Twitter style "I just wiped my arse!" "updates". It's where the smart kids hang out.

Comment: Re:This Probably Won't Work... (Score 2) 146

by AmiMoJo (#49500501) Attached to: Twitter Moves Non-US Accounts To Ireland, and Away From the NSA

Microsoft's mistake seems to have been allowing its US staff to access those servers at all. If Twitter can arrange it so that US staff simply cannot get access then it seems like they would be safe, because the law in the US can only require a person to hand over something they have. At least that's my understanding of it, perhaps someone can correct me but I think the onus would be on the government to show that the US staff have the information it wants.

Comment: Re:Except... (Score 1) 146

by AmiMoJo (#49500485) Attached to: Twitter Moves Non-US Accounts To Ireland, and Away From the NSA

The issue in that case is that a court has ordered access, it's not a problem with NSA hacking.

I welcome this move. As a European it protects my privacy a little more. It also punishes the US economically for the actions of the NSA, and unfortunately money is the only language they seem to understand. It's a shame GCHQ's actions are not having quite as dramatic effect on the UK, but for my part I have now moved all my servers overseas so there's a few quid gone.

Comment: Re:Is it the Apps? (Score 1) 136

Google copied it's user interface and general device layout

Android has been announced before the iPhone came out. Apple copied Android as much as Android copied them, for example with the notification shade and app support.

The iPhone was an evolution. The interface was nice, but not quite as revolutionary as was made out at the time. That was just the Apple hype machine, which started to look increasingly silly as every new device was described as "revolutionary, again" because it had a slightly better than average screen or half working voice input.

Comment: Re:Time to start masculanism movement (Score 1) 596

That started long ago with he Men's Rights movement. It got a bad name pretty quickly because it was basically a bunch of misogynists. I mention this because I'd love to see a real masculinist movement, but if you want to start one you need to be careful not to let it fail like previous attempts did.

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead