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Comment: Re:Again... (Score 1) 170

by rtb61 (#48686691) Attached to: Snowden Documents Show How Well NSA Codebreakers Can Pry

Digital privacy is of a different order all together. Now they know when you 'do not' have an alibi and the ability to fabricate all the digital evidence. They can destroy you life in an instant for what ever political, commercial or private reason they want. You are accepting the idea that out of control psychopaths in the various intelligence agencies around the globe will become the richest and most powerful people on the planet as they remove all competitors one after another.

Comment: Re:There's no such thing as a free lunch (Score 1) 129

by PopeRatzo (#48686667) Attached to: Google and Apple Weaseling Out of "Do Not Track"

Google Contributor does absolutely nothing to stop Google from tracking anyone. In fact, it gives them additional personal information.

Maybe you didn't understand what I was saying. I want to be able to use Google services without being tracked in any way shape or form, and I'm willing to pay for the privilege. Same goes for Twitter, etc.

Until I am able to do that, I'm just going to block ads, use Blur, Privacy Badger and any tool that lets me confound Google's ability to monetize me. I am not a consumable.

Comment: Re:Considering how few boys graduate at ALL (Score 2, Informative) 138

We've tried the patriarchy and it's not really working all that well, quite poorly in fact. Perhaps trying out a matriarchy wouldn't be all that bad. The Mosuo https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... seems quite interesting and likely would be far more socially balanced.

Comment: Re:Magic! (Score 1) 53

Hollywood magic seems to be of a far darker side than that, including drug addiction to a full range of legal and 'illegal' drugs, casting couch extortion, under age sex, political corruption and of course tax evasion as a high art. The industry you have when you want an socio-economic black hole rather than anything that produces any genuine benefit.

Comment: Re:Bombs in the US? (Score 1) 263

by rtb61 (#48686611) Attached to: The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea

It has nothing to do with theory, it is the literal contents of the books themselves, including slavery, rape, murder, demonising individuals etc. etc. etc.. If anyone wrote those books today and gathered a group of followers they would find themselves in prison. Seriously, those books should be subject to a class action lawsuit to force a public review of their true contents. You print and distribute them, means you should be held legally liable for the illegal contents, especially with regard to distribution to minors.

Comment: Re:Wrong assumption (Score 1) 518

by shutdown -p now (#48686403) Attached to: Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

Canada beats the US in both percentage of foreign-born and net migration rate

This includes all immigration. I was specifically talking about skilled immigration.

Even then, some of us value the safety of the whole city, not just a tiny neighborhood. Also many immigrants will value the outlook for their kids, not just for themselves. Maybe they have a high paying job, but what about their kids? That's where the average or median lifestyle comes into play. Even if being from a rich family helps, you can't be sure that your children or grandchildren won't live in poverty.

You can't be sure, but you can give them a significant head start in form of a good education and a solid starting capital, which helps a great deal. Ultimately, it's a lot like stock market investments... you can go for low-risk and low-yield, or you can go for high-risk and high-yield. Both are viable strategies.

(And, of course, you can always go high-risk for yourself, cash in on that if your bet pays, then move to some other place to spend that money. And getting a citizenship in a first-world country makes it much easier - it's easy for an American citizen to move to e.g. Canada.)

In any case, yes, there are many choices, and people do choose differently. I and many of my friends picked US for all the reasons that I've described; I lived in Canada, as well. I have friends who have settled in Canada, and other friends who had Canadian permanent residence, but moved to US when they won the green card lottery. I also have some in Australia.

Bottom line is, to answer your original question: US is still a very popular destination for skilled immigration, enough so that it can certainly get more people coming in if it makes the process easier to avoid being out-competed by Canada and others.

Comment: IMO, The biggest problem with fingerprint.... (Score 2) 51

... authentication is that even if all of the security measures associated with storing and authenticating your fingerprint were utterly unbreachable, your fingerprints can still be taken without your consent, while if you do not want someone accessing data that is guarded by a a secure password, however, then barring vulnerabilities in the security facilities associated with it (which would apply equally to fingerprint security as well anyways), then that information can only be obtained by you voluntarily surrendering it.

Comment: Re:Okay.... so what? (Score 1) 161

by mark-t (#48685933) Attached to: Sony Accused of Pirating Music In "The Interview"

I'm not saying that Sony shouldn't have to pay for their mistake... of course there should be punitive damages. My point is that Sony is rich enough to afford it unless the punitive damages were to exceed the net worth of the company, which they don't.

But for what it's worth, shoplifters don't typically go to jail either. They generally just pay a large fine, and that's it. Of course, they also get stuck with a criminal record that will typically stay with them for years to come.

Comment: Re:Okay.... so what? (Score 1) 161

by mark-t (#48685891) Attached to: Sony Accused of Pirating Music In "The Interview"

...a film that treats North Korea as a whipping boy.

You know it was a comedy, right? (and not an overly good one, from what I've heard). You realize that the only reason NK is claiming that the film is insulting is because they seem to always want to find any reason they can that garners sympathy for them, right? The only thing this movie makes fun of is not North Korea, or its leader, but rather, it really only satirizes the popular mindset that people have about NK and its position with respect to the United States and the rest of the Western world.

In reality, from what I understand, there's nothing more insulting or offensive about this film than any other Seth Rogen film (which based on the films of his that I have seen, I admit may not be saying much in its favor)... but there's certainly no reason that NK should be take any kind of real offense because it for any reason other than that they just seem to want any excuse they can find to continue to have a mad-on at the Western world.

Comment: Re:I think the NY Times is wrong (Score 1) 129

by swillden (#48685221) Attached to: Google and Apple Weaseling Out of "Do Not Track"

Oops, I forgot to include the disclosure/disclaimer: I work for Google, but I don't speak for Google. They pay me to write code, not comment on privacy issues, and in fact they discourage me from making public comments about such things (though they stop short of telling me I can't, in most cases).

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