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Comment: Misleading headline and summary (Score 4, Insightful) 394

by Blackeagle_Falcon (#35512336) Attached to: US Reneges On SWIFT Agreement
TFA talks about Alvaro's efforts to obtain information about U.S. access to his account data from the German Federal Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (BFDI). From the article BDFI seems to be some Kafkaesque bureaucracy. He submitted the original request in October. After repeated requests for more and different personal information, the BDFI finally forwarded the request to the U.S. authorities at the beginning of this month. The hang up here does not seem to be on the American side.

US Reneges On SWIFT Agreement 394

Posted by samzenpus
from the we-changed-our-minds dept.
Windrip writes "It seems the US is not living up to its end of the bargain when it comes to the SWIFT data agreement. When the agreement was signed last year, every EU citizen was guaranteed the right to know if the American authorities had retrieved their banking information, and which authorities had requested the information. Now one European Parliamentarian, Alexander Alvaro says that, once again, the Americans are not honoring their treaties."

Comment: Great Setting (Score 1) 148

by Blackeagle_Falcon (#32337978) Attached to: Review: <em>Red Dead Redemption</em>
As someone who grew up in the southwest and spent a lot of my childhood hiking and camping, the best part about this game was the setting. The developers obviously made a huge effort to make each area of the game's world realistic. Each region has it's own flora, fauna, and geology, all drawn from real life. I can match every region up to part of Arizona, Utah or Colorado that looks just like it. Outstanding work!

Comment: Misleading Summary (Score 2, Informative) 745

by Blackeagle_Falcon (#32246798) Attached to: US Supreme Court Upholds Indefinite Confinement
The decision today doesn't have anything to do with the the fundamental ability of the government to indefinitely detain sex offenders after they've served their sentence. The court decided that back in 1997 in Kansas v. Hendricks. Todays decision was just about whether the federal government has such power. This is a federalism case, not an individual rights case.

Comment: You need more stuff on the web (Score 1) 888

by Blackeagle_Falcon (#30397570) Attached to: Best Way To Clear Your Name Online?

"I've generally tried to keep a low profile online and until recently there's been very little information about me available from the major search engines."

This is your problem. If the only thing about you on the web is this report from fifteen years ago, that's the only thing prospective employers are going to find on Google. Start a blog, use your real name in discussion groups, write letters to the editor, start a StackOverflow account under your own name (this is my highest ranking Google hit). You've got to put good stuff about you on the web if you want to drown out the bad stuff.

Comment: Re:The Karma-Whoring Generation (Score 5, Informative) 191

by Blackeagle_Falcon (#29560637) Attached to: StackOverflow For Any Topic

But, hey! What happens when StackOverflow folds (which it will, eventually)?

Then, suddenly, all the knowledge contracts and contracts to a single point until it goes "POOF!" - nada, zero.

Actually, all the content on StackOverflow is licensed under the Creative Commons CC-Wiki license. They make monthly dumps of the entire question and answer database available. If SO ever folds, it would be quite easy to use the data dump to put up a new site with all the accumulated knowledge

Comment: Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 191

by Blackeagle_Falcon (#29560607) Attached to: StackOverflow For Any Topic

But looking closer, it seems to be a showcase for their business selling the software to run the site.

StackOverflow has been running for over a year, long before Jeff and Joel thought about selling hosted version. StackExchange is basically a way to shut up everyone who kept asking for a "Stack Overflow on Topic X".

Comment: Other people can read your stuff too (Score 1) 480

by Blackeagle_Falcon (#28950345) Attached to: Can We Abandon Confidentiality For Google Apps?

'Google employees can read your stuff'

Even if these clients are currently running their own e-mail server, employees at the local ISP could use DPI to read their stuff. Anything you send on the internet that isn't encrypted can be read by lots of different people at lots of different points. Unless the clients are currently encrypting their e-mails, I don't see any privacy reason not to use gmail.

The solution of this problem is trivial and is left as an exercise for the reader.