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Comment: Re:The United States Voted For That Declaration (Score 4, Insightful) 261

by Blue Stone (#47477263) Attached to: UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

The founders of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights had, at the time, just faced down a global fascist hegemony, which made those rights seem just and proper and self-evident for great peace and wellbeing.

Now those founding states are becoming a global fascists hegemony ... they're not so keen on them.

Quelle suprise! :)

Comment: Re:Identity Theft (Score 1) 74

by Blue Stone (#47408195) Attached to: Blue Shield Leaks 18,000 Doctors' Social Security Numbers

So, pretty clearly, there is a huge problem with SSNs being used in the USA as both identifier and authenticator. And this has been know for years, and many people have suffered as a result of this really really stupid system, whose flaws are obvious to everyone using the system.

So how long will it take to get something changed?

Comment: Re:Even better idea: (Score 1) 135

He'll be schmoozing with the various copyright cartel lobbyists, who'll be blowing smoke up his arse and whispering sweet little lies in his ears.

Recompense will come in the "you scratch our backs, we'll scratch yours" format at some point in the future. That's the way it usually worls: 'favours' for 'favours'.

Comment: Re:More Uses for Aluminium foil (Score 2) 125

by Blue Stone (#47241297) Attached to: MIT Researchers Can Take Your Pulse, Right Through the Walls

>Hopefully we'll wise up someday and stop caring about the pointless minutiae of each others' lives

We've been scrutinising the minutiae of others lives for millennia; ever since we evolved into social grouping, with all its hierarchical dynamics. It's not going to stop any time soon.

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