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Comment Re:I do not look forward to this. (Score 1) 336 336

Nothing, for now.

Everyone wearing stupid Google glasses, in a dystopian future.

I hope I am not the only one here who would have an awkward feeling if I knew that someone I meet just did at least the equivalent of a Google search on me before we even talk.

Yeah, but you'd eventually get over it. In a few years, this is going to be as normal as people screening their phone calls.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 337 337

No. *NOT* like the U.S. The Iron Curtain kept people in and information out, In no part of the West is this the case. Seriously, folks. I get not trusting the government. I get being skeptical. But a knee jerk instinct to constantly bring up all the mistakes one's country makes isn't particularly healthy, either.

Comment Right. IBM Needs More Process. (Score 4, Interesting) 212 212

Poppycock. I used to work for Big Blue. It was the most process bound organization on Earth. It's entire business model is to sell, not innovation, not cutting edge, not feature set, but a complete and utter lack of surprises. If there is anything I can't imagine blaming on IBM, it is a lack of governance.

Comment Re:Don't make promises you can't keep (Score 1) 104 104

RE: "We have already seen that the FISC (FISA court) is just a rubber stamp operation"

I just want to point out that this is not necessarily as bad as it sounds. Assuming we don't think the courts have gone over to the dark side, just the fact that the request has to be approved by someone outside the agency and will not be kept a *complete* secret is a *very* good thing. I suspect that a great many requests are never made because they would have to be explained. Even if the threshold is low (which is a legislative issue, not a judicial one), I for one am at least a little encouraged by the existence of the rubber-stamp FISC. I can assure you that the NSA would rather it didn't.

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