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Comment Re:Blow the whistle in other countries (Score 2) 161

And while we try to get him asylum, we also say that it would be the worst idea because we, with out current government, would not be able to guarantee safety.

I would also dare most to compare the media coverage between how Germans and the US treat the revelations on spying or the subject of whistle blowers or asylum for Snowden.

If only Snowden had outed a CIA operative ... he could be VP now.

Comment Re:lol, Rand sucking up to the dorks (Score 2) 206

Well it was the hight of Wikileaks and the trial could have lasted to the Manning and Snowden incidents, so it would be reasonable to imagine they might have wanted to make an example. If the DOJ is on your arse, you can presume they will do ANYTHING to get a conviction. Not like they have such crazy concepts like moral or rule of law to guide them.

Comment Re:Armchair engineering at its finest (Score 1) 248

Very true, but we also know companies and how they 'think'. Anything new would have to be proven by someone else because no one will take the risk.
And when we run out of options do do things, well then we have to think outside the box.

Though this is slashdot, so let's get creative. ;)

I also instantly thought about how roller-coaster cars are pushed up the rails. Also like how scaffolding is assembled and you have guys vertically in a row, passing on the pieces to the next guy above. Same could be done with the cabin. Kinda like how a mag-train is moved along the line, but with sprocket-flywheel kind of things. It would naturally mean more hardware employed, but unless all the sprocket-flywheels fail, it could be safer.
You could also theoretically employ more cabins in the same shaft.

Comment Re:Maybe I imagined it... (Score 1) 387

Sorry, but there is quite a distance between 'subtle' and being an arsehole. He could have said something like 'Hey, interesting idea but that is not what we are looking for. You can do what you want but I won't add it. Full stop'.
You can do a lot of things without having to resort to such behaviour. For someone so smart and that has achieve so much, he can be pretty dumb and insecure.

He might be the greatest developer of all times, but he has a very serious character flaw. I am not a doctor but I'd say he is a megalomaniac. People follow him because he currently has the power, but he fails to see that his power is not absolute. People want to contribute to Linux, not Linus.

Comment Re:Loosely translated: (Score 2) 152

If you think about it, it all makes kinda sense. The name 'killer whale' is wrong (result of a bad translation), it should be 'whale killer' and with a revelation like this, I think it makes the Orca a more perfect hunter as it not only hunts whales in packs and communicate between each other, it could also speak and understand the language of it's prey.

Orca Alpha (voice only): Yo bro, wanna buy some Krill? Got the best $hit around.
Whale approaches. Gang of Orcas pop out from behind an iceberg.
Whale: Like, OMG! Orcas! Run!
Orca Alpha: Hehe. Run my friend and you will only die tired. Attack formation Delta-Y

Comment Re:Maybe not (Score 2, Informative) 579

For those that do not know the political parties in Germany, the CSU is basically the Republicans, SPD are the Democrats & Grünen are the Greens (though more powerful in Germany).
And if they all agree on something (which is like nearly never), then you can pretty much take it as true. Through in the FDP (market liberals) and Pirates (popular party) and that Mayors comments are pretty much mute.

Also, I wonder what the Mayor's technical knowledge is of the whole LiMux actually is. When my mom complains about 'the internet not working again', I know she means she probably forgot to turn on the modem again, and not that her Ubuntu (yeah my 65y/o mother uses Ubuntu, she has no clue but knows what to click and what not) or her Firefox is somehow not working. So far her system has never had a problem! **
So I question if the Mayor even has enough ground to stand on to make such claims.

** contrary to the other parts of my (extended) family and friends that all use Windows. They are constantly calling because this or that won't work.

Comment Re:When will we... (Score 1) 266

Has nothing to do with big or small government, it has to do with handing absolute power to a bunch of frat-boys.
Just as sensible as handing over the keys to the house to your college son and his friends for the weekend. What do you EXPECT would happen?
And just to be sure, have your son call in daily to confirm everything is o.k. yeah that will work fine.

Comment Re:Seems like old times (Score 1) 752

Uhm, commercial airliners constantly fly over/near warzones, though usually at very high altitudes.
Though I do agree with you, though don't forget, "Ukrainian separatists" (if it is confirmed to be them) are not the only ones to have shoot down civilian aircraft.
The problem for me is the question: 'could they have known?' In the Korean and Iranian instances, the shooters could have known because they had the possibilities.
I wonder if the Ukrainian separatists (again, still not confirmed) have the possibility to find out what that plane at 10km really is.
And if it is a plan flying over a war zone, and the people on the ground have no way of knowing what it is but know that it cannot be theirs (these are separatists, not a 'real' military), it is plausible that they could shoot. Not that I condone it, mind you.
The US would have no issues with that if the table's were reversed, so why the fuss?

Also, let's not forget that this has a LOT more to do with who's side someone is on then the actual incident. The US & Western Europe is on the Ukrainian side, so EVERYTHING will be the Separatists' / Russian's fault, because anything that can be used to promote one side's agenda will be exploited.

Comment Re:Probable cause (Score 1) 223

That used to only reserved for blacks and 'communists'. Remember the FBI will target and try to crush anyone who is not white(enough), non-Christian and is not politically right enough. i.e. MLK, MalcomX, ACLU anyone who ever supported them. On the other hand, they had no problems supporting mafia thugs such as James "Whitey" Bulger. See
Btw, we only have a bunch of 'criminals' (kinda like a 70's version of Snowden) to thank for exposing COINTELPRO.
Does anyone honestly think they just stopped? Read what they did during COINTELPRO and then ask yourself, do you think they, as well as the NSA or other groups, have any level they would not stoop to? What else have they done that just has not come out yet?

guess not:

As for the BS 'judge approval', they will simply rubber-stamp any request that comes in. Not to mention in a secret court!
To quote the Article: But its rulings are notoriously one-sided: In its 35-year history, the court has approved 35,434 government requests for surveillance, while rejecting only 12.

Comment Re:You left off... (Score 1) 371

Do you honestly think congress actually cared? I'd say they went through a few pretty simple logical questions: Is he in the US (because that would really be bad press)? Would killing him threaten the lives of his own (drones are being used, so who cares?)? and do I have an excuse (target was deemed a TerroristNaziCommunistPedophile by the SpinDoctors)? Does it affect my carrier? No, no, no, so bombs away.
Innocence, legality or whatnot does not matter. Like some kid dying in Africa, if it does not affect the congress man's carrier, he will not care. Sadly goes for most people.

The US gov has never had a problem coming up with excuses to bomb things. What makes you think they will have problems finding one now or in the future?

Comment Re:u can rite any way u want (Score 1) 431

And languages are constantly in motion. Just like we do not speak the King's English, our kids and their grand kids will speak differently from us. We do not only not speak like them, we do not even behave like them. Every thing is and always have been in transition.

It is the age old battle between generations. The older generations always complain about how bad the younger generations are and how everything is 'going to shit'.

What people do not realized is that they have moved from the younger generation and become the older.

Comment Re:Well ... what do you expect (Score 1) 479

Hey wait a minute, Powell had like a ton of Powerpoint Slides with proof he showed in his speech at the UN. And if the US says that, you KNOW it must be true. They would not lie to start a war. Not like those evil people that always come up with fake reasons to invade countries for their own goals.

Comment Re:education (Score 1) 306

Replace 'government' with a better word, and you are spot on. I do not see government as something bad. Your or others' implementation might not be good, but government is needed.

I would suggest 'oppressors', as that also would fit for other, non government, groups that have power but equally want a dumb populace. Radical religious groups have the same problems.

Expanding your horizons frees up the mind. People who are not given that chance are fearful. They do not know the world and are afraid. They also do not realize there are different ways to think/do/live. Perhaps not better or worse, just different.

No more smart people means people working in low paying jobs. Combine that with an education system that highly favours an 'elite' clientèle (i.e. the same group of people that are in charge), and you have the old multi-class/-caste system again.
A saying I remember, 'someone worrying about where tomorrows meal will come from has no time to think about rebellion'

Just make sure that you indoctrinate the 'you are free, you are created equal' into the poor as a way to accept their fate.

Btw, this is similar to the tactic the British did in their colonies (it also has a name I cannot remember). All smart people would be shipped off to other colonies to remove them from influencing the local (same 'race') populace. In the other colonies, they presume, they would not be able to cause problems. Gandhi is a prime example.
A similar tactic is also done with troops, but that is going OT.

Education of our children is and should be our PRIMARY goal. Nothing is more important.
"let's make college tuition either free or really low and if you have a country full of whip-crack smart people you have a country the rest of the world will fear."
~ Henry Rollins

If you pay your [sport] coach more then your Maths/[Language]/Science/Arts teachers, you have a problem.

Finally and not to forget, the US imports a large amount of foreign elite students. I read somewhere about 70% are foreign.

Comment Re:It might be an unpopular opinion... (Score 1) 822

No pardon, that would mean what he did was wrong.
If you are a whistle blower that can show that laws were broken, it should not matter how you got the information ('stealing'), the extend of the information ('to much' or even 'not enough'), nor how you made it public ('aiding the enemy'), you did the right thing and thus you should not be the one the law goes after.
It is like someone stealing from a drug boss to expose them. THEY were the one's initially breaking the law. And by logic, their wrong makes your wrong, right!
Anything else would basically give those trying to hide their crimes more ways to cover them up.

And then call it the 'Snowden-Law' (and watch the trolls choke on it).

And it should not be the people, but the government and their employees that have to live by the rule 'if you have done nothing wrong, you should have nothing to hide'.

I was playing poker the other night... with Tarot cards. I got a full house and 4 people died. -- Steven Wright