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BlackBerry Exits Pakistan Amid User Privacy Concerns ( 19

An anonymous reader writes: BlackBerry has announced that it will pull its operations in Pakistan from today, quoting a recent government notice which read that the company would not be permitted to continue its services in the country after December for 'security reasons.' In a blog post released by BlackBerry today, chief operating officer Marty Beard confirmed the decision: 'The truth is that the Pakistani government wanted the ability to monitor all BlackBerry Enterprise Service traffic in the country, including every BES e-mail and BES BBM message.' He added: 'BlackBerry will not comply with that sort of directive.'

Comment Re:You are all hypocrites (Score 1) 87

when Uber greatly improves the taxi industry

For who? Certainly not the owner-drivers, for them it is an uninsured race to the bottom.

That is a problem that should be fixed. Insurance companies should not be able to deny you coverage while you are on your way to pick up a fare. Uber provides additional insurance while you are transporting them.

As for customers - Uber do not have any "taxis", they are a plain old (illegal) limo company "on a computer".

Oh, so it's better than taxis?

Taxi's can be hailed on the street,

Not in most cities.

taxi's have ranks and other infrastructure to manage street queues at popular locations,

Not in most cities, or at least, they don't function.

you can talk to a human to book a taxi or use an uber style booking app,

Most companies don't have a booking app, and it is not uber style in any case. It's just like making a phone call. It doesn't do any of the things that the Uber app does.

taxi's have appropriate insurance,

You said that already. Having trouble following your own conversation? Are you new?

taxis have regular mechanical inspections,

A problem best solved by demanding mechanical inspections at mileage checkpoints for all vehicles, taxis or not.

and yes, you can legally negotiate an up front price with a taxi driver.

In my experience, they always tell you that they can't do that in the USA. In other countries, I've had more luck.

Uber brings absolutely nothing to the taxi/limo industry that wasn't already illegal 30yrs ago.

having failed to make a valid logical argument you resort to the false idea that legality equals morality

Comment Re:Yep, Unions do nothing (Score 1) 87

The Unions did a lot for the average worker. But now they've stopped doing that, and only serve their own ends. Since union workers get paid multiples of the minimum wage, they do campaign to raise it occasionally, but never enough to actually help anyone who is not in a union.

Unions have done a great deal for the average worker. But now we have reached a point where it is difficult to unionize the rest of the workers, yet they still need rights. It is time to move beyond the trade union, and work again to secure rights for all workers.

Comment Re:Not true (Score 2) 326

This post, and many others in this thread have been modded "-1 Troll" just because they don't show Israel as an evil state bent on the destruction of human kind.

No, it's because it's self-serving bullshit posted by an anonymous coward, and therefore should be ignored at best, or alternately modded down as propaganda. Especially the line "The biggest complaint arabs have is checkpoints" when in fact Israel is bulldozing crops, removing water systems, etc.

Comment Re:Here are a couple of more objective news accoun (Score 1) 326

Actually, YouTube removed videos which were encouraging Palestinians to kill Israelis (and were actually faked),

And now they're meeting to talk about removing a whole bunch more content. What do you want to bet that they will only be removing things that should legitimately be removed?

Comment Re:Sorry guys, Israel doesn't care what you think. (Score 1) 326

But I do wonder why the West fixates on Israel the way they do.

By that, do you mean, I do wonder why western countries keep pouring money into Israel in spite of their poor record on human rights? It's because we're intentionally funding their bad behavior to keep down the muzzies. As long as we keep Israel going, we keep that region at war with itself. It's not because we give one tenth of one fuck about the Jews. If we did, we would have entered WWII a lot sooner, when we first knew about the holocaust. Instead, we waited until our "allies" had their asses pounded, then moved in and picked up the scraps... and the economic concessions.

And ironically, many of the perpetrators of those crimes are on the UN human rights council.

What's ironic is that the members of the UN security council are the nations which most commonly compromise the security of other nations. For example, by founding the nation of Israel smack dab in the middle of them, and then pouring money into that hole for decades.

Comment Re:Fraud versus negligence (Score 1) 99

We can forgive a company that makes a mistake, even one that in hindsight is really dumb and obvious. Harder to forgive a company that intentionally and with malice aforethought tried to defraud customers and regulators.

Ah, that's exactly what GM did. They hid a problem they knew was killing people.

Comment Re:Will they break the other record? (Score 1) 26

Did you simply ignore the Kickstarter that currently holds the number 1 spot, the Veronica Mars movie which not only was delivered but made money!

Can it have been as bad as the show? I had to hear a bunch of it from the next room and it was some of the most vapid, insipid, soul-destroying shit I've ever heard. A cross between the kiddie channel and the lifetime channel. It sounds just like pop culture blended with rape.


MST3K Kickstarter Poised To Break Kickstarter Record ( 26

New submitter the_Bionic_lemming writes: Recently Joel Hodgson, the creator of Mystery Science 3000 -- which had a successful run of over 197 shows -- has after 15 years launched a kickstarter to relaunch the series. In just over two weeks Joel has been wildly successful in not only having over 25000 fans contribute, but actually scoring the second-highest show kickstarter on record — he has just under two weeks to shoot past the Number 1 kickstarter, Veronica Mars.

Feed Google News Sci Tech: Obama, Xi Tout Close US-China Climate Coordination - New York Times (


Obama, Xi Tout Close US-China Climate Coordination
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PARIS — President Barack Obama on Monday touted close U.S. cooperation with China on climate change as vital to world efforts to slow global warming, even as he acknowledged persistent differences with China's President Xi Jinping over cybersecurity...
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