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This is a matter of taste, not grammar.
It's no surprise you would say that since your entire reason for joining the discussion was to claim that it's all a bunch of arbitrary rules, that clarity and precision are meaningless concepts when it comes to writing. So as long as you refuse to accept that it isn't just style of course you'll never understand it the value of it. It just a mere matter of programming.
That's probably why he used the passive voice. He didn't want to focus on the authors, but the articles.
"There are thousands of articles purporting to explain Bitcoin..."
The point: the sentence I proposed wasn't passive, as you stated.
A distinction without a difference. You made it worse, regardless of googled pedantry.
Lol, you just googled that didn't you?
The error you've made is to add "people" that wasn't part of the orignal.
LOL, it wouldn't be any better, because that's passive too.
That is only the case because congress has put ridiculously onerous pension funding requirements on the USPS. They have to fund pensions for people they haven't even hired yet. It is ridiculous how badly congress has fucked over the USPS - not only did they force them to prefund pensions, but then congress went and raided those pensions as if they were part of the US general fund. If congress had not done all that shit, the USPS would be deep in the black today.
The Gates Foundation uses their clout as the largest charity in the world to push for stronger IP laws. So Zuck is just trying to get in on some of that sweet, sweet charity power for his own interests.
. Do you really believe that people making millions upon millions of dollars have movies full of "accidents" or unintentional messages and content? That is not a realistic thought process, yet many have it.
In China, many people felt that the movie Avatar was social commentary about the occupation of Tibet. It got to the point where the government cancelled all 2D showings (about 4500 screens) leaving only the 3D version to play in much smaller number of theaters. Who really knows what was in Cameron's head, but it sure seems unlikely that Tibet was the focus of the movie. Just because some films are propaganda doesn't mean that everything in a film is propaganda.
Wikileaks is about exposing hidden truth. Assange would be a hypocrite to go along with a production that he feels hides the truth.
Assange might be wrong about what constitutes truth in this situation because, unlike something as straight-forward as publishing secret documents, some truths are a matter of perspective. Nevertheless, you can't reasonably expect Assange to go along with something he believes is not truthful.
Comparisons to facebook miss the point. Facebook is about making money and while they may have lofty corporatespeak goal - they are a publicly traded company and therefore can't honestly aspire to anything more than the almighty dollar.
Only a pathological authoritarian would equate Philby with Snowden. And only a licker of jackboots would equate "soviet awards" with the Sakharov Prize. That's more than just snippy, that's outright boorishness.
GPS data isn't generally collected, and insurance companies promise customers that they're not tracking their movement. No matter. A study ((http://cs.du.edu/~rdewri/data/MyPapers/Conferences/2013WPES-Extended.pdf) ) by researchers at the University of Denver claims that the destination of a journey can be derived by combining knowledge of the trip's origin with the metrics collected by the "pay as you drive" device, The Security Ledger reports.
The data points collected by these remote sensing devices are what the researchers call “quasi-identifiers” – attributes that are “non-identifying by themselves, but can be used to unique identify individuals when used in combination with other data.”(https://securityledger.com/2013/03/mobile-phone-use-patterns-the-new-fingerprint/) In one example, researchers used a strategy they called “stop-point matching,” to compare the pattern of vehicle stop points from a known origin with various route options. They found that in areas with irregular street layouts (i.e. "not Manhattan"), the pattern will be more or less unique for any location.
The study raises important data privacy questions for the (many) “pay as you drive” programs now being piloted, or offered to drivers – not to mention other programs that seek to match remote sensors and realtime monitoring with products and services."
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Edward Snowden must feel so proud of his newly adopted homeland.
As if hiding from a blood-thirsty mob in a ditch constitutes an endorsement of ditch-living.
Snowden's first goal was to expose the NSA. His second is to remain alive and unimprisoned, and sadly his only options for that appear to be oppressive states. That's not an indictment of Snowden, it is an indictment of the so-called "free world."