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+ - NZ government denies 'mass domestic spying'->

Submitted by Kittenman
Kittenman (971447) writes "The BBC and several domestic NZ sources are covering the latest revelations raised by Kim Dotcom, who is funding a political party in NZ as it heads to a general election on the 20th. Dotcom flew in a US journalist, Glenn Greenwald, and arranged for satellite links to Edward Snowden and Julian Assange, in their respective hideouts, at a 'disclosure' presentation in Auckland.

The NZ Prime Minister (John Key) has denied all claims. No-one making the claims can actually come up with a plausible reason why the NZ government would want to spy on its citizens."

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Comment: Re:Heard on NPR (Score 4, Funny) 121

by Kittenman (#47886833) Attached to: Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two

When Fitzgerald died in 1940 in Hollywood, his last royalty check was for $13.13. Remaindered copies of the second printing of The Great Gatsby were moldering away in [publisher] Scribner's warehouse.

World War II starts, and a group of publishers, paper manufacturers, editors [and] librarians get together in New York. And they decide that men serving in the Army and Navy need something to read. ... They printed over 1,000 titles of different books, and they sent over a million copies of these books to sailors and soldiers serving overseas and also to [prisoners of war] in prison camps in Japan and Germany through an arrangement with the Red Cross.

The greatest distribution of the Armed Services Editions was on the eve of D-Day. Eisenhower's staff made sure that every guy stepping onto a landing craft in the south of England right on the eve of D-Day would have an Armed Services Edition in his pocket. They were sized as long rectangles meant to fit in the servicemen's pockets. (Her assertion was it was this service which reintroduced American's to Gatsby)

--Maureen Corrigan talking about her book, So We Read On: How the Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures

I remember once that someone carried a bullet from d-day around with him, and kept it in his pocket for luck. Once he tripped, landed on his back in the street. At the same time, someone in the building dropped a book from a window accidentally. The book was a hardback, fell - but bounced harmlessly off the bullet in the guy's pocket.

The guy always said that if it hadn't been for that bullet, the book would have killed him.

Comment: Re:Winterhilfswerk (Score 2) 121

by Kittenman (#47886821) Attached to: Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two

The Germans also had the Winter Charity (Winterhilfswerk), which printed millions of books for German soldiers, both propaganda and stories, humor, songbooks, etc.

I wouldn't be too surprised if the Brits and the Russians did something similar.

Brits did. My dad was in WW2, I remember seeing some Army issue paperbacks in the family bookshelves back in Surrey.

Brits also did free concerts (anyone else read 'The Cruel Sea'?) and suchlike. ENSA was the organization (can't remember what the acronym was for). I guess the UK equivalent of whatever organization sent Bob Hope around the world, entertaining the troops for the US.

+ - Northwest Passage Exploration ship found ->

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Kittenman (971447) writes "The BBC (and several other sources) are carrying the news that the Canadian government has found the sunken remains of one of Sir John Franklin's ships (either the Erebus, or the Terror), that went missing in the 1840s, causing sensation in Victorian London. Sir John and his entire crew were never seen alive again, The search for traces of the expedition went for over ten years in the 19th century, partly led by Sir John's widow. The discovery has been called the biggest archaeological event since the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb."
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Comment: Re: Anthropometrics (Score 1) 818

Vote how? Do you really think if I didn't HAVE TO fly because it is an unfortunate necessity for my job I would even go NEAR an airport? Do you think I consider it a great pastime to be the star in my personal pervert peep show for some TNA mouthbreather? Or that the butt-groping of that greasy single-digit IQ expert turns me on? Getting your kneecaps shoved into your thighs is just the icing on the turd cake.

Yes, that would be a knee-jerk reaction... if there was enough room for a knee to jerk, dammit!

Nicely put.

Comment: Re:I miss the BSOD (Score 1) 169

by Kittenman (#47831485) Attached to: Steve Ballmer Authored the Windows 3.1 Ctrl-Alt-Del Screen

I'd rather get some cryptic information about stop codes or an error message than a condescending sad face accompanied by a reboot request. At least I can look up the code and get a ballpark idea what the issue is without firing up windbg.

I like 'An unexpected error occurred..."

We need more expected errors. These unexpected ones are clouding the issue...

Comment: Re:Sue the bastards (Score 1) 441

by Kittenman (#47812085) Attached to: In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

America.... home of the fr... yeah right.

Anyway, take a look at the kind of books that are *taught* in schools:


So lets see... underage sex, murder of your relatives, regicide, racism, lynchings, rape, adultery, organised crime, a mentally-ill killer and of course - lawless schoolboys killing each other! What's not to love about the American school system, yeehaw!

Tut now... I suspect your tongue is firmly in your cheek here, but just in case... I'd suggest that these books/plays are excellent examples of how some people solved difficult problems, and the consequences of doing so. Example - when someone's father dies, and the mother remarries, the protagonist can compare themselves to Hamlet., But that's just one example of how to handle that situation, and look how that ended up. And there are differences to the prince of Denmark, and Joe Soap in his mother's basement.

I expect people are usually around average intelligence... they'd enjoy those books.

PS I didn't realize 'Huck Finn' was still taught - that's excellent news. My compliments to your Educational system (this time),

Comment: Re:Not A SW error! (Score 2) 157

by Kittenman (#47781625) Attached to: Software Error Caused Soyuz/Galileo Failure

More like a failure to double check settings or something.

- "Are you really sure you want to trash those two satellites?" <click> - "Did you get your boss's approval?" <click>

Or... the Russian version of Clippy,..

"Hi - it looks like you're trying to trash two satellites. Do you want a hand with that?"


Comment: Re:Almost dropped on side of HWY by my local 5-0 (Score 2) 455

by Kittenman (#47771867) Attached to: Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

see me on Facebook. Local undersherriff initiated a traffic stop in a dark territory valley (no cellular reception) while I was in my disabled vehicle waiting for traffic to go by before exiting to determine why I was having difficulty re-starting the engine.

You may not know the full story.

Cop: McClusky here
Base: Go ahead, McClusky
Cop: I'm in the Dark territory valley where Susie McSturgess went missing last month, and there's a vehicle here, parked. One person inside, apparently just sitting there.
Base:Proceed with caution, McClusky. Remember, little Susie is still missing

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.