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Comment: Re:Actually, (Score 1) 238

by Luckyo (#47523041) Attached to: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

Perhaps I was unclear on this point. I'm not naive enough to think that politicians that are visibly at the helm set the long term policies. They are a part of the "club" that does it, but far from being the only ones.

As far as "people in power" aspect goes, there is exactly one thing that people in power have feared throughout the ages. Masses. Because masses are the one thing that is capable of unseating them by throwing the entire country into chaos. That's why when French Revolution occurred, all surrounding countries sent armies to suppress it or helped armies that were sent to suppress it.

As a result, I think that leaders at the helm are certainly a part of the elite umbrella "club" that I call "leaders". They're just far from being the only ones. They are however the executors of the will of the club, and effectively its executive arm. Without their help, leading countries would become exceedingly difficult, if not an impossible task. As a result, influence over these people is by far the most important part of managing power.
And as a result, if we have to call certain people "leaders", as in people who actively lead, politicians in power are the ones that match the title. Now if you want to use the wider scope of "who sets the policy", then we certainly have to talk about a much bigger group of people.

Comment: Re:McCarthyism v2.0 (Score 2) 238

by Luckyo (#47521779) Attached to: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

I think this is the most missed part by the general public. There's too little focus on what is probably the biggest issue, politicians' ability to control intelligence bureaus.

Consider for a moment one of the best aspects of having functional dragnet surveillance in democratic society with need to get re-elected and at least partially functioning anti-corruption legislation. Dragnet surveillance means that you have the ability to unseat and discredit any politician at any time when you need to. You can't overuse this ability for obvious reasons, but you most certainly can influence all of them to support you to a significant extent. Even if they are actually against you.

Comment: Re:Actually, (Score 3, Insightful) 238

by Luckyo (#47520357) Attached to: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

At this point, I think many are overlooking one important part of the whole dragnet surveillance.

They have compromising material on EVERYONE. The amount of surveillance they ensures it. That means it doesn't matter which politician gets into position of importance and power, because they have blackmail material on him/her. There's no such thing as a human being who's interested in power who doesn't have significant skeletons in his/her closet.

That's why it's pointless to point fingers at leaders at this point. They are part of the problem, but most definitely not the source of it, and haven't been for a while.

Comment: Re:McCarthyism v2.0 (Score 4, Insightful) 238

by Luckyo (#47520339) Attached to: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

Except that at its best, Stasi had to employ massive amount of people and it still couldn't only keep an eye on about every seventh citizen and some key people abroad. That's it.

US already keeps an eye on every single one of its citizens, and most of the people around the globe, with additional more rigorous checks done against those it puts on various "watch lists".

Between the dragnet surveillance, extraordinary rendition, targeted killing campaigns, "advanced interrogation techniques" and highest incarceration rate in the world, Eastern Germans were like little inexperienced trainees in comparison to US when it comes to surveillance and control of its population.

Comment: Re:Intel has worked with the NSA (Score 2) 91

by Luckyo (#47518543) Attached to: Intel Launches Self-Encrypting SSD

The problem is that if you have something that government finds worth torturing over on your drive, you're boned regardless.

Very few people have the sufficient stress and pain tolerance to be able to not divulge the password to the files for extended period of torture by best professionals in the world.

Comment: Re:This is news? (Score 1) 210

Clearly because I don't come from a culture where ripping people off is considered not only socially acceptable, but actually encouraged, I'm naive.

Or perhaps you're naive in assuming that us people in the Nordics need to be as careful shopping at home as we are when we shop in a country with culture like yours.

Comment: Re:no thanks (Score 1) 171

by Luckyo (#47515901) Attached to: Firefox 31 Released

Apparently they actually started making it for Linux? Until very recently, Pale Moon has been windows only, and only some months ago that unofficial Linux builds started coming out from third parties.

This suggests that Firefox dug itself into a hole so deep that there was enough demand for Pale Moon on Linux to make guys who build the browser specifically optimized for Windows to make a Linux version as well. Wow. Well done Mozilla.

Comment: Re:This is news? (Score 1) 210

Wouldn't know. Haven't ever used checks (we use direct bank payments around here), and if it says "money back guaranteed" then it usually means it. At least as far as I've ever ran into it when shopping. Never had problems getting my money back.

Not going to even bother with the sex jokes. Judging from your sayings, you come from US, and talking to you puritans about healthy sex life is like talking to a somali about woman's right not to be mutilated.

Comment: Re:This is news? (Score 1) 210

I believe it for a very simple reason. In most cases it will say so in site's TOS that they will not keep it should I tell them not to do so.

I find it very hard to believe that a site selling me goods would take a risk of getting hit by a contract breach and all the negative PR that would follow it just to keep my credit card information on file.

The economy depends about as much on economists as the weather does on weather forecasters. -- Jean-Paul Kauffmann