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Comment: This is chilling (Score 5, Insightful) 790

This is chilling, not for pedophiles, fuck them, but for the average citizen. While, I absolutely believe it's google's job to report illegal activity they accidentally uncover to the police, this appears google is actively searching your e-mails for things to forward to the police, and that's a chilling thought for free speech, freedom, and prevention of abuse of power.

Comment: Better summary: (Score 5, Insightful) 184

by MasseKid (#47243615) Attached to: Judge Orders DOJ To Turn Over FISA Surveillance Documents
Stalemate continued, EFF showed some promise, but the DoJ has to 1) actually comply with the order, 2) The judge actually agree on merits, 3) The DoJ not immediately file for an appeal due to matters of national saftey, 4) the DoJ actually give the information to the EFF.

Don't get me wrong, what happened today was good, however calling it a victory is a bit premature.

Comment: Can someone explain something to me? (Score 1) 227

by MasseKid (#46936453) Attached to: Comcast: Destroying What Makes a Competitive Internet Possible
Can someone explain something to me, because I don't get it. If I want content, and netflix has the content, and I have a subscription to Netflix and an ISP, assuming neither has a monopoly, why does it matter if netflix or the ISP pays for the transmission of data? One of the two of them has to pay for it for my consumption. I understand this all changes if there's a monopoly by either netflix or the ISP, but without the monopoly, why does capitalism not drive this to cost+ a reasonable cost of doing buisness/profit margin? And if it does, why do I really care if I pay this money to either the ISP or netflix, I have to pay it to someone. Now obviously, this goes out the window if one or both has a monopoly. Also, please, I'm looking for a real answer as to why I should care, not "zomg, ISP greeeeed"

Comment: Re:Advocates and Proponents only? (Score 1) 139

by MasseKid (#46774903) Attached to: Industry-Wide Smartphone "Kill Switch" Closer To Reality
That makes no sense. The providers are already clearly in bed with the feds given everything that's been leaked lately. There's nothing stopping them from them forcing the providers to shut down service now, if there's nothing stopping them from activating a kill switch later. The problem you describe already exists. Then again, so does remote kill of all GM vehicles via OnStar, yet as scary as that sounds, there hasn't been serious abuse of it so far. Doesn't mean vigilance should stop, but it also bounds the likely hood of something happening.

Comment: Worth it? (Score 4, Insightful) 347

by MasseKid (#46137485) Attached to: Super Bowl Ads: Worth the Price Or Waste of Time?
Absolutely. It's the ONLY time of the year you can buy a commercial and if it's moderately funny have people actually go out and LOOK for your commercial to see it again. Where else can you get your commercial to be talk around the water cooler? We're still talking about 1984 30 years later....

Comment: Where was the NSA? (Score 4, Insightful) 313

by MasseKid (#46116999) Attached to: Half of US Nuclear Missile Wing Implicated In Cheating
So the NSA, for all of it's intrusion into privacy to protect us all, could not find 93 co-conspirators who had access to nuclear weapons, how on earth can we expect them to find a small terrorist cell? What the hell are we trading our liberties, privacy, and freedom for if they can't even uncover something as large as this?

Comment: Does the OP really not understand? (Score 1) 127

by MasseKid (#45552957) Attached to: US Military Settles Software Piracy Claims For $50M
Seriously. Does the OP of the summary really not understand that open source != free? Publishing the source code has nothing to do with licensing. If the military had paid for 500 copies of open source software and installed it on thousands of machines, they would STILL BE PIRATING IT.

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