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Comment: Re:Meaning (Score 2) 179

by NoNonAlphaCharsHere (#48101243) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"
And by "more federated" we really mean "more feudal". What Schmidt is worried about is Google's loss of world hegemony, which is inevitable as the rest of the second and third world gets wired and/or broadband. When he talks about concerns about US spying, he's really worrying about the loss of Europe.

"It's a harder problem to solve because it's seen as personal," he [Schmidt] said. "We're very concerned that there will be a sort of 'Buy European' movement."

He doesn't really need to worry about that as much as he needs to worry about Net Neutrality. That's what's going to "break the Internet", when Comcast gets their wish of charging different content providers different rates, everyone, down to the ISP (last mile) level will eventually follow suit. Schmidt will end up paying a different rate to deliver YouTube to each individual customer. Eventually he'll have BIGGER server farms dedicated to billing, cross-licensing, etc. than he has for content today.

Comment: Re:How does this matter? (Score 5, Informative) 191

by NoNonAlphaCharsHere (#48055987) Attached to: Silk Road Lawyers Poke Holes In FBI's Story
It matters because it means the intelligence/evidence was gathered some other way, that the government doesn't want to admit to, and so they made up this story to cover how they supposedly found out this information. It's called "parallel construction", and it basically means that the NSA (or some other spooks) tipped off the FBI, whose job it was to come up with a plausible story as to how they found out.

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