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Comment: Re:and people say unions are bad this is what happ (Score 1) 291

by Qzukk (#49489641) Attached to: IT Worker's Lawsuit Accuses Tata of Discrimination

They can outsource, refuse to sign a contract and bring in replacements, move to another non-union location

That's too much work, they'd rather sign the contract, then have the right wing fall all over themselves to scream about how horrible the bank^Wlabor unions are for forcing poor widdle homeow^Wemployers into signing contracts they can't afford/can't understand/whatever the excuse is this time.

Especially since by the time the contract has been found to be "too expensive" the guy who signed it has already taken his gold parachute and jumped.

Comment: Re:The Free Market (Score 1) 74

I'd much rather pay $30/month for a nominal 40 Mb/s connection to Netflix, but a 1.5 Mb/s general connection otherwise.

The fact is that the connection from the ISP to "the internet" is dirt cheap, it's the connection from you to the ISP that you're paying $40 for. Getting that connection to 40mbps is going to cost you that money whether your ISP forbids you to use it sometimes or not.

Your Net Neutrality doesn't allow for that.

What we wanted our net neutrality to do, is to prevent ISPs from telling Netflix that their customers can't access their site unless they pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in protection fees, despite their customers paying for a "general connection to the internet" and despite Netflix paying for their connection to the internet.

Comment: Re:Traceability? (Score 1) 50

by Qzukk (#49440133) Attached to: Anonabox Recalls Hundreds of Insecure 'Privacy' Routers

If it's antitheft software than at a minimum i'd expect it to be running as administrator and phoning home every few minutes reporting the last 5 networks it was connected to and every wireless AP it can see along with signal strengths for wifi geolocation/triangulation. At a minimum.

Any program you're running could do most of that (except maybe tap into the wireless AP list without admin access).

Comment: Re:the real traitors (Score 2) 200

by Qzukk (#49424919) Attached to: Snowden Demystified: Can the Government See My Junk?

No, as long as no undeserved molestation has resulted from such surveillance, it does not qualify for "Police State".

Sorry, but having Big Brother observe each and every one of us through the telescreen is absolutely Police State. Being put on "a list" is unquestionably a threat, even if nobody is at liberty to say just what being on that list does. (It does do something, right? I mean, you're not just supporting Big Government spending your tax dollars to make lists and throw them away and then making more lists, right?)

You'd be OK with the government having "a list" of every gun owner in the country, right? Because at this point, I'm pretty sure the NSA has one. Those forms that sellers mail in on toilet paper go somewhere.

Snowden does not mention it

Oh, he doesn't?

It is interesting to note that this rule specifically avoids fingerprinting users believed to be located in Five Eyes countries, while other rules make no such distinction. For instance, the following fingerprint targets users visiting the Tails and Linux Journal websites, or performing certain web searches related to Tails, and makes no distinction about the country of the user

-- https://www.schneier.com/blog/... (emphasis added)

Oh dear, it looks like you might be right. XKeyscore wasn't from the UK, it's run right here in the good ol' US of A. Against fellow Americans, "without distinction".

not only have we seen any evidence of innocents prosecuted

Absence of Evidence is not Evidence of Absence, especially when the government has demonstrated the ability to destroy evidence and immediately kill any court proceeding for "national security". Al Haramain's lawyer had their warrantless wiretap transcript mailed to him, the government destroyed that evidence and killed their lawsuit repeatedly due to "lack" of evidence.

we have not even seen allegations

What would such an allegation look like? How would we tell it apart from the waves of everyone else getting released for false convictions, because they've only been in prison since the NSA started spying on everyone instead of being imprisoned for 30 years?

Maybe it'd look like the IRS denying your nonprofit status application? I wonder if we'll ever find those emails...

Comment: Re:A hit-piece of a submission... (Score 1) 157

I absolutely would, but I don't get a say in it since my neighbor paid the Inter Street Provider extra for a service which allowed him to use some of my driveway to park on. The ISP promises that they'll build more driveways in my neighborhood sometime in the next 20 years or so in order to meet increased demand. In the meantime if I pay extra I can use my other neighbor's driveway.

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