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Comment: Re:Snowden (Score 1) 221

by anagama (#48234485) Attached to: When Snowden Speaks, Future Lawyers (and Judges) Listen

Cry me a fucking river. When the Feds started violating the constitution, they lost all legitimacy and became nothing better than thugs. Mere gangbangers. A fetid swamp of pestilent human garbage.

But of course, as their greatest apologist -- and if you aren't getting paid you're a total retard -- they can do no wrong. If the NSA said they needed to eat baby brains to boost their mental ability to crack codes, you'd be donating your sperm to them on an hourly basis. I'm sure it takes little more than a picture of Clapper committing perjury to get you to jiz in your pants.

Comment: Re:Snowden (Score 2) 221

by anagama (#48234457) Attached to: When Snowden Speaks, Future Lawyers (and Judges) Listen

I used to think like this but I'm not so sure anymore. If we had planetary rule, it might be all rosy and ponies like the Federation of Planets, but it might also (maybe more probably) be corrupt and abusive. With multiple exclusive jurisdictions, at least there are areas to which one can escape (if escape is possible) when things get too bad because there is a border drawn around the corruption and abuse. It's almost certainly true though, that all governments are just institutionalized repositories for the corruptible and abusive elements of society -- like mafias.

Comment: Re:Moral Imperialism (Score 1) 474

by anagama (#48188937) Attached to: Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

It sounds like you are thinking the drawings encourage pedophilia when perhaps, allowing drawings protects real children. There is probably a genetic predisposition or sometimes, organic brain diseases that in most cases, won't be "cured" ( ). So, if instead we look toward harm reduction, using drawings is a perfect solution because it gives an outlet that harms absolutely nobody and may well serve as an alternative to actually hurting kids for those infected with this disease.

Comment: Re:Yay :D (Score 4, Insightful) 312

by anagama (#48183179) Attached to: If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

There is a distinction in how you interact with a browser, and the actual content of your searches. Blurring this line is pretty ugly. Apple needs to know stuff like: The user clicked in the search field, typed stuff, and then because of a 60s delay in executing the search, probably couldn't see or understand the search icon, and clearly didn't know to press return (or the phone rang). To get this, Apple doesn't need to know what the person typed. But if that is the claim -- the need to know what is typed -- why not just enable the video camera and microphone too -- that would make it easier to figure out if the person is having problems with the Safari interface, or just answering a text on his phone. I'm guessing people would be sort of grossed out by that, but it fits right in with what you say they need, so why not go total surveillance?

Comment: Re:If you want results from the web (Score 4, Interesting) 312

by anagama (#48183137) Attached to: If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

Are you joking? Why not have the local program test the server itself with the usual prefixes for mail servers? Then the local app can try the usual ports for SSL. Then it can tell the user the results. After a failure, it could even say, "hey, that server isn't responding to the usual requests, would you like me to check with Apple to see if there is something special about it and Apple knows that secret sauce?"

Do you want to tell me with a straight face that this interaction could not be programmed into a local application that sends nothing to Apple (except by express request on the user's part)? That this interaction is so amazingly hard, it has to be done remotely on a bank Apple's servers?

Comment: Re:Doesn't look like much (Score 5, Insightful) 312

by anagama (#48183045) Attached to: If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

I think I understand -- you are saying the software operates as designed, so no problems here.

I think what you aren't getting is that the way the software is designed is what ticks off people who care about their privacy.

Seriously, why should inform apple that I set up an account That the software does leads you to write [closed: behaves correctly]. This is not at all "correct" from many users' points of view -- you should use a phrase that is more factual and uses words with less judgment involved, for example: [closed: behaves as _designed_ (and if you don't like the design, suck it)].

Comment: Re:If you want results from the web (Score 3, Insightful) 312

by anagama (#48182977) Attached to: If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

From TFA:

Having read DuckDuckGo's privacy statements, you might decide to switch Safari's default search to DuckDuckGo. If we enter a new search in Safari, we can then search the logged data to see who the search terms are actually sent to.

The logs show that a copy of your Safari searches are still sent to Apple, even when selecting DuckDuckGo as your search provider, and 'Spotlight Suggestions' are disabled in System Preferences > Spotlight.

Or why when setting up an email account does the mail app send the domain name you enter to apple?

I say all this as a person who has been using mac laptops for the last 9 or 10 years. I'm obviously not an apple hater but this seriously makes me question whether I'll buy another one. It's a pretty astounding intrusion demonstrating some rather staggering hubris.

If a camel is a horse designed by a committee, then a consensus forecast is a camel's behind. -- Edgar R. Fiedler