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Comment: Re:Not very effective. (Score 1) 132

by Runaway1956 (#49127503) Attached to: Pakistanis Must Provide Fingerprints Or Give Up Cellphone

You are correct - my statements contradict each other. I believe that you get the idea though.

As for the Paks playing us for fools - most Arabs, Persians, Asians, and Pacific Islanders do that readily. We do have a few small spheres of genuine influence, like S. Korea and Japan. The rest of our influence is largely bought with $$$$$ - and when the $$$$$ dries up, there will be no more influence.

Comment: Re:Not very effective. (Score 1) 132

by Runaway1956 (#49123033) Attached to: Pakistanis Must Provide Fingerprints Or Give Up Cellphone

"And if a country like Pakistan has a serious extremist problem, then action like that is justified."

When you make a statement like that, it becomes very obvious that you have little idea how extreme the problems are in Pakistan.

Let me make it as clear as I possibly can. The supposed "government" of Pakistan controls less than half of the country. Government troops aren't safe anywhere within the country. They can only move openly in little more than half the country - that is, within the portions they actually control, along with some border regions, and areas where the village chieftains view the government with favor. Elsewhere, within the borders of "Pakistan", the troops only move stealthily, or by air, or in force.

Pakistan is more lawless than Mexico, by an order of magnitude.

The northern areas are controlled by tribal chiefs and by the Taliban.

Now, you tell ME how serious the situation in Pakistan is.

Next, you can tell me what the chances are that the government is going to EFFECTIVELY enforce their edicts regarding these cellphones.

You do remember that Osama bin Laden was killed, living a life of relative luxury, inside the borders of Pakistan?

Comment: Re:Yet another victory (Score 1) 132

by Runaway1956 (#49122201) Attached to: Pakistanis Must Provide Fingerprints Or Give Up Cellphone

1) History repeats itself, while at the same time, technology enables the actors to take things to a higher level. The Stasi would have LOVED to have the tools available to today's NSA. That is where we are headed, worldwide, if people don't stand up and put a stop to it. Yes - control. If/when they find a way to read your thoughts, they're going to do it. And, I'm not trying to guess what "certain people" are thinking - I'm TELLING you what government and the alphabet soup agencies intend.

2) You've forgotten about CISPA? In effect, ALL the pickpockets will be gathered into one big network, where they can SHARE all the data they gather on you. Target, Walgreen's, WalMart, Dollar General, the hospital, your county assessor, your bank, Amazon - they'll ALL share data with the government, and the government will share it right back to them. The pickpockets will indeed be working for the government.

Comment: Re:Yet another victory (Score 0) 132

by Runaway1956 (#49119733) Attached to: Pakistanis Must Provide Fingerprints Or Give Up Cellphone

I strongly disagree. Constant government surveillance indicates that you are only free so long as government approves of your words and actions. Ultimately, government surveillance intends to monitor your very thoughts. Witness the number of not-so-bright people who have been convicted after having done a search for "how to dispose of my dead wife's body" or similar. Refuse to give up your password? Go directly to jail, do not pass "Go", do not collect $200. Encryption? Ditto - give us the keys or spend eternity plus life in the dungeons.

In short - police have no intention of doing police work, or detective work any more. They want all the evidence collected in advance, and they want you to hang yourself for them.

A free man is free to confront the footpad who follows him into an alley with evil intentions. In this modern day "free world", you are required to cooperate with the footpads and pickpockets, because they all work for government.

Comment: Re:Not very effective. (Score 0) 132

by Runaway1956 (#49118009) Attached to: Pakistanis Must Provide Fingerprints Or Give Up Cellphone

You can see how it would significantly hamper terrorists and criminals?

Maybe you're totally clueless about Mexico, and the fact that the cartels have built huge empires off of "illicit" goods. In effect, we have funded those cartels, so that they are more powerful than government. And, the cartels aren't hampered by human rights considerations, either.

You may look forward to a new Pakistani industry booming in the near future, with "terrorists" and "criminals" helping the common man to bypass these ridiculous regulations.

Comment: Re:Not too hard (Score -1, Troll) 213

Your obsession with the man needs attention.

BTW - how many billions of western dollars have been invested in Ukraine now? You can bet your ass that all those dollars are being protected with western weapons. Think about it. Some dreary backwater of a nation which hasn't figured into much of anything for almost a hundred years suddenly looks like a good "investment" to some filthy rich capitalists. But - the Kool-Aid - you've chosen the flavor prescribed by those very filthy-rich capitalists, so you believe that Putin is to blame for all the problems there.

Comment: Re:Web a conversation? Try BEING POLITE. (Score 1) 24

by Runaway1956 (#48771685) Attached to: Cluetrain Authors Offer an Updated Guide To the Web

Adblock Plus, Ghostery, NoScript, HOSTS - need I go on? We all know that the web is exploited by a bunch of assholes who view us as sources of revenue. So - arm yourself to stop the flow of revenue. You're right, I don't go back to a restaurant where an ignorant ADHD waiter ruins my meal. So, I don't keep going back to annoyingadserver.USA The damned thing is blocked, first on my router, then on my computer, then in my browser.

Comment: Re:It is not illegal to lie (Score 2) 172

Basically, you believe that the ends justifies the means. In this case, the ends are to extract money from the masses. And, the means involves lying.

This has damned near nothing to do with enforcing copyright law. Perhaps you didn't notice the name of the corporation involved - Rightscorp, acting on behalf of BMG. Or, you've forgotten how they've made news in the past. They dwell among the scum of the earth. They have been shot down time and again for exploiting loopholes in the law. And, oh yeah - perhaps you've also failed to notice that in this case, they are indeed exploiting a loophole in the law.

Rightscorp has no intellectual property to protect. It is nothing more than a remora, living off the larger shark, BMG.


If you have any real intellectual property to worry about, are you willing to allow a remora like company to attach itself to you, so that it can milk money out of your property?

Comment: Re:How many times done anything helpful? (Score 0) 189

by Runaway1956 (#48764643) Attached to: White House Responds To Petition To Fire Aaron Swartz's Prosecutor

Who the hell can "afford" that health care? Uncle is paying a healthy subsidy on almost all of those "plans". The real "plan" is to rape the taxpayer endlessly. Wait until those subsidies are no longer being paid. I'll be longing for the day when my health insurance ONLY cost 8 grand a year. 8 THOUSAND and change, for health care that I've never used, and probably won't use until I get some debilitating condition. But, just wait and watch. It won't be long until the last subsidy is paid, and EVERYONE will be paying 16, 24, maybe 50 thousand per year.

Can't afford that? Well - it's off to court for you, so that Uncle can take every dime you've got so that he can help you pay for your unwanted health insurance.

Comment: Re:Do I buy it? (Score 1) 235

by Runaway1956 (#48710515) Attached to: The Billionaires' Space Club

I could hate you for bringing me back to reality. But, you're right. The ultimate goal, is to get mankind out there among the stars. And - that may never happen. Every attempt may fail. We MAY not even establish any self sustaining colonies here in the solar system. But, I sure as hell don't want to accept that idea as likely. I suppose you've seen this little video?


That's the short take from a longer video, which is somewhat less "exciting" I guess the term might be.


Comment: Re:Do I buy it? (Score 2) 235

by Runaway1956 (#48710479) Attached to: The Billionaires' Space Club

I would if I could - we ALWAYS seem to have mod points here, but not me, not today. I agree with AC. Like him, I grew up relatively poor, in a rather wealthy town. It wasn't until I walked the streets of Djibouti that I saw genuine soul grinding, body destroying poverty. No, rich people don't understand poverty - and in fact, there are only a small percentage of Americans who probably have seen it face to face.

Comment: Do I buy it? (Score 5, Insightful) 235

by Runaway1956 (#48708949) Attached to: The Billionaires' Space Club

I'm well aware of fake "philanthropy". Some of the more respectable philanthropy even fails. Supposing that some billionaire actually funds the lab that finds the cure for cancer - he has bought and paid for his brand of immortality. The world doesn't need or want any more pyramids, so cancer will do the trick.

All the same - if enough people are competing to accomplish something is space, SOMEONE is going to succeed.

Yeah, I buy it. Hell, I'd work for little more than a pretty meager wage if I could be reasonably sure of ACCOMPLISHING something meaningful in space.

Dreams are free, but you get soaked on the connect time.