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Comment: Re:Nitpicking... (Score 1) 90

A correlational relationship is a specific one where correlation exists, but causality is missing/unproven. If there is both causality and correlation (and you're right about the former requiring the latter) then it's a causal relationship.
Of course then there are also casual relationships, which are much better than the previous two types... :)

Comment: You've got it wrong (Score 3) 171

It's "I for one welcome our commissioner-overlords and their total detachment from reality" :) I have lived in the pre-1989 Eastern Bloc and I can spot a centralistic, ineffectual project intended to just shuffle money from the taxpayers to the Brussels bureaucracy and its friends in the industry.

Comment: Re:Substitute "China" or "Soviet Russia" (Score 2) 304

by SlovakWakko (#47054023) Attached to: Why Lavabit Shut Down
Well d'oh! Secret court, man - what more do you need to see there's something rotten in the land of freedom? And even though it has been proven how evil this thing is - for example by the 2013 top-secret order for an all-metadata feed from VBNS to NSA - it still exists! The way you've allowed all kinds of extreme measures to be implemented out of fear of terrorists really reminds me of something in our history here in the EU. Just replace terrorists with jews and communists... but don't worry, you are bound to learn the lesson too, sooner or later, and in the course of the learning process also obtain some well-tended memorials which will help you never to forget it. You may think that I am exaggerating - well, our grandparents also thought so ;)

Comment: Re:Why not leave? (Score 3, Interesting) 304

by SlovakWakko (#47053945) Attached to: Why Lavabit Shut Down
I can imagine operating Lavabit-type of service in some European country. EU's grip on the internet is much weaker than that of the NSA, and recent efforts towards strengthening online privacy give me the reason to believe that it would be difficult to actually shut down such a service. Provisions for obtaining private data through a court order exist also in the EU so there is a legal way for the government to go after criminals who would use it, and with the recent revelations of how thoroughly has the EU been penetrated by NSA (literally as well as figuratively), spinning it as moving from the no-longer-free USA to the still-free EU would also help to protect the service - should anyone try to lay a heavy hand on the service, I think that it would quickly escalate into a discussion in the European Parliament and a lot of scathing titles in big newspapers. Other indications - for example how big are current EU research grant calls in ICT on online privacy, security and trust - also make me believe that Lavabit could work here. So don't hesitate, come here and be free again, guys ;) Also, I don't think that the MU case is pertinent here, as it happened in a US colony.

Comment: Re:As an American (Score 4, Insightful) 248

by SlovakWakko (#45773237) Attached to: F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen Cancels RSA Talk In Protest

"Why are you not rioting then?" - several riots were attempted to be formed, but the NSA learned about them through their surveillance programs, and blew up the areas in question with drones, declaring them terrorist attacks. They then used their control over the internet to squash all news about it.

Who would mod this "funny"?? It should be "insightful".

Comment: This is a bad idea (Score 4, Funny) 752

by SlovakWakko (#45397971) Attached to: Sweden Is Closing Many Prisons Due to Lack of Prisoners
Don't mess with the equilibrium. Less criminals means less need for cops means more unemplyed cops who usually go into organized crime means more criminals means you need to hire more cops means less crime means... - OMG, it's just a way to get the whole population into organized crime!

Comment: This is crazy! But thanks anyway... (Score 1) 658

by SlovakWakko (#45203763) Attached to: Oregon Extends Push To Track, Tax Drivers Per Mile
Here in the EU we often envy the enormous economical advantage you residents of the U.S.A. get from having to pay only half (roughly) of what we pay for the same amount of gas. Better mobility means better economy. And now you're about to be taxed for MOVING around? Wow... a couple more things like this or the NSA+FISA fiasco, and the unemplyment figures here will look very different :)

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