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Comment: Re:disingenious (Score 2) 199

by SpankiMonki (#47815729) Attached to: First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

Ruling against the government in this matter is a career ending move for anybody involved in the decision unless they are have reached the peak of the promotion ladder and are unfireable like the supreme court judges are.

The judges in this matter are in fact appointed for life.

Comment: Re:Why the fuck is this on Slashdot? (Score 1) 789

I'm not trying to build a case for anything, other than for folks to read the transcript and draw their own conclusions. I find that to be a better course of action than reading through a bunch of links to old news from outlets that thrive on sensationalism.

What is it YOU are making a case for? (rhetorical question; your motives are pretty obvious)

Comment: Re:Why the fuck is this on Slashdot? (Score 0) 789

Certainly your conclusions are your own, but they apparently aren't very useful since they apparently aren't informed by an understanding of how countries and heads of state conduct foreign policy.

Apparently you have no knowledge whatsoever of what informs my conclusions. Apparently.

Of course I am willing to be persuaded.

Uh huh. Apparently you're persuaded by the "journalists" at The Moscow Times. I think that's just adorable. .

Comment: Re:Not the end... (Score 1) 789

NATO agreed to defend the Ukraine in agreement for the Ukraine disarming itself of nuclear weapons.

Nope. One, NATO was not a party to The Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances. Two, the BMSA doesn't require any of the parties to "defend" Ukraine militarily. Three, you might want to stop referring to Ukraine as "the Ukraine".

Comment: Re:Why the fuck is this on Slashdot? (Score 1) 789

When one of the world's superpowers is threatening to make use of their nuclear arsenal, it is, most certainly, "stuff that matters".

When you read the quote in its full context (posted below), you'll find that Putin made no threat. This submission is simply cold fjord attempting to rouse the rabble. Unfortunately, /. editors seem to be complicit in the act.

Comment: Sigh (Score 3) 789

OK, I guess this "story" qualifies as "stuff that matters", but can we at least get something more than a smattering of links to stories that are yesterday's news? Putin made his comment 4 days ago, and damn near every think in the summary points to stories that are three days old (and contain more than their share of unsubstantiated speculation).

I'm not normally one to make "why is this on slashdot?" posts. But taking into account the predilections of the submitter, I gotta say this comes off as a troll submission.

Comment: Re:Send in the drones! (Score 4, Informative) 848

by SpankiMonki (#47775813) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

Ukraine disarmed itself in 2006 at our urging, with the understanding that we would come to their aid if ever it were needed.

The only "aid" that the US is obligated to provide Ukraine under the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances is to seek UN Security Council action in the event that Ukraine is attacked (or threatened) with nuclear weapons.

The agreement is a one page document written in plain language. It's hard to imagine anyone who's read it would interpret it as you do.

Comment: Re:I don't understand this... (Score 1) 20

by SpankiMonki (#47766449) Attached to: Google Buys Zync Cloud Graphics Rendering Service
Seems to me they are providing a very specialized form of computing power - one that Google's current cloud services don't offer. I guess Google could have built this service themselves, but I'm sure it was more cost-effective to simply acquire an existing service and integrate it into their platform. Put another way, Zync just got Borged. (much to the delight of Zync's owners I'm sure)

+ - Stanford Launches Online Course on Government Surveillance->

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An anonymous reader writes "American law can be impenetrable, especially once the FBI and NSA get involved. It appears Stanford Law School is trying to level the playing field, providing a 'comprehensive, accurate, and accessible explanation' of government surveillance. The free online course promises to explain the rules for tracking, hacking, backdoors, and more. And for the tin foil hat crowd, the course is even available as a Tor hidden service."
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