Children don't like rules and think that the ends always justify the means.
Time to clean up the Romper Room in Washington DC and put adults in charge.
No one trusts our software now. This is horrible for our economy.
Well, then, you need to throw out the bastards in government who caused that to happen with their bad policies.
Now we might not get to eat too.
Well, then, you need to do it quickly.
Is the world safer?
Yes. The revelations, and public reactions to them (the real public reaction as expressed in the marketplace, not whatever jaw-flapping occurs in response to some inane telemarkepollster call) have led to security improvements. The fact that it has also led to the entertaining spectacle of useless bureaucrats running around pissing and moaning and whining and generally making fools of themselves in public is just a bonus.
You make it sound like it's a good thing. I hate that stuff, and I personnaly don't think that legalizing a substance that distorts reality, that can make you a veggie and slowly destroys your ability to have fun without it is just a way to make a whole generation less intelligent than the one before.
Maybe so, but having a dozen Al Capones and a legion of Al Capone wannabes slinging lead willy-nilly turned out to be a greater evil.
The worst actual "abuse" they found was a couple of people spying on their girlfriends.
Since you regard stalker behavior as acceptable, you really ought to be required to wear a sign expressing this belief so that potential girlfriends will be forewarned.
Snowden has created an environment where some technology companies are less comfortable working with law reinforcement
No, dickweed, YOU created an environment where some technology companies are less comfortable working with law reinforcement by abusing your privileges.
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Holding a camera and recording video while in no direct danger does not make someone a hero. I don't think it means what you think it means.
Under these circumstances, it certainly does. The perpetrator cop showed by his behavior that for him the police uniform is just another set of gang colors. Photographing a gang-banger doing something the gang-banger would prefer to be kept secret is dangerous for obvious reasons.
I know what the groupthink around here is, but "...now, because of videos, we are seeing just how systemic and widespread it is" is an expression of a preconceived notion, not a valid inference from data.
It's an inference derived from newly available evidence, which is the exact opposite of a preconceived notion.
The latest versions of VeraCrypt can mount TrueCrypt containers. They also allow you to select the hash algorithm (instead of autodetecting) when mounting disks, which speeds up the process (I've never found it to take more than 15 seconds on a six-year-old computer).