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Comment: What a load of bullcrap (Score 3, Insightful) 228

by TrentTheThief (#49526517) Attached to: UK Police Chief: Some Tech Companies Are 'Friendly To Terrorists'

Snowden did not create a hostile environment for governments and intelligence agencies. The actions of governments accomplished that entirely on their own.

Mr. Rowley make's his statement based on a 1950's mindset where "the government is your friend and can be trusted" was a common theme. Well, unfortunately, that illusion was dispelled many, many years ago after repeated episodes of government scandals, outright lies, and law breaking.

“If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can't fool all of the people all of the time. -Abraham Lincoln, Speech at Clinton, Illinois, September 8, 1854.”

Governments and their intel organizations fucked away the public's trust long ago.

The remainder of Mr's Rowley's statement is yet another poke intended to plant an idea that the public should support laws against the civilian use of encryption for data and communications.

Don't let that 1984 supporter bullshit you.

Snowden has created an environment where some technology companies are less comfortable working with law reinforcement and intelligence agencies and the bad guys are better informed. We all love the benefit of the internet and all the rest of it, but we need their support in making sure that they're doing everything possible to stop their technology being exploited by terrorists. I'm saying that needs to be front and center of their thinking and for some it is and some it isn't."

Comment: Utter nonsense. (Score 1) 498

by TrentTheThief (#49223643) Attached to: Mental Health Experts Seek To Block the Paths To Suicide

They can no more remove the means for suicide than they can legislate a person's desire to live or what makes them horny.

It's a complete waste of time and money to even attempt to banning the items a person could use to suicide.

It's time for the fucking politicians to actually rectify a serious problem instead of dicking around with time wasting subjects and endless re-iterations of old laws to appear that they're actually working.

Comment: Facebook is concerned about their bottom line (Score 1) 187

by TrentTheThief (#49146045) Attached to: Facebook Puts Users On Suicide Watch

Facebook is only taking steps to ensure a steady revenue stream. They must prolong the agony of people who don't want to be here anymore so that there is plenty of drama to suck in the feeble minded. If there's no drama to pull in the tabloid mentality, who's gong to click those ads and spend money?

Comment: Re: Because it sucks (Score 3, Interesting) 210

by TrentTheThief (#48873707) Attached to: Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

No shit. I was okay with using G+ and really thought it had some great features and potential until Google started getting all fucking dark overlordish about using real names. That was when I drifted away from using it.

But as you mentioned, that bullshit about youtube commenting was insanely stupid. As was their decision to disallow commenting on Google Play without a vaild G+ account.

All that real name/closed environment bullshit was thought up by one very, very insecure person who had little experience (as compared to us older computer users) who did use GEnie, CompuServe, and Delphi for our first internet access and who also used dial-up BBSs back when a modem was an acoustic device you clamped onto a phone's handset.

Fucking google.... Still in mid-air during this shark jump.

Comment: Yet another Heinlein story turned into dreck. (Score 1) 254

by TrentTheThief (#48764657) Attached to: Heinlein's 'All You Zombies' Now a Sci-Fi Movie Head Trip

When the political and social commentary is written out of film adaptations, it leaves only some common characters and the story title. The rest is garbage.

Don't expect any hollywood studio to ever produce an actual Heinlein film. It's not going to happen. You'll just have to settle for filmed drivel sharing a title with a good book.

Comment: Re:This looks like pre-paid corruption. (Score 1) 141

by TrentTheThief (#48635459) Attached to: Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

So, exactly how does being a politician confer one with the power to ignore laws? Politicians are not pawns. They are either honest or not. America is unfortunately lacking in the honest variety.

As for campaign money, if you think the EU is any more honest, then you really are in a fantasy. I'm sorry I can't share.

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