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Comment Re: Whats wrong with US society (Score 1) 609 609

poorest state is wealthier than the UK on a per capita basis

According to Wikipedia, the poorest state is Mississippi with a per capita GDP of $28,900. Depending on whose figures you use, the UK has a per capita GDP of between $37,000 and $39,000, which would rank the UK somewhere around #32 out of 50 states. Or were you not talking about GDP?

Comment Standards? (Score 2) 76 76

Imagine a world where there were multiple standards for cigarette lighter^W^W accessory power connectors, and how different the market for accessories would be. Im surprised that car manufacturers, whose product development cycle is quite lengthy, are willing to accomodate proprietary (and likely fleeting) technologies.

Comment Is "tyrant" now the opposite of "activist"? (Score 3, Insightful) 353 353

"Tyrant judge"?! He was applying the law. A bad law in the opinion of many people, sure, but nonetheless crystal clear in its scope and effect. Are you saying the judge should have not applied the law? That he should have ignored the statute and made up his own rules? You're in favor of "activist judges"?

Comment The mangled version is in the original (Score 1) 52 52

Note also that the hypnosec didn't "write" this submission - like the vast majority of submitters s/he simply copy& pasted the first two paragraphs from the fine article. In other words, both submitter and slashdot admin either didn't read it, or have terrible reading comprehension skills. Probably both.

Comment Re:Chilling (Score 1) 306 306

you want to destroy a representation of the records, but keep them in storage somewhere?

I was more imagining the records fashioned into a Wicker Man style construction, with Clapper, Alexandar et al as the soft centre. I'd be tempted to do some chanting and dancing around that

Comment Not Greenwald (Score 1) 237 237

Regardless of your imaginings about Greenwald, this latest release is nothing to with him or the Guardian, but comes from another newspaper the Independent. Snowden and the Guardian strongly dispute that Snowden's materials are the source of the Independent's story, and claim that the UK government itself must be the source of this particular material.

Comment Not sourced from Snowden materials (Score 1) 237 237

The important story here is not that there's more secret surveillance, it's that the Independent claims that the story is based on materials from Snowden, and he and the Guardian flat-out deny that. The obvious implication is that the UK government itself "leaked" the material to the Independent, to create an appearance of potential danger to people arising from "the Snowden disclosures", a type of release that Snowden and the Guardian have strenuously avoided.

Comment Geography fail (Score 2) 510 510

EU nations have managed to put up a full service light rail system connecting all your major cities, in an area about as large as the five boroughs of NYC.

The area of NYC is somewhere between 650 and 950, depending on how you measure. There are 44 European countries larger than 1000 - NYC is only larger than Andorra, Malta, Liechtenstein, San Marino, Monaco and Vatican City. Even the 44th largest on the list, Luxembourg, is more than two and a half times bigger than NYC.

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