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Comment: Is "tyrant" now the opposite of "activist"? (Score 3, Insightful) 328

"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

by Vainglorious Coward (#46051117) Attached to: Snapchat Account Registration CAPTCHA Defeated
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: Not Greenwald (Score 1) 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

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

by Vainglorious Coward (#44632841) Attached to: International Climate Panel Cites Near Certainty On Warming

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 sq.km and 950 sq.km, depending on how you measure. There are 44 European countries larger than 1000 sq.km - 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.

Comment: Re:Of Course (Score 1) 362

by Vainglorious Coward (#44382437) Attached to: NSA Still Funded To Spy On US Phone Records

Everybody knows what the outcome will be before the vote is taken

That may be ordinarily true, but the fact that the White House vocalised opposition In an emergency statement on Tuesday, and the NSA director spent four hours lobbying Congress behind closed doors, shows how worried the authorities were about this amendment.

"A mind is a terrible thing to have leaking out your ears." -- The League of Sadistic Telepaths

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