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Comment: Re:Actually they're saying they are going to watch (Score 1) 361

This is why a lot of political groups in the US are being labeled as extremists. Because there are some people in those groups that do crazy stuff like make bombs. Practically none of them do that but one out of a million does... and they need to watch for that.

There are some Americans that make bombs.

Better watch all of them. Just in case.

Comment: Re:Well, of course (Score 1) 361

Oh, irony.

See, a rational person would have looked at what's going and concluded that the NSA's position is "of course you're more likely to be an extremist" rather than "of course you must be an extremist". But self-styled "free-thinkers" such as yourself always seem to tend toward these extreme, paranoid views that barely resemble the actual situation. It's almost as if you tended towards extremism or something.

Kiddo, the "you're a conspiracy theorist" line doesn't work anymore.

You should really try something new.

Comment: Re:USA, the land of freedom (Score 1) 304

by X.25 (#47054281) Attached to: Why Lavabit Shut Down

Not really. The US is not particularly dependent on foreign trade. Sure there would be some dislocations but it would likely remain a superpower.

I don't think you understand where those 17 trillion are coming from and how that game works.

I am not sure if you are a product of wishful thinking or you people seriously believe in what you say.

Comment: Re:Protests were Illegal. (Score 1) 142

The law in Belgium states that it is illegal to hold public protests without authorisation from the municipality.

I guess introducing a law that requires citizens to jump off the bridges would sort that all out.

After all, laws should not be questioned or disobeyed. Ever. Because they are there to protect you.

Comment: Re:Majority Rules (Score 1) 92

by X.25 (#46988145) Attached to: New Zealand Spy Agency To Vet Network Builds, Provider Staff

As with the United States and Australia, the people of New Zealand (and other democracies and democratic republics) elect their government and thus have control over their politics.

One must assume that in all of these places, the majority agree with these policies.

Shocking? To me, but apparently, I'm not in the majority.

It is amazing how often idiots push this same line, without realizing a pretty major and catastrphic flaw.

But carry on, though.

Comment: Re:Your tax dollars hard at work (Score 4, Interesting) 210

by X.25 (#46923191) Attached to: US Government To Study Bitcoin As Possible Terrorist Threat

FYI, all other electronic money transfers in the US are required to go through money laundering and terrorist funding checks. By law the bank isn't even allowed to tell you why you can't get your money, if the scan hits a positive.

Obama administration offers $27 million in additional help for Syrian rebels

Wonder how they'll transfer it...

Comment: Re:Slightly misleading... (Score 1) 226

by X.25 (#46849229) Attached to: American Judge Claims Jurisdiction Over Data Stored In Other Countries

The judge said that the warrant served on Microsoft is valid, meaning that Microsoft, which has control of the servers in Dublin, can be required to use its access to its own servers to turn over information within its control. Nothing Earth-shattering here.

Unless servers actually belong to a business entity registered in Ireland (Microsoft office there or whatever), which is subject to EU laws and regulations, not to US judge opinions and wisehs.

If server belongs to company registered in Ireland (regardless of who is the 'parent' company), they would likely be breaking EU laws and regulations if they would follow orders from US judge.

Do you have objections to Chinese judge ordering Huawei to disclose personal data of their US customers?

If you don't, I guess there is nothing to debate then.

I have problems with both, though.

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