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Comment: If NASA were an ISP... (Score 3, Funny) 307

by ark1 (#46657287) Attached to: Should NASA Send Astronauts On Voluntary One-Way Missions?
A recruitment ad could look something like this:

Aspiring Astronaut, why join NASA?
-Experience blazing speed* inside one of our rockets
-Survivor rate up to 100%
-Professional customer support associate available 24/7.

*Upload speed may be significantly faster than download back to Earth, other conditions apply.

Comment: T-shirts not that unusual (Score 1) 2

by ark1 (#44997637) Attached to: Security Researchers Rewarded with $12.50 Voucher to Buy Yahoo T-Shirt
Receiving company t-shirts as a symbolic gesture/compensation for discovering vulnerabilities is not that unheard of. However, in those cases there is an actual t-shirt (sometimes personalized) sent as a gesture of recognition not a lousy voucher. I feel yahoo will make them whole in one or another to get some PR points with this story. In the end, I guess a voucher is still better than an army of lawyers coming after you.

Comment: Re:A day late, but... (Score 2) 447

by ark1 (#44164247) Attached to: Edward Snowden Files For Political Asylum In Russia

You don't revoke passports. Once you arrested someone, the judge may decide to retain the travel documents to avoid that person fleeing justice. But the passport is not revoked, it is confiscated. And that is done once the person is arrested, not while the person is sitting somewhere in the world in a transit area.

Revoking a passport is quite extreme and I have never heard of such action. It is not the usual way to pursue international criminals. Thus it is a different treatment.

Passport Canada (US must have something similar) has a description of actions that may get your passport revoked. At this point I think he does fall in there.

Comment: Re:A day late, but... (Score 5, Informative) 447

by ark1 (#44164073) Attached to: Edward Snowden Files For Political Asylum In Russia

Revoking Snowden's passport also violates this from what I can see as by removing his passport they're removing his right to travel and hence to leave Russia.

Or in other words the US has pretty much now completely thrown the de-facto document on basic levels of standards of human rights entirely out the window.

Owning a passport/travelling between countries is a privilege not a right. When someone is suspected of a crime and there is a good chance this person may seek to leave the country to evade prosecution, the passport will be revoked. Snowden is not a special snowflake to warrant a different treatment.

You can tell how far we have to go, when FORTRAN is the language of supercomputers. -- Steven Feiner