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Comment: Re:Maybe you should have read more than one senten (Score 2) 264

Read the summary:

The only site that is available to many people. The only other available source would be PR stuff from that very school.

Trying to cross check the promises in some school leafl3eats using a usually trustworthy (and the only available) source isn't a masterpiece, but within the available means, "due diligence"

Comment: Re:Fuck those guys (Score 4, Insightful) 569

So let me get this straight. I have been kidnapped in my home by a lunatic who threatens to kill me if I try to call the police or escape. I manage to call 911 for help, and your suggestion is that the police call me back or ask permission to enter so that the kidnapper can make good on their threat to kill me.

1st That call wouldn't be anonymous.
2nd While I heard of hostage/siege situations on the news, in none of them were hostages shot at the first sight of a police officer. I know this is more anecdotal and secondhand, but even from the viewpoint of an armed madman, killing your negotiation material first thing is a very bad tactic.

it corrodes the (already strained) bond of trust between the people that need the police to protect them, the people who have to respond, and the people on the other end of that police response.

Yes. But if you have to be afraid of a swat team raiding your house and killing your 6 year old daughter because they got the wrong address (Detroit IIRC) or anonymous callers, THAT won't help rebuild that lost trust.

Comment: Re: Impossible Fair Trial (Score 1) 337

by bickerdyke (#49301869) Attached to: German Vice Chancellor: the US Threatened Us Over Snowden

But other countries pay for their oil, too. The oil money won't be instantly down to zero. Yes, they would have to cut back, but people won't revolt that quickly if they build less skyscrapers.

Here comes into play what the other commenter replied: The US is a net energy exporter, Saudi Arabia doesn't have to supply ALL the oil needed there. Gas prices still would go up a lot, but gas stations wouldn't run dry.

Comment: Re:hypocrisy (Score 1) 337

by bickerdyke (#49301351) Attached to: German Vice Chancellor: the US Threatened Us Over Snowden

Being pissed off when you find out that some (supposedly friendly!) foreign agency is spying on you is not hipocrisy. It's a perfect normal reaction.

On the other hand, it's hipocrisy not to relize that exactly is their job.

or how would you think America would react if the BND started wiretapping Obamas calls? Not amused. I'd guess.

Comment: Re:Diplomacy, bullying, what's the difference? (Score 1) 337

by bickerdyke (#49301245) Attached to: German Vice Chancellor: the US Threatened Us Over Snowden

You don't have to go as far as to make that a matter of trust.

If ANY country's 3-letter-agencies are looking out for you, you don't want to be in any country that has a visa waiver program with the first.

So much for the question if Germany should offer refugee status. He would be stupid to request it here.

Comment: Re:But they help also (Score 1) 366

by bickerdyke (#49296293) Attached to: Uber Shut Down In Multiple Countries Following Raids

I had a chance to actually use uber, so excuse me and please correct me if I get this wrong, but I was under the impression that the uber fare is based on the distance between start and destination as determined by a routing software and not on the detours the driver decides to take?

So how could the driver fleece the passenger here?

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