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Comment: Re:Fee Fees Hurt? (Score 3, Insightful) 258 258

You see, thats the thing with stuff like this is:

They don't

There is no intent for uniform of equal enforcement. It simply allows them to arrest who they want. Lets say two derps get into an argument on forums, about some politically relivant topic and it gets heated and words are exchanged that shouldn't have been. They can now pick and choose which one of them gets arrested, and who gets prosecuted.

Comment: Re:Nope! (Score 1) 388 388

Its because 'proggressive values' are a smoke screen. The US doesn't give a damn about proggressive values, and in fact most American leaders hate proggressive values. The last 30 years of US politics have been backwards religeous fearmongering, war mongering, the reliegious decay of society, and stopping 'liberal' degenrates from social progress.

The US values blind loyalty, obedience, religeon, and capitalism. It is the reason we are allied with Saudi Arabia. Its why we supported the mujadeen in the 1980s, and continue to support jihadis about as often as we fight them.

Its the reason we support replacing the pacifist liberal population in europe with a more relegious dogmatic population that has 6 children per women and eager to see them die in a conflict, and as well as support the white fascist motherfuckers who'd do the same.

Proggressive values are a smoke screen. Nothing more.

Comment: Re:Why would the festival cooperate? (Score 1) 134 134

from your consumption habbits they are able to piece together other bits of information such as sexual orientation, political leanings, perhaps hidden biases. What if you are having an affair. mistress shows up? Who's that next to you, did you happen to stand next to a future criminal/terrorist in a picture? You can make black mail out of anything.

Comment: and I thought Linux had driver issues (Score 5, Informative) 289 289

Linux might have some slight incompatiblity with an ever shrinking list of now obscure hardware. But when it works, it works. There is nothing this fucked up about linux drives. At worst, a few of them simply don't have the features we'd like, but nothing catastrophic.

+ - Baseball Team Hack Another Team's Networks, FBI Investigates->

An anonymous reader writes: The St. Louis Cardinals have been one of the better baseball teams over the past several years. The Houston Astros have been one of the worst. Nevertheless, there is evidence that officials for the Cardinals broke into a network maintained by the Astros in order to gain access to "internal discussions about trades, proprietary statistics, and scouting reports." The FBI is now leading an investigation into the breach, and they have server subpoenas to the Cardinals and to Major League Baseball demanding access to electronic correspondence. It's the first known instance of a corporate espionage involving a network breach in professional sports. Law enforcement said the intrusion "did not appear to be sophisticated." It seems likely that a personal vendetta against the Astros's general manager is involved.
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Comment: Re:But we know that USA is the *GOOD GUY* (Score 1) 222 222

by "going after" you mean "revoking tax exempt status", which in the grand scheme of political foul play in the US, is small fish. In the past the IRS has repeatedly audited victims every year as harrassment. The US government has spread nasty rumors about people, got them fired, or even killed, planted drugs, arrested activists, spied on activists, etc...

Comment: Re:Why would the festival cooperate? (Score 1) 134 134

I'd be more concerned about facial recognition used at a political rally rather than an innocent music festival as there's not much blackmail material therein.

When you find me a form of music that doesn't have even the slightest political connotations, I've found the dullest music in existance.

Comment: Re:But we know that USA is the *GOOD GUY* (Score 1) 222 222

Are you sure that all the technology Americans invented had nothing to do with that?

what technology America invented? a good deal of the shit that was "invented" in the US was invented elsewhere. Also, remember that 90% of the NSA's work is economic espionage, so it really wouldn't suprise me if a good deal of things "invented here" where stolen from elsewhere via espionage.

The US already had its high standard of living before we started extracting resources from foreign lands.

The US was a backward shithole and complete non-rate before WW2. The standard of living of the working class before WW2 was pretty bad, and only getting worse. Corporations gave the US citizens a temporary 20 year reprieve, but started reversing union gains starting in the 1960s. Next generation will most likely to back to pre-war standards of poor.

Because if you look at history there are certainly empires whose standards of living were definitely based upon what they could take from weaker peoples.

Sure, but the point is the viability of the American system is its military strength and its ability to exploit others. Its not exportable. No other system can employ a similar system and get similar results because there simply isn't enough resources on Earth. Also, when you calculate the standard of living of the "American" system, you have to take into consideration how well off that people who make goods for Americans are treated as well, because they are part of the system.

It makes the US completely incomparable with countries that don't have that sort of special relationships. Its why the examples of Socialism vs Capitalism don't hold up.

Comment: And its a lie (Score 1) 546 546

For posterity: It was already suspected there where massive problems with the story: https://www.techdirt.com/artic...

Let's start with this. Soon after Daniel Ellsberg was revealed as the source behind the Pentagon Papers, White House officials started spreading rumors that Ellsberg was actually a Soviet spy and that he'd passed on important secrets to the Russians: None of it was true, but it was part of a concerted effort by administration officials to smear Ellsberg as a "Soviet spy" and a "traitor" when all he really did was blow the whistle on things by sharing documents with reporters.

Now we get to today:
https://www.techdirt.com/artic...

So we've already written about the massive problems with the Sunday Times' big report claiming that the Russians and Chinese had "cracked" the encryption on the Snowden files (or possibly just been handed those files by Snowden) and that he had "blood on his hands" even though no one has come to any harm. It also argued that David Miranda was detained after he got documents from Snowden in Moscow, despite the fact that he was neither in Moscow, nor had met Snowden (a claim the article quietly deleted). That same report also claimed that UK intelligence agency MI6 had to remove "agents" from Moscow because of this leak, despite the fact that they're not called "agents" and there's no evidence of any actual risk. So far, the only official response from News Corp. the publisher of The Sunday Times (through a variety of subsidiaries) was to try to censor the criticism of the story with a DMCA takedown request. Either way, one of the journalists who wrote the story, Tom Harper, gave an interview to CNN which is quite incredible to watch. Harper just keeps repeating that he doesn't know what's actually true, and that he was just saying what the government told him -- more or less admitting that his role here was not as a reporter, but as a propagandist or a stenographer.

Say it again, we live in a "Free" country. The man who penned the article has admitted to being a government "shill". The OP is nothing more than government disinformation. There is a consistant *Motis Operedni* spanning several decades to lead us to believe they do this regularly.

Comment: Re:But we know that USA is the *GOOD GUY* (Score 3, Insightful) 222 222

That may be so, but how does this make the US government good, or the US Government honest. This is a strawman argument.

The US Government might not be as outwardly harsh about dealing with dissent, but thats only because it has more subtle ways which are equally as effective.

I firmly believe if we didn't have hollywood, journalists, and a long tradition of marketing and advertising goons, you'd see the same sort of oppressive state apparatus as you do in China and Russia.

We also have a much higher standard of living because we exploit more from third world nations. The standard of living of the Average American is not by his hand, but by the gun he forces on others. The "Success" isn't even shared equally, and we have a large underclass that for all intents and purposes do not have any real benefit of living in a first world country.

We also have the highest incarceration rate in the world, namely to deal with the organized street militias that prowl the neighborhoods of the disenfranchised, malcontents, and those who violate moralist superstitions.

Comment: Re:Why would the festival cooperate? (Score 2) 134 134

it is fairly insightful. I don't think you have a point besides "any other political opinion other than do what the government says is childish because I said so".

You are the product, means that not only are these companies spying on you, they are proccessing information to sell to advertisers much in the way a spy agency would go after a mark. They find your psycological weak points to convince you that their product is awesome and then have you harrass the companies neigh sayers.

At the end of the day, you loose your freedom to decide what products you want, and your opinions are owned by advertising corporations. Their clients pay for your opinion, and they manipulate you into believing.

You are the product.

Comment: Re:Why would the festival cooperate? (Score 1) 134 134

I'm used to going to punk shows with few bouncers, and oh, no cameras. You might have to be a little more cautious, but 90% of the problems you have will be started by the security. At rock shows, most of the time these are crew members and not shy of beating people for minor provocations. Usually bikers or three letter crews, but occationally some minority based "street social clubs".

Next ask, "who is manning the cameras", and expect them to be just as sketchy. Oh the cops? So you trust the police to look for actual theft? Looking for petty theivery is very much on the low list of priorities, and on the top is enforcing strict moral code of looking for an excuse to bust people performing sexual acts or consuming intoxicants. If the music is the slightest bit "counterculture", its any excuse to arrest as many of the party goers as possible, generally making up a reason.

There is never a good reason why you'd want cops at such an event. Unless you expect crews to show up for the show(motorcycle clubs, HC three letter crews, urban corner clubs, etc...), don't hire external security either. Get people who are closer to the music community to resolve disputes.

The other known theif clause sounds too damn close to outlawry, where someone is subjected to being an outlaw and denied rights as a sentance for comitting a crime. This in history has never worked out well.

Comment: Re:Why would the festival cooperate? (Score 1) 134 134

Why wouldn't they co-operate? How many people are going to stay home or spend less money because of the cameras?

How much financial damage can the police do through harrassment to ensure the cameras stay up, such as imposing fines, threatening to revoke permits, taking them through court systems, having uniformed and un-uniformed officers harrass festival goers until they don't want to come back or get them to leave before they spend too much money.

Waiting for a financial incentive to get large companies to protect your rights for you is foolish. Unpopular opinion: you might as well trust the government to "protect your rights"

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