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Comment: Typical ... (Score 1) 107

by garry_g (#47111299) Attached to: German Authorities Lack Evidence To Prosecute Anyone For NSA Spying

Of course, supposedly no hard evidence or witnesses.

The general attorney is part of the ministry of justice ... Merkel and other leading politicians have made it clear they do not see any reason to prosecute the U.S. for the privacy invasion the NSA has committed ... now, the general attorney decides there's not enough evidence. Go figure.

All lying bastards ... too bad the general public does not understand (or care) what most politicians are doing ...

Comment: Typical of German authorities ... *sigh* (Score 2) 334

Unless some A**hole posts private pictures after a break-up (or even during a relationship - most likely causing a break-up) - how is anybody going to prove somebody still has any pictures, or from the other side, prove that they deleted compromising pictures?

How long will it be until legislators, courts, etc. arrive in the 21st century? Or the late 20th, for that matter ... that would already be an improvement ...

Comment: Only could be worse ... (Score 1) 164

by garry_g (#47015929) Attached to: Adobe Creative Cloud Services Offline (Again?)

... if Adobe had started following the suite of App-Developers in the mobile arena ... requiring in-app purchases to use features ... ;)

Ultimately, customers are at fault - they shouldn't have renewed any services with Adobe that require the online connection ... but companies will keep on abusing customers as long as they keep buying their products ...

Comment: Figures ... (Score 1) 431

by garry_g (#46744337) Attached to: Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

After the alteration of the writing rules several years ago (adapting spelling and punctuation rules to the stupidity of the people), I reckon this is just the inevitable next step ... going back several centuries to pre-Duden-times, the results should be clear - uncertainty when reading a text as to what the writer actually meant in some cases, and the helpless anger of people that still follow the rules and figuratively hurt when reading wrong spellings (like they're/their/there in English) ...
Why is it so hard to either teach children correctly, or fail them if they don't learn? Of course, with the trends like "no kid left behind" or contra-productive financing decisions (reducing financing for schools that have too few kid finish successfully) seem to favor this ...
Of course, kid failing in school have multiple reasons ... while sometimes teachers may be at least part of the problem, a most likely larger problem is the home of the kids ... parents that don't care about their children, and/or because they themselves are schooled below average.

Comment: That should be quick ... (Score 1) 667

by garry_g (#46556215) Attached to: Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

When providing scientific proof of God, the show should be over quickly ...
Sure, you can prove that certain events have happened in one way or another (e.g. great flood, Sodom & Gomorrah, ...), saying those are acts of God is more to the point of man of the day being unable to distinguish natural phenomena from said acts ... just as nowadays' technical advances would be seen by a 19th century person ...
Also, seeing what havoc religion creates on the grand scale (not talking about the personal level - rather what is caused by the conflicts between people of different faith), earth might be better off without it ...
As for the personal level - speaking of the relation between the individual and the church and/or state - at least some religions seem to be focused in keeping people at bay ... succumbing to authority, letting them do with you more less how they desire, and not doing much about it ... plus, states more or less enforces that image ... even in countries that say they've separated church and state, the ties are still there ...
Don't get me wrong - there's a lot of good things being done by religious people. But that's just that: the PEOPLE are the ones doing the good things!

Comment: Looking back at history ... (Score 1) 229

by garry_g (#46487847) Attached to: Elon Musk Addresses New Jersey's Tesla Store Ban

... maybe he should have called his company "Edison" ... maybe that way, he'd be facing less problems ...
(check out the history of Edison and Tesla ... Edison was in part responsible for Tesla's failure in the end, even though Tesla had far more impressive inventions ... though many falsely aren't attributed to him ...)

Comment: First German net, now this ... (Score 4, Interesting) 197

by garry_g (#46258885) Attached to: German Chancellor Proposes European Communications Network

Some time ago, there were suggestions by German Telekom of building a German infrastructure to ensure mails sent between German users would not be routed via the USA. Apart from ensuring German authorities would have it easier looking into traffic, I will hazard a guess that Telekom is lobbying to push this through, possibly forcing German providers to connect themselves to some newly designed infrastructure, which would most likely benefit German Telekom (either if they were operating those IXes, or by the lines put in to connect the providers). I do not have numbers as to the percentage, but most large to medium (and many smaller) German providers already are interconnected through DECIX, allowing for a short, cost-effective path between them. Oh, most, except for one - German Telekom (actually, they are connected, but do not have an open peering policy). Coincidence?

Why is it that so many governments seem so clueless with technology?

Comment: Right so! (Score 1) 1431

by garry_g (#45962555) Attached to: Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

That's why every red-blooded American was granted the right to bear arms by the founding fathers ... to shoot those mother-f@cking @ssholes that text during a movie (preview or main doesn't matter).

I wonder how many thousands of deaths it will take before America finally wakes up and reduces that 2nd amendment right to the arms that were current at the time of that amendment ...

One of the most overlooked advantages to computers is... If they do foul up, there's no law against whacking them around a little. -- Joe Martin

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