Is a bit different than that. They are complaining now because the revelation of this is making their paid users to stop using their services. They may or may not be worried about their users privacy, but for sure they are worried about their profits.
In the other hand, tif well they knew the cut of the cake they were getting, they didn't know about all the other companies into the same and how wide and deep were this. Also, the revelation on how the NSA infiltrated their internal network without their knowledge or consent could had raised some alarms.
In any case, if the NSA head can lie to the congress without consequences after that being found out, why can't they tell all of them that it is over while keep doing it (and keeping the backdoors in their internal networks to keep doing the dirty work) or force them in a way or another to tell the world that all is over when is not, or even plant a fake whiteblower that confirms that the NSA stopped their programs ? By now trust is deeply broken in all that surrounds the NSA, if tomorrow they say that 2+2=4 you should bet that they are doing math in base 3.
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Or maybe, with their tender little feelings hut not, the spooks are looking for that competitive edge in their own gaming experience. Can you imagine the hacks and dupes these guys could pull? And here we've been blaming Korean bot guilds all this time!"
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Is all related to volume. If those reserves and the spill are big enough, it could make a measurable change in ocean salinity.
Also, the water that come from rivers, came from rain, and in the end came from the ocean, water evaporated, salt remained and later the same water returned, in global scale things keeps being more or less the same. But what if you add enough "new" fresh water to the cycle?
Some doctors are upset for not getting support after they helped torturing detained suspects.
In both cases, that maybe shows that very deep inside them, there is still a human being trying to confess the crimes that even they realize that are doing. "I was just following orders" don't cut the pain anymore.
Both technical and political solutions should be taken, developed and adopted if we want to get back our privacy. There are several countries that are in bed with NSA (that will do everything in their hand to prevent people to try to keep their privacy, including the ability to have home servers), and several that not. And if well things could be out of hope in US, england, australia, sweden and some more, in others meaninful actions could be taken.
The point is doing what is within our possiblities. If we know for sure that the data in the US cloud will be inspectioned by the NSA and even passed to potential competitors then is not wise to store things there. We can work in protecting countries or home networks, things that should be under our control, if we are not up to the challenge at least we tried.
This. They seem to not take into account that part of the reason that companies want servers it to put private information there. And some countries have strong privacy policies for protecting their citizens information. That should ban a lot of companies for storing their servers into US based clouds at the very least.
My prediction would go into the opposite direction of cloud servers, toward personal/home servers, increasing the use of p2p/mesh encrypted networks and services, at least in the countries not actively cooperating with the NSA. That should be bigger than emerging country specific clouds.
The FBI has been able to covertly activate a computer’s camera — without triggering the light that lets users know it is recording — for several years, and has used that technique mainly in terrorism cases or the most serious criminal investigations
... and in LoveINT cases too. If noone watches the watchers they will become stalkers too.