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Comment: He is lucky not being labelled a terrorist... (Score 5, Insightful) 239

After all, he committed several unforgivable sins in a police state:
1. Being critical of authority
2. Having an opinion about authority, instead of accepting it as god-like
3. Communicating said opinion

I see sedition, inciting violence and refusing to let proper authority mishandle him. Of course, if he let them call the police, he would probably have been shot.

Comment: Re:McCarthyism v2.0 (Score 1) 234

by gweihir (#47523597) Attached to: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

Thanks for the confirmation. Usually, these postings are pretty obvious, as they typically do not quite fit the thread they are added to. The most emotionally manipulative (and apparently following a fixed script) ones where for a time when somebody criticized Linux systemd. That seems to have died down from several ensured responses of that kind to almost nothing now, and those that you get now seem to be from people that imitate what they have seen posted.

Comment: Re:1.5 Million Suspect already on list... (Score 1) 234

by gweihir (#47520365) Attached to: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

You are naive. There are maybe something like 20-30 active terrorists in the world. They could not be a threat to the US if they tried really hard. This is about mechanisms to mark "undesirables" and make their life miserable in order to keep all the sheep in line.

Comment: Re:Terrorist is an impossible label (Score 2) 234

by gweihir (#47520351) Attached to: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

It is the logic of totalitarianism and it has nothing to do with "protecting Americans" (not that that is somehow inherently more desirable than, say, protecting Europeans). It has everything to do with creating and maintaining a vast, diffuse threat from "the outside" to keep the population quiet and in fear and behind their leaders. This is a very old tactics, perfected in the 3rd Reich. The Nazis also documented this approach well, and what has been going on in the US for more than a decade now is straight from their playbooks.

Comment: Re:McCarthyism v2.0 (Score 2) 234

by gweihir (#47520323) Attached to: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

I do not think it is "groupthink". IT showed up some years ago and it has (had) US business hours. A discussion would take off reasonably, moderations were reasonably, but then, at the start of the US work-day, suddenly everything changed with postings down-modded from 5 to -1 in a short time, trollish comments, sometimes straight out of a psyops manual, and the like. They have gotten more subtle, but my guess is this is commercial, paid-for "opinion" manipulation.

Comment: Re:Local monopolies (Score 1) 391

by gweihir (#47520017) Attached to: Dealing With 'Advertising Pollution'

Where I live the power and water company is required by law to give me a paper bill and payments are universally bank transfers. Also, if they have instructions for their customers, they must come on paper. As to payment, not the whole world is backwards as the US. I used a paper check the last time about 12 years ago (because some US organization paid me money that way), but otherwise paper checks have been out of use for about 25 years here and banks have stopped issuing them. Electronic interbank-transfers are so cheap ( 1 cent per) that you usually do not pay for them at all.

Comment: Re:Pft (Score 1) 905

by gweihir (#47512921) Attached to: The Daily Harassment of Women In the Game Industry

Indeed. The text is a nice, manipulative propaganda piece. While I don't know women in the game industry, I know several female engineers, in EE, CS and some other fields. Some of them are very attractive, some are more plain. (I don't mind either way, conversation is far more important than looks.) Now, from their comments, there is no specific discrimination against women in tech. Some think there may be a slight bias either way, but not anything significant. Of course, incompetent women get yelled at and derided just the same as incompetent men, but they though that was rightfully deserved. And the one thing that they universally find quite repulsive is women playing the "women card" to get ahead instead of demonstrating solid skills. Most of them have observed that happening.

My conclusion is that this is nothing but a part of an ongoing power-grab effort by styling women as victims and men as primitive cave-men.

Comment: Re:How do you think they get your IP? (Score 1) 130

by gweihir (#47512637) Attached to: Exodus Intelligence Details Zero-Day Vulnerabilities In Tails OS

They just send data to some server they own in clear and they know your last public IP. For spywork, that is enough. If laws are draconian enough, they are also sure to find _something_ when they kick down your door. Also, when you are not on US ground (warning: current state, this may change), they may also just drone-murder you and bypass any legality whatsoever.

As far as we know, our computer has never had an undetected error. -- Weisert