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Comment: Re: Eric "you shouldn't be doing that" Schmidt (Score 2) 155

I thought the point was clear, but to attempt to make it more so:

Eric Schmidt stated if there was stuff we didn't want people to know, we shouldn't be doing it. (this was way before the Snowden leaks).

He made it a clear position - don't do anything you don't want to be made public (search back for the old discussion on here about it, as I recall he didn't come out of it well).

So now he's saying the opposite - that we can trust him with stuff we don't people to know (i.e. everything Google knows about us).

Our opinions in how much trust to him are clearly divergent.

Comment: Eric "you shouldn't be doing that" Schmidt (Score 2) 155

This would be the same Eric Schmidt who said "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place."?

And now we're expected to believe him, when he says he's keeping us safe from letting anyone know what we're doing?

He killed a lot of trust with the original comment.

He just killed a whole lot more.

Comment: Hit us, lost 2 trees (Score 1) 95

by hazeii (#46084399) Attached to: Surrey Hit With Catnado

It was more a band of very strong wind (for the UK) - the damage track is several miles wide, nothing like a tornado. Not too severe, about one tree down every 2 miles (rough calculation from seeing about a dozen trees down on a 25 mile local trip). We lost 2, both ripped off about 10 feet from the ground (in from the edge of a small wood - apparently others have seen a similar pattern).

Comment: A curb on *use* (not on *collection*) (Score 3, Insightful) 359

by hazeii (#45988679) Attached to: Obama Announces Surveillance Reforms

Notice how this is a curb on the *use* of the collected data - not on collecting it in the first place.

In other words, politicians have realised how much power this level of information can give them - and that is why control of it is far too important to be left in the hands of the NSA.

So what we have is just a power struggle over the strings of control - and not over the real issue of overbearing intrusion into the private lives of the people of this planet.

Comment: Having read the report, the main points are: (Score 4, Informative) 177

by hazeii (#45908609) Attached to: EU Committee Issues Report On NSA Surveillance; Snowden To Testify

A quick synopsis (so may contain stuff to quibble over) but the meat appears to be the action list (read the original document - link in article - for the rest):

Action 1: Adopt the data protection package

Action 2: Set up an overall agreement ensuring 'proper redress mechanisms' for EU citizens where data is passed to the US for law enforcement purposes.

Action 3: Suspend 'safe harbour' (covering personal data) until the US comply with 'EU highest standards'

Action 4: Suspend the 'TFTP' (Terrorist Finance Tracking Package) until a) Action 2 complete b) the EU have looked into it

Action 5: Worth quoting in full: "Protect the rule of law and the fundamental rights of EU citizens, with a particular focus on threads to the freedom of the press and professional confidentiality (including lawyer-client relationships) as well as enhanced protection for whistleblowers".

Action 6: Develop a european strategy for IT independence (that'll send cold shivers down the spine of certain US companies).

Action 7: Develop the EU as a reference player for a democratic and neutral governance of the internet (my translation: currently it's a US party, we want in on that).

Comment: Is this just setting Snowden up? (Score 1) 383

by hazeii (#45694041) Attached to: NSA Has No Clue As To Scope of Snowden's Data Trove

Could it be they are now going to (as often suggested on here) deliberately leak something pretty serious (possibly about some past actual harm, with a nicely polished backstory) and attribute it to Snowden? Effectively, by saying "we don't know what he's got" , it leaves the door open for them to attribute *anything they like* to him.

Comment: Re:But but but (Score 1) 270

by hazeii (#45597983) Attached to: For First Three Years, Consumer Hard Drives As Reliable As Enterprise Drives

Absolutely; for large, fast (and short-term) storage we use servers with 6 fast disks in RAID 0, and when that's not enough we use big RAM disks. SSD's have been played with (without any problems) but don't seem to add anything to our particular (admittedly unusual) set-up.

Comment: Not just young folk... (Score 0) 332

by hazeii (#45404715) Attached to: Aging Linux Kernel Community Is Looking For Younger Participants

Let's face it, linux isn't easy to hack now; the corporates are winning (complexity is their friend, if it was simple no-one would need a support contract). Why release a simple system, when you can bloat it with a zillion tweaks of dubious value and then charge money to keep the whole mess working?

Mind you, it's a strategy that's worked well for Microsoft (well, up till now anyway).

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