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Comment Re:Snowden has jumped the shark (Score 1) 230

They are "human rights" organisations because they seek to have governments held accountable for upholding their legally binding international treaties that compel governments to offer basics human rights to their citizens. They are not representing any political ideology, but are independent and international, not seeking to be elected for any personal gain. The closest thing we have to elected officials with such a mandate is the UN. Like all organisations relying on donations, political and non-political, they have a natural incentive to behave in such a way that will increase their donations. There are few organisations in the world independently wealthy enough to allow that kind of absolute freedom.

Comment Something is going on in Qatar... (Score 1) 659

an oil pipeline that would pass through Syria on its way to europe is blocked because of russian influence. while interested parties are keen to see the demise of Syria's government for many understandable, if not compelling, reasons, this is a major issue of economic competition. Russian has never been so good at economic competition and much prefers the monopoly.

Inside OS X Mavericks 362

rjmarvin writes "Apple's era of naming OSs after big cats is over. The Mavericks wave is rolling in, and the first four developer previews have given an inside look at the cutting-edge OS. Users and developers have almost entirely positive things to say about Mavericks, from faster speed and improved stability to new features like iBooks and iCloud keychains. While some installation concerns and errors have arisen, developer preview have improved version by version, and Mavericks is looking good."

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