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Comment: Re:You what? (Score 1) 726

Look, I was in my teens when I saw it in the theater, and I was not a fan or defender of Heinlein's (still have not read any of his books).

I still thought the movie sucked.

I got that it was satire, in fact I thought it was trying too hard to be satire. There was no subtlety and none of it was clever or funny. Nor did it lampoon the military in ways that actually challenged militarism or war on an intellectual level, it just made fun of the surface aspects of it (hurrr grunts are dumb, look at this parody of propaganda, etc). It felt like the director was just trying to bash his views onto the viewer without any introspection or intellect. Basically my reaction.

You know your movie sucks when a teenage boy thinks it lacks subtlety and intellect.

Comment: Re:It was a myth (Score 1) 986

by identity0 (#44626017) Attached to: Joining Lavabit Et Al, Groklaw Shuts Down Because of NSA Dragnet

What? No, this is objectively not true: The US still doesn't have the equivalent to the UK's Official Secrets Act, for example. The UK law can compel people who are not part of the military or contracted civillians to destroy data or be jailed for revealing state secrets, whereas US law can only punish those who were directly contractually obligatged to keep state secrets, like Manning and Snowden.

Notably, the Guardian itself has said would not be able to report on equivalent disclosures about the UK under their official secrets act, but they are protected by the First Amendment in the US.

As for the past, the US was definitely far freer than most of western Europe through WWII, not having a permanent secret intelligence service for example. But since the end of the Cold War, the human rights situation in Euroope has probably caught up with the US, and exceeded it in some ways.

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identity0 (77976) writes "Reuters and Russia Today are reporting that MasterCard has unblocked donations to Wikileaks, according to a press release. Their Icelandic data center won a lawsuit against the local credit card processor VALITOR, and their MasterCard account has been activated. Wikileaks says Julian Assange's legal defense is paid from a separate fund. Donations to Wikileaks went down 95 percent after the major credit card companies blocked their account in 2010. Their PayPal account is still frozen."
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Comment: Re:Just how much storage capacity would one requir (Score 1) 621

by identity0 (#43638627) Attached to: Former FBI Agent: All Digital Communications Stored By US Gov't

No, re-read his comments. He only mentions that they are recording all voice traffic, not all data. He goes on to say that all digital communications is insecure, but not that they're actively recording all data traffic.

Voice comms is very low in bitrate, and it hasn't scaled up exponentially like general internet traffic, so I have no doubt that the technical capability to do what he says exists. Whether they are actually doing it is a separate question.

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