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Comment: Spin Control (Score 1) 671

by ikhider (#49175639) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial
The US government will spin this as a leak of delicate secret documents. Whereas Snowden made a distinction between actions taken by government agencies that violated US citizens' constitutional rights and other state secrets that may put an agent's life in danger. It is the former that he outed while trying to mitigate the risks of the latter. However, the US government will say that Snowden is not one to distinguish the former from the latter. Moreover, they have no guarantee that more delicate state secrets were not compromised. They just have Snowden's word to go on. As such, the US government will throw the book at him. His position was to follow orders, not question them. Obama pretty much reiterated this. Agreeing or disagreeing with what Snowden did is incidental, the US will still stick to their policies and will mete out punishment accordingly. Also, they will set an example with Snowden as a deterrent to other would be leakers/whistleblowers.

Comment: VLC, the BEST (Score 2) 85

by ikhider (#49149309) Attached to: VLC Gets First Major Cross-Platform Release
I am always blown away by how great VLC is. Whether on a Libre or proprietary OS platform, I know VLC is always has by back for audio/video playback. I recall when I first started watching movies on a computer, VLC played the file, ANY file! Also DVD's in whatever region(!!!) played. Sure, the proprietary OS's grumble, but the Libre OS version played the DVD, region one or two just fine. Now that I am in school working with audio/video and VLC constantly reminds me of its value. Our of all the proprietary media players out there, VLC blows them out of the water. Thanks VLC!

Comment: "Lenovo Allegedly Installing "Superfish" Proxy..." (Score 1) 248

by ikhider (#49091939) Attached to: Lenovo Allegedly Installing "Superfish" Proxy Adware On New Computers
Well, it just so happens that when you install a nice, secure OS instead of the spyware that comes with your Lenovo product, you do not have to worry about this issue. It will not inject nasty stuff. Isn't that nice? Try a nice GNU/Linux OS or one of the BSD's. Also, who uses google these days anyway? So much nasty tracking going on! Also, if you insist on using Firefox, distro's iike Trisquel repackage it as "abrowser" and make it run more securely. Turn that frown upside down!

Comment: Re:Nonsense. (Score 1) 248

by ikhider (#49090951) Attached to: Lenovo Allegedly Installing "Superfish" Proxy Adware On New Computers
We're talking about Lenovo installing some malware crap on the Windows OS when you get your machine out of the box. I'm talking about wiping the OS or plucking in another fresh drive and installing a fresh, secure OS. Once you surf on the interwebs, you take your chances and use your precautions like anyone else. My point was that though some complain of Lenovo's practise of third party software crap, keep in mind that the Windows OS is not much better.

Comment: Nonsense. (Score 1) 248

by ikhider (#49089245) Attached to: Lenovo Allegedly Installing "Superfish" Proxy Adware On New Computers
Really guys? This is on the Windows side. The Windows OS is one massive piece of malware. It is like you are crying over a cut when there is a massive gaping shotgun blast through the chest. Once you agree to the Windows terms of service, you are already compromised. They now have you signing in with your microsoft ID account that tracks you anyway. However, once you install GNU/Linux or Open BSD or any freedom respecting software like Trisquel or FreeSlack or Dragora, they cannot do anything to you. Lenovo makes nice laptops.

It is the quality rather than the quantity that matters. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca (4 B.C. - A.D. 65)