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Comment: Re:Tsk tsk tsk (Score 4, Insightful) 103

by memnock (#48929031) Attached to: Snowden Documents: CSE Tracks Millions of Downloads Daily

"CSE finds some 350 “interesting” downloads each month, the presentation notes, a number that amounts to less than 0.0001 per cent of the total collected data."

Given that result, it seems that CSE (and all other TLAs) demonstrate first-hand the overbroad and unjustified power they've given themselves.

Comment: Re:could-a (Score 1) 114

by memnock (#48727355) Attached to: The 5 Cases That Could Pit the Supreme Court Against the NSA

... But later this year, several cases have the potential to force a Supreme Court ruling on the NSA, whether they like it or not.

Whether the SCOTUS "likes it or not"? Does one really think that the majority of the court would be uncomfortable or somehow put out with substantiating the gov't's abuses of power? The only party likely to be uncomfortable with these court cases is the small percentage of regular folks who pay attention to and care about these issues when they see the SCOTUS rule in favor of spying and "parallel construction" and every other dirty trick the agents of the State use against non-agents of the State.

Comment: Re:Lazy farmer (Score 2) 115

by memnock (#48672935) Attached to: Scientists Say the Future Looks Bleak For Our Bones

The article does not say that the farmer or farming itself causes weaker bones. The article implicates the societal impact of farming, i.e. food being more available and thus no need for the vigorous activity associated with hunting and capturing food, led to more people being more sedentary than before and thus loosing bone density in subsequent generations.

Comment: Re:Nothing new (Score 1) 224

by memnock (#48010925) Attached to: Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

A "court-based justice system" is useless if the real crimes aren't publicized and investigated.

Just imagine the pure exhilaration of the petty revenge that a guy who is sitting in the top management of a powerful government agency, thus having a great deal of power or access to power and other relevant benefits of his position, gets out of pointing out the abuse in that same agency. Truly, he seems to have acted out of self-interest and only to his benefit.

+ - New Dropbox Terms of Use Adds Arbitration Requirement, Prohibits Class Action

Submitted by memnock
memnock (466995) writes "The Legal Genealogist has this story about Dropbox, the cloud storage company:
'... The second key change is one that has a number of Dropbox users up in arms. It’s putting in a binding arbitration section to its terms of use and a blanket bar on class action lawsuits...
... Even if you do opt out of the arbitration clause, you won’t be able to join forces with other users to sue as a group in what’s called a class action lawsuit. And you’d have to file any suit you do bring as an individual in California.'"

Comment: Re:1984 (Score 4, Interesting) 148

by memnock (#46372811) Attached to: The Spy In Our Living Room

... But he also feels a sense of inevitability about the whole thing: 'If the government wants this information they're going to get it, no matter what we do with our gaming consoles. ...

Sure, if you keep thinking it's okay to keep your mouth shut and roll over. I suppose though that at least he is writing about this and spreading the word, so he's not just keeping his mouth shut.

But the way he makes it seem like a foregone conclusion to me just doesn't sit well with me.

In these matters the only certainty is that there is nothing certain. -- Pliny the Elder

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