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Comment: Re:Bad vs. Awful (Score 1) 192

by mi (#49176513) Attached to: Feds Admit Stingray Can Disrupt Bystanders' Communications

I'm not aware of any American sanctions or military moves

The NYTimes article I cited talks about the sanctions. The military moves you mentioned yourself — the move of the navy into Black Sea — the invasion stopped short of taking Tbilisi. Or, maybe, it was diplomacy — the Russians stopped, when Condoleeza Rice arrived to Tbilisi. It was not enough to make Russians return the land they captured, but it was enough to make them stop short of taking the capital.

The "not enough" part was bad. But the "awful" was avoided...

It makes me think you're a partisan shill instead of a thinking human.

I am a thinking human, and therefor I "shill" for Republicans. They are bad, but they aren't (quite as) awful.

+ - You Can Now Easily Send Encrypted Texts to Anyone, and the NSA Is Gonna Hate It->

Submitted by sarahnaomi
sarahnaomi (3948215) writes "The NSA is not thrilled about the fact that encrypted communications are becoming easier and more widespread than ever before. Its director, Admiral Mike Rogers, said as much last week during a cybersecurity event in Washington, D.C., where he joined the FBI in asking for a “legal framework” by which government agencies can insert backdoors into commonly used communications software.

So chances are, NSA and co. are not going to like Signal, a cross-platform app that now lets you send encrypted text, picture and video messages to virtually anyone with a smartphone.

The free app is made by Open Whisper Systems, makers of TextSecure and Redphone, which allow Android users to send end-to-end encrypted texts and calls, respectively. That means that short of someone hacking your phone and stealing your encryption keys, no one—not even the app's creators—can eavesdrop on your calls and texts."

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Comment: Lovers gonna Love (Score 1) 467

This will not dissuade Ms. Clinton's adorers, who'll dismiss it all as yet another manifestation of the infamous vast right-wing conspiracy. They love her for being a Collectivist (as in "It takes a village"), a Democrat, and the first female President.

Nor will it affect her opponents ("haters") much, because to them this only confirms, what they knew or suspected for years.

Nothing new here, move along...

Comment: Re:Bad vs. Awful (Score 1) 192

by mi (#49171059) Attached to: Feds Admit Stingray Can Disrupt Bystanders' Communications

Ya, because fear of a neocon president sure scared him away from invading Georgia.

Once again, this is a case of "bad vs. awful". Our reaction (both military moves and economic sanctions) to Georgia back then was not enough to push Russians out completely, but it kept Russia from entering Tbilisi and vanquishing the little country for good — as they were poised to do.

But when, instead of ratcheting the sanctions up, the current nincompoop sent the ignominious "Reset" button to Moscow and dropped — only two years later — what few sanctions there were in the hope, Russia will help pressure Iran, Putin was encouraged... For Russia can certainly weather two years of sanctions — a small price to pay for the jewel of Crimea.

+ - Astronomers Find a Dusty Galaxy That Shouldn't Exist->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Peering back in time to find the very earliest objects in the universe, an international team of astronomers has discovered a galaxy that shouldn't be there at all.

The problem, the scientists report Monday in Nature , is that while the tiny galaxy dates from just 700 million years or so after the big bang, it's far more dusty than something this young and small has any right to be.

The dusty galaxy is just one of the recent surprises astronomers have found. "Last week," says Marrone, "we learned of an incredibly massive black hole in the early universe. Now we have this average galaxy with significant amounts of dust. We've had this cartoon picture of the early universe, but it's clear that we really don't know what's going on.""

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Comment: Google supports Yahoo! (Score 2) 167

by mi (#49167857) Attached to: Marissa Mayer On Turning Around Yahoo

If Google weren't afraid of "monopoly" accusations — and the resulting regulatory scrutiny — and started treating Yahoo! as a real competitor, Ms. Mayer's company would've gone the way of Radio Shack and Woolworth years ago.

I suppose, it is good for the rest of us while it lasts, but the moment Yahoo! actually does start performing (if that ever happens), Google may decide to take the gloves of...

Comment: Re:Hope-change vs. trickle-down (Score 1) 192

by mi (#49167761) Attached to: Feds Admit Stingray Can Disrupt Bystanders' Communications

Oct 1929 through 1940, when the war effort began really rolling. So FDR had nothing to do with it.

But was the high level of stratification due to "trickle down" at all? Or, maybe, the policy does not really have anything to do with the wealth-consolidation you decry?

What makes you think, the wealth-concentration you dislike so much in the second half of 20th century was due to "trickle down economics"?

It actually didn't really start until the 80s, and if you'll recall, that era was prefaced by several recessions and double digit inflation in the 70s, a similar stoppage of wealth growth as in the 30s.

So, things were bad before the "trickle down" started? Is that what you are saying?

Just perhaps that was the stated economic policy of the Reps as they rolled back taxes on the wealthy?

If it really was "the stated policy", where is your link to the statement?

the top 1% is gathering it back quickly, impoverishing everyone else.

Higher taxes on the rich mean their wealth growth rate is slowed, as the flow in is slowed.

Not necessarily — it depends on how those "higher taxes" are spent. If, for example, they are given back to them (think Solyndra or Tesla motors), it may be the exact opposite.

In 2009 the top 50% of income-tax payers paid 97.75% of the total tax. Do you suppose, the bottom 50% could pay much less than 2.25% — and would it help them, even if it could be arranged?

So, as suspected, you don't have any substantiation to your claim, that the "top 1%" impoverishes everybody else. Class warfare much?

Red-herring - the last several presidents can be shown to be both

It is not "red herring" because that's what this sub-thread is all about — when JDAustin pointed out, Obama failed to reign-in overly invasive police, an "insightful" AC countered with "trickle down economics" (which was a false "red herring" of its own, of course).

Because otherwise we'd have that paragon of politics Palin instead of Biden to make fun of?

Sarah Palin made no obvious mistakes — in fact, she anticipated Putin invasion into Crimea. Joe Biden, on the other hand, was beyond mockery from day one -1: when he claimed, that "we, along with France kicked Hezbolla out of Lebanon". Show me anything comparably stupid from Sarah Palin, I dare you...

Or perhaps that ever American loving Romney, as long as you're not 1 in 2 Americans?

I don't care, whether President loves me — I'd find it outright creepy if he did. I want him to effectively execute policy I find agreeable. Obama's only saving graces come from his failing to execute some of his disastrous plans.

Reps killed their own chances in 2008.

Whatever killed their chances (somehow vastly more people knew, what Palin spent on wardrobe than that Biden was once caught plagiarizing), it was to the detriment to the country.

Comment: Bad vs. Awful (Score 1) 192

by mi (#49167597) Attached to: Feds Admit Stingray Can Disrupt Bystanders' Communications

tell me how we are one iota better off today with the democrat in the White House.

Your justifiable disappointment in both parties leads you to renouncing both of them equally, which is not justifiable in the slightest.

Had a Republican won, we would've still been capturing enemies to be held in Guantanamo — instead of simply killing them. Osama bin Laden would've been on trial, rather than fallen victim to extrajudicial killing .

Putin would not have dared to invade Ukraine. Gaddafi — who has made amends with US after seeing the capture of Saddam Hussein on TV — would've remained in charge of Lybia, instead of that country plunging into chaos. We wouldn't have left Iraq in such haste, which would've kept ISIS in check.

Domestically we would not have had the grossly unpopular Obamacare forced upon us with such vigor, most people — proponents and detractors alike — could not even understand the proposed law before the voting took place.

Republicans and Democrats are an inbred family, sleeping together for the past three generations.

Though the less principled "centrists" or "pragmatists" of the two parties do meet in the middle like stalactites and stalagmites, as those geological phenomena they too come from opposite ends.

Comment: Hope-change vs. trickle-down (Score -1, Troll) 192

by mi (#49167305) Attached to: Feds Admit Stingray Can Disrupt Bystanders' Communications

Trickle-down economics is essentially saying let's dump all the money up top

Whose money? Who is to do the dumping?

This is what occurred in reality [...] upper 0.5 - 1% at levels not seen since the 1940s

In 1930-40-ies we were governed by an Illiberal icon — was FDR a proponent of "trickle down"? He certainly is not denounced as such by bashers of RethugliKKKans... What makes you think, the wealth-concentration you dislike so much in the second half of 20th century was due to "trickle down economics"? In fact, what makes you think, the policy was practiced at all — whatever effect it did or did not have on wealth-consolidation?

the top 1% is gathering it back quickly, impoverishing everyone else.

This statement implies fixed size "bucket" (which you just said is not the case) and zero-summed game — somebody's gain must be somebody else's loss, according to this logic.

What leads you to these conclusions and can you substantiate them?

Meanwhile, I can easily demonstrate, how the "hope and change" President turned out to be either incompetent or a fraud — and thus undeserving of the office, to which hysterical Illiberals have elected him — twice. My demonstration would solidly support JDAustin's comment while planing the "insightful" AC, who tried to muddle the waters with a (false) tu quoque...

Comment: Trust FCC, distrust FBI? (Score 1) 192

by mi (#49166503) Attached to: Feds Admit Stingray Can Disrupt Bystanders' Communications

The default government stance is that these things are legal, until proven illegal

That sounds reasonable — it is certainly the stance, I'd like applied to me.

This default stance clearly indicates that our government is against its people.

Huh?! Why? Where? What is the "clear" indication of this antagonism?

We live in a police state.

We are certainly witnessing increasingly assertive police. But, as one well-moderated poster inquired in an earlier discussion: "If the Federal Government can't determine what's fair, then who can?"

So, if — as seems to be /.'s overwhelming opinion — it is Ok to trust FCC to determine, what's "fair", why wouldn't we place the same trust in the FBI's sense of fairness?

+ - Sabotage in Arizona Shuts Down Internet, Cellphone, Telephone Service Statewide->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Cellphone, Internet, and telephone services across half of Arizona went dark on Wednesday after vandals sliced a sensitive fiber optic cable, according to those familiar with the situation. The incident is raising concerns about the safety of U.S. infrastructure.

“There was a cut that took place on a fiber optic cable that basically runs from Phoenix to Northern Arizona. The line, which is composed of extremely thick cable, appeared to have been cut with a hacksaw"

“The fiber optic cable was encased in metal piping which would have to have been accessed prior to reaching the optics. This indicates the use of a power tool and doesn’t look like ‘vandalism’ but rather like sabotage,”"

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