Isn't it safe to assume that the data would already have distributed to n number of people via torrents? If so, this action is totatlly pointless and shows their desparation.
.. and to all the contributors - Thank you for creating this awesome distribution!
I agree with what you wrote - but Russia is not Switzerland.
I'm pretty sure they will not tell Snowden - "You can stay here as long as you want as a Guest of the State - and we will not ask you any questions about the NSA."
They have an intel source on their soil - and they will get information out him, whether Snowden wants to or not. If Snowden is unwilling to hand over American secrets to the Russians, It is not too much to assume that the FSB or the SVR ( or both ) will Snowden's rooms and record everything he says (if they have not done this already )
They will do this till they are sure he has nothing more to offer.
And he probably will have a lot to offer as no info is useless info in the intel world. especially when your intel source was an NSA sysadmin with access to tons of classified documents.
Do you understand the difference between a port and a rewrite??
... where everytime I push any button on the controller...
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I wish I had mod points, Dear AC sir. I consider myself a pragmatic developer and I'm not interested in starting an MS vs Linux vs
I am happy developing my webapps on Rails and Django and I see it remaining so for the foreseeable future. ( I am also keeping an eye out for Google Go ). But I am *not* going to use a programming framework tied so closely to an IDE.
Disclaimer: I'm an atheist. I'm going to sound like an atheist ( because I'm going to attack Scientology ) - But please do understand the broader message.
And the message is very simple.
Any organization/group which sells bullshit will be criticized. The only way for the organization to grow is to continue selling bullshit. The organization cannot sell bullshit if sane people criticize it. Or put sane arguments against it. Thus the only way for this organization to survive is to do one of the three below:
- Supress opposition to their bullshit to the extent possible ( and they can go to quite an extent - especially in the case of totalitarian religions or totalitarian governments )
- Taint the person criticising the organization
- Both of the above.
Religion has been guilty of this all along.
So have all totalitarian governments
There is nothing to be surprised about this. There is only one thing to be sad about - that the members/followers of such organizations cannot 'see' the bullshit they are being sold.
I could not resist bringing up Orwell. Do go through his "All Art is Propaganda" - http://www.amazon.com/All-Art-Propaganda-George-Orwell/dp/0156033070 - If you haven't already. His writings are still relevant today and do apply to this discussion.
Disclaimer: Not an MBA, never attended even a Biz 101. Just your average geek
I think we are talking about two distinct things here:
1. A company which makes a lot of money selling ads on the 'standard' web and the mobile web
2. A company that is trying to carve a space in the 'enterprise' space ( Google apps, docs etc )
3. A company that is spending a lot of money on innovation - most of which looks to help the general public ( Specifically mean their attempts at networking ) and some which look like sci-fi projects ( Google glass)
#1 - It's how they earn their $$ and I ( like most of you ) use their search engine and email offerings. A lot of us use their mobile operating system as well - and we take for granted that it keeps our contacts and calendars and other stuff in sync. ( side note: not many , especially the Apple fanbois - appreciate how good google email/calendar/contacts sync is )
#2 My previous and current employer use Google Apps. My previous company migrated from Domino/Notes (gasp!) to Google Apps and my current company moved from Exchange/Sharepoint/Outlook to Google Apps. As an end user it made my life much better. However, I am sure the CIO who took the decision for the move had evaluated other factors as well ( Cost of migration, cost of maintaing , integration with exisiting directory services etc )
#3 - Now let's assume they make a ton of money with #1 and #2 ( in reality they're making money primarily with #1, but bear with me) and they spend their money on Gigabit Ethernet and self driving cars. What's so wrong with that? How does spending money on Gigabit ethernet make their Google Apps or Google Search team any smarter/dumber? Answer: It doesn't.
I do not work for Google and Google doesn't need my defence.
I just think this article and post is pointless. This is a question a shareholder may ask. As an end user I"m happy with their offerings for personal and professional work and even they work on a new variant of the NCC-1701* - It wouldn't matter to me or to my CIO as long as what they offer us is better than the competition. As of now, they are.
* = If you do not know what NCC-1701 (and it's variants are) Google it (pun intended) before you reply