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Comment: Re:Good. (Score 1) 392

As an added bonus they can only break into the homes of people living in the same country. If NSA wanted to break into European people's houses, they'd need to organize it with the local law enforcement, which requires a pretty strong case to begin with.

So the only people who suffer from this are the ones living in the same country as the runaway agency. Luckily they are also the same people who can do something about it.

Comment: Re:"Issue on board" (Score 1) 752

by naranek (#47481607) Attached to: Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

So are you suggesting slaying the dragon - starting a war? Fairytales aside, I think it's a pretty bad idea to treat the whole Russia as a single entity. I find it hard to believe that the regular people in Russia are evil and out to get us westeners. They are just like you and me, with the difference that there's very little free journalism left and Internet use is more limited, so the message they hear from Ukraine is very different. If you were a leader and wanted to wage a war, which would you prefer - an unhappy population that hears just what you want to hear, or a happy population with access to all the sides of the story.

Now I must add, that we need to be as cautious about our sources outside Russia. Understanding is a three-edged sword: your side, my side and the truth somewhere in the middle.

Comment: Re:"Issue on board" (Score 5, Insightful) 752

by naranek (#47478079) Attached to: Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

You say it like it's a good thing.. a big country isolated, hated and full of unhappy people. What could go wrong? I live right next door to them, and I'd much rather see them happy and enjoying life, because that way they'd probably be lot less likely to start new conflicts.

Comment: Re:Wait for it... (Score 2) 752

by naranek (#47478047) Attached to: Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

Unfortunately comparing to a track of a previous day doesn't tell us anything concrete. There are tons of valid reasons why the plane would be flying a different route. Planes optimize their routes according to weather - especially winds, and ATC just might have directed them differently this time.

Comment: Paraglider, not parasail (Score 1) 26

by naranek (#45316325) Attached to: SkyRunner Car Goes Off-Road and Off-Ground

It's a paraglider and not a parasail. Parasail is something you drag behind a boat or car to lift a passanger to air, but the passanger can't steer and the parasail can't function without the rope. Paraglider on the other hand is used to fly for long distances similar to hang gliders and sailplanes.

Comment: Sounds like a game (Score 1) 443

by naranek (#42723739) Attached to: Prosecution of Swartz Typical for the "Sick Culture" Pervading the DOJ

It sounds like it's just a game for them. You pit prosecution and defense against each other and both try to win the match. It's just that in this game the goal should be that justice is served, and not that your side wins. It also seems that the other side figured out a tactic that guarantees easy wins. I think that this outcome is kind of natural - we all want to be as good as possible in what we do. At the same time it's also horribly wrong.

Comment: How about sandboxing websites per domain? (Score 2) 184

by naranek (#42260487) Attached to: How Websites Know Your Email Address the First Time You Visit

Sorry this is a bit off topic, but I've been wondering what it would take for every site to think that it's the first website you've visited ever. Would it be enough if if the browser stored cookies and other permanent stuff based on what domain is in the address bar?

So if you first visit bing.com and get a cookie from ad-network.com and then visit google.com, the ad-network.com banner doesn't see your earlier cookie, because the domain in the address bar is different. I think it should make tracking people a lot harder, but maybe I'm missing something?

It's not an optical illusion, it just looks like one. -- Phil White