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Comment: Re:Ask Snowden! (Score 1) 139

by TubeSteak (#47445937) Attached to: NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

Snowden should fill out one of these for Greenwald and have him send the FOIA request:

Authorization for the Release of Records to Another Individual

/The link is for the State Department, but the release is part of the FOIA law and (AFAIK) applies to any FOIA requests.

Comment: Re:Oblig. Monty Python (Score 3, Insightful) 92

"Won't somebody think of the children!!" Cry me a river, then piss off. We all have plenty of much more serious stuff to fret over than a couple of losers that made a bad decision. The sheer stupidity and rarity of the action makes it ludicrous enough to be surreal - it makes a joke of itself.

Lighten up, Francis.

Comment: Re:Translation (Rough) (Score 1) 195

by Lord Kano (#47444209) Attached to: Geographic Segregation By Education

And making analogies involving racism is a good way to get people to talk about real problems like this.

No. Making such analogies offends people who have been subjected to actual racism. They tend to stop listening to whatever else you say.

Like when someone takes whatever gripe they have, even when it's legitimate and likens the opposition to Nazis. At that people they lose people who might have been willing to side with them. That's also what a fake racism analogy does.


Comment: Re:Translation (Rough) (Score 1) 195

by Lord Kano (#47442525) Attached to: Geographic Segregation By Education

Maybe not, but then life isn't fair.

I bet a lot of people said the same thing about racism in employment.

I am beyond disgusted with people trying to equate everything to the racism that was a part of Western society's fabric until relatively recently.

Your failure to further your education has nothing in common with people who were never considered for jobs because of their race. You could have chosen to get a degree, they couldn't have chosen to be white.

You may think that you're being an insightful, open minded, progressive but you're being an insensitive douche with no perspective.


Comment: I found this article to be more informative (Score 3, Interesting) 215

by TubeSteak (#47426743) Attached to: After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

Retaliation for Spying: Germany Asks CIA Official to Leave Country

Initially, there had been talk of a formal expulsion of the CIA employee, who is officially accredited as the so-called chief of station and is responsible for the US intelligence service's activities in Germany. A short time later, the government backpedalled and said it had only recommended that he leave. Although it cannot be compared with a formal explusion, it remains an unfriendly gesture.

On a diplomatic level, it is no less than an earthquake and represents a measure that until Thursday would have only been implemented against pariah states like North Korea or Iran. It also underscores just how deep tensions have grown between Berlin and Washington over the spying affair.

The USA's response has been something along the lines of "you expected us not to conducting traditional spying activities?"

Comment: Re:Good news (Score 3, Insightful) 94

by Maxo-Texas (#47425091) Attached to: Single European Copyright Title On the Horizon

So we really need a new name for when a company regularly avoids so much tax that it makes a profit off the tax system and another one for when it regularly pays zero taxes and shifts all of it's profits to another country while also consuming resources in the host company.

I kinda like parasiticorp for the second one.

The first is probably more "Evil scum back leeching bastards" but that seems too mild.

Comment: Re:As plain as the googgles on your face (Score 4, Insightful) 56

by TubeSteak (#47422311) Attached to: The Future of Wearables: Standalone, Unobtrusive, and Everywhere

It is actually the intrusiveness that bothers people. Most people don't really care if they are recorded, as long as it isn't obvious and in their face. Not many people are bothered by store security cameras, etc.

The difference is that we know what a store security camera is going to do with the recording: record over it in XY days.
We don't know what [random glasshole] is going to do with the recording they make of us.

So it really doesn't matter what the recorder's unspoken intent is, what causes discomfort is the recordee's uncertainty.

Comment: Re:Dubai has bigger problems (Score 3, Informative) 265

Forget the fact that once the oil's gone the wealth remaining in the region will leach away as there's so few people (though it'll take a very long time).

Dubai and the other Emirates are acutely aware of the limits to their oil reserves.
They've been very busy turning their States into financial and trade hubs for the Arabian Peninsula,
with plenty of free trade zones (no taxes on corporate income) in order to draw in international corporations.

My advice: Bilk Dubai for all its worth now, because in 50 years it'll be a distant memory of largesse gone awry by modern standards.

Your advice is wrong.
Abu Dhabi is the 800 lb gorilla in the UAE and has the 2nd largest sovereign wealth fund in the world.
As long as Dubai's royal family goes along with Abu Dhabi's Sheikh, Dubai can keep borrowing money until the end of time.
/The last time Dubai needed cash, they had to reform some laws as a condition set by Abu Dhabi.

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