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Comment Re:This ruling won't fix anything (Score 2) 155

You don't understand how this works. The NSA will ask their Euro allies to get the data for them, therefore ensuring continued access.

Full Disclosure: Optimistic USian here, still behind prodding my government back to a place worthy of repect in the World...

but, if we don't improve out international reputation, we won't long have as many European allies.

Comment Re:Obvious ruling (Score 4, Insightful) 155

And given Snowden's revelations, it's purely ridiculous to claim that privacy rights can be respected if foreign data are stored in the US.

It's pretty ridiculous to claim privacy rights can be respected with regard to personal information stored anywhere.

Do you reasonably suspect the surveillance powers will have any problem crossing imaginary lines in the dirt?

Comment Re:Laurels (Score 1) 36

The Nobel prize is 8.000.000 SEK this year or ~960.000 USD. Divided by three that's $320k each. That you are very likely to only get once for a career in research stretching over decades. I suppose you could say it's a whole lot more than nothing, but if you wanted to make money you should have become a NFL quarterback or something.

Of course, but to be fair, most of us here wrestle daily with the regret we have over opting out of that quarterback gig.

Comment Re:Chase cards text and email (Score 1) 336

Nice, and very different from the less than pleasant, lengthy series of phone conversations I was subjected to as a Citi customer reversing a fraud denial.

OTOH, I would prefer the fraud software to err on the side of caution, but KISS...>

A simplified reversal process might also include a couple of test questions texted or emailed to a number/email on file.

Comment Re:Article is a load of rubbish. (Score 1) 153

I came here to say something like this, but you've stated the case very well.

I would add that unless a disgruntled worker or sixteen comes out of the woodwork to reveal he/they knew it was going on, at a major auto manufacturer?

well, there's your answer: No grand conspiracy existed.

Comment Re:Electronic footsteps on the Breaches (Score 1) 161

...there won't even be the same sort of mass outrage associated with this. Only a few geeks will even notice or pay attention. Making it even less likely that anything will change.

Quite right. Even now (as millions of hard-earned credit ratings are threatened) the school shooting, the Vatican's elaboration on the Pope meeting Ms. Davis, and latest thing Trump said are bigger news stories.

Comment Re:That'e exactly the wrong outcome! (Score 1) 43

If they really want things to change, they should agree to work towards abolishing stupid patents---not to create semi-trusts that other companies have to fight.

These two really don't want things to change.

Much of their proprietary art is patent protected already, and let's face it: fighting patent litigation is generally going to favor the corporations with the biggest war chests.

Comment Re:There could be reasons for skipping the broccol (Score 2) 256

And yes, this has the same sense of igNobility about it as anecdotal studies show that if you give kids loads of sweets they won't have appetite left for dinner, no matter what it is.

It sounds like a no-brainer, but sometimes you really smart fockers forget that a great percentage of the population actually engaged in child rearing is less intelligent than you.

Hearing something like this, over and over if necessary, can only help what has become an epidemic of poor Western dietary trends.

"You show me an American who can keep his mouth shut and I'll eat him." -- Newspaperman from Frank Capra's _Meet_John_Doe_