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Comment: Merkel wasn't two-faced about spying on friends (Score 4, Interesting) 161

'Spying among friends is not at all acceptable,' Merkel said

And I doubt very much Turkey is a true friend of Germany: it's a economical, immigration and to a certain extent, religious threat to Germany - or at least perceived as such by a sizeable part of the German population. It's also a liability, as it's capable of singlehandedly dragging Germany into the huge Iraqi and middle-eastern quagmire if it starts to get involved and calls on NATO members to provide help.

Turkey just happens to be a member of NATO like Germany, is all. That doesn't make the two friends.

Comment: Re:Bottom line... (Score 4, Informative) 161

...nation states are always a bunch of hypocritical jerks.

Oh please, don't be disingenuous. It's been well known by everybody for decades that every state in the world spies on all the other statse, and that to a certain extent, every state spies on every one of its citizens too.

The real problem comes when a certain state is outed, and flat out lies about its domestic and international spying activities to the representants of its own people.

Comment: Not just China (Score 4, Insightful) 92

by Rosco P. Coltrane (#47683727) Attached to: Apple Begins Storing Chinese User Data On Servers In China

[...] but given China's track record with censorship and privacy, the explanation rings hollow for some skeptics.[...]

Given the United State's track record, I think the skeptics should worry about data collection at home too.

Why always focus on China when it comes to human rights and privacy issues? Just look at your own navel for a change...

Comment: Re:Standardized Testing Implications? (Score 2) 227

by Rosco P. Coltrane (#47646941) Attached to: About Half of Kids' Learning Ability Is In Their DNA

some students will intrinsically perform better

Perform better at what?

Most people have a natural talent for certain categories of things, and suck at others. That's the problem with all IQ tests, or "performance" tests: they don't take into account that there are many forms of intelligence.

Comment: Why "relatively" private? (Score 4, Interesting) 164

by Rosco P. Coltrane (#47640605) Attached to: F-Secure: Xiaomi Smartphones Do Secretly Steal Your Data

I want it totally private. Has the concept of privacy gotten so totally lost that people seem okay to settle for relative privacy?

By the way, the best way to keep your data private is to keep it out of your untrusted phone/computer/whatnot, and use bogus data when you need to enter something.

Exemples: use "Acme inc." as your home phone number's name in your addressbook, and nicknames for your contacts. Don't enter your full address as your home in your satnav's app but someone's address in a street close-by, etc.

Comment: Re:There are ways of posting bad reviews (Score 1) 183

by Rosco P. Coltrane (#47609061) Attached to: Hotel Charges Guests $500 For Bad Online Reviews

Because the subjects of the review (the number of rooms and presence of bed, the owner being a stickler for correct bills) are peripheral to what normal would-be visitors expect to read, and that's usually enough of a clue to tip them off.

It's used all the time: when you want to tell people your business is under an NSA gag order, to clue in a potential employer they should not to hire one of your former employees who's incompetent... without saying so explicitely because you can't.

Comment: Re:It's not that much (Score 3, Interesting) 442

by Rosco P. Coltrane (#47608995) Attached to: Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

considering Miami Vice was pulling these kinds of numbers in the '80s. Granted, it was only for one actor, but still.

Yes, and if you remember, the other lead actor was paid less well because he was rather less white, and he was rather pissed off about it, understandably.

These star actors cost a lot, yes, but they also brought in a lot of money. So I suppose it was, and still is a sound investment.

Comment: There are ways of posting bad reviews (Score 5, Funny) 183

by Rosco P. Coltrane (#47608889) Attached to: Hotel Charges Guests $500 For Bad Online Reviews

without posting anything bad. For instance:

- This hotel definitely has 8 rooms, and all of them have beds.
- The hotel's owner is very dedicated to ensuring your bill is correct when you leave.
- Checkout time is strictly enforced, so you're sure to find your room empty when you arrive.
- Staying at this hotel is much better than camping on a landfill.
- This hotel is much less expensive than the George V, and much more comfortable than a Texas motel.

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