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Comment: Re:Not very effective. (Score 1) 132

by Runaway1956 (#49127503) Attached to: Pakistanis Must Provide Fingerprints Or Give Up Cellphone

You are correct - my statements contradict each other. I believe that you get the idea though.

As for the Paks playing us for fools - most Arabs, Persians, Asians, and Pacific Islanders do that readily. We do have a few small spheres of genuine influence, like S. Korea and Japan. The rest of our influence is largely bought with $$$$$ - and when the $$$$$ dries up, there will be no more influence.

Comment: Re:Not very effective. (Score 1) 132

by Runaway1956 (#49123033) Attached to: Pakistanis Must Provide Fingerprints Or Give Up Cellphone

"And if a country like Pakistan has a serious extremist problem, then action like that is justified."

When you make a statement like that, it becomes very obvious that you have little idea how extreme the problems are in Pakistan.

Let me make it as clear as I possibly can. The supposed "government" of Pakistan controls less than half of the country. Government troops aren't safe anywhere within the country. They can only move openly in little more than half the country - that is, within the portions they actually control, along with some border regions, and areas where the village chieftains view the government with favor. Elsewhere, within the borders of "Pakistan", the troops only move stealthily, or by air, or in force.

Pakistan is more lawless than Mexico, by an order of magnitude.

The northern areas are controlled by tribal chiefs and by the Taliban.

Now, you tell ME how serious the situation in Pakistan is.

Next, you can tell me what the chances are that the government is going to EFFECTIVELY enforce their edicts regarding these cellphones.

You do remember that Osama bin Laden was killed, living a life of relative luxury, inside the borders of Pakistan?

Comment: Re:Yet another victory (Score 1) 132

by Runaway1956 (#49122201) Attached to: Pakistanis Must Provide Fingerprints Or Give Up Cellphone

1) History repeats itself, while at the same time, technology enables the actors to take things to a higher level. The Stasi would have LOVED to have the tools available to today's NSA. That is where we are headed, worldwide, if people don't stand up and put a stop to it. Yes - control. If/when they find a way to read your thoughts, they're going to do it. And, I'm not trying to guess what "certain people" are thinking - I'm TELLING you what government and the alphabet soup agencies intend.

2) You've forgotten about CISPA? In effect, ALL the pickpockets will be gathered into one big network, where they can SHARE all the data they gather on you. Target, Walgreen's, WalMart, Dollar General, the hospital, your county assessor, your bank, Amazon - they'll ALL share data with the government, and the government will share it right back to them. The pickpockets will indeed be working for the government.

Comment: Re:Yet another victory (Score 0) 132

by Runaway1956 (#49119733) Attached to: Pakistanis Must Provide Fingerprints Or Give Up Cellphone

I strongly disagree. Constant government surveillance indicates that you are only free so long as government approves of your words and actions. Ultimately, government surveillance intends to monitor your very thoughts. Witness the number of not-so-bright people who have been convicted after having done a search for "how to dispose of my dead wife's body" or similar. Refuse to give up your password? Go directly to jail, do not pass "Go", do not collect $200. Encryption? Ditto - give us the keys or spend eternity plus life in the dungeons.

In short - police have no intention of doing police work, or detective work any more. They want all the evidence collected in advance, and they want you to hang yourself for them.

A free man is free to confront the footpad who follows him into an alley with evil intentions. In this modern day "free world", you are required to cooperate with the footpads and pickpockets, because they all work for government.

Comment: Re:Not very effective. (Score 0) 132

by Runaway1956 (#49118009) Attached to: Pakistanis Must Provide Fingerprints Or Give Up Cellphone

You can see how it would significantly hamper terrorists and criminals?

Maybe you're totally clueless about Mexico, and the fact that the cartels have built huge empires off of "illicit" goods. In effect, we have funded those cartels, so that they are more powerful than government. And, the cartels aren't hampered by human rights considerations, either.

You may look forward to a new Pakistani industry booming in the near future, with "terrorists" and "criminals" helping the common man to bypass these ridiculous regulations.

Comment: Re:Not too hard (Score -1, Troll) 213

Your obsession with the man needs attention.

BTW - how many billions of western dollars have been invested in Ukraine now? You can bet your ass that all those dollars are being protected with western weapons. Think about it. Some dreary backwater of a nation which hasn't figured into much of anything for almost a hundred years suddenly looks like a good "investment" to some filthy rich capitalists. But - the Kool-Aid - you've chosen the flavor prescribed by those very filthy-rich capitalists, so you believe that Putin is to blame for all the problems there.

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"