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Submission + - Edward Snowden's coworker refutes NSA claims->

wannabegeek2 writes: check for dupes.

in an article which purportedly was carefully verified, a former coworker states that the NSA's current PR blitz amounts to a smear campaign against Mr. Snowden. Further, he describes him as a genius among genius's, who was given the access he needed by the NSA, and did not need to steal or dupe his coworkers to obtain passwords to accomplish his task.

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Submission + - UK 3D printer panic->

wannabegeek2 writes: In what can only be described as a self fulfilled "prophesy" UK law enforcement is investigation the manufacture of alleged "gun parts" via a 3D printer.

"The BBC's home affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani said the discovery was "almost inevitable" because of the relatively few firearms in circulation.

The worst-case-scenario would be a cheap and 100% reliable device that could be made overnight and then destroyed after just one use, disposing of crucial evidence to pin to a suspect," he added."

The BBC correspondent's comment is however; rather far from the reality of weapons design and manufacturing, and smacks of yellow journalism.

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Comment Legislators, no more like subversive fascist (Score 1) 1165 1165

Elected officials which put forth a bill like this should be shown the coast, and have their citizenship revoked. Everyone of the elected officials took an oath to uphold and protect the Constitution. What attempts at law making like this do, is the reciprocal of the oath they took.

Comment Mr. Bradbury, may you have peace... (Score 2) 315 315

I owe Mr. Bradbury and his golden age of science fiction brethern a great deal. It was his writing and that of Wells, Verne, Assimov and others which pulled me up from a path of near illiteracy to being an avid reader.

If there is an after life, I hope Bradbury, Verne, Clark and all the others have already started writing for the inhabitants. They'll be better off for it.

Comment Re:Chrome (Score 1) 585 585

Clearing throat... AMEN!

I've been using Firefox since Firebird. I've promoted it to I don't know how many users.

Now however I can't recommend it to anyone. It's been one long downward spiral since 3.6.

It has gotten so bad my son loaded Chrome on his notebook out of pure frustration with Firefox.

Sad, really sad...

Please Mozilla, quit breaking extensions and FIX the performance issues. You have to have the data, I've sent enough crash reports to yourself and Microsloth to fill a 1GB drive!

Comment Thanks for the memories... (Score 1) 1521 1521

Mr. Malda,

I've been visiting /. for twelve or thirteen years. I was first introduced by a coworker and true geek. I've never reached beyond the level of a wannabegeek, but I've enjoyed /. immensely and learned much from it.

I truly appreciate what you and your partners started so many years ago. I truly hope that your departure is of your own choosing, and amicable.

I sincerely hope that you've been adequately compensated for what you've given the community over the years. I also sincerely hope you find peace, happiness, and compensation in your future.

For myself I want to thank you for having made me look far more intelligent and capable than I really am. Things I have learned of on /. have made me look good on more than one occasion.

Both from me, and many others I know, I simply want to say THANK YOU for /.

J.D.

Comment Thanks for the memories... (Score 1) 238 238

Mr. Malda,

I've been visiting /. for twelve or thirteen years. I was first introduced by a coworker and true geek. I've never reached beyond the level of a wannabegeek, but I've enjoyed /. immensely and learned much from it.

I truly appreciate what you and your partners started so many years ago. I truly hope that your departure is of your own choosing, and amicable.

I sincerely hope that you've been adequately compensated for what you've given the community over the years. I also sincerely hope you find peace, happiness, and compensation in your future.

For myself I want to thank you for having made me look far more intelligent and capable than I really am. Things I have learned of on /. have made me look good on more than one occasion.

Both from me, and many others I know, I simply want to say THANK YOU for /.

J.D.

Comment Re:Hopefully not vaporware. (Score 1) 240 240

Agreed. I live in Eastern Canada where they use a lot of salt on the roads this time of year. Even with undercoating, you'll rarely see a car which outlasts it's engine. Usually a car's body rots to pieces before it's mechanically unsuitable for continued use.

There are many cars from as recent as 2000 or 2001 that are full of rust holes from people who don't bother to undercoat.

If you think nobody cares if you're alive, try missing a couple of car payments. -- Earl Wilson

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