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Comment Re:Whistle blowing? (Score 1) 333

There is a big difference between "whistleblowing" to uncover domestic corruption and leaking state secrets of multiple nations.

What if the state secrets are all about state corruption?

Do we have a right to know this stuff? No.

Who gets to decide that? Are you really all that comfortable with the inmates running the asylum, so the speak? Frankly, I think the release of these documents is one of the only positive events about engaging the public in demanding good governance that I've seen in a long time

It is not our right to know private information about either celebrities or diplomats. What is said behind closed doors off the record is supposed to stay private.

I agree with you about truly private information about celebrities. But what's said by diplomats behind closed doors is said while they're being paid a salary to represent us, the citizens of the country they're representing. The widely-reported leaks, at least, seem to involve communications between people working for us.

I would like to keep a sense of privacy myself as an individual

Then may I repsectfully suggest that you don't become an employee of the public, because your bosses might want to know what kind of a job you're doing for them. I find it interesting that there hasn't been the level of partisan name-calling from the usual suspects about things revealed in the leaks. I have hope this whole affair may be a positive educational experience for the public to learn about how their governments work in their name. But that might be hoping for too much.

Comment Re:Apple getting desperate? (Score 4, Insightful) 574

Who owns my iPhone?* That is the heart of the question.

I would think the heart of the question is Who Owns the App Store? Are you really suggesting that Apple be forced to sell particular items through their own store? If that's the case, who would you envision as the arbiter of what they should be forced to carry?

It would be different if Apple's app store were just one app provider, but it's the only way to get apps onto the phone!

If that's a problem for you, or if you generally object to their business practices, vote with your wallet and don't buy their phone. It's not like there aren't alternatives readily available. If you just gotta have shiny, jailbreak it.

It's not like controlling behaviour is something new to Apple.

Comment Wonder how difficult it will be to catch (Score 2, Funny) 145

Tim: Look, that rabbit's got a vicious streak a mile wide! It's a killer!
Sir Galahad: Get stuffed!
Tim: He'll do you up a treat, mate.
Sir Galahad: Oh, yeah?
Sir Robin: You manky Scots git!
Tim: I'm warning you!
Sir Robin: What's he do? Nibble your bum?
Tim: He's got huge, sharp... er... He can leap about. Look at the bones!

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