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Comment Re:Sure (Score 1) 208

At this point, I'd expect nothing less from him. But isn't it silly to complain about the NSA? We have reached the point in our slide into fascism that the government loudly proclaims the "right" to - and in at least several cases that we know of - actually has executed American citizens without trial. (Including a 16 year old kid from Denver whose "crime" was having the wrong father.) To complain that such a regime is also spying on your communications is a bit like complaining that one's torturer has bad breath.

Comment Re:Yeah, you can totally trust your data... (Score 3, Informative) 335

Well, putting a Sally Mann photograph in my non-shared, non-public SkyDrive account was enough to have an FBI guy visit my house at night and ask to look through my laptop for child porn. Not as unpleasant as an actual prosecution, of course. But a nasty enough jolt, I assure you. And if a local DA felt like making my life miserable for some reason?

Comment Re:Dangerous precedent (Score 2, Insightful) 321

I've been watching a lot of old "Law & Order" episodes recently and every time a character says something pious about "constitutional rights" I can only snort with derision at what a period piece the show is now. In our time - what might be conveniently described as "The Cheney Era" - the only rights you have are those that pose no inconvenience to the government or the business interests that rent it. If it suits the government to have you killed, you will be killed - and with no messy court paperwork to bother about. If it suits Comcast to monopolize broadband access, the FCC will roll out the red carpet before them.

Comment Now I remember (Score 1) 260

This scared me into re-installing Firefox. After 10 minutes of having to re-start the browser after putting in every new extension - plus the butt-ugly interface - I remembered why I switched from Firefox to Chrome in the first place. Fuck it. Even crippled, Chrome will be more pleasant to use than that.

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