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Comment Re:Unless you have a 1st gen iPad ... (Score 1) 205

I wouldn't say that. I love my iPhone 5 and iPad Mini, but know the day will come when a new OS won't support some core feature on my device for no other reason than that Apple doesn't want to. For instance, Siri wasn't available on my old iPhone 4 and there's no way you can make me believe that wasn't for marketing reasons. There was some bullshit excuse about the 4 not having enough computing power, but for what? All of Siri's work is done on a remote server farm. You expect me to believe the 4 didn't have enough processing ability to encode a few seconds of voice into an MP3, AAC, or whatever and upload it to the server? That's ludicrous.

Some features don't make sense on older devices. I remember being bummed when iOS 4 came out and my 2nd-gen iPod Touch couldn't use multitasking, but understood that you just can't run that many simultaneous apps in 128MB of RAM. I also remember being pissed that the same iPod Touch didn't support setting the home screen's background picture. WTF? A 480x320x32bpp image takes 600KB of RAM, whether it's a picture of my kids or nothing but solid black.

Comment Re:Stuxnet claim reduces credibility (Score 1) 491

He was a sysadmin at the NSA and worked also for the CIA. You think the NSA didn't throw some parties when Stuxnet reported back that it worked? You don't think it was the watercool talk of the month when it leaked out? Your faith in the ability of organisations to internally compartmentalise things is interesting.

Comment Re:He is rocking the boat, don't rock the boat (Score 2) 658

Uh, yes, the troops do send themselves overseas. Does America have the draft? I don't think so. If they go abroad and fight just because they have a shitty life at home and the military is a pay-rise, that's even more disgusting than if they are doing it for some warped ideological purpose.

Comment Re:Gonna Have to Disagree with You There (Score 1) 658

The link with Republicanism is probably to do with age. If you look at the poll results, young people are far more outraged than old people, who seem to systematically skew authoritarian. Perhaps growing up in the environment of the cold war means they have a much stronger sympathy for spying and feel that no matter what the USA does, it must always be on the side of right rather than wrong. Young people with no memory of the cold war have no particular bias towards national secrecy.

Comment Re:Terrible news... (Score 1) 658

I cannot speak for programs I have not worked in, but NSA wiretaps have played a role in EVERY modern day foreign crisis in the past 20 years. Mali, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, pirates in the Indian Ocean, and a lot more I'm forgetting because I've been out all night.

Are you for real or just an extremely skilled troll? It's hard to believe anyone could seriously write something so stupid.

Of course you've played a role in those "foreign crises", because you work for the US government which is the source of the crises in those countries. Those countries would obviously not be in any kind of crisis condition if they were not being constantly assaulted economically and physically by pliant tools like yourself.

I'll admit I was kinda uneasy about what we did when I first started here a few years ago, but I can even count the number of lives I have saved on my fingers in my first hand alone, so I think the ends justify the means.

The NSA is a part of the US military. The US military has directly killed far more people in those places than you can ever save.

On the off chance you're a real person, I'm going to make a suggestion. Tomorrow is Monday. Talk this over with your SO if you have one tonight, then go into work on Monday and hand in your resignation. Tell your boss you realised that you're a part of a machine that systematically causes crises in the middle east and you don't want to be a part of it any more, not even to try and save lives that were wrecked by your colleagues.

Then go find a job in the private sector using your skills to achieve positive outcomes at home, instead of negative outcomes abroad.

Comment Re:He is rocking the boat, don't rock the boat (Score 3, Insightful) 658

The average veteran in the USA is a war criminal. How is he supposed to demonstrate this fact other than by giving examples? Was Iraq invading the USA? Was Afghanistan? The people who fly the drones, are they fighting people who are attacking the USA?

The answer to all these things is clearly no. When people volunteer to take part in the US military, they volunteer to travel to some foreign country the other end of the Earth and bomb, snipe and shoot their way through the local populace to achieve extremely vague and open ended "goals" which are self evidently bullshit (bringing freedom or whatever). They volunteer knowing full well what they're going to do, how pointless it all is, and they sign up anyway.

How Americans go out of their way to engage in hero worship of vets is one of the most troubling and pathetic parts of US culture. You don't see it to anywhere near the same extent in other parts of the world. Maybe people if directly challenged would say "yes I support the troops" because any other answer is picking a fight, but the anti-Iraq-war rallies were the largest anti war protests in recorded history. That shows you what people really think of the military. I'll know there's a chance for the US when a politician gets up and says, "no, I don't support the troops". Not holding my breath.

Comment No. (Score 1) 393

If you send an email "through the cloud" (and how else are you going to send it today) then the NSA collects the "meta-data" (at least).

If your message is encrypted then the NSA also holds onto the message. Even if they do not decrypt it.

If you store your data "in the cloud" then the NSA can copy that as well.

Being able to erase stuff on your personal machine does not matter in these instances. Even if the average person could understand the issues.

Comment Re:Yawn, another fork (Score 4, Informative) 219

Up? Sideways. They both fit in the same solutionspace of "internal, in-process databases" but serve utterly different use cases. BDB is sweet when you want a key-value store. SQLite is awesome when you want a relational DB with an SQL frontend. Neither is better than the other because you wouldn't really use them for the same problems.

Comment Re:Sigh (Score 3, Interesting) 324

I'm wondering why there are still any unsolved major crimes. The government has access almost all of your communications. And if you have a cell phone they have a record of where that cell phone travels.

If all of this is to fight "terrorism" then why haven't we also wiped out kidnapping, drug gangs, organized crime and such?

If this worked, the USofA should be virtually crime free.

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