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Comment Re:Gets popcorn (Score 4, Insightful) 114

Google, Yahoo, and Facebook weren't this vocal before the Snowden Chronicles. Disingenuous bullshit from all. This is only damage-control so they can continue making more money...

Well, let's face it. Right now these companies are probably seeing their plans for future growth go down the toilet - after all, why would anyone (especially from outside the US) even consider using their services now? I know the reports so far say they haven't taken a significant hit, but most businesses don't turn on a dime... any exit would need to be thought through. I expect this whole situation will be very bad for these companies as we get a year or two out.

But whatever their selfish motivations, these actions are ultimately to our benefit. They certainly have more clout than we do.

Comment Re:From Yesterday. (Score 5, Insightful) 362

Actually, it's Edward Snowden who is responsible for the "single-handedly" and "overnight" aspects of destroying that trust.

In the same sense that a person who gives evidence to a woman that her husband is a philandering axe murderer has destroyed that woman's trust in her husband.

Snowden merely provided thorough documentation that the trust was erroneously given - the other party was completely untrustworthy.

Comment Re:OpenVPN (Score 2) 362

Yeah, I was wondering about this. It's SSL-based, which might be an issue if the NSA can actually break the encryption; but it is in line with Schneier's advice to use standard, interoperable protocols. And the source code is available, so one would assume any attempts to back door the actual code base would get caught.

OpenVPN available cross platform - there's even a free iOS app (which works well if you have the know-how to configure .ovpn packages). And setting up a server is straightforward.

Comment So? (Score 4, Interesting) 433

Let's say, for the sake of argument, this is a legitimate intercept that's been made public for the purposes of swaying public opinion in favor of the NSA's spying program. Were any of us upset that the US government is attempting to learn about the activities of other nations hostile to it? No, of course not.

But how does this supposedly justify any of the crap behavior we ARE upset about?

Do the Iranians use Verizon cell phones to give tactical orders to its sailors? Does Hezbollah use Gmail to coordinate its attacks? Maybe the G-20 ministers were going to kidnap an American right after the conference? Or perhaps its those NSA spooks' ex-wives that were going to aid and abet the Taliban in their next attacks?

Comment Re:Short memories (Score 3, Insightful) 95

From what I recall of those days, I don't believe Yahoo wasn't really a search engine at all. Website operators had to submit their sites to Yahoo, who would then manually review the site and then decide whether or not it should be included in their "best of the web" listings.

Lycos, AltaVista, Webcrawler... those were search engines.

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