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Comment Re:So, U.S. domestic spying won't last long, then? (Score 1) 166

They're not hurt by the spying but by the disclosure. If these California companies didn't like the spying itself, you'd have seen them pour money into unseating Dianne Feinstein last year.

Expect instead to see these companies to lobby for feel-good measures that are simply aimed at making the story "go away."

Comment Re:Bullshit PR is Bullshit (Score 1) 224

As far as I can tell, the internet companies have done more that any others is trying to hold back the NSA.


Concerns over the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), as well as attempts by intelligence agencies to collect user information from email and social networking sites, appeared on the second-quarter lobbying disclosure reports of several tech firms.

The topic wasn't mentioned in any first quarter 2013 reports, before public revelations that the National Security Agency was collecting data on American citizens from email and social networking sites.

While it's not clear from lobbying reports how much money or time each of the companies, or trade associations that represent them, have spent on the specific subject of FISA, the resources each one (of Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo! and Twitter) has available are substantially larger than any of the watchdog or civil liberties groups. In fact, each one of these five groups lobby substantially more than the other eight organizations that disclosed lobbying on FISA -- combined.

In the first three months of 2013, (Google) spent $4.1 million, which put it on track to spend less than 2012, but still a substantial amount. In the second quarter of 2013, however, spending contracted, coming to about $3.6 million.

Why, it's almost like nobody cared until, by shear coincidence, something happened in the second quarter of this year.

Comment Re:Bullshit PR is Bullshit (Score 1) 224

STFU and do your research,

Your source (emphasis mine):

In the category of protecting user privacy in the courts, Google deserves special recognition this year for challenging a National Security Letter.

My source:

No telecommunications company has ever challenged the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance court's orders for bulk phone records under the Patriot Act, the court revealed on Tuesday.

Now, do you want to split hairs and argue that "maybe Google isn't a 'telecommunications company'" or "maybe the orders they got weren't for 'bulk phone records'," or do you want to maybe acknowledge that the industry in the US doesn't give a flying fuck if nobody is looking (or is even allowed to look)?

Comment Bullshit PR is Bullshit (Score 5, Insightful) 224

Google has quietly made a change aimed at encrypting all search activity to provide 'extra protection' for searchers, and possibly to block NSA spying activity.

What would encryption do when the NSA has access to the servers?

'I suspect the increased encryption is related to Google's NSA-pushback,'

Except that pushback itself is also pure political theater. Funny how these court challenges only started happening when stuff started to become public.

Google has made their bed. Let them lie in it.

Comment Re:Gets popcorn (Score 2) 114

That they are big enough to take the risk of standing up for our freedoms speaks volumes about the stewardship of the company.

Or they are simply trying to give such an appearance to try to salvage the loss of business the NSA scandal is creating for such online services. They need not actually care while "framing the message" so longs the ultimate impact to their bottom line is negligible.

Want to see how Google, et al really feel? Keep an eye on their political campaign contributions, past and future.

Comment Re:What I've said all along (Score 1) 164

Isn't it a genetically proven fact that all human women share the same mother?

nuclear DNA studies indicate that the size of the ancient human population never dropped below tens of thousands. Other women living during Eve's time have descendants alive today

Does any of that mean we don't all share a common female ancestor?

A false dilemma may take the form: If a proposition has not been disproven, then it cannot be considered false and must therefore be considered true.

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