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Comment Re:Agreed. (Score 5, Insightful) 261

To agents in the NSA: It doesn't matter if 999 of 1000 of you are honest. All it takes is one G. Gordon Liddy type who ignores requirements for warrants to listen in on political opponents, and the whole thing is worthless. Possibly that is also the real intent, easy obfuscation of ultimate corruption.

Known historical democracies collapse when they "temporarily" give emergency powers to someone. Greece, Rome, Germany 80 years ago.

And you're participating in this modern panopticon as a rube while someone, maybe next to you, spies for a party or powerful faction.

Comment Re:Ah, yes--the UN Declaration of Human Rights (Score 2, Insightful) 261

The first 10 or so are noble, a rough analog of US rights. After that, it starts turning into this bizarre amalgam of a socialist wish list and rules deliberately violating the first 10 fir the purpose of preserving the status quo of those in power.

This item 12 is itself a great example, stating a right not to have one's reputation harmed. Intention: censorship of things which are true but which embarrass politicians, a concept foreign in a land with free speech.

Before downmodding me in quasi-censorship of censorship talk, go look up many examples...from nominally free democracies, forget about dictatorships.

Comment Re:For The Love of Glob! (Score 1) 552

I'd rather have seas 30 feet higher in 100-300 years and living with (say) 2314-year tech than current seas and year 2200 tech in 2314...or 2214. Hech, a 10% slowdown, miserably easy for an overbearing government to achieve, would yield a 30 year delta at the end. Hell, I'd rather have 2014 tech than 1984-tech.

Proposed solutions matter and should be judged in the context of tech advancement, or lack thereof. That's what saves lives.

Comment Re:Can't use duck test and rational argument (Score 5, Interesting) 67

Your Aero argument is indeed solid...except for one thing. Congress deliberately mucked it up by preventing cable companies from being able to rebroadcast local broadcast channels, implementing this must-carry-for-free-or-negotiate-for-dollars, tv station decides.

Congress did it! However, Fox has no leg to stand on, with the the Aero ruling, anyway. You have your signal and shows already and are just using slingbox to transmit it around for you. This doesn't fall afoul of Congress' strange law for must-carry.

Comment Re:So what? they can be tapped to. (Score 2) 244

No no no! Money's no object!

it wanted to spend 486,000 rubles
(about $14,800) to buy 20 electric typewriters as a way to avoid digital leaks.

While that seems like a lot, keep in mind the US government would commission electronic typewriters, making sure they had USB and WiFi and network printing capabilities and access to cloud storage and run Windows apps and Internet Explorer.

They would finally be delivered for $38k per unit about 12 years after everybody has a Matrix jack in their neck.

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