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Comment Re:Something to neither be praised or coveted (Score 0) 310

Meh. I don't want either big-name console because DRM (well mostly a lack of funds, but increasingly DRM), and I'm not a fan of Yet Another Game With Guns And Deathmatches: Modern Warfare 5, but a good video game can open your mind, challenge your reflexes, and even teach you how to play itself through its own design (yes, I'm referring to that egoraptor vid). Making one, of course, is a challenge and artistic and scientific opportunity all its own as well.

Personally, I'd love to see (or found?) a group that makes games one day and investigative journalism the next, one that trains the brain and puts it to use. (Though I'll admit "The alleged charity embezzler did not return our calls. In other news, the HeadShotQuest sniper rifle staff glitch is fixed!" might raise eyebrows.)

Comment Re:BUT SNOWDEN (Score 3, Interesting) 162

Yeah, it's not wise to stop holding our government to account. I'd rather the US set an example for the worse countries by reining in its bribe-happy CIA, bringing the troops home from profit wars, closing GTMO, and stopping espionage that is not required to stop a known and imminent threat to lives.

Or I guess we can adopt the motto "Still more tolerant and less bloody than Genghis Khan!" but it doesn't quite radiate that exceptional aura.

Submission + - DOJ says Lavabit cannot prevent search warrants by 'locking its front gate' (

SonicSpike writes: Even after obtaining the encryption keys from secure email provider Lavabit through a court, the government was prevented by the court order and various laws from accessing other Lavabit users' accounts, the U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday in a filing in an appeal by Lavabit.

The government said in the filing in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit that the information it wanted from a single unnamed account was user log-in information and the date, time, and duration of the email transmissions, and dismissed Lavabit's "parade of hypotheticals" regarding unlawful actions the government could take. "Were a government officer to do as Lavabit fears and 'rummage' through other users' communications without authorization, that would be a crime," DOJ wrote.

Lavabit shut down in August citing an ongoing legal battle it was not allowed to discuss at the point. Founder Ladar Levison said he was shutting down the secure email service rather than become "complicit in crimes against the American people." The government is said to have been looking for email information of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who since June disclosed through newspapers certain documents about surveillance programs by the U.S. National Security Agency. The target user name has been redacted in the Lavabit records.

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