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Comment Hoo boy. (Score 2) 629

From there:

[Ecuadoran Foreign Minister Ricardo] Patino said Ecuador was still considering Snowden’s request for asylum while also delivering what appeared to be an impassioned defense of former the CIA contractor. Patino, whose government has been sharply criticized for silencing journalists at home, insisted that Snowden’s case was fundamentally one based on the principle of human rights and praised Snowden for disclosing a surveillance program that had affected nations around the globe.

He cited U.S. refusals to extradite bankers convicted in crimes in Ecuador, saying Quito was now free to exercise its “sovereignty” in the same way. When asked if he was concerned about damaging his nation’s economic relationship with Washington, Patino remained adamant.

“Ecuador puts its principles above its economic interests,” he said.

Hoo boy. I'm almost beginning to feel sorry for the US diplomatic establishment. After HK's eloquent fuck-you-and-lolno to the states, EC brings a bigger one.

I don't think Clinton's ordering the spicy soup today—plain noodles will do. Something about the excess perspiration these past few days...


NSA Releases Secret Pre-History of Computers 167

An anonymous reader writes "The National Security Agency has declassified an eye-opening pre-history of computers used for code-breaking between the 1930s and 1960s. The 344 page report, entitled It Wasn't All Magic: The Early Struggle to Automate Cryptanalysis (pdf), it is available on the Government Attic web site. Government Attic has also just posted a somewhat less declassified NSA compendium from 1993: A Collection of Writings on Traffic Analysis. (pdf)"

Comment Re:thermoplastic construction (Score 3, Interesting) 51

I agree it brings promise for that, but a mighty LOL if you think they'll bring down the prices once the switch is made...

"Unfortunately, this time- and material-saving process is highly innovative and thus requires a great investment in 3D printers and intellectual property* that will bring prices up 'temporarily'," says the spokesmen for the automakers, insurance companies, and auto-repair shops today. The reps were confirmed to be making a so-called "air quote" gesture before "temporarily", followed by muffled giggles among themselves after.

*You don't really think someone won't try to add a wonderful 3D-Print-My-Parts insurance fee, or patent the specific process of 3D printing a car part, d'ya? Especially for each specific trademarked shape? "We've only just beguuuuun..."

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