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Comment Re:Real names? (Score 1) 582

One of the draws to these revenue generating sites is being able to comment. I suspect that when push comes to shove, many anonymous commenters won't bother to comment any more, nor visit the site and read the articles. This will affect the HP's bottom line.

...unless, of course, the big guns of the social-marketing complex are making up for that lost revenue.

"Hey, mind if we throw ya a bit o'greens here and there? Oh, you're very welcome, we just need to see those names of yours so our real customers can use them as, y'know...volunteer endorsements for TV commercials. 'Organic' advertising, y'know, totally not fake or unsolicited or tracked down by the government. The *nudge* 'viral' web. *wink*"

Comment Re:okay so how is snowden NOT a whistleblower then (Score 1) 524

Looks like it might be time to donate again. There's something ridiculous about the need to buy decent government by donating to a charitable organization, but hey, they're doing better than most, and most of "us" (Slashdot readers) can probably afford it. Normally I'd suggest the option of doing it by way of the Humble Bundle, but currently they don't include that option...

...probably because it would conflict with the interests of EA (see the Bundle's current front page).

Speaking of EA...WTF, Humble?

Comment Re:Only Obama is the terrorist (Score 1) 426

With the UK's (and undoubtedly US's) despicable attack against Greenwald (the sort of lover-detainment that's quite simply the "evil" of good-vs-evil stories everywhere) I'm now highly convinced the budget stuff is a distractive sideshow, or even exactly what Obama wants of Congress. (If a budget is never submitted, then there's no budget to scrutinize for, say, certain secret departments' expenses.)

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Bradley Manning Says He's Sorry 496

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "The Washington Post reports that Pfc. Bradley Manning told a military judge during his sentencing hearing that he is sorry he hurt the United States by leaking hundreds of thousands of sensitive military and diplomatic documents to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks and he asked for leniency as he spoke for less than five minutes, often in a quavering voice "I'm sorry I hurt people. I'm sorry that I hurt the United States," said Manning, who was convicted last month of multiple crimes, including violations of the Espionage Act, for turning over the classified material. "I'm apologizing for the unintended consequences of my actions. I believed I was going to help people, not hurt people." Speaking publicly for only the third time since he was arrested in Iraq in June 2010, Manning said he had been naive. "I look back at my decisions and wonder, 'How on earth could I, a junior analyst, possibly believe I could change the world for the better over the decisions of those with the proper authority?'""

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