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Comment Re:transliteration (Score 1) 275

It's a bigger problem than just that. There are multiple systems for mapping various foreign names into English, and many variant spellings. Then there are what you could refer to as a "fully qualified name" that may not map well into the first-middle-last convention in many places in European languages. In some areas the full name could include things like tribe and/or clan, geographic designations, additional honorifics, and other possibilities. The same person could use multiple names depending on what was selected from the full name.

Submission + - North Korea: Men required to get Kim Jong-un haircuts (

An anonymous reader writes: BBC reports, "Men in North Korea are now required to get the same haircut as their leader Kim Jong-un ... The state-sanctioned guidelines were introduced in the capital Pyongyang about two weeks ago ...They are now being rolled out across the country — although some people have expressed reservations ... "Our leader's haircut is very particular, if you will," one source tells Radio Free Asia. ... Meanwhile, a North Korean now living in China says the look is actually unpopular at home because people think it resembles Chinese smugglers. ... It seems that haircuts have been state-approved in North Korea for some time — until now people were only allowed to choose from 18 styles for women and 10 for men. Earlier, North Korea's state TV launched a campaign against long hair, called "Let us trim our hair in accordance with the Socialist lifestyle"."

Submission + - NSA: We're not spying on Jimmy Carter (

An anonymous reader writes: The Hill reports, "The NSA is not looking through former President Jimmy Carter’s emails, its director Gen. Keith Alexander said Tuesday night. Asked about Carter's claims of NSA spying Tuesday night on Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier,” Alexander said: “Well, we're not. “So he can now go back to writing emails.” If Carter’s claim were true, Alexander said it would be “illegal.” “I mean, reality is we don't do that. And if we did, it would be illegal and we would be found, I think, held accountable and responsible.”"

Comment Re:Oh, how cute (Score 2) 289

This is apparently news to you, but there are national security incidents and problems besides the events of 9/11/2001.

But if you want to play that game, both Nixon and Reagan were in office twice as long as Carter and had the same number of "9/11"s. And the whole Afghanistan thing got its start under Carter, not to mention problems with Iran. So actually Carter does have a meaningful role in our current issues.

Submission + - Fearing HIPAA, Google Rules Out Health Apps For Android Wear ( 1

chicksdaddy writes: The Security Ledger reports ( that amid all the hype over what great new products might come out of Google's foray into wearable technology with Android Wear (, there's one big category of application that is off the list: medical applications. The reason? HIPAA — the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which protects the privacy of patients personal health information in the U.S.

Deep down in Google’s Developer Preview License Agreement ( is language prohibiting Android Wear applications that involve personal health information:

“Unless otherwise specified in writing by Google, Google does not intend use of Android Wear to create obligations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, as amended, (“HIPAA”), and makes no representations that Android Wear satisfies HIPAA requirements."

Android Wear users who "are (or become) a Covered Entity or Business Associate under HIPAA... agree not to use Android Wear for any purpose or in any manner involving Protected Health Information unless you have received prior written consent to such use from Google.”

Google’s prohibition of medical applications is interesting. The market for personal health devices is evolving quickly, and the U.S. government has already warned that – in some cases – mobile applications may count as a type of medical device regulated by the FDA.(

No word from Google yet on how it plans to enforce the ban on medical applications for Google Wear, or what process it will set up to vet and approve health-related wearables. Given the potential for wearables to be used in health monitoring and the delivery of medical care, however, its a problem that the company might want to jump on — fast!

Comment Re:Oh, how cute (Score -1, Troll) 289

Carter condemning the surveillance, and calling the Snowden disclosures good for Americans, helps expose the "national security" lie.

No, it is just another example of the continued decline of a once mediocre president and a great former president. He has continually embarrassed himself for years now, and this is just one more example. And he wasn't that great on National Security when he was POTUS.

Submission + - Putin Mouthpiece And Deputy Speaker of Duma Proposes Gutting Ukraine (

An anonymous reader writes: Apparently not content with Russia's invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the Deputy Speaker of Russia's Duma (parliament) who is regarded as a mouthpiece for Vladimir Putin, has sent a letter to the governments of Poland, Romania and Hungary proposing that Ukraine be divided along the lines of the infamous Nazi-Soviet 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop pact. He has suggested that regions in Western Ukraine hold referendums on breaking away from Ukraine to join the other countries. Zhirinovsky wrote: “It's never too late to correct historical errors.” The NATO Commanding General has warned that Russia may be poised to continue its military expansion into Ukraine, perhaps as far as Moldova. Polish men in London have been getting military call-up papers. Russia has threatened to cut off gas supplies to Europe. Russia has been making comments about Russian speaking populations in the Baltic states that has caused considerable unease in light of Russia's actions in Ukraine that were allegedly to protect ethnic Russians.

Comment Re:History Lesson:German occupation of Czechoslova (Score 1) 551

I agree, it is interesting how people falsify (and distort) information to suit their needs. I in fact meant to say "Ukraine" because Crimea was legally part of Ukraine when Russian forces invaded. Russia has previously acknowledged Ukraine's control over Crimea since Russia leased military bases there. You don't lease someone from someone that doesn't own it. You can tell it was an invasion since the national government did not authorize Russian troops to take control of Crimea. A referendum that is scheduled for the future is not effective today. Where is your usual outrage about not obeying the rule of law? Instead you are making excuses for Russian aggression and obfuscating the truth. It appears that you are willing to abandon logic when it suits your needs.

You have a history of outrages against the truth, crank theories, and foolish notions. Now you are proving to be an apologist for Russian aggression. No wonder you are so disaffected against your own country.

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