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Comment Re:find him, prosecute him (Score 0, Troll) 235

Assange is charged with rape and his best friend wrote a tell-all book that is pretty damning. He was also ripped by Amnesty International for endangering innocent volunteers. People close to him said he was motivated purely by money.

Yep, Assange we can recognize as a man of high ideals just because he criticized people we don't like.

Why is it that no one is praising groups like Amnesty International who also expose government corruption? They literally champion for human rights, get involved, operate as a non-profit, and enact positive change in the world without breaking laws?

Comment Re:A Smear Campaign Is a Smear Campaign (Score 3, Informative) 513

Prying into? Do you mean seeing what web pages you were hitting and such? That's nothing short of bullshit.

They drove around and saw how many wireless networks there were and wrote down ESSIDs, the publicly broadcasted name of the network.

So they collected publicly broadcasted data at the same time they were rumored to be considering launching a wireless internet service to see how feasible it was.

They were asked if someone had an unsecured wireless network, and if they were typing passwords on an unsecured website at the same time that someone was network sniffing, would it be possible for someone to see that data and Google said yes. People didn't understand what that meant and misinterpreted it (or intentionally twisted it) to portray snooping, when responsible journalists should be educating people.

Secure your wifi, and never input sensitive data into a website that isn't using SSL.

Comment Re:It's Quite Disingenuous (Score 3, Insightful) 513

Yes, I believe it.

You know why? Because they can use internal emails or just test data to tune their algorithms. Promising not to actual read your emails and then lying about it would literally threaten their entire business model. Why take such a risk that could destroy your company? That would be monumentally stupid.

I don't think Google is that stupid.

Comment Re:Speaking of "Smear Campaigns"... (Score 5, Insightful) 513

No.

Google employees weren't reading the email. The US government now has a stupid law that when a law enforcement agency requests email, companies are required to hand it over without a warrant. That didn't mean anyone from Google was reading it ahead of time.

Someone should contest this (along with warantless wiretapping, GPS tracking, etc) to the Supreme Court because this behavior should be unconstitutional. Blame the executive branch for massively overstepping their authority.

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