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Submission + - US Prepares Charges To Seek Arrest of WikiLeaks' Julian Assange (

An anonymous reader writes: U.S. authorities have prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, U.S. officials familiar with the matter tell CNN. The Justice Department investigation of Assange and WikiLeaks dates to at least 2010, when the site first gained wide attention for posting thousands of files stolen by the former U.S. Army intelligence analyst now known as Chelsea Manning. Prosecutors have struggled with whether the First Amendment precluded the prosecution of Assange, but now believe they have found a way to move forward. During President Barack Obama's administration, Attorney General Eric Holder and officials at the Justice Department determined it would be difficult to bring charges against Assange because WikiLeaks wasn't alone in publishing documents stolen by Manning. Several newspapers, including The New York Times, did as well. The investigation continued, but any possible charges were put on hold, according to U.S. officials involved in the process then.
The U.S. view of WikiLeaks and Assange began to change after investigators found what they believe was proof that WikiLeaks played an active role in helping Edward Snowden, a former NSA analyst, disclose a massive cache of classified documents.

Comment Re:Depends on how you interact (Score 1) 142

A couple of options. 1. Ignore the person interrupting and keep talking, loudly but calmly. Sometimes I say "let me finish" and they always shut up. You may feel you are being rude when talking over someone but again it doesn't matter. 2. Drop it and get your idea across some other way. Being social is much more about people than ideas.

"90% of communication is nonverbal (tonality, gesture etc.)."

"People don't remember what you said, but they won't forget how you make them feel."

Comment Re:Depends on how you interact (Score 1) 142

I had the same problem, until one day I realized that it matters very little what you say.

Nerds, intellectuals have this notion that all social interactions must be perfectly structured, insightful, witty, impactful. It might be true if you are at a physics conference, or a Mensa meeting, but not with the rest, 90% of the population. For most, being social is all about being relaxed, being silly, and having fun.

So next time, just say whatever the first thought that comes to your mind. The fact that you are saying something, anything at any given moment, means that you are the center of attention, which in turn gives the aura of being relevant and social.

Bottom line, get out of your own head and stop worrying about how you look or sound like to other people, because it doesn't matter and people don't care. You'll actually be at your best when you stop being self-conscious. And over time, you'll get the hang of it.

Comment Re:Chine did something original? (Score 1) 109

This. And The Wall.

The Great Wall was started before 200 B.C., but much of what we see today was rebuilt in the 1500s Ming dynasty, when Zheng He's epic around-the-world voyage occurred. His fleet was 300 ship strong, with the capital ship's size comparable to modern day aircraft carriers. Here is an image comparing Zheng He's ship and Columbus':


Sadly, after the voyage, they decided they didn't want anything to do with the rest of the barbarian world. The emperor declared it a capital offense for anyone to own a ship with more than one mask, and ordered to build/rebuild the wall.

Incidentally, Zheng He was a Muslim.

Comment Optimistic (Score 3, Insightful) 214

Cook is way too optimistic. If all of us stopped for a minute to think things through, we wouldn't have been in the mess we are in. Can't blame him though. A large part of the man's job is to think, so he thinks (pun intended) it comes natural for everyone. It's the reverse Dunning–Kruger effect.

Someone told Democrat presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson in the 1950s, “You are doing great. All thinking men are with you.” “No,” Stevenson replied. “I need a majority.”

Comment Re:Meaningless (Score 1) 745

Sure, from the POV of a long enough time-scale -- that is, if you sufficiently compress the time-scale, all blips and dips get smoothed out in the data plot. You can't see the ~100 years of a human life span, or even ~10,000 years of recorded history of human civilization.

But it doesn't mean we don't exist. You just need to zoom in. Again, it's a matter of POV.

Same concept: Just because we live on Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot -- viewed from a large enough distance, it doesn't make daily struggles of yours and mine any less real.

Comment Re:Great for China! (Score 0) 600

Dow is at all time highs.

That's precisely when you want to get out, i.e. sell. You don't want to sell at the rock bottom, do you?

Another recession is overdue, and it's coming within the next 4 years. It's the nature of the economic cycle. There is nothing Trump (or for that matter, Clinton) can do about it. We wouldn't be a capitalist society if the president has any real control over the economy.

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