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Comment Re:Strange Logic (Score 1) 207

Manning wasn't pardoned. He had his sentence commuted. That means, in the view of the US government, she'd served enough of his sentence, not that the government agreed with what he did. This was after 7 years of imprisonment, during which time she was tortured. The US government can take the position that what Manning did was wrong, and something it wants to discourage, while still feeling that she had suffered enough.

Snowden hasn't been tried or convicted, and as a result the US government cannot reasonably say he's been "punished enough" without their position being that leaking state secrets isn't a crime that rises to the level of any punishment at all.

That's the logic behind pardoning Manning but not Snowden.

Comment Re:Price has other factors (Score 1) 89

I suspect that sentence was mangled between brain and keyboard, because a hallmark of cheap* phones is that they don't get updates, and the entire point of the sentence is to suggest that Android One devices are superior to regular cheap phones.

* Yeah, OK, let's be honest, almost all Android phones, cheap or not, don't get updated.

Comment Re:Best fucking part (Score 1) 747

So just to be clear, Britain and Sweden are organizing a very public extradition process so that the two nations can cooperate with a secret request by the US to (illegally, in both countries) kidnap Assange, transfer him to Saudi Arabia, and torture him there?

Why bother? Why not just let the US do the kidnapping on British soil?

Comment Re:News from other countries... (Score 2) 40

Well, when it comes to space budgets....

NASA: $19,3B
ESA: $5,8B
Roscosmos: ~$2B/yr
JAXA: $2,0B
CNSA: $0,5B official / $1,3B est.
ISRO: $1,2B

It's not just US bias that leads to most stories coming from NASA. NASA really does spend the most on space research and exploration, by large margins.

Still, the public perception is that NASA's budget is far more than it actually is.

Comment Re:Your move, Assange.... (Score 1) 747

I think everyone's missing the major loophole here. I'm not sure there even is an extradition request from the US for Assange, but even if there is one, the laws an Australian citizen can be prosecuted for regarding US secrets are dubious.

The actual extradition request that actually matters, the one the UK has agreed to, is to Sweden. Assange doesn't mention that one.

As you point out, it's not offer for a some future negotiation of a treaty. And as others have pointed out, "Clemency" somehow only meaning "pardoning" isn't Assange's escape route either. But it'd be interesting if he was extradited to the US, and then promptly extradited to Sweden.

Comment And if (as is normal) my radio is turned OFF? (Score 1) 1

Or even I don't have a radio?

What am I meant to do? Use my eyes?

Oh, actually, I'm required to use my eyes. I'm required to be alert. It's one of the things that they fail you for when you're taking your driving test.

Solution in search of a problem. A better solution would be compulsory loss of driving license for all people involved in a moving traffic incident. Both drivers. At the roadside. Effective immediately. No excuses, no more driving license. No more driving until you've sat (and passed) a driving test again. No driving license means your insurance is void too.

Submission + - Obama comutes sentence on Chelsea Manning

RockDoctor writes: The BBC are reporting (as of 10 minutes ago) that outgoing US president Barack Obama has commuted the 35 year sentence passed on Chelsea Manning for espionage in the leaking of (amongst other things) diplomatic cables which showed the US diplomacy service in a less than favourable light.

[Manning] will be freed on 17 May instead of her scheduled 2045 release.

Unless of course, Trump counters with a death penalty. 'Cos, you know, he has small hands.

Submission + - President Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning's Sentence 1

bbsguru writes: From NBC News:
President Obama has commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence officer, who is serving 35 years for giving classified information to Wikileaks.

The decision, made in the last days of his presidency, means that Manning can be freed May 17, seven years into her sentence.

More than 117,000 people signed a petition asking Obama to cut short the sentence. Fugitive leaker Edward Snowden said in a tweet that if Obama could only free one person, it should be Manning.

Comment Re:This is starting to happen in a lot of places.. (Score 1) 70

Since these are company-owned phones issued for company business, that is entirely their prerogative.

Doing work on personal phones will be banned shortly - and if you need to do work on a telephone, you'll be issued with one to carry for work purposes. If you want to carry a personal phone too, that's your choice. Don't expect work to either pay for it, or acknowledge it's existence.

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