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Comment I had no idea that stealing government secrets (Score -1, Troll) 106

and fleeing prosecution to "frenemy" nations made you a genius security researcher as well. Maybe there's some kind of cause-effect relationship there that I don't understand. I look forward to Edward Snowden's future cure for cancer because apparently he is some kind of super genius who can achieve anything he wants.

Comment The Polanski case (Score 1) 299

The irony here is they can extradite someone who links to things but not an actual child rapist such as Roman Polanski who is evading US justice in Poland. That's a pretty huge double standard considering the "think of the children" excuse used for internet crackdowns.

You obviously don't understand in reality how the US government works in some cases, so I'm gong to explain it to you. First of all, the US actually did submit papers to Poland requesting that Polanski be extradited. The Polish government rejected them. However, I'm pretty sure that Polanski feared that the Polish government might not always reject such requests, so apparently he's now back in France. French law prevents his extradition.

What you also need to know is that US government will never, ever, admit this but in some cases they don't really and truly care all that much about getting the person extradited. It's more about political grandstanding than anything else. Polanski's victim has long asked for the case to be dropped because she says that she long ago forgave him and she can't get past it because the US government won't stop making an issue of it and the press won't leave her alone about it. Are her wishes being listened to? No they are not. The reason is that because she was so underage at the time (What was it? 13 years old maybe...) that the US government doesn't want to seem to be soft on abusing minors and giving preferential treatment to Polanski when they go after child porn people all the time. The government won't admit it, but I think they were pretty satisfied with Switzerland confining him to his home for 2 months and the ongoing attempts to extradite him do prevent him from ever returning to the USA, which I believe is the true but unstated goal of the US government. His punishment in reality is that he can't come back to the USA again. Bobby Fischer, the former world chess champion, was locked up in Japan for about half a year while they "investigated" his situation. Fischer violated US law with his rematch against Spassky because it was held in Yugoslavia which was under embargo at the time. Fischer was a very mentally disturbed person and his constant complaints against the USA and flaunting the fact that he broke US law with the rematch eventually got the US government interested in proving a point to him, so they got the Japanese to lock him up on nebulous charges. Fischer was eventually released and given Icelandic citizenship, which pretty much assured both that he was punished for his crime with the Japanese lockup and that he wouldn't return to the USA, which I think were the real goals of the US government. Similarly the US government doesn't really want Polanski to come back to the US nor are that really all that keen to lock him up any more than they've already done, but they can't admit that.

Comment Re:Ironic (Score 1) 230

That RT has become a major source of news that you can't get on most major news channels.

I'll leave it to the reader to decide what, if any, value RT has by providing the following link. It has "highlights" of their coverage of the situation in Ukraine 2 years ago.

Comment Re:CBS Fail. (Score 1) 161

You are choosing to NOT be on Netflix (US/Canada)|Hulu|Amazon|YouTube RED...hmmm yeah Let's see how long that lasts.

Maybe longer than you realize. CBS has never been part of Hulu and I think no part of those other services either. At present they believe that they can make more money by getting people to pay for their own streaming service which they don't have to share with anybody else. We'll see how that works with Star Trek.

Comment Re:Not so much bypassing regional restrictions.... (Score 1) 161

But alas, as I'm in the U.S. I will have to wait till it comes out a year later on US Netflix. I will survive..somehow.

I'm not sure how you'll survive in the USA since apparently some dangerous, perhaps gun wielding, person is preventing you from seeing Star Trek for a year. After all you said you have to wait, which implies that you have no choice in matter. Now if you had said that you are choosing to wait because you don't want to pay to subscribe to CBS' online service, that would be one thing, but that's not what you said. You said you have to wait, so perhaps you should see what your legal remedies are against these people who are preventing you from potentially subscribing to the service.

Comment Re:Why do us Canadians always get screwed? (Score 1) 161

"with Canadian streaming provisions yet to be announced".

What did we ever do to you Americans to always get screwed on streaming services?

I'm guessing it's one of two things. Either the CBC or the government is causing this (I have no idea exactly how TV in Canada works, so just a guess here) or you're being punished for supposedly having "weak" laws regarding intellectual property.

Comment Re:So, what about other browsers. (Score 1) 119

So are you telling me Chrome/Chromium, Firefox, Safari, IE/Edge, Opera and Vivaldi won't send sensitive data to the UK or the USA?

Prove it. Or shut up. Crybaby arguments like "everybody else does the same thing" with no proof is meaningless.

Here, bucko. Let me give you a real example about why you might not care what Maxthon does but Chinese people might. A few years ago I had a Chinese girlfriend. I mean she was born and raised in China and lived there most of her life. She told me a story about being in college. She shared a dorm room with 3 oe 4 other girls and one day the police called all of them in for questioning. Separately. Turns out that one of the roommates had some kind of vague link to Fulan Gong, like a relative was a member or something similar. My girlfriend told me that it was really scary for them and they had no idea at all that this girl had any kind of Fulan Gong link. If I remember correctly, the girl in question never returned to school after this. If you don't know what Fulan Gong is, look it up on Wikipedia. While they have some weird beliefs, do they strike you as a true national security threat to China? The Chinese government thinks they are, which is kind of funny since through some miracle nations such as the USA allow Fulan Gong to freely practice their beliefs and aren't in any danger of being overthrown as a result. I'm pretty sure that the Chinese government is looking for people who search for Fulan Gong or various other forbidden topics and the end result of people who look for forbidden topics is not likely to have a happy ending for those searchers.

Comment In today's news (Score 4, Insightful) 119

Security researchers discovered that a Chinese developed web browser you've probably never heard of that claims to have great security actually sends all kinds of personal information about your PC and web searches to a site in Beijing. Also, other Chinese developed web browsers that claim to have great security may do similar things.

Comment Re:If they want to solve it... (Score 2) 187

If they want to solve it, they just need to issue a pardon.

Very unlikely to do the trick even if they did it. Given Cooper's estimated age at the time (mid 40s) he's most likely dead. In fact, I'd argue that the fact that the money was never recovered except for a small amount of decayed bills found around 1980 means that he didn't survive the jump. If Cooper did survive and is still alive, he'd be approximately 90 years old. Since the vast majority of the bills have never been found or spent, that might mean that he was too afraid of being caught to ever spend the money. I don't think an offer of a pardon or amnesty would get such a person to confess.

Related to some other posts - the statute of limitations issue came up in the 1970s for this case and it's considered that Cooper could still be prosecuted if there was enough evidence to do so. A grand jury issued an indictment against him in absentia that's still valid and would be the basis of any future prosecution.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 2) 89

Russia is one of the countries I regularly choose to send my traffic through. Good internet infrastructure and bandwidth with fast connectivity to much of europe. Absolutely ZERO legal agreements between countries like US, UK etc so far less chance of them sharing your browsing habids with others and those that they would share it with would not give a shit about me.

This. A person I know has sometimes used his Bit Torrent client through a VPN going through Russia for the same reasons.

Comment For Clinton's sake I hope this helps (Score 2) 644

I've got some cousins who are pretty hard core Sanders supporters who believe all the nut job stuff going around in the supporters' circle for Sanders. For example, did you know that Sanders apparently won California and possibly almost every other state yet was denied victory by cheating conspirators aligned with Clinton who simply threw out votes for Sanders? Yeah, me either. But my cousins buy this one hook, line and sinker. Another thing going around among his supporters is the idea that nothing will ever change if they vote for Clinton or Trump so to make a point a large number of them are threatening to sit out the election. Of course if this happens, it may just simply make Trump the president as despite some vocal anti-Trump stands by various people, the reality is that Republican voters are going to suck it up and vote for him in the fall no matter what. If enough Sanders supporters refuse to vote, it could be very bad for Clinton. We'll see if this endorsement does anything to stop his supporters from sitting out the November election.

Comment Re:Private Company (Score 1) 293

The only really scary thing here is the fact that "two thirds of Americans get their news from social media". No wonder the country is so fucked up.

Those numbers were probably pulled out of the air and don't reflect reality. Consider that probably at least 1/3 of Americans don't do social media at all - not in any form including Facebook - and then out of the ones who do, some percentage of them will not get their news from it. I have friends, family and former classmates who don't do any kind of social media and refuse to ever do it. If you're a young person and everybody you know is under 30 that may not be true, but there are tons of people over 30 who aren't interested in social media and will probably die never having used it.

Comment Re:Too bad we can't kill all the lawyers? (Score 1) 801

After Carter was driven from office for being honest we haven't seen a single person seriously running for the post who is going to make that mistake.

Are you even American? Because you clearly have the worst possible understanding of why Jimmy Carter lost the 1980 presidential election. Here's why.
1. The US economy was in shambles. Look up Reagan's "misery index" if you don't know what it is, which was an incredibly effective campaign talking point.
2. Carter couldn't get along with Congress despite it being controlled by the Democrats. There were a lot of upset people in Congress over his decision to give back the Panama Canal. I can't prove this so I could be wrong here, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the Taiwan Relations Act got passed because Congress was terrified that Carter was going to abandon Taiwan to the PRC after giving the PRC diplomatic recognition.
3. The Iran hostage crisis and the subsequent botched rescue attempt made him look very weak to both the US voters and foreign powers. Remember, the Russians started messing around in Afghanistan on Carter's watch.
4. The Democratic Party did nothing to stop Ted Kennedy from running against Carter in the 1980 Democratic primary, despite knowing that having opposition to a sitting president would leave that president looking weak in the presidential election even if he won the primary.

All of those issues were reasons why Carter lost in 1980. Being punished for being honest is pure fantasy.

Comment Re:phone numbers are transient and disposable (Score 1) 188

with sim cards being easy to buy, its not hard to change your number often.

I've gotton on some prank lists where I was getting nuissance calls.

I dropped that number. buh-BYE. end of story.

I'm assuming that you don't live in the USA and that you don't work in IT. Both apply to me. This is not as easy to do as you claim for a lot of us. First of all, while you can buy SIM cards in the USA, it's difficult. US mobile telephone service isn't really setup to work this way. Everybody expects you to sign a contract with a carrier for a certain number of years. Just walking down to some local electronics store and buying a SIM card off the shelf is not at all how things work in the USA. You have to go to carriers to get SIM cards here and those aren't really setup to be pay as you. You can do that sort of thing if you're willing to use crap disposable phones like with Tracfone, but not so much if you actually have a good phone.

Secondly, I'm assuming that your work doesn't need to contact you. I work for a support team on a specific product that my employer, and Fortune 500 company, sells. I only support the one product out of many we offer, but our customer base expects and pays for 24x7 availability. Our contracts allow us to do maintenance at one specific time frame on weekends but if we are down outside of that, we lose money. My employer expects me to be available 24x7 in case of emergencies even if I'm not on call and we rotate on call duties every week. I simply can't willy nilly change my phone number every few weeks or months on a whim. We've had people change phone numbers and they have to send out emails to a lot of people making sure that they say when the new phone number will go into effect and update internal contact lists about it. It's not something anybody wants to do more than once every year or two.

And finally, it must be nice that you have no friends or family who want to contact you by phone. Do you remember to tell everybody you actually do care about that you have a new number? What if they forget? What if they are older? I've got a step-mother who I stay in touch with and she is often telling me about having problems trying to get in touch with my brother, who changed his phone number well over a year ago. I think she may be dialing an old number for him, but she swears she's using the new one and she lives hours away from where I live so I can't be there to see what she is actually doing. So yea, hooray for you that your work doesn't need to talk to nor do you have any personal relationships where anybody else does either.

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