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Comment The timing is quite stuning (Score 1) 289

Monday last week: Bill Clinton meets Attorney General Loretta Lynch at Phoenix airport
Tuesday: FBI Director Comey recommends against charging Hillary Clinton
Wednesday: Attorney General Loretta Lynch announces there will be no charges
Thursday: FBI Director Comey says the guy who claimed to have hacked Clinton server actually didn't do it.

That's quite an amazing timing. Can anyone one really pretend the power that be did not decide that they were going to take a week to bury the Clinton email scandal? Can you imagine the coordination required to make all that happen the *same* week? Do they even care about how it looks?

So that Romanian guy that was very public about the fact he got into Hillary's mail, he didn't. And since the FBI conveniently has no proof about anyone else hacking her server... I guess everything is definitely dandy and 100% clean.

The level of "Move Along, Nothing to See Here" is so high it's not even funny.

Comment Re:Cashless society push being driven by NIRP (Score 1) 388

People looking to convert into cash might want to look at the Swiss franc.

There's a 1'000 francs note (worth about $1'020/915 Euro):
Banknotes of the Swiss franc

Contrary to the Euro, there's currently no political will in Switzerland to get rid of large denomination bills. People will probably switch to large Swiss francs denomination anyway if the Eurozone does get rid of the 500 Euro note.
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by WaffleMonster (969671) Alter Relationship on 1:48 Tuesday 05 May 2015 (#49617147)

As Heinlein famously put it in his The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (and he was just echoing the sentiment), There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch -- or in this case, a free app.

Comment In other words (Score 3, Insightful) 312

Ms. Carnegie said it was up to the government to create a different system, which the company would then abide by."

In other words: "if you lower your taxes to a number that we like, we might consider paying them".

Must be nice being a multinational corporation, getting to chose how much taxes you pay and where you pay them...

Meanwhile in the real world, people go broke (no more jobs... sorry), small and medium-sized businesses go broke (can't compete with Amazon? Too bad), local governments and states go broke (not enough revenue? Your taxes are too high, just lower them so you can compete with the 0% rate in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates).

The system works.

Comment Double standard all the way (Score 4, Insightful) 181

Snowden warns us that we're being spied on and that the grip the NSA has on the whole Internet goes far beyond what even the most paranoid had imagined and the US government answer is: espionage prosecution, international warrant etc.

Compare with: Unnamed NSA official, no doubt with the blessing of his bosses, anonymously reveals the same kind of information about NSA spying - but this time because it is convenient for the administration and it fits into their political agenda, there won't be any legal consequences, prosecutions etc., absolutely nothing will happen, we all know it - and even worse - we all passively accept it.

Laws are being selectively enforced by the government; there are no actually classified documents. There are "things the government wants you to know", those can be leaked and released on demand by "unnamed officials" - screw the legality of it - and there are "things the government doesn't want you to know", and anyone revealing those things will be spied on, harassed and prosecuted (James Risen? Laura Poitras?), it doesn’t matter that the people writing about those are journalists who have no duty of any kind towards the US government, they’re just doing their job.

If the administration has proof of North Korean involvement, they can present it to try to convince the American public... but wait, no they can’t. They can't do that because the evidence they have comes from the NSA exploiting and hacking systems all over the internet. "Yes, your honor, I saw it all, it was the North Koreans who painted that graffiti. How do I know? I was there that night, burying a few bodies in the empty lot next door".

The NSA giving actual proof of NK involvement is equivalent to them coming forward and admitting what they are: a threat far more dangerous for the security of the Internet than anything North Korea will ever be capable of.

Submission + - Slashdot forces a beta site by default

kelk1 writes: As a poor submitter found out (https://developers.slashdot.org/story/14/02/05/2328224/html5-app-for-panasonic-tvs-rejected---jquery-is-a-hack), Slashdot (https://slashdot.org) suddenly forced a preview of its beta site without any warning on all its viewers.

Judging by the comments, the feedback was immediate and clearly negative.

I cannot speak for the forum moderation side, but my reaction to the front page was an knee jerk: "Oh no!, not another portal full of noise I cannot speed-read through." Text and hyperlinks are what we need, please, and as little graphics as possible. Think lynx, thank you.

Submission + - Dice, what are you getting by butchering Slashdot ? 2

Taco Cowboy writes: Before I register my account with /. I frequented it for almost 3 weeks. If I were to register the first time I visited /. my account number would be in the triple digits.

That said, I want to ask Dice why they are so eager to kill off Slashdot.

Is there a secret buyer somewhere waiting to grab this domain, Dice ? Just tell us. There are those amongst us who can afford to pay for the domain. What we want is to have a Slashdot that we know, that we can use, that we can continue to share information with all others.

Please stop all your destructive plans for Slashdot, Dice.

Submission + - Nerd website found to make viewer's eyes bleed

grommit writes: http://slashdot.org/ is a website that is testing out a new "Beta" web design specifically crafted to make the viewer's eyes bleed. Editor samzenpus is quoted as saying, "We were hoping for at least a 70% eye bleed rate (EBR) but when we found out that we're actually generating 95% EBR, we were ecstatic. We are proud to break new ground in unreadable web design!"

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