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Comment Re:Yeah, not a surprise (Score 4, Insightful) 356

The only thing Assange worried about is fading into obscurity and losing his cherished martyr status. The US has not even filed an extradition request and since he is not a US citizen he hasn't broke any law that the US could realistically prosecute. He didn't steal anything and publishing the information delivered to him is not a crime. That being said this guy is still a narcissistic drama queen.

Comment Re: Two questions (Score 1) 69

Almost all of the money the US has given to Israel over the years could only be used to purchase US military tech. The most recent deal with them is the first time they are allowed to spend a higher percentage on non-US weapons.
"The entire country functions on favors and shady backroom deals"
Can you name one other country on the planet who doesn't do the same thing?

Comment Re:Great News! (Score 2) 263

The biggest investors in alternative energy research are the major oil companies. The people controlling the fossil fuel based markets are not stupid. They know alternative energy usage will continue to grow in the future. They know all the money they spend on alternative energy development can be recouped by the tax credits the government hands out to companies investing in alternative energy related projects. They all have enough cash and political power to make sure they can eventually control and profit from the emerging alternative energy markets the same way they control the fossil fuel markets.

Comment Re:Public information? (Score 1) 104

"Would that have a chilling effect on free speech?" No. At least not in the US. Some of the most incendiary public speech in the history of the country has been documented in one format or another and distributed to the widest audience possible. Today the Internet has made capturing a large audience easy and fast. The people testing the limits of their 1st amendment rights go out of their way to draw attention to themselves and their statements.

Comment Re: And so it begins.... (Score 2) 78

"how can we even be talking about attacking another nation under the table"
Nations have been attacking one another "under the table" since the dawn of civilization. Some are just better than others when it comes to gathering intelligence and running counter intelligence operations. And foreign intelligence operations are not unconstitutional. The key word being "foreign". The only rule when conducting foreign intelligence operations is don't get caught. That's why everyone's foreign embassies are staffed with intelligence officers who manage and conduct HUMINT operations against the host country. If something goes awry they are covered under diplomatic immunity.

Comment Re:Irish Brexit? (Score 0, Troll) 71

Ireland gave tax breaks to lure foreign investment in their country while also creating jobs for their citizens. In the US states and municipalities try to attract companies using the same method. It was done openly. This also was not illegal or prohibited by the EU myriad of laws and rules. In this case the EU bureaucrats and paper pushers are trying to re-interpret the existing rules covering this situation and then apply penalties retroactively.

Comment Re:Legit Question (Score 4, Insightful) 49

It's a pretty accurate statement. We don't need more languages we need better programmers. Bad programming is more to blame for both security and performance problems and not the languages themselves. And some of the bad programming practices we see today is the result of developers jumping from one trendy language to the next while never taking the time to become proficient in any of them.

Comment Re:Space Tourism (Score 1) 64

While all these ideas sound like fun there is one minor complication. There have only been 533 humans who have actually made it into earth orbit over the last 50 years. Of those only 24 made it past low earth orbit. Getting to orbit is also not for the faint of heart and while a lot of people would accept the danger how many of them would be willing or able to pay a few million dollars for the trip?

Comment Re:WAIT (Score 4, Insightful) 97

You are missing the point. This ruling against Cox can now be used to hit every other provider of ISP providers. Doesn't matter if the provider is good or bad. If the ruling stands you can expect some draconian measures put into place by the service providers which will ultimately end up denying service from anyone who even looks like they may be violating copyrights. Won't matter whether they are or not. The bar would be set very low by the ISP to insure they don't get fined or sued later. They would also send the copyright holder the information on the customer. Not only would the customer lose their ISP they would also be fending off the copyright owners looking for payment.

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