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Edward Snowden Loses Norway Safe Passage Case (bbc.com) 73

An anonymous reader quotes a report from BBC: Edward Snowden's bid to guarantee that he would not be extradited to the U.S. if he visited Norway has been rejected by the Norwegian supreme court. The former spy contractor filed the lawsuit in April, attempting to secure safe passage to Norway to pick up a free speech award. It had already been rejected by Oslo District court and an appeals court. Mr Snowden's lawyers have previously said if he were extradited to the U.S., it would be "a foregone conclusion" that he would be convicted and jailed. Mr Snowden has been living in Russia, out of reach of the U.S. authorities, since the leaks in 2013. He had hoped to travel to Oslo to receive the Ossietzky Prize, for "outstanding efforts for freedom of expression." The award was due to be presented earlier this month. But the Norwegian Supreme Court said it could not rule on the legality of any move to extradite Mr Snowden as the U.S. had so far made no such request.

Comment Added Feature (Score 2) 21

As an added feature Google's new service will come with a "free" webcam so they can provide a "better customer experience" (e.g. so they can track your every utterance/move and serve you more and more "targetted ads")

Coming soon "GoogleWipe" (tm), the softer, kinder, gentler, more eco-friendly bathroom paper with added nano cameras which "cleanse, freshen and delight whilst aiding our customers to assess their rectal health".

Comment Little guy not allowed to play with big crooks (Score 1, Informative) 209

Once again we see an individual attempting to do something which attracts criminal charges... unless they're in the right club. Do I see any bankers getting charged for any of the criminal dealings that led to all the bank collapses ? No. Unless it's Iceland who seem to a) have balls and b) still actually govern themselves.

And once again we see that the UK is no longer a sovereign country but is simply a fiefdom of the corporate USA oligarchies.

If a UK citizen has committed a crime on UK soil they should be tried in a UK court by a UK judge.

Fuck the American "justice" system where the men with the money make the rules.

Comment America = dead without money (Score 5, Informative) 195

How utterly barbaric is the USA ? One of the most technologically advanced societies on the planet yet you can die because you have no money and are unfortunate enough to need medical treatment..

And all you stupid brainwashed Yanks claim your health care is better than the rest of the world ? Really ? You must love the taste of that Kool aid.

Oh sorry I forgot socialism (or all joining in to do something together) = bad in your tiny minds.

Thank fuck I live in England where we have the utterly civilized NHS. Thankfully I've been lucky enough (so far) to only pay into the system without needing much myself but I know people who've needed treatment, sometimes quite expensive treatment, and I'm proud to say that my taxes helped pay for them. I will be happy to spend my whole life paying into the NHS without ever needing it myself.

Your American medical "system" is a fucking joke. It's like something out of the middle ages.

Comment Why does anyone use a big mail provider ? (Score 1) 205

I got my own domain name back in about 1996. Since then I've moved ISPs several times and initially I simply redirected my email address to go through whichever pop/smtp servers were required. Once I worked out how to do it I now set things up so my mail gets redirected to my own mail server which runs happily on a really low powered mini-itx box (along with other stuff such as WWW services etc.)

Admittedly this is not something that your average "non computer geek" user can probably do so it's about time it was made much easier for any semi computer literate individual to set up. That way the local computer geeks can help the local community to stand on their own two feet and get off the corporate tit.

I can't for the life of me understand why anyone who is remotely computer literate would trust their email to be handled by a corporate mail provider ? All they do is fish through your emails to better spam you with crapvertisements, allow any old Tom, Dick & Harry to rummage through your email without a warrant, try to lock you in to their services and generally hold you, the customer (i.e. the product), in total disdain.

On which note if law enforcement have a valid reason to go through my emails then fine. As long as this has been sanctioned by a court of law then I've no problem with that. I've got absolutely nothing to hide but you're not looking at it without judicial oversight.

It's about time people got their heads out of their arses and simply stopped using corporate "cloud" and "mail" services. The bastards who run them are a bunch of abusive trolls who have zero respect for their "customers". I won't trust so much as a single zero bit that I've generated to the likes of Google, Microsoft, Yahooo etc. etc. Neither should you.

The whole point of the web is supposed to be a collection of ad hoc individuals being able to communicate with each other as equals. Accept nothing less !

Fuck corporate service providers. Fuck the "cloud".

Oh well, rant over. I trust this is one of the last nails that needs hammering into the coffin of Yahoo.

Comment if you ask me all IOT devices are "rogue" (Score 1) 51

From what I've seen all IOT (more like IOSS "Internet Of Shit Security") devices are insecure.

So if you detect an IOT device it's pretty much guaranteed to be "rogue".

It's a compelte joke how piss poor the security is on these devices. It's 2016 and we've had decades of devices beign hacked over the internet. Adn the complete morons making this crap are *STILL* shipping them with default username and passwords, back doors, etc.

Personally I think the best way to get some focus on this shiot fest will be for a few huge class action lawsuits to head the way of the worst offenders who have helped create huge botnets of IOSS devices. The current situation is truly pathetic and gives the internet, coders and technology itself a 9well deserved bad name).

personally I've got zero IOSS devices in my house and will not be adding any until the security is made a key focus of the manufacturing process. Maybe an ISO standard also needs to be introduced and any devices that don;t pass it simply aren't legal for sale - with a suitable punishment for connecting one to the public internet (law varying by countries - a fine in Europe, America, the death penalty in Singapore :))

Comment Re:Invaders from Earth !! (Score 1) 231

Alternative storyline. 1) Earth probe lands on alien world and native life forms watch it land. 2) native life forms eagerly eat the "stuff" that comes out of it. 3) Native lifeforms get slight upset stomach and produce a few piles of slightly runny droppings. 4) Microbes in droppings merge with local microbes and evolve into some new micro organisms that find a nice niche within alien eco system. 5) Same as it ever was...

Comment Re:The New Invasive Species (Score 5, Insightful) 231

Once we get sophisticated enough probes etc. we'll probably soon find that life is literally everywhere in the universe. From what's been found already on earth it's clear that microbes can live almost everywhere. And when you get things like tardigrades and the shrimp who live in hydrothermal vents etc. it's clear that multicellular life seems to find a niche almost everywhere.

Personally I think the whole multiverse is teeming with life. It just seems to be a natural part of things There are probably beetles everywhere !

Intelligence on the other hand is severely lacking :)

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