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Comment Re:Forcing you to aid in a search (Score 1) 230

Your fingerprints absolutely can be evidence against you. That's not even a question.

(IANAL, ...) The fingerprint is usually used as a means to identify the person - the fingerprint itself is the evidence. Here it is used as means to gain access to the evidence - i.e. it is not itself used in the role of the evidence.

Comment Re:Why is Obama more like to pardon? (Score 5, Informative) 383

a 29 year old decided that he knew better than the hundreds of elected officials that we the people appointed to make these sorts of decisions on our behalf.

He reported the problems to his superiors and was ignored. Are you suggesting he should go to a governor or a congressman? Like "hello, I'm a NSA analyst and I'd like to chat with you about NSA illegally spying on everyone in US. When and where would that suit you?"

he leaks EVERYTHING, to foreign media.

So he should have leaked only something? Greenwald is an American and they met in New York.

he runs away to a country that stands diametrically opposed to every human right he claims to champion.

There isn't a wide range of countries to choose from. He chose the country that respected his rights. Which, sadly, is not US.

Submission + - BBC: Britain Votes To Leave The EU (

An anonymous reader writes: The UK has voted by 52% to 48% to leave the European Union after 43 years in a historic referendum, a BBC forecast suggests. London and Scotland voted strongly to stay in the EU but the remain vote has been undermined by poor results in the north of England. Voters in Wales and the English shires have backed Brexit in large numbers. The referendum turnout was 71.8% — with more than 30 million people voting — the highest turnout since 1992. London has voted to stay in the EU by around 60% to 40%. However, no other region of England has voted in favor of remaining. Britain would be the first country to leave the EU since its formation — but a leave vote will not immediately mean Britain ceases to be a member of the 28-nation bloc. That process could take a minimum of two years, with Leave campaigners suggesting during the referendum campaign that it should not be completed until 2020 — the date of the next scheduled general election. The prime minister will have to decide when to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which would give the UK two years to negotiate its withdrawal. Once Article 50 has been triggered a country can not rejoin without the consent of all member states.

Submission + - Brexit Wins! Historical Divorce Between UK and Europe

hcs_$reboot writes: Brexit wins! British voters have defied the will of their leaders, foreign allies, experts and much of the political establishment by opting to rupture UK's connection to Europe in a stunning result that will radiate vast economic and political uncertainty across the globe. The result is perhaps the most dramatic to date in a wave of populist and nationalist uprisings occurring on both sides of the Atlantic and overturning traditional notions of what is politically possible. World financial markets dived as nearly complete results showed a 51.8/48.2 percent split for leaving. Sterling suffered its biggest one-day fall of more than 10 percent against the dollar, hitting a 31-year low on market fears the decision will hit investment in the world's 5th largest economy.

Submission + - Brexit (

ISayWeOnlyToBePolite writes: With only a few votes left to count it is now clear that Britain has voted to leave the EU.
Financial markets are in turmoil and the pound has dropped 10%.

Submission + - UK votes to leave the EU

roman_mir writes: The BREXIT referendum results can be seen here, so far 16,403,186 voted to leave and 15,328,123 voted to remain with the 'leave' side requiring 308,519 more votes to win and 51.7% of the votes counted so far.

The EU was never supposed to be a Federation, with the sovereign nations surrendering their own interests to a central government. Supposedly it was a 'free trade' zone set up to get around the problems created by corrupt national governments. Apparently the solution presented itself as an ever bigger corrupt government, trying to do the same thing to get different results never gets old.

Of-course now that UK leaves the EU the others will be looking carefully at their success, and it should be a success. UK will continue trading with EU just like all the other countries that are not part of the EU that are still trading with the EU, except now UK will not be dictated to by somebody who doesn't have the interests of UK as their main agenda.

Others will follow, the question remains: what will Germany be doing when it is the only country with a working economy left in what will become of EU. Germany and Greece is not really an entity that screams of balance.

Comment Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupidCauseTheSubjectIsTFA (Score 1) 224

There's a reason that it makes sense to form groups (...) to allow lots of people to pool their resources and speak with one voice when it suits them to do so.

I have a question: how many people are represented by the lobbyist? My guess is that they will fit into one room. Are you saying that if I grab the same number of friends at the local pub, then I have the same chances?

Comment Re:Summary is a bit over the top (Score 1) 119

It's their platform. If they want to change it up, start charging or whatever, that's their right. People sure do whine a lot in 2016.

While TFS talks mainly about replacing "free" with "paid for", there is also change of the web platform. For the worse. Terribly.

The old platform that is being phased out was lightweight, fast, compact, worked everywhere. The new platform is bloated (the main page fails to load on my tablet with 1GB of RAM), slow and has so many flaws, that the discussion threads in the Mentor forum (where are participating only active, experienced students hand picked by coursera) have hundreds of posts - all pointing out broken features, removed useful features with no replacement, browser incompatibilities, lack of feedback/support, etc. etc.

That's still not everything. The number of courses grew during last year tenfold. There were two girls communicating with Mentors in the discussion forum - one of them left recently and they are looking for replacement. The new courses flowing in have numerous flaws in video/audio quality, grading, video subtitles, course materials ... The forums, are much less active, basically they shifted from interesting discussion on the course topic to technical support line - except the support is not provided by coursera but by fellow students.

I did over 20 courses. Some of them sufficient as light intro to the topic, some of them were really excellent (e.g. on Algorithms by Tim Roughgarden, Cryptography by Dan Boneh - both from Stanford University). I'm saddened to see the decline.

Car analogy does not cut it. Imagine Slashdot classic vs Slashdot 2.0, but raised to 3rd power and managed by Elop and no whisplash

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