Yeah, I don't get it either. I would assume my calling history is between me (party #1) and my phone carrier (party #2). If my carrier is party #3, who is #2? The people I call? What if I dial a wrong number? That person has not agreed to participate in a conversation, so that can't be right.
Regarding medical records--they are between me (#1) and my doctor (#2), right? I guess if my doctor is paid through my HMO, then the HMO is a third party, so I have no reasonable expectation of privacy if the snoops contact them.
Call me overly optimistic, but my guess is that from Obama on down, the powers that be are starting to wake up to the fact the the public isn't buying the BS. Rather that fan the flames further with a report saying everything is A-okay, they decided to throw us a bone.
I doubt it's just a show to silence critics though. That probably wouldn't work. The critics have election campaigns to deal with, so of course they want their names associated with the cleanup process.
If I want to use a pair of scissors to trim my fingernails, that's my business. The manufacturer of those scissors can't do anything about it, and I won't shed a tear for their lost nail-clipper revenues.
Likewise, if put down my hard earned money on an iPhone (not that I personally ever would, but that's beside the point), that iPhone is MINE. I'll do as I please with it, and Apple can suck it if they don't like it.
"Malware?" Really? "Freedomware," more like. The tool being sought in this case has to be open source; thus the code is subject to public scrutiny, and smarter guys than you and me will make sure it's not a trap before they give out the cash.
How is anyone being exposed to attack? Because they'd be able to install 3rd party apps not approved by Apple? Look, if you think Apple's walled garden is designed to keep the bad guys out, you've got another thing coming. You can still give out your credit card numbers to thieves if you visit sketchy sites, or use an unsecured wifi. I'm sorry to be the one to burst your bubble, but the walls are there to keep you in.
The airline doesn't give a rat's ass. If you buy a non-refundable ticket, it not their fault TSA won't let you beyond the metal detector. They are under no obligation to refund your money. So they get paid whether you fly or not.
Well I guess we owe a great big "thank you" to all those heirs of assassinated Nigerian warlords. By spamming us with their requests to take thier money, they were actually shielding us from the NSA's email dragnet.
You've got to be kidding. Look kid, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt that you might actually be OOTB. I happen to be one of the guys who punches the "report" button after about 90% of his posts. If you read a bunch of them, they all start to sound the same. If it's not some attack that has nothing to do with the article it's posted on, it boils down to bla bla Google sucks, bla bla Mike won't tell me what his stance is bla bla bla. It's tiresome and childish, and many of us are just tired of it. On occasion he has managed to put something out there that's at least thought provoking, and in those cases, I swallow my pride and hit "insightful." He has an opinion or two about taxing the hell out of what he calls "unearned income" (from patent/copyright trolling, etc) that I can certainly agree with, but that's about it.
No one here has ever censured him, nor have they CENSORED him, for that matter. Every single one of his diatribes has always been and continues to be exactly ONE CLICK AWAY, so if that's your thing, go read them. Despite being behind a mouse click, his posts still manage to generate a series of responses that take his points head on, so I challenge you to read those too.
It takes many people clicking "report" to make a post hidden. It shouldn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why it's always him.
"We've Learned Enough?" Yes, if you define "enough" by Clapper's dictionary. Something tells me that statement, like so many of Clapper's, won't stand up to scrutiny. So far the leaks seem very deliberately timed to expose abuses of the Constitution without creating an international panic. My guess is, the process of bringing all the dirt to light is just getting started.
No one other than Ed Snowden and his trusted inner circle has any idea how much dirt he got his hands on. And that's what's making the news so interesting lately--the NSA has no idea either, so the minute they try to put a positive spin on the latest rumor, out comes another leak to debunk it.
The chaos we're seeing in Washington right now is all well and good, but I predict it will pick up steam the closer we get to Election Day.