"Ubuntu is dead, and is now only used by ignorant newbies and clueless fanboys..."
I've been programming for food since 1985. With respect to Linux in particular, I've used Slackware , Red Hat [1996-2000], Mandrake [2000-2004], Red Hat [2004-2007], Fedora [2007-2009], Kubuntu [2009-present] (also, Suse and CentOS on my home file, print, and svn server).
Mr. Lee was not saying get rid of Ubuntu - he advocated fixing it to be non-invasive of privacy.
I'm neither an ignorant newbie nor a clueless fanboy. On the other hand, I do find your anonymous rant indicative of both your ignorance and cluelessness.
"The Bible says pride comes before destruction. That's a lesson for them [RWW], in how the internet works."
They've got a point. Lying to Google/YouTube works and is still consequence-free (unless you actually believe in the implications for your immortal soul of bearing false witness *OR* the subterfuge gets onto the radar of some heathen hacktivist group).
You can't demand that I defend you from thugs on the street, but, as a responsible member of society, I will. I don't demand that Zazzle, at their own expense real or imagined, protect the rights of others; however, once I find they don't, I recognize that it is not in my best interests or the wider interests of my society to promote Zazzle's success with my custom.
If nothing else seem comment-worthy, I think it's notable (while chuckling) that it's only Monday morning, and the Streisanding has snowballed. There are already negative (for WSG) articles and/or threads on (at least):
Only Long Practice in Cynicism Keeps My Head from Exploding
...while trying to reconcile my inclination to renewed faith that the gov't owns "a few good (wo)men" with my horror at Ms.Callahan's treatment.
I can only hope there are others of integrity as high as Ms. Callahan's, who are sneaking around and protecting our privacy while keeping a low profile. Not that I'm betting anything I cherish on that hope.
So hard to know for which to root, Amish judge's opinion or reality. On the AJ tip, we're all at risk for running wireless networks at all, since our machines listen to everything, but, hypothetically, we now have a defense against cops who snoop sans wiretapping orders. Got 'o hope EFF, ACLU, et al. are standing in the wings, waiting to jump on the first case brought by ANY cop organization, operating in the 9th circuit's demesne, that is based on one of these newly illegal wiretaps.
Re: Ooh, me! "who is really ready to say they're sure"
Just want to note that, ad hominem arguments and (trollishly yikes-level) vitriol aside, the observation that it's a bit of a stretch(ed analogy) from mixed drink to commercial music and movies is not unreasonable. The article was interestingly offbeat, squinting-and-head-a-tilt insightful, and entertaining - not the prescription for a serious normative model by which to direct copyright reform.
The major flaw in Snowden's actions was his failure better to plan his getaway. He obviously (correctly) expected beforehand that all protections of U.S. law would be forfeit once he blew his whistle. I can admire his willingness to sacrifice his citizenship and, indeed, all semblance of normal life on the altar of anti-fascism for the benefit of his (practically speaking, ex-)fellow-citizens. However, he seems quite reasonably to prefer not to be required to spend the rest of his life in federal prison; his handling of that part seems shaky.
That his goal was worthy, I accept. That he had no alternate path in pursuit of his end, I accept. Wyden's remarks have made clear there is NO "legal" channel by which to reveal the excesses of the NSA. Side note - without open, judicial review and full disclosure to the members of Congress as to the specifics of what they are voting on, is "legal" really a valid usage?
The happy ending to the story would include having Snowden receive a full, Presidential pardon, a lifelong, federal stipend, and an invitation to provide extensive testimony before Congress with complete immunity. Ah, well - there's a reason I am not an author by trade...too fabulist.
I thank Snowden for his personal sacrifice. I simply wish he'd managed his escape with a bit more alacrity and hope he manages his ongoing evasion of government "retribution" (read "revenge") with less drama than we've witnessed thus far.
From Judge Williams' confirmations hearing, in her own words, addressing her varied experience:
"But if there is one thing that comes out from all of those things, it is this: that litigants, clients, parties cherish it when a judge is locked in on the facts, is a hard worker, has mastered the record, has gone beyond the briefs, and really is dedicated to getting things right. And contrary-wise, it is dispiriting when a judge comes unprepared."
Not so much an elephant as a fairy, "a la" Tinkerbell...you have to believe. The whole polygraph scam is based on the subject being sufficiently "suggestible" (read "gullible") to believe that he will evince an orienting response ( http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/432446/orienting-response ) when lying. The chap administering the test has to tell you convincingly that lies produce orienting responses. If you don't believe, Tinkerbell dies.
I suggest they try auguring with the entrails of federal officials. It's similarly accurate and WAY more useful.