Re: Re: Just one tiny part of the total surveillance state that's looming! Meanwhile, you're okay with Google's spying!
There is a big difference between voluntarily giving Google or Facebook data, and the government (any government) just taking it.
True, I agree.
If you don't like Google, there are lots of alternatives. If you don't like Facebook, don't use it.
I'm not so sure that's true. I see my browser whispering to Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, et al all the time, yet I never consciously tell it to use any of them. Unless you use something like noscript, you're going to have server-side stuff going on in the background doing damned near anything.
The issue for Google is that you can access almost any of their regional sites from anywhere - and that means that yes, there are Google results available in France which are not compliant with the (stupid, but apparently legal) law.
You've got it completely backward. This is an issue for France, not Google. It's their stupid law they're trying to get Google to enforce when it's ridiculous. All it takes to get past anything Google does is a VPN, so why rag on Google for being incapable of doing the impossible?
You're a fool to blame Google for this unfunny joke.
... but they can certainly appreciate why such communications must be "secure".
Well, what is that? Secure like OPM? Secure like Sony? Secure like Target? The latter had just passed a PCI compliance test, which meant exactly nothing it appears (see Krebs on Security). The other two were just twiddling their thumbs hoping not to be noticed by attackers before those in charge moved onto greener pastures (I assume). Yeah, that'll work. Hah.
Well, I stopped reading wired a long time ago. Are people who still read it actually surprised by this?
Indeed. Wired's been "tech marketing" press since day one. There should be no surprise here.
Besides, tech long ago split into "tech technical" and "tech fashionable/sexy", with the latter invariably vanguarded with Apple and its iBaubles. The latter are not sophisticated tech, just fashionable, and since they started suing others for features emulating old style TVs (rounded corners), techs are embarassed to be anywhere near them. Of course Wired is going to kiss Tim Cook's feet whenever given a chance. It's where the money is for them.
... how does one live in a country with democratic values ...
There's your first mistake. The US has only paid lip service to its historical democratic values for more than a century, perhaps even a couple of centuries. You're still falling for the PR spin doctors' spiel.
... and drop to their knees in front of a dictator for money ...
First, consider replacing "dictator" with "administrator" or even "benevolent despot." China has a long history of *its rulers having the responsibility* to govern its people *for China's long term benefit.* Individual freedoms and rights have never been part of Chinese thinking, nor that of most other Asian countries (cf. Singapore, Japan, & Russia).
... any of the companies that take the deal should be pretty ashamed of themselves.
Any that take the deal want to make money for their owners and shareholders as companies should. They'd be breaking the law if they lost sight of that.
You sound like someone who believes the West, and USA especially, operate within a free market. That's never been the case. Look at the dog's breakfast of regulatory agencies and boatloads of laws in place by which those Western gov'ts control their market functions (capriciously and poorly, I might add). China's just less of a liar and hypocrite for not paying lip service to such illusions.
China's been at this for four thousand years. It didn't begin at Chaing Kai Shek vs. Mao Tse Tung. It's not just another kid on the block. The sooner the West grows up and recognizes this, the sooner their torment with Asia will end.
These parents who want to blame others for everything that their child does on anything and anyone other than the true source of where the blame falls, on them. Okay not really only on them the other source of blame is the kid who does something stupid.
I agree with this, but it's not the problem. The problem is innocent third parties get dragged into this despite the law specifically excluding them from liability. The first judgment affirmed this, yet they still had to suffer through an appeal anyway.
At least the ambulance chasers cleaned up, by why the court allowed this to happen is the question that needs answering. Why does !@#$ like this still go on? This isn't new. When can we expect this to be fixed?
You wish. The primary shock is that these morons still exist. Everybody and their dog has known there has been no point to TSA's existence forever, yet there are no official calls to shut down and disband it nor to shift the burden back onto airlines which might at least care (they're their airplanes, after all). That's damned near miraculous. How do they do it? They get nothing right, yet still go on and get away with it.
Just because the officers were ordered to arrest him is no excuse. As police officers, as US citizens, they should know they'd be violating his constitutional rights by complying. All three should be sue-able, perhaps even tack on criminal conspiracy and professional misconduct (ask any DA).
The existence of libraries, public or otherwise, has NEVER (citation needed, but still...) impeded lending of books between friends, acquaintances, co-workers, enemies, strangers, species, etc.
Yes, and if they manage to stop Booxup, these will all still be there, and even more so.
A local seniors' residence has a table in its lobby where anyone can leave stuff they don't need or want anymore for others to take for themselves. Books are only one of the many things I've seen there. How are they going to stop this? Why would anyone not connected to the publishing business want to stop this? Why would anyone think anyone had any right to even complain about this? The books have been paid for and the publishers and authors have their pound of flesh.
Attempting to interfere with this is thuggery, and anyone suggesting it should be slapped silly for it.
Perp walking a few school officials out of the building and into squad cars would certainly teach them not to waste valuable law enforcement resources with stupid, fearful bullshit.
That would run counter to the current regime's policies. How would trillions of dollars wasted on fighting domestic insurgents be justified if the average citizen isn't being terrorized into believing it's necessary?
Why do you think you only hear of pathetic would-be terrorists ending up before court?
Because Real Terrorists(TM) have long ago declared "mission accomplished." The police and courts are battling domestic insurgents, the military is off in Syria and Ukraine doing whatever they please not to mention droning anything they please, weapons mfgrs are continuing to get rich, and the DEA has its never ending War On Drugs going at full blast with hardly anyone questioning it, so what would Real Terrorists accomplish by attacking? Not a lot more than is already going on.
Did you know the DHS is teaching law enforcement that the founding fathers were terrorists and anyone that respects and supports what they did should be suspected of supporting terrorism?
How sad and twisted things have gotten that I honestly can't tell if you're kidding or not.
George Washington was a cryptologist spymaster. The DHS is warning libraries from offering tor. QED. I think it's less a joke than a warning. Perhaps the DHS should tell the FBI to go after this Washington character.
Now, anything he does, no matter how well, is tainted by those two absurd ideas.
If anything, his running for the presidency is intended to shine a light on the absurdity that is the US electoral system. He wants to start the ball rolling and perhaps shame Congress into fixing the rest of its mess.
Is it just me that is really puzzled by how stupid these companies are?
Reading this, I'm thinking more the users. What you've just described is the natural progression of replacing manual transmission with automatic transmission. Why? Users are often too lazy and impatient to learn complex skills, such as driving a car using both hands and both feet and both eyes, not to mention ears and touch and feeling centrifugal forces acting upon their body, all in constant balance and communication using one's brain.
To simplify, think about the spacial orientation skills needed to use rear and side view mirrors in conjunction with all those other skills of controlling a vehicle, but in reverse. Too many potential drivers found that operation far too difficult and time consuming to learn, so now we have a TV and cameras and proximity detectors built in so the driver doesn't need to learn how to drive backwards using mirrors. Now, they rely on magic bullets instead. It only costs $30k/vehicle to implement and doesn't work very well, but people hate learning to do the alternative so it's worth it to them.
Stunning. I'd always wondered where the impetus for this stuff was. This is what happens when you overdose on George Jetson at a young age. Thanks for explaining it so well.