* Posts by Ian Michael Gumby

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Global spy system ECHELON confirmed at last – by leaked Snowden files

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@Cynic...

I suggest you look at the isolationist policies of the US in the 1930's.

Then consider the fact that Radical Islam doesn't care about you wanting to live your life in peace. They want a world dominated by their views on Islam and are willing to enslave you, kill you for not believing or converting to their beliefs.

Do you need a refresher of the word in 1936-1945?

There's more, but I don't want to upset you with the fact that yes, there are people who want to harm you because you look different, think different and have different beliefs. And its not just Radical Islam.

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@Pascal Re: Meh.

Choice?

That's debatable.

There was a joke back in the 80's. Before the wall came down.

An Amerikan biz man goes to Russia. (Brings two suitcases. One with some magazines and blue jeans, another with his work clothes. )

He gets to his hotel room.

He talks loudly that this place is crap, the heater isn't working.

5 min later... a man shows up with a work order to fix the heater. ;-)

Again while many may excuse corporate America for spying on us as saying we allow it, that's not quite true. I don't use Google and my Friend's company uses a google vanity domain for their company.

Now Google knows me.

You don't take steps to block some of the invasive tech... Facebook.net on a web site... maybe here. So even if I don't have a FB account, they are capturing data about me. I have to go to NoScript and turn scripts on and off. The point is that you have less control.

The irony is that the Feds have more restrictions on what they can do with the data, how they must treat the data, and how they can join the data... breaking these rules can lead to jail time.

As to why... there really are bad people who want to kill you because you are different than them. I for one enjoy a multi-cultural community where everyone is equal until they prove themselves to be an A hole. ;-)

Sorry, but when you have people blowing themselves up and killing people... I'll accept limited snooping if it means I can sleep safe and bomb free.

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Meh.

Look, hate to break it to you but for most of the world, the governments do spy (surveillance) their own citizens on a regular basis. Not a real shocker is it?

The issue is what do they do with the information that they gathered.

That's the key issue.

Secondary is why are they have someone under surveillance in the first place.

The larger irony in today's world is that many of the posters who feign outrage forget how much of their personal life they freely give to corporations who can do much more than what any government could do while restricted by law.

Think about that for a while.

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Sysadmin jailed for a decade after slurping US military docs

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@ Destroy all Monsters... Re: Probably some bad things in there

Can you say Honeypot?

Iraqi?

Want to be she's tied to Iran or Iranian interests?

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Assessing the power of Intel’s SSD 750 … but check your motherboard before buying

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Re: A Hard Disk - on a card?

Old?

Drum drives ring a bell?

Remember the 8080 series? 2 8" DSDD floppy drives gave you 1Mb of storage. Considering that most PCs had less than 48Kb of RAM that was a lot of storage.

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@AC Re: 32.23MB/s for 4K random reads is disappointing

Flash Dimms, aka SansDisk UltraDIMM was sidetracked by lawsuits and the fact that it only worked in DDR3 dimm slots.

I agree that it was an interesting choice and I would imagine that if you did the same with the new RRAM tech from Intel/Micron and Crossbar, you'd have a winner.

This product however is a gap product. It doubles the performance of what was traditionally a SATA SSD.

For a prosumer / consumer product ... it has its limited value. Certain applications will be able to take advantage of it.

For the SOHO small biz, it has even more potential. Now you can get better performance out of a smaller box to serve up your ecommerce site. You can do more with data backed systems where you don't have to buy larger more expensive boxes.

I think we can all see the future, yet not all of us can wait and at a certain price point, we can justify the expense. What we need to see is a new bus architecture to allow for high density RRAM tech.

Imagine having a 2.5" card, the size of your 2.5" SSD slotting in to a bus chassis and being part of a micro super computer?

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Hacktivists congratulate Daily Show's Jon Stewart via Donald Trump's website

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Too Funny.

First, anyone who is an US Citizen and eligible to run for the POTUS, has the right to run.

I will defend that. It doesn't mean that I would vote for that person.

Trump is smart. Say what you will, he's very good at expressing his opinion and is tapping in to the frustration caused by the actions of will go down in history as one of the worst POTUS in the history of this country. (If not the worst.)

What would make for a good election would be Jon Stewart running against Trump.

Or Colbert running against Trump for the GOP nomination.

The truth is... say what you will... while Trump may not be Presidential material, he's at least honest about his message and is willing to show his opinion, damn how it polls. What other candidates from either party are willing to do that? Oh and finance their own campaign.

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@Winkypop ... Re: Donald Trump

"Parody or real?

I can't tell."

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Does it matter?

If we look at the overall polls, while he leads the GOP with 20%, that means 80% of those polled in the Republican Party don't want him. Then there's the Independents and Democrats.

But here's the thing.

1) Say what you will, he's more honest than most of the other candidates. Walker and Kaisich seem to be fairly straight up individuals.

2) Look at Trump's underlying message. The Obama administration has screwed up this country so much.. and the world... things have to change.

It resonates with people fed up with those currently in Congress and the WH today.

Yes, he's an A hole. But unlike others, he admits to being one. He knows how to play to the audience and he's taking a stand and stating his opinion.

Now I admire Trump's openness and honesty. I admire the fact that he's not beholden to corporate donors or laundered money from special interests.

Will I vote for him if hey gets the GOP nod?

Definitely not. Well maybe if its Trump vs HRC.

ABC! Anybody but Clinton.

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Obama endorses 3D TLC flash. How else can you do exaflop computing?

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Meh.

You do realize he has no clue about anything he's said right?

Crossbar / Intel/Micron, all have promising tech, but the Motherboards and information/communication/power bus has to be redesigned as well as networking protocol needs a face lift....

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Ford's parallel PARCing: Motor giant tries to craft new tech just like Xerox

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Re: @fandom (was:"Cars already decide when to change gear for you")

LOL... silly boy...

Go watch the wedding night scene of Private Benjamin ;-)

Yes, cardiac arrest can happen.

There's more. And I guess you never learned sarcasm...

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Re: "Cars already decide when to change gear for you"

In the UK, they are called Estate Cars.

But do you actually admit to owning a station wagon?

Really?

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Re: @fandom (was:"Cars already decide when to change gear for you")

What about sex?

People die during sex and then there's those nasty STDs.

We should ban sex!

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@ John ... Re: "Cars already decide when to change gear for you"

If you fail to provide proper maintenance? Involved in an accident and the repair was done wrong?

It happens.

Your automatic transmission?

AWD ~135K miles you may start to see issues.

But yeah, I agree with your points... Just had to be a dick and point out that mechanical failures happen. Hence only the 10 year 100K warranties. ;-P

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Just ONE THOUSAND times BETTER than FLASH! Intel, Micron's amazing claim

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@AC ...Re: hmm

Not sure why you're ac...

But to your point...

First, how close is this to Crossbar and their tech? (Cue the lawyers...)

But more to the point... yes you can start to see the radical shift in terms of Server and potentially PC build.

Imagine that they can get a greater density.

So how small could you build a 'SoC' like chip with the power of an i7 or greater, 32GB DDR3+ memory, and then 4 of these or crossbar's chips with a density of 1TB each? I would imagine it about the size of an old Apple 4S, but not as thick. Now imagine an I/O power bus and then build a back plane / chassis that has 20 of them in a 4U box. HPC? maybe, but also a Hadoop/Spark/etc cluster in a box that can then still join w other boxes.

You still need RAM, but less worry about swap to these.

Things could get very interesting...

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Re: No more loading of apps?

reverse...

You've got it backwards.

May toss a spanner in Tachyon though. Don't need it.

There's more to it, but cant say. ;-)

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Speed freak: Kingston HyperX Predator 480GB PCIe SSD

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@Nigel

I am looking at this as part of a linux box build.

I'd put the OS and 'swap' on two SSDs (SATA) and then use these in either RAID 1 (mirroring) if I have two slots. Or RAID 10 to get yet even better performance.

Its a test bed of sorts, however, based on price / performance and density... I may opt for Intel's bigger yet more expensive kit.

Money is less of an issue because its work kit. (Business expense ;-)

A test platform for working on Spark / Hadoop / etc ... and I need a box that is quiet, I sit next to it and trust me... back in the 90's I had a rack sitting next to me... not fun.

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Google Californian warehouse workers file to form union

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Its the nature of the business.

Look at all of the major corporations... they want to cut costs so they out source the labor to contractors who then abuse the employees on the company's behalf.

It keeps the brand an arm's length from the issue.

Check out Walmart as an example...

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'Untraceable' VoIP caller ID-spoofing website accepts Bitcoin

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Re: Yay!

This service will end up getting shut down eventually.

They will be charged with the fraud that they are helping to assist and their boilerplate doesn't provide them any protection.

The FTC should have a field day with them.

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No legal use...

"You can build some cases for wanting to do this – such as working from home and wanting work to pay for the calls and to show the work number – but these are edge cases."

Nonsense.

You could route VOIP through your VPN/Firewall so that your calls from home are coming from work.

So there goes your theory...

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Hurrah! Windfarms produce whopping ONE PER CENT of EU energy

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Re: Why's this a story?

"Nuclear is a _transitional_ technology, as remarked by A. Merkel (btw. she is a physicist IIRC)."

Hmmm. yeah, right its a transitional tech as we go to fusion energy.

Nuclear is still the cleanest and most efficient energy source. What makes this so damn hard is the costs of building a plant and complying with all of the paperwork and studies along with lawsuits.

If we could clear all of the BS out of the way... build a set of safe nuke plants, and then deal with the storage and recycling of waste... we'll have greater energy freedom.

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Take off, eh, you Uber: Ontario lobs $300m lawsuit at cab app biz

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Re: uber experiences....

You do realize that Cabs are licensed and are supposed to know the routes so that you're not supposed to be taken for a ride.

Also if you have an issue of a cabbie doing something like that... you call 311 and report the cab.

Many years ago a buddy and I were sharing a cab back to our apartment building and the cab meter was fast. we knew the price of the ride and for the amount of traffic we knew the range of the price of ride. This meter was way out of whack. When we said we're only paying X, the driver started to get irate. That is until the doorman asked us if we wanted to call the cops... then the driver took the cash and disappeared. In hindsight we should have called the cops on him anyway because he'd just look for a tourist to rip off.

My point is that you always have options.

Uber operates like a livery service. UberX... that's what is known as a gypsy cab.

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@Dan Paul ... Re: Taxi laws are a

The government has a responsibility for keeping its citizens safe.

The taxi service and hired car service are regulated businesses. Depending on the country and state, you have to have a special drivers license, and your car has to be inspected.

(Note: How well is debatable.)

And livery services / taxis carry proper insurance.

Your personal car/driver insurance doesn't cover you if you're driving commercially.

From the article:

"Though its high-end services use licensed commercial drivers and vehicles, the more popular UberX (known as UberPop in some locations) uses drivers who often don't have commercial licenses or local taxi medallions."

This is the largest problem and its also the majority of drivers for Uber.

This is where Uber has the largest risk.

And as others have already pointed out... there is something different between a ride share and driving commercially.

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Happy 30th anniversary, Tengen! Your anti-DRM NES chip fought the law, and the law won

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@Mongo ...Re: "the court ruled that reverse engineering was protected"

If reverse engineering done properly, then it would be ok.

It means that you have a clean room where you transcribe your notes about the product you're reverse engineering and then hand them to engineers to build a net new product from your notes.

Its when you break this wall and the net new code wasn't developed cleanly, you run in to issues.

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Get root on an OS X 10.10 Mac: The exploit is so trivial it fits in a tweet

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Re: Congratulations on repeating exploits before they can be fixed

This shouldn't be able to work.

You shouldn't be able to edit or replace sudoers unless you're root and edit the file with the correct user.

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The Register's resident space boffin: All you need to know about the Pluto mission

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Uhm just a small nit ... Re: Well done folks!

"New Horizons also took images of the system for several months on approach, in case a last-minute tweak in trajectory was needed to avoid an unknown obstacle."

And you expect to have driverless cars by 2020?

They almost hit my space craft. Clearly no intelligent life in this solar system!

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Arctic ice EMBIGGENS, returns to 1980s levels of cap cover

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In the meantime... Lake Michigan back to normal water levels if not more.

While this little tidbit may not have much to say about ice, it does show that there's a change in the weather pattern... (El Nino) where Chicago is cooler and damper than years past. The water level is somewhere 3 feet above normal which is important because it was down by as much as 3 feet just a couple years ago.

What does this prove? Nothing much but that the weather is cyclical and that ice and water tend to move around the planet. That while we (man) still pollute the environment, we still have a much less effect on nature than say things like cosmic radiation, magnetic poles shifting, volcanoes.

Don't get me wrong. I hate pollution, I hate trash... The Kyoto treaty was a joke. BRIC could pollute as much as they want, but Western countries were tied and it became more expensive to manufacture in the West. You want to stop pollution.. good luck with that. Talk to the BRICs

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Spamquake subsides: less than half of email is now processed pork

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Re: Broader analysis may be interesting

I don't know if spam is really down.

Most gets dropped thanks to Spamcop and other spam databases, and those that do get by, I report and filter out.

What I noticed is that there was an uptick of spam using .ninja and .xyz domains which I could easily just filter out.

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Citizenfour director Laura Poitras sues US for years of border security harassment

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@AC ...Re: "legitimate place on the list"

Suppose the US Government went to El Reg and demanded to know who you are.

Or they just hack El Reg.

Now your name is on the Watch list which is shared by the Western Security forces. Just simply for making an anonymous comment.

That would be Extrajudicial punishment for exercising your right to free speech.

However, she made a film. Transferred monies to known terrorist organizations... Associated with a wanted criminal who admittedly committed espionage.... That's enough to legitimately get you put on a watch list.

She can sue all she wants. Makes great PR and she can spin it in to another Oscar gold, but she'll lose in court(s) every day, all day long.

That's the sad truth.

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@gbru Re: Thou shalt not...

Do you think that she was really just singled out?

Really?

The truth? No. She's just one who knows how to get the publicity and is willing to sue the US Government. Many people are placed on the No-Fly list or on a watch list. You just don't hear about it.

Is this an abuse of power? Most likely not. Sure it makes great PR for her next movie, but the truth is that she's acted in such a way that she got herself placed on the list.

You donate money to a known terrorist organization, you get put on the list. You routinely call family back in Afghanistan or Pakistan? Have been known to be critical of western governments? You get placed on the watch list. There's more, but you get the idea.

She may feel that the US Government is being vindictive, and those in the WH surely can be vindictive, yet she's given them the legal cover to do so and claim otherwise.

Think about it.

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Re: Thou shalt not...

Snowden admitted to his acts.

Those actions are criminal and he should be charged.

Here's the sad fact that many who view Snowden, Manning and Ass-anage as heroes ... the world is less of a safe place today that it was before their damage and criminal acts. (Hint: Did Assange merely post the docs, or did he coerce and assist with the theft itself? Review the Article 32 hearing docs... ;-)

Look at the countries where Arab Spring took place. How many dead since Arab Spring? How stable are those governments? Egypt is the most stable and that's because the Army retook control to keep the peace.

You can down vote me, but please get your head out of the sand and learn the truth.

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Re: The pen could be used as a weapon.

You joke but there was just a news story where a criminal did attack someone with a pen stabbing her in the head...

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Re: Stupid and obvious reason

Sorry, but didn't Obama run on a campaign of a transparent government?

So who is the man behind the slightly green tinted curtain?

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Re: No doubt that "our democracy" is anything but

Maybe the data was kept in HRC's emails... the ones that they couldn't get?

Or just maybe there's some truth to the fact that they can't respond due to national security reasons?

Sorry, but lets get real.

Obama and the crew in the WH are petty and would probably stoop low enough to harass a poor journalist who poked the hornet's nest. Valarie Jarret... yeah, you get the idea. That's the democratic party for you... including Harry Reid and Hillary R Clinton.

Too bad she gave them a legitimate excuse for the TSA hassles.

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Re: Thou shalt not...

Really?

This has nothing to do with embarassing the US Government. Look at Obama , Joe Biden and John Kerry, they are truly embarrassments yet you don't see the TSA harassing them. Then there's Donald Trump. Truly an embarrassment to this country as well. Again the TSA isn't harassing him either.

Could it be that she's a known associate of a wanted criminal... (Has the US officially charged him with espionage yet? ) And yes Virginia, regardless of the WH and TSA allegedly harassing you. The fact that you hung out w Snowden got you a legitimate place on the list.

Yeah, sure, paybacks and all that. But seriously... you meet and interview known terrorists and criminals... you're going to get harassed at the borders. It goes with the job and good luck with the law suit. 10:1 odds its the basis of her next film.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Chopstick-collapsing Spam musubi

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Where's HELLO KITTY? Re: Spam in Japan

Seriously... this type of food has been covered.

There was an article on the Hello Kitty franchise and how kits to make spam sushi in the shape of a hello kitty character were flying off the shelf.

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Natural geothermal heat under Antarctic ice: 'Surprisingly HIGH'

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@Zog ... Re: Heat balance

Radioactive material?

Really? You do realize that the core of this planet is molten rock and iron, right?

Riddle me this... what is meant by the earth's magnetic poles are shifting?

Now what could cause that?

When the so called 'boffins' start to put two and two together, they'd understand that while global warming is occurring, its not man made.

Don't get me wrong, I'm against pollution and want a cleaner environment. I just don't like the fact that people are willing to fudge on data and lie about it so that people take the change necessary seriously.

Man made pollution will kill us, yet Mother earth will rebound.

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Boffins: Behold the SILICON CHEAPNESS of our tiny, radio-signal-munching IoT sensor

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Re: Everything except ...

Security is relative.

Think of this as a good way to be an intelligent bug.

It could lie 'dormant'... meaning it doesn't emit a signal ... unless it receives a correct encoded message, then it will respond.

So you could scan your clothing all day long, but unless while you're scanning, the chip happens to get the right hash tag... you'll never see a peep from it.

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@Jeffy Pooh Re: "...all using the power it receives via radio waves..."

The RFID tag in your car's toll pass is not only a tad larger, but works via NFC.

These devices, while getting power via a radio signal, and can transmit via radio signal... albeit a short distance, doesn't require a large NFC field around the device.

Want to get paranoid... put these in to clothing. (shoes, jackets, whatever....) You walk around... they will know who you are, and will be able to track you without you knowing it.

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Assange™'s emotional plea for asylum in France rejected

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Re: @Dave Dave Dave ... France...

"The US has been very clear about it: there is nothing they can charge Assange with, nothing they want to charge him with. They have no interest in him whatsoever, it's purely an excuse he concocted after fleeing the rape charges."

Actually that's not what they said.

You have to parse what they said carefully. All that they have said is that they have not charged Assnage with anything so there's no extradition request.

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@AC ...Re: @Dave Dave Dave ... France...

If Assange goes to Sweden, when they are done with him, he goes back to the UK.

When they are done with him, he's tossed from the country back to his home country Australia.

Assange won't have a choice and if you go back to the ABC news reports... some of the politicians talked about pulling his passport so he could no longer be a traveling embarrassment to them.

WRT the US... who knows what they will do.

As I've posted... something was said during the Article 32 hearing that wasn't covered in the trial. (Manning plead guilty to those charges. )

So what has Assange scared? Only Assange and Manning know for sure.

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@Dave Dave Dave... he didn't admit to being a serial rapist...

Its a common mistake that some people make.

During the hearings, Assange's defence wasn't one of admission, but of saying "... assume that the accusation is true, that I did commit the acts. It still wouldn't amount to rape in any other country... "

That is to say for the sake of argument, if true he would still be found innocent.

And yes, he's a rapist in the sense that he had non-consensual sex with women. Too bad the women didn't have better taste or sense of character. Then they would never had gone to bed with him in the first place.

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@ Matt ... Re: Seriously, WTF?

Not that I do disagree with your post...

But did you ever stop to consider that the UK government might turn a blind eye if he wanted to attempt to sneak out... just to be rid of him?

To your point... yeah the French couldn't grant him asylum because of the EAW, and to be honest, its the only country close enough where if he did attempt to do a runner, he'd have the best chance of making it.

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Re: @Dave Dave Dave ... France...

I don't know where you get the idea that Julian was posting.

The simple fact is that had he done the right thing... gotten tested, apologized to the women, etc ... this could have all gone away. The initial prosecutor didn't want to go through the whole mess and that's why initially the charges weren't pursued.

Even if he had jail time... how much would he realistically gotten?

They would have more than likely tossed him from the country and banned him from ever coming back, although Assange was/is politically connected to some chick in government.

So the reality is... Julian made this mess himself.

As to being a self confessed serial rapist... you call him a rapist, he considers himself a 'Ladies Man'. (Seriously I read the interview, he's pathetic.) Besides the comments weren't made under oath and he can claim that he misspoke or that his comments were taken out of context.

Personally I'd love to see Julian back in Australia. There they could take away his passport so he wouldn't be allowed to travel. And then wait for the US to actually come forward with a charge.

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@Gnasher ... Re: France...

I agree with most of your post, but just a nit.

There are 32 odd crimes where the crime in the country that posted the EAW is enough and all other crimes face a duopoly where the person is judged by both countries and if its not a crime in the country where they are trying to extradite him from... then the EAW fails.

In this case, I believe rape is #23 on the list of 32 so it wouldn't matter. Note that regardless of this, the appeals court went out of its way to state that what Assange is accused of is indeed a crime in the UK so he would have been extradited regardless of the specific charges.

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@x 7 Re: @Dave Dave Dave ... France...

Assange hasn't been charged yet.

The statute of limitations start from when the crime was committed. So when Manning did the deed, that's when the clock started.

Assange did have some potential cover for posting the data dump. The '70's case that was ruled on by SCOTUS helped there.

Again what seems to have him scared is that he may have been involved directly in the theft w Manning. IMHO that's the only way the US would want to go after him...

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@ PNGuinn Re: France... @ DaveDaveDave

You do realize that if the women say no raincoat, no sex, then the sex is no longer consensual so it is rape, right?

Rape is one of the 32 crimes to which there is no need for reciprocity in terms of testing the standard. That is to say... the EU country charging the person and issued the warrant is the sole arbiter of what constitutes rape. That is to say... what Sweden calls rape is all that counts. Regardless, the UK courts did determine that what the Swedes charged Assange with would still constitute rape within the UK so that becomes a moot point.

The charges are more of a felony in nature with a maxium of 4 years ... (if memory serves...)

The bottom line. Had he faced the charges, gotten tested... he would have been home back in Australia by now.

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Re: France...

Actually Assange does face a custodial sentence for the offences if charged and found guilty of them. You can go back to the first appeal hearing to hear from the prosecutor's own lips or rather read her statement.

He would have faced at a maximum 4 years, however many pundits pointed out he would more than likely gotten a much shorter sentence and time in a Swedish jail isn't like serving time in an US prison or worse.

But no, he did a rabbit.

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@AC ... Re: France...

Too bad you also don't know f* all about Swedish law either.

It doesn't matter what you or I might consider rape, but what the Swedes consider rape since that's where the alleged crime occurred. That's all that matters. Had the stupid prat stayed and gotten charged, he would have faced a trial, gotten sentenced or found innocent and then given the polite boot out of the country. End of story.

But instead, the jackhole pulls a rabbit and creates an international incident. All in the name of self promotion. Loses the appeal hearings (3 of them) and then like a scared little boy, bolts again to the Ecuadorian Broom closet. (Do you want to call this pulling a Harry Potter?)

He made his bed, let him sleep in it.

Now if he surrenders before the statute of limitations runs out, he will face the full term if found guilty. (4 years)

(The odds were he'd face a much lighter sentence had he just faced the music up front. But where's the adventure in that. ) After all, just add Courvoisier and you've got yourself the 'Ladies Man' he purports to be. (You need to rent the video to understand that joke.)

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@Dave Dave Dave ... Re: France...

"He just needs to face those alleged charges and get them cleared. "

Clearly that would be a great option, if it was in fact possible. Why do you think he's fled from justice, though? It's because he's not going to get the charges cleared, he's going to spend most of the rest of his life in jail.

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Why did he flee? Because he thought that if he fled, the Swedish Government / Prosecutor would just drop it and he could one day return back to Sweden since no charges were filed. At the same time... depending on the charges, a guilty sentence could get you bounced from other countries. Take Japan for example. Several famous musicians/entertainers are barred from entering the country due to drug convictions elsewhere.

Why does he blame America? Because its how he branded himself an outlaw. Amerika is the evil empire and all that carp.

Now here's the funny part.

He will eventually end up in Sweden, or if the statute of limitations runs out... he faces the jumping bail charge in the UK. (He technically hasn't been charged and there is a statute of limitations on the sex related charges) So... he end up getting the boot from the UK back to his mother country Australia. And no he really doesn't get the say as to where he goes when he gets the boot from the UK.

Back in Australia... that's when things get interesting... depending on who's in power at the time.

In terms of the US... he can be looking over his shoulder for the next 18 years... if they want him.

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@Jeffy Re: "sixteen hours aloft"

Dude!

First, regular sized guys (6'2.5" ~189.4cm) don't fit in economy seats. (even economy plus seats)

(No shoulder room.) Add in a messed up back and 4+ hours in a coach seat can be painful.

Take enough drugs, you can sleep through anything, except that when you land, get folded out like an accordion, you're not going to be able to function. That's why I will pay for the upgrade if necessary.

I still may be too long/tall to fit in those first class/upper class/ fold flats, but at least the seat is more comfortable. ;-)

Of course YMMV. Its when you fly an American carrier who use the same planes for continental and intercontinental that really mess you up.

I do agree, bring vids or e-books on an ipad so you can catch up on your reading. Depending on the topic, some may have you drooling asleep within minutes and are more effective than drugs. ;-)

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