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How Novell peaked, then threw it all away in a year

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Re: Godlike geniuses

No, they are physically different. At least that's what I hear what brains scans show. But then again, these may be unreliable.

Also, the Voght-Kampff test.

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Indian military pondered attack on Venus and Jupiter

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Dumb and dumber with weapons hot level retarded.

But then again, these guys are fighting over a few km² of glacier, which IS retarded.

Maybe they called support in Bangalore.

"I see bright lights in the night sky, what do?"

"Did you try to fire at them?"

On the other hand:

"On October 5, 1960, the warning system at NORAD indicated that the United States was under massive attack by Soviet missiles whith a certainty of 99.9 percent. It ... had spotted the rising moon."

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Bill Gates' nuclear firm plans hot, salty push into power

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Comet ISON seen eructating 300,000km-long methane and CO2 BELCH

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Re: how old?

> A hyperbolic orbit is interstellar.

Correct, but comets with "hyperbolic" orbits are announced from time to time and apparently no-one gives a rat's arse about what that would actually mean. Which I really don't get...

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Re: how old?

It might just be passing through very rarely, thus not outgas a lot before it returns to the 3K background radiation stove and freezes again.

It' easier to check the orbit. Which is probably hyperbolic...

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What happened to the possible MARS HULK SMASH that we were talking about back when Byalistok Window Breakage occurred?

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Re: Dirty Snowball

I salute you for that Pournellian ice cream reference.

I think it is "Hot Fudge Sundae" though.

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Keep calm and carry on spying on Americans, US politicos tell NSA

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The Golden Stormtrooper

In furtherance of the Peace Prize, Obama will also receive the Face-Stamping-Boot price. Pretty sure about that.

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Back up all you like - but can you resuscitate your data after a flood?

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This is the dog+flood picture you are actually looking for:

http://mubi.com/lists/my-favorite-films-of-all-time-always-under-construction

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Seagate dock hands: Tea, lads? Fewer hard disks than last year, eh...

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Re: not moore's law but...

Just ask your friendly state-run intelligence service.

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'First' 3D-printed rifle's barrel splits after single shot

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Re: Refusal to Print

"the software will not allow the user to view and print the model"

Not fit for purpose. It's not even a gun.

"Hello, Mr. Lawyer? Yes, I have a no-win-no-fee case for you. Interested? I'm sure you are..."

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Swisscom chief dead in apparent suicide

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Re: Always on culture

> Employees off-time should be sacrosanct

I wish. Try to do that in SMBs with 24 x 7 infrastructure.

> suicide ... a very selfish act.

Does not compute. It may be an erroneous act, but it definitely is not "selfish" as no personal advantage accrues at all.

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Dead STEVE JOBS 'touts rival Lenovo gear' FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Re: To the lawyers!

> Ashton Kutcher playing Steve Jobs touting Lenovo. Lawyers at the ready.

As long as you don't actually SAY this is supposed to be a re-imagining of Steve Jobs, things should be fine, right?

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Soon!

Oh come on. Most everyone actually believes FDR managed the Great Depression. It's not only the film industry wot does it. And don't get me started on Iraq.

It's easy to sell a faked-up reality if people WANT to believe.

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MYSTERY of 19th-century DEAD WALRUS found in London graveyard

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Re: Babbage shrugged

THIS IS ENTIRELY POSSIBRU!

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Babbage shrugged

Medical students - corpsoid fun and silliness even before universal healthcare and mobile-phone mediated pic sharing.

People don't change.

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Boffins DREAMING of a WHITE CHRISTMAS ... on MARS!

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Mars as a shithole

Stanislaw Lem writes in "More Tales of Pirx The Pilot: Ananke":

Pirx cleaned his shaver by the window and stowed it back in its case, then cast another glance, now with undisguised antipathy, at the fabled Agathodaemon — at the mysterious “canal,” which turned out to be a boring, flat terrain framed by a blurry, rubble-strewn horizon. Compared with Mars, the Moon was positively homey. To someone who’s never left Earth, that might sound preposterous, but it’s the gospel truth. For one thing, the sun looked from the Moon just as it did from Earth—which can be appreciated only by someone not so much surprised as shocked to see it in the shape of a congealed, shriveled-up, faded fireball. And the lunar view of Earth—majestic, blue, lamplike, symbol of safe refuge, sign of domesticity, lighting the nights. Whereas the combined radiance of Phobos and Deimos was less than the Moon’s in its first quarter. And that lunar silence, the hush of deep space—no wonder it was easier to televise the first human step of the Apollo project than to transmit a similar spectacle from the Himalayas. The effects of an unremitting wind can be appreciated only on Mars.

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He wasn’t in the mood for going out yet—the building was so very quiet. He was becoming more and more used to the solitude. A ship’s commander can always have his privacy on board; after a long flight (with Earth and Mars no longer in conjunction, the Mars trip took over three months), he practically had to force himself to mix with strangers. And except for the controller on duty, he knew no one here. Look in on him upstairs? That wouldn’t be too nice. Mustn’t hassle people on the job. He was judging by himself: he didn’t like intruders.

In his grip was a thermos with some leftover coffee, and a package of cookies. He ate, trying not to spill the crumbs, sipped his coffee, and stared out through the sand-scored port at the old, flat-bottomed, apathetic floor of Agathodaemon. That was the impression Mars made on him — that it didn’t care any more — which explained the haphazard accumulation of craters, so different from the Moon’s, looking more like washouts (“They look fake, doctored,” he once blurted out while browsing through some detailed blow-ups). The whimsicality of those wild formations that went by the name of “chaos” make them the pet sites of areologists: there was nothing like them on Earth. Mars seemed to have quit, not caring whether it kept its word, unconcerned with appearances. The closer one got to it, the more it lost its solid red exterior, the more it ceased to be the emblem of a war god, the more it revealed its drabness, spots, stains, its lack of any lunar or Earthlike contour: a gray-brown blight, rocked by eternal wind.

He felt a barely palpable vibration underfoot—a converter or a transformer. Otherwise, the same silence as before, penetrated, as if from another world, by the distant howl of a gale wind playing on the cosmodrome’s cables. That diabolical sand could eat through high-grade, five-centimeter steel cables. On the Moon you could leave anything, stow it in the rubble, and come back a hundred, a million years hence, secure in the knowledge that it would still be there. On Mars you couldn’t afford to drop anything, lest it sink forever. Mars had no manners.

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Bzzzztt..zzttt

Well, currently you just gonna have to crack up:

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2005/10aug_crackling/

On the Moon and on Mars, conditions are ideal for triboelectric charging. The soil is drier than desert sand on Earth. That makes it an excellent electrical insulator. Moreover, the soil and most materials used in spacesuits and spacecraft (e.g., aluminized mylar, neoprene-coated nylon, Dacron, urethane-coated nylon, tricot, and stainless steel) are completely unlike each other. When astronauts walk or rovers roll across the ground, their boots or wheels gather electrons as they rub through the gravel and dust. Because the soil is insulating, providing no path to ground, a space suit or rover can build up tremendous triboelectric charge, whose magnitude is yet unknown. And when the astronaut or vehicle gets back to base and touches metal--ZAP! The lights in the base may go out, or worse.

Physicist Joseph Kolecki and colleagues at NASA Glenn first noticed this problem in the late 1990s before Mars Pathfinder was launched. "When we ran a prototype wheel of the Sojourner rover over simulated Martian dust in a simulated Martian atmosphere, we found it charged up to hundreds of volts," he recalls.

That discovery so concerned the scientists that they modified Pathfinder's rover design, adding needles half an inch long, made of ultrathin (0.0001-inch diameter) tungsten wire sharpened to a point, at the base of antennas. The needles would allow any electric charge that built up on the rover to bleed off into the thin Martian atmosphere, "like a miniature lightning rod operating in reverse," explains Carlos Calle, lead scientist at NASA's Electrostatics and Surface Physics Laboratory at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Similar protective needles were also installed on the Spirit and Opportunity rovers.

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Facepalm

I have often wondered if some weird-ass pseudo-sciency rife-with-totally-unwarranted-speculation-worthy-of-a-six-year-old site is linking to El Reg....

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> The surface of the planet is young

Written in all seriousness underneath an article with a surface picture showing more unerased pustules than the face of a teenager running on fast carbs.

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For pity's sake: DON'T MOVE to the COUNTRY if you want to live

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So what's with the drugs? Or is that the "war on drugs" whereby you get killed by SWAT team raiding your home in the woods at six in the morning for fun and giggles?

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Senator: Surveillance state based on secret law 'has no place in America'

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Re: Only voters can change this, but...

> The rich and the corporation know

Yeah, yeah. It is always the "rich and the corporation" instead of power-hungry civil servants, the bipartisan consensus to have more of it, all the time and the fact that most people can't be arsed to check what is currently happening in the corridors of power as long as their home team of the double-faced monstrosity is currently at the control levers. Then you have guys like Ron Paul veering off the beaten path who then gets villified and cold-shouldered from "left" and "right" as the crazy uncle.

Notice how okay every Nazi trip of the administration has become with "liburls" since the Brown Changer has taken over from Coke Dude.

But there may be hope yet.

Also: "If Snowden is a traitor, how come everyone is suddenly discussing this?"

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Sammy had Sweet Fanny Adams to do with Swiss Fanny madam's blast

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Re: Ledswinger

Hold on, diodesign.

1) Shouldn't you have a Vulture Gong instead of the Gold Gong meant for the Hoi Polloi?

2) Aren't you the moderatrix of yesteryear?

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Re: Is it just me?

Hopefully it is just you!

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Re: CE? not

CE = "China Export"

The feel when you realize you may have thrown away a working cold fusion device!

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Re: Doesn't matter...

The fun thing about the real world is that it doesn't care about a "shouldn't".

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UK gov 'still failing' at procurement, says Commons committee

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Re: "lack…understanding" on how to collate their requirements, measure suppliers attributes, etc.."

Never underestimate the lubrication power of goodies "falling off" a delivery truck.

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Burger-rage horse dumps on McDonald's: Rider saddled with fat fine

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Re: Damn horses

> pedonoia

"Pedonoia represents the child state of Mind and the first child-like thoughts and child-models of information"

What?

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Of course not. Any self-respecting horse wears in-line skates. What do you think this is, the 70s?

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Horselover Fat?

I'm sure there is a possibility to bring up VALIS but I can't find it.

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Tango down! Chat app millions ransacked by pro-Assad hacktivists

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Re: WTF?

The fun thing about Syria is that you get deathsquatted by BOTH SIDES. What do?

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Tango was hit thanks to a vulnerable WordPress installation

Maybe people should stop using integrated third-party WebShit 2.0 left and right (those dozens of integrated flypapers icons that NoScript always complains about) and have dedicated secure tools.

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100-metre asteroid 2013 NE19 zipped past Earth today

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Re: The stars have spoken...

Don't you first need to pull a sword out of a block of concrete poured by Kellogs-Brown-Root?

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Troll loses 'we own the Web' patent appeal

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Re: Own goal

I sure hope so, it is a private company.

No wait, this is 2013, it probably isn't legal.

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There should be a "you didn't stand your ground" law

...whereby settling companies get invited to defray the legal costs of the rest.

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Rotten hackers feast on mouldy Java flaws

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Fracking Bullshit I call you on!

So I sit here today at my desk and Java (or rather JEE) is a bloated mess of a language with all kinds of crap I dont need, buzzwords, frameworks, annotations, black boxes, conventions, wierd gotchas and general broken-ness. And to cap it all the black hats are now a step or two ahead at all times.

Yeah, Mr "propellorhead". It's your arse that is a bloated mess. Hint train incoming:

1) You can leave JEE out if you just want SE. Do you know what I'm saying? Notze that you will have to pull in Hibernate or write your SQL queries through JDBC when you want persistent storage, which you will want pretty quickly.

2) If you want Spring, Groovy or soem other non-JEE API or framework building on SE, you know where to find it.

3) JEE is not "bloated" in any particular way. It is just what it is: an environment in which to write server-side applications. And it's pretty elegant, too. Compare with J2EE which was the wrong approach.

4) wierd gotchas and general broken-ness ... care to be precise?

"Black boxes"? What? "Annotations"? Do you prefer XML markup in side-dish files? "Conventions"? Yeah, these are bad, right?

Are you actually sure about what you are talking about? Because you sure don't sound like it.

gb2 your pseudo-assembler fail.

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Released together with Windows 95? One would think there is no useful stuff that runs on Java Beta or that the power supply on the i486 box blew up at some point in time...

Epic Freud Stuff of the Week:

"Oracle is yet to respond to Gowdiak's discovery, so it's unclear if and when a fix might become available. The security giant last released..."

Tell me more about your security...

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Darth Vader's old gaff awaits exogorth desert DUNE DOOM

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Re: As per Raiders of the Lost Ark...

It will pupate and emerge as Lynch's version of Dune.

This will not ameliorate things a lot.

I will be listening to the soundtrack by Toto, thanks. And the thought of using Dick Cheney as Baron Harkonnen comes up...

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At least it's not a Sandworm

And didn't Armin Müller Stahl transform the desert of Tataouine into a lush cornfield of genetically engineered corn bearing the alien-black-oil repelling virus in X-Files: The movie?

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Mobe SIM crypto hijack threatens millions: Here's HOW IT WORKS

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True but irrelevant as you just need the mark's phone number and his old SIM.

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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

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Hmmm.... a Nanny State.

Yes, the Nanny with the leather outfit and the cats ears for me, please.

My coat? The one wih Gotlib's "Rhââ Lovely" in the pocket. Thank you, young lady.

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Titsup Apple Developer Centre mystery: Database interloper fingered

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spent a weekend on the Refresh button wondering when the site would return

Could have helped me mixing concrete...

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SIM crypto CRACKED by a SINGLE text, mobes stuffed with spyware

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In President Klingon's days....

Back in the sad, and portent-laden fading days of the Republic (the "Bubble in Time"), the following went to the printers:

Cracking DES: Secrets of Encryption Research, Wiretap Politics, and Chip Design

by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Statements of note:

We noticed an increasing number of situations in which highly talented and respected people from the U.S. Government were making statements about how long it takes to crack DES. In all cases, these statements were at odds with our own estimates and those of the cryptographic research community. A less polite way to say it is that these government officials were lying, incompetent, or both. They were stating that cracking DES is much more expensive and time-consuming than we believed it to be. A very credible research paper had predicted that a machine could be built for $1.5 million, including development costs, that would crack DES in 3-1/2 hours. Yet we were hearing estimates of thousands of computers and weeks to years to crack a single message.

On Thursday, June 26, 1997 the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on International Relations heard closed, classified testimony on encryption policy issues. The Committee was considering a bill to eliminate export controls on cryptography. After hearing this testimony, the Committee gutted the bill and inserted a substitute intended to have the opposite effect. A month later, a censored transcript of the hearing was provided; see http://jya.com/hir-hear.htm. Here are excerpts:

Statement of Louis J. Freeh, Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation

". . . And we do not have the computers, we do not have the technology to get either real-time access to that information or any kind of timely access. If we hooked together thousands of computers and worked together over 4 months we might, as was recently demonstrated decrypt one message bit. That is not going to make a difference in a kidnapping case, it is not going to make a difference in a national security case. We don't have the technology or the brute force capability to get to this information."

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Ubuntu forums breached, 1.8m passwords pinched

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I forsee an NSA public relations drive, whereby sputnik gets doxed within 24h.

Then the Prez can appear on the whiteouse lawn for another bombastic speech.

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Confirmed: Bezos' salvaged Saturn rocket belonged to Apollo 11

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Re: Don't be fooled

Well, the assassination of Stanley Kubrick covered all the tracks. We will never know the whole story.

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NSA chief leaks info on data sharing tech: It's SharePoint

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Re: Sharepoint isn't the only thing they use

> There's also an information sharing system called A-Space etc. etc.

More acronyms and kewl buzz than Calvin can come up in an afternoon of dwelling in the house of club GROSS ("Get Rid of Slimy Girls").

You guys really need to have the keys taken away.

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'It's GOOD we stopped selling the iPhone'

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Re: "Cower" is the word

If he had the courage of his supposed convictions, he'd emulate Manning and face judgment for what he's done.

Snowden made the right call when he fled the U.S.

After the New York Times had been enjoined from publishing the Pentagon Papers — on June 15, 1971, the first prior restraint on a newspaper in U.S. history — and I had given another copy to The Post (which would also be enjoined), I went underground with my wife, Patricia, for 13 days. My purpose (quite like Snowden’s in flying to Hong Kong) was to elude surveillance while I was arranging — with the crucial help of a number of others, still unknown to the FBI — to distribute the Pentagon Papers sequentially to 17 other newspapers, in the face of two more injunctions. The last three days of that period was in defiance of an arrest order: I was, like Snowden now, a “fugitive from justice.”

Yet when I surrendered to arrest in Boston, having given out my last copies of the papers the night before, I was released on personal recognizance bond the same day. Later, when my charges were increased from the original three counts to 12, carrying a possible 115-year sentence, my bond was increased to $50,000. But for the whole two years I was under indictment, I was free to speak to the media and at rallies and public lectures. I was, after all, part of a movement against an ongoing war. Helping to end that war was my preeminent concern. I couldn’t have done that abroad, and leaving the country never entered my mind.

There is no chance that experience could be reproduced today, let alone that a trial could be terminated by the revelation of White House actions against a defendant that were clearly criminal in Richard Nixon’s era — and figured in his resignation in the face of impeachment — but are today all regarded as legal (including an attempt to “incapacitate me totally”).

I hope Snowden’s revelations will spark a movement to rescue our democracy, but he could not be part of that movement had he stayed here. There is zero chance that he would be allowed out on bail if he returned now and close to no chance that, had he not left the country, he would have been granted bail. Instead, he would be in a prison cell like Bradley Manning, incommunicado.

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US secret court renews government telephone snooping

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Re: Let's be honest

Is this the Upstanding Citizen Message of the week?

Have a thumbs up. I always vote Blockleiter.

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Re: Warning - about to make clichéd BB reference

You will get arrested for causing "public disturbance"

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Please adopt this notation

This week in press freedoms and privacy rights by Glenn Greenwald:

The kangaroo tribunal calling itself "the FISA court" yesterday approved another government request (please excuse the redundancy of that phrase: "the FISA court approved the government's request"). Specifically, the "court" approved the Obama administration's request for renewal of the order compelling Verizon to turn over to the NSA all phone records of all Americans, the disclosure of which on June 6 in this space began the series of NSA revelations. This ruling was proudly announced by the office of the Director of National Intelligence, which declassified parts of that program only after we published the court ruling. In response, the ACLU's privacy expert Chris Soghoian sarcastically observed: "good thing the totally not a rubberstamp FISA court is on the job, or we might turn into a surveillance state"; the Wall Street Journal's Tom Gara noted: "Reminder: The style guide for mentioning the FISA court is that it's written 'court' with scare quotes."

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