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MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling

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Re: Andrew Ferni Anonymous Cluetard Nonesuch I wouldn't want to set one foot.....

"....ICD-10 F60.3 That is all." Root cause analysis leads to the undeniable conclusion that your problems are the result of an ID10T issue. That and being just an unoriginal, cardboard cutout, still avoiding any debate. Especially as it was you that jumped into this thread shrieking about 'unoriginality'. You complained about posters being labeled unimaginative sheeple yet have done nothing except provide proof that you are a member of their flock.

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Re: Boring Green Andrew Ferni Anonymous Cluetard Nonesuch I wouldn't..... @Plump & Bleaty

"....it is odd that you see this as personal....." Your whole strategy is not to engage in debate you will lose but to drown out dissenting views with personal attacks and waffle. Your strategy is that of denial and is based on the realization that you cannot defend the indefensible, so instead you seek to mitigate the dissent. I'd like to try and be impressed that you can even come up with a strategy but it's hardly new, being a typical response by the sheeple when they are losing. And you're not even good at it.

"....don't you think that's worthy of an upvote?....I upvote you, you upvote me, everyone wins...." But that would be simply dishonest, something you obviously do not have a problem with. If you were to post an original and good argument in any post then I would upvote it even if I disagreed. I even upvote asdf every now and again. But for you, the voting system is not a tool for recognition of the intrinsic value of a post's argument, it is a popularity rating system, a means of re-inforcing group-thought. You and your ilk are so desperate to be popular, to be 'in with the crowd', that you just can't think independently. TBH, I just find that sad.

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".....Somewhere between 1.6 million and an upper bound that you are apparently still eagerly googling to establish....." I think it's about time you realized some of us don't just rely on Google, we actually read these things called books. They're probably a bit before your time but I suggest you check them out, you'll learn a lot. One might even give you a clue to help you actually post something both relevant and intelligent. Until then, TBH, you're just wasting bandwidth.

".....yet you were passing one of the many wildly differing guesstimates off as fact...." Wow, you must be a hairdresser to spend so much time splitting hairs! I posted the 39m figure as it is the one most commonly accepted amongst historians, as I explained, and as you obviously ignored in your sulky desire to post something - anything! - rather than admit your socio-political outlook got you hooked.

"....I've come here to point out once again where you've been talking out of your arse and that's what I've done...." So please do point to any single, original argument you have posted. Oh, you haven't posted any. This is my surprised face, honest. Maybe you and Andrew can see if you can come up with one between you? It doesn't even have to be about MtGox or Karpeles or even the legal wrangles he landed himself in, just try for something small to start with and we'll try and work you up to the level of adult debate, mmmkay?

In the meantime, a more ironic part of the Karpeles request for US bankruptcy protection is that it gives the US financial authorities visibility of the sites records, potentially giving law enforcement agencies the ability to track potentially illegal purchases made with Bitcoins via the site. Given that MtGox is supposed to have handled up to 70% of all Bitcoin transfers I'm sure the FBI and other such agencies are positively drooling at the idea of getting their hands on that info. So, not only has Karpeles lost his customers' coins, he's potentially also blown away their anonymity! Truly a genius.

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Re: Boring Green Andrew Ferni Anonymous Cluetard Nonesuch I wouldn't..... @Plump & Bleaty

And another post from Boring Green without a single argument, just more personal attacks. Gosh, it's almost like he CAN'T formulate an argument - what a surprise! Not.

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"You've talked out of your arse, Matt, and you've been caught doing it...." What, posting facts and backing up my points, whilst you post nothing but blather and avoid the issues raised?

"....Suggesting I'm a Stalinist, revisionist and/or Gulag denier is not a surprising last resort...." It was the first resort when you took the bait. I also note you are studiously avoiding the points raised, especially the one relating to the actual extent of Stalin's horrific abuses. Gee, I wonder why?

"....I have indeed noticed that's just the sort of thing you do when you fuck up and cannot bear to man up....." What as opposed to your 'manning up' where you post no facts, no arguments or counters, and instead avoid the discussion? Your version of 'manning up' would seem rather weak and evasive, TBH, and based mainly on denial. Not eactly a winning strategy. Your grudging admittance of the stupidity of AI's comparisson didn't help you much either, especially not when it was couched in such sulky bitterness.

"....I'll continue to point out incidents of your rabid thoughtless writing where I feel like it...." Do please try and include an actual original argument next time, it will help others not think of you as just a bleating time-waster, shrieking because he cannot stand the idea of dissent yet clearly unable to formulate a counter with actual intelligent thought. Enjoy!

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Re: Andrew Ferni Anonymous Cluetard Nonesuch I wouldn't want to set one foot.....

"...With you? Honestly? No..." Hey, no need to get all weepie, just admit you're out of your depths and leave the discussion to the adults, mmmkay?

".....you're not even slightly interested in the 'debate'...." So why did I ask you to try and post an actual opinion (which you have - AGAIN - failed to do!)? Holy batcrap, I never realised I was so devious! Asking someone to formulate an opinion as a means of ensuring they DON'T say their piece - how could that possibly be construed as anything other than oppression of the most Machiavellian levels? I do apolgise for untinkingly offering you the opportunity to prove you're not just a cardboard cutout mindlessly rebleating spoonfed ideals.

"....Yep, you've got my number. I've been wandering round all day...." It amazes me you manage to get out the door with that level of egocentricity. Or is that just another desperate evasion of the arguments? It wouldn't be your first by a long shot.

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Re: Sulking Cluetard Re: Predictable Cluetard Anon Cluetard Andrew Ferni.....

Aw, you still having a hard time accepting you got so easily caught out? I find it hard to accept it's the first time your ignorance has been so quickly exposed.

"....factual inaccuracies...." LOL, the fact you're desperate to portray the figure as 'inaccurate' exposes much more than you'd probably like to admit. Do you prefer Solzhenitsyn's figure of 60m, or would you like to deny that someone that directly suffered the Gulags might have some insight? What's next, are you going to deny the Gulags existed?

"....seeing you were passing off 39m as the high-end estimate a moment ago and have now in your frantic search come across 60m....." 39m is actually the figure to gain most consensus amongst modern historians with access to what remains of the records, those Gulag victims still alive, and the testimonies of those that were part of Stalin's brutal machine of repression. The 60m figure is a lot harder to justify seeing as there is a lot less evidence for it, therefore I would suggest the 39m figure is probably a safer bet. I see you are not even willing to submit your own figure, let alone actually justify your denial.

".....I don't think the Gulag/Gitmo comparison makes sense....." Finally, some sense! Oh, hold on, is that because you want to deny the Gulags existed? That all the 'victims' were criminals and 'traitors to the Revolution', and deserved what they got?

"....It's just in your head that everyone who doesn't agree with what you're saying is a Stalinist unconditionally loving AI." Well, seeing as you have avoided comment on AI, but mounted a rabid denial of the horrors of the Gulags, one would have to suggest your sympathies are towards the Stalinist revisioning of history.

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Re: AC Boring Green Nonesuch I wouldn't want to set one foot on American soil....

"....because of Israel's disproportionate focus and extensively documented lack of observance of human rights...." Israel, unlike its neighbours, is a proper democracy with rights for citizens that extend - just for example - to homosexuals and women. Please do try and claim that Israel's neighbouring Arab states extend the same level of rights to homosexuals (in Saudi, a crime with the death penalty) or women. Then explain AI's complete lack of interest in those flagrant breaches of human rights on the part of those Arab states, unless you want to contend that laws against homosexuality are just OK with you (careful, Hampton Caitlin might be reading and find out where you work....)?

I'm sure it has nothing to do with the large donations to AI and links with wealthy parties in said Arab states, such as Abd al-Rahman al Nuaimi (and nothing at all to do with AI's subsequent support for friends of al Nuaimi's that were members of an al Quaeda-linked Islamist group involved in a coup attempt in the UAE). Nor, I'm sure, why AI has protested shipments of defensive weaponary to Israel whilst ignoring arms smuggled into the Gaza Strip, Lebanon and West Bank that are only used for aggressive attacks on Israeli civilians. And who could possibly infer any form of bias might be why AI was so happy to publish a one-sided report into the 'war crimes' of the Israeli attack on Hezbollah in 2006, completely ignoring the many actual war crimes perpetrated by Hezbollah both before, during and after Israel's response? No, you're right, AI is completely whiter-than-white. Do I need sarc tags? I suggest a little reading - http://www.ngo-monitor.org/article/amnesty_international

"....He [Macbride] renounced violence and has been a tireless campaigner against it since....." Really? So please do provide a link to some of these vehement denials you want to claim he made. Please do give special prominence to any where he condemned the IRA's Border Campaign (1956-1962). Please don't lose heart when you discover that Macbride not only fully-supported the bombing campaign, but he withdrew the support of his Clann na Poblachta party from the Irish government when they arrested the IRA leadership in 1957. He also NEVER made a single statemnent that I can find condemning any murder commited by the IRA, be that murder of an English soldier or an Irish civilian. If he renounced violence as you claim, it was a very silent and selective renouncing. He was also notably silent on his collaboration with the Nazis, but then he was in good company with the Arabs at the UN on that front. Which probably explains your blind faith in him, seeing as the IRA and PLO have long been bossom buddies and have cross-trained and swapped arms and resources over the decades.

"....Hardly surprising when the zionists ignored the agreements that had been made under the madate for Palestine...." Again, you really need to go read some actual history books rather than be spoonfed propaganda. The Jews agreed the UN plan for the partitioning of the Mandate territories, even though 76% of the Mandate territories were given unquestioningly to the Arabs in the form of Transjordan, even though the area assigned to the Jews was much smaller than that promised, and even though many Jewish villages fell outside the designated Jewish area. This acceptance allowed them to proclaim the state of Israel with the UN's blessing. It was the Arabs that decided to reject the UN's partition plan because they could not accept any Jewish state (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Nations_Partition_Plan_for_Palestine).

"....The ancient egyptians document Palestine as a region before the original state of Israel even existed...." Male bovine manure. The Greeks originally refered to Falastin, the Romans later to the area of Syria Palestina. The Romans coined the term in an attempt to break up and diminish the Jewish Judaean Kingdom they had conquered in the area, which means the Jews predated any Arab claim to 'Palestine' by several thousand years. They Romans and Greeks both refered to larger general areas that covered most of southern Syria, the Lebanon, chunks of Iraq and Jordan. Even then, the modern day 'Palestinian' Arabs are descendents of Arabs that migrated out of the Saudi peninsular in 634AD, and there has NEVER been an historic people known as the 'Palestinians' as you claim. This is most amusingly demonstarted as a myth by the fact that the Arabs can't even say the word, having no hard 'p' in their vocabulary, instead having to say 'Falastin', a corruption of the ancient Greek term. Once again, you really need to go learn some facts.

"....Whilst never offering the required things to achieve peace...." Again, this is easy to demonstrate as a complete lie. At Camp David in 2000, Ehud Barak opened with an offer that surprised even Bill Clinton with its genorosity - 98% of all the PLO's demands met without even Arafat having to negotiate. Some cynics say it was a clever ploy by Barak to demonstrate that Arafat had no intention of negotiating, that the continuous and ever-changing demands of the PLO were intended to never be agreed so the PLO could claim that Israel did not want peace. Either way, instead of taking the best deal the PLO had ever since then or since (and far better than anyone expected the Israelis to offer), or even negotiating on it, Arafat instead walked out and called on his people to mount a second and suicidal Intifada. More recently, when the Abbas administration demanded a freeze on construction before peace negotiations could start, the Israelis called his bluff and froze construction for nine months, during which even the US admitted the 'Palestinians' did nothing more than constantly change their demands and agree nothing more than more aid money. The peace treaty with Egypt in 1976, when Israel gave up the oil-rich Sinai, is just one example of how Israel has a track record of wanting peace. The Palestinian Arabs demonstratably have none.

"....Iran has a somewhat better track record on human rights than either the US or Israel...." Nothing exposes your wilfull blindness more than that statement. I pity you. Human Rights Watch have a hard time ignoring Iran's horrific record on human rights violations:

http://www.hrw.org/world-report-2012/world-report-2012-iran

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"....I think there are three main types of Bitcoin advocates...." Your otherwise very accurate appraisal missed the fourth type - those using Bitcoins as a scam.

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Re: Andrew Ferni Anonymous Cluetard Nonesuch I wouldn't want to set one foot.....

"....in your case there's no danger of that, of long words, or even particularly varied ones...." Like I said, I really wouldn't want to overwhelm the limited mental capabilities of you sheeple. Now, to keep it simple, do you want to try and debate AI or the US's 'improper' use of legal tools with regard to Karpeles? The former I suspect is far beyond your capabilities or knowledge, and I suspect the latter should really wait until you have had the assistance of an adult to read the article and realised that Mr Kapeles has started this course of action by applying for bankruptcy protection in the US. Please do take your time as I see Brid-Aine has used a few words that might challenge your limited vocabulary.

"....I'm not all that interested to be honest." Yeah, we all know that really translates to 'crap, I don't have a clue, best act cool and back out'.

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Re: Predictable Cluetard Re: Anon Cluetard Andrew Ferni Anonymous Cluetard Nonesuch...

"....What I was doing is taking issue with you quoting 39 million Gulag deaths as fact...." LOL, I posted it because I knew the response it instantly provokes from lefties. They really don't like the fact that Stalin's Workers' Paradise actually killed more of his own people than died in WW2, it really puts the whole 'Patriotic War' thing in focus, right?

"....Delighted to see you've read up on it since." Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (some of the reading I did beforehand), the famous writer and critic of Stalin's rule and victim of the Gulag system, actually claimed the true number of Stalin’s victims might have been as high as 60 million. We'll never know for sure unless we invent time travel, and I'm sure there are plenty of lefties just keen not to find out at all. So hard to rail on about the Right and insist on the 'delights' of Socialism when a few facts get around! I'm not surprised you took issue with the figure, your lot always do. So delighted to see you take the bait.

Oh, and I see you're still steering well-clear of the rediculous comparison of AI's - cat got your anonymous tongue?

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Re: Boring Green Andrew Ferni Anonymous Cluetard Nonesuch I wouldn't.....

".....In short, you've done nothing of value...." LOL, still trying with the personal attacks because you can't think of an argument (and when I write 'think' I mean that you can't find a canned counter from your usual spoonfeeding, right-think sources)? Well, I suppose you could say I have done nothing of 'value' seeing as value is itself intrinsic dependent on the beholder's own values. I may have done plenty that most responsible, educated, intelligent and law-abiding citizens - who don't follow envy politics or are mindlessly enslaved to the latest fashionable 'thought' - would consider of value, but then I can see why that would equate to zero for you.

"....You're so good at bitching at the ineptitude of others I thought I allow you the chance to show how much better you were...." Why do the lefties always think everyone is just dying to shriek 'me, me, me', just because their icons are so egotistical? Seriously, you need to realise there is more than just a difference in political views here, there are many of us that you obvisouly have not encountered (no doubt due to your sheltered life in the flock) that are better mannered and don't seek to promote self at every opportunity. I can only encourage you to get out more, meet a few people outside your tiny circle of the hip'n'trendy, and try immersing yourself in the many different points of view and lifestyles you so obviously have not had a chance to meet before. Do remember to tell your Mommie where you're going out to play, she'll probably want you back before teatime.

"... because you raised the issue of Amnesty International...." And you're still avoiding it. Just add it to your reading list and try and come prepared next time. TTFN!

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Re: AC Re: Boring Green Nonesuch I wouldn't want to set one foot on American soil....

".....I can find no history whatsoever of Amnesty International attacking jews....." Ah, another one that wants to pretend that AI's disproportionate focus on Israel is nothing to do with anti-Semitism.

"....At least MacBride has renounced violence....." Macbride 'renounced violence' when it was politically convenient for him to do so. He was still silent on his part in and knowledge of the many murders the IRA committed, both in Northern Ireland and Eire itself, whilst he was the IRA's Director of Intelligence. Macbride made a point, right up to his death and long after any possibility of charging any IRA members, of not helping the families of the victims of the IRA find the bodies of their loved ones. He couldn't be quite as quiet about his collaborating with the Nazis, but all the lefties seem happier to ignore that. Right up until his death, including the Macbride Principles of 1984, he was still pushing the IRA and pro-Catholic agenda.

".....unlike Israel....." Israel has made it clear that they will accept peace if the Arabs stop trying to kill them. Right back to 1948 the Arabs have been trying to destroy Israel, please do explain (in what you obviously think is an 'non-anti-Semitic' way) why the Israelis should not be allowed to defend their sovereign state in exactly the same way as every other sovereign state (oh, and please note that the 'Palestinian state' is not legally a sovereign state)?

"....He is extremely well qualified for the job...." Really, from beyond the grave? He died in 1988. I suggest you do a lot more research before your next bout of bleating. But of course, your idea of 'qualified' was probably reached when you saw he was a leftie, anti-NATO, anti-nuke, and Europhile, and probably by his being one-time UN High Commissioner for Refugees (the body which grants the 'Palestinians' the perpetual and completely unique status of 'refugees') and High Commissioner for Human Rights (yes, the old UN CHR, so criticized for its poor record on allowing countries with serious human rights violations onto the Council that the UN had to scrap it and replace it with the just as bad UN HRC, which is so anti-Semitic that it voted Iran onto its board and has been described as having lost all credibility by the US). Yeah, no possible issues for concern there - not!

".....the Nobel Peace Prize (1974)...." As I said, probably the most ludicrous example of the Award right up until Obambi got his.

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Re: Michael Habel Re: I wouldn't want to set one foot on American soil either...

"You mean like Assange is in yours?! If you lot love freedom that much than allow him to go on about his business then." A$$nut was given full recourse to both Swedish and English law and instead chose to put himself where he is. He is free to leave his hid eyehole any time he likes, just as long as he is willing to face his accusers in Sweden.

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Re: Anon Cluetard Re: Andrew Ferni Anonymous Cluetard Nonesuch I wouldn't.....

"Will the history professor point to the source that establishes the number of 39 million people having died in gulags...." Interesting that the argument you choose is not to try and justify AI's hilarious comparison, but to instead attack the figure. Bit unsure of your ground? Of course, it is impossible to give an accurate figure for the number of Russians and non-Russians that Stalin killed in his purges and the Gulags, the GRU and NKVD were far too good at covering their tracks. The figure of 39 million is the high-end estimate, but even if you want to only use the small number of files that the KGB and GRU could not destroy after the fall of the USSR, you still get a verifiable figure of 1.6 million people for the Gulags. Please do take time to try and argue that 1.6m people verifiably worked to death somehow compares to Gitmo, if only for the comedy value your desperate blathering will inevitably provide.

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Re: Andrew Ferni Anonymous Cluetard Nonesuch I wouldn't want to set one foot.....

"....I was just commenting on the amusement value derived from you calling anyone unimaginative....." As I said, it helps to not confuse you sheeple with too many long words, and you do all so enjoy the sense of 'belonging to something bigger', even if you don't have a clue as to what you're protesting.

".....But thanks for playing." Well, I suppose it was too much to expect you to actually formulate a defence of AI, hasn't one been spoonfed to you?

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Re: Boring Green Re: Andrew Ferni Anonymous Cluetard Nonesuch I wouldn't.....

"....I wonder what good you've done in this world. Let us know...." You seriously think I'm going to share any personal history with 'us' (presumably you and the voices in your head)? Nice try at your usual - avoiding the argument and attempting to divert into a personal attack. Still your usual un imaginative, boring self, I see. Please do try harder. I notice you are desperate to avoid any discussion of AI, could that be because you know SFA about them?

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Re: Andrew Ferni Re: Anonymous Cluetard Nonesuch I wouldn't want to set one foot.....

"......I didn't have time to see what kind of returns I'd get from your other stock phrases." I resist the urge to use too many descriptives for you sheeple as it only serves to confuse you. I take it from your dribbling response that you are one of those misty-eyed, wannabe rebel types that thinks Amnesty International are some sort of untaintable font of moral wisdom? I bet you clapped with righteous fervour when they moronically tried to compare the suffering of the Gulags with Gitmo, unable to comprehend the simple silliness of comparing Gitmo with Stalin's 'final solution' and the 39,000,000 people that died in such camps. What am I saying - you sheeple never do any research into the causes and organistaions you zealously and blindly support, let alone have the slightest grasp of history, so why would you have even have the foggiest notion of the daft depths AI has plummeted to?

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Re: d3rrial Re: CEO

".....BitCoin doesn't exist...." Yeah, that's what Karpeles said - 'I turned my back for a sec and now the bitcoins don't exist!'

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Re: Boring Green Re: Nonesuch I wouldn't want to set one foot on American soil either....

"Mismanagement of a novel currency is not the same as trying to enforce justice regarding events of genocide, torture, rape as a weapon of war, ditto mutilation, the use of child soldiers, that kind of thing...." Hey, it was your shrieking fellow sheeple that made out it was completely unreasonable for the US to use it's laws abroad, I simply pointed out a very obvious example of other countries doing the same. You might also want to know that the EU applies EU banking laws to foreign banks too. Oh, then again probably not, as it might actually cause you to stop and think.

"....Are you for or against genocide, torture, rape, child soldiers, mutilations etc?...." I am against. I'm also against leftie organisations with anti-Semitic trackrecords and downright selective application of their 'principles'. Especially ones that employ a Nazi collabarator and terrorist like Sean Macbride, the most ironic choice for Nobel Peace Prize right up to Obambi's farcial award.

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Re: Anonymous Cluetard Re: Nonesuch I wouldn't want to set one foot on American soil either...

".... why don't you go drown some kittens or something." Because I like kittens, you unimaginative sheeple.

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Re: Nonesuch Re: I wouldn't want to set one foot on American soil either...

".....The Supreme Court upheld that American law can be enforced globally." Yeah, like Universal Jurisdiction is sooooo Yanks only, right? I suppose it escaped your bigoted view to note that European countries such as Spain and Belgium have taken upon themselves the right to charge anyone in any country with war crimes, even in cases where neither party involved has nothing at all to do with Europe. It is the basis for the International Court of Justice, a body very popular with professional handwringers like Amnesty International.

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Re: Stuart 39 Re: And how is he paying for his attack dogs ^H^H^H lawyers

"....I do wonder where this cash to pay them came from......" Somehow I doubt they agreed to take payment in Bitcoins.

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Borked Bitcoin bunker MtGox in administration: Lawyer seizes control

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"Are you suggesting that Bitcoins migrate?" I would suggest that Mr Winkypop is implying the currency is not dead, merely resting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npjOSLCR2hE

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Snowden lawyer PGP email 'crack' flap: What REALLY happened?

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Re: ManxPower Re: Laws

"TThe NSA considers anyone on this planet to be fair prey. The FBI considers anyone in the USA to be fair prey. Local cops might be marginally better, but only because they lack the technical skills of the federal agencies." The NSA has to consider the possibilty of threats arising from any part of the planet. The FBI has to consider the chance that threats may arise within the USA. Local cops have the ability to call on the resources of the federal agencies. TFTFY.

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Re: Lee D Re: Well

"I don't believe PGP, or traditional PKE, has been cracked...." Don't believe or don't want to believe? Either way, I would suggest the simpler and more likely explanation is that the lawyer and journo involved are both technically-illiterate. After all, when A$$nut was working with the Guardian he had to explain to their journos how to unzip docs, do you really think they're going to do any better with PGP? Personally, I think Greenie leaked it himself since no-one had noticed the non-award he "achieved".

Anyway, old Snowdope and Greenie are always banging on about open-ness, surely they should approve the leak?

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Gay marriage foes outraged at Mozilla CEO flap, call for boycott

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Re: NIWNFYC Re: Should have told protesters where to go

"....So imposing his bigotry...." Major fail - objection to gay marriage does not make you a homophobic bigot, not unles you want to contend that the gay people also opposed to gay marriage are also homophobic bigots. You have also failed to show any demonstration of bigotry by Eich in his position at Mozilla that might actually make him unsuitable for the role.

"....Remember, this is not merely a "view" he tried to get the law changed...." As was his democratic right and was supported by 52% of those Californians that voted. The whole reason Prop8 was raised was because a standing law was changed to allow gay marriage. What you are saying is that only people that agree with you should be allowed to change the law - a massive fail of despotic arrogance.

"....unless he's actually gay why is his view relevant to the world?...." Logical fail - I'm not a paedophile but I have pretty strongs views on how that is wrong, but according to your logic only paedophiles should be allowed to voice an opinion on the legal age of consent.

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Re: dan1980 Re: dan1980 Prop 8 != free speech

".....public image is important for a CEO....." And for a company, hence my unease with the rapidity with which not only the rest of the Mozilla board caved and failed to support Eich, but also how easy it was for the gay crusaders to whip up a mob. I am not against gay marriage (though I can find no actual logical reason why the civil union between two men or two women should be granted the status of a 'marriage', but if it keeps The Gays happy then my thoughts are pretty much "whatever"), but I am against witch-hunt mob politics and therefore very much against the way Eich has been hounded out of a job he seems very technically qualified for, simply because he partook of the democratic process six years ago. And that is the key point for me - Eich has done and said NOTHING since that even hints of homophobia, yet The Gays cannot let it go.

".....recent events have shown a large backlash against Eich based on his views and actions...." Based on his PRESUMED views and a SINGLE action SIX YEARS AGO! To brand Eich as unsuitable for the post of CEO is therefore little more than vindictive.

".....which are demonstrably in opposition with the views of Mozilla....." And there you fail again - you cannot demonstrate Eich's views at the time of his appointment to CEO were in conflict with Mozilla's because (unless you have mind-reading skills) you haven't the foggiest notion what Eich's views are today, you are basing that PRESUMPTION on what happened six years ago.

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Re: dan1980 Re: Look at this! - Compare to Mozilla FAQ

"....Now, image that company appoints a CEO and it is found out that he/she is a climate change 'denier' who has supports campaigns against green initiatives....." The comparison would only be valid if you had some proof of how Eich had let his beliefs adversely affect either the company or its employees whilst in the role. There appears to be zero evidence of such, so in essence you are condemning Eich for what he MIGHT be thinking about doing some time in the future. That is just paranoiad-driven "right-think" dressed up as legitimate concern.

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Re: dan1980 Re: Prop 8 != free speech

".....Eich believes that equal rights should NOT extend to all areas....." Yes, but you failed to demonstrate that Eich had let his views in any way negatively impact either his work as CEO at Mozilla or his relationship and dealings with LGBT employees. In short, you want him to lose the job because YOU believe he MAY do something in the future, rather than actually being able to show evidence either of a 'bad' action or even intent to act 'badly' in said role. In other words, he has no presumption of innocence simply because you don't want to extend him that right because he previously held a view in conflict with your own - so YOU are the one abusing an actual right, Eich's.

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Re: DanceMan Re: Speaking of the law...

"He was not terminated. He quit. Do you understand the difference?" He was put in a position where he had no choice but to resign. In the UK that would be constructive dismissal, I'm not certain of the exact equivalent under Californian law, but good ol' Wikipedia has the following:

"In order to establish a constructive discharge, an employee must plead and prove, by the usual preponderance of the evidence standard, that the employer either intentionally created or knowingly permitted working conditions that were so intolerable or aggravated at the time of the employee's resignation that a reasonable employer would realize that a reasonable person in the employee's position would be compelled to resign."

Mozilla's position and statements - basically saying Eich did wrong, "think of the company" - made Eich's position untenable, ergo they did not support him as they should have under the stated Californian employment laws, and did put him in a position where resignation was the only real option.

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Re: Bladeforce Re: Call for a boycott of

"....already installed across my companies workstations...." Yeah, shame that my company already blocks dating sites. Maybe I can fiddle the DNS to send any OKCupid seekers to a site for their local SD clinic.....

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Re: Salavora Re: Free speech

".....He should have...." He should have played at their level and wrote a little bit of code into Firefox that detected when users tried to view OKCupid's website, and instead flashed up a message saying "Are you really that sad and desperate that you need online dating? Wouldn't it be better you just bypassed the disappointment and admitted you're just ugly? It's not likely you're going to find 'real love' on a site like this anyway. It's probably best you just stay at home and keep your ugly, unappealling ass indoors where it is less likely to offend those of us that can pull", along with links to sites for delivery groceries and self-help groups.

Eich was never going to get a chance to do anything, it is abundantly clear from their actions that the gay crusaders were not going to be happy until they had crucified him.

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Snowden-inspired crypto-email service Lavaboom launches

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Re: BillFranklin Re: Bill from Lavaboom here

".....Especially after our Chancellor has been cracking down on US intervention in Germany....." Yeah, that would be the Stasi-approved Angela Merkel, who served as spokesperson in the Communist East German government before the Stasi were dissolved in October 1990. I'm sure she knows plenty about surveilling the population at large, going right back to her days as Secretary for Agitation and Propaganda on the board of the Free German Youth (Merkel is on record as trying to hide that bit of her past, having insisted she was the much less-offensive Secretary for Culture!). Oops, was that the sound of a few bubbles popping?

Angela Merkel is a career politician, she will say what she needs to get votes. Blindly relying on her 'morals' as protection against the BND, let alone the NSA, is charmingly naive.

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Re: Roo Re: now more than ever

".....the newspaper seller beaten to death by a Policeman on his way home....." If that typically Roo-esque, half-witted bit of police-bashing was a reference to Ian Tomlinson, not only was he not "beaten to death", but the policeman involved, Simon Harwood, was not only kicked out of the force but also charged with manslaughter. The problem with the prosecution of Harwood was that Tomlinson was a known drunk, already having suffered previous brain-damage from alcohol abuse, and having consumed about twenty units of alcohol that day. His liver was so rotten that any minor fall could have killed him. The third and final post-mortem examination (by two pathologists) agreed with the second, that Tomlinson probably died from internal bleeding when he fell on his right elbow, rupturing his cirrhosis-ridden liver, but that it was impossible to confirm if that fall was the one as a result of Harwood hitting him on the leg. What Harwood did was probably at least assault causing bodily harm, possibly manslaughter, but Harwood didn't "beat him to death" and had no intent to murder Tomlinson. Which was why Harwood was declared "not guilty" by jury trial in 2012. Yes, IMHO, Harwood was an over-aggressive moron and unfit to be a copper, but to paint it as some malicious "beating to death" says more about your willfully-limited reading on the matter and your obvious prejudices against figures of authority.

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USA opposes 'Schengen cloud' Eurocentric routing plan

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Re: Mephistro @ Tom 13 (was @ Arnaut the less )(@ Matt Bryant)

"HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!!! Bullshit!"

I see that shrieking bit of Yank-envy-driven denial was easier for you than admitting your didn't have a clue as to how much raw data is flying about on the Internet. And it is Yank-envy, you're one of those typical sheeple that wails on and on about how unfair it is that the US has so much money, that the US has so much influence, etc., etc. Are you Fwench, by chance?

We had a laugh the other day on the office with a challenge - name three famous Swedish pop groups, then name three famous French pop groups. The former is easy - Abba, Roxette, The Cardigans, Ace of Base, Swedish House Mafia, Avicii - the latter is nigh on impossible. Most of us mentioned Jean-Michel Jarre, wimped out with one-minor-hit Vanessa Paradis, and failed on the third. The reason is the Swedes are confident enough in their own identity that they can write music for the rest of the World in English, whereas the Fwench insist on their insular outlook and supposed cultural superiority. You are exactly the same - "must hate the Yanks because it's so unfair that they have bigger toys than anyone else!"

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Re: Sumdoofus

"When a once democratic country (so it claimed) spies on its own citizens, as well everyone else's, that would seem to suggest that the terrorists have already won on a scale they could only have dreamed about, surely?" That's as stupid as saying if you have a police force then crime has won - complete male bovine manure.

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Re: Mephistro Re: @ Tom 13 (was @ Arnaut the less )

"....has built an infrastructure to allow them to spy on every human being on Earth." Sorry to pop your bubble of shrieking, hysterical melodrama, but not even the NSA has or even plans to have the ability to spy on every human being on Earth. Even if you had chosen just every telephone conversation in teh World then the NSA would still be short of that capability for decades, if ever. To actually believe the NSA could analyse all the Internet activity just shows you let your paranoia over-rule your logical faculties. Please try researching just a few facts before your next shrieking fit, starting here (http://blog.qmee.com/qmee-online-in-60-seconds/).

You also fail to understand that a large amount fo the NSA and GCHQ activity happens as part of the joint intelligence efforts of NATO, whereas the Norks and Chinese only use theirs for suppression.

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Re: Mephistro Re: Nuno trancoso (@ Matt Bryant)

"....The equivalent would be the US not wanting any of their data to be routed through North Korea or China...." Please stop being so blinkered by your Yank envy - the US and most Europeans are members of NATO and therefore military (and, by extension, intelligence) allies. They have agreements for both the exchange of data on terror threats as well as criminal threats as well as extensive trade agreements which are intended to inhibit protectionism. Please do explain how that compares with the situation with China, let alone the Norks.

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Re: Arnaut the clueless Re: Nuno trancoso

"The UK is not part of Schengen....." Please try a little research before bleating - the UK is not part of the Schengen Area but is bound by the Schengen Convention as it is EU law as part of the Amsterdaam Treaty. But the linking of the Schengen Area and the proposed 'European network' has SFA to do with Schengen (at the moment it is just a few countries presenting the idea whereas the Schengen area covers 26 European states), it is simply a term ignorant journos have seized on because it has European connotations and also neatly implies an exclusion of the UK. Countries like Poland are not going to give Germany any form of control over their telecoms. However, even before the Amsterdaam Treaty is considered, the UK would have to be included as a country suitable for a bidding role under basic EU trade rules. Merkel can shriek all she likes, if she were to try and designate an EU member and NATO partner like the UK as 'hostile' security-wise she would only be giving the UK electorate another excuse to say "see, them Europeans just want our cash" and increase the chances of the UK voting to tell Brussells to go get stuffed. France might like that but Germany actually wants someone else around to help pay for the PIIGS.

".....As for "hacking it to pieces" that is as yet a straw man....." Yeah, it's not like the GCHQ and NSA have hacked the European telecoms already - oh, wait, they did! Or that the Europeans (including the Germans) are deeply dependent on intelligence derived from the actions of the NSA and GCHQ, so much so that any 'European-only' network would be given up to the Yanks at the design stage if only because of Putin's current antics and the nervousness of the Baltic neighbours in Germany's backyard.

".....asa French general pointed out recently....." The Fwench military are so rabidly anti-Yank I take anything they say with a pinch of salt. France sat outside NATO for years after de Gaulle threw a sulk over not getting equal billing as the Special Relationship gave the UK, and their continuous maneuvering to try and create an European Army is nothing more than an extension of that tantrum. The Fwench forces simply haven't got over the humiliation of 1940 nor the fact it was the Brits and the Yanks that had to kick the Nazis out of France in 1944. Then they had the further humiliation of having their empire given back to them by the Brits and Yanks, only to lose countries like Indochina, followed by the further humiliation of the US having to step in to try and clear up the mess the Fwench had created in Viet Nam.

It is even more hypocritical given the eavesdropping of Frenchelon. And that the NSA, KGB and Mossad are rumored to have extensively hacked that bit of European security, which does not bode well for the resilience of any 'European-only' network. Merkel is just trying to ride the wave of anti-Yank hysteria through a tough period at the polls, expect The Great European-Only Network to quietly die a death as soon as the press finds something else to spoonfeed the sheeple.

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Re: Nuno trancoso

".....Why would Uncle NSA be so pissed about Euro data not crossing over to any place they can tap it? Oh wait..." <Sigh> And once again the sheeple fall in line and bleat in chorus. There is nothing to stop the NSA listening in to anything on the proposed Schengen network, either through hacking it to pieces, or the much simpler route of just asking the GCHQ to do it for them as - shock horror! - they ALREADY do now. There is a legitimate US business concern about protectionism - Deutsche Telekom are hot on the idea because they know they will be the lead on an European-only (which actually means 'German run') network, and bigger US telecoms will be excluded from bidding for the work. The equivalent would be the US kicking all foreign telecoms operators out of the States, I can imagine just how rabid the cries of protectionism would be from the EU then. But don't let that interrupt your anti-Yank bleating.

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US Supreme Court declines to hear NSA mass phone-slurp case

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Re: Not at all surprised

Sad to see your paranoia didn't let you do even the tiniest and simplest bit of research. Members of the FISC listed here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Foreign_Intelligence_Surveillance_Court#Membership), members of the Supreme justices listed here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Foreign_Intelligence_Surveillance_Court#Membership), please note there is no overlap.

You may now continue being stupid.

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RE: AC

"So long as there's shady non-transparent courts..." Now, conecntrate real hard and try to think why it might be a good idea NOT to tell everyone which potential security threats we are watching/listening to.

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HP: We're holding nothing back from partners now, coos firm

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Opening up foreign markets or our market to foreigners?

"....Kelway, Computacenter, Bechtle, SHI and CDW, which requested this type of service...." When I contracted there were plenty of borderline dodgy deals where UK resellers bought and configured kit in the UK for shipment to the Middle East and Africa, the usual reason/excuse being that there simply wasn't the skilled people "out there" to do the work at the far end (which was usually code for "we're getting a cost saving doing it in the UK"). I'm sure Kelway and co are thinking of all the lovely foreign contracts they can go chase now, but they don't seem to realise this potentially leaves them vulnerable to foreign companies as well. After all, I'm sure someone like WIPRO can order and configure kit in India using much cheaper integrators/consultants - for example, how much cheaper could it be to pre-build a private cloud in India and ship the completed racks to the UK?

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ACLU launches user-friendly database of every Snowden doc

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Hey, ACLU, ever heard of the OSA?

Not all of the Snowdope docs were the NSA's, some were UK docs. This does open up the amusing possibility that, should anyone from the ACLU that was involved in publishing these docs travel through the UK, they could be liable for arrest and charges under the Official Secrets Act. This could be fun for international relations!

/more popcorn, please!

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Torvalds rails at Linux developer: 'I'm f*cking tired of your code'

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Re: Ole Juul Re: coding

You're bitching about their English, others are bitching about their coding and lack of grown-upness, yet surely, when it comes to their ability either to write code or manage a software product/project, The Most Important Issue has to be did either of them support Prop8 six years ago?

/if you need sarc tags for that then you need to grow up and get over your single issue outlook.

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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

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Re: ChrisB 2 Re: Animals

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'Further, being CEO is rather different to most jobs - he has considerable scope to make hiring and advancement decisions and he is inherently the "face" of the company.' - bolccg

Precisely." So please do show an example where Eich has abused his position or persecuted gays whilst at Mozilla? Oh, you can't, you just want to 'criminalize' him because you want to call him a bigot, in essence throwing away any presumption of innocence. That's like saying that because gay paedophiles abuse little boys we should never allow gays to be doctors or teachers, because they are bound to use their position for sexual gratification - completely irrational and intolerant. I would hope a gay doctor or teacher would be judged on their abilities rather than their sexual preferences, yet it seems you and bolccg are happy to prejudge anyone that does not follow your point of view to the letter. You are more bigoted than the man you are complaining about.

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Re: poliltimmy Re: WTF Bigot

"Name one reason for denying gay marriage that is not based on religion." That's a poor argument as I could pose the ridiculous counter why should it be illegal to murder gays in the street? After all, the sanctity of human life upon which Western societies base the laws of murder are drawn from the religious reverence for human life. Now, it is SOCIALLY-UNACCEPTABLE (and illegal in Western countries at least) to murder someone just because they are gay, but that is down to the same historic religions you are trying to discount as irrelevant. In Islamic countries it is not only thought acceptable to murder gays, it is actively pursued as part of the legal system, so I wouldn't be too quick to rubbish Western religions if I were you.

After all, a marriage is just a ceremony and you still need the legal civic union part (in the UK, provided by the Registrar) to actually gain the legal benefits of a married couple. Gays already had access to civic unions in the UK before Dave Cameron seized upon gay marriage as a means to try and ditch the "nasty Tories" image. Now, I'm not religious, I had a ceremony to suit my wife and then the civic union of signing the Registry, and I could argue the "marriage" ceremony meant nothing to me as I am not a believer, but it was important to my wife. If I had just had the religious ceremony without the Registry signing it would not have been a legal marriage. That extra religious ceremony is important to her and the social group she comes from. So I could quite easily accept that the civic union ceremony already available to gays in the UK prior to the recent change in the law was already practically equal to the marriage I had. The more pertinent question is why do gays think "having to settle" for a civic union in any way at all makes them "second class citizens"? It smacks more of a desire to irritate the religious than an actual desire for a "right".

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Re: AC Re: How dare they!

"I'm a vegetarian: I DEMAND any meat eating CEOs of any company I might use products of to STEP DOWN IMMEDIATELY!" Several years ago I was witness to a bizarre tempest tantrum by a militant veggie in the frozen aisle of a well-known supermarket chain. The member of the Thought Police was very loudly complaining that having chilled meat products in the same chiller as chilled veggie products was WRONG, trampled her rights and caused her offence. The poor manager was trying to explain to her that the chillier layouts came down from HQ and all his staff did was stack it as they were told to, he was certain no offence was intended and was apologetic for any offence taken, but he was not going to start changing the chiller layout. The militant stamped off, shrieking that she would write to the management, start a campaign, and THEN THE WORLD WOULD BOYCOTT THE CHAIN! Last time I check the chain was still in business so I suppose she just couldn't make out her rights were being trampled enough....

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Re: NomNomNom Re: Argument vs oppression, and the Pyrrhic victory.

".....You could similarly wonder why did Eich donate to a group that seeks to prevent gays from marrying through campaigning? Would it not have been better for him to "partake in a calm and open public discussion and to have won the argument by virtue of intelligence"?" That's simply avoiding the point. Two wrongs do not make a right even if you want to claim the donation was a "wrong". The whole Caitlin protest simply comes across (IMHO) as vindictive rather than constructive - Eich made the donation six years ago, I cannot find any example of his making any anti-gay statement or action of any form since; Prop8 was overturned and Caitlin and the gay community got what they wanted, gay marriage (and the Green Card that seems to have been their prime motivation). So revisiting the issue now simply looks like spiteful vengeance dressed up as moral superiority. As far as I can discern, Eich had not made any statement or action as a Mozilla employee that could be construed as anti-gay or discriminatory, and he seems to be technically competent, so the whole push to get him bitchslapped out of his job seems to be nothing more than "we're going to hurt you because we can", and if anyone disagrees they get labelled a homophobe too. As I said before, do you really think this intolerance/vindictiveness changed any actual homophobic opinions or just reinforced them?

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