99 posts • joined 22 Feb 2010
Please explain this curious statement:
".... but nothing is impossible in the wacky world of the American legal system."
Here We Go Again.
AHhhhh......that paragon of in-depth [spacious-specious] reporting opines:
"This potential capability might be the reason why the X-37B was dubbed a "space warplane" by Iranian state media channel Press TV."'
What a load of studied gibberish.
Is there an Authorized Version?
The "Guardian" is probably giving Snowden a pretty generous stipend. He's still worth a lot of publicity for the Guardian. Besides, if Snowden is indeed so smart, he's probably learning Russian and will doubtless be very useful to the Russians, indefinitely. He's certainly a propaganda coup so far, for all involved, the "Guardian", Gruenwald, and doubtlessly Putin and his staff of writers. Lot's of cash passing to and fro'.
Snowden's persona [the bastard] as far as we've been able - or led to believe - or to divine it from th'media - doesn't seems to lead to alcoholism. Good to be wrong here, tho'.
The real mystery is the brain chemistry which leads these Philbys and these Snowdens to do as they do.
We can't ever know if "it was worth it" for them.
Such a permanent, unyielding price to pay for idealism.
Re: William Donelson
Pls explain "blowhards".
[Promising now to stop.stop.stop.stop. ]
Re: William Donelson
"You mean his pole dancing....", did the writer here imply a synonym for "Trouser trout"? As I said, endless possibilities here for us prurients.
Re: William Donelson
Maybe they'd welcome you as a co-believer in a threesome?
This comes under The Register's "Inquirer-Rolling Stone" subheading. But I love their punning headlines and double entendres. "Trouser snake" should get a Pulitzer. Endless possibilities there. [titillating?....OK, OK, don't throw any more shoes...am straightening up.]
Looks like a used, wrinkled condom to me.
Aaannnnnndddd, with their very own snake-in-their-trousers. Everybody's getting out their tape measures.
Re: Inspiringly enough...
What's manic about celebrating a steady, solid and major foundation of Western Civilization?
Re: It is not my own government I am most worried about.
Well said, but those of the mindset we're reading here are wearing blinders and are squinting through their tunnel vision. Or, if women, they're squinting through the eye slits in their black shrouds.
That's why I mentioned Bletchley. If alive then, they'd be concerned about the rudeness and prying of reading the Nazi German military codes, even if the safety of whole cities depended upon accurate translations. That'd be a violation of Nazi's freedoms.
There's no denying the major cultural problem, a murderous problem.
Re: @FormerKowloonTonger Lest We Forget.
The consensus here is to grant carte blanche to our penetrating Muslim enemy [ who're reminding us non-muslims daily that they are indeed our enemy] while we just stand by all in the name of a blanket-all-encompassing 'Freedom', is simply delusional when our oriental muslim enemy aren't able to conceive of the concept of occidental 'Freedom'. They laugh at that concept. Just read their Koran. Our thought processes simply aren't the same.
Maybe those here so earnestly-smugly saying there is no muslim threat should remember Rotheram, South Yorks. If they indeed admit we have a muslim threat but, oh dear!, we mustn't read their emails; then that's opening a door to mayhem. An obstruction of generalized freedom of muslims to rape children of both sexes and slit our throats in the street.
Here's a partial example of muslim "entitlement" pasted from The Mirror:
"Monsters: Zafran Ramzan, Umar Razaq, Adil Hussain, Mohsin Khan and Razwan Razaq
Raped, beaten and abused by paedophiles, child victims of the vile monsters deserved the full support from the authorities whose job was to protect them.
But social worker chiefs, police and council bosses ignored their plight - leaving the perverts free to continue their reign of terror for 16 years – targeting 1,400 youngsters as young as 11, a report revealed today.
Instead, the victims were treated as “undesirables” and reports of the abuse were “swept under the carpet” because staff feared being labelled racist as most of the attackers were Asian
Follow us: @DailyMirror on Twitter | DailyMirror on Facebook".
And, this is merely the sexual entitlement of muslims. They also decapitate "infidel" soldiers on the street.
Expand those two mere sample of Koran authorized "attitude" to expecting dhimmitude in all facets of our lives. Our women out in public covered in black from head to toe, eye slits permitted.
But no, we mustn't invade the privacy of these muslims' emails to alert ourselves to protect ourselves. Nor must we read their emailed instructions from cell to cell in the old fashioned unremembered Soviet manner. That's racist and anti-muslim. Tut, tut.
This is why I'm convinced of the ostrich-like immaturity of the posters on this thread, regardless of their chronological age, and of their delusional and lethal "political correctness".
Re: @FormerKowloonTonger Lest We Forget.
No, indeed the context is most appropriate; so, let's try putting it this way:
How many readers here would've had Bletchley Park closed, or never used for anything but strictly as a private home, most especially never used for England's defense by its Government? [thumbs up]
Maybe better stated as how many readers of this thread had ever heard of Bletchley Park before its being mentioned here?
Lest We Forget.
Perhaps somewhere in the collective [pun alert] wisdom of all those against the GCHQ and the NSA, and other such huffers and puffers, an algorithm could be found and applied, but limited in application of course just among these Anti's, that would exempt them from any protections enabled by all such GCHQ and NSA careful electronic surveillance?
Suppose no Enigma machines were ever recovered from German submarines during the Blockade of Britain? And, their code wheels never examined and revealed by the good folks down at Bletchley Park?
Think of the likes of Alan Turing. And the many, many so desperately needed food re-supply ships from Canada and America being torpedoed weekly during that bleak time. And those which were saved by the code breakers at Bletchley and enabled to deliver food and materiel.
And Another Thing!
Who, after paying such a respectable amount of money for this sophisticated, multi-use gadget, would then go somewhere and sit on it?
Is There A Racism Angle Here?
Simply another example of the AppleBashers.Blah trying to create a controversy.
What other company making anything from nappies to paperclips to Nobel Prizes has come under such a semi-organized, endless campaign of belittlement?
It's simply adolescent jealousy. [...those photos are wince inducing, seeing precision equipment so tortured.]
Here's! a! brilliantly! original! idea!
Dis-establisment applied to all Intel agencies Worldwide!
Re: Not to worry.. there's a backdoor...
"But the format of DHS and THE PATRIOT Act ended that little impediment a long time ago."
Please explain, no snark please.
Re: CRITICAL MASS
"Hopefully I'll be able to escape, "
What's holding you back?
Re: The chocolate is still shit, though.
.....do you really, really have to come over to America? ....isn't there somewhere else you can visit?
Not only Comcast....
Try getting a straight answer from Verizon on why your 10Gig/USD80/mo. MiFi "plan" is way over the agreed upon $80.00 when your data usage page indicates that you've not exceeded your allowance.
They'll tell you that "...you made a change in your plan mid-month" or some such, and there'll be a "prorated" adjustment made. Then, try to get an explanation of exactly what "prorated" means in their lexicon....on and on and on.
Then, lo!, if a "credit" is reluctantly and belatedly granted, it's because Verizon, or any of 'em, has had the use of that extra bit of income, multiplied by the thousands upon thousands of their customers with the same question, for whatever length of time they've stalled.
This is the modern telecom ethic. They don't seem to know any better.
Re: What fools
Believe it: Snowden is chortling at all of the dis-information he's been dishing out with more to come as he sees the opportunities popping up.
BiiiiG Pair Needed! Ready To ShooT!
It's those inept, disorganiz[s]ed Ameddicans! [sic], yet again........they seem to be the only ones f**kin' up?...head spy ejected from Tchermany, of all places...hordes of little invaders buzzing up from Mexico....while the rest of the World moves serenely on its lovely way?
These biases are obviously racist, sexist, and prejudiced. They simply must stop.
Re: Turmeric's not a root ...
"Reg commentards approximately equally appreciate punning to pedantry. Who knew?"
....it also leads to a lot of smartassininedness.
Re: Don Jefe Muslim president
"@ FormerKowloonTonger. Please, let me give you a shorter explanation...."
I'm assuming here that you mean why not impeach this Obama figure right now. The realistic obstacle to Impeachment/Conviction is the Democrat controlled Senate. It won't pass the Senate, they simply won't convict Obama, even if a few Democrats use some common sense and vote for the good of the nation rather than their personal vote seeking for tenure. When pigs fly.
That very vocal Palin woman is a lightweight. Remember she resigned her Governorship of Alaska in mid-term; she simply doesn't belong in any responsible position, elected or otherwise, in either Party.
Re: Not surprised
Indeed, by that shy, shrinking violet of a liberal president named Franklin Delano Roosevelt. How times have changed.
Re: Something else to think about.
"I think most Americans don't care about respect from the rest of the world,...."
This American agrees wholeheartedly. Do/did the former colonial powers, [read Sykes-Picot as a currently appropriate example....] give two hoots about "respect" other than to be called "sahib" in public, while their colonial subjects held them in contempt behind their backs except while they were sympathizers/sycophants/quislings?
And, I'd guess that most other mature nations share that opinion.
Those most in need of "respect" are the likes of the Palestinians, the North Koreans, and and the ilk of those ambitious nouveau arrivistes proclaiming themselves the new "caliph".
It's called "bombast", no punning intended, but that certainly seems to follow, as in the Iranians.
Re: Why Should I Believe Anything You Say?
"I honestly don't think your agency is protecting anyone from anything."
How would you know one way or the other?
Re: How utterly pathetic.
Agreed; unless the person you're calling has their phone in hand/on wrist ready and waiting to respond/ speak, the whole thing about even having one of these wrist phones seems centered on wanting to be looked at while walking down the street....or how about in a crowded elevator?
Silly. What on Earth has become so urgent?
Wrist phones for military use might be interesting, if shockproof.....in other words, Apple and these other trendy designer/manufacturers seem to be laughing all the way to their caches-banks.
Music Preferred?, or Shrieking Vocals/Guitar and Earth Shaking Bass?
What's changed from that old, old layman's analogy of "digital" music being like the flickering florescent light bulb in that the harsher "digital" sound is transmitted as separate 1's and 0's while "analog" music is warmer and smoother because it is transmitted and received as a continuous "wave"?
Isn't this the reason for the continued interest in vacuum tubes and vinyl discs despite all of the hyped-up digital verbiage? Ask people who remember awesome "HiFi" when the term was first popular. Ear structure and sound physics haven't changed, but it seems the hype certainly has been "upgraded".
If all you want is earsplitting guitar twangs and thumping bass with a shrieking vocal, fine. But for classical music lovers, digital transmission is still harsh-sounding.
Good Grief, Charlie Brown.....you knew I was going trip up ol' Linus while he was carrying those eggs! Why all of this, "I'm so shocked, shocked" stuff?
Looks as if that hooded, oh-so-clever Zuckerberg might now be "hoist on his own petard".
There are two all-dominating, and I mean ALL-dominating ALL social interactions in that part of the world:
1. The word, "Responsibility" and who in particular is the target of the pointed fingers.
2. The concept of "Face" and who loses it and who gains it.
Caveat Emptor LTE
That headline about the Verizon LTE "Faucet" really, really grabbed me. Other Verizon customers seem to be peeved also, if for different reasons.
I'm six weeks' into using [am very disgruntled] Verizon's MiFi LTE Mobile device, it's mouse-sized device instead of a book-sized router with a big fat wire connected to my iMac. Now I'm wireless. Nifty little gadget. Fits in your pocket. Goes anywhere. But there's a lot of potentially costly detail that remains semi-hidden or unmentioned in all of the Verizon blurbs here and there, and on their website.
The staff in their shops give the impression that they're not interested in your questions unless you're in there to actually buy something.
So, caveat emptor, potential buyers .......it suuuuucccckkkks up, vacuums, Hooooovers DATA. Yes, one can monitor one's usage, yes, I - t h i n k - accounts can be decreased. But you must sign up for two years. Do your research to see if this freedom of movement is worth the potential surprises at billing time. The speed is addictive after DSL [at least here in America] but avoid streaming movies, uploading pictures, and all data -heavy apps unless you really, really don't care about surprise monthly overage charges.
Re: Ughh... bad news
This is pregnant ......" an interval described as "peculiarly long" by I-don't know who....."
----and I maintain that this interval is the primary cause of all of this face-saving-over-to-you-Aussies-right-back-to-you Malaysia, all based upon this engine ping analysis.
Let's face it [no pun intended here] the main thing is to penetrate this Malay/Vietnamese vacuum.
Good luck with that.
And, that's a vital seventeen minutes at modern jet transport speeds. More than enough time to be well to the NorthWest and Bangladesh or elsewhere in Muslim controlled territory.
Re: "transponder"......thanks, I remember now.
Re: Ughh... bad news
Agree with the comment nearby of Glostermeteor's.
There are two major all-trumping concepts in Asia, "Responsibility" and "Face". All else is secondary.
1. The "filed" flight plan here was not necessarily the "intended" flight plan.
2. Anyone familiar with the Midnight to Eight shift knows the physical and mental conditioning required to stay alert, particularly necessary inside any radar aircraft controlling/surveillance operation.
3. IMHO, this was a hijack with unintended consequences.
4. The Malay and/or Vietnamese en route traffic controllers were not up to European standards. The major flight path deviation/alteration on the radar scopes went unnoticed for an unknown period of time during which the aircraft's IFF or whatever it's called now had been turned off.
So, all of this futile west-of-Perth search effort, based upon those increasingly vital "pings" from the engines has been, and remains a tragic wast of time and expensive facilities.
Methinks the intended destination was an abandoned Brit colonial airfield in Muslim Bangladesh. Dispose of the asphyxiated/dead passengers after a short-field landing after jettisoning unnecessary fuel, remove all passenger cabin fixtures/galleys/etc. Then effect a short field takeoff with vastly reduced weight. Head for another Muslim/Terrorist controlled facility for refitting as an aerial bomb.
The wise and wonderful Aussies are most sensibly having nothing to do with being the sole arbiters of what went wrong and bearing the sole party expected to yield results/opinions. Hence, their wise referral back, right back to the Malay Civil Aviation authorities for the official conclusions. The Malay authorities have the ultimate responsibility here.
There is no shifting away of this to save "face".
Adolescent snarks still smoldering out there while fondling their gamer joysticks.
Re: The warfighters...
Tom Ridge is making good sense, but he's being uncharacteristically naive in even thinking that there can be even the merest crumbs of shared security information volunteered by those smug folks out there in the peoples' republic of california who belittle all efforts of anyone waaaay back East in Washington having anything to do with their physical, much less, cyber security. They out there in california simply know all that there is to be known.
This is apparently shown by the "it's not my problem" attitude indicated by the two year lapse of the Bleedingheart affaire where HAL 2014 is out of control, but the august I.T. moguls in california point their fingers elsewhere, even though the human error causing this fiasco was manfully admitted by that German guy. There is no "how can I help?" from I.T. in california which is a separate galaxy.
There needs to be less insular thinking all around, but Glasnost from the I.T. folks is not something they "do", it's for all others to "do". The allocation of funds for mutual security along with the suggestion that profits will be nibbled at is out of the question. It's not their problem out there in california. So they think.
Then, the likes of this Bleedingheart shit hits the fan and it's blown all over the place, and great wails and shrieks of "WTF!" are heard in the land.
Re: Playing with the fire
Snowden has a super elevated sense of his being very necessary to right all of his perceived wrongs of his former employers. But he's a very successful mole, Cold War style, while he's too young to know what the Cold War was all about.
Snowden has been played like a marionette ever since he stepped off of the jet delivering him from Hong Kong.
This whole scene is ripped out from the pages of George Orwell's "Animal Farm". Orwell's copyright lawyer/agents should sue Snowden and Putin.
Wait for the TV movie starring a brand new Hollywood stud with his shirt off in the ads.
Re: Buy the Best and One Can Never Justify Being Disappointed. What Price a GIG Base Stranglehold*?
"..... Mass Media Manipulation of Monitoring Meme and Mentoring Message"
Love that alliteration! More! Mo! Mo!
Computer Generated Greed Rules! HAL 2014.
This merchant point of sale information theft is HAL 2014 out of control. And, HAL is smugly out of control because the reach for corporate profit trumps all...all. Th' Computer Rules. All prostrate themselves before Th' Computer! [Remember that delicious Pat Oliphant cartoon of some years back?]
If more corporate cash were to be allocated to R&D to create the necessary firewalls at all of the steps of purchase from Customer card scan to bank and return to vendor, rather than permitting that odious "it's not my problem" to rule all phases of accepting responsibility, we'd have noticeable security. [note cap "C" for Customer]
This is a tradeoff and/or choice which apparently no Corporate Board wants to decide to dilute profits, or divert cash to Security R&D on a change in priorities. Computers and cash flow are now in jeopardy.
Something has to give.
Captain Google has yet another example of a very smart Canadian teenager .....
"RCMP charge London, Ont. 19-year-old in Heartbleed theft ...
by Matt Hartley - in 727 Google+ circles
4 days ago - RCMP charge London, Ont. 19-year-old in Heartbleed theft of 900 SINs ... Arthuro Solis-Reyes was charged with unauthorized use of a computer ... from the Canada Revenue Agency's Website, a 19-year-old London, Ont.
Missing: scammer...." End Paste.
We're permitting Teenagers to exploit computer weaknesses, and all we hear is "We at the [...fill in the blank...] Company take computer security very seriously, and have taken all steps necessary to prevent further occurances....blah blah blah."
Close! Those! Doors! HAL!
Close these openings, HAL!
....here's a better paste.....and a challenger of a Chicken-Egg question....which came first, the Yahoos! or th' GCHQ......Willy Wankers want to know!
"News for yahoo and google all reading emails
Yahoo, Google and Apple also claim right to read user emails
The Guardian - 2 days ago
Microsoft is not unique in claiming the right to read users' emails – Apple, Yahoo and Google all reserve that right as well, the Guardian has ..."
This! Just! In!
From of all leakers!....th' Guardian!.....what a wonderful punning op!
.....pasted here for convenience!
....."The Guardian home
Yahoo, Google and Apple also claim right to read user emails
Like Microsoft, other webmail giants all reserve the right to read user emails, if 'deemed necessary'...."
All ye wankers!...drop yer pants!.....th' World is a-waitin'!
Re: The truth at last?
Re: tom dial's excellent thoughts.......
When I lived out in the Far East so many years ago we used to say of some of the locals that they had "tunnel vision". The best example of this is the waiter in a restaurant with a tray held high so studiously avoiding the raised eyebrows [or lifted fingers] of his other waiting customers vainly trying to gain his notice as he wends his way through his tables.
Such folks simply were not able to see anything not literally in hand, or in our cases here, at the ends of their fingers.
These contemporary lads here and now so feverishly dedicated to their computers are like the prostrated submissive figure before the looming monolith of a computer in Pat Oliphant's cartoon of some years ago. [ I don't know how to reproduce it here, but it's worth researching.]
What wondrous tools [apps] these supremely complicated machines present to us. But how parochial and limited in the daily nasty brutish and short business of our real World life so acutely threatened by our resident and subversive Muslim enemy is the approach of so many of the owners of the fingers typing their witty comments here. Their clever wit is an end in itself, but simultaneously being a demonstration a dangerously limited and naif view.
The intelligence agencies of all of the World's governments are dedicated to the protection of their perceived broad national interests. Crassly put, this boils down to National survival. This is true of the Chinese, Russians, the French and the Brits, and also of us Americans.
Our mutual enemy [believe it or not] of this century, these deadly and literally explosive and throat slitting Muslims infiltrated and embedded right here amongst us all....all of us.....need to be found out and their tool of communication is the Internet.
So I'd pose a question to these witty parochial posters here so adolescently rebellious against the NSA's of their own Nations what they'd do if they were saddled personally with the 24/7 responsibility of protecting their Nation? Critics ought to proffer well thought out solutions to deadly problems, not snarkisms du jour.
Re: @John Smith
......"timed out", but here's the rest...
Besides it gives these wanker-kids a whipping post. [Note: terrible pun alert....] for exercising their wit. They've focused their tunnel vision only on the nitty gritty of their portion of the whole Internet aspects...the broader objective of rooting [pun alert #2] and squeezing out [ gasp!....#3] Muslim terrorism never enters into their "thinking".
Re: @John Smith
....don't waste time here with commonsense replies. These parochial guys are only concerned with the 'privacy" of their pics of their genitals which they twitter and tweet and and they seem to be more concerned about potential hilarity resulting there than anything else.
Nowhere here do we read that the N.S.A. and the Brit equivalent are scooping up tons of uninteresting names and addresses trivia in our mutual war against our Muslim enemy .....what? ...a Muslim enemy?...where?......because of the very effective Muslim technique of lawfare and endless suits based upon cries of "profiling", prejudice", and racism".
Besides it gives these kids a whipping post. [Note: terrible pun alert....] for exercising their wit.
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