* Posts by Desidero

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Apple to devs: Watch out, don't make the Watch into a, well, a watch

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"Beats" is copyrighted, and Apple's already restricted non-native binaries. Plus, OpenBSD under iOS already has cron.

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Oh Em Pee! Giant Android tinkles on Apple in Google Maps graffiti

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Re: The Apple logo is an apple...

"Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" of course . And of course we androids are robots - probably hard to make Harrison Ford or Rutger Bauer recognizable as an icon much less get rights.

(my "smart phone" inserted "we" all on its own - maybe trying to tell me something)

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If hypervisor is commodity, why is VMware still on top?

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I was left pondering whether that monkey could actually wig out if he'd been lobotomized, and if the crack actually cut through the stupor, shouldn't it be considered "good"? The Reg has become quite the site for contemplating life's deepest meanings... through your nose.

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Give Jay-Z's Tidal tune stream thing a chance, says indie label boss

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Re: saturation...

A lot of music from 40 years ago sounds horribly dated. There's always room for updated sound, and always room for a better melody, groove, wall of sound or occasionally an intelligent lyric might sneak through ( but poetry is a major casualty in today's market).

If things get too poppy, a new Throbbing Gristle or Einstuerzende Neubaten will come along to destroy. The music biz does invoke its own grim reapers.

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Re: The only money in music...

Simon Cowell keeps people glued to the TV for unknown acts - roughly akin to Don Kirschner in the 60's. Whether I like most of the acts, it encourages people to make their own music rather than sampling or listening to archaic Beatles and U2 mp3's. Sure, I'd rather they played instruments too, but most these days can't be bothered with heavy lifting and practice.

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Gwyneth Paltrow flubs $29 food stamp dare, swallows pride instead

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Re: eat this

I thought Soylent Hummus was people? Should be cheaper than lime and kale, as life is cheap in the inner city. At least I think that's been the bent of cheap subsistence payouts.

Update: certainly she's not eating plain "Soylent Green" which is standard fare for standard folks. Soylent Hummus is *exotic* people, suitable for an actress of her caliber.

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Re: eat this

I thought Soylent Hummus was people? Should be cheaper than lime and kale, as life is cheap in the inner city. At least I think that's been the bent of cheap subsistence payouts.

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Cross-dressing blokes storm NSA HQ: One shot dead, one hurt

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""The shooting scene is contained and we do not believe it is related to terrorism" - WTF? I suppose it's only "terrorism" if brown-skinned prayer-rug people are involved? Someone call Merriam & Webster, got an update to make.

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Clinton defence of personal email server fails to placate critics

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Re: Politicizing technology

See - Hillary Derangement Syndrome's got you as well.

Jump the shark from an offsite email server to approving of Islamic State.

Have a lovely sharkety day.

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Politicizing technology

More to the point,

1) Karl Rove & cronies illegally used private email to plan & cover up the political firing of 70 attorneys, with the Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' knowledge. No one charged or censured.

2) Republican aides in Congress hacked into the Democrats' file store and kept this little advantage secret for some time... No one charged or censured.

3) The NSA was (illegally) tapping into Congressional emails to find out what they were saying about... the NSA. No one charged or censured.

Hillary is accused of using her email to... something. like not commit hara-kiri in front of a witch-hunt committee on Benghazi*, or anything else that Hillary Derangement Syndrome demands.

*The Benghazi witch-hunt was started to look into why the Administration didn't see a terrorist link in Benghazi, even though the 1st day and ever-after, Susan Rice said the protest had been co-opted by armed extremists & that despite initially no indication of it being pre-planned or external Al Qaeda involvement, *we still don't know, still being investigated*

In a sane world, checks on misuse of technology would be a good idea. In a politicized braindead & vindictive world, it's just fodder for petty tyrants. Points to Hillary. Screw 'em.

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CIA re-orgs to build cyber-snooping into all investigations

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Emptywheel

The ever insightful Marcie Wheeler weighs in:

https://www.emptywheel.net/2015/03/07/in-2015-cia-will-proactively-respond-to-the-digital-revolution/

Key is "who's going to read all this cyberdata once you fired all your translators/language experts to hire cyber experts?" ok, she didn't quite say it like that - close. In any case, expect nice looking graphs and Powerpoints.

Missing was Brennan's top-secret directive #5, "Hold more meetings."

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Smažený sýr

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Re: I can't pronounce it...

Sorry, but /ž/ is more like the j in French "bon jour".

Shortened version is smažak, not smazak.

Skipping the tartar sauce makes for incomplete fried cheese - i.e. it's required.

Edam is the normal one; hermelin/camembert is more yuppie & strange, too soft (sometimes made with a slice of ham inside) and will really harsh a hangover, which of course is when you're likely to eat smaženy syr.

Probably mozzarella works in place of Edam, but goat cheese? yuck. Of course I wouldn't put tartar on goat cheese either.

Boiled potatoes are the norm (without skins, please), but street stands typically offer fries (hranolky, or basically "potatoes in shape of little geometrical prisms") and a tasteless bun to stuff the cheese in.

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Watt the CHIP!? ARM pops out THE most powerful 64-bit Cortex for mobes'n'slabs

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Re: I'm wondering

Please, "crispy Pi"

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FBI-baiter Barrett Brown gets five years in chokey plus $890,000 fine

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Re: Desidero

Hardly sanctifying - first I think government messes with everyone, from tasing 13-year-olds for not listening to their Mums and old ladies for not getting out of a baseball game seat or not signing a ticket. Second, as Swartz notes, depression is highly prevalent - I imagine % is higher among people with run-ins with the law. So every time the gov tries to intimidate a suspect, they may have 50% chance of messing with someone who's depressed or psychologically unbalanced. They know this when they try to entrap stupid kids into doing "terrorist acts" that they would have never carried out unless someone undercover organized it, brought the chemicals/weapons, drove them to the site, etc. - otherwise they would have stayed on their couch doing another bong-hit or going to rally and screaming "hey-ho, hey-ho, X has got to go" and then going home to do another bong-hit.

Third, I know the sentencing criteria is arbitrary and typically max sentences are not what's given - but this game of roulette favors the prosecutors, not the accused - a hanging judge in Texas can send a mentally retarded man to die, another in DC will send a reporter to jail because DoJ wanted to prove a point and then let prosecutors lie in court without repercussions or in this case a single public URL linked to gets multiplied to a count per credit card number found on the site. How much will a depressed intimidated suspect on a tilted playing field resist even if they think their position is entirely justified or willing to take a reasonable but not "cruel & unusual"? (though "unusual" is no longer operative).

Look at "abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances", which government regularly does with protesters. Or the paid (bribed) absurd extension of 80-100 year copyrights that Swartz was fighting?

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Re: Desidero Club Fed

Handling two in one, 1) he already signed an agreement that he can work in jail (just not make money on what he's sentenced for), and 2) yeah, he already has streetcred, which is the opposite of having his head so far up the government arse it hurts. Maybe you were thinking "streetcrud".

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Stratfor may be wannabe - their talk about assassinations and such is probably pure DC bluff - but Endgame Systems seems to have been selling Zero Day exploit subscriptions for $2.5 million a year. That's a lot of cash for what one would guess is a sanctioned illegal hacking program - Anonymous' big mistake seems to be working too cheap and for the wrong customer(s) - forget moral equivalence, there ain't much in the way of morals here.

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Re: 100 years for "concealing laptops"?

From the Vice article:

Keep in mind, Barrett is facing a 45-year sentence under one indictment that alleges he shared a link to illegally obtained, hacked information. In contrast, the individual actually found guilty of hacking the data is serving a sentence of ten years.

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Re: 100 years for "concealing laptops"?

Wired explains the tougher sentencing:

http://www.wired.com/2015/01/barrett-brown-sentenced-5-years-prison-connection-stratfor-hack/

The judge, however, pushed back on the government’s attempt to increase Brown’s sentence in this way and decided to postpone sentencing until he could review all of the arguments thoroughly.

“In all the trials I’ve been a part of … and they’re all complex cases … I’ve never seen a judge take a time-out to issue his sentence,” Ghappour said on the eve of today’s sentencing in a phone interview. The move gave him hope that the judge was taking extra care to get the sentencing right and not be unduly swayed by the government’s forceful arguments. That proved not to be the case today, however, when it appeared that the judge had indeed been persuaded by prosecutors. The judge reportedly indicated that he believed linking to the file containing stolen credit card numbers was the same as trafficking in stolen data. The judge reportedly concluded that linking to the data was a form of aiding the Stratfor hackers and therefore part of the conspiracy.

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Looks like someone got grumpy and resorted to thumbs downs - perhaps a nap would have done better. Meanwhile here's part of what the EFF had to say:

This raises uncomfortable similarities to the disturbing saga of Aaron Swartz, who ultimately committed suicide after facing the threat of years in federal prison for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act ("CFAA"). While the substantive criminal charges and motivations between Brown and Swartz may have been different, they present a clear view of just how powerful and uncomfortable the scrutiny of federal law enforcement can be. At a time when the White House is seeking to increase penalties under the CFAA, these cases highlight just how intense federal law enforcement power can be and calls for caution before we expand already harsh criminal laws.

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2015/01/eff-statement-barrett-brown-sentencing

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Re: It's political life, Jim, but not as we know it.

BTW, the link I put up here might be illegal - if you follow it, you could be bunking with Barrett Brown. Or me. Or both. What foul deed did that Tim Berners-Lee create with that dratted URL, the modern rogue's key to unlawfulness. Click bait may be the next jail bait. "but judge, she didn't look 15/classified"

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Re: Club Fed

I only see him being brash to fucktards, especially government officials abusing power - that might get him protection and streetcred in the Big House.

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Let's see, his big crimes were

a) linking to a URL that was already published,

b) pointing out that the government had referred companies to private internet dicks who could take down a legit journalist,

c) hiding his laptop when the feds came, and

d) publishing a hysterical threatening Youtube in response to them threatening his mother with jail.

If he only had a badge or was on the government payroll, all of this would be dismissed because 1) oops, made a mistake - chokehold a tad too long, thought the suspect was armed, 2) shhhhh, shhhhhh - terror and all that.

But I'm sure you'll get kudos and mod points for "it's always been like that, suck it up" and "those darned script kiddies, always on my lawn" comments, being the adult in the room. Hope you can comment on the Risen/Sterling case and explain to us youngsters how we're all safer if we gin up a war with Iran under false pretenses, us being so starry-eyed and clinging to Mr. Smith Goes to Washington notions of how government should behave.

In a thinking system, point b would be enough to drop most charges and focus on the exposed government malfeasance. Instead, the US lets the FBI complainant summarize the evidence in court rather than the judge and jury listening to the evidence - http://www.vice.com/read/heres-what-happened-at-barrett-browns-gag-hearing-yesterday - you rule, dudes - that's how to fast-track a rush to conviction.

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Re: It's political life, Jim, but not as we know it.

Digby does a nice job of summarizing this horrid case:

http://digbysblog.blogspot.cz/2015/01/scary.html

worth following her links, which include more on Stratfor trying to stay out of the public eye (while deep in the public money), and Brown's rather interesting final statement (he apparently overestimated the ability of the judge to be able to walk and chew bubblegum)

Guess destroying journalists for government money is legit public work now - if only they didn't outsource it all, alas - it'd be so much easier to just apply for a regular civil service job or run say for President. And lying in court is okay as long as you're on the gov payroll. We have terror and all that to worry about, can't go wobbly...

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CIA exonerates CIA of all wrongdoing in Senate hacking probe

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CIA = Covered Its Ass (or "Convinced it's Innocent Always")

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Music fans FUME over PJ Harvey ticket CHAOS as Somerset House site buckles

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Re: that would ruin the fun..

And I swear the lede photo from Shawn of the Dead wasn't up there when I posted this comment... did I invoke the spirit of the doomed and wasted? Is this like The Craft for teens to doddlers?

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Re: PJ Harvey ?

Forget downvoting - I'll just point out the absurdity that Happy, Brown Sugar, Honky Tonk Women, All Down the Line, You Can't Always Get What You Want and Wild Horses are all part of your "post-relevance" period. And of course in this documentary by Jean-Luc Godard of Sympathy for the Devil - "find Brian" is like "Where's Waldo". [it also shows how much work it can be to turn a crappy little idea into a great song]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hksl3fr3hEA

Now go hang your head in shame.

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Re: Don't Know What The Fuss Is

Maybe she was out engaging the audience while you were expecting singing. Different strokes, different folks.

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Re: that would ruin the fun..

Sweeet. Let me guess - you were an extra for "Shawn of the Dead" - who got cut cuz couldn't grunt and stagger at the same time? But still glad they let you keep the t-shirt & beer mug.

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Re: Money saving top tip.

She rides by on her moped occasionally and lullabyes me to sleep. Would tell you where, but it'd ruin my R.E.M. and besides, I'm a selfish twat.

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'Apple of China' Xiaomi: Yep, we HAVE just bagged $1.1 BEELLION

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Re: will be interesting

Apple until lately has pretty well ignored the rest of the world and focused on the US market - are they a failure? Xiaomi is successfully playing Apple's game of quick sellout & shortages in India to foment demand, along with Singapore, Indonesia & other Asian markets. But they're only for sale on-line. That limits their reach (compared to carrier sales) but drastically lowers their overheads as well. The phones are great - my family has 2, with high satisfaction.

If you can imagine the scoffing at Honda compacts in 1975 (we had quite a chuckle on my block when a friend bought one) as they successfully transitioned from motorcycles to cars with a nice boost from oil embargos...

While Xiaomi makes feints of being an Apple, they might be more like Amazon - good quality online service cornering a product line (phones instead of books) with a reputation for quality that will translate into other lines going forward. In the regional market, they'll be picking off Nokia's once profitable feature phone market, upgrading it to smartphones.

By the time they go to carriers for deals, they'll go in with a position of strength - similar to Apple when they approached phone companies with the successful iPod-like iPhone in 2007. How they move their brand & product line from there will be interesting to watch. Are they worth $45 billion? as a firm valuation, no - highly risky. But for a reasonable crap shoot where people throw away $12 billion for a funny company like Autonomy or where Snapchat is "valued" at $10 billion, yeah, their potential as a disruptive new kid is there. Rave on. By the time we know whether they were worth it, they'll either be a great success or a great failure, but the market will take the cash out in risk over the next year.

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Xiaomi: It really ISN'T a biz-miracle idiot tax like Apple

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Re: @Desidero

Interesting camera - phone functions seem iffy from the review I saw, but presumably can buy those functions for next model

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Sure, moving up market is difficult - until you do. But there are a ton of examples in and out of IT of successfully doing just that, whether disruptive technology or just new mean contender. (fond shimmering flashback to that first Honda...). Sun riseth, sun setteth...

Did I hear the bellweather of "can't do it unless a monopoly?" Fortunately for Xiaomi, they're in China, where the chance of getting a monopoly due to locking out foreigners looks quite fortuitous and auspicious. Margins may be low now - might be raging in 2 years. That is what moving up-market's about. Of course when you have the Chinese government behind you, "margin" includes the gov payoff, just like Elon Musk's bottom line includes $1 billion from the state of Nevada (and Apple's include tax largesse/avoidance from the country of Ireland). It ain't over till it's over (or accounted for, deducted, depreciated, litigated, etcetera).

BTW, bitching about Xiaomi being no JFK/Apple is about as useless as complaining Oasis was no Fab Four - the Gallagher brothers pulled out some half a billion quid playing this cynical note, and I'm sure are quite happy with the result, aesthetic success or not. Xiaomi is certainly already happy riding the Apple vibe to investment and IPO, and no fear of "there's no there there" - only Gertrude Stein cares.

Last, but most important - this is the first time that China's gotten its shit together marketing-wise, and should scare the bejeezus out of the rest of us. Rather than just dumping cheap crap on the rest of the world, having Mommy (gov) super-subsidize its way to success, or using some flashy western interloper to make most of the gnosh, they're actually successfully putting all the pieces together including brand management on the way to the user's hands as a quality enjoyable piece of gear - e.g. satisfying user expectations. If the Chinese can do that with cars, designer apparel brands, colognes, and what-not (airliners and weapons sales?), there will be much gnashing of teeth among the Foreign Devil Gweilos along with a change in economic/political status.

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NSA's Christmas Eve confession: We unlawfully spied on you for 12 years, soz

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Wheel keeps on turning

The gold standard on blog dissection of NSA & other gov releases and decisions for snooping, detainment and torture details from a legal view remains Marcie Wheeler - in this case parsing the implications for the dragnet:

https://www.emptywheel.net/

Her latest post isn't as exciting or maddening as many in her archives, but probably stuck in the rum & plum pudding as well - by New Years, I'm sure she'll have dug out a few more gems from the doc dump.

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Assange's WikiLeaks: Give generously this Xmas – for STATUE of our DEAR LEADER

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Re: Offensive

"Assange has simply been an information broker" - hmmm., yeah, the telegraph was just an "information transfer enabler" - just a bunch of dots & dashes even - quite an irrelevant invention, right?

"Heroes" may not come with the cape & tights you prefer, but without these guys (and arguably John Kiriakou who now sits in jail for exposing & confirming torture), this week's controversial torture report would have never appeared for inspection.

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Russians hear Tim Cook is gay, pull dead Steve Jobs' enormous erection

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Re: Cheap dig

I think he just meant there aren't a lot of of tech CEO's discussing details of their sexual life at all.

That said, I'm sure it's nice affirmation from one of the top IT companies in the world that being gay doesn't have to mean a glass ceiling.

But like with Obama and race, once it's done, the actual details of job performance return to being the most important, and those with remaining curiosity can search out the asterisks in the Guinness Book of World Records, such as Roger Maris' home run record.

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Re: Cheap dig

Huh? Adult comment? This is the Reg, where we come for biting crowd pile-on commentary, not for stolid unhumoured nuance.

Jokes about judo/martial arts & pajamas have existed forever - get over it - how do you think race jockeys feel?

And Putin's penchant for high-testosterone male mano-a-mano sports and double bare-back riding are just halon for the Universal Gaydar alert system. There is an Iron Closet that has fallen on Europe, from the steambaths of Kaliningrad on the Baltic in the north to nude strips of Crimean coastline in the south.

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White LED lies: It's great, but Nobel physics prize-winning great?

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Should have given Lou Reed co-credit for "White Light, White Heat". A reg'lar prophet he was.

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Chatting to Al Qaeda? Try not to do that – Ex spy chief defends post-Snowden NSA

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Awful to give this guy a soapbox with no doubts about his spurious claims.

Yeah, wow, questions vetted like "do you own a dog or a cat? how deeply do you feel you saved humanity from its suffering? should we put your picture on the 3-dollar-bill or the WTC memorial?"

suck, suck suck

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Dotcom owns up: my name was 'poison'

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Re: This bloke is deluded

If I only had a Bitcoin for every time someone complained about someone famous having an ego.

Lessee, "Stop Making Sense" - too much of David Byrne's ego. Julian Assange & Glenn Greenwald - too much ego. Steve Jobs - too much ego. We can go on with Bono, Richard Branson, Tony Blair, Elon Musk, Obama, John McAfee, Kim Il-Jong (I,II,III...), Justin Bieber, etc.

Space to humans: PEOPLE HAVE EGOS. OFTEN THE ONES WITH THE BIGGEST DO THE MOST HARM AND THE MOST GOOD. GET USED TO IT. Love, Ming the Merciless

PS - didn't KDC acknowledge that the reason for the loss was him personally? Is that ego?

PPS - are you really claiming there's no conspiracy against KDC? You keep using that word - I do not think it means what you think it means. Apologies, Inigo Montoya

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Facebook, Google and Instagram 'worse than drugs' says Miley Cyrus

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Re: built herself into a serious franchise

Disney/dad built that franchise. This one's her own.

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Re: Not to blame the victim here ...

Act like a silly git? Over the last 12 months she's built herself into a serious franchise with her coming-of-age schtick. Tacky, sure, but very very profitable. I'm sure she could be singing church hymns and visiting art museums and raising money for the needy, but ain't gonna happen soon.

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Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy

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Re: Desidero DeLuDeD Meanwhile...

Easily confused? It's 4 pages of ravings over Assange & then Snowden pops up. Never mind.

Snowden on the other hand did everyone a favor - at least there are Congressional reviews now, whereas before the CIA & NSA kept stonewalling Congressional oversight.

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Re: Desidero Does the court case matter?

Cause the US does such a bangup job of middle-of-the-night renditions and black hole prisons, something they did whisking a couple blokes out of Sweden in 2001 - hasn't this been repeated over and over?

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Re: DeLuDeD Meanwhile...

He's an Australian citizen - how can leaking US secrets be traitorous to Australia? how is it illegal when he's not in the US and not subject to US law?

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Re: Obscurity is his biggest threat

Note the followup where Miss B said it was all consensual. It's useless for me to keep writing facts when folks would rather trade in stale innuendo. We know the basics of the story, there's no there there.

It would have been very simple for the prosecutor to get on a plane and interview him in England because setting a precedent of "guy who leaks info on the US worried about being stuffed in a CIA rendition plane" isn't exactly a huge set of cases. And typically for human rights cases, these are exactly the types of conditions that humane governments are supposed to protect from, not hide under bureaucratic process of "wir müssen Ordnung haben" when it's exactly that order that's Orwellian. What'd we get instead? More US spying on national leaders and huge dragnet of EU information.

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Re: Obscurity is his biggest threat

For frak's sake, *CONSENSUAL*. The first one the only question was whether Assange tore his condom on purpose - a rather unusual fetish one surmises - the sex was consensual, aside from her claiming it was going too fast & she was uncomfortable (but let's just get it over with?), and then he stayed in her flat a week longer.

The second one had sex with a condom with him *willingly* and then it's the question whether he later entered her while sleeping without a condom.

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2010/dec/17/julian-assange-sweden

(You'd think with Assange's animal magnetism, penchant for 1-night-stands and apparent aversion to condoms that it'd be easy to find a flock of pretty young things around the world who'd been demeaned & bullied by him into unprotected sex - but I haven't seen such a revelation - score 1 for the defense).

Of course Miss B apparently is so concerned about disease in 2 1/2 years she never had sex with her ex without a condom, but oddly is not so concerned about stalking a famous stranger and going to bed with him at first chance (has someone clued her in on efficacy of condoms, me hopes?)

The broken condom that Miss A gave police surprisingly has no Assange DNA on it -

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2203920/Condom-used-evidence-Assange-sex-case-does-contain-DNA.html

http://rt.com/news/assange-condom-no-dna-277/

Continuing, "That she has published on the internet a guide on how to get revenge on cheating boyfriends ever graver. The exact content of Wilén’s mobile phone texts is not yet known but their bragging and exculpatory character has been confirmed by Swedish prosecutors. Niether Wilen’s nor Ardin’s texts complain of rape."

How about Miss B (Wilen)? "However, his second accuser, now 29, who claimed to have been raped in her sleep by Assange, apparently told police she had not been opposed to having unprotected sex with him despite previous statements to the contrary, the daily reported."

There you have it - clear as mud - that awful Assange and those women who just can't keep their stories up. Occam's Razor says go for the simplest explanation - paying 2 gals to coordinate an exploding condom/disappearing condom story is simpler than getting knocking Assange out of the public eye by discrediting his actual revelations.

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Re: Does the court case matter?

"but I've seen nothing to suggest that he won't get a fair trial in Sweden"

Please... as 1 of many examples:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extraordinary_rendition

"Ahmed Agiza and Muhammad al-Zery, two Egyptians who had been seeking asylum in Sweden, were arrested by Swedish police in December 2001. They were taken to Bromma airport in Stockholm, had their clothes cut from their bodies, suppositories inserted in their anuses and in diapers, overall, handcuffs and chains put on an executive jet with American registration N379P with a crew of masked men. They were flown to Egypt, where they were imprisoned, beaten, and tortured according to reports by Swedish investigative programme "Kalla fakta"[78] The Swedish ambassador visited them only six weeks later. Agiza was previously charged and sentenced in absentia with being an Islamic militant and was sentenced to 25 years, a sentence that was reduced to 15 years due to the political pressure after the Rendition became known. Al-Zery wasn't charged, and after two years in jail without ever seeing a judge or prosecutor he was sent to his village in Egypt. In 2008 AL Zery was awarded $500,000 in damages by the Swedish government for the wrongful treatment he received in Sweden and the subsequent torture in Egypt."

More: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/feb/05/cia-rendition-help-european-leaders

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Re: He needs the attention, but still...

Wikileaks never used the "let's throw it all on the street" method - they vetted through media outlets, and set the standard for responsibility. Where things did fall apart was when some asshat at the Guardian published what he thought was an old unused password which surprise turned out to still work on various archives (didn't he know things are eternal on the internetz?) - and being an asshat, he continued to blame Assange, even though Assange likely deserves some blame for not anticipating asshats.

Anyway, working off of standard US government slander after all this time? Not cool - facts are fairly easy to check - just use teh Google.

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Re: Does the court case matter?

Come on, it's been years - just look up details of what's known to have happened:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1307137/Supporters-dismissed-rape-accusations-WikiLeaks-founder-Julian-Assange--women-involved-tell-different-story.html

Woman A was supposed to leave him her apartment, but returned early to sleep with him, and said she thinks he broke his condom on purpose.

Woman B was infatuated with him and tracked him like a groupie, and it sounds like the evening sex was with condom, the morning sex without.

As a slightly important aside, the chance of a heterosexual non-IV drug user having HIV is rather tiny. But that will start another Reg blowup.

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Re: Logic fail

"the alleged victims deserve that much" - for what? being groupies? it's fine for 15 minutes of fame in "Almost Famous" / Cameron Crowe films, or a bit of fun Vanilla Fudge/Led Zeppelin red snapper perversion, but unless Assange actually pulled a Mike Tyson or Phil Spector on the lasses, really, this "he tricked me into having unprotected sex" or "the condom broke, maybe on purpose" bit is pathetic. Really, there is a helluva lot of rape and abuse that goes on in this world that should be punished, and this bullshit makes a mockery of it. Most self-respecting police departments would have closed this book quick and got on with real crimes.

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