Re: the gang
The CIA does, so I guess the FBI is the same:
326 posts • joined 14 Jul 2007
I bought a Deskjet 500 back around the early '90s, couldn't remember the cost, probably around £400. I was able to print in "full" colour by: filling used cartridges with coloured ink (C/M/Y), running an Amiga program that created colour separated files, then printing onto the same piece of paper 4 times (changing out the cartridge for the appropriate colour each time).
It's deplorable that the level of violence (from all sides) have reached the level that they have. However it had taken more than 2 months of protests and gradual escalation of violence on all sides before the police rolled out the water cannons. Compare that with the recent G7 protests in France where water cannons and tear gas were used from the get go.
"Bush bombed the US-installed dictator Saddam back into the stone age because he was selling oil in dollars and made out like a bandit (WMD was but a -bad- excuse)."
And Obama took out Gaddafi because he had dared to setup a pan-African currency backed by gold and was planning to sell Libyan oil in that currency instead of USD.
"The problem: the Chinese can affect that trade pretty much from about mid 2020 onwards. They expand this ability quietly as always, but I suspect the smart people will spot this and silently bail on the dollar too which eventually lead to major problems"
The smart ones already know this. Incremental steps have been taken over the past few years by China and Russia and their various trading partners to reduce the usage of the USD and eventual replacement of it by their national currencies. For years both countries have been building up their gold reserves and shedding their holdings of USD bonds. Both have also setup inter-bank transfer systems which bypass the US controlled SWIFT since SWIFT has become a political tool of economic terrorism.
"In June, the situation seemed to be improving. Trump met his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, at the G20 Summit and agreed not to impose further tariffs. It wasn't to last."
They agreed to a 3 month ceasefire. June + 3 months is September or thereabouts which is when the new tariffs kick in.
"(despite describing the proposed tariffs as "fake news" just days later)."
I skimmed through the article that was linked to, it seems to be about calling "proposed bans on investments in tech companies" fake news. I can't see anything about anyone calling the "proposed tariffs" fake news.
"Nah, the cynic in me believes this new "feature" wil be used to obfuscate the long strings of characters that Google (and Facebook) attach to shared web links to track users to their friends they share with."
Many other sites do that kind of thing. DDG does/did that as well - once upon a time they didn't, then they did it intermittently, then there was a period when they did it for weeks, but I've not noticed them doing it for the last few months.
Anyone knows how to stop the refresh that google does when you search for something? It initially displays the vanilla links (so browser would correctly show links that have already been visited), then it refreshes and shows it tracking links - which is bloody annoying as then there is no easy way to tell which links I have already visited.
The tracking info in the links I have solved by writing a script for my clipboard manager so that when a google search results link is copied to the clipboard I have the option to sanitise it. When DDG did their extended period of link tracking I wrote something to sanitise those as well.
"I wonder if non-democratic states will respect that intent, or start making highly efficient missile control systems quickly and cheaply."
Being able to build an efficient anti-missile system will help those countries to avoid being destroyed by Freedom Bombs from "democratic" states.
In case you are under some kind of delusion, "democratic" states or entities in "democratic" states have no obligations to and can just as easily not respect the "intent to democratize processor development".
"We routinely work to address customer concerns by clarifying our policies and data protection practices, and we look forward to working with the Hessian Commissioner to better understand their concerns."
MS are still at the "looking forward to working with" stage and haven't reached the actual "working with" stage.
"The key was extracted by simply imaging the hub's SD card: in appeared in the '/etc/dropbear/' folder and was called 'dropbear_rsa_host_key.' The folder was password protected but easily cracked with some readily available software."
How does one password protect a folder/directory on presumably a *nix system (that the device in question is running on)?
"From the article: The company [Huawei] is owned by the Chinese government"
Bobbie, did you even read the article before launching your bombast? The article is about China Mobile. I don't know why you think iphone dollars have something to do with this article. The company assembling iphones for Apple is Foxconn - which is Taiwanese owned.
"Because of 'slave labor' [essentially], working for government owned businesses [essentially]"
So [essentially], are you saying that working for government owned businesses is slave labour? Or does that only apply to Chinese government owned businesses? And [essentially] why do you think that?
"which is standard operating procedure when it's unclear who should be entitled to them"
You're right that it's SOP against countries that are too weak to fight back. It's the new face of piracy, except that it has been practiced for decades. It's also perfectly clear who should be entitled to them - but a bunch of rogue countries decided otherwise and anointed a practically nobody as the "next president" of Venezuela.
"Since Maduro is not recognised by the UK (and other EU governments)"
At least you got it right by using "and other EU governments" and not "and the EU". Italy was the only major EU country with the balls to stand up against this blatant aggression against another country and prevented the EU from making a joint statement.
Note what happened when the Italian deputy PM met with some representatives from the Yellow Vests - France called it "an unacceptable provocation" and recalled their ambassador to Italy for "consultations".
But somehow it's perfectly fine for a bunch of Western countries to dictate to Venezuela who their president should be and to urge their people and their military to overthrow the incumbent government. And then they have the cheek to call this "returning Venezuela to democracy".
For the record, Venezuela has one of the most transparent election process in the world (yes, really - do some research). Stakeholders are present at all stages of an election to monitor and verify. All voting machines give out receipts and maintain a hardcopy paper trail (which are tallied and checked against the electronic results) - unlike some countries where although machines are required to keep hardcopies they "mysteriously" end up with no paper loaded on voting day.
"When Venezuela gets its government sorted out, then that government will have access to the money again."
There is no sorting out needed, the sole legitimate government is the one recognised by the vast majority of countries and the UNGA.
Hopefully the decision by Russia and China to send have their militaries pay a visit to Venezuela will be enough to signal to the would-be regime-changers that military options are not on the table.
"Who do the usual chant of 'death to America, death to Israel', demonstrating that geography perhaps isn't their strong point."
I'm not going to pass judgement on their grasp of geography, but unlike you, they do know their geopolitics. Like the fact that until relatively recently the US were refueling the Saudi jets that are used to bomb mainly non-military targets.
"I'm pretty sure they could have just weighed them to arrive at a count with an acceptable level of accuracy."
They should have been able to. I don't know about now, but Barclays used to weigh the notes that were paid in to them. If they can trust the accuracy of the weight of notes then coins shouldn't be a problem at all.
"There's a very simple question that needs to be answered: Do you believe that an American Citizen has the right to defend their life, their property, and the lives of others anywhere they have a legal right to be?"
Have there been any studies into the number of lives saved by American Citizens exercising their right to "defend their life, their property, and the lives of others anywhere they have a legal right to be" versus the number of lives wasted by the abuse of firearms?
"You sure about that? My ebook library[*} is will over 50GB. And that's a small sub-section of all the books I own[**]"
- your books are mostly novels with few illustrations and pictures
- formatting/drm and other cruft bloats the books' size by 10 times its basic ascii versions
- average word length is 5 characters
- you read at 3 words/second, and you spend 8 hours each and every day reading
(((((50 * 1024 * 1024 * 1024) / 10) / 5) / (3 * 3600)) / 8) / 365 = approx. 34.04813
it will take you over 30 years to read all your 50GB of books.
"We should also recall that 20% corporation tax was lost on most of the 3G license proceeds as they were massively written down with the associated tax write-off when those losses were declared. ... So short term ('OfCom') gain must be balanced against lost revenue, lost investments and lost taxation."
If company A spent £10 billion on spectrum the government pockets the £10 billion. If company A didn't spend the £10 billion on spectrum (or anything else) and declared it as profit then they would have to pay the 20% corporation tax (assuming that's the going rate) and the government gets £200 million. So where is the lost taxation?
"To be fair the British government has so far found very few "terrorists" at which to fire those missiles, whereas the Russians have had no difficulty."
To the Russians, terrorists are terrorists. To the British government (and other "Western" countries) there are "good" terrorists and "bad" terrorists.
"If you accept that freedom is sometimes worth dying for (the premise behind pretty much every war ever fought),"
If by freedom you mean the freedom for one side to loot and plunder another side, and the freedom for the other side to defend against being looted and plundered, then yeah, pretty much every war is about dying for freedom.
On EE now, the dns lookups are atrociously slow. Websites take 1-2 seconds before they even start loading, and when they do start loading they don't do so as fast as I would like them to (I'm using firefox with ad blocking and noscript and ghostery so a lot superfluous would have been filtered out and not loaded). And on average there's a dns lookup timeout every one and a half days. Previously was using Sky, they're OK, and before that used Plusnet - of the 3, Plusnet was the most pleasurable to use, even though its line speed wasn't as fast as Sky and EE websites loaded as soon as the url was entered.
"When there is an unscheduled emergency stop, airplanes and so on should enjoy the same status as an embassy of the country in which they are registered."
Are there any international agreements that says a host country must allow an "embassy" to take-off after it has made an unscheduled emergency stop?
The international law is yet to be designed where a country sufficiently endowed with exceptionalism is unable to flout.
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