* Posts by prh_99

13 posts • joined 12 Nov 2020

When it comes to privacy, everyone says America needs a new federal law ASAP. As for mass spying, well, um… huh what’s that over there?


Yep government's are all hypocritical. I wonder if Merkel's face turned red (I doubt it) after Der Spiegel published this, https://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/german-intelligence-also-snooped-on-white-house-a-1153592.html


It was pretty well covered after it was leaked by Snowden that NSA TAO was running "Upgrade factories" for Cisco and other gear. Believe what you want about the extent Cisco was complicit, but it is accurate.



I don't disagree I just don't think the U.S government actually cares. Too many surveillance hawks in congress to actually reign in the NSA and CIA much less reform something so prone to abuse as NSLs. We only find about them at the government largesse or a company working it's why through the legal maze to get the gag order lifted.


The U.S government isn't going to agree and even if they do it will be superficial at best. Doing more would mean rolling back the state secret veil , especially if Europeans want any degree of transparency into U.S surveillance.

GAFA are just low hanging fruit. As we found out from Snowden hoarding vulnerabilities in hardware and software that can be weaponized for surveillance or electronic warfare, tapping satellite and other wireless communications and undersea cables are all things the NSA and to some extent Five eyes engage in. Heck the U.K hacked Belgacom, and NSA was intercept Cisco shipments.

Of course China and Russia have or are developing similar capabilities.


Yeah, good luck getting various 3 letter agencies to give up their toys. As for 300 billion, I assume it's mostly Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook in which case f*ck them, privacy shield etc can stay dead.

A federal privacy law would be good if they can keep lobbyists away long for it to be any good and not full of loopholes and gotcha clauses.

Senators, net neutrality advocates rail against looming lame-duck confirmation of new FCC commissioner


Same thing as always, one rule for Republicans and another Democrats. Expect the GOP to pretend to care about the national debt a lot more too once Biden takes over.

Uncle Sam sues Facebook for allegedly discriminating against US workers in favor of foreigners on H-1B visas


H1-B worker can move to another job for another company as long the company has petitioned for the visa. So they are also not bound to a company, and there are requirements for compensation so the work is done for money not just a visa.


Bait? The education system in the U.S is not monolithic. Quality and funding very by region and whether the school is public or private. Also before Trump with his xenophobic policies and COVID-19 U.S university received quite a bit of interest from foreign students in various fields.

Of course being able to pay them less probably didn't hurt when it comes to H1-B hires. The system has been abused for awhile.


Re: This court case is so un-american

They can hire foreigners permanently if they want, but H1-B isn't the way to do it.

America, Taiwan make semiconductors their top trade priority at first-ever 'Economic Prosperity Dialogue'


Re: What happens when...

Cause that absolutely won't be met with further retaliation by countries not keen on seeing their own companies undermined by China.

As crude and out of wack as Trump's trade policies are he's not the only one annoyed by the way China does business. Namely, heavy reliance on government owned industry and subsidies while taking advantage of open markets and keeping their own restricted. Then there is the espionage problem.

UK, Canada could rethink the whole 'ban Huawei' thing post-Trump, whispers Huawei


Re: Arresting officer decides not to testify?

If they really need the officer the court can order them to testify, and they aren't their to establish guilt. Also the investigation that lead to her arrest predates Trump.

GitHub restores DMCA-hit youtube-dl code repo after source patched to counter RIAA's takedown demand


Re: let's not forget DVD-jon

That's all well and good, but other countries have since adopted anti-circumvention since DeCSS.

Ericsson warns investors: This Biden fellow coming into the White House may look to resolve China trade dispute...


Re: @alain williams - It is more than a trade war

Let's see, tough on crime politicians writing broad criminal statues designed to be stacked and making the primary means of punishment incarceration. They also lengthened maximum sentences and imposed mandatory minimums on various crimes.

The so called war on drugs that has filled the prison system with non-violent offenders (mostly minority even though white drug use is at similar levels) while failing in it's mission.

School's outsourcing discipline issues to the local police. So issues that use to be handled by the schools with traditional punishments are now (at least in some districts) handled by police and the juvenile justice system.

I am sure there are others.


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