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@abulsme tweets from 2013-06-30 (UTC)

  • RT @BYUfan: .@abulsme crime? MT At 40:00 he confirms NSA *is in fact saving all the audio too — 1B cell phone calls per day. http://t.co/a… 00:42:21
  • .@BYUfan Guess I will have to make time to watch that whole presentation. So far I had just made due with reading a few highlights. in reply to BYUfan 00:43:48
  • .@BYUfan Of course, that was new in the last 48 hours. Have always allowed for possibility of new revelations. in reply to BYUfan 00:44:41
  • .@BYUfan Is this another example of NSA view of law being that they save everything but haven't "collected" unless a human views? in reply to BYUfan 00:47:49
  • .@BYUfan If so, I absolutely believe that interpretation should be tested in court. I would not interpret that way, sounds like viol to me. in reply to BYUfan 00:49:19
  • .@BYUfan But I am unfortunately pessimistic at moment about courts agreeing with me/ACLU rather than NSA. Would be happy 2b surprised tho. in reply to BYUfan 00:50:54
  • .@BYUfan Also suspect if courts did decide illegal, resp would just b like resp 2 Bush illegal wiretapping. Pass new laws to make it legal. in reply to BYUfan 00:52:39
  • .@BYUfan As u can see, quite pessimistic on this at moment. Some limited signs of opinion shifting as more revealed though. So we shall see. in reply to BYUfan 00:54:09
  • Alex sitting on me in driveway holding iPad. I get up. He drops iPad. Cracked screen. Sigh. Apple Store here I come. Expect $300 fix. :-( 02:32:00
  • Just changed Apple Store appointment from 20 minutes from now to tomorrow. 03:16:43
  • Had iCloud backup, but like redundancy, didn't complete local backup to my computer in time to make appointment. It got to 99% then failed. 03:17:59
  • I know the iCloud backup would probably be just fine. But I would be a wreck if it failed for some reason, and I didn't have a second way. 03:18:48
  • So starting the local backups again, then going out to get some dinner. Will take iPad in tomorrow. 03:19:42
  • For the record, crack isn't too horrible. Just in corner. Still usable. But these things grow. And give glass splinters. 03:20:57
  • Will be sad if they replace with a refurb. Was a gift, back is engraved. No engraving on refurbs. 03:22:21
  • Reading – Wil Wheaton Seems to Know Who the 12th Doctor Will Be (Isabella Kapur) http://t.co/LuKpcvjQYG 04:15:38
  • RT @imbou: @abulsme Well, he didn't hole himself up in Hong Kong and then head to Russia to elude questions… 04:24:52
  • RT @BYUfan: @abulsme yes I admit its not fair. 17:38:16
  • RT @BYUfan: .@abulsme true test will be public opinion. If pols start losing electioms. Surveillance will stop. #democracy 17:38:48
  • .@BYUfan Agreed. But I don't think many (if any) polls will lose elections over this. #pessimism #noconsequences in reply to BYUfan 17:39:48
  • MT @BYUfan: @abulsme re Hong Kong. Not kidding. HK is #1 in econ freedom. Non-interventionist foreign policy. Strong courts. Free speech. 17:40:24
  • .@BYUfan Have read those things peaked 1950-1980, declining since. BUt for sake of arg, will grant all but FP. in reply to BYUfan 17:43:12
  • .@BYUfan Turnover agreement and HK basic law gives HK autonomy in all areas EXCEPT defense and foreign policy, which is what matters here. in reply to BYUfan 17:45:42
  • RT @BYUfan: @abulsme re Hong Kong. Not kidding. HK is #1 in economic freedom. Non-interventionist foreign policy. Strong courts. Free spee… 17:46:01
  • .@BYUfan All criticisms of freedom in [place] are hypothetical. As long as they don't directly defy [high gov entity], [place] is very lib. in reply to BYUfan 17:48:08
  • .@BYUfan Very tautological there. Agree HK may have good record. But bottom line if HK/China disagree on something imp to China, China wins. in reply to BYUfan 17:49:39
  • At Apple Store. When she got my iPad for me for Xmas Brandy had the sense to get AppleCare+. $50 instead of $300. Leaving with new iPad now. 19:04:49