The argument relies entirely on a false premise that somehow the Paleolithic era was the golden age of man, the absolute crest of our existence, and there just is not anything I have seen, read or heard to make that case; without such a premise the allure of the Paleo diet is gone. I'll continue trying to eat a balanced diet, using all that nature, tradition and modernity have to offer - though, being from the UK, at least I don't have to worry about prophylactic anti-biotic use or growth hormone loaded meat and milk. Simple awareness of what I am eating, awareness of what I am doing, should be enough for me to make informed choice about something as simple as diet.
I can't understand why people fall for these, why they spend their hard earned on such crap. Is common sense really such an uncommon thing nowadays.
Indeed. It's got real quiet over the last few months. I am guessing that, like me, most of my friends have run out of things to say for the moment.
I looked at the "manage friends", noted a couple of those bicolour arrows have turned green. Oh well, ho hum, etc. I can't actually remember who one of them is IRL, so I guess he/she's no great loss
The divide between internet and real-life friends is a strange one. For me they are definitely different classes
Apologies to Aliz from whom I shamelessly plagiarised the title.
Seemingly in a response to the issues raised in the Lavabit debacle, public VPN provider CryptoSeal has ended its public service and now only provides enterprise VPN services. Seemingly the big issue is the supposition by the US courts and government that a request for session info could require disclosure of encryption keys allowing agents to rummage at will through all service users' data. Obviously, the government say they would never do that, but you'd have to be crazy to expect them to pass up the opportunity just in case something came up. How could you defend not doing so if it turned out later that the same service was being used by a hitherto unknown organiser of the next 9/11 magnitude attack or similar, and that had you taken the opportunity to crawl ALL other users' data then it could have been detected and thus prevented? It would be a serious lapse in the prime duty of the intelligence services not to go beyond the defined provisions of the surveillance order if the opportunity to do so presented itself.
I vehemently oppose "big government", the state should be our servant, not our master. I especially oppose this when the "big government" is not our own, but simply one that this country continues to maintain an increasingly untenable alliance with for historical reasons. I am not an American citizen, not do I wish to be, so I object strongly to our government's allowing our own legal and judicial processes and safeguards to become subservient to their national interest.
Our situation now is that we can be arrested, searched, out property seized and we can be extradited at the request of the US government without them presenting any information or evidence as to why. They only have to request it as a "matter of national security" and a legal framework drafted without the supervision of Parliament, directs our legal system to comply. On the other hand, we must present any and all relevant information to an open US court before any US citizen can even be questioned by the UK authorities.
This whole agreement is ridiculously one-sided, and yet similar ones exist between many Western nations and the USA since the whole "War on Terror" thing began. 
The USA government simply has too much power in the world, and nowhere is that power being felt more right now than on the internet. Lavabit and CryptoSeal join a long list of organisations providing a public service that the US government didn't like, so they've been effectively removed from existence - in these two cases the onerous costs of specialist legal advice seems to have been as much of a factor as the gallant fight to protect the privacy of their customers, but should it ever be the case that legal precedent is effectively bought by a government's superior monetary resources. The gagging orders imposed prevent the usual philanthropic activities of high-flying legal experts who might otherwise be called to give their time in order that a precedent based on a balanced interpretation of the law be found, and penalties like $5000/day for non compliance make the consequences of losing a legal battle so severe that I venture few would have the stomach for it.
The revelations of Snowden et al mean that stuff like this, that's been going on for years, is suddenly newsworthy, and noticed.
Bizarrely this could be a good thing for all of us. The founder of CryptoSeal said of the shutdown "If we were the legally best VPN option, I would probably have pushed to keep it going anyway and just shut down when/if that happened, but as it is, non-US providers run by non-US people (there are several good ones) are an objectively better option, so in good conscience there's no reason to continue running a US privacy VPN service without technical controls to prevent being compelled to screw over a user,"
As the US government goes in to bat against its own people and the very companies who create its wealth, the government of Germany for example, is busy passing laws preventing its own security agencies from sharing data without court oversight, forcing companies handling data from German citizens to consider if the intent of the EU data protection and privacy directives might be undermined by using technology controlled from overseas, preventing citizen-citizen emails originating within the country from being passed to servers outside the country's jurisdiction. It could be that other enlightened nations will follow suit, and if they do, then there will be a number of countries who are Western enough to be trusted by big business who can advertise their data services as truly secure. As they grow and form relationships with neighbours, some will likely merge and become presences on the scale of the household names of today. The day will come when "No presence in the USA" is an advertising tagline that generates revenue, a headline on glossy brochures. The companies wearing this tag line will become the big players of tomorrow.
I can't understand why noone in the US' political system has cottoned on to the danger yet. Maybe it's disbelief, but it truth there is no reason for most of the big tech companies to be in any one country - as long as the internet is ubiquitous they can ply their trade from anywhere. Google could move to Uzbekistan tomorrow and none of us would even notice. Similarly Microsoft, Yahoo, Amazon, Symantec, even Apple could transplant to foreign shores with little or no disruption to their bottom line.
If transition to universal SAAS really is the future then the cloud needs to have some secure roots, and this whole episode shows that entrusting those roots to US companies is only really practical in the long term if you too are in the US. Someone needs to supply data for the rest of the world, and they can't do it any more.
Even without an exodus, the world of IT services will probably not remain as totally US dominated as it has been up until this point, and that has to be a good thing for the rest of us.
 The "War on Terror" amuses me since it comes originally from the mouth of someone whose own pocket has often filled the coffers of Noraid (U.S. President George W. Bush on 20 September 2001), and thus, in the past, has directly paid for weapons and explosives for both the IRA and the INLA - people who at that time were putting bombs in shopping centres, stations and even branches of McDonalds which last time I considered it makes them the very epitome of the word "terrorist"