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Double Take: Condoleezza Rice As Dropbox's Newest Board Member

timothy posted about 3 months ago | from the describe-your-conversation-with-the-inquisition dept.

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Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State under George W. Bush, and defender of Bush-era (and onward) policies about surveillance by wiretapping and other means, has landed at an interesting place: she's just become a part of the small board at Dropbox. TechDirt calls the appointment "tone deaf," and writes "At a time when people around the globe are increasingly worried about American tech firms having too close a connection to the intelligence community, a move like this seems like a huge public relations disaster. While Rice may be perfectly qualified to hold the role and to help Dropbox with the issues it needs help with, it's hard not to believe that there would be others with less baggage who could handle the job just as well." Some people are doing more than looking for an alternative for themselves, too, as a result.

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313 comments

Good choice (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46717267)

She's pretty sharp, well connected, and understands how the government sees these types of date & service providers.

At a she's an awesome catch for any cloud company. Throw in her political awareness and it's even better.

Re:Good choice (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46717425)

Saying she's a bad choice is like saying a successful defense lawyer is incompetent because he got his client off.

And on top of that (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46717427)

she's one huge cunt - the biggest factor in determining an executive these days.

Re:And on top of that (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46717521)

This, really. I don't know what gets OP off, but willing to sacrifice anything in the name of power != sharp - I've an upper middle class upbringing and the best way to get there and stay there is onefold: toady, until you're powerful enough to have others toadying to you.

The important stuff (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46717455)

Did she donate to a Prop 8 organization?

Re:The important stuff (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46717563)

Well, she supported propping up eight dudes and having female soldiers point at their junk.

Re:The important stuff (3, Funny)

Servaas (1050156) | about 3 months ago | (#46717843)

Well, she supported propping up eight dudes and having female soldiers point at their junk.

I generally have to pay to have kinky shit like that done to me.

Re:The important stuff (1, Offtopic)

jbolden (176878) | about 3 months ago | (#46717685)

There are quite a few rumors / gossip she is gay or in a lesbian relationship herself. She couldn't break with Bush's anti-gay agenda but she advocated respect and has come out in favor of civil unions. So consider he mildly supportive of gay rights and not bad at all for a Republican.

Re:Good choice (5, Insightful)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | about 3 months ago | (#46717643)

She's pretty sharp

Anyone that thought the Iraq War was a good idea, should not be described as "pretty sharp". There is a saying that 'Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good.' Condoleezza Rice is proof that we have moved past that. She is female (and black), and promoted to the highest levels, despite the failure of nearly all her policies. She is proof that you no longer have to be male to be both successful and incompetent.

Re:Good choice (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46717817)

The Iraq war was good for all the companies involved, just like the other wars. Plus, it took down the criminal who dared to trade oil in euros, not dollars, so it was good for the State as well.

Re:Good choice (5, Interesting)

khasim (1285) | about 3 months ago | (#46717841)

Anyone that thought the Iraq War was a good idea, should not be described as "pretty sharp".

That depends upon whether you mean "good idea ... for the USofA" or "good idea ... for me and my friends".

A lot of companies made a lot of money off of that war.

She is female (and black), and promoted to the highest levels, despite the failure of nearly all her policies. She is proof that you no longer have to be male to be both successful and incompetent.

I don't agree with that. I think that anyone, regardless of race, creed, religion, etc, will always have a job publicly supporting the existing power structure.

She wasn't elected. She was appointed by the people who were elected. And those were white men.

Which is why I think that she's now at DropBox. She still has those political connections. And DropBox wants to pay her for access to them.

Re:Good choice (0, Troll)

lgw (121541) | about 3 months ago | (#46718099)

The Iraq war achieved all of it's objectives:
* Got our troops out of Kuwait, and anywhere else too close to Mecca
* Removed Saddam, both ending his destabilizing influence in the region, and showing other tin-pot dictators that the US should be feared.
* Allowed Iraq to achieve democracy (the Iraqis did the hard part, of course, but the removal of the dictator was the needed first step.

Arguably, Iraqi democracy inspired the Arab Spring - it certainly played a role. Sounds like the war was a good idea to me: we achieved all of our objectives. Did you confuse the propaganda reasons for the war with the actual goals?

Re:Good choice (2)

Darinbob (1142669) | about 3 months ago | (#46717679)

She's also just a board member. They rarely make any decisions regarding company policies or products. Instead the board is there to make sure they get paid, that the company's executives are held accountable to them, and so forth. The board is essentially the company's owners or representatives of the owners.

Re:Good choice (0, Troll)

jsepeta (412566) | about 3 months ago | (#46717735)

She's a horrible cunt who lied to America to lead us into a war that helped to bankrupt the country, both morally and economically. Gifting her a board position is as helpful to a technology company as literally sucking GWB's cock. I will be migrated off from Dropbox by the end of the day. Fuck them.

Re:Good choice (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46717861)

lol u mad bro?

Re:Good choice (1, Interesting)

Ceriel Nosforit (682174) | about 3 months ago | (#46717945)

She's a horrible cunt who lied...

That may not be truthful. There's a consensus building that she and her allies genuinely believed in their policy. That doesn't speak well for her competence but at least her integrity isn't under as great a scrutiny.

So, it's an old familiar foe called Ignorance that we keep on fighting, instead of some malevolent conspiracy.

Re:Good choice (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46717775)

date & service providers

dropbox == escort service?

Re:Good choice (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46718227)

date & service providers

dropbox == escort service?

Urbanspoon isn't an african american dating site?

Re:Good choice (2)

LWATCDR (28044) | about 3 months ago | (#46717801)

99% of the users of Dropbox will not care and for a large number of potential users she will provide sense of legitimacy.
Goodbye paranoid trouble makers that use the free service, hello companies that pay for the service.
I fear that some members of the tech crowd think they have more power than they really do,

Re:Good choice (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 3 months ago | (#46717869)

Goodbye paranoid trouble makers that use the free service

Can't speak for any of the other 'paranoid trouble-makers' out there, but she doesn't scare me.

Probably doesn't scare anyone else smart enough to encrypt private stuff before uploading it to the cloud, either.

Re:Good choice (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46718031)

Fuck, does anybody really think that Condi Rice has the technical savvy to decrypt their emails?

It's like being afraid of the NSA's janitorial staff. Jesus fuck.

foxes in charge of the henhouse (0)

globaljustin (574257) | about 3 months ago | (#46717285)

How do companies talk themselves into ridiculous moves like this?

This is an order of magnitude worse than Yahoo hiring Katie Couric.

I get apoplectic when I see news like this...reminds me of Steve Schmidt on Colbert saying only criminals want privacy

Re:foxes in charge of the henhouse (1, Troll)

JeffAtl (1737988) | about 3 months ago | (#46717985)

...reminds me of Steve Schmidt on Colbert saying only criminals want privacy

You can't take Stephen Colbert seriously - it's a comedy show where he portrays a republican caricature.

Wiretapping? (-1, Troll)

operagost (62405) | about 3 months ago | (#46717289)

The strongest complaint against Rice is her support of the war in Iraq. Maybe "wiretapping" is a code word from racists on the left, now?

Re:Wiretapping? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46717387)

Stop trolling the conversation with the race card. The reason it was controversial is that she most likely knew about the NSA spying on all of us and told us nothing. At best she was complacent. There is no reason to think that she will behave differently now.

Re:Wiretapping? (1)

JeffAtl (1737988) | about 3 months ago | (#46718015)

The reason it was controversial is that she most likely knew about the NSA spying on all of us and told us nothing.

So? Obama and his administration did too.

Re:Wiretapping? (5, Insightful)

oh_my_080980980 (773867) | about 3 months ago | (#46717397)

Really? National Security Advisor who supports wire tapping sitting on the board for a cloud based storage solution company. Could your post be code for stupid.

Re:Wiretapping? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46717783)

Really? National Security Advisor who supports wire tapping sitting on the board for a cloud based storage solution company. Could your post be code for stupid.

Revolving door of business and government. Having her on board increases the probability that if the Republicans gain the Senate this year, or the Presidency in 2016, the government will "encourage" its subcontractors to use Dropbox, or adopt Dropbox itself. Even if they don't, Republican-sympathetic nation states (vs. Democratically-sympathetic nation sates) are more likely to be good targets for Dropbox's enterprise sales force.

Re:Wiretapping? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46717415)

A conservative is incapable of understanding what racism means. Seriously. Ask them to define it and they get a convoluted bundle of CRAP.

Only a conservative would fail to understand concerns about someone who pushed the Patriot Act to the hilt as NSA adviser is 'racist.'

Re:Wiretapping? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46717665)

A conservative is incapable of understanding what racism means. Seriously. Ask them to define it and they get a convoluted bundle of CRAP.

Only a conservative would fail to understand concerns about someone who pushed the Patriot Act to the hilt as NSA adviser is 'racist.'

It's most liberals that don't know what racism is. They sceam "racism" if someone mentions islamic terrorists. They think it's great to hire someone just because they're a minority even if they're under qualified and ignore white males when they are qualified. They don't see Affirmative Action as inherently racist, even though it's based totally on race. And they certainly love to say and do racist things about black and latino/hispanic conservatives, but throw a complete fit if a conservative says anything remotely derogatory about a democrat minority. Just note all the, "You didn't vote for Obama? Then you're a racist!" hyperbole from the likes of Chris Matthews and crew.

Racism is believing that your race is far superior in all or most respects to other races and, more to the point, that you and they should be treated accordingly. Or, in some cases, simply judging and hating one specific race. Racism is not merely having pride in your race, even if you're white.

Re:Wiretapping? (4, Funny)

Fwipp (1473271) | about 3 months ago | (#46717793)

White male tears are my favorite beverage. :)

Re:Wiretapping? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46718095)

The tears of black people delight me.

Re:Wiretapping? (1)

ifiwereasculptor (1870574) | about 3 months ago | (#46718047)

Racism is not merely having pride in your race, even if you're white.

Yeah, that's not racist, just stupid. Why should you have pride in something that's not an accomplishment (except for the late Michael, I guess)? And, if you don't believe your skin tone to be superior in any way, how would pride even enter the equation? I take my initial comment back: having pride on your race, whatever it is, is both racist and stupid.

Re:Wiretapping? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46717523)

Yup. Any and all objections to her sitting on the board are purely because she's an eggplant. Boy howdy, you sure got us figured out. BRB, starching my hood.

Re:Wiretapping? (2)

backslashdot (95548) | about 3 months ago | (#46718163)

Uh, her endorsement of torture. How about that, I won't do business with or respect anyone who supports torture.

All i could think while reading drop-dropbox.com (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46717295)

Fucking nuurd complaining again...

So everyone protesting her is a racist (0, Troll)

SensitiveMale (155605) | about 3 months ago | (#46717337)

And TechDirt can suck a bag of dicks.

Re:So everyone protesting her is a racist (1, Insightful)

mi (197448) | about 3 months ago | (#46717699)

My thoughts exactly. How can the same people, who answer every criticism of a Black President with deep and loud suspic..., nay, accusations of racism, boycott a Black Secretary of State?

Not only are they racist themselves then, they are sexist too.

Force her out! (5, Insightful)

Dan East (318230) | about 3 months ago | (#46717351)

Quick, let's boycott Dropbox so we can force her out of the company. Then after we've succeeded we can have a another Slashdot story lamenting how intolerant we've all become and we can point fingers at everyone else.

Re:Force her out! (2)

gstoddart (321705) | about 3 months ago | (#46717543)

I'm not going to 'boycott' them, but I am going to stop using them, and I now no longer care who they have on their board.

I am disconnecting anything which I have which still points to DropBox since I haven't used it in a while anyway.

But for a company which does cloud storage to expect that people won't look at that appointment and say "oh hell no", they're sadly mistaken. You might as well appoint Alberto Gonzales as a Constitutional scholar and privacy expert.

I'm betting DropBox suddenly sees a drop in usage.

Re:Force her out! (2)

mi (197448) | about 3 months ago | (#46717799)

I am disconnecting anything which I have which still points to DropBox since I haven't used it in a while anyway.

And I am going to install their app on my parents' phones too now, whereas before I only had it my own.

You might as well appoint Alberto Gonzales as a Constitutional scholar and privacy expert.

I'll certainly take Mr. Gonzales over Mr. Holder, who, without being much of an expert in anything (not even manners or sense of decorum [nbcnews.com] ), presided over dramatic expansion of warrant-less surveillance [huffingtonpost.com] .

Re:Force her out! (3, Insightful)

gstoddart (321705) | about 3 months ago | (#46717859)

I'll certainly take Mr. Gonzales over Mr. Holder

As opposed to Gonzales who said habeus corpus wasn't really a right? Who said that torture was OK?

You can keep him.

I'm not defending Holder, but Gonzales didn't seem to have the barest clue about what the Constitution said and what it meant.

Sorry, but pretty much anybody from the Bush era (and quite honestly a bunch who are still in Washington) has no business working at a place which has a privacy policy.

Re:Force her out! (1)

JDAustin (468180) | about 3 months ago | (#46718011)

Whats worse, a AG who doesn't know or AG who knows and ignores it anyways.

Re:Force her out! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46717837)

Then stop using everything having to do with technology. Care to guess how many of the top tier field service techs for the big iron companies (IBM, SUN(Oracle), Cisco, et. al) earned a second paycheck from 3 letter agencies around the world to do a little "extra" work when they went into service certain mainframes or other servers or equipment?

Same goes for employees of Microsoft, Apple, Samsung, Google, Facebook, Amazon, etc.. If the company says no, it doesn't matter, because those 3 letter agencies will plant their own people or find willing collaborators.

Re:Force her out! (1)

khasim (1285) | about 3 months ago | (#46717913)

But for a company which does cloud storage to expect that people won't look at that appointment and say "oh hell no", they're sadly mistaken.

Seriously. Who would look at her record and think "Yep! My data is safe with that company. They're 100% supportive of my security and privacy."

Re:Force her out! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46717555)

Perfect idea for getting rid of all those 4 gig free accounts everyone has.

Baggage? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46717369)

I know you all think Bush and Obama are the same, but there's no way Secretary Rice has "close connections to the intelligence community" under the Obama administration.

Re:Baggage? (1)

Bartles (1198017) | about 3 months ago | (#46717855)

I wish you didn't post as AC so I could mod this up.

Re:Baggage? (2)

X0563511 (793323) | about 3 months ago | (#46718039)

You still could have... until you posted.

Surely (3, Insightful)

Eddi3 (1046882) | about 3 months ago | (#46717381)

If Brendan Eich could be forced out for a $1,000 donation, surely Ms. Rice can be for influencing privacy policy herself, something which is highly relevant to this business. In addition, she has defended her position since leaving office. I think the real question here is where does this end?

Re:Surely (0)

Goaway (82658) | about 3 months ago | (#46717447)

I'm just going to sit here and wait for everyone who spoke up in defense of Eich to now defend Rice, too.

I'm sure they'll be here any minute now.

Re:Surely (1)

Kielistic (1273232) | about 3 months ago | (#46718067)

Defend her from what? She's getting hired- not fired (or having to resign for the good of the company). Are there campaigns to try and get her forced out that I am unaware of?

meh (5, Insightful)

schneidafunk (795759) | about 3 months ago | (#46717383)

I really don't care, this is a private company and they can hire who they want to. That being said, I assumed dropbox already was infiltrated by the NSA.

Re:meh (4, Insightful)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about 3 months ago | (#46717405)

That being said, I assumed dropbox already was infiltrated by the NSA.

And now it's confirmed. Freaking astute move by the board members with gag orders and National Security Letters if you ask me.

Oh why not? (3, Insightful)

iluvcapra (782887) | about 3 months ago | (#46717393)

She was the provost of Stanford University, she's got a huge rolodex in government and SillyCon Valley. She's also obviously got a big background in IR and particularly working with Russia and Africa, which are both huge growth markets for Internet companies.

Her biggest crime was not asking all the right questions, and didn't have to swag necessary to challenge Cheney or Rumsfeld, not that she was particularly motivated. She's proven to be a pretty bad administrator and manager, but she's going on the Board, not into management.

Re:Oh why not? (5, Insightful)

oh_my_080980980 (773867) | about 3 months ago | (#46717505)

Really?

She was intimately involved in the decision to go to war with Iraq and spoke publicly in support of it.

She was an integral part of the Bush administration's campaign of lies surrounding the war, working to further public support of the war by lying about Iraq's non-existent weapons of mass destruction.

Rice played a central role in affirming the "legality" of the Bush administration's torture program.

Rice not only spoke in favor of the Bush administration's warrantless wiretap program and expansive domestic surveillance program, she authorized the warrantless wiretap of UN Security Council members.

But you keep thinking that a extremely brilliant and accomplished individual, having obtained her Masters degree at age 20, isn't smart enough to ask the right questions or able to go toe to toe with Cheney or Rumsfeld....

Re:Oh why not? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46717649)

Oh please. We all know the real reason they hired her is because they only have to pay her 77% of what they'd pay an equivalent man. She's a bargain!

Re:Oh why not? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46717815)

But you keep thinking that a extremely brilliant and accomplished individual, having obtained her Masters degree at age 20, isn't smart enough to ask the right questions or able to go toe to toe with Cheney or Rumsfeld....
 
There is no accountability in the highest ranks of government anymore. Just look at Holder and Clinton.
 
Seriously, no one from the federal government in the last 30 years has ever faced the kinds of charges they deserve to.

Re:Oh why not? (5, Insightful)

khasim (1285) | about 3 months ago | (#46718205)

But you keep thinking that a extremely brilliant and accomplished individual, having obtained her Masters degree at age 20, isn't smart enough to ask the right questions or able to go toe to toe with Cheney or Rumsfeld....

The problem is that, while she is smart, she is also ideological.

If her ideology conflicts with the facts, the ideology wins.

Not only was she NOT willing to ask question, she WAS willing to give press interviews with WRONG information. Because that WRONG information suited her ideology. Even though it would cost lives.

NOT the kind of person YOU want on the Board of Directors of a company tasked with providing access to YOUR data.

She didn't care enough about the lives that would be lost to ask any questions. And she cared so little for those lives that she provided wrong information to support the drive to war. Do you think that your DATA will mean more to her than that?

Re:Oh why not? (4, Insightful)

alexander_686 (957440) | about 3 months ago | (#46717535)

That is not quite true. To simplify, she was a neocon who was overconfident of what US military force could do. That would put her on the side of Dick Cheney, but on the opposite side of Rumsfeld and Powell who were urging caution.

I will second you point on that she is very sharp but that her management of the state department was subpar.

Re:Oh why not? (1)

JDAustin (468180) | about 3 months ago | (#46718079)

US military did the job, the problem goes back to the post invasion policies as defined by Paul Bremer which made things worse. Had we used de-nazification policies on the Baath party, the insurgency would have been much more limited. Remember, even in post-WW2 germany, 4-5k soldiers died to German partisans (aka insurgents).

Re:Oh why not? (3, Insightful)

ducomputergeek (595742) | about 3 months ago | (#46718197)

I've said this before, the US Military does obliterating an opposing force quite well. Which serves well when the objective is the liberation of a territory from hostile occupation, where the US can go in, win, and then the local populace can quickly get things back the way it was. It does not do occupation very well nor really has outside of the Wester Hemisphere.

The exception being post World War II with the Marshal Plan. Which planning for that began in 1943 and by 1945 the government had managed to twist the arms of a lot of academics, economists, finance, and high ranking industry officials to spend two years post war to help rebuild western Europe.

My Fellow Board Members... (1)

rbrander (73222) | about 3 months ago | (#46717419)

...we must not let the next warning from ShareFiles.com be a smoking gun in the shape of a mushroom cloud!
We must send our youngest interns to effect regime change on their board!
Thank you, and God Bless Dropbox!

Congratulations Dropbox ... (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46717423)

I've been meaning to disable this for a while.

If she's on your board, I'll get that done now.

There is now zero room to trust DropBox as an entity.

Re:Congratulations Dropbox ... (2)

Zontar The Mindless (9002) | about 3 months ago | (#46717887)

Some of us never trusted DropBox in the first place.

Answer a question Zontar (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46718161)

How'd "eating your words" taste + your foot in your mouth & washed down w/ "the bitter taste of SELF-defeat" too? Here -> http://slashdot.org/comments.p... [slashdot.org]

* :)

(Ahem: Zontar - Libeling me's OR me via attempting to LIE about apps I wrote above's one thing, however also being caught in it & being uanble to backup your OTHER lies too -> http://slashdot.org/comments.p... [slashdot.org] ) - Take your meds for THAT one: You're HALLUCINATING again, Zontar!

Please...

APK

P.S.=> Now, you just KNOW I've just GOTTA say it, now don't you? Ah, but of COURSE you do:

THIS? This was just "too, Too, TOO EASY - just '2ez'" & it always is, especially vs. LYING libelous done ZERO losers & admitted loonybirds like Zontar ( multiple personality disorder http://slashdot.org/comments.p... [slashdot.org] + manic depression http://slashdot.org/comments.p... [slashdot.org] )

... apk

Low even for Slashdot (2, Insightful)

shellster_dude (1261444) | about 3 months ago | (#46717437)

Let's quit pretending this is anything but an attempt to force her out because she is/was a Republican.

If she were a Democrat, the article would talk about the racist/sexist Republicans that were trying to force her out.

The Democrats have only enhanced the spying and wiretapping, but you don't get outcry's about the likes of Facebook the Zuckerberg's of the world who are huge Democrat donors.

I love to see that "tolerance" the left is famous for.

Re:Low even for Slashdot (0)

oh_my_080980980 (773867) | about 3 months ago | (#46717531)

Actually there have been every time Facebook changes it's privacy policy. It helps to pay attention instead of looking like an ass.

Re:Low even for Slashdot (1)

shellster_dude (1261444) | about 3 months ago | (#46717599)

Nice try,

Facebook changing THEIR privacy policy directly affects users. The outcry is justified and has nothing to do with the politics of their CEO or board. This issue is entirely different. People are calling for boycotts and pressure because a perfectly capable board member used to work for the Bush administration which started a wiretapping program. It has NOTHING to do with what she personally has done nor what she has done as a board member of the Dropbox company.

Thanks for playing, next time try using your head...

Re:Low even for Slashdot (1)

oh_my_080980980 (773867) | about 3 months ago | (#46717635)

I see so you want the policy to be in place so that you can be outraged that it happened instead of preventing it from happening.

I see the hamster stopped running in it's wheel.

Re:Low even for Slashdot (2)

shellster_dude (1261444) | about 3 months ago | (#46717701)

I see so you want the policy to be in place so that you can be outraged that it happened instead of preventing it from happening.

Nice slippery slope fallacy. You're 0 for 2. Care to try again?

Re:Low even for Slashdot (0)

cyborg_monkey (150790) | about 3 months ago | (#46717811)

You're both fuckwits... and your track records sucks too, btw.

Re:Low even for Slashdot (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46717565)

I am pretty sure Slashdot is going to freak out when Keith Alexander takes a place in Microsoft's board of directors. Party has nothing to do with it, involvement with spying on US citizens has everything to do with it.

Re:Low even for Slashdot (1)

BrainRam (939611) | about 3 months ago | (#46717607)

I wouldn't make a comment at all on this. But I will. I also hate the term tolerance, and prefer "acceptance". Tolerance means you hate something, but you deal with it anyway. I don't tolerate tolerance.

So there you go.

Re:Low even for Slashdot (0)

hsmith (818216) | about 3 months ago | (#46717631)

Everyone would be falling over their dicks if it were Hillary and not Rice to support her as a good idea.

Re:Low even for Slashdot (1)

Zontar The Mindless (9002) | about 3 months ago | (#46717919)

Hear that ringing? I think that might be 1994 calling...

Answer a question Zontar (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46718131)

How'd "eating your words" taste + your foot in your mouth & washed down w/ "the bitter taste of SELF-defeat" too? Here -> http://slashdot.org/comments.p... [slashdot.org]

* :)

(Ahem: Zontar - Libeling me's OR me via attempting to LIE about apps I wrote above's one thing, however also being caught in it & being uanble to backup your OTHER lies too -> http://slashdot.org/comments.p... [slashdot.org] ) - Take your meds for THAT one: You're HALLUCINATING again, Zontar!

Please...

APK

P.S.=> Now, you just KNOW I've just GOTTA say it, now don't you? Ah, but of COURSE you do:

THIS? This was just "too, Too, TOO EASY - just '2ez'" & it always is, especially vs. LYING libelous done ZERO losers & admitted loonybirds like Zontar ( multiple personality disorder http://slashdot.org/comments.p... [slashdot.org] + manic depression http://slashdot.org/comments.p... [slashdot.org] )

... apk

Re:Low even for Slashdot (1)

Vinegar Joe (998110) | about 3 months ago | (#46717813)

I love to see that "tolerance" the left is famous for.

And we've seen it from the Soviet gulags to the Khmer Rouge's killing fields.

Re:Low even for Slashdot (4, Informative)

dcollins (135727) | about 3 months ago | (#46717827)

Let's say Republican Senator Susan Collins took this position instead. Then: No issue and no uproar.

The problem is not that Rice is a Republican, it's that she was a part of the most terrifying Republican administration in history, and oversaw defense of torture and mass-surveillance wiretapping programs.

Re:Low even for Slashdot (2)

JeffAtl (1737988) | about 3 months ago | (#46718115)

it's that she was a part of the most terrifying Republican administration in history, and oversaw defense of torture and mass-surveillance wiretapping programs.

So if she had been part of the most terrifying Democrat administration in history, it would be ok?

To be clear, I consider both parties to be clowns. They are mostly all friends and laugh at all the hardcore party partisans that get all worked up and think it's real. It's just like pro wrestling. You're just a mark.

Re:Low even for Slashdot (1, Troll)

JDAustin (468180) | about 3 months ago | (#46718209)

I hope you consider the Obama admin one of the most terrifying Democratic admins in history then as they oversaw defense of drone assassinations and much more expanded mass-surveillance. Lets add in gun-running to mexico, getting our ambassador to Libya and 3 others dead and then lying about it, enacting policies that encourage the militarization of local police, etc. Of course it takes a lot to surpass the Woodrow Wilson admin with their arresting journalists and shutting down newspapers that were their enemies. Be heh...Obama has two more years still.

BTW, since I'm being critical of Obama, does that mean I'm now basically a klan member? At least according to Hank Aaron it is...

Team mentality (2)

mosb1000 (710161) | about 3 months ago | (#46718221)

I was trying to figure out why people would say that she's connected to the NSA. I was wondering if they'd say that about anyone who served in the White House (Al Gore is on Apple's board). I guess to people subscribing to a team mentality, any member of the republican leadership must be working to promote the NSA, and all the brave democrats are fighting against it.

But in reality, it's pretty silly to think that she's going to advocate turning over all their data to the NSA just because she's on their board and has worked with the NSA in the past. It's also pretty silly to think the NSA hasn't already got that data without her help.

Every time a republican gets hammered... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46718223)

Someone comes along and blames it on "the intolerant left". You can win any argument with that argument. No, it's because most of the time, republicans are bat shit insane.

Would you rather (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46717601)

Have Rice or Eich on your board?

No brainer, really.

USA and North Korea regimes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46717627)

Nothing new here. Communist regimes from USA and North Korea always worked close together.
We are going to see comrades from both allied states taking over important positions.

Way to go US Republican Commies!

Uh oh! (5, Insightful)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about 3 months ago | (#46717647)

Apparently they never checked her stance on Gay marriage:

“I don’t ever want anybody to be denied rights within our country. I happen to think marriage is between a man and a woman. That’s tradition, and I believe that that’s the right answer. But perhaps we will decide that there needs to be some way for people to express their desire to live together through civil union.”

Condoleezza Rice — Dec. 20, 2010

I guess websites will have to protest and such and then she'll resign after 2 weeks right?

Re:Uh oh! (1)

devent (1627873) | about 3 months ago | (#46717933)

Did she supported any bills that were discriminatory? If yes, then I would say that she deserves the same backslash as Mr. Eich. Of course, it's not to be to decide but from the homosexual community. From the short quote I can't decide, because same-sex marriage was never about the marriage itself but the recognition of the union from the government. Basically, I would agree with Rice on this particular quote.

Lets see what the quote says:
"I don’t ever want anybody to be denied rights within our country." - Great, I wish Mr. Eich would think the same way.
" I happen to think marriage is between a man and a woman." - Her personal opinion, it's all O.k. with that.
"That’s tradition, and I believe that that’s the right answer." - Her personal opinion, it's all O.k. with that.
"But perhaps we will decide that there needs to be some way for people to express their desire to live together through civil union. ” - I agree fully. The government should stay out of marriages and just recognize a union between people. The problem with Mr. Eich was that he went beyond his personal opinion and actively tried to deny rights to his fellow citizens.

Re:Uh oh! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46718151)

The level of cognitive dissonance on display here is astounding.

Re:Uh oh! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46718203)

Don't be silly, you only get called out for being anti-gay if you're a white man.

Hire Al Gore! (0, Troll)

Vinegar Joe (998110) | about 3 months ago | (#46717761)

He's certainly qualified.......he invented the internet.

And he's a Democrat.

Re:Hire Al Gore! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46717885)

He's already on Apples board! That's a full time job, yessiree

Well (1)

DaMattster (977781) | about 3 months ago | (#46717839)

She is sharp and well-connected but I hope that this does not undermine Dropbox. I know I never trusted Dropbox from the very beginning and this is giving me even more reason not to trust them. Does this mean that government has an in road to easier spying? Only time will tell ....

Sum up... (4, Insightful)

freeze128 (544774) | about 3 months ago | (#46718025)

It's not that using Dropbox is now a bad idea because Rice is on the board.... It's that using any "Cloud Based Storage" is not a good idea. Savvy readers can probably already setup and host their own servers... Why do you want to risk your data to someone else who does it "for free"?

Re:Sum up... (1)

Yosho (135835) | about 3 months ago | (#46718117)

Savvy readers can probably already setup and host their own servers...

What would you suggest for readers who aren't savvy but want a way to effortlessly keep files synchronized between all of their devices?

Political B.S. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46718089)

The select committee approving this has always been bipartisan and Obama reinforced and expanded the snooping for a full term and a half until he got caught. He's still done little to curb the NSA so WHY are you spinning this into some partisan nonsense in opposition to Rice?

No Thank You (0, Troll)

Stolovaya (1019922) | about 3 months ago | (#46718111)

I canceled my Dropbox account, and I let them know why.

I wrote dropbox in about an hour (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#46718129)

Using WebDAV and PHP.... Anyone using dropbox is probably heading for the exits by now. This only confirms their suspicions.

Chappelle said it nicely (1)

slashmydots (2189826) | about 3 months ago | (#46718215)

Anyone remember the Race Draft skit on The Chappelle Show? The whites wanted to draft Colon Powell as 100% white but the blacks would only allow it if they also agreed to take Condaleeza Rice. She wasn't real popular back then either apparently.

How many decades... (0)

Mike Van Pelt (32582) | about 3 months ago | (#46718229)

How many decades is it going to be before the hyper-partisan Democrats are going to be able to admit that maybe, possibly, it just might be that some things that "aren't right" are not, after all, George Bush's fault?
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