Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 7th Jun 2013 11:40 UTC
Legal This story is getting bigger and bigger. Even though most Americans probably already knew, it is now official: the United States government, through its National Security Agency, is collecting the communications and data of all American citizens, and of non-Americans using American services, through a wide collaboration with the large companies in technology, like Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and so on. Interestingly enough, the NSA itself, as well as the US government, have repeatedly and firmly denied this massive spying on Americans and non-Americans took place at all.
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RE[2]: Afraid of Google
by orfanum on Fri 7th Jun 2013 12:34 UTC in reply to "RE: Afraid of Google"
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Erm, I think that in English, the phrase means we were quite wrong to have entertained that previous fear as such, at least that's the implication, more so than 'a plague on all your/their houses' which means they are all culpable, which is what you seem to want to express. I respect the fact that English is not your first language, and admire your highly proficient use of it. Had you said: "and we were afraid of just Google" or "and we were only afraid of Google" then (although they both have slightly different meanings again) you would have been nearer the mark. But you didn't.

I say this as someone who has had to use other languages on a daily basis at different points in my life. I know it can be embarrassing to realise one is using a language incorrectly but that's also how we learn - that is, not by simply making mistakes but also by acknowledging them.


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