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Microsoft may be leading the charge against US data grabs

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Europe: firewall your data

"We want to be able to tell our customers with certainty that proper legal procedures will be followed in the event of any authority wanting access to their data."

Not likely to happen. The War on Terror US national security paranoia is exponentially inflamed by ISIS global recruiting and their recent call for random attacks everywhere. The Canadian Parliament attack will further justify ramped-up US covert digital surveillance actions, with new support from the Republican right-wing wingnuts when they gain total control of Congress in this November's elections.

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Apple grapple: Congress kills FBI's Cupertino crypto kybosh plan

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No big surprise here ...

If there is any group in America that does not want anyone peeking into their email or cellphone messages, it is our esteemed Members of Congress and their contributors!

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French 'terror law' declares WAR on the INTERNET itself, say digi-rights folks

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Follow the leader ...

... said in its official opinion that, in practice, this suspicion would be based on secret notes from intelligence services that people would not be able to challenge.

Yeh, old news. The US established this "practice" right after 9/11/01. It's just taken the French a few years to catch up.

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Sway: Microsoft's new Office app doesn't have an Undo function

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Apple gave us Hypercard ...

and all these years later Microsoft, in a revolutionary reinvention of personal expression gives us ...

Sway?

What a revealing comparison.

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NSA Sentry Eagle placed spies in private companies

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Re: I don't think I want to play with the Americans any more.

It's been that way ever since the rag-tag Colonials hid in the trees and sniped at the marching ranks of Redcoats. "Not a gentlemanly way to conduct a war" their officers complained.

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US astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson: US is losing science race

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Re: Salary

it has been reported that in 2009 the US gave $486 Million worth of cargo aircraft ( a total of 16 C-27 cargo haulers) to the Afghanistan government. These planes were purchased from Italy and refurbished at US expense by a military contractor.

This year the Afghanistan government demolished all 16 aircraft, shredded them, and sold them for scrap metal priced at $0.06 per pound. Total recovery? $32,000. That is a conversion of $486,000,000 ==> $32,000. That works out to a loss of 99.993%. The problem? At the time of the "gift" to Afghanistan, they had no spare parts, no maintenance capabilities, and no pilots trained to fly the C-27s. The planes spent the entire time parked in the runway weeds until they were finally scrapped. None was ever flown in service by the Afghans.

How many four-year university scholarships could be awarded to US students seeking science degrees, if $486 million were made available for the program?

Hell, I'd even take the $32,000 the Afghan government got for the scrap metal. That would put one student through a full year, and pay board & room besides. Maybe the kid would go on to help cure cancer.

Sad. Don't look to the US for any form of leadership anytime soon. We're done for.

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Re: Salary

It would make far more sense if the political and educational leaders in the USofA would pull their heads out of their collective asses ... and take a look around at the huge financial roadblock to higher education here.

Thanks to the sweetheart "good ol' boy" arrangements between the banks and Congress, student loan debt in America now exceeds $1 Trillion dollars and is increasing at a rapid rate. It is so huge, it is now acknowledged as contributing to a lame economic recovery that is largely based on hopes of a consumer upsurge. Graduates are carrying too much crushing, high-interest student loan debt, and are pushed to take the highest-paying job they can find. That probably won't be in a science or research field.

Increasingly, bright young people are being shut out of higher education, as right-wing "conservative" politics slash scholarship and student aid budgets. And middle-class families, who have seen their earning erode for the last three decades, can hardly afford student tuition increases that have soared well above acknowledged inflation rates. IE, a year's tuition and fees at my state's premiere public university, the University of Washington, is now at $28,000 per year. (A typical textbook is now $300 or $400 for a science book.)

My 16-year-old grandson is a 3.8 GPA high school student, taking Advanced Placement classes in his junior year (3rd year), and he is extremely active in computer and ROTC activities. He's completely locked out of any possibility of becoming a biological scientist, which is his wish, given his family income and soaring university costs, and the current lack of sufficient student aid. The best hope is a US Military scholarship which the US Defense Department funds for a total of about $1 Billion per year. BUT ... of the 25,000 students who apply every year, only 4,000 will be chosen ... and the criteria is not based on need. If successful, the scholarship requires a commitment of 8 years military service.

In short, IMHO, America has decided to outsource its access to brain power. Let other nations invest in science education. We'll reserve our aid dollars for young military officers, and let all the others be indentured servants to the American banking system during their productive lifetimes.

America has been engaged in slashing and burning its infrastructure and social budgets for the last few decades. I call it "eating our seed corn" as a foolish system of government cutbacks.

(/rant)

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Internet Explorer stars in monster October Patch Tuesday

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Re: Instead of COMPLAINING about Microsoft......

The browser wars were over while AOL was still disc bombing your mailbox. IE won, get over it.

I await your downvotes

So MS decides to support IE by dropping all patches for it in Windows XP, which is still in use worldwide on older hardware that cannot support the MS upgrade Juggernaut ... and before fanbois scream that MS is not obligated to support an older OS, how about their obligation to support the IE portion that was current as of a year ago?

Here's a downvote, and a small tube of Vaseline to ease the way ...

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Re: Apples and Oranges

I'll be sure to tell my 72-year old wife who is running Linux (SolydXK) on her desktop and laptop pc, that each time an update icon on her screen signals that an update is available, that she must "be a bit savvy" to deal with the "call to arms" patch alert. Because up to this point, she's simply clicked the icon, entered her system password, and let the patches proceed (with no reboot required, ever!)

I s'pose I'm in the same sad situation. I'm running SolydXK linux dual-boot with Windows 7, and I'm the one who set it all up for her. I'm 76, so that's probably why I forgot to advise her about the "savvy" and "call to arms" requirement. But it's been over a year and she's still keepin' on with keepin' on.

And I'm a bit pissed that once again, with Windows 7 and IE, I'll be on the MS Patch Tuesday treadmill yet again with no end in sight. Realizing that there is no way to know how many remaining "undiscovered" holes and flaws exist in the MS system, we (wife & I) restrict our internet activity to our respective Linux installs.

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WOMEN, your 'SUPERPOWER' is ... NOT asking for a RAISE: Satya Nadella

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Disrespect our corporate masters?

Not surprising that Nadella should give voice to an American corporate premise: "It's not really about asking for a raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will give you the right raise."

A brazen request for a pay raise is prima facie disrespect towards one's corporate employer and a demonstrable failure of trust in the American corporate system of performance and rewards. In short, such an unwarranted request is a stain upon one's team loyalty. Team success is possible only when all team players adhere to team standards!

Be ashamed and get back to work.

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NSA spying will shatter the internet, Silicon Valley bosses warn

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Rules are easily side-stepped

The US has had FIFA* laws on the books for some years now, at the federal, state, and local levels. It has proven exceptionally easy for government officials to evade, obstruct, delay or otherwise frustrate attempts to get access to public documents under the law. Worst offenders in most cases have proven to be US alphabet-letter agencies, where a released document will be totally blacked out under claims of protecting sensitive sources or processes.

So when it is suggested that "[what] is needed ... is a law that ensures the full and transparent disclosure" ... however unlikely it is that such a law could be enacted, it's quite certain that it will be neither obeyed nor enforced. Just like FIFA transparency requirements.

*FIFA = Freedom of Information Act

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Adobe spies on readers: 'EVERY page you turn, EVERY book you own' leaked back to base

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Re: Outrageous

It's an American mega-corporation ... But, of course, they'll get away with it.

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Windows 10's 'built-in keylogger'? Ha ha, says Microsoft – no, it just monitors your typing

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Gittin' a grip on yer privates

Yeh ... well, as I'd said another time, those who stand under the elephant's ass shouldn't expect anything but repeats of the same old shit cascading down on their head. But who would have expected that while the elephant was taking a dump, it would have its trunk in yer pocket, jerkin' on yer private ... ummm, yer private keystrokes!

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PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users

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Re: Post PC

What's the difference between an iPad running Pages and a mac running Pages?

About the same difference as watching the World Championships (name yer favorite field sport here) through a knothole in the fence, or having a mid-field seat along the sidelines. It's a question of screen space and work area.

Put another way, the difference is like trying to build a boat with a Swiss Army knife, as opposed to having a shed full of dedicated tools.

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Sprint starting mass layoffs to 'improve operational efficiencies' in mobile network

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More for less ...

Boss, to employees John and Fred: "John, can you do Fred's job as well as your own?"

John: "Are you crazy? I'm working 70 to 80 hours a week doing my own!"

Boss: "Fred, can you do John's job as well as your own?"

Fred: "It's just possible. I'm also working 70 to 80 hours a week, but I'm free while commuting 20 hours a week. John's stuff can be moved online. It means all my commuting time will be taken up with laptop work, but it could be done."

Boss: "John, you're fired. Fred, you should probably buy a faster laptop."

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Microsoft's nightmare DEEPENS: Windows 8 market share falling fast

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Expectations?

MicroSoft have proved one thing for sure:

If you continue to stand under an elephant's ass, there's no point expecting what gets dumped on you will be any different than the previous version.

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JPMorgan Chase: 76 MILLION homes, 7 MILLION small biz thumped in cyber-heist

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Erosion of trust

Damn, damn, damn. And double-damn-it all to hell, anyway!

Just as the various security agencies have violated trust that they will obey restrictions and rules governing respect for citizens' privacy ... so have the big banks and corporations shown that they cannot be trusted to focus effectively on security, nor do they promptly and openly reveal when massive security violations occur.

Sorry to say, this private household shuns banks (preferring credit unions here in the US); shuns all ATM machines (hidden card scanners); avoids all credit/debit card purchases at stores (hacked POS terminals); and is increasingly going back to carrying cash for all purchases. Sad ... sad, sad, sad ... it looked to be convenient, but in the US at least, trust is gone. Example: US credit card companies are still issuing cards with the flawed magnetic strip. Epic fail.

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US Attorney Gen latest to roast Apple, Google mobe encryption

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Okay, now I get it!

If we are carrying a phone or other device containing encrypted content, then obviously we are child predators, or complicit with child predators, or are fellow travelers with child predators.

We've become low-hanging fruit and the FISA system is going for it.

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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Re: So, Windows 9 is called

I had predicted in another thread that MS would call it "WinOS9" but who knew they'd skip over 9 altogether. So ... WinOSX it is.

Apple has used all the kitty names for their versions, so that leaves what ... canine names? Will it be WinOSX "Poodle" or ... heaven help us, WinOSX "Pit Bull" ?

Laying under the table, licking its balls?

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Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?

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Re: Hypocrites, each and every one of you....

Your statement has been noted and recorded. Ample time to reevaluate the contents of "http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/overview" will be provided you during your readjustment period.

Your statement that "I do not recognize ANY court ruling or law that runs counter to the Bill of Rights and the Constitution..." constitutes a voluntary abrogation of your Fifth Amendment right proscribing self-incrimination, and is a prima facie admission of anti-government attitudes and actions. Sentencing to be indeterminate pending acceptable attitude readjustments.

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Microsoft boss Nadella makes fleeting visit to China for conciliatory competition talks

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A marriage made in heaven

Microsoft is not a monopoly; China is not an oppressive power. We eagerly await the fruits of their union!

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Spies, avert eyes! Tim Berners-Lee demands a UK digital bill of rights

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Re: Lest We Forget.

Think of the likes of Alan Turing.

Ayup ... it's difficult to think of Alan Turing without recalling the rewards a grateful nation heaped upon him.

Care to try another example to make yer point?

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Be your own Big Brother: Keeping an eye on Mum and Dad

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US options are far, far simpler ...

Unable to care for that beloved old parent, relative, or sibling at home?

NO PROBLEM! Here in our human-rights-loving American nation of fee-based health care, endorsed and promulgated by the world's richest economy and the globe's most powerful government, we have taken the issue of elder care well in hand, unsurpassed anywhere on the planet!

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/26/nyregion/family-fights-health-care-system-for-simple-request-to-die-at-home.html

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Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week

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WinDroid

For the mobile version (catching up with the juggernaut);

WindOS9 for the desktop version (they've always lagged Apple);

and WindShield for the secure version (ignoring all those messy bug splats).

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Putin tells Google, Twitter, Facebook: Have a vodka and censorship on the rocks

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Another barrier rises ....

I grew up in the age of the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain. For a brief time we've enjoyed a season of internet freedom. Many feared it was too good to last. Now we see the barriers going up anew. What's a good name ... the Cyber Curtain?

And then there's the USA ... one huge Cyber Siphon.

(Listen, my child, and you shall hear the sucking sound of that we fear.)

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Sun of a beach! Java biz founder loses battle to keep his shore private

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Re: Welcome to...

Tell 'im to move north to Washington State ... the idiots in the legislature sold off the public beaches years ago to adjacent property owners. They only stopped in the late 60's when somebody reminded them that only a small percentage of public beach access remained unsold. 'Net tycoons up here buy up entire islands for their private fiefdoms.

If it weren't for the massive federal military land acquisitions for coastal forts and such that were later released to the state for public park facilities, Washington residents would have virtually no beach access in one of the nation's largest marine estuarine environments.

F*ck politicians and the horse's asses they ride into office.

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FBI boss: Apple's iPhone, iPad encryption puts people 'ABOVE THE LAW'

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FBI pissing and moaning ...

" ... I'd hate to have people look at me and say, 'Well how come you can't save this kid,' 'How come you can't do this thing.'"

Well, while we're at it ... how about access to:

1. An FBI kid-saving cam in all public toilets to catch gay and pedo-fondling crims;

2. An FBI kid-saving cam in all motel rooms;

3. An FBI kid-saving cam in all residential bedrooms;

4. An FBI kid-saving cam in all residential toilets;

5 An FBI kid-saving cam in all church toilets and offices;

6. And finally, an FBI kid-saving cam in all FBI toilets and evidence rooms to monitor potential perverse evidence viewing and lustful reactions to same.

All for the sake of " ... I'd hate to have people look at me and say, 'Well how come you can't save this kid,' 'How come you can't do this thing.'"

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Britain's housing crisis: What are we going to do about it?

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Perverse reaction

So the author laments, "And yet I know of at least three different countries (or parts of countries) where rent control is seriously advanced as the solution to housing problems."

Yeh, bucko! And how many times did yer mother scream at ye:

"Don't touch that hot burner!"

"Don't yank that cat's tail!"

"Don't chew on that cord!"

"Don't ... don't ... don't!"

And ye did! Did'nt ye? Yup ... over 'n over ye did! 'N ye expect that others'll be smarter? A nation's leader group is nothing but a bunch of clots sittin' 'n fussin' with each other, where the IQ of the brightest of 'em divided by the number of 'em present is the IQ of the collective ... and ye expect a smart decision to come from 'em?

Don't get yer hopes up!

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Boiling point: Tech and the perfect cuppa

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Re: Another option

+1 ... too simple, too easy, too effective. It just works. Bound to irritate the purists and traditionalists. Better don't try it ... just sit around and gnash yer teeth and suffer the idea of perfect tea coming from a coffee maker.

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Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please

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Re: Why?

"Who knows? Maybe if they offered a better shopping experience, they might sell more hardware to shop/read with."

I couldn't agree more! And the B&N site search function is totally hopeless! Comparing the B&N site to Amazon's is like comparing a Trabant ( regarded with derisive affection as a symbol of the extinct former East Germany -- Wikipedia ) to a Mercedes. Yeh, you (may) eventually get somewhere, but afterward you'll push the Trabant off a cliff lest you ever be tempted to use it again.

I s'pose the B&N management decisions could be compared to the best/worst of the Dilbert comic strip. I bought a Nook a few years ago; the only thing going for it was the ePub and other open formats it allows, as compared to the proprietary Kindle lockdown approach. That is perhaps the one and only intelligent decision B&N made. Nothing makes up for the miserable experience of shopping B&N online ebooks, and then after enduring their clumsy website, discovering that their book costs more!

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Know what Ferguson city needs right now? It's not Anonymous doxing random people

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Re: Ahh, vigilante "justice"

Don't assume that the alleged "death threats" are real. Consider the source. The Ferguson chief made that allegation, but he also gave an incomplete account of the fatal confrontation that has been totally refuted by eyewitness accounts from three separate witnesses, each from a different vantage point, and two of which were within very close proximity at the time of the shooting.

It's noteworthy that neither the Ferguson PD or the St. Louis county prosecutor's office has seen fit to recognize or take statements from those three witnesses; but have chosen instead to discredit at least one by implying "he ran away" and thus cannot be taken seriously.

Credible death threats? ... apparent cover-up motivations to date suggest otherwise.

And what is the excuse for failing to release documents which are available upon demand according to Missouri state law, immediately upon completion ... most importantly, the officer's incident report. Why is all of the information being suppressed and public documents being withheld?

The majority population of Ferguson, MO historically have absolutely no reason to trust or believe their police authorities. Why do some outside observers then take the "death threat" statement of an obviously frightened and incompetent police chief as gospel truth?

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CIA super-spy so sorry spies spied on Senate's torture scrutiny PCs

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No possible foundation of trust

In a climate of lies, there is no foundation of trust. The very air one breathes in Washington, DC reeks of dishonesty, deception, and hypocrisy. There is no foundation of trust remaining in that cesspit of corruption and dissolution. What a pathetic end for us.

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Carlos: Slim your working week to just three days of toil

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Double yer pleasure, double yer pain

The author asserts: "It would also help governments cope with populations that are both ageing and living longer, by keeping people in the workforce – and therefore in the taxpayer population – for longer."

Ummm ... maybe for the gov't employees, but I doubt it. At least from a US view, the point ain't to keep people in the workforce. It's to get rid of 'em ... as many and as soon as possible. And the only way US corporates are gonna pay full-time wages for three days work is if each workday is 15 hours long! But that ain't happen' nor will it happen.

Took a drive away from our tiny island today to the mainland shoppin' burg. Saw lots of "Help Wanted" signs posted about. No, Frieda ... it ain't that the US economy is pickin' up and the corporates are hirin' again ... it's the result of the latest employment practice. Nobody gets more than 12 workin' hours per week, paid at minimum wage rates. So each full-time "job slot" takes three people to fill it. Yes, that means three times more people are workin' than before, but three times more are slowly starvin' than before. Nobody's making a livin' wage under the new paradigm.

So, Mister Lottabux sez we kin look forward to workin' a three-day week! That's perfect for the US economy, cuz it means we kin work two jobs, and still have one day off to mow the boss's lawn, take his laundry to the cleaners, ferry his kids to their activities, and still have time to wax his limo.

Progress, ain't it grand!

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Nadella: Yes I can put 2 THINGS FIRST. I will say them at the same time – CLOUDOBILE

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Wet, cold, and blind.

Honestly ... a CEO tossing around terms like his product ties together the "artifacts" of people's lives; the cloud becomes a "backplane" of identity management and security; the place we will truly shine will be around "insights”; and we want to "stimulate the entire ecosystem.”

Really? This is the shining future of America's largest software house? The cutting edge of computing brilliance? This ... this deluge of drivel? This bullshit?

Ever been inside a cloud? At ground level we call it fog!

Perhaps this mentality is the reason MS has insisted that Windows 8 truly does offer an enhanced user experience. They cannot perceive reality in the fog.

Seattle TV news last evening noted that as many as ten percent of the Microsofties could face layoffs, and the region is bracing for the impact. A video clip featured an MS executive promising the great opportunity facing the displaced workers: he assured the TV audience that the region will see a new wave of entrepreneurs, new business startups, new developers, and a whole new upsurge in individual opportunity and enterprise.

Fog. Wet and cold. Blind.

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Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

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Re: Not surprising

"and may well factor into their decision about who their next ISP might be – if they have any choice at all.

CHOICE?? What effing choice! As others have pointed out, here in the US there is no choice. In our community, Comcast has the local municipal franchise and others are locked out. There is absolutely no recourse ... except dial-up ... bwaaahaahaha ... competition?

The tape is only a small indicator of the contempt Corporate America shows the consumer.

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FCC commish: We don't need no steenkin' net neutrality rules

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Silly twats!

Yer just don't get it, do yers ... as the Chairman of a once mighty US auto builder once said (back in a day when his hubris was soundy criticized as being a touch too arrogant):

"What's good for [insert name of corporation] is good for [insert name of nation]!"

Shirley all that goodness can't be wrong, right?

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German government orders local CIA station chief to pack his bags

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Re: A pretty restrained response ...

@ AC: That would be all well & good, had not great journalists already revealed that not only did Obama's mum meet Obama's dad at the CIA Russian language school in Hawaii but some further claim that President Obama himself learned Pushtu and was meeting Mujahideen in Pakistan/Afghanistan in 1981.

Omigawd! Do you mean! "Barry" Hussein Obama is ... he is ... ohmigawd HE is the CALIPH?

wHO'd a THunK iT!

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A pretty restrained response ...

Consider that the NSA was exposed by Snowden for monitoring Ms. Merkel's cell phone ... along with other rude silliness ... and now we've the one-two punch of two CIA plants dug out of her government.

I'd say she'll agree to a new CIA station chief on the proviso they send someone competent, and if they're going to plant spies, try to certify their competence as well ... just to avoid the embarrassment of on-going exposure, you know? Oh ... and an iron-clad promise that the NSA won't be planting any video peeps in her bathroom.

Meanwhile, back in the US, the CIA Director neglected to inform Pres. Obama that Merkel had rooted out the spies, and Obama was on the phone to her, asking for cooperation with some thing or another, totally unaware that she was steaming from both ears.

Obama should call the CIA Director to a private meet & greet, to open with an acceptance of the Director's letter of resignation and followed by a bum's rush out the back door.

But it won't happen.

None of it.

No competent director; no accomplished spies; no resignation.

Oh well, back to war with ... ISIL? the Levant? the Caliphate? Syria? Iran? Everybody?

Has that new Federal Reserve bond sale gone through yet?

(Hey! Don't blame me ... I'm just a U.S. taxpayer. I'm not in the loop!)

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Global protest calls for canning SOPA-by-stealth treaty's IP bits

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Turning blue in the face ...

... holding my breath waiting for that to happen.

"Thankfully, US President Obama recently suggested that the TPP's text will be released to the public in November."

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Today's Facebook fury: Coppertone-like baby pic ban baffles US mom

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Only corporations and governments allowed ...

If there is no resolution of the "post here, violate the law there" problem ... then as the world grows increasingly contentious it will be too dangerous for the average citizen to express themselves freely on the 'net, in text or image. In one extreme example, a fictional online story involving sexual activity between two consenting persons under the age of 18 is legal in the US, but illegal in parts of Australia. The author could be charged and prosecuted. Or an unflattering depiction of Mohammed in relation to fanatical believers could result in a fatwa of death.

Only governments and corporations could defend against such responses. An average bloke? Not a chance.

Perhaps this was the intended result all along ... the 'net is entirely too dangerous to leave in the hands of the citizens,

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Snowden leaks latest: NSA, FBI g-men spied on Muslim-American chiefs

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Re: Muslim-Americans?

It's pure bullshit! The use of the hyphenated xxx-American is totally intended to diminish the standing of the person/group so labeled. Otherwise, the appropriate label would be simply, "American."

America is a racist nation. Even our vehement denial of racism confirms the fact. Every non-caucasian person must needs be labeled to establish their place in the hierarchy, i.e., "Native" American, "African" American, "Jewish" American, "Muslim" American, and so on. To say this is not pejorative labeling is to say that segrated schools truly offered "equal" education to all.

One interesting experiment I've conducted in recent times is to enquire of my fellow citizens: "Do you think it appropriate that a Muslim should be elected President?" I'll leave the responses to your fertile imagination.

And of course, the NSA/FBI/et al are playing on these racist phobias in their labeling and monitoring. The scorpions cannot deny their nature.

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NSA dragnet mostly slurped innocents' traffic

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Too numb to care any longer ...

"... we are SO screwed."

Yes. But at the same time the American public is so enervated by endless revelations of privacy abuses that our screwing seems to be little more than a fait accompli.

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Windows 7, XP and even Vista GAIN market share again

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Re: 'Windows 9'

==> "One shall leave it up to the community to speculate what that title may be."

Ummm ... Windows Hit

Say that really fast a few times and see how it tastes.

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Re: MS should have

yeh ... so the shiny new laptop must needs have a touch screen ... and what do I do with that heavy, clunky keyboard portion hangin' down from the screen? Take a set of shears and hack it off so's all I got to grab and fondle is the screen?

It seemed so logical to expect a touch-screen OS fer poke n' tickle slabs, and a keys-pointer OS fer regular gear ... until MS decided otherwise. Piss on 'em ... it's actually a MS marketing move to force all consumers to buy a monthly subscription package for slabs connected to the MS cloud.

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Re: Ol' Grumpy

Mebbe it could be that the "Penguinistas" don't fancy getting into some silly-arsed contest to "make a step change"? Those who can discern the need for something different will make a self-informed choice; the others are perhaps better left alone. Go stir the shite in some other pot.

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HOLD THE FRONT PAGE: US govt backs mass spying by US govt

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Take it seriously?

Of course the report finds the government program to be useful and without fault. The State is not concerned with the security of the people. The State is concerned with the security of the State.

It is what it is.

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Chromebook Pixel owners' promised free data plans being prematurely axed

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It is what it is ...

Leopards with stripes? Zebras with spots? Panthers in pink tights? Scorpions with sugar tits?

C'mon, people! It's in the accepted gaming realm of political lies, party platforms, and a job waiting to be filled for every citizen who wishes to crawl out of the shelter, stand up, and make something of themselves ... right? These are deceptions and baldfaced lies and anybody who expects promises made in an advertising sales pitch to actually be honored is seriously maladjusted. Seriously. Next thing you know, you'll demand that Verizon apologize for delivering less than promised connection speeds and offer to refund a portion of the monthly fee ... about the time scorpions grow sugar tits in place of their stingers ... or there's a shortage of lawyers to sympathize over yer rights bein' bent.

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FCC to spend $2 BEEELLION to install Wi-Fi in US schools

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So you'd prefer to do without?

@ Preston:

So your premise is that your electric grid, your telephone, water, sewer, garbage, and all the other utilities are bollocks up because they are public utilities with varying degrees of goverment rules. My point is that you'd be pretty unhappy if you had no electric grid, telephone, internet, or the rest because the private providers didn't think you & your neighbors profitable enough to service, while at the same time lobbying your pols to forbid you from banding together cooperatively to provide it for yourselves.

I lived in a high mountain county in the western US that didn't get electric service until the 1960's, telephone service until the 1970's and television via high mountain repeaters until the 1980's, all because "private" providers couldn't be bothered to make the investment to extend their services. It took the government and low-interest loans and authorizations via the REA (Rural Electrification Act) to enable several thousand people resident in that county to do for themselves what private corporations were completely unwilling to do. And those same corporations fought the REA, the loans, and the rural cooperatives tooth and nail the whole time, calling the loans and the cooperatives "anti-competitive" socialism.

That same area now has a degree of broadband via the local telephone REA cooperative via fiber-optic cables that were laid throughout that state via another socialist program.

Try to understand both sides, rather than being a knee-jerk anti-government ass.

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Nice that they're thinking of us, but ...

So those of us who live in the sticks 'n boonies will have to haul our laptop down to the library (assuming we still have one within twenty miles) or to the school parking lot (distance ditto, thanks to on-going rural school consolidation) to access the new FCC-subsidized broadband? Actually, it would be nice if they simply took a lesson from history and declared internet access services to be a public utility! Under those rules, similar to electric and telephone and such, if a private corporation wishes to make money serving an area, they are obligated to offer service to everyone in that area ... and not just cherry-pick the choicest clusters and bugger-all the rest! And if a private corporation doesn't want to get involved at all, the the Rural Electrification Act made low-interest loans available so ruralites could form their own cooperative. But first, we'd have to cut through all the slag that's arisen to make locally-generated community internet provisions all but illegal! Mayhaps FCC could look at that issue while they're feeling altruistic with our tax money.

As for that 2 Billion $$ over the next two years? Forget that ... the US is going back to war in Iraq/etc. and we're going to need that money to bribe the mullahs and the warlords.

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Congress passes crackdown on NSA surveillance

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Putting a caution on the NSA secret budget

It makes about as much sense as putting a dog collar on the pig to keep it from rooting around in the potato patch.

(Maybe it makes sense to the swineherders ... ?)

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