222 posts • joined 15 Jan 2008
A marriage made in heaven
Microsoft is not a monopoly; China is not an oppressive power. We eagerly await the fruits of their union!
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?
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!
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).
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.)
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.
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.'"
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!
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.
"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!
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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!
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!)
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."
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So you'd prefer to do without?
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.
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.
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 ... ?)
Perhaps some sound signals as it came down ...
Thinking back on the nostalgic days of dialup modems and the lovely cacaphony of squeals, buzzs, snarls, pops, growls, hisses and whinging connection sounds ... those same sounds emitted from a loudspeaker as the cluster-pod plummeted to earth would be an appropriate signal that ... while all may not be well, it is not a life-threatening event ... unless you're standing under it, looking up ... waiting for a connection, maybe ??
Entirely too simple?
"We have tightened the rules. Our agencies respect the new rules. Trust US."
Ayup. Trust regained. As simple as that.
Re: Met Plod Plodding a Crooked Furrow with a Nice Cushy Earner ... Well, it aint dangerous, is it*?
We Merikins invite Jules Assunge to Merika via our Sweedish satellite subserviants ... in the spirit of US prosecution 95% plea bargain efficiencies he is offered Door #1, lethal injection in the left arm, or in uproariously good spirit of accomodation, Door #2, lethal injection in the right arm. If this don't suit there is the option of the world-renowned Oklahoma "groin" injection replete with fumble-fingered needle probing and vein blowout. (Can youse Briti'cans spell 'deturrint'? We get hardly no repeat offenders!)
Oh, but wait ... ! It involves Merikin national security secrets! Sorry, but that's a secret court, secret evidence, secret verdict, secret imprisonment and permanently sealed records. Bye-bye boy-o! T'was nice knowin' ye!
Justice? Bwa-haaa-ha-ha do we got justice. Send 'im on over!
Here we have this loverly sandbox, and you don't want us old farts playin' innit?
Re: But the earth is only 6 thousand years old
Ayup ... 6,000 years, give or take a few days ... as more than a few of the US 'Tea Party' pols (including the one that heads up the House of Reps Science Committee) will affirm ... and as for that round object in the image accompanying this article? All them 'round' pix from NASA are falsified photoshop propaganda pieces. The world is, and always has been, flat ... the oceans don't run off the sides cuz the Good Lord said they mustn't. Now, about that stupid 'big bang' thing ...
Not gonna happen
"Both the British and American governments should do much more to protect whistleblowing..."
Ayup, they should. They won't.
After all this time ...
... if they cannot fix that malware swamp called Windows OS (how many years do these security gaps exist before patches arrive?) then rational thought might demand that they back away from Windows 8/8.1 ... fall back to restore Windows 7 ... and concentrate on FIXING what they inflicted on their paying market! Perhaps after another few years, Redmond could focus on something for the fondle-slab market.
No public trial; no public evidence
As Snowden himself pointed out in the NBC interview Wednesday evening on US television, he would be tried under the terms of the espionage act, which would essentially be a secret trial. The prosecution evidence, the testimony, everything in the trial would be classified and concealed from public view. The transcripts and proceedings would be sealed and never declassified. Only the inevitable fact of his conviction would be announced. Also, given the sensitive nature of his situation, it would be reasonable to expect he'd be held in solitary confinement, isolated in an undisclosed location with no hope of parole or judicial review for life.
Secretary Kerry's assertion that Snowden return to face a fair trial is a brazen propaganda deception. He fully understands the implication and application of the espionage act provisions.
We invite you to meet with us
As a previous American government said to Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce nation, "We have considered your objections, and we invite you to the fort for a review of the issues."
Re: umm, no
Also include the ancillary costs of compliance for US here in everyone-is-free-land: zoning and home-owner association permit fees for rooftop installations; home-inspection fees for same; public utility metering fees; annual fire & safety inspection fees for rooftop/interface/storage systems; quarterly tax filings for metered income-equivalency earnings; city/county/state impact fees (infrastructure amelioration and in-lieu of tax payments legislation); and so on.
Don't be trying to evade $$ owing to the established regulatory scheme of things.
A reminder of relative powers
Arguing for reform, or for change to patent terms/limits, or for US elected officials to honor the nation and its citizens ... is totally ineffective. It is wishful, delusional thinking at best.
The ability to sway elections and field armies of lobbyists is a function of ca$h ... rivers of it.
Regard: two brothers inherit an oil business and mushroom it into a $150 Billion oil and industrial empire. Consider that each brother has $5 Billion in personal, liquid capital at hand. Let's break that down to something we peasants can relate to: $5,000 in pocket.
One brother donates $23 to a national public broadcasting network. When a film producer arrives with an unflattering documentary film about one of the brothers, the network decides not to air the film, ostensibly to avoid offending a major contributor. The brother still has $4,977 in pocket.
Both brothers are upset at political trends in the nation, and decide to create and fund a counter-balancing movement, donating $150 each. One brother still has $4,827 in pocket; the other, $4,850. The wrong political party is still functioning, so the two brothers pull out all stops and each agrees to up the ante. They pony up $250 each, for a $500 massive nation-wide media and lobbying campaign. This still leaves each brother with more than $4,500 in pocket.
A long-time political consultant to the brothers convinces them that a more effective way of realizing their political objective is to focus on the states, and their legislative bodies. This might even require a commitment of as much as $500 from each brother, bringing their cash in pocket down to $4,000 each ... 80% of their original "walking around" money.
See where this is going? We peasants simply cannot fathom what a Billion dollars really is, but if you break it down to mentally-recognizable numbers, it starts to illustrate the ability of the truly wealthy among us ... the Oligarchs ... to use their wealth as a weapon against us. And given the massive, literally inexhaustible bulk of that wealth, we will lose our democracy long, long before they run out of pocket money.
Thus, we are shocked! Simply SHOCKED when a US politician finds a coward's way of doing his Master's bidding ... and we are simply pissing into the wind as we wish something different could happen other than having it blow back in our face.
For the Chinese, MS offers Win7?
Re: I'm guessing whomever came up with this....
I'm convinced it's a matter of arrogance ... pure, unrestrained arrogance, if not thinly veiled contempt for the user. I first experienced this years ago with programmers who could not be bothered to a) step back and fix bugs, rather than charge ahead with yet-another "cool feature" and b) pressing ahead with change for the sake of change, because of a general "if it works, it's boring!" attitude. That, coupled with an impatient disregard for documenting their product, made the user experience more frustrating than productive.
Corporate interests are better served by all of the above (bug hunting is costly, documentation is an expensive, shifting target, and change for change sake keeps sales churning. Besides all that, mega-corp is a monopoly and the customer is locked in ... so who should give a flying freck about user concerns?
Re: The Best Solution: Kill TPP And Serve The Citizens Instead
"These clowns have ruined my country, the USA."
Yes ... well, that's the problem, isn't it? It's not their country ... they are multinational. If they should ever feel the need to flee the sinking ship, they (the oligarchs) have got private island estates and corporate jets to fly them there. Problem solved.
A secret text, the focus of a closed-door negotiation process involving confidential efforts by undisclosed participants arguing unresolved powers to be granted private corporations exercising behind-the-scenes threats against unrevealed government economic and trade policies, affecting an electorate kept in the dark and excluded from the process ...
... how silly of anyone to be concerned. Anyone heard anything from Davos lately?
oorah!! for the Job Creators!!
"... data processing for such information has been outsourced to US firm General Dynamics, which signed an eight-year, $51m contract with the NSA for the job."
There is hope yet for the lackluster recovery of the U.S. economy ... there's hundreds of new jobs there, and think of all the new construction jobs in the Utah desert when NSA finds themselves obliged to increase the size of their new mammoth data storage site. Yes, dear, we'll need those new jobs to pay the taxes to pay for those ginormous new data-harvesting contracts ... but that's not the point, is it?
No such agency
"There is no such agency that would be engaged in no such activity involving no such product for no such surveillance program in no such authorized fashion if any such authorization in fact had been contemplated, possible, or authorized ... "
Letter stamped "Return to Sender: Addressee Unknown"
Do not touch the switch ...
Adobe said: "We have identified the root cause of this failure and are putting standards in place to prevent this from happening again."
Umm.Hmmm. Taped a note over the switch on the panel: "Do NOT touch this switch (again)!"
There ... that fixed it.
Re: Seems unblanced
Unbalanced ... no kidding! I run three blocking plugins in the browser -- noscript, ghostery, and adblock plus -- and every website has one or as many as a dozen Google reporting scripts that need blocking. Google is like a virus, contaminating everything that touches the web, fer crissakes!
Freck you, Google! And the slimy tendril you crept in on!!
And they did apologize!
(bwaaaa-haaa-ha-ha ... and they'll do it again the next time, ya betcha!)
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