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

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Re: Foreign power

Does Putin go to court to get approval for the surveillance?

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Snowden never blew a whistle, US spy boss claims

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Re: WTF?

Who is kept "solitary confinement for decades for trivial reasons"?

Also note the difference between treatment of citizens and non-citizens.

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"he was a trained spy"

I tend to believe him. The question is who trained him, Chinese or Russians?

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Google TOO WHITE and MALE, says HR boss, looking in mirror

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And what is wrong with majority male and white workforce?

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China ponders ban on IBM servers

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Vast majority of what Snowden revealed concerned foreign (and perfectly legal and appropriate) operations. The bastard did not only damaged US spying abilities, but apparently, also now American companies.

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Most Americans doubt Big Bang, not too sure about evolution, climate change – survey

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And religious people and Republicans are stupid. That's the expected conclusion.

I wonder how leftists would do answering rating statements like:

1. Intelligence is mostly hereditary

2. A few weeks old boys and girls display behavioral differences

3. Wildlife within Chernobyl closed zone is doing better than before the disaster.

etc.

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Slawek

Re: The climate facts are not that complex

I disagree. If you spend some time reading ESP research you will conclude that people who do it try to do a real science with an open mind (even if subject is difficult to deal scientifically) - quite opposite to "climate-change scientists".

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Re: Breaking News!!

" CO2 levels rise - the Earth warms."

* No, it is Earth warms -> CO2 rises.

* Computer models used by warmers produce high correlation between the temperature and CO2. The CO2 concentration has been rising very fast in the last 15 years, while the temperature is almost flat.

* The models do not model clouds and therefore the feedback mechanisms. They are almost always wrong on the warmer side http://www.drroyspencer.com/wp-content/uploads/CMIP5-90-models-global-Tsfc-vs-obs-thru-2013.png

* Climategate emails showed how any dissent is supressed

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Inside the Hekaton: SQL Server 2014's database engine deconstructed

Slawek

SQL Server revenue market share is growing. It is also fastest large database (check TPC benchmarks).

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Putin tells Snowden: Russia conducts no US-style mass surveillance

Slawek

...and this fool Snowden is playing his part in this comedy.

KGB colonel talks about laws governing surveillance :-)

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Don't let no-hire pact suit witnesses call Steve Jobs a bullyboy, plead Apple and Google

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...and this is wrong. Rejecting prior evidence is illogical, leads to non-optimal decision (see Bayesian inference)

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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

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The right to equality, to whom? Anyone claiming to be discriminated? E.g. people who want to merry their siblings or dolphins?

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Re: WTF

Argument about tyranny of majority is idiotic: there will always be some groups of people claiming they are being discriminated against (e.g. they want to merry dolphins or kill their children a sacrifice to some god)

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Apple: You're a copycat! Samsung: This is really about Google, isn't it?

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Apple is the most disgusting high-tech company. They seem to sue every major phone manufacturer, except Chinese ones (they know they will not win) and Microsoft (they have cross-licensing agreement).

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OkCupid falls out of love with 'anti-gay' Firefox, tells people to see other browsers

Slawek

The only correct attitude to homosexuality and gay rights is enthusiastic support. Nothing else will do.

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Microsoft's SQL Server 2014 early code: First look

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"Easy backup or sync to MS-Cloud would be useful, except for the pending legal and ethical minefield of exporting data outside of the EU"

You do not export them outside of EU, if in Europe you use European datacenters (Azure North or West Europe regions).

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It's 2014 and Microsoft Windows PCs can still be owned by a JPEG

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Re: Striving to persevere to endure the never-ending ...

And why do you assume that all "members of community" have benevolent intentions? And if not, why do you assume that always the malevolent will be caught and exposed by the benevolent? (Remember Ken Thompson compiler hack?)

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Pine trees' scent 'could prevent climate change really being a problem'

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Re: Warming Occurring Rapidly Despite Pine Forests

" but it is likely that billions of humans will die this century due to global warming "

You are mad.

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Communism and China

It's not just pines. The changes of temperatures or recent lack of expected changes may be due to

1. Collapse of communism at the end of 90-ties. During following few years very dirty heavy industry in East Europe and Russia collapsed or filters were put in place - improvement in air quality was very noticeable, and therefore less cloud formations happened.

2. But then China took over and started releasing a lot of real pollution into atmosphere (I am not talking about CO2 :-) ) and more clouds have been forming.

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'No representation without taxation!' urges venerable tech VC

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Re: Which taxes, though?

All pay sales tax, but some from money government handed out - so they are net receivers. If share of such people (and that actually should include all government workers) reaches 50%, very bad things will follow.

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Whitehall and Microsoft negotiate NHS Windows XP hacker survival plan

Slawek

Re: Outrage...

You seem to live in a strange place where a fix to (extremely unlikely of course :-) ) bug in FOS never introduces another one, and generally new releases never introduce new bugs. I am afraid it is not planet I live on.

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Snowden documents show British digital spies use viruses and 'honey traps'

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Re: Posting negative information about a firm on online firms or actively ...

Snowden has not been just talking about scope of the surveillance programs, but also revealing technical means (and exaggerating here) and details of foreign operations. This is helping American, and generally western, enemies. He is a traitor to the agency, USA, and Western civilization.

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Re: As you'd expect

Yes. I fully expect that in a few weeks time Snowden will reveal that NSA achieved complete control over space and time, which will be greeted with anger among the commentators here, who will fear that they will be first in line to have every second of their life checked by millions of evil NSA employees.

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Satya Nadella is 'a sheep, a follower' says ex-Microsoft exec

Slawek

“can neither spell CONSUMER nor DEVICE”

That would be great! I just hope he will have no problems spelling ENTERPRISE.

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SimpleAir wins patent suit against Google

Slawek

All of that is very mundane and rather obvious - it should never be allowed to be patented.

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Look out, Earth! Here comes China Operating System (aka Linux)

Slawek

Re: The long march!

Chinese operating system containing spyware from NSA.

You need to rest quite a bit.

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Intel treads water despite drowning PC biz clinging to Chipzilla's legs

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"Intel's mainstay PC division took another walloping, with flat revenues of $8.5bn, compared with $8.4bn the previous quarter and $8.5bn a year ago"

Really, flat revenue in a difficult environment is called "another walloping"?

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Scientists discover supervolcano trigger that could herald humanity's doom

Slawek

Not a biggie. If humans survived 74k years ago, they (at least some of them) will survive now. Apart from that, greenies always wanted less people on this planet and cooler planet, so at least they will be happy.

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Snowden docs: NSA building encryption-cracking quantum computer

Slawek

Re: Anyone remember "Freedom is the right to be uncomfortable."

I'd rather be alive.

"Surveillance without cause --> Imprisonment without trial" ???

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You are wrong in both cases.

NSA did not violate any US laws.

KGB never operated independently of government, and more correctly, Party control.

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Coming in 2014: Scary super-soldier exoskeleton suits from the US military

Slawek

Re: Any chance...

You are naïve. Really.

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Snowden to warn Brits on Xmas telly: Your children will NEVER have privacy

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Re: Yawn

"this has not made any substantive impact on terror attacks."

The interceptions did work. Firstly, there has been no major terrorist attack in USA for quite a few years. Secondly, how do you think "martyrdom" of so many senior commanders of Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan was facilitated?

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NSA alleges 'BIOS plot to destroy PCs'

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Re: @Marshalltown

"If an individual is prepared to martyr themselves in order to strike at a target there's not a whole hell of a lot you can do to stop them."

Wrong , there is a lot what you can do and NSA, CIA are doing the necessary things.

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What you need to know about moving to the Azure public cloud

Slawek

Re: Let's see...

You are completely incorrect. Your data is not available to the hoster nor its customers nor NSA (unless they listen on the pipe)

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FreeBSD abandoning hardware randomness

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Done some time ago, e.g. http://www.araneus.fi/products-alea-eng.html

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Google unveils ten-year plan to build its ROBOT ARMY of the future

Slawek

I am impressed. Google is going into right direction.

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Microsoft, HURTING after NSA backdooring, vows to now harden its pipe

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Re: Bullshit

Microsoft, like other companies, is supplying only what is ordered by a judge, according to laws of USA.

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Slawek

If he had only revealed extend of NSA activity in USA, then with a big dose of good will, you could say he did something defendable (although he sill violated terms of his employment). However, he is revealing foreign activities of NSA and other western intelligence agencies, and this is pure treason. I hope he will spend many years in jail.

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HAPPY 15th BIRTHDAY, International Space Station! NASA man reveals life on-board

Slawek

But exploration by bunch of "shaved apes" is 50-200 times more expensive and if a robot gets stuck, it is cheaper to forget it and send another, better one. Keeping a bunch of human guinea pigs floating 200 miles above the ground has very little to do with science and space exploration.

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Slawek

Re: To boldly go......

Yes, they do conduct experiments. I asked what discoveries (hopefully important ones) have been made there.

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Re: To boldly go......

OK, so please tell me what, apart from effects of weightlessness on human body, was discovered there?

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I believe there is very little of any science going on there - this is just a cover for keeping this program and station afloat. The real reason is this erroneous belief that humans should be exploring space - no, they should not, robots are much better for this.

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Android in FOUR out of 5 new smartphones. How d'ya like dem Apples?

Slawek

Re: Comparing 'Walled Gardens'

Google mines emails and text documents for business opportunities. This is order of magnitude more intrusive to what other companies are doing.

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Apple: How we slip YOUR data to govts – but, hey, we're not Google

Slawek

Re: Who's freaking who?

No, they cannot. USA is a free country, not a Russia or North Korea. And you need a tinfoil. You know, they are out to get you.

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Microsoft's Windows Azure Plan B: A hard drive, a courier and a data-centre monkey

Slawek

And what did you want to say?

You do understand that we are talking here about Azure, so all customers' data and programs run inside MS datacenters.

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Snowden leaks latest: BT, Vodafone, Verizon jack GCHQ into undersea fiber

Slawek

Snowden is not whistleblower - he did not reveal any crime committed by his company. Hi is just an idiot traitor.

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From Russia with Code: Edward Snowden gets job on website helldesk

Slawek

If he only revealed scope of NSA's domestic activities, then with a lot good will you could say so. However, he also revealed a lot of details of foreign activities, and therefore he is just bloody traitor.

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IPCC: Yes, humans are definitely behind all this global warming we aren't having

Slawek

The models have been consistently overestimating:

http://www.see.ed.ac.uk/~shs/Climate%20change/Climate%20model%20results/over%20estimate.pdf

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YouTube Wars: Microsoft cries foul as Windows Phone app pulled again

Slawek

Re: If Google were stiffing their competitors...

Microsoft _was_ much worse. Things did improve in the last 10 years or so.

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Bradley Manning: 'I'm sorry my actions hurt the United States'

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damaged by alcohol in womb

OK, poor bastard, but there is something wrong with job selection procedure, that guy like that got access to classified information.

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