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Warrantless snooping on American man was LEGAL in terrorism case, rules US judge

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Re: Only a lawyer

You miss the point entirely. Whether the cause is just or not, the individual still deserves rights.

That said, this conversation is over because you have quite adequately demonstrated that your rationale for justifying the abject removal of rights is that you are prejudiced against Muslims. There's zero point in continuing past that point, because racists can't be reasoned with.

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Re: Now THAT is what surveillance is for

You can't enforce the law by breaking the law.

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Re: Only a lawyer

And? What makes your definition special? What makes your worldview the One True Worldview? The whole purpose of a trial is to allow all evidence to be presented and only then have a judgement passed.

Governments label all sorts of people terrorists, including those fighting asymmetrical battles against an occupying force that has invaded their nation and those who are struggling for independence for their piece of a nation from a larger entity that demands they not be allowed autonomy.

Labeling someone a "terrorist" should not remove their rights. There are causes i would become a "terrorist" for. A foreign nation invading my country, for example. The Maquis of the French rebellion during World War II were "terrorists" by pretty much any modern definition. Should they be hanged and damned, to the last of them, because the occupying Nazi government termed them "terrorists?"

What about the Chechnyans, fighting for freedom from Russia? Or the Taliban, fighting to drive out an occupying army? What about the Indian resistance to the British Empire? The Cypriot resistance to the same? The USA's war of independence was waged by terrorists rebelling against the legitimate government of the era.

Which causes are just, and who are you to judge? Using the label "terrorist" is no justification for disengaging one's brain, or for stripping someone of their rights.

I personally agree that someone who tried to blow up innocent people at a tree lighting ceremony is employing methods that are outside the bounds of acceptability. But I absolutely do not agree that the mere fact this individual is accused of such a crime means that due process should get thrown out the window. Or that the accused should be stripped of his rights. I also don't presume to judge his cause...only the methods he allegedly used.

If mere accusation is enough to remove our rights, then I submit to you sir that we have no rights.

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Re: Now THAT is what surveillance is for

Which is all just one long winded way of saying "they had probable cause which should have been good enough for a warrant, but believed themselves above the law and didn't get one." I think the plod in question should be thrown in jail right alongside the wannabe bomber.

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Re: Only a lawyer

One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.

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If you like slipping your hand into Puppets, look for these certified types

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Re: The future of Sysadmining.

Why is that a bad thing? Why should systems administrators have to know how infrastructure works, if the infrastructure is cheap enough to be disposable and there are things that easily configure it? Ideological purity?

Look, the point of IT is to make money. Your switch and your storage array don't make money. The applications they support do. If you can reduce the cost of managing and maintaining those switches, storage arrays, operating systems and so forth then you make more money from the use of the applications in question. If you are more efficient than your competitors, you win. That's business.

I could build you a car from scratch right up to the point that we stopped using carburetors. After fuel injection came in, I can't build you a car anymore, or even fix it. But I can still drive one. I've been driving one for a decade or more and I'll be driving for decades to come. The inability to repair all aspects of the car doesn't prevent me from using it and gaining value from it.

Systems administrators no longer need to know the sorted details of their disk arrays or how to futz with a switches command line. If push comes to shove on that, they can always bust out the manual, and that's available online. And we all have many ways of getting online.

I learned Cisco switches back in the early Catalyst 2600 days. Have I played with a Nexus from the command line level? No. Could I work it out after only a few minutes? Yes! The internet is full of knowledge and I only need to grok the basics before I'm off to the races.

Meanwhile, could I get 15 years of productivity out of that Nexus without ever dropping to it's command line? With Puppet, you're goddamned rights I could.

So on the one hand, I can orchestrate a delicate ballet of hundreds of thousands of devices using a tool called Puppet. I can be a highly efficient administrator that provides a good return on investment for my employer, but I fail in some ideologically "pure" fashion because I am not infinitely familiar with the details of how every single device works.

On the other hand, I could learn every single detail of every single device I use and configure each and every one of them from the lowest level interface available, with zero orchestration across the entire estate. I will likely need 5x as many administrators to run that estate. I don't provide efficient IT services for my employer, but I meet an arbitrary "pureness" of philosophy.

If you view the second option as the desirable one, you are bad at business.

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Re: Missed it by one letter!

Mahna Mahna.

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Re: The future of Sysadmining.

Puppet. GUI. Wha?

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VMware versus Nutanix: With Dell charging in, it's time to end the war

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Re: i think

Gotta say man, I think you have a really outdated view of Supermicro. They make quality gear, especially their Twin and Microcloud lines. Features like "working remote management, Advanced ECC [and] Chipkill" absolutely are part of Supermicro's offerings, and from my own first hand experience work damn well. (For storage servers, I'm rather fond of the ability to RAID 1 my RAM. But that's just because I'm paranoid.)

Supermicro also has a services arm. Nascent, but there. They are a very different company today than they were 10 years ago; writing them off is not wise...indeed, Nutanix currently use Supermicro exclusively to provide the servers for their offerings and those things have more than proven themselves in the feild running tier 1 workloads for many of the world's biggest enterprises.

As for the FUD...lots of people throw rocks at Del, it's true. The difference between throwing rocks at Dell and throwing rocks at a startup is one of resources and experience. Dell has a proper research organization. Throw poo at them and they will do the heavy lifting to get real world numbers that provide empirical evidence that you're an idiot.

To smear a startup all you need is FUD. To smear Dell you need proper reproducible science.

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Should you entrust your systems management to the cloud?

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if your not a fan

If you're not a fan. Auuuugh!

Also: what, what, in the butt.

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Enterprise giant Dell climbs in bed with upstart Nutanix: But what does it MEAN?

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Re: Good for Nutanix, Bad for Dell

As usual, Nate Amsden's vision is clear on this. HP have Storevirtual. That's why the rumors about buying SimpliVity never made sense. Dell has nothing like it. Server SANs are going to be an important part of the future storage mix. Dell needs to be able to play there, but they want to do it without a lot of risk.

I see this is absolutely fantastic for Dell, with a huge amount of pros and virtually no cons. I can't see why you believe otherwise. The next generation of these units, as shipped by Dell will be build all on Dell hardware. But short of buying Maxta, where would they get the software?

If they did buy Maxta, they'd have to convince the world to care about Maxta, when there's Nutanix, SimpliVity and ScaleIO as established names and VMware's VSAN as the up-and-coming software-only solution to watch.

With Nutanix, Dell gets a pre-canned winner, with a proven track record and a massive established customer base. Nutanix has cleared the minefield. They have name-brand recognition all on their own. All Dell has to do is get it validated on their hardware configs, train their sales staff and sell the thing.

*poof* Dell has an answer to the converged space that is the equal of anything anyone else has, overnight...and you can be damned they're getting decent margins.

This Silicon Valley obsession with being the only player, owning the complete vertical stack and edging out all competitors is both tedious and pointless. The goal is to make as much money as possible with as little risk as possible. This is an absolutely excellent way to do exactly that for Dell.

Do you believe dell a "failure" because they don't write their own desktop operating system to go in all their nodes? What about their own hypervisor, or their own server OS? Why are they using x86 chips sourced from Intel when they could get an ARM license and build their own fabs. Wouldn't that guarantee them ever copper squeezed out of every sale?

The pittance of margin they give up to Nutanix to license their software is barely worth mentioning. It's a cost of doing business...a business Dell couldn't even be in if they didn't get Nutanix's IP, or buy Maxta.

Addendum: We need to draw a line between "converged" and "hyper-converged". To by "hyper-converged" you need not only storage and compute together, you need backup, WAN acceleration and so much more. VSAN on it's own isn't hyper-converged, neither are Nutanix, ScaleIO or Maxta. Only SimpliVity is shipping out of the box, ready to go with all of that today.

VMware's stack as a whole, when married to some other software EMC has and put on Supermicro servers to make MARVIN will be. Nutanix + Dell's various software offerings also will be. Neither solution is "there" yet. Even ScaleIO doesn't ship as a "hyper-converged" offering just yet, though I expect it to in short order. As for Maxta...give me a couple of months...

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Canada to Google: You can't have your borderless cake and eat it too

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It couldn't possibly be because two different court systems came to two different decisions about whether or not trade secrets were violated, eh? And if they did, obviously the USA's judgement should supersede that of Canada's.

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Vulturization: 'Privacy' is fightin' words to cloud touters – they get angry

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Aye sir, I do indeed have someone looking into that for me. I'll post back here once that's taken care of.

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Re: Duration?

A fair comment. Does the player not show that on your end? Or did you download it and your MP3 player does not tell you?

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Sony CEO forced to shush shareholder heckling at fiery AGM

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Re: Sony's AGM

You say that like it's a bad thing. I think someone should have.

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Re: Root kit

Amen. Burn, Sony, burn. And take all your bullshit proprietary formats will you when you die.

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Good god, where will the new storage experts come from?

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Re: Outsourcing megatrends and overseas futures

If the money were good enough, I would. But it would have to be damned good money. There's a reason I'm switching to writing, and away from systems adminsitration. I think you've largely nailed it.

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I think you need to look up the concept of "sunk costs"...it's somewhat relevant to this conversation.

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Expert view: What is the forecast for cloud backup?

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Sounds like you have some great customers.

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Excellent point. It's been a long time since I've asked that. The answer always seems to be 'none'. Things like Dropbox have inflated people's expectations, even though they don't understand the complexity of the issues to hand...

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Have you ever actually met anyone who rotates the disks offsite?

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

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Re: I wonder if today will be

I had to. Even before I finished the article. I adore Mr Dabbs' writing, and respect him an enormous amount...but alas, I am at heart an internet troll.

Sorry Dabbsy, I just couldn't control the troll.

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Judge could bin $325m wage-fixing settlement in Silicon Valley

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Re: @Dan Paul

"People shouldn't be able to win the lottery from a lawsuit, without even having to pay a dollar for the ticket!"

Why not? Won't they "trickle down" that wealth? Or is that a comforting lie that only applies to existing wealthy people, and not to those who might become nouveau rich?

Those people were screwed over by the companies in question. The existing settlement will leave the companies in question with a net gain for having broken the law and screwed thousands of workers in a fashion that quite honestly could have cartel-class implications.

The companies involved deserve to have their metaphorical gonads crushed for this. They should be strung up and left for the buzzards as an example to future companies. Shareholders beware! Reign in the excesses of your board or your ill gotten gains will evaporate!

But of course, I don't expect that you would see it that way...

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How farsighted is Microsoft's Azure RemoteApp?

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Re: effort [..] required to manage a fleet of Windows machines

The answer to "Need to run something that was coded for IE6/ActiveX ?" is always "kill yourself." :P

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Adobe Creative Cloud 2014: Progress and pain in the usual places

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Re: I used to be a customer

O_o

o_O

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Re: I used to be a customer

Yes, it absolutely is the attitude we're all complaining about. You sounded like you were endorsing it.

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Re: I used to be a customer

"Adobe does not make its money from people who use the software casually or at semi-professionally; they make their money from professionals who work with the software everyday."

So fuck everyone else? They're irrelevant? On behalf of everyone else, fuck you too!

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Stopping IT price gouging would risk SOCIALIST DYSTOPIA!

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Re: I agree

"The costs aren't raised by globalisation itself, only by cack-handed implementations of it being pushed by big global companies, who effectively want to be able to buy cheap stuff abroad themselves, while putting barriers for consumers to go buy cheap stuff abroad directly themselves. "

Which is my point. You're saying "rah rah globalisation" based on nothing more than idealism and ideology. I'm saying "in the real world, we didn't get ours." No amount of Tea Party doctrine will change that.

I was going to link to you a bunch of statistics that disprove the tripe you're spewing, especially in Canada, but I am just to exhausted to bother. Your comment has you praising globalization for the things you feel are good and finding any excuse on the planet to pawn off the negative effects.

I've done my pissing into the wind for this week. I'm not going to bay at the moon of a free market evangelist.

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Re: I agree

"Thanks to globalisation, the 'little guy' can live an extremely more comfortable life than would have been possible 20 years ago. The price of food is extremely low, a much lower percentage of people's budgets now than 30-50 years ago, the general cost:quality ratio of most things has gone down."

Bullshit. Life was far more comfortable and stress free 20 years ago. Food is a higher percentage of budgets than 30-50 years ago, and most of the creature comforts that first worlders enjoy have been bought with massive amounts of personal and governmental debt. Globalization hasn't provided the few benefits we do enjoy and it has driven up the cost of everything else.

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Code Spaces goes titsup FOREVER after attacker NUKES its Amazon-hosted data

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Re: @Jan 0

...but I like newts! I keep all sorts of lizards, and newts are cool!

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Re: @Jan 0

Aye, and it isn't limited to a geographic distribution. I use the terms "cuntweasel" and "cockferret" rather often with zero overtones of misandry or misogony. They rank along side "douchepopsicle" and "gonadgremlin" in my lexicon. I don't care if some person or another takes offense beyond the obvious "this is an epithet". If they read deep hatred for $identifiable_group into that then it is entirely because of their own personal hangups.

I'm strictly egalitarian. I hate everyone equally, regardless of gender, race or so forth. Bunch of gonadgremlins, the lot of 'em!

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Re: bummer...

That's what you get out of that. "OMG misogynist!"

*sigh*

This is why I hate humans.

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Oz trade minister: TPP will happen in 2015

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There's more than just the IP that's controversial. It will lead to a dismantling of Canada’s supply management regimes for dairy, poultry and egg production, investor-state provisions that would allow foreign companies to sue out government over rules to protect the environment and procurement restrictions that prevent a "buy Canadian" strategy operating in our governments.

Michael Geist has more on his blog.

Basically, the TPP is bad for everyone except copyright maximalists and massive American global companies.

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FTC seeks DEFCON help to finger illegal robocallers

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Sorry man, as much as I appreciate good hyperbole, that's a pretty serious thing you just said. You would honestly murder people for robocalling you? Honestly?

If you wouldn't, would you imprison them? For how long? At what expense to the taxpayer? Isn't a very stiff fine and a spectacular amount of enforced community service worth it? Fines against the individuals, not the corporations. Make robocalling something you can pierce the corporate veil for.

If they refuse to pay or do community service, then you throw them in jail for contempt. But robocalling shouldn't be a crime. It's a nuisance. Nothing more.

What's next? Can I jail a woman who wears such a skimpy outfit to work that I can't think all day? No? That's a violation of her rights? But how is that less of a nuisance than robocalling? What if I were to walk around in a speedo and let all my fatty rolls hang out, then dance and jiggle in front of your window all day? Ohhh, that one's okay to go to jail, is it?

What about someone who whistles on the bus? That's a nuisance. Can we jail them? There's an Anonymous Coward around here who has a severe mental illness that causes him to post a bunch of pro-microsoft marketing bullshit in virtually every single article. I would dearly love to throttle the bastard with my bare hands, he's that annoying. I consider him a nuisance, can we send him to jail too?

If we start declaring each and every action that can be (or is) a nuisance to be a criminal act, where does it stop? Where's the line between "crime" and "civil disorder" or even "civil disobedience" as relates the to exercise of our rights to assemble, protest, etc?

Is it entirely arbitrary? If not, who decides? You? Who's qualified to draw that line, hmm?

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"They should make it a criminal offense"

Really not. Crimes should be for major infractions of the law that cause significant harm or distress. They should not be "because it dun irritated me!" There's enough of THAT bullshit from the intellectual property maximalists. We don't need more.

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Re: The FTC should use simple crowd sourcing

So get the carriers involved. FFS, we're not talking rocket science. Dear AT&T/Verizon/Microsoft/etc. The call that I just received on my landline/cell voice/sip/etc was spam. Please log the call and pass that info back to whomever handed the call off to you. I am positive each call that occurs in a modern infrastructure has a GUID, and all you do is pass that GUID up the stack to the last telco that routed it.

Keep on going until you either find a telco that refuses to cooperate (in which case you treat them like a spam-hoster) or you find the line/URI that originated the call. Once enough spam reports are aggregated about that line/URI, report them to relevant body.

...why is this hard?

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Come off it, Moon, Earth. We KNOW you're 60 million years OLDER than we thought

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Re: This could be winding down

I don't believe that my own position is "100% for certain right". I simply don't believe that until someone can prove their position 100% correct they should not be indoctrinating children with that position.

Teach, by all means. Inform and pass knowledge. But do not lie to a child and tell them something is true unless you can prove it is...at least to within such certainty as to be statistically irrelevant. If you can prove the existence of God, an afterlife and the literal truth of scripture to within 5 sigma, then by all means tell a child that's the truth.

If you can't, then by whatever shred of honour or decency you may have let the child make their own damned choice.

Anyways, I'll end there. Signing off...

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Re: Finally!

"So, in a nutshell, you just do not like religion."

Not true at all. I don't believe children should be indoctrinated into a religion. I'm perfectly okay with adults believing whatever they wish; they have the cognitive development to make that choice. (Well, most of them, anyways.)

"the human race has no way of determining with absolute certainty just what truth is"

Perfectly aware of this. Which is at the core of my disagreement with indoctrinating children. That said, while we can not be 100% positive that every single organized religion on Earth is a fabrication - proving a negative is impossible - we can be statistically sure enough that it makes no difference. They are all lies. Some more pleasant than others...but all lies.

" faith is not "accepting the word of another over your own judgement"; faith is simply taking the next logical step into the unknown based upon what I already know."

Wrong. Faith absolutely is one of two things: accepting the word of another over your own judgement, or choosing to believe in something that can't be proven (usually because it is the most comfortable alternative.) The next logical step into the unknown is to find out where the "known" ends and do more research. Faith is never the next logical step; it is what happens when you choose to cease asking questions.

"I must also congratulate you on the "forehead-slanted idiot" insult - that one struck me as quite inventive."

Thanks, but honesty is of prime importance to me, so I can't claim any sort of credit for that. It comes from a kids show called "Beasties." (A transformers cartoon.) One of the characters (Blackarachnia) encounters a fawning austrolopithicine. Disgusted, she says "ugh, get away from me kid, your forehead slopes."

As for the "overall tone" of my posts, this is always done with a purpose. The use of emotive phrases and mixed language (mixing gutter epithets with words that have more than four syllables) tends to cause the majority of individuals to become emotionally invested in the conversation.

Once they're committed, minor verbal probing will get them to reveal their positions and cause them to focus more on defense than dissembling. If they can do nothing but dissemble, you can be reasonably certain they have no knowledge worth mining.

If they respond emotively you know that they are speaking from a position of belief. Attack them. Sting them. Force them to go into a shell of false dignity and mad Google Scholar searching. Here they might not only turn up the odd useful tidbit of knowledge worth digesting, but you trigger in your opponent a form of introspection.

In approximately 10% of cases I've logged so far, this will actually lead to either completely redefining their belief system in the tread itself. Of these, about 90% land not too far from where they started, but about 10% of individuals land far afield. (I'd have to write some scripts to mine the data to see how many ended up close to the argued position and how many landed somewhere orthogonal to both, but I suspect the latter is ever so slightly more common.)

The trick is to categorise the opponent. Once you've isolated the basic elements of the individual you can tailor your prose to achieve maximum effect. So far, I've only got a sample size of about 5000 debates. Given the limited debate partner choice amongst the few sites I've conducted my research in, this isn't quite enough to determine a representative sample. I'm still refining classification categories.

With time, perhaps, I will gather enough data to be able to write a proper comment trolling bot. The autotroll 5000! Point it at the comments section of any website and watch the commenters go insane! It's a long way off, but man...there's money to made if I can get it right. :)

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THREE'S A CLOUD! Microsoft veep says only Azure, Amazon, Google can do hyper space

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Re: Marketing is news?

Exacloud, surely...

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Re: The correct order...

I challenge you on the technology bit. And the growth bit. Both crowns belong to Google.

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Irish court peels off gloves, hands Facebook PROBE request to ECJ

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Re: Looking promising

"This man has a future."

One in the head and two in the chest?

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Adobe all smiles as beret bods spaff cash on non-cloud Creative Suite

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Adobe

A pox on their house.

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CIA rendition jet was waiting in Europe to SNATCH SNOWDEN

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Re: @Titus_Technophobe

"Iran? Or the permanent civil war between factions in various African states, all of which are commanded by various cannibalistic chieftains (some of those are also Muslim, and just as radical as their ME counterparts)? Oh and in some of these areas the status quo has been lasting for the last couple decades (Somalia anyone?) too, which isn't quite a short time frame either...."

Ah, so the root of your spite here actually is just "Muslims = bad". Carry on, citizen.

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Re: @Trevor_Pott

@Cool Koon

I'm perfectly okay with nations "spreading Western hate." Go for it. We need to be reminded on a regular basis that there's nothing "exceptional" about us, and that we aren't superior. For that matter, we need to be reminded that naked capitalism isn't the "best' form of government and that political and social development don't just suddenly stop because it is our collection of nations that is currently on the top of the heap.

Do I think theocracies are good? No. Do i think for a second that I - or anyone else in my nation - has a right to judge a system of government elected by it's people? No. Maybe theocracy is good for them, maybe it's not. But if it's what they want, then they need to find out for themselves if it works, or doesn't.

And maybe they'll invent something new. Democratic Socialist Theocracy. Freemarket Strong Arming. Flying Spaghetti Nationalist Capitlaism. Who knows. Not you and not me. And that's the point.

Free market capitalism has shitloads of problems that we brush under the rug. Yet apparently it's all good to tell others to be just like us? Why?

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Re: @Titus_Technophobe

Personally, I consider Japan to be in many ways "better" than most western nations. It has it's problems, but I believe they are less horrible than our problems. I rather like the Nordic countries, and consider them exemplars for the world. They're sort of Western...but yet...not. Their take on things is so different from that of Americans and Australians that they really can't be considered part of the same culture.

In addition, while India is besieged by various problems, I admire their democracy. Not comparing levels of corruption or "effectiveness"...but the lack of political apathy amongst their voters. The right to self determination means something there. More than it does in Canada or the USA.

As to the Syrian revolution, as you said it is ongoing. The people are sorting themselves out. But I see no reason whatsoever to believe that they will end up under a brutal dictatorship, as you posit above. Their issue is that Syria is a dozen+ tribes that all have to coexist and find a way to share power. They are currently trying to find that balance. It's messy, but they've got issues there to deal with that no Western nation does.

As to Iraq...Iraq wasn't part of the Arab Spring. Not even a little. The Arab Spring was the people rising up to overthrow repressive regimes and assert themselves. Iraq was invaded by the USA and a puppet government installed. "The people" had no say in anything there, so that's an invalid example.

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People will happily run malware if paid ONE CENT – new study

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Re: Double-edged sword this is

Alberta, Canada. And yes, if IT were to attempt to work-to-rule, they'd probably get slapped down by a judge. Overtime bans...what? No such thing!

IT workers here who manage to get into a union are few and far between...and they don't get into a union for IT workers. They either join the telecommunications workers union (the most hated union in our country) or the provincial/federal worker's union. And you can only join them if you work for specific companies.

Everywhere else, in the private sector, your boss has the option of listing you as an 'essential worker' in your contract. That makes you exempt from all labour standards, from overtime to number of hours worked in a row to whether or not you get lunch breaks.

Most people don't even realise it, but I've seen it used to devastating effect in the oil and gas industry, where finding IT techs willing to go out in the feild is rare. So once they have 'em, they work 'em almost to death. They're generally paid decently, but a well paid slave is still a slave.

So yeah, digital janitors get a pretty shitty ride. At least here...and from my understanding, in a lot of other jurisdictions around the world too.

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Re: Double-edged sword this is

"it also means that there will be work IT support types for a long time to come."

Digital Janitor doesn't pay well, and in a lot of jurisdictions they're classified as an "essential service worker" and not allowed to unionize or strike. Yeah. This is great news. We can collectively keep fighting fires for a fraction of a bent pittance instead of moving on to something that provides real value and along with it at least the illusion that we'll get more pay.

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Déjà spew: US would accept higher bills for less CO2 by two-to-one

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Re: Bad poll?

They're building every kind of power plant they can. New coal plants in China, just by the by, are typically outfitted with as much technology as possible to control pollution. China's pollution problem isn't from new power plants, it's from two things:

1) Old power plants that haven't yet been retrofitted. (And China is retrofitting them, one at a time.) And more than any other issue:

2) Chinese homes burn coal is the least efficient and more polluting way possible for heat.

China is a polluted mess. But they honestly are working their asses off to solve it. They are building hydro at a record pace*. They are building nuke plants as fast as they possible can. They have deployed more renewables than anyone.

In short: they are building electrical generation as quickly as they can in part because of growing demand but primairily so that they can get those polluting coal-burning homes off of coal-based heat and onto electrical heating.

A lot of that has to do with air quality. A lot of that has to do with energy independence. But it also has to do with climate change. China is capping CO2 emissions. They are also going to aggressively lower those caps year on year. They don't suffer from "the Yankee politburo sayeth nyet" syndrome: this is The Plan and they are fucking dead serious about this.

You can even judge China's seriousness. We are past the midpoint of the first Five Year Plan in which climate change and CO2 were seriously addressed. All indications I've seen are that they are on target not only to meet the stated goals.

China is building low-carbon business and industrial (development zones) and low-carbon residential communities. Other than a couple of middle eastern nations, who's doing this in a planned, national fashion? China's even implemented cap-and-trade on CO2, for $deity's sake!

Why don't you take some time to China's National Climate Change Programme for yourself? Learn something for once instead of letting your biases and nationalism turn off your brain. Maybe if you stopped just believing anything the media tells you without question you'd see that a nation that made a bunch of mistakes is trying damned hard to undo them...and putting their "betters" (like the USA) to shame.

"There's no point in the USA curbing CO2 emissions because China won't" is outright bullshit. China could have said "there's no point in China curbing CO2 emissions because the US won't." Instead, they just went ahead and started working the problem. There's a reason China is the world's superpower and the US is in decline: they aren't an entire nation of whiny bitches.

*Your bullshit about "they'll crumble in 20 years" is nothing more than xenophobic tripe. If you had any evidence whatsoever that there was corruption in building those dams the Chinese would too. And the corrupt would be DEAD. Corruption is a capital crime in that country, and they execute a lot of people for it every year. Not just scapegoats. They've executed top officials for it. You really don't seem to understand that country at all.

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'Cortana-gate' ruins Satya Nadella's Microsoft honeymoon

Trevor_Pott
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I have a free idea for a new slogan and corporate direction for Microsoft...

"Customer first."

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