* Posts by WatAWorld

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Why, hello there, Foxy... BYE GOOGLE! Mozilla's browser is a video star

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I find FF fast enough, and much faster than manually doing things in IE in Chrome.

Every year or two I try out Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Twice I've tried out Opera.

I need some of the extras FF has.

Comparing IE and Google Chrome add-ons to FF is like comparing Windows Phone add-ons to iPhone add-ons.

Except IE and Google Chrome aren't less expensive.

I find FF fast enough, and much faster than manually doing things in IE in Chrome.

Mozilla's Thunderbird on the other hand is really really slow.

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Yahoo does not give a darn about reliability or customer service.

Yahoo wants to be the default Firefox search engine.

Judging by how slow it is to fix bugs in its IM product and how many popular Yahoo services Yahoo has dropped without consultation, I don't think Yahoo gives a darn about reliability or customer service.

Why would I use them as my search engine?

First thing I did when I upgraded Firefox was to switch back to good old reliable Google.

Google is motivated by profits, but unlike Yahoo, Google knows that to make profits you have to care about customers and support them.

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Pervert's Guide man's new book, an urban myths tome and Youth, an underrated gem

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It doesn't require much genius to know it is far easier to provide criticism when

Žižek has been quoted as saying that his work is to engage in critique, rather than to answer questions or provide theories.

It doesn't require much genius to know it is far easier to provide criticism when it isn't constructive criticism.

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Leaked screenshots show next Windows kernel to be a perfect 10

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9 skipped to avoid confusion with 9X and 9*

Probably true. And not just maintenance teams but software too.

People sure love to form into packs and attack random things for silly reasons don't they.

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If you want major security improvements, you want incompatibility

In your shop, when you upgrade security by changing the code in a program that has a version number, do you not increment the version number?

Most of MS's recent versions, security is what they're about. You change the release and version numbers as you make coding security updates.

And this is especially important for major security updates because major security updates almost always introduce some degree of incompatibility with poorly written programs.

Many poorly written programs, and even some well written programs, depend on OS features that violate security.

It isn't just OS X, Windows, Linux, Apache, etc. that have this issue. The internet architecture itself is incompatible with security and to become anywhere near secure against non-state actors would require such massive architectural changes that the new protocols and new code (including most firmware and software) would be incompatible with the old.

And for those others in sales and manufacturing, the ones who want the OS to have some wild new feature to sell their products:

1. An OS isn't supposed to sell products.

2. An OS is supposed to run the products that do the selling.

Desktops, lap tops, smart phones, tablets, their sales are not in the doldrums because of Windows.

Their sales are in the doldrums because of the lack of new hardware that can do something useful that the old hardware can't.

Blame Windows 7? If there was something that for most people and most companies was better that is what people would be running. I mean, Windows is cheap for OEMs, but Linux is free.

The only reason Linux hasn't wiped out Windows is it isn't as good for most customers.

And OS X, why don't governments and banks all run it? Because it is less secure against custom targeted attacks than Windows 7.

The thing that is wrong with Windows and MS isn't so much the products (although no software is perfect), it is the marketing, the PR and the management of expectations.

In those 3 things MS lags far far far behind Apple and even Linux.

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I'm happy when MS starts to follow industry standards.

Is it shady?

Or is MS simply now doing what the rest of us do every day at work?

I mean, when you change the code of a program's that has a version number, don't you increment the version number every single time?

Wouldn't you be sacked if you broke this rule?

MS broke the rule because lazy incompetent outside programmers used version number to determine compatibility. They did this for 10 years.

If you're happy revolving your world around lazy incompetent programmers you should run Linux. According to Linus that what many of his contributors are.

As for me, I'm happy when MS starts to follow industry standards.

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Re: Meh

I do not want to spend several hours changing settings in order to stop the OS and the web browser and the media player and umpteen other bits of software from phoning home first opportunity they get and henceforth ever after.

If you don't like OS X and Windows there is always Linux.

Then you can do the phoning home for them to get updated drivers, etc.

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Maybe MS should do what Apple does and keep its OS's secret from the press until they're ready

Maybe MS should do what Apple does and keep its OS's secret from the press until they're ready for prime time.

The press just never seems to tire of its amazement that a pre-beta not even aurora release of something is not a finished product.

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Windows Phone will snatch biz No 2 spot from Android – analyst

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Re: “As corporates buy apps and devices ...

Who says Microsoft won't play their usual games

Adding features only available on their own devices is hardly a uniquely Microsoft game.

It is generally the name of the game and everyone does it, especially Apple.

Microsoft does it less than almost any other company. And the evidence for this is that, as noted, Microsoft has made so much of its software available to run on iOS, Android and OS X.

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Let's face it, corporations aren't going to keep buying phones based on glitz

Let's face it, corporations aren't going to keep buying phones based on status, snob appeal and "the unpackaging experience".

Corporations don't buy $300 Beats Headphones when there are equivalent quality headphones available for $75 and vastly superior headphones available for $300.

Companies want stuff that works, is cost effective and has a shallow learning curve.

If Windows Phone or Android Phone can deliver that Apple will be sunk.

And then as the article says, Windows Phone potentially has an additional edge in better integration with office PC equipment.

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FORGET the CLIMATE: FATTIES are a MUCH BIGGER problem - study

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"data journalism" How about "statistically inspired journalism" ...

You're looking for a better term than "data journalism".

How about "statistically inspired journalism" or "statistical journalism"?

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How short the memories of main stream journalists are, they've forgotten already.

The sad fact is that the few peer reviewed studies show that the optimum weight for middle-aged and older adults is an "overweight BMI", that "normal BMI" is as bad for life expectancy as a "Grade I Obesity BMI" and that being underweight is as bad as having a "Grade II Obesity BMI".

Much of the mainstream press even covered these Australian studies (done on regular Australians, not famine victims).

But how short the memories of main stream journalists are, they've forgotten already.

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Beware Brit cops bearing battering rams. Four nabbed over Trojan claims

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Re: Small beer in the grand scheme of things

But if a bank loses all your details to some hackers then it gets a small fine and nobody gets to kick any doors in

Yes but police could show up at the bank's various IT offices with armed police to scare the nerds and then the detectives could take every box of paper and every computer on the floor.

It is probably even more fun than kicking doors in.

But that isn't how things are done in the UK.

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Re: Small beer in the grand scheme of things

"Hence, In the grand scheme of things, this isn't news."

What would it take for this to be news in your opinion? Would they have to stage one grand arrest in which they booked everyone one of the criminals you describe?

Law enforcement and the judicial system generally work one criminal at a time.

We don't go in for show trials and mass arrests in this country.

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Good work officers, keep it up.

It is good to see police going after cyber crime and it is good to see them succeeding.

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First Congress, now top govt watchdog digs into ICANN's internet grab

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US Republicans supporting big government and socialism ... again

US Republicans supporting big government and socialism ... again.

Not that US Democrats are any better.

They're both for US hegemony over the world and all for massive US hypocrisy "US exceptionalism".

They're both for welfare, provided it is corporate welfare for huge corporations or mid-sized corporations located in their own district.

They're both for extravagant civil service wages, provided the civil servants being extravagantly overpaid are in the military, as opposed to the engineers, clerks and teachers serving and safeguarding the public without killing foreigners.

And they're both engaged in a "War on the Middle Class".

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'How a censorious and moralistic blogger ruined my evening'

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There are jokes sys admins tell another sys admin in private.

Same with police officers and medical doctors.

And then there are subtle "joking threats" you say out loud in amongst a large group of people from other industries.

Uber was probably correct in his assumption that there are lots of national figures whose personal lives would have been trashed if they were congressmen but who escaped examination because they were journalists.

But he made a mistake when he tried to use this to intimidate a straight-up journalist into silence.

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Re: cast the first stone

What is your definition of "the gutter press"?

Is it the press that covers people like you and the people you represent in a way you don't like?

To me the gutter press are those who selectively dig up garbage on those they disagree with and on powerless little people.

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What this world needs is more organizations like The Guardian and The Register

In general "journalists" are as bad at policing themselves as police are.

In general "journalists" are as likely to criticize other journalists as Catholic bishops are.

There are real journalists out there at great and gutsy individuals and organizations. There are even some great and gutsy major organizations like the Guardian, the Register, etc.

But with most major "news" organizations, they go lightly on those they politically support and they turn a blind eye to major media insiders despite these media being more politically powerful than 99.9% of ordinary MPs and cabinet ministers.

Look at the silence on Canada's Jian Ghomesi for so long. They say, "He wasn't a public figure so they couldn't talk about his private life until he brought his private life up."

Thing was his national program made him a national media star. And this is just as true for every national journalist with his or her own byline. They're pretty much all major public figures, but they're pretty much all exempt from the coverage of their private lives that they give other people.

What this world needs is more organizations like The Guardian and The Register and fewer cowardly organizations that engage in cronyism and favoritism.

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Wolff could get a job with Ars Technica covering Apple

Wolff could get a job with Ars Technica covering Apple.

Ars is another rag that knuckles under to those who refuse journalistic coverage and demand only positive advertising from the press.

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Apple bitchslaps iPhone rival Xiaomi: World No 1? That's BIG TALK

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Re: Forget Customers, Whose makes the most money from their mobile phones,

That is how Apple will become #12.

It will focus on profits and ignore quality.

It will focus on shareholders and ignore employees.

It will make a heap of money short term and forget about the future, because for shareholders a bad future is merely a bad day, a day you sell and buy something better.

But eventually even the dimmest most technologically incompetent customers will wake up to the fact that they are being ripped off paying so much for exceptional pretty pieces of communications equipment (that post-purchase they immediately hide inside hideous neoprene covers).

Short term profits, even a couple of more years. Then when the disrespectful rip-off attitude comes home to roost the current shareholders sell off and buy something else. Few customers will really care that they've been ripped off. It is only the employees who will be left in the lurch.

It happened with US automakers. Decades of dedicated followers. Charging so much money for such crap.

And then other companies (which happened to be Japanese) came in and took it all away.

It wasn't until US automakers started to focus on customer satisfaction and value that they stopped going belly-up.

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Why does Apple care who is #1? Apple should focus on hanging on to its #2 spot.

Why does Apple care who is #1? Apple should focus on hanging on to its #2 spot.

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COMET lander DRILL CLIFFHANGER as last dregs of power used

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When harpoons failed it was probably inevitable it would bounce til wedged

I suppose that if the lander had not gotten wedged in this location it would have bounced again a few times before either getting wedged some place else or running out of energy.

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FCC to Obama on net neutrality: We work for CONGRESS, SIR, not YOU

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being the second worst president of the last 100 years is nothing to brag about.

Now that he's a lame duck Obama feels free to say whatever he wants.

With both houses of congress majority Republican, this president who couldn't get legislation passed when both houses were majority Democrat might as well go on vacation for two years.

I had such high hopes for Obama.

But his reign has revealed that the Republican "War on The Middle Class" was really the "Bipartisan War on the Middle Class". The only thing both parties ever agree on is military spending for foreign wars and shafting the middle class to benefit the idle rich (the top 0.01%).

True, Obama has done better than George W. Bush -- he's done less damage. But being the second worst president of the last 100 years is nothing to brag about.

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Sadly the FCC reports to cable company CEOs through the cable company stooges in congress

Sadly the FCC reports to cable company CEOs through the cable company stooges in congress.

Americans should be peacefully demonstrating in the streets for campaign finance reform and an end to the open legal "bribery" of congressional and presidential candidates through huge campaign donations.

Go to a system like Canada has where you have to be eligible to vote for a candidate in order to donate to the candidate. No corporate donors. No union donors. No out-of-state donors.

And have something like Canada's limit of $3,500 per year plus $3,500 per election.

Sure you'll have people cheating, donating in their spouses name, or their adult children's names. But no congress person is going to be bought by $7,000 a year. It is the $10,000 to $500,000 donations that are the problem.

The USA needs to return to being a democracy "of the people, by the people, for the people" instead of being the oligarchy to benefit inherited wealth that it has become.

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What kind of generation doesn't stick it to the Man, but to Taylor Swift instead?

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If the Beatles weren't paid so excessively they'd have stayed together

If the Beatles weren't paid so excessively they'd have stayed together.

The mega mega profits of successful musicians mean they cut their careers short.

Excessive royalties mean they retire after a few years.

The Beatles, ABBA, The Mamas and the Papas, think of how many more years they'd have spent producing their art if they didn't make enough to retire on so quickly.

It makes no sense that after 5 years of effort by 4 people ABBA became the wealthiest business in Sweden.

Oh, but there are so many struggling musicians they'll say.

The rock, pop and country stars could currently take some of their 7, 8 and 9 digit incomes and share that money with those struggling musicians if they want.

They don't do that. They don't do that now and they won't do it if they have 8, 9 and 10 digit incomes either.

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The ones who are loosing out on royalties are not your starving song writers.

They're the successful song writers who take home 6, 7 and 8 figure incomes.

Nobody doing actual IT makes that kind of money, although I'll admit our industries salespeople, lawyers and stock promoters do.

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Let us face, top musicians and movie stars are now "The Man"

Let us face, top musicians and movie studios are now "The Man".

No worker on Wall St. is making as much as our top musicians.

And even in much lesser paid Hollywood, there are far fewer people making in excess of $5 million a year on Wall St than in Hollywood.

The military, business people? They're regular folks like us.

Also remember that the movie industry is in California because the movies studios moved there to facilitate the use of patents owned by a variety of North-Eastern US based technology companies and inventors.

For years California protected the movie industry from NY and NJ court settlements over the theft of intellectual property by movie studios from the rest of us.

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EU battles over 'anti-terrorist' passenger records slurper law

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The biggest threat to European democracy is not terrorists

The biggest threat to European democracy is not terrorists.

Rather the biggest threat to European democracy is our own secret police and spy agencies; followed by the hegemony of the USA, China and Russia; then American big business and American vote buying (US policy affects us even if we live outside the US); then either terrorists or complacent voters.

How many of us have at some point or another in the past 12 months not posted a political view because of what Snowden revealed? I'm generally pretty outspoken, but I'm sure I'm not the only person to self-censor legitimate criticisms I'd like to make of security services, police and my nation's (Canada's) courts.

How many politicians have voted to support the police or spies because of what they fear police and spy agencies have on their private life. How many journalists and editors have spiked stories out of fear?

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Apple on the art of the deal: 'Put on your big boy pants and accept the agreement'

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another case of business people being as self-centered and willfully stupid as Wall St. bankers

I have to wonder why Apple was so restrictive on this company selling its products to Apple's competitors.

If this GTAT had a monopoly or near monopoly it could have dictated the contract terms to Apple.

And if GTAT didn't have a monopoly or near monopoly, why did Apple care who it sold the rest of its production to?

It seems possibly we are dealing with another case of business people being as self-centered and willfully stupid as Wall St. bankers, gambling away their shareholders companies in return for mega short term personal profit.

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Re: Cheapo sapphire machines?

IF Apple ends up with them, Apple can create a subsidiary, hire the former staff back at reduced wages, and take the manufacturing profit itself.

It could also ensure the sapphire could not be sold to competitors.

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Putting on your "big boy pants" meant walk away from the deal

Big clients with big requests and big orders are a huge risk and care should be taken.

A lot of times a big contract is simply too risky to accept, unless they are prepared to pay a premium price.

Management has to bite the bullet and tell its salesperson, "I'm sorry we cannot accept the contract."

Of course the salesperson might quit over this, but the alternative is facing possible bankruptcy.

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Russian internet traffic detours through China's Frankfurt outpost

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Certain Russian traffic has to be routed through the US "allied" (puppet) countries,

Certain Russian traffic has to be routed through the US "allied" (puppet) countries, otherwise how would the NSA examine it?

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'Tech giants who encrypt comms are unwittingly aiding terrorists', claims ex-Home Sec Blunkett

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I often wonder if it as the CIA or the NSA that sponsored all the cloud propaganda. I'm sure it was one or the other.

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Re: Bar Stewards

I know. Everything obtained through the valiant deaths of our soldiers. The deaths of 50 million of our guys, their guys, and innocents.

And we've decided to toss our victory away and become a police state anyways. Hitler, Stalin and Mao must be smiling.

It wrenches my guts to think about it.

Remembrance Day is Tuesday. We can remember what the American leaders and our puppets have tossed away.

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Re: Genocide?

But ISIL is now the IS and a state organization.

We don't call it terrorism when state organizations do things because otherwise we'd be calling ourselves terrorists. (Not that we've attempted genocide, but we do do bombings, assassinations, sabotage, etc., things we call terrorism when non-states do them).

I definitely agree IS is committing genocide, but as with Hitler, Stalin and Mao, they're no longer "terrorists", rather they're a state engaged in "using shock and awe to achieve genocide."

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The greatest threats to us are home grown terrorists who thrive on feeding us terror.

The greatest threat to us is home grown terrorists who thrive on creating and feeding us terror.

And among those home grown terrorists, the ones who posed the greatest threats to our way of life and freedoms are those in government, in opposition, and in government and military service.

Civilian and freelance terrorists? Foreign powers? They're comparatively minor threats to us.

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Doctor Who trashing the TARDIS, Clara alone, useless UNIT – Death in Heaven

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Anyone else think this season is targeted at the "under 8" age bracket?

Anyone else think this season is targeted at the "under 8" age bracket?

So much of the dialogue seems targeted at affirming faith in teachers and telling us "not to worry she's safe now". I'm fine with watching a show targeted at 12 to 18 year-olds, but this year has been silly.

I say this, I'm in Canada and I haven't seen this specific episode being reviewed. I'm speaking based on this season's earlier episodes.

I've deleted Dr. Who from auto-recording on my PVR.

Should I put the auto-record back?

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Brazil greenlights $200m internet cable to Europe in bid to outfox NSA

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Re: Undersea taps - pah!

So you figure that is what happens to undersea cables in the USA and UK?

And then the USA allows a foreign country to base a high capacity satellite transmitter or undersea cable to an enemy 500 feet away on the same beach, so the traffic can be routed off to the spying country?

No barrier is 100%. It is all about defense in depth. Many layers of 90% to 99% security that make breeches unfeasible for mass surveillance.

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Re: Jimmy Carter

Good point.

And $200 million will buy 2-1/2 F-35s or 1/20 of a B-2.

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Re: Catch 22

I don't understand.

"making it more attractive for ISPs to base themselves in the country."

Undersea cables from Spain to Brazil are about South American communicating with Europe, Asia and Africa without going through the USA.

Nothing about communicating within Brazil.

So far as anyone has said Brazil has sufficient internal ISPs, even if the loyalty of some staff feel greater loyalty to the Imperial Power than their own country.

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Re: Encryption is a good option

HeartBleed was open source.

Check out Linux's and Apache's histories on SANS. Open source is still has plenty of vulnerabilities.

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Re: Basic encrption vs availability

Spain is the closest neighbour in that direction.

This map shows that for connections to adjacent countries Brazil has many connections.

Unfortunately to get to Europe or Asia the vast majority of capacity is funneled through the USA.

http://www.submarinecablemap.com/#/landing-point/fortaleza-brazil

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Remember that the USA has a history of shutting of internet access to countries it dislikes

Remember that the USA has a history of shutting of internet access to countries it dislikes during times of conflict.

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Economies of scale?

There are economies of scale. But:

1. The cost of sending traffic is a minor portion of the overall cost of web and computer services.

2. Brazil's cable will serve a huge number of customers. Brazil has 200 million people and unlike the cables serving Australia's 23 million people, Brazil's undersea cables will serve other countries as well.

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Re: Its pure politics

Does Proctor and Gamble run its corporate LAN through Johnson's and Johnson's?

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Re: Another reason it might be pointless

"And moving everybody away from Microsoft spyware to linux."

Why, is Linux spyware any better?

Recent experience has proven that vulnerabilities can lurk in open source software for decades.

If you want your citizens to be foreign spyware free you pretty much need to create your own national software company to create it.

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Re: Another reason it might be pointless

While it is true that Russia is an imminent threat, the USA is the only current violator of non-UK EU sovereignty.

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The USA doesn't let Russia own Verzion or Comcast for a reason

The "it won't make a difference" claims are based on the current situation where, according to what Snowden has released, the USA has US citizens in all the commercial undersea cable companies in return for those companies being given permission to access the US parts of the internet.

That "it will make a difference" is proven by the fact that the USA is very picky over who operates its internal internet.

Which one of those in the "it won't make a difference" crowd would allow an enemy state to run their internet service?

Exactly, the USA doesn't let Russia own Verzion or Comcast for a reason.

And that reason is physical access to the network does make a difference when it comes to mass surveillance.

Of course it won't stop targeted surveillance. But targeted surveillance is not the issue. Mass surveillance of the peaceful citizens of the USA's supposed allies is.

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Windows XP refresh will DO NOTHING for lame PC market next year

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Re: 0 for 2 I think

Servers tend to be component based, components can be updated separately.

And with servers you're dealing with experts who will evaluate whether the hardware is still good enough and would it be better to just install a new OS.

I think there is a significant chance many/most Windows 2003 servers will be upgraded to later server software. Same physical machine, later OS. (I know this isn't what sales people want to hear, but it is what we'd seriously consider in we had Windows 2003 servers. If it was a close decision as to what to recommend I could probably be swayed by arguments regarding higher reliability/stability, upgrade-ability, or savings in electricity or rack space.)

Merely updating the OS was rarely a chosen path for XP desktops and laptops.

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