Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains
So MS has a 'Digital Crimes Unit' and the US courts allow it to carry out law enforcement duties. How long before they have their own policemen, courts and prisons? It goes together with the Microsoft tax I suppose.
The Supreme Court Doesn't Understand Software
It's interesting that at the time I'm writing, the parent that asks 'why should they be able to patent it' is modded 0, while the grandparent that asks 'why should'nt they be able to patent it' is modded 5 insightful.
I have no mod points so I can comment only.
Brazilian Kids Learning English By Video Chatting With Elderly Americans
I did say 'relatively minor'. I'm thinking of an Indian language with about 50m speakers and a written history as long as English. The culture of India being as it is, everything you can find is geared to learning English. Yes, there are TV shows and all sorts of stuff on Youtube, but I was thinking about reasonably sophisticated learning material. Still, if the main market is oddities like me who are mainly interested in understanding some 300 year old poetry, I suppose we have to work for it.
Brazilian Kids Learning English By Video Chatting With Elderly Americans
Never mind English, there are lots of paths to learning it in most countries. Not so the other way. How about a scheme for those of us who want to learn some other, relatively minor language, where it is difficult to even find basic texts outside its native country?
Administration Ordered To Divulge Legal Basis For Killing Americans With Drones
So let me get this straight, it's perfectly OK to kill people with drones as long as they're not American citizens?
It seems so, and if the government accepts that American citizens cannot be so killed, then, well, there will be some method to remove their citizenship and then they can be killed. And then all will be as it was before; or perhaps a bit worse.
Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All
What's that in something understandable? Like how many Olympic size swimming pools or Pacific Oceans?
Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7
They'll target them the same way the USAF targeted the Vietcong with B52 bombers. Fire them in the general direction of the other side, and hope some hit their targets. Doesn't really matter if they hit lots of civilians instead, there's a well established formula to get away with it - have some evidence (or even just claims) that in the right conditions it might catch some combatants.
Canonical's Troubles With the Free Software Community
can you remember how bad the linux desktop was before ubuntu? it was atrocious....what about before x.org?
I'm afraid some of us think the ubuntu desktop was and is atrocious.
Great Firewall of UK Blocks Game Patch Because of Substring Matches
Yes. The Ordinary Man Party in Delhi just came to power and promptly tried to do what the ordinary man in a mob does. In this case try to get the police to carry out an illegal raid based on Ordinary Man prejudices (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-25855490 )
20,000 Customers Have Pre-Ordered Over $2,000,000 of Soylent
From the article
That should be something to worry about. What I've read doesn't say much about fibre, but our digestive systems have developed not only to deal with directly useful food to absorb, but also to process such 'indigestibles', and to deal with all the variation we get in a normal diet. Without this work there is every likelihood that long term harm to the guts will result. We already know that this happens to factory farmed animals fed on processed food rather than their normal diet.
UK Benefits System In Deeper Trouble?
If they pay tax, they are documented, pretty much by definition. If they get benefits, they are also similarly documented. Seems fairly straightforward to me. Certainly there may be quite a few that don't pay tax, and some that don't get benefits, but is this really about them?
Why Engineers Must Consider the Ethical Implications of Their Work
. He wants to judge each discovery as "good" or "bad", then reward or punish the engineers, scientists, and the craftsmen for whatever results.
Sad as it is, I prefer the world we have, in which men and woman exercise free will.
Engineers do not 'discover', that is done by scientists, in the true sense and some other groups of thinkers. Engineers are one of the classes of people who use a known technology to a predictable outcome (others are the craftsmen that you refer to, among others). Engineers design, in the way a house builder may design a brick structure. As such they should be held accountable for the ethical consequences of what they do.
Like everyone else should be. You exercise free will, you are also free to suffer the consequences. You seem to want free will without the consequences.
UK Gov't Plans To Censor "Extremist" Websites Via Orders To ISPs
That will be the Great Firewall of Britain then. Based on a proven working model and it will keep more IT people employed, blocking not just 'Scunthorpe' but 'Bombay' as well.
NSA Infected 50,000 Computer Networks With Malicious Software
As a Russian citizen I doubt. You know, the strength of US Dollar is based on the fact that it's the only currency exchangeable to petroleum, and every country that uses any other currency for this purpose becomes democratic. (Saddam sold oil for Euros, and his country became democratic, Lybia sold oil for Euros and became democratic too, Iran sold oil for gold and will surely become democratic immediately after Syria).
And I fear that China will become democratic too.
While this made an interesting point (of course only partially true), I think the post was intended to be funny. And it is!
Japan Refused To Help NSA Tap Asia's Internet
Corruption is defined differently in different jurisdictions - some things are outlawed in one country but not in another. Does Transparency int somehow apply the same laws across the world?
Time For X-No-Wiretap HTTP Header?
Yes, Americans who think they value their liberty have a tendency to forget that their liberty depends also on the liberty of others. Starting with the slaves who their founding fathers conveniently forgot, now it is terrorists, criminals, citizens of 'enemy' countries, and finally all non citizens. As has been seen recently, spying on non-citizens gives the means to spy on citizens. What Americans have really is not liberty but power, and the Golden Rule (reciprocity) is inessential when you have power.
NSA Cracked Into Encrypted UN Video Conferences
What about bugging the White House? I mean, anyone can get to be president (in theory of course, in practice it is any multimillionaire with lots of friends in the US establishment). You've got to check on them, or else how can they be trusted? And what about all those that know the president or is related to the president, you've got to check on what they are saying ... and so on.
Partner of Guardian's Snowden Reporter Detained Under Terrorism Act
It can be revised all you like but it won't do any good if you have a corrupt police (secret service?) who know their job is to protect their masters in Westminster and Washington.
Rise of the Warrior Cop: How America's Police Forces Became Militarized
So helping a country declare independence is imperialistic?
Was that the way the Phillipines or Cuba were 'helped' that you're referring to? One of the characteristics of any successful imperial state is that its own propaganda is more effective that others, especially on its own citizens.
Nationwide Snooping System Launched In India
The US won every major battle in the Veitnam war until they decided to leave. .
and the US also lost the war long before they decided to leave.
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