top Microsoft To US Gov't: the World's Servers Are Not Yours For the Taking
The rebuttal described by Microsoft doesn't involve the German government sending any orders to any entity outside of Germany either. This is the relevant quote from the article:
Germany’s Foreign Minister responds: “We did not conduct an extraterritorial search – in fact we didn’t search anything at all. No German officer ever set foot in the United States. The Stadtpolizei merely ordered a German company to produce its own business records, which were in its own possession, custody, and control. The American reporter’s privacy interests were fully protected, because the Stadtpolizei secured a warrant from a neutral magistrate.”
"[N]o way would that response satisfy the U.S. Government” because the documents held by the foreign company for safekeeping are private letters, not business records. And any attempt to take possession of those letters through a warrant – even one served on the company entrusted with those letters – would constitute a seizure by a foreign government of private information located in another country.
about a month and a half ago
top Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges
Sorry. Not being native and neither a lawyer my grasp of these things is limited. What's the difference? (honestly, I want to know in order to prevent misusing them in the future)
Being sued is in a civil lawsuit, usually for some monetary amount (for example by the family of the cyclist), whereas being prosecuted is for a criminal case, with potential prison time (by the district attorney).
top How Silicon Valley Helped the NSA
Neither are required for life in even the slightest way. Plenty of fully functional people have jobs, homes and families and they never fly and don't have Internet access.
Just as a reminder, since it seems to be forgotten so often.
Airplanes are barely a 100 years old.
The Internet, or more specifically, the web, is only about 20.
These are not 'requirements' for life. You will survive without either.
Technically no freedoms are 'requirements' for life, you can survive without them. 150 years ago people of a certain skin colour didn't have any freedoms in the US yet they were alive. Even now, in many countries, plenty of people have jobs, homes and families without ever having the chance to freely express their political views.
The standard for freedoms isn't what's a 'requirement' for life, and it'd be a very unfortunate world if it was.
top Ask Slashdot: Asynchronous RAID-1 Free Software Backup For Laptops?
It's based on the BitTorrent protocol, and it can sync over the internet as well.
about a year and a half ago
top The Biggest Financial Fraud of All Time
(i'm not a murkin) isn't the Federal Reserve's first duty to the private banks that own it and generating profit for them?
The Fed isn't "owned" by any private banks. It was created by the government with the objective of creating: "Maximum employment, stable prices, and moderate long-term interest rate"
top The Biggest Financial Fraud of All Time
"Open". Then who was on the other side of these Fed bond purchases? There's no report out there that describes what the Fed buys and who they bought it from.
Here you go:
top Lawsuit Challenges New York Sugary Drink Ban
A regulation allowing anyone to legally work around its intent is more than ridiculous -- it has no substance and is the same as if it didn't exist at all.
I don't think that statement is actually correct. There was an experiment done where people where told to eat until they were full out of a bowl of soup. And the amount people ate was strongly correlated to the size of the container, despite everyone believing they only ate the amount they needed.
I believe intent of the law may be served nearly as well even if one or two additional drinks were free. i.e. $2 for the first 16-oz drink, and then second drink was free.
There has been a lot of research in this area, that shows that the slightest nudge in the right direction can actually change people's behaviour quite a bit.
top Lawsuit Challenges New York Sugary Drink Ban
No one's banning anything. The only thing being limited it the size of a single container. You can buy a hundred 16-oz containers of any sugary drink if you wanted to.
It's very unlikely that a black market rise because I don't see anyone willing to pay any significant amount for a single 32-oz container instead of two 16-oz containers.
Innocence of Muslims Filmmaker Arrested, Jailed
The fact that he has spoken at length in multiple speeches against this film, without one word in support of the concept that even hateful speech is Free Speech and protected in America.
Are you sure about that? The below is a direct quote directly from
Obama's speech at the UN:
"The amateur anti-Muslim film made in the U.S. that sparked anger was crude and disgusting, an insult to Muslims and America. It must be rejected. But the U.S. won’t ban it because the Constitution protects free speech. Taking that right away threatens the rights of all to express their own views and practice their own faith."
top Jimmy Wales Threatens To Obstruct UK Government Snooping
StartSSL provides free SSL certificates.
top AT&T To Unlock Out-of-Contract iPhones
This whole unlocking thing should be mandated as soon as the contract paying for the phone is done.
Why wait? I mean in my country the phones only come locked in a very limited set of circumstances and can often be unlocked for a small fee.
I'm in contract with my mobile phone company. If I use my phone with them I pay the phone + my monthly plan. If I don't use my phone I pay the phone + my monthly plan. While I was overseas for 2 months using my phone with another service provider on a pre-paid sim card, I still paid the phone + my monthly plan. Whatever I do with my phone these guys extract $43 out of me every month.
Where's the incentive to lock?
The incentive is that when you're overseas for 2 months, if you're not unlocked, you'd have to pay roaming charges to your current mobile company to use your phone. Otherwise you'd have to get another phone. Once they unlock it they no longer have that revenue stream. I'm not saying it's right, but I'm just saying that's their incentive.
top Ask Slashdot: Tech-Related Summer Camps For Teenagers?
If you're open to considering locations in Canada, then
Shad Valley is a great program that a lot of my friends have gone to. It's hosted by a university in Canada and is well suited for someone interested in tech. I'd recommend the University of Waterloo location as it probably provides the best exposure to the tech companies in Canada.
top German Company To Install Linux On 10,000 PCs
The non-technical user is a creature of habbit. I've seen them in a confused panic
... when the ribbon came to office you'd thing the world was ending
I will admit, I still haven't figured out the ribbon thing. I've used the hell out of Office 2003 and before. But, every time I sit down to a machine with 2007 or later I get frustrated and either go back to a machine with an earlier version I get frustrated and just install OpenOffice.
I am a "quick key" user (or keyboard short cuts) and none of them work the way I was used to in earlier versions of Word, so I have to "Icon Hunt" which is such an unproductive feeling.
Anyway, my point is even technical users are creatures of habit and can feel this frustration. In the case of the above posting, I think the real problem won't be non-techies (who are simply directed to the icon and application they need), it'll be the techies who want root access (and won't be granted it) and want to install every social networking and widget app known to man. They're so used to all the little windows hacks (that they never needed in the first place) and will get so frustrated they can't hack their system they'll stand around at the printer and bitch and moan about how "they can't do anything they used to."
All the versions of Microsoft Office that I've used with a ribbon (2007 & 2010) automatically recognize shortcuts and treat them like Office 2003. For example in Excel 2007, if you enter Alt+E, S that brings up the Paste Special dialog just like in Excel 2003. It's not obvious at first that the shortcuts will work, but give them a shot and it should function in the same way.
top Internet Explorer From 1.0 To 9.0
I use a program called
Sandboxie that works quite well in doing sandboxed IPC (along with file and registry operations) in any app, so it's definitely possible with third party apps, but it's nice to see that sandboxing is finally natively built into the browsers themselves.
top Graphs Show Costs of DNA Sequencing Falling Fast
While $12,000 is quite a bit of money, it's certainly much lower than the July 2001 cost of $100,000,000. Also, my understanding is that most uses don't require sequencing the entire genome, but rather just a small subset of it. The cost per megabase has dropped from nearly $10,000 to less than $0.20, which does seem quite cheap.
top BlackBerry Devices May Run Android Apps
On the other hand, Mr. Corporate IT, MCSE, is going to be very, very unhappy if he learns that some skeezy android application is siphoning off the internal company directory to some offshore FTP site because RIM has provided the android environment with a link to the Blackberry side.
What prevents a blackberry app from doing this right now? I don't see this as a new problem introduced by android support so much as an issue with any malicious app whether for blackberry or android.
top Corporations Hiring Hooky Hunters
This just seems like an argument for why credit is important to have if used appropriately.
top On my spaceship, I'd like artificial gravity ....
On my spaceship, I'd like artificial gravity
Seriously, "artificial gravity" is a bigger hand-wave than "Heinsenberg compensators".
Artifical gravity is very easy to create using the centripetal force. Just make it a round shape that rotates at the right velocity to make the centripetal force of the ship equal to whatever level of gravity you'd like.
top Universal Power Adapter Struggling For Support
Hold on... What does this mean:
thinking that the monitor cable from a CRT can go to an LCD
My monitors (LCD and CRT) both have a standard, interchangeable power cable (three-prong, no power brick) and SVGA video cable. I could switch out either one (or both) between monitors no problem. Are yours different?
Not trolling--I'm honestly curious
For most monitors the circuitry for the actual ac to dc conversion is within the monitor itself that's why it appears as though they use the same cable. However some of the smaller monitors do have a separate power brick, so that that the power adapter is separate from the monitor itself.
top Why are oil prices dropping?
It was not
definitely speculation that drove up oil prices. Traders trade oil futures, which are just contracts on the forward price of oil. Very few of which actually get delivered into real oil. What would a hedge fund trader do with a few million barrels of oil delivered to his office? If it were actually the case that it was just speculators then it would have had no effect on the spot price of oil (the price that consumers of the oil pay e.g. refiners). At the end of the day there was real demand for oil for consumption, from China, India, along with the western economies. That was what drove up all prices, simply increased demand as taught by basic economics. Scapegoating speculators isn't going to bring down oil prices.
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