US Twitter Spying May Have Broken EU Privacy Law
Maybe my dictionary is out of date, but I never have thought that a court ordered subpoena is a "spying" activity. If they broke in to twitter and trolled through data that would be spying.
Looking at the website it's coming from... maybe I understand now why they think a subpoena is "spying". They say the Bradley Manning is currently being tortured by US jailers, and insinuate the subpoena is a front to cover the trail of supposedly confirmed NSA wiretaps 2x blocks from Twitter HQ. Sure sounds like level headed, unbiased facts abound there.
WikiLeaks App Removed From Apple Store
Even 3rd graders should understand that concept. I get the source code license for MS Windows from a public site I make an Apple app for it, just because I got it from a location that was publicly available doesn't mean it's unencumbered. I get the internal financial documents for Redhat that someone copied and put onto a public website, I make an Apple app for it, again using data I didn't have rights to. You have to be a complete moron to not understand the legality of content you don't have rights to.
Google Books As "Train Wreck" For Scholars
Actually I'd say that one of two things should happen... Google is allowed to do this but they have to hand over the all end result data to the US government for it's free use by any other individual/organization in the US after a 2-3 year exclusive embargo; or the US government should fund doing this and again allow anybody in the US to use the results.
Microsoft's Code Contribution Due To GPL Violation
This is the only thing I can find about the EULA and VS having any contraversy. Basically the primary issue was around some bits in the license which MS said was there to prevent you from using it to work around restrictions. i.e. timebomb shareware / limited functionality software that you need pay for, etc. VS had/has different levels and a guy had written some things to extend the cheap limited version of VS to basically give it the functionality of the full version.
I've not been able to find anything anywhere relative to your acusation...
California May Reduce Carbon Emissions By Banning Black Cars
Actually those higher flow performance air filters make the engine work a little less hard so the engine actually is more efficient at burning the same ammount of fuel and better for the environment... normally at the expense of not being as good at cleaning the passing air allowing more particulates into the engine.
Can SSDs Be Used For Software Development?
It really depends upon the size of the sutff you are doing. If you are going to recompile the same stuff over and over and the dataset will fit in memory... you most likely will get little to no benefit. Linux (Vista and others) cache every single file until some app needs memory and pushes it out. It sounds like he's doing it on a box by himself (not a server shared by 5000 other people), and with memory so cheap... unless you are compiling something huge I'd guess that you probably not have to disk again after the first time it read it in (as long as there isn't another app ran that eats up all the memory, forcing out cached files from buffer cache and at some point freed up all the memory again and the compile is ran again).
For a point app for a single user, spending less on SSD and buying more memory would probably give you much more benefits.
Washington Post Blog Shuts Down 75% of Online Spam
I'd say that in general it is working in the US, for the most part pretty much everybody has been getting richer and richer. What people seem to have a problem with is that while most everybody is getting more, not everybody's wealth is growing in perfect lockstep unison. Even when things grow in lockstep percentages people have a problem with it.
If 2 people's worth both grows at exactly 10% (for nice round numbers)
I have $1,000
You have $100,000
A number of people believe that it's a horrible thing for me to get $100, and you to get $10,000 and we need to *make* people get less (even though its the same percentage increase).