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Microsoft: We Offer Up User Data To Law Enforcement 2 Percent of the Time

Nuffsaid And the remaining 8%? (54 comments)

"Ninety-two percent of requests for customer content came from U.S. law-enforcement agencies."

The remaining 8% of request came from various Mafia agencies, I suppose. This raises the obvious question: did Microsoft comply with them in the same proportions as with requests coming from U.S. law-enforcement agencies?

about a year ago

To Boldly Go Nowhere, For Now

Nuffsaid Re:Human missions are better for long term health (308 comments)

You'd need to maybe do something like end the war on terror or war on drugs to get another manned moon mission.

Good idea, indeed! What about starting a new "War on stupidity"?

about a year ago

PIN-Cracking Robot To Be Showed Off At Defcon

Nuffsaid Ha! That's nothing! (114 comments)

My robot can crack a typical Android phone's screen with just one vigorous hit!

about a year ago

Developers Rolling Out Pebble Smartwatch Apps

Nuffsaid Re:Dumbwatches (64 comments)

Leave out the "pm", and you double the accuracy while saving ink!

about a year ago

Elon Musk Will Usher In the Era of Electric Cars

Nuffsaid Wake me up... (336 comments)

...when I'll can pay online my ticket for the electric spaceship that will bring me to Mars.

about 2 years ago

Robot Hand Beats You At Rock, Paper, Scissors 100% of the Time

Nuffsaid The Singularity is here! (225 comments)

Seriously, now that robots beat us in every significant ability (this one was the last missing) we can't control the future anymore.

more than 2 years ago

Carbon Emissions 'Will Defer Ice Age'

Nuffsaid Re:This is good news. (347 comments)

Are waterfront neighborhoods going to be abandoned to rising water? No way in hell. They'll just get rebuilt on taller foundations every 50 years or so when a major hurricane blows away whatever's there now.

I guess that makes sense, in a common USA mindset. After all, who wants to live in a house older than 50 years? My point of view is different, as I live in Venice and my 400-year old house is my most valuable property, at barely one meter over sea level thanks to last century's reckless underground water extraction. Relocating to a copy somewhere else (maybe Las Vegas?) is not going to be the same thing. Call me sentimental.

more than 2 years ago

Free Wi-Fi For the Residents of Venice, Italy

Nuffsaid Re:Why is this important to non-Italians (153 comments)

You feel odors with hearing?
Well, it sometimes do, with low tide and the wrong weather conditions. But it's all natural, organic, all-bio stinking stuff...

more than 5 years ago

Free Wi-Fi For the Residents of Venice, Italy

Nuffsaid Re:Why is this important to non-Italians (153 comments)

As someone who actually lives in Venice, I can tell you that you are right about the tourist traps, but they are easily avoided if you look around instead of going windows shopping. The made-in-China stuff you can buy is far from romantic, but the sheer structure of the city, with its two entangled mobility networks (one for walkers, one for boats) still amazes me after 10 years living here. Now we have three entangled networks...
Yesterday I had dinner with an old pal whose job in the last months has been installing the access points and congratulated him. He confirmed the amazing level of interest even among the elder population. Today, lots of people I know are checking signal strength in every hidden corner. Looks like the municipality (and my friend) did a great job, as the coverage seems rather complete.
BTW, Venice is not a theme park. People still live and work here, enjoying a lifestyle like no other, mainly due to the absense of cars. I won't tell you "come visit us", but I can confirm you don't need a pretext like free connectivity.

more than 5 years ago

Barack Obama Wins US Presidency

Nuffsaid As an european... (3709 comments)

As a male white Italian with no involvement into USA elections, I have to admit that this morning I cried and laughed hearing what just happened in a big nation far far away. This changes everything. The politics of fear will end. Black people won't be seen "out of place" in any place from now on. Things won't go worse all the time, like last years made us think! A big thank you to the US people. This affects us all.

more than 5 years ago


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