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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Trashcan Romeo Re:Lots of reactionary comments here (730 comments)

Bono said today, "Working with Apple is always a blast. They only want to do things that haven’t been done before — that’s a thrill to be a part of.” This makes me wish I could travel back in time to 1983 and tell my 16 year old self that while "New Year's Day" is indeed a great single that becoming a fan of the band will not pan out in the long run.

about two weeks ago

iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling

Trashcan Romeo Let me know when... (386 comments)

... you can comfortably read a PDF on a 6" phone.

about 5 months ago

Administration Ordered To Divulge Legal Basis For Killing Americans With Drones

Trashcan Romeo I'll consider it a personal favor... (310 comments)

... if you Democrats and you Republicans will, just this once, stop trying to frame this massive criminality as something that Those Awful Others are chiefly to blame for. On this matter - as in all matters of true importance to the Empire - the two wings of the Money Party are in complete, intimate, and profound agreement.

about 5 months ago

Obama Says He May Or May Not Let the NSA Exploit the Next Heartbleed

Trashcan Romeo Let's keep it simple (134 comments)

The US government has the ability to spy on every electronic communication you make, it has been exploiting that ability to the fullest for many years now, and it will continue to do so forevermore. It will do so for the sole purpose of increasing its own power. If put to the inconvenience, it will lie to your face about it. This state of affairs will prevail regardless of which branch of the Money Party is in power. And there isn't thing one you can do about it.

about 5 months ago

Born To RUN: Dartmouth Throwing BASIC a 50th B-Day Party

Trashcan Romeo Is it just me or... (146 comments)

... is that one evil smirk on the TRS-80 monitor?

about 5 months ago

Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

Trashcan Romeo Re:Seems dubious to me. (195 comments)

That was Michael Imperioli's character on the "The Sopranos", yeah?

about 5 months ago

Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

Trashcan Romeo Re:Viva La XP! (641 comments)

I have an ENIAC that does exactly what I need it to do - use up all these goddamned vacuum tubes I've got laying around.

about 5 months ago

White House To Propose Ending NSA Phone Records Collection

Trashcan Romeo Re:Sure (208 comments)

At this point, I'd expect nothing less from him. But isn't it silly to complain about the NSA? We have reached the point in our slide into fascism that the government loudly proclaims the "right" to - and in at least several cases that we know of - actually has executed American citizens without trial. (Including a 16 year old kid from Denver whose "crime" was having the wrong father.) To complain that such a regime is also spying on your communications is a bit like complaining that one's torturer has bad breath.

about 6 months ago

1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

Trashcan Romeo Re:Yeah, you can totally trust your data... (335 comments)

Well, putting a Sally Mann photograph in my non-shared, non-public SkyDrive account was enough to have an FBI guy visit my house at night and ask to look through my laptop for child porn. Not as unpleasant as an actual prosecution, of course. But a nasty enough jolt, I assure you. And if a local DA felt like making my life miserable for some reason?

about 6 months ago

Free (Gratis) Version of Windows Could Be a Reality Soon

Trashcan Romeo First they slashed the price (392 comments)

Now they give it away free. But to get enterprise adoption for the abortion that is Windows 8, they would need *pay businesses to use it*. Even that might not be enough.

about 7 months ago

IBM Begins Layoffs, Questions Arise About Pact With New York

Trashcan Romeo Couldn't they just... (182 comments)

... sell them to Lenovo?

about 7 months ago

Google Ordered To Remove Anti-Islamic Film From YouTube

Trashcan Romeo Re:Dangerous precedent (321 comments)

I've been watching a lot of old "Law & Order" episodes recently and every time a character says something pious about "constitutional rights" I can only snort with derision at what a period piece the show is now. In our time - what might be conveniently described as "The Cheney Era" - the only rights you have are those that pose no inconvenience to the government or the business interests that rent it. If it suits the government to have you killed, you will be killed - and with no messy court paperwork to bother about. If it suits Comcast to monopolize broadband access, the FCC will roll out the red carpet before them.

about 7 months ago

Google Buys Home Automation Company Nest

Trashcan Romeo Re:I'll be keeping mine (257 comments)

That assurance should last as long as "We won't track your data across services" did.

about 8 months ago

Google Buys Home Automation Company Nest

Trashcan Romeo How about a smart toilet? (257 comments)

To analyze my shit and customize advertising based on my dietary preferences.

about 8 months ago

Google Begins To Merge Google+, Gmail Contacts

Trashcan Romeo Never got a notification from the Big G (339 comments)

But the setting preference was there already. I apologize to the company for opting out before anyone had a chance to spam me.

about 8 months ago

A Flood of Fawning Reviews For Apple's Latest

Trashcan Romeo You PC fanbois don't get it (501 comments)

So what if they have a better price/performance ratio? The Mac Pro is *round*. Round! You could lay it on it side, push it with your foot, and it wouldn't stop until it hit the far wall. How fucking cool is that? Let's see any of you fanbois try that with a PC. Heh... good luck.

about 9 months ago

Winamp Shutting Down On December 20

Trashcan Romeo Re:Awww (400 comments)

According to the actuarial tables, I'll probably live another 30 years. Windows 7 compatibility mode may only endure 20 years. So I'm still nervous.

about 10 months ago



Proof of sweeping domestic phone surveillance by the NSA

Trashcan Romeo Trashcan Romeo writes  |  about a year ago

Trashcan Romeo (2675341) writes "The Guardian has obtained a court order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) requiring Verizon on an "ongoing, daily basis" to provide the National Security Agency (NSA) , for all domestic and international calls, the numbers of both parties, location data, call duration, time of day, and other unique identifiers."
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iGoogle ending November 1, 2013

Trashcan Romeo Trashcan Romeo writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Trashcan Romeo (2675341) writes "Three years ago, it accounted for 20% of all visits to Google's home page. Two years ago, Lifehacker readers voted it the best start-page service. Today it was announced that iGoogle will be retired — or in the company's parlance "spring cleaned" — on November 1, 2013."
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